Training, Showing, Sales, Lessons
Welcome to Shannon Equine
We are dedicated to providing Top Notch service and care for our clients and their horses.
Whether you want to competitively show from the 4-H circuit to A level or just enjoy your
horse for pleasure. We can create a personal training and lesson program to fit your needs.
We also offer Training and sales for Gaited Horses.
Starting / Breaking / Training the young horse
Riders with Fear
Problem or Dangerous Horses
Western Pleasure, English Pleasure, Equitation, Hunter / Jumpers
We have been helping our clients and horses realize their dreams and reach their goals
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We offer Training, Lessons, Sales, Showing, and much more.
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I was born into the horse industry and began learning everything I could at
a pretty large and well known Arabian Farm in Branford, CT by the name of
Hickory Hill Arabians. Owned by the Giordano family. I grew up in that barn
working horses and this is also were I began training them as well as
showing. With the help of the Giordano's, and my mother Patricia Pleines.
From there I moved my horses to a private farm that we later named Red
Hill Farm where I began to really get into the training and showing of my
Arabians as well as POA ponies. Here the pony that started it all was my
little POA gelding SP's Honey Bear (aka Sunny). Who won just about
everything in the state of CT at the 4-H horse shows as well as the CT
Pony of America's Club. By the age of 10 I decided to sell Sunny to a 7 year
old little girl who would later enjoy him until she grew up. I purchased
a leopard POA gelding from Jon and Debbie Smith of Killingworth, CT by the name
of SA Small Wonder. Wonder was my first real training project and he
came to be very well known in the show rings throughout CT. He would win in the Hunter
ring, then change over to Western Pleasure and from there we would enter the
Gymkhana arena as well. At the age of 16 I decided to sell Wonder to a family with 2
small children who he could teach how to ride him.
In 1996 I strayed from the POA world and went back to the Arabians
with the purchase of LLS Flame N Fury my Half Arabian gelding. At the
time of purchase he was 6 years old and not saddle broke. I worked with
him and trained for the Hunter Pleasure ring. We started showing him on the CHSA
circuit in the Half Arabian classes and he took all the blues! I decided that he was
upheaded and spirited enough to enter the Saddleseat Ring. Throughout countless
seasons of showing against Saddlebreds and Morgans he continually
pulled first place ribbons and Championships every time.
I ventured off with my Aunt Deborah Williams, to show her Buckskin Quarter Horse A
Double Dip Of Zip that was trained by High Acres Farm in Woodstock. It was a great
opportunity to work with a great Western Pleasure and Quarter Horse trainer.
I have also worked with countless top trainers throughout CT and New
England, Whitney Legacy of Whitney Ridge, Higganum CT, Melissa
Lambrecht of Wynter Thyme Manor Bethany, CT (formally of Bittersweet
Farm), Jan Lukens of Lukens Stables, Ravina NY, and was even flown out
to Liberty TX to train 60 Egyptian Arabians for Jack and Diane Wenzell of
DJW Arabians. As well as countless others.
I went back to the Arabian show ring in 2006 training and showing with a friend in the
Arabian World. With a wonderful client Randi Karson of High Horse Arabians, who asked
me to show both of her mares in Halter and one in Hunter Pleasure Jr. Horse. I gained
enough points with her two horses to get them qualified for the US Nationals in Louisville,
What an experience! During this period I had the opportunity to work with
other well known trainers on the Arabian Circuit as well, Troy White,
Josh Quintes, Jody LaSalle, and countless others I would like to thank
for their time spent with me.
Now I have decided to take it down a notch to give a more personalized
approach to training, instruction and showing. I am only taking on a small
number of clients and horses so I can really focus on helping my clients
achieve their goals.
Check back soon as more exciting news and updates are on the way!
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