• Welcome to

    Harnden Performance Horses

    Top Quality Reining Horses Trained, Shown and Available for Purchase by Mark Harnden.

    Talented Dressage Horses, Trained and Available for Purchase

    by Carrie Harnden.



  • Location

    Harnden Performance Horses is located in Modesto, CA. This beautiful facility includes three arenas, a covered six horse equasizer, 60 stalls with automatic sprinklers.

  • Available Reining Horses

    Contact Mark directly at (209)304-8672



    2009 Dun Mare


    Approximately $4,000 in earnings


    Very solid mare anybody can ride. Has a huge stop, no bad habits or vices. No soundness issues. She is ready to show now!

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  • Available Dressage Horses

    Contact Carrie directly at (209)304-2335


    2006 Dutch-Fresian Cross Mare. 16 plus hands.


    Schooling 2nd and 3rd Levels with changes. Roo very trainable and not marish.

  • Previously Available Horses

    Contact Mark directly at (209)304-8672

    Gotta Smart Whiz

    *** SOLD***

    to Nicole Cox

    $65,000 - 2012 bay stallion

    This guy is so talented and driven.


    Whizbe A Star

    *** SOLD***


    Gary and Evelyn Gist

    PRICE REDUCED FOR QUICK SALE - $20,000 - was $35,000

    NRHA Life Time Earnings of $2,167

    November 2015

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    Wimpy's Little Gunner


    to Stephanie Munzinger

    2012 Chestnut Stallion

    Shooting For Chics


    to Matt Mills

    2012 Sorrel Stallion - **** SOLD TO MATT MILLS

    End of September 2015

    See NRHA Futurity Runs on Shooting For Chics below on the Recent Events page.



    Shown by Mark at Reining By The Bay-2015

    Sig Chex

    2009 Palomino Gelding

    ***SOLD*** has a new home in Canada!!

  • Events

    Owner  Robert "Trigg" McClellan Nancy Manning and Mark Harnden

    Reining By the Bay 2015

    Open Futurity Level 2

    1st Place - Shooting For Chics, shown by Mark Harnden, scored 212.00, owned by McClellan Quarter Horses


    3rd Place - Wimpys Little Gunner, shown by Mark Harnden, scored 210.50, owned by Jeff Wagner of Dickson, TN


    4th Place - Gotta Smart Whiz, shown by Mark Harnden, scored 210.00, owned by Jeff Wagner of Dickson, TN

  • Shooting For Chics at the 2015 NRHA Futurity

    Earned scores of 219.5 & 218 in the semi-finals and 217.5 in the Finals at Oklahoma Futurity, shown by Matt Mills.



  • Courtney Yohey receives scholarship to ride for Texas A&M Equestrian Team

    Mark's long-time student, Courtney Yohey, has received a full-ride scholarship to the 11 time National Champion - Texas A&M EquestrianTeam!

    "We could not have done it without Mark", says Courtney and her Mom, Sheree.


    About Mark & Carrie

    Mark Harnden

    Futurity Horses

    Non-Pro Horses

    Mark Harnden has been training horses most of his life. As a young man in Arcata, California, he was a stunt rider and trained trick horses, but Mark has always loved reining horses. Mark is an NRHA Professional with over 20 years experience training reining horses and clients of all levels. Mark is considered one of the best Horseman in the business at start to finish training with program graduates, Show Me The Buckles and Hick A Shine becoming NRHA Futurity Finalists, each with life time earnings over $120,000!

    Mark’s training philosophy is that one program does not fit all horses or all riders. Every horse and rider is unique in personality and physical ability, Mark strives to bring out the best in both while building and strengthening the bond of the horse and rider relationship. Mark has an innate sense and feel of the horse, knowing when to push in training and when to stop, enabling him to turn out superior three year olds. The goal is balance…in the saddle, in the horses training and life at the Ranch. Mark is supported by John Parrish, Equine Manager, who will make sure your horse is spotless, braided and shiny everyday.

    A Harnden Performance Horse is talented, confident and fit, yet relaxed and free from stress enabling horse and rider to reach peak performance with much less risk of injury. One of Mark's 2015 Futurity horses, Shooting For Chics, sold weeks before the 2015 NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma and placed 14th in the Finals.

    Mark & Carrie

    Mark and Carrie live in Linden, CA with their four-legged "kids" Cowgirl and Boots.

    Carrie Harnden

     Dressage Clinician

    At a very early age, Carrie Harnden began her journey into the equestrian world as a stunt rider for her family’s recreational dude ranch, even taking this impressive skill on the road to perform trick horses all over the state of California. At the time, she never imagined that this invaluable experience would lay the groundwork for a long and widely successful career in the art of teaching, training and riding Dressage.

    But all that changed when Carrie started working with and training horses for Lilo Fore, acclaimed USEF "S" Judge, FEI "I" Judge, Sporthorse Breed Judge and major influencer in raising the quality of dressage on the West Coast. Remarkably, at just 19 years of age, Carrie started her first Grand Prix champion appendix quarter horse, Major, and together they won numerous state championships in California, beating out many warmbloods along the way.

    In addition to riding with Lilo Fore for more than 25 years, Carrie has had the privilege of learning under Conrad Schumacher for over two decades. And that’s not to mention the many other esteemed Dressage clinicians and trainers who have profoundly influenced her life, training and teaching, such as Jan Ebling, Willy Arts, Edgar Hotz and Gerald Politz.

    Carrie is well-known for her light-hearted, yet unique and expert teaching technique that enhances the horse’s natural ability, while instilling confidence in both horse and rider. She believes that “the horse is only as big as he bounces and every horse should be treated as an individual…and never stamped by a cookie cutter. Same goes for the student.”

    Throughout her career, Carrie has trained many horses to Grand Prix and is now working on taking her latest equine partner to the same level. Her young Hanoverian mare, Cabria JW, has already won many titles, including placing 4th as a four-year-old at CDS Horse of the Year for training level and 6th at USDF.

    When she isn’t riding and training at her residence in Linden, California, Carrie is often on the road, traveling across the country to clinic in places from Nashville, Tennessee and Boise, Idaho to Portland, Oregon. Her husband, Mark, shares her love of horses and has trained highly competitive reining horses for decades.

    It says a lot that Carrie’s students have many titles of their own, ranging all the way from training level to Grand Prix. She strongly believes that “the best Dressage horse is the one you have!” And she lives by the motto: Have a GREAT LOVE and a GREAT TIME.


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    Clements, CA