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Wimpy's Little Gunner
2012 Chestnut stallion
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Gotta Smart Whiz
2012 Bay Stallion
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Whizbe A Star
2010 Chestnut Gelding
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2009 Palomino Gelding
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2013 Bay Stud Colt
In training with Mark Harnden. Contact Mark for more information.
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Shooting For Chics
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
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.
Tied for 14th place overall!!
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 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 2012 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.
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.
Equine Handler & Groom
Member of the British Groom Association
Assistant to Mark & Carrie
Photos & videos of our clients, friends, horses, and us.
Our videos are filmed and prepared by Jen Parrish Equine Video Services
as part of the Harnden Performance Horses Family
Jen Parrish Equine Video Services
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Trailer for Sale
2005 Trailet 3 Horse Slant Load with
Queen size bed, fridge, sink, seperate shower, toilet, air condition, antenna, awning, dining area, gas range 3 saddle rack, bridle hooks and much more!!!
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