October 13 Award Winner
“Although I am biased because I am his wife, every part of my riding has improved since Jake became my trainer. He taught me to put the horse first, to care for them, and they will take care of you, and to never let your emotions impact your riding.”
Trainer Jake Hartman and his wife, Ali, entered the Novice Amateur Pleasure at last year’s All American Quarter Horse Congress.
“We ended up fourth overall and had the best time, and you would have thought by all of their reactions that I won the biggest Futurity on the planet. I laughed so hard at their reaction, and I have never felt more supported in my life than at that moment. It was truly my favorite horse show memory to date! It was a true example of what showing is all about - being there for one another, building friendships that become family, and enjoying it for the love of the sport, not the prize or the class.”
For Ali, she believes it takes an exceptional trainer to be able to help their wife. “Jake does it with patience, respect, and determination. He also treats his horses with dignity and always puts their wellbeing first. He treats his customers with respect and complete honesty, even when that is hard.”