About Us

The owners of Spring Lane Ranch, Heather and Darrel Shea, pride themselves on breeding and training quality Paso Finos and American Saddlebreds for trail and show

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Heather with Futuro del Oregano

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Darrel Shea


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Alex Zapata

Paso Fino Trainer/Instructor
Certified Judge

Alex Zapata is a native of Puerto Rico and at the age of twelve began visiting family in Ocala, Florida. On a visit to the well-respected Young’s Paso Fino Ranch, he met well known trainer Juan Ramon Figueroa. As fate would have it, Alex soon started spending summers working and training under this famous trainer’s watchful eye. By the age of 18, Alex had earned his first professional training job at Young’s Ranch.

Over the years, Alex has had the opportunity to work with many renowned trainers. Combining these valuable experiences with his own excellent instincts, he has developed methods that he applies to his horses today.

Being the serious and talented trainer and competitor that he is, Alex was drawn to judging at an early age – so early in fact that he was informed that he was too young! Of course, he patiently waited until he could earn his Paso Fino Horse Association Judge accreditation as well as his Federacion de Technica de Jueces in Puerto Rico.

As his career has progressed, Alex has been respected for his expert handling, knowledgeable judging and excellent deportment. This and many other attributes have served to help him receive many national and international championships. With over 20 years of professional experience, he is an important member of the Spring Lane Ranch team.

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Mark Wilson


Mark Wilson was raised on the famed Twin Willow Hackney Pony Farm and has deep roots with horses. His family raised one of the leading Hackney breeding stallions in the country, who revolutionized the Hackney Pony Industry.

Mark loved watching horses progress under the watchful eye of well-respected trainers and was soon training his own horses to show. He would study under the top trainers, whom he admired, training young horses and gaining valuable skills and experience.

This respected trainer has started, and successfully shown, multiple world champion Hackney Ponies and American Saddlebreds. His experience in showing and judging brings together all aspects of a competitive career.

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Anibal Garriga de Jesus


A native of Penuela, Puerto Rico, Anibal has been riding over 17 years professionally. Training and showing extensively in the Puerto Rican circuit, he established an excellent reputation for himself as a calm and skilled horseman. Some of his accomplishments include Champion and Reserve Champions at the Copa Alcalde, Copa Cali, and Isabella Pro-Paso, as well as many others.

He is proud to have been the trainer of the first Sublime’ offspring to win in competition – Sublime’ del Culminante, winning two first-place ribbons at Isabella Pro-Paso.

In 2016, Anibal relocated to the United States in order to provide more international and diverse experiences for his family. This also enabled him to further his knowledge and expand his horsemanship skills. Today, he is a valued member of the Spring Lane Ranch team.


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Kim Wilkey

COO Shea Office

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Masha Budden

Equine Therapy Manager

Sara Lasseter

Sara Lasseter

Office Manager