Senior Certified Judge
Betsy McHugh is a professional horseman who has been fortunate to turn a childhood obsession into a fulfilling career. After completing a 5-year apprenticeship in Equine Studies (full-service training, showing, and breeding) and Farm Management, Betsy opened her equestrian services business and has not looked back.
Studying under world-class horsemen and collaborating with her peers, Betsy developed an interest in equine athletic development. With roots in the classical methods and real-world experience with working western cowboys, Betsy is a unique horseman who blends these useful and effective methods.
Regardless of your specific equine pursuits, we remain confident that this “Trainer’s Trainer,” with expertise in equine mechanics, psychology, and training, can work with you to improve your horse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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