It takes hours in the saddle to train a
Sinfonia de Zacate Azul
1996 Reserve National Champion 3 year old Pleasure
Terry believes in the personal touch,
handling many details himself.
All horses are ridden out in the open, as they
Thus developing mind, body and level of performance
all at once!
"There are a couple of things to keep in mind
when starting young horses. First is, NEVER get into a rush, a baby
knows very little so take the time to teach them and give them the chance
to learn, it takes time and patients.
Put time into handling the young horses grooming,
tying, and picking up feet, give them a chance to get to understand and
Terry is 34 years old, married with two
children. He has been training Paso Finos for thirteen years.
Born and raised in southeast Wisconsin,
he was riding before he could walk. Horses have been a part of the Whaples
family for three generations Grandfather, Father, and now Terry have all
been horsemen. His horse experience started with the family horses,
then he got involved in 4H for six years as the next step in the
progression. During the same period on weekends and summer vacations Terry
worked for several Standardbred training stables. He began by starting
harnessing horses and cleaning stalls, but it did not take long and he
was on the track exercising horses. From there Terry worked on Arabian
farms doing everything from running the breeding program to starting the
young horses undersaddle.
Terry's early years were filled
with horses. After graduating high school Terry enrolled in shoeing school,
a dream from early on in life, to become a farrier. After three years
working as a farrier Terry missed training horses so he followed an opportunity
to learn reining and cutting from one of the all time greats. Unfortunately
this was the first time away from family and friends and it proved to be
too much and Terry returned home to Wisconsin.
Once home he came upon a Paso Fino
farm looking for a trainer. Terry had never even ridden a Paso Fino, but
with his knowledge of horses the owners of the farm and Terry agreed to
give this a trial period. The Paso Finos intrigued him! The Paso
Fino intrigued him the willingness, intelligence, and amazing athletic
ability were astounding.
The gait was unlike anything he
had ever rode and their athletic ability rivaled the reining and cutting
horses. After two years with this farm he had a basic understanding of
the Paso Fino, but he knew if he were going to improve to a national level
he would need more education.
During that first two year period
, Terry had met many owners and trainers from farms all around the country,
many very helpful people, always willing to share knowledge and experiences.
One such person happen to manage a very prestigious farm in Miami. He had
asked Terry to come down to the farm to apprentice with their trainer.
This was a chance of a lifetime, Terry moved to Miami. This move
led to many opportunities, which enabled Terry to learn from some of the
best trainers in the country.
Terry is located in northern Kentucky
just fifteen minutes from I-75, were he has been for the last four years.
A beautiful sixty eight acre facility private,
This full service facility has a new twenty four
stall barn, with automatic waters, double wash rack, and twenty plus acres
of pastures. The farms layout was designed
for safety and workability. All pastures are fenced with four rail safety
fence for the horse's protection.
Always the personal touch!