Carrie Wilson, Head Trainer
Carrie’s riding career began at the early age of four when she began riding and showing at the local 4-H shows. As her skills improved, she began to focus more on the areas of hunt seat and jumping. Her interest in jumping continued as she successfully competed her 14.2 hand pony in the sport of Eventing. Dressage became Carrie’s main focus when she outgrew her pony and “inherited” Ransom, her mother’s 17.1 hand Holsteiner gelding. During her high school years, she was able to bring Ransom along from First Level to the FEI levels. This pair compiled a very successful show record including placings at the Region 2 Championships and earning the scores needed for Carrie’s USDF Bronze and Silver medals.
Following her graduation in 2004 from Northwood University with a degree in Business Management, Carrie made the decision to become a professional trainer. She was hired as the head trainer at a Dutch Warmblood farm that bred sport horses for both the dressage arena and the jumper ring. As the trainer, Carrie was responsible for all aspects of the horse’s care and training. It was here that Carrie learned and enhanced her knowledge of working with foals all the way up to showing mature horses both in dressage and over fences. She also developed the skills needed to correctly start young horses and how to prepare the horses for their breed inspections and mare performance testing. During her tenure, Carrie successfully showed at both the USDF/USEF recognized dressage shows and at the AA rated hunter and jumper shows including qualifying a young dressage stallion for the dressage young horse championships and a five-year-old jumper for the Young Jumper championships.
In 2009, Carrie had the opportunity to start her own training business and relocated to her present location at WinterSpring Farm owned by Mike and Sue Thome of Carson City. Here, she is able to lease a six stall barn and has access to all of farm’s facilitates. Having only 6 horses in training at one time gives Carrie the opportunity to personally monitor all aspects of the horse’s training and well being. The beautiful WinterSpring facility allows Carrie the opportunity to utilize a variety of components to create an individualized training program that will best allow each horse to maximize its potential. While the main focus of Carrie’s training business continues to center around providing the correct start for and the training of the young sport horse, she also has the talent, education, and expertise to further the development of any of the horses and riders she works with.
You are invited to contact Carrie to learn more about Wilson SportHorses and how she can help prepare you and your horse for a successful partnership in whatever sport horse discipline you might choose.
-4th Place USEF National Young Horse Championships with Belle Notte
- 5th place - Region 2 Open 3rd Level Championship
- 10th place - US Dressage Finals Open 3rd Level
-USDF National Championships – Reserve Champion First Level Open
-USDF National Championships – Second Level Open – 3rd place
-USEF Horse of the year – 12th out of 551 at First Level Open
-USDF All-Breed Award – FHANA First Level Open Champion
-USDF Region 2 Championship – Champion First Level Open
-USDF Region 2 Championship – Second Level Open – 3rd
-Friesian Horse Association of North America – winner of the Dressage Performance Award – top average scoring FHANA dressage horse in the country
-Successfully Presented a 2009 Hanoverian mare for Mare Performance Test - Hanoverian inspection
-USDF Region 2 Championship – Training Level Open
-USDF Region 2 Championship – First Level Open – 10th place
-Successfully presented a 2009 Hanoverian mare for Mare Performance Test – Han inspection
-Presented three mares for their mare performance test and inspection; One of these mares achieves Champion of the Mare Performance Test and all three mares achieve the prestigious title of "Elite Mare Candidate” .
2008 Dutch Keuring
-Whomatha - 1st place Iron Springs Farm Cup - Five Year Old Jumpers
-Zebalila - 3rd nationally in the DG Bar Cup (dressage) for 4 year olds and 5th for 3-7 year old mares.
-Zorusa - 1st in the nation for the Iron Springs Farm Cup for four year old Jumpers
-Ambasssador - 3rd in the nation for the DG Bar Cup for three year olds