Denise Beronio - Executive Director:
Denise has ridden and competed in Dressage and 3-Day Eventing for 20 years. She is a graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno with a B.S. degree in Business Management, and a minor in Marketing. She has 15 years of combined consumer banking and mortgage loan experience, as well as 10 years of management experience. Denise has been instructing novice through preliminary level riders for 17 years. She was the Regional Instructor Coordinator for the Sierra Pacific region of the United States Pony Club for 3 years, is a National Examiner for USPC, and travels throughout the U.S. performing exams and attending national clinics for Pony Club. Denise currently competes in amateur hunters and equitation training with Cori Rosa of Bayview Farms.

Board of Directors

Allen Moyer
Allen Moyer has been a member of the NRCHA for fifteen years and a Board Member of the NRCHA from 2003 through 2006. He has enjoyed a great deal of success as AM Squared Performance Horses in large part due to the wise council of Ted Robinson. AM Squared Performance Horses is the owner of 1997 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity World Champion, Smart Little Cash and several other NRCHA Futurity Finalists as well having previously owned AQHA World Show Finalists, Sensation Cash and Nu Cash Chex. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Design and a Master's Degree in Arts and Architecture with minors in Business, Real Estate and Structural Engineering. For fifteen years he worked for the Walt Disney Company, managing all Design, Engineering, and Construction efforts for Walt Disney Imagineering in Florida and Europe. During his seven years as a Senior Vice President of Project Management and then President of SETMO Imagineering in Europe, under his guidance WDI was responsible for $3.5 billion of construction. After leaving the Walt Disney Company, he joined the Sony Retail Entertainment as Senior Vice President, responsible for the Design and Construction of the Sony Metreon projects in San Francisco , Tokyo , Japan and Berlin , Germany . At Apple Computer, he managed a Real Estate Portfolio of 4.5 million square feet with an annual budget of $240 million, in addition to assisting in the launch of the Apple Retail Stores. In 2004, he established ADMI, focusing on Client Services as an Owners Representative and Project Manager for Real Estate Development specializing in Resort and Retail/Entertainment projects.

Larry Walsh - CFO and Advisor for Development:
Larry is a graduate of St. John's University in New York with a degree in accounting. He has over forty years of financial, tax, and accounting experience, as well as 27 years in the building and development industry. He is currently the Finance Manager for a regional commercial development company in Reno Nevada, where his responsibilities include managing various types of acquisition development, construction, permanent and bond financing. Larry previously served on the Douglas County Planning Commission. He is a past president and active member of the Douglas County Building Industry Assoc. and was also a previous owner of medium sized, successful equestrian facility in Northern California.

Margaret Mullin Weems (Maggie) - Chairman of the Board
Maggie is an attorney at The Furth Firm, San Francisco, California (antitrust class actions). And is a graduate from Wellesley College, B.A., cum laude, with a degree in political economics. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Law, and was also an editor of Legislative Services. Maggie is a member of the California Bar Association. She was a Former member of Weems Law Offices, Fairfax, California (complex business litigation, equine business support), former member Alioto & Alioto LLP, San Francisco, California. Board of Governors, Queen Margaret School, Duncan B.C. Canada 2002-2005. Member of the United States Pony Club, and Middle Marin Hunt Pony Club (officer 10 years).

Dianne Grod
Attended the University of Maryland. Her family owned and operated a thoroughbred breeding farm specializing in race and hunt horses as well as Polo ponies which she helped manage. Dianne worked for notable horseman such as Ben O'Meara and Chuck Ackerman and was named Leading Foreign Rider at the first Spruce Meadows Masters Horse Show in Calgary, Alberta Canada 1976. She rode for the US Team at the first Nations Cup in Spruce Meadows placing 3rd, and was also 1996 CPHA Horsewoman of the year. Dianne was on the Board of Directors for PCHA for 12 years, as well as a director for CPHA, MPHA, and WCAR. Dianne retired from the Grand Prix ring in 2001 with numerous leading rider awards, she is still a top trainer, and is an R-rated Hunter/Jumper judge currently working for Al-Marah Arabians - the world's largest breeder of Arabian Horses.

Mason Phelps
Recognized as the most successful philanthropists in the horse industry, Mason has been awarded twice by the United States Equestrian Team Foundation for his benefit work. He is a former member of the US 3-Day Olympic team in Mexico in 1968, and was named USCTA rider of the year, then worked for the legendary Jimmy Williams for 2 years as Assistant Trainer. Mason founded and produced many popular shows such as the International Jumping Derby in Newport, RI. He was also Chairman of Zone 1 for the former AHSA as well as a board member of USET. Mason now owns Phelps Media Group, a widely read horse publication and He has been a member of several boards including the recent World Equestrian Games which will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in 2010.

Ted Robinson
Ted is the first reining cowboy to ever win one million and then two million dollars in the history of reining. He has won the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity a record seven times and is a two time World's Greatest Horseman Champion. Ted has also been the recipient of several year end bridle and hackamore titles, with memorable wins at the Salinas Rodeo, Cow Palace, and World Championships horse shows. His dedication to the sport of reining has led him to involvement with every aspect of the industry from teaching and public relations to breeding and judging. Ted is past president of the NRCHA and current President of the National Stock Horse Association (NSHA)

Robert Kellerhouse
Robert Kellerhouse is in charge of two competitions that garner annual thunder, Galway Downs in the southern California and The Event at Woodside in the northern California. Kellerhouse, who resides in Del Mar, CA, has an extensive background in equestrian sports having worked in the administration of a major Eventing competition and competed as an active Eventing rider. In 1990 he was a full time working student for Olympic Gold Medalist Denny Emerson. In 1999 he created the first ever California based National Championship for the sport of eventing at the CCI**, and CCI* levels of competition. Robert was also awarded Gold Cup status competition by the US Eventing Association at both the Galway Downs and Woodside events, two of twelve events in the United States . Robert developed the first of four FEI Regional Eventing World Cup (CIC-W***) in North America in March 2003, and it is currently one of nineteen CIC-W*** competitions in the World. Kellerhouse has a Bachelor of Science degree from the San Diego State University where he majored in Business Administration.

Gina Miles
Following High School Graduation in 1991, Gina became a working student for David Adamo in Petaluma, California and earned her H-A rating in Pony Club. In the next two years, with the help of Brian and Lisa Sabo, Gina and Southbound successfully moved up to the Intermediate level, never incurring a cross-country penalty. In 1993 they landed a spot on the Area VI team for the North American Young Riders Championships where they placed 6th individually. Gina also gained experience riding a variety of different mounts, earned her "A" rating, and obtained her B.S. in Crop Science at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. In 1997, Gina attended the inaugural Four Star Event at Rolex Kentucky as a spectator and firmly set her sights on reaching the Four Star level. Upon learning of these aspirations, friends and owners of Rainbow Ranch, Thom Schulz and Laura Coats, imported McKinlaigh, a five-year-old Irish Sport Horse. The pair reached the Three Star level in 2001 at the Fair Hill Three Day event where they earned the Amanda Warrington Award for the highest placed pair competing in their first Three Star. McKinlaigh started out 2003 with a bang, winning the World Cup qualifier at Galway Downs and scoring another good finish at Rolex, this time finishing inside the time on cross-country. After being named as Short-List Alternates in 2004 for the Olympic Games in Athens, McKinlaigh was sidelined with a necessary surgery to repair a wind condition. Gina and McKinlaigh returned to their winning form in 2006 capturing wins at the CIC*** World Cup qualifier, Woodside horse trials, Twin Rivers horse trials and the USEF Fall Eventing Championships awarded at the Fair Hill International CCI***. The successful year earned them the title of USEA Gold Cup champions and the USEA Advanced Horse of the Year, and in 2008 the pair won the individual Silver Medal in the Beijing Olympics.

Debbie McDonald
Hometown: Hailey, Idaho
Birthdates: 1954
Horse Brentina Chestnut Mare 1991 16.2
Debbie McDonald is a former Hunter/Jumper rider who switched to Dressage in 1990. In 1999 Debbie and Brentina took first place in the State Line Tack/USET Inter. 1 Championships at the Festival of Champions in Gladstone N.J. That earned them a spot on the Pan American Team in Canada. They went on to win the Team and Individual Gold Medals. Debbie was voted the USOC Woman of the year, AHSA Equestrian of the year. Brentina was also named the AHSA horse of the year. In 2001 Debbie and Brentina won the GP Championships at the Festival of Championships. In 2002 they once again won the GP Championships at the selection for the WEG in Spain. They went on to win a team silver medal, best and finished 4th overall. In 2003 they were given a Wild Card to the WC in Sweden. As it would turn out they won the WC title. They are the first Americans to hold such a title they also were members of the team that went to Aachen, were they were once again team Silver and Bronze individual. The were also 2003 USOC Athlete of the Year. In 2004 They won the Freestyle Championships. They went to Germany and showed in Dortmund where they won the GP and the GPS. They were given a spot on the Olympic Team for Athens where they led the team to a Bronze Medal, and finished 4th Individually. In 2005 They won the Freestyle Championships. They went on to the WC in Las Vegas where they finished third. In 2006 They were a member of the team that went to the WEG in Aachen, Germany were the helped bring the US a Bronze Medal home. In 2007 Brentina did not show healing from an injury. In 2008 Brentina once again represented the US on the Olympic Team in Hong Kong.

Bob Feist
Bob Feist of Lodi, CA, is not only well known as a rodeo announcer and commentator, but also as a publisher and roping producer. Feist was raised in Santa Rosa and Ukiah, CA, where the family had a cattle ranching operation. His love for rodeo started in the roughstock events. After high school, he attended Oklahoma State University as a hotel and restaurant major. He served in the United States Army, where he attended Officer's Training School and received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry. In 1968 Bob published the first issue of Ropers Sports News, a monthly publication that is still the "bible" of team ropers all over the United States as well as many foreign countries. Feist announces several PRCA rodeos, Professional Bull Ridings and special events each year. Besides having announced the National Finals Rodeo, he has also announced the National Finals Steer Roping Finals, Calgary Stampede, Cheyenne , Salinas , and the United States Team Roping Championships. Other major events he has announced include: Reno Rodeo, Bishop Mule Days, Snaffle Bit Futurity, the World Championships for the Professional Bull Riders, and the Timed Event Championship at the Lazy E in Guthrie, OK . Many times the announcer of the Sierra Circuit Finals, he was also named their "Announcer of the Year." He has also done a lot of television and radio commentary, with several years on the Hesston Telecast of the NFR. He was seen on ESPN as the co-host of the Pro-Tour. In the past, Feist was heard as co-host of the Great American Cowboy, Rodeo Sports Page and other television and radio shows. His credits also include announcing the "Wildest West Show of the Stars" on CBS and appearing in the Clint Eastwood movie, "Pink Cadillac." An excellent snow and water skier, Feist is a natural as announcer of the prestigious "Cowboy Downhill Race" held each January in Steamboat Springs, CO. Co-announcing with Billy Kidd and Larry Mahan, his knowledge of the sport, plus his announcing capabilities have made him an asset to this event. Because Feist felt that the "Open Team Ropers" (ropers who make their living roping and rodeoing), needed a specialized roping that would provide them with a lucrative payoff and awards, he started producing the world renowned Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping Classic, "BFI". Created in 1977, the "World's Richest One Day Open Team Roping" now pays out over $700,000 in cash and awards to the ropers who enter the event, and it has resided in Reno since 1984.

Advisory Board

Kathy Halbardier
Kathy is a graduate from California State University Fullerton, with an MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno with emphasis on entrepreneurial studies. Kathy is a specialist in Business and Economic Development at the Small Business Development Center at the University of Nevada, Reno where she is manager of the Small Business Innovative Research and Technology Assistance Program. Kathy holds many board positions including Northern Nevada Development Authority. She has a background in banking, finance, software development and project management, and she is also a co-owner of the Tahoe Ridge Winery in Genoa, Nevada.

Tab Hunter
A product of Hollywood's golden age, Tab Hunter became Hollywood's golden boy. An instant success, Tab went on to star in over 50 major motion pictures, and he also enjoyed a very successful recording career that culminated with one of the top records of the rock and roll era. Tab subsequently starred in his own television series for NBC and was nominated for an Emmy for his performance opposite Geraldine Page. Tab rode Hunters and Jumpers for years and was also a judge for a short period of time. He is currently a home owner in Douglas County, Nevada.

Brian & Lisa Sabo
Through the leadership and mentoring from Olympian Hilda Gurney, Brian was introduced to the sport of Eventing in 1963. Brian won his first Preliminary three-day event in 1968 followed by winning the National Intermediate Championships in 1969. Brian's 20 years of dedication to the sport combined with his consistency led to being named the leading rider in USEA Area 6 in 1969 and 1981. Brian's travels from coast to coast allowed him to successfully ride over most of the great American three-day event courses. Rides at Pebble Beach , Wild Horse Valley, Ram Tap, CTETA, Blue Ridge, Ledyard, Fair Hill, Radnor, Chesterland and Kentucky give him a unique historical perspective. Brian remained active through the advanced level on both coasts until 1984 when his coaching activities began to take precedence. Brian and his wife Lisa are both graduate "A" pony clubbers and Lisa is also an advanced level competitor. As a volunteer to the horse community Brian has served as a USPC District Commissioner, USEA Area VI Chairperson (1985-1987), CDS L.A. chapter public relations chairperson (1973), AVA board of governors (1976-1978) and CTETA founding vice president (1976-1989). Brian was selected Chief Liaison Officer for the 1984 Olympic games. Asked to help with the show jumping phase of the three-day event by good friend Neil Ayer, Brian was eventually awarded the contract to design and build the three-day event show jumping course at Santa Anita. Currently, as a USEA Level 4 Instructor and USEA Instructor Certification Program faculty member, Brian is focused on helping others become the best riders, trainers, coaches and mentors they can be.

Adrian Ward
Founder/President Pickwick Equestrians, Inc.
Co-producer of the $150,000 Northern California Triple Crown of Show Jumping Series
Equestrian event manager for 15+ years
USEF "R" Judge
NorCal Hunter Jumper Assoc. Board Member

Mandy Porter
Growing up in Northern California, Mandy began her formal training with various professional horsemen such as Carol Dean Porter, Lowrey Jones and later Butch and Lu Thomas. In 1992, after working for two years for Butch and Lu Thomas in California, Mandy made a decisive move to Europe . Over the next seven years, first working for Gerhard Etter's sale enterprise in Switzerland and then as a private trainer in Italy, Mandy gained invaluable international experience that allowed her to polish her talents as both a rider and an instructor. She rode in numerous international competitions throughout Europe and represented the United States on three Nations Cup Teams in Linz, Austria, La Baule, France, and Gijon, Spain. She also had the opportunity to learn from and ride with many international level show jumpers, including Katie Monahan Prudent, Alison Firestone, Alice Debany and Peter Wylde. In 1999, Mandy decided to close the European chapter of her life and return to the states. Mandy quickly established her own venture, ACP Enterprises, Inc., in the beautiful seaside community of Del Mar, California. Mandy has successfully campaigned Wild Turkey Farm's breeding stallions, Lavita and LioCalyon, and continues to ride the grey Holsteiner mare, Summer, also owned by Wild Turkey Farm, to many wins including the PCHA Grand Prix Horse of the Year title in 2006. On the ground as a sought after instructor, she has guided numerous riders to major victories, including Megan Ellison and Morgan Taylor, both participants of the North American Young Rider Championships. Mandy continues to attend AA rated horse shows throughout the West Coast and Canada.