Penny Wahler

PennyPenny grew up in Carmel, Ca. where she found her passion for horses riding in the pony club at the Pebble Beach Stables. She earned an “A” rating and then turned her interests towards hunters/jumpers/equitation. Shortly after college Penny purchased her own hunter/jumper training barn in Santa Cruz Ca. She trained and coached numerous northern California hunter champions, and medal finals winners. Her 30 stall barn branched out to showing in southern California as well. Penny’s accomplishments include training and showing PCHA year end champions/reserve champions in the 1st yr, 2nd yr, and regular working hunters as well as age group equitation champions. She also trained the PCHA Amateur Owner/Jr Jumper Championship winner in 2001. Her junior equitation riders won the NorCal Medal Finals twice and the NorCal Medal Senior Finals twice as well. She trained the USEF Adult Medal Regional winner in 2010. Penny is a USEF “R” rated judge in Hunters Hunt Seat Equitation and Jumpers. She has judged many prestigious shows including Capital Challenge, Middleburg Classic, Skidmore College, Old Salem Farm, Upperville Classic, just to name a few. From traveling frequently to show in Southern California, she decided to sell her farm and move to San Diego in 2007. She is now located at Caballos Del Mar riding and training along with the help of Mary Cohen. They specialize in the development of riders and horses at all levels from beginner to advanced in Hunters, Equitation, and Jumpers.

Birthe Laufer

unnamed German born Birthe Laufer is an FEI competitor, coach and trainer. Her background and horsemanship foundation is in the German classical principles of riding. Throughout her career she has worked with top notched dressage professionals. She advanced not only her riding skills but also gained a keen understanding of horse management. In the past few years in the United States she has built an effective dressage training business with successful showing culminating in numerous circuit champion titles up to FEI levels. She also trains a successful and promising group of students along with training and promoting sale horses. Birthe is very passionate about her training and focused on continually expanding her skills. She regularly trains with Christine Traurig. Her students, both horses and rider, benefit from her expanding knowledge as well. If you enjoy the journey of dressage, the beauty and ride ability of a classically trained horse, then Birthe Laufer Dressage may be the place for you. She is strongly committed to the horses in her care and her students! Birthe has limited openings for training so please don’t hesitate to give her a call. Birthe Laufer Dressage


Mary Cohen

Mary grew up in a “horsey community,” twenty-five minutes north of Milwaukee on the coastal-waters of lake Michigan. After getting her first horse, Mary started in Pony Club with her good friend Beezie Patton, who now is known by the name of Beezie Madden. She showed throughout the Midwest and East Coast as a junior, qualifying for the USEF Medal and MaClay finals three years in a row. In year two, she also qualified for the Junior Hunters and second year Green Hunters and also went back and showed in the medal finals.

During college Mary worked as an assistant trainer on summer and winter break. Upon graduation, Mary moved to Austin, Texas and continued training horses. After one very hot summer, she decided to move out to southern California.

Mary worked for Benson Carrol for one year before starting her own business at Showpark. She rode and coached clients in Hunters, Jumpers, and Equitation. While training at Showpark, Mary had the great fortune of sharing a ring with Bernie Traurig for a year and a half, and after that with Robert Ridland for another two years. Five years later, Mary moved her business to Ride America where she built up a successful show barn with thirty horses in training. Mary and her client showed at both “A” rated and “C” shows, winning many championships and reserves. Mary also won a $30,000 Grand Prix during this era. In 1997, Mary was hired a private client in Rancho Santa Fe where she trained the client’s horses, and she also rode horses for Sandy Aston at this time.

Mary recieved her judging license in 1989 in Hunters, Jumpers, and Equitation. In 2009, Mary was promoted to a “R” judge in Hunters and Equitation, and an “R” in Jumpers.

Jenny Carbonari

coverpic jenniHunter/Jumper trainer Jenny Carbonari has been based in San Diego since 2011. Raised in Montana, Grand Prix rider Jenny Carbonari established a successful jumper training business in 1994, and in 2011 moved to San Diego with her former life and business partner Olympic show jumper Damian Gardiner. Known for her solid horsemanship, positive attitude, and tireless energy, Jenny excels at bringing out the best in horses and clients. Jenny’s training foundation rests on a goal oriented logical, systematic approach combined with a compassionate and supportive teaching style. Whether you are a weekend warrior or a serious, high-level competitor, Jenny will work with you to establish a customized program that will help you have fun and achieve your goals. Northern Lights Show Jump