Meet the Trainers




Jared Penley- Head Trainer, Clinician, Instructor, Board Member- CMSA Futurity, Derby, and Stallion Incentive


Jared started riding at two years old learning from his older brother Ashley, a show horse trainer at the time. Over the years, Jared gained his training experience through working in multiple aspects of the equine industry including gaited show horses, pleasure horses, performance horses, and driving.  His career began working at a Tennessee Walking Horse show barn starting horses under saddle. From there, Jared worked as the head colt starter and overseer of the breeding program on a ranch south of Tucson, AZ, where he was in charge of managing 50 head of training horses out of the main herd, which consisted of 126 head.  For four years Jared enjoyed the opportunity of working with a vast array of different breeds and personalities.

Jared moved to New Hampshire in June of 2014 where he soon founded Penley Horsemanship. It was at this time he became involved with the sport of cowboy mounted shooting.  Since that time, Jared has been actively training horses for and competing in the sport where he is currently a Mens Level 6 shooter accruing many titles including his most recent accomplishments:

~2021 Appalachian Championship Reserve Cowboy

~2021 National Championship Top 3 Finisher

~2019 Eastern Championships Top 5 Finisher

~2019 Northeast Regional Overall Cowboy

~2019 NH State Overall Champion

~2019 VA State Mens 4 Champion

Jared trained in New Hampshire from 2014-2020 when Penley Horsemanship moved to Ohio to be closer to family and have a more centralized location for customers and traveling for competitions.  Jared provides a natural horsemanship-based training approach that combines the worlds of natural horsemanship and performance horse training to create an equine athlete with a solid foundation.  He has started hundreds of horses under saddle of all breeds and disciplines and excels at listening to what the horse needs to succeed.  In addition to training, Jared specializes in sales of quality mounted shooting horses, is a clinician for natural horsemanship and mounted shooting clinics, and teaches horsemanship and shooting lessons. 


Cara Penley- Assistant Trainer, Clinician, Instructor, Board Member- CMSA Futurity, Derby, and Stallion Incentive

Cara started riding as soon as she could hold onto the reins.  Growing up, Cara was involved in Pony Club and 4H where she competed in three-phase eventing, hunter-jumpers, and mounted games in addition to being an active member of the Genesee Valley Fox Hunt.  Her interest in western disciplines came about with working cattle and competing in team penning and sorting.  In 2013, Cara was introduced to the sport of cowboy mounted shooting and has been actively competing ever since.  She trained her first shooting horse, Ace, who took her from a Ladies 1 through 5.  Cara currently competes as a Ladies Level 6 off her main competition horse, Duce, and their standing stallion, Tuff Little Pepto.  Cara has accrued multiple shooting titles including her most recent achievements:


~2021 South Central Regional Championship Overall Cowgirl

~2019 Eastern Championships Ladies 5 Champion

~2019 NH State Overall Cowgirl

~2019 VA State Ladies 5 Champion

~2018 Northeast Regional High Point Cowgirl

Cara specializes in coaching, lessons, and clinics for cowboy mounted shooting with a focus on horsemanship and balanced riding.  Her enjoyment comes from watching her students excel in the sport and helping to create strong relationships between horse and rider.  Her overarching goal is to never stop learning and growing as a horsewoman and competitor.  


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Cara Penley- CMSA
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