Meet the Trainers
Jared Penley- Head Trainer, Clinician, Instructor, Member of the CMSA Professional Horsemen Association
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 started off 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 5 shooter accruing many titles including his most recent accomplishments:
~2019 Eastern Championships Top 5 Finisher
~2019 Northeast Regional Overall Cowboy
~2019 NH State Overall Champion
~2019 VA State Mens 4 Champion
~2018 Northeast Regional Overall Champion
~2018 Northeast Overall High Point Champion
~2016 and 2017 MA State Overall Cowboy
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, Member of the CMSA Professional Horsemen Association
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 to her current level as a Ladies 5. Her current competition horse, Duce, is working hard to follow in Ace's footsteps with 2018 being his first year of competition. Cara has accrued multiple shooting titles including her most recent achievements:
~2019 Eastern Championships Ladies 5 Champion
~2019 NH State Overall Cowgirl
~2019 VA State Ladies 5 Champion
~2018 Northeast Regional High Point Cowgirl
~2018 and 2017 MA State Overall Champion
~2018 CT State Overall Cowgirl
~2018 Universal Media Shootout Ladies 4 Champion
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.
CMSA Professional Horsemen Association:
Penley Horsemanship is a proud member of the CMSA Professional Horsemen Association, which has a mission statement of:
"To enhance and promote the industry of professionals involved in the sport of cowboy mounted shooting and the services involved in those equine services of the sport. The association exists to foster credibility and proficiency while being the advocates for the sport of mounted shooting through the endorsement of superior industry standards that will enable professionals to excel in the sport."