Chris began training horses professionally in 1979. Prior to that, he spent his junior rider years working for Joe Benes of Upland, California. While working for Joe, Chris showed both Arabians and gaited horses. The better part of the 80's were spent working for Bill & MaryAnn Hughes at Will Mar Arabians. During this time, Chris expanded his knowledge as a trainer and most importantly, he grew as a horseman. He started his own business in 1988 in Temecula, CA at Magic Meadow Arabians. In 2000, Chris was recruited to manage the training program at Wolf Springs Ranches, Inc. This was all a natural progression and evlution to the current development of Culbreth Equine Training & Management. Chris and his clients have garnered many National and Reserve National Championships. Areas of success include English, Western, Hunter Pleasure, Park, Show Hack, Driving and Equitation. Chris' level of experience in the Arabian horse community encompasses more than just showing horses. It has always been important to Chris to get involved on a higher plain and ensure the future of our Arabian horse. He is a licensed judge and officiates widely all over the US and Canada, as well as South Africa, Brazil and Australia. Chris is President of the Arabian Professional and Amateur Horseman's Association and Chairman for the Professional Horseman's Committee of AHA. Chris and his wife, Michele live in Scottsdale on the ranch. Their family includes a dog named Calvin and two cats, Slash and Gremalkin.
The Culbreth kids, Kyle, Calvin & Stan
Jessica Schaeffler, Trainer
We are very excited to have Jessica Schaeffler on our staff. Her talent will be a great addition to our training program.
Jessica Schaeffler began her riding career at age seven, with Silver Mist Training Center, a small barn located in northern California. Realizing she wanted to increase her involvement with horses, she began riding with Rich Doran, in Pleasanton, CA, and continued to ride and show with him throughout her youth career. After high school, Jessica studied at the California Polytechnic University in Pomona, where she received her bachelor's degree in fine arts. During this time, Jessica also rode with Cynthia Burkman, and garnered several national wins, including a Reserve National Championship in open ladies' sidesaddle, with her horse, Hope JF. Upon graduation in 2008 from Cal Poly Pomona, Jessica Schaeffler began nearly two years of work under the guidance of Scottsdale, AZ-based Crystal McNutt, focused on Arabian reining and other performance horses. Rarely in life does one find so early on what career they desire -- and with such passion for the work -- as has Jessica. Culbreth Equine Training and Management is proud to be associated with a horsewoman of such work ethic, talent, and vision, as well as such a remarkable way with her clients and fellow professionals.