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Greatmats 3rd Annual National Horse Trainer of the Year Contest

2017 National Horse Trainer of the Year Finalists Named

Kelly Murphy-Alley takes top prize. Read about it!


The votes are in, and your finalists for the 2017 Greatmats National Horse Trainer of the Year Award are Kelly Murphy-Alley of Striking KMA Performance Horses in Willmore, Kentucky, and Bill Brown of Chase Lake Equine Center in Fowlerville, Michigan. These two trainers compiled more than 1,300 of the more than 2,400 total votes cast in the 3rd annual contest. The winner will be announced on Dec. 15, 2017.

Kelly Murphy-Alley - Striking KMA Performance Horses - Wilmore, Kentucky

Bill Brown - Chase Lake Equine Center - Fowlerville, Michigan


2017 Nominees

(Click on the name to see his/her nomination.)


Ashley Salter - iRide4U - Santa Ynez


Justin Dunn - Justin Dunn Horsemanship - Guffey

Frances Carbonnel - Mariah Farms - Castle Rock


Kelly Murphy-Alley - Striking KMA Performance Horses - Wilmore

Beth Harris - Walnut Way Farm - Simpsonville


Bill Brown - Chase Lake Equine Center - Fowlerville

North Carolina

Kelly Woodlief - Woodlief Show Horses - Ruffin

South Carolina

TR Potts - Potts Performance Horses - Fountain Inn


Chrystal Crispin - Crispin Unlimited - Jonesborough


Jeremy Dull - Jeremy Dull Horsemanship - Hempstead


Sharlyn Fellenz - Mytalisha's Dream Riding Center, LLC - Eau Claire

Bryanna Larson - Pony Tales Refuge and Rehab - Colfax

West Virginia

Mike Hurst - Mike Hurst Horsemanship - Philippi

How the winner is chosen:

1. Voting will take place on Greatmats' Facebook Page from

Nov. 16 through Nov. 30, 2017

. The two horse trainers with the most votes will be named finalists.
2. Greatmats will judge the two finalists to determine the winner based on:
A. Demonstration of Service
B. Demonstration of Integrity
C. Demonstration of Quality

Grand Prize

1. $250 in Greatmats Products (or $150 Cash Option) for the training facility
2. Trainer/training facility profile to be released with the announcement of the winner on

Dec. 15, 2017

3. National Horse Trainer of the Year Certificate

Greatmats is a national horse stall, stable and trailer flooring leader based in Milltown, Wisconsin, since 1999. Identified as one of the top 3,000 fastest growing companies in the USA three times since 2008, Greatmats has earned an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and 9.5 TrustPilot rating. Greatmats gives back to its local community by donating 5% of its annual profits to local non-profit organizations. It also supports green initiatives through the use of solar energy at its Wisconsin headquarters and by offering a large variety of products made from recycled and renewable resources.

This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook.

All media submissions, including text, photos and videos become property of Greatmats.

Read about 2016 winner Jessica Montezuma and runner up Cody Keller!!!

More than 4,500 votes have been cast in the first three years of the contest, which is part of Greatmats' Annual National Award Series. The Greatmats National Award Series is designed to recognize instructors, trainers and coaches, who have made a positive impact in their communities and the lives of their students/clients.

Voting Instructions:

Visit Greatmats Facebook page during the voting period to vote for this year's National Horse Trainer of the Year. Find the photo gallery ballot associated with the National Horse Trainer of the Year Contest and click like on the photo of the Horse Trainer you'd like to win. Each ''like'' counts as one vote. Only likes to the original post count as votes. Feel free to share a photo or the gallery ballot with friends and family and encourage them to vote, but remind them to like the original post to make sure their votes count. The two horse trainers with the most ''like'' votes will be named finalists. From that point, Greatmats will choose the winner (scroll down to see prizes) based on demonstration of service, integrity and quality.


Want to honor a horse trainer for his/her outstanding achievements, unique style, humanitarian or animal rights efforts, etc.? Then nominate him/her for the 3rd Annual National Horse Trainer of the Year Award, sponsored by Greatmats. The award, part of Greatmats National Award Series, is designed to recognize Horse Trainers who have made a difference in the lives of their clients, animals and community through the virtues of service, integrity and quality.

Learn more about Greatmats National Award Series.

How to Nominate

1. Trainer's Name
2. Name and location of the training facility (Must be located in the USA)
3. A brief description of why you are nominating this trainer, including how he/she meets the criteria of high-level service, integrity and quality
4. A photo and/or video of the trainer


2016 Nominees

Austin VanWyck

Victory Lane Training Center, Phoenix, Arizona

Gena Loper

Duns N Roses Ranch/Post Falls Equestrian Center, Post Falls, Idaho

Cody Keller

Keller Horse Training, Seymour, Iowa

Jessica Moctezuma

Moctezuma Stables, Woodstock, Illinois

Heidi Bach

Genuine J, Kennewick, Washington

Stacey Pierce

Jumpers Academy, Mystic, Connecticut

Clarence Crumpton

Crumpton Horsemanship, Thornburg, Virginia

Farold Russett

Russett Quarter Horses, Kinsley, Kansas


Learn more about Greatmats National Award Series.

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