Stephanie started training client horses in 2002, in 2005 she went out on her own. Stephanie started on cutters under other trainers, and went to rope horses with a NW champion, endurance horses with the Nance's, race horses / ponying, and then to California, were she owned the premier Girl Scout residential horse camp from 2008-2011. Stephanie spent years retraining and selling Off the Track horses for barrel racing and eventing, salvaging rescue horses, PMU mares and foals, and of course her LOVE for well bred horses is always there as well. Nov 2011, The family decided to come home and start a life in Central Oregon, were its a great place to raise kids. Stephanie continues her love for the diamonds in the rough and has much success in remaking unwanted or undesirable horses into great family horses, barrel horses and rope horses. Today she is specializing in the newer lines of Barrel Horses and following her childhood dream of barrel racing for a living.
Mark Garcia worked on the Rolling A Ranch from 2005- 2012, Stephanie & Mark built a solid business outside of Paso Robles/Atascadero in a small town called Creston, California. Prior to that Mark has a background in shoeing on the race tracks, assistant training for leading Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred trainers in the Northwest. He was also a licensed race trainer & farrier, for a few years prior to heading to the Rolling A Ranch. Mark worked the starting gates at the race track (one of the most dangerous jobs) as well galloped and broke colts. He is a handy handy man around the ranch, can fix and built just about anything.
Stephanie and Mark are always working hard to build SMG Performance Horses reputation on producing sound, good minded horses, and running their business on integrity and honesty for the horses and owners that come to them.
SMG has been well known for producing horses that are user friendly, for clients for a variety of disciplines. Their goals are always to train horses that are usable for other people, nurturing the bond between horse and rider and helping them reach the owners goals as big or small as those are.
The goal has always been to create a brand, a business built on happy customers and to have a large amount of knowledge and experience to offer each horse, owner and lesson student.
Many many horses have crossed my path, came through my barn, they all came for reason, and all left a small or large impact in my life. Each and everyone is appreciated, however small or large they contributed to our family or my career.