Cara was raised on a 130-acre Quarter Horse breeding farm in Bellevue, Idaho where she discovered her passion of horseback riding. She won her first competition at the age of seven and continued on to eventually become an international Grand Prix competitor. As a certified, Level 1 Professional by the United States Hunter & Jumper Association (USHJA), Cara has trained top riders and horses. These riders and horses have succeeded in Federation Equestrian International rated horse shows, International Hunter Derbies, Maclay Finals, USEF Hunter Seat Medal Finals, USEF Talent Search Finals, WIHS Medal Finals, Pony Finals, Young Riders, as well as NCAA and South Eastern Conference Championships. Cara currently serves as Vice Chair of the USHJA’s Zone 9 Jumper Committee, the Jumper representative for the WSHJA, and is a member of the USHJA’s National Equitation Taskforce as well as the North American Young Riders Championship (NAYRC) Taskforce.
Head Trainer at Potcreek Meadow Farm (1990-Present)
- Represented the United States in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the 2011 Nations Cup Final
- Coached a silver medal finalist at the Young Riders Competition in Colorado
- Coached and trained seven students from the Short-Stirrup to the Grand-Prix level
- Coached two student that were recruited by NCAA equestrian teams, received scholarships, and went on to win National Championships
- Had ten students place tenth or better at the USET Talent Search West Coast Final
- Had two riders place in the top 10 at USEF Pessoa Finals and the ASPCA Medal Finals
- Coached six students to qualify for the Prix de States Finals held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Assistant Trainer at G&G Farms (1984-1989)
Worked for Rob Gage (1985 Rider of the Year) along with Cindy Grossman at their 50 Horse Show stable at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.
Trained at Flintridge with Jimmy Williams & Susie Hutchinson (1983-1984)
Competed on the West Coast show circuit and assisted in the schooling of Jimmy Williams' young horses.
Trained by George H. Morris at Hunterdon Stables (1977-1980)
Represented the United States on the European Junior Nations Cup team. Won reserve in the AHSA Maclay finals at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Mario was born in Bogotá, Colombia and was raised in an equestrian family where he learned and aquired a mastery of horsemanship. Mario started riding when he was 4 years old at his family’s riding school in Colombia. Since then, has won many championships internationally and has represented his country in FEI competitions. Currently, Mario trains young horses at Potcreek, teaches students from beginner to advanced levels, and prepares horses for optimal competition success.
As a rider/trainer
Rider and Assistant Trainer at Potcreek Meadow Farm -Seattle, WA (2015 – Present)
Rider and Head Trainer at Stansky’s Mission Farm -Wellington, FL (2014 – 2015)
Rider and Assistant Trainer at Stransky’s Mission Farm -Wellington, FL (2012 – 2014)
Rider and Assistant Trainer at Alianza Ecuestre -Colombia (2010 - 2012)
As a competitor
5th Place Furusiyya Nations Cup Wellington, FL (2013)
Junior Colombian Champion (2011)
First Place FEI Worl Jumping Challenge Group V (2011)
Silver Medal at the Youth Olympics Games Singapore (2010)
Gold Team Medal at the South American Games, Medellin (2010)
Third Place FEI World Jumping Challenge Group V (2009)
Children Colombian Champion (2006)
Pre-Children Champion Bogota League (2004)
Lynnly has played an integral part in Potcreek's success since it's opening in 1990. With years of knowledge in the saddle and coaching, Lynnly has proven to be one of the best trainers in the North West. Her sound fundamentals and passion for the horse have given her the tools necessary for success both in and out of the competition arena. Lynnly assists Cara in teaching lessons both at the stable in Redmond, as well as at local competitions.
Lynnly’s love of animals lead her to begin riding lessons at Double A Farm, a beautiful 60 acre farm in Northeastern Pennsylvania when she was 8 y.o. Dude Allegucci was and still is the owner and trainer that specialized in off the track Thoroughbred (OTTB) training and green prospects for hunters and jumpers. He taught a natural quiet feel and classic horsemanship which was the key to her success riding and showing local B and C shows on her first OTTB. In 1980, to continue her riding education, she began commuting to Horseheads, NY to train with Robert Crandall for hunt seat equitation lessons. She was very successful on her new OTTB competing in the hunters and equitation in NY, NJ, and PA on the A and B show circuit. She sold her horse after high school and bought another OTTB 3 year old prospect, training and showing through college and early 20’s as an amateur. In 1992, she moved to Seattle Wa and became a working student for Potcreek Meadow Farm. Learning the other side of the business, she began riding different horses, learning how to teach, grooming for shows, horse health care and veterinary care, farm management, and showing her 3 yo OTTB under Cara for 7 years. She took time off to raise her 2 sons and daughter but continued to ride her horse for pleasure. As her kids got older she returned part time riding and teaching for PMF. Her daughter shared her love of horses and now Lynnly works full time and her daughter rides in the Pony Hunter and Pony Equitation Division. She thanks her husband and children for all of their support and is grateful for everything she has learned and continues to learn working under Cara. She enjoys teaching her lesson clients and feels she has another family here at Potcreek.