Trainer/Instructor, Mattie Johnson
Mattie’s career at MacNair’s started in 1993 as a beginner rider. Her desire to ride and learn more led her to become a working student, which included barn work and riding the horses being trained to fit into the Riding School programs. She also began assisting with group lessons and then completed the MacNair’s Instructor Course. Now, as an instructor at the Riding School, Mattie heads Saddle Up, Earn Your Stirrups and beginner groups. She specializes in Beginner/Elementary riders of all ages where her experience and empathy come into play. She gives her students a solid foundation as safe, secure horsemen.
In the words of one of her lessoners, “Mattie is a wonderful instructor and shows sincere interest and dedication. We adore Mattie.”
Trainer/Instructor, Laura Pendleton
Laura began her riding career at the age of 7 in the hunt seat tradition. Several years later, her family was transferred to Mississippi, where there were no English saddles in the area. Laura began competing in barrel racing and pole bending events on her Standardbred who had raced as a trotter and never cantered before she owned him. Overcoming these obstacles, Laura won classes over seasoned locals on prized Quaterhorses. Laura taught her mounts to jump, swim, race, rear on command, pull sleighs, and march calmly in parades. As an adult, Laura began riding at MacNairs in 1987 and developed an intense interest in dressage. She has won several NCDCTA year end awards from Training Level thorough Intermediare riding 6 different horses. She has placed in the USDF Region 1 Finals several years at different levels and has been awarded numerous high score awards at USEF and USDF recognized shows through the levels. Laura has acquired her bronze and silver medals with USDF and is currently competing her horse, Vico, at Prix St. Georges.
Trainer/Instructor, Kara Wilcox
Kara started riding at MacNairs at the age of 5, and was eager to ride as much as her parents would allow. She took regular lessons and entered her first schooling show when she was 8 years old. She soon graduated to “C” shows and EHA Shows. Over the years Kara moved up through the divisions to show in Children’s at Annual and various “A” shows later in high school. In addition to riding, Kara continued her general education of horse care and management in the MacNair’s 4H club, spending time as the Vice President and President over the years. She continued her show career in college on the NC State IHSA team, where she was placed into intermediate for flat and fences, then moved up to open, where she won regionals and placed 5th at zones. She was captain of the NC State IHSA team for 2 years. Outside of the IHSA team, she spent time volunteering at the NC State Equine Educational Unit, where she enjoyed working with the young horses. Kara is returning to MacNair’s as a riding instructor, Assistant IEA Coach, and leader of the 4H club.