Meet the Trainer

Margo Hepner-Hart

Margo on Johnie Regal

Margo has been involved for over 30 years as an owner and manager, trainer, instructor, exhibitor, judging and managing horse shows. She rides, trains and instructs in Western Dressage, Showmanship, Trail, Dressage, Equitation, Saddle Seat and Hunt Seat. She also clinics in England, Canada and the US. She welcomes all types of horses and all ages of students.

Margo trained with some of the top trainers from Germany including Dietrich Von Hopffgarten and Gerhard Politz as well as Peter Propfe, Hans and Thomas Urff, Hilda Gurney & Ernst Herman and is highly successful in the show ring.

After obtaining a grant through the United States Equestrian Team to further her studies in Dressage abroad, she studied in Germany with Gerhard Politz for several months, and a few years later he moved to California where Margo joined him as his assistant trainer before eventually moving back to her own facility in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Margo has shown Arabs, Half-Arabs, Saddlebreds, Friesians and Pintos with National Championships and won Highest Point earning Horse at the National and Regional levels; from her personal barn she shows Saddlebreds in the 5-gaited, Park, English, Hunter and Western Pleasure Divisions, a Friesian stallion in Dressage, Arabians/Half-Arabians in Dressage, Park, English and Country Pleasure.

She holds Judges cards for: ABRA, ADMS, AMA, AMHA, AMHR, ASPC, NASMA, AHA, POA, PtHA, USEF; Arab/Half Arab, Andalusian, Friesian, Saddlebred, Saddle Seat, Equitation, Shetland, (USEF in the Arab/half-Arab and Andalusian divisions and has judged nationally and internationally.

Margo continues her reputation for matching horses and riders, starting horses gently, and being a positive place for horses and riders to learn together.

For fun she has mini-donkeys, a mule and various other animals to keep things interesting and is a professional Chef on the side!