My love of horses along with all animals started at an early age, watching all the TV series such as Roy Rogers, Lone Ranger and even Mr. Ed. It was not until I had graduated from school and started working that I was able to purchase my very first horse.
Right from the start I was drawn to the Arabian breed. My first was a ½ Arabian mare named Cimarron Fancy, I then purchased a purebred colt, raised & sold several foals and mature horse along the way. Through the last 40 years I have breed, trained and shown many Arabian and Half Arabian horses.
The one closest to my heart is my current mare, Night n Gail, who did take me to my first US Nationals, where I had the best experience ever!!!
Horses are such great creatures and I feel blessed to have been able to share my life with those from my past and now my current “friends”, Night n Gail and Above n Beyond.
Kristen has over 14 years of experience riding and competing. Starting out with hunter jumpers before making the switch to dressage over 10 years ago. She worked as a working student at a warmblood breeding farm that specialized in breeding and training horses for jumping and dressage.
She has been involved with Arabians, her first love, since 1996. She has attended both as an auditor and participant, many clinics such as; Walter Zettl, Jan Brink, Matt McLaughlin, Kristi Wysocki and others.
Kristen is currently pursuing her USDF “L” judges license, as well as her USDF DSHB Judges license. Kristen has competed in dressage through FEI Intermediare 1, Sport Horse Under Saddle, Sport Horse Show Hack, Sport Horse in Hand, and various hunter jumper classes.
She has worked under an Equine Veterinarian for overall health care and foaling and breeding care. She has extensive experience handing and starting young horses and stallions.
Shortly after Rohara Arabians relocated from Miami to Orange Lake, Fla., in the early 1980s, it emerged as one of the nation’s premiere equestrian ventures. In 1985 John Rannenberg, resident trainer for singer Kenny Rogers’ Beaver Dam Farms, joined Rohara.
In the years since, John’s expertise has netted six Arabian Professional and Amateur Horseman’s Association Awards, an APAHA Horseman of the Year title, and countless national championships in halter, English pleasure, country English pleasure, pleasure driving, country pleasure driving, informal combination, western pleasure, hunter pleasure, show hack, native costume, saddle seat equitation, and park.
Today, more than two decades later, the name John Rannenberg has become synonymous with professional achievement and opportunity. Correspondingly, the name Rohara symbolizes the same lofty reputation around the world that he has been instrumental in establishing in the United States, Canada, Europe, and South America.
Since 1987, John also has had his own breeding program of purebreds and Half-Arabians, which has produced more than 20 national titles. Many times he has enjoyed being the breeder, trainer and owner at the time of the win. He has still found time to serve as president of the Ocala Arabian Horse Association for more than six years, heading up such activities as horse shows, training clinics, guest speakers, and the very popular Horse Lovers Tour of Marion County.
John holds the highest level United States Equestrian Federation
judges license at the regional/national level. He has enjoyed judging
throughout the United States, including many regionals, the Youth
Nationals and Canadian Nationals, and internationally, in Australia and
at the Brazil Nationals.