Carol Wright's name is synonymous with success on the jumper circuit.
She completed her first Grand Prix at 19 and her daughter, Leslie, one-upped her by doing so earlier this year at 18.
Along with managing a stable full of students at Melodic Farms in the Sacramento area's Elk Grove, the
mother-daughter team are on the
way to creating an even bigger
profile for themselves in the
jumper world. Leslie has her
sights set on the North
American Young Riders
Championships and success
in the open and international
ranks after that. Along with
Leslie and Carol's continuing
development as big ring
contenders, the plan is to
bring several top jumper
Toward that end, Carol and
Leslie asked Justin Imperato to
serve as an advising associate in
their jumper-related endeavors.
Justin and Carol had known of each
other as fellow competitors on the Northern California circuit. When he returned to the Sacramento area to
settle in with his own Imperato Horse Sales, Carol sought his help in finding a good mount for Leslie. Things escalated to Justin regularly working with Carol and Leslie and their jumpers and advising them on purchases and development and occasionally giving clinics to Melodic Farms students.
"It's a group effort to get a horse and rider going at Grand Prix," Justin notes. "It's a team sport."
Carol Wright and Conajito.
Photo: Dawson Photography
The trio's association is already bearing fruit. When Leslie's successes up to the 1.3 m divisions warranted a step up, Justin recommended a 12 year old Dutch Warmblood named Taco. He recognized the horse as perfect for a beginning Grand Prix rider and Taco has been just that with solid performances for Leslie at big shows in Scottsdale, AZ and Blenheim EquiSports in San Juan Capistrano.
Meanwhile, Carol is giving her daughter a run for the money aboard another Justin find: Conejito by Conejo. The 2003 Holsteiner represents "the optimum qualities of the American sport horse competing at the Grand Prix level," reports Justin. Carol and the handsome grey debuted this winter at Scottsdale and are looking forward to a successful summer and well beyond.
As a Grand Prix rider, Justin has been around the world training horses and riders to win performance classes. His training program offers horse starting and basic dressage, event-specific training, private riding instruction, therapeutic riding rehabilitation, and clinics both domestic and international. Imperato Horse Sales is based at a private facility in Herald.
"We believe that yielding the optimum quality starts with proper training from the very beginning," says Justin of his philosophy. "By utilizing our proven hands-on approach, coupled with our outstanding facilities, we offer the best pedigree for the money and the highest standard in the quality of our horses."
For more information about
Melodic Farms or Imperato Horse Sales visit www.melodicfarms.com or www.imperatohorsesales.com.