California Riding Magazine • January, 2008

Faubus Farms
A new sporthorse facility opens in Bonsall.

Faubus Farms is a 60-acre, full-service boarding and training facility located in Northern San Diego County in the adjacent towns of Bonsall and Fallbrook near the shores of the San Luis Rey River. The ranch currently hosts 100 boarders riding primarily for pleasure in the hunter/jumper, dressage and western disciplines. The south side of the property has been developed as a sporthorse-specific facility. This section of the ranch includes barn stalls ranging in size from the traditional (12’x12’) to large, double size stalls (12’x24’) in the newly renovated barns. There are a limited number of stalls available on a first-come basis.

With dedicated arenas for jumping, dressage and western, in addition to several more arenas, round pens and a jump chute, the entire facility offers a wealth of riding options. All of this is topped off by a half-mile training track, a tremendous conditioning tool. There are larger-than-average paddocks of varying sizes, including almost fully covered paddocks and a large retirement pasture. These are just a few of Faubus Farms’ desirable and unique boarding options.

Trainer Sheri Bradley of TSC Equine is on-site to offer full-service training and care with services ranging from “just drop your horse off and not worry” to full owner involvement, and everything in between. Sheri brings nearly 30 years of hunter/jumper and dressage training, riding and showing experience to the facility.

Faubus Farms offers boarders completely customized boarding packages, and offers facility usage membership for non-boarders. TSC Equine and Sheri offer horse care services including blanketing, daily turnout and supplements. Training is also customized to the needs of the horse and rider.

Offering innovative packages such as “Spa Care” and “Performance Care” sets TSC Equine apart, and Faubus Farms is the ideal location. Spa Care is for the performance horse that has been campaigning hard and deserves some time off, ranging from a mini vacation to an extended stay getting pampered. At Faubus Farms the horse will enjoy everything from fresh well water and lush green pastures to a hot oil bath. “We spoil them while keeping them fit,” Sheri explains. Performance packages are designed for horses coming back from time off, usually due to injury or foaling. “We really design the program for the horse, and not necessarily under saddle.”

Sheri trains both riders and horses, specializing in the hunter/jumper discipline, and incorporates the fundamentals of dressage into all levels of training and instruction. She has developed, trained and marketed top quality sporthorses, and offers a few, select horses for sale and/or lease. Also involved in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, the national high school and middle school equestrian program, Sheri is looking into starting up a Southern California IEA team.

The training and care program leverages the best of varied disciplines. Two training assistants have extensive natural horsemanship backgrounds: Brad Tenney, who specializes in equine behavior, and Nikki Calphas, who has recently come over from the U.K. and will be helping to expand the lesson program. Kalei Tsunekawa, the care supervisor and head groom, is a certified equine masseuse and has a strong background in the care of show Arabians. “It’s all about melding the pieces together to maximize what’s best for each horse and rider,” Sheri says.

Drawing On Diverse Experience

Sheri has produced numerous clinics in addition to working with national clinicians such as James Shaw, Victor Hugo-Vidal, Dale Harvey and Mickey Hayden, to name a few. She’s judged Pony Club Regional Finals along with annual and local shows. Her horse care management for show barns and lay-up/breeding facilities includes time with Maple Leaf Farms, Canyon Oaks and To & Fro Farms along with others.

Sheri has managed horse show logistics and grooming on the Open AA hunter/jumper circuit for clients including Maple Leaf Farms, To & Fro Farms and Bob McDonald. She’s also worked numerous contract assignments for Thoroughbred auction companies like Barrett’s and Thoroughbred consignors. In addition to this work, Sheri generated and facilitated private horse sales for trainers and clients. She’s revised and developed testing programs to assess rider ability and implemented ongoing testing events.

Mary Krebill, the manager, and Sheri plan to open this stellar facility to a variety of horse-related events. They are planning a comprehensive clinic calendar that will include James Shaw, Grand Prix riders, natural horsemanship experts and other exciting presenters. Faubus Farms can also be booked for events, such as horse shows and Warmblood inspections. “We’re a facility that can easily accommodate a wide assortment of events and we want to welcome the horse community,” Sheri explains.

The mission of Faubus Farms is to always put the horses’ well-being first. The Faubus Farms team is made up of dedicated, knowledgeable and caring horse people, and many of the staff live on the property. Pedro Correa, ranch foreman, and Albertano Ochoa, ranch logistician, grew up on the property and live there with their families now. “They love and own horses,” Mary says with a grin. “So our boarders know they’re getting top quality care with lots of love.”
Conveniently located just 20 minutes from the Del Mar Horse Park, Faubus Farms is near Bonsall, one mile west of Interstate 15, on Highway 76.

For more information on Faubus Farms, visit www.faubusfarms.com, contact Mary Krebill at 619-987-6279 or via e-mail at mkrebill@san.rr.com. For information on TSC Equine contact Sheri Bradley at 310-383-8910 or SDBradley@TSCEquine.com.