California Riding Magazine • February, 2013

California, Here We Come!
European Trainers Peter and Iris Petschenig welcome customers at their new Hillcrest Equestrian Center home.

Highly successful Grand Prix Jumper Trainer Peter Petschenig and his wife, Iris Petschenig, an AQHA All-Around trainer, both of Salzburg, Austria, have settled in Southern California. They welcome clients at their Rose Valley Performance Horses, which is based out of Hillcrest Equestrian Center in Riverside County's Chino Hills.

Peter has won numerous Grand Prix events in Italy, Chile, Austria and California along with top finishes in World Cup competition. Peter, who also holds a Masters in Business Administration, has ridden and trained for an impressive list of top owners/sponsors around the world including Sportpferde Puchner (Austria), Haras Siracusa Osorno (Chile and Austria), and Sportheste Inc. (California). Peter will focus on building a successful hunter/jumper barn and will soon be a regular at all the major events starting with HITS Thermal.

In Europe, Peter's wife Iris specialized in training AQHA all-around and reining horses until she sold her Austrian Ranch. Earlier in her training career, she worked in the States for White Diamond Ranch, Darren Stancik Reining Horses, Craig Johnson Reining Horses and Bobby Harrison Quarter Horses. When Peter trained in Europe, she worked for Prevedel Performance Horses located in Pordenone, Italy before she went out on her own and purchased Rose Valley Performance Horses in 2001. Iris also holds her European AQHA and NRHA judges cards.

"I am currently accepting outside horses from western pleasure and hunter under saddle futurity horses to amateur and youth competitors," says Iris, a multiple European champion. "I am open to all disciplines including the highly popular, Ranch Pleasure. Due to the strict drug rules at horse shows in Europe, I have developed my training practices in favor of the health and longevity of my client's horses in the show arena. Their soundness and welfare are my utmost priority, and I will also be the only one riding horses that will be under my care."

To find out more information about Peter and Iris Petschenig and their professional approach to training, please call 714-883-2037 and make sure to check out Hillcrest Equestrian Center at