Coach, horseman and farrier, Steve McAllister’s experience is solid from the ground up. Horses have been a part of his life since working on his parents’ quarter horse farm in Connecticut. Working as a farrier on a number of show jumpers, he became fascinated with the discipline. As a result, Steve built a successful East Coast sales barn, Highborn Horse Park. In 1993 when Jenni Martin relocated to his facility, he immediately recognized her natural talent, skill and drive. They developed a mutually beneficial working relationship and the highly successful association has never faded.
Steve and Jenni continue their quest to bring horses to their fullest potential in the show jumping arena. Based on the German Training System, the method promotes rhythm, looseness and connection along with acceptance of the bit, impulsion, straightness and collection. Because each horse is unique, Steve and Jenni developed different exercises to suit the various horse and rider’s goals. They found that by doing various exercises, muscle development increases, which leads to a happy horse.
The idea for creating such a diverse program grew out of Steve’s experiences helping Jenni develop her international career. The answers they found while surmounting the many stumbling blocks now save their clients headaches, money and time.