The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Our talented team of trainers work together every day
to provide a thoughtful, comprehensive program for each of our individual horse/rider combinations.
Transplanted from New Zealand, Peter Breakwell has cultivated a reputation as one of the West Coast's most talented trainers and riders. Thanks to Peter's coaching ability, his clients have won championships from the Short Stirrup division to the High Amateur Owner Jumper division at A-Circuit shows on the West Coast and Canada. Along with his success as a trainer and rider, Peter has been recognized by both his clients and peers as a sincere businessman.
Peter is known as a consistent international show jumping competitor both in the U.S. and abroad. Over the years, he has accumulated an impressive resume of wins and placings at some of the most prestigious horse shows in the world.
- 2003 Olympic Selection Trials for New Zealand in Aachen, Germany
- 2000 Individual Olympic Rider for New Zealand in Sydney, Australia
- 2000 Invited to compete in Munich and Hachenburg (5th place finish)
- 1996 Olympic Selection Trials for New Zealand in Falsterbo, Sweden
- 1988 Won the Atco Cup at Spruce Meadows
GRAND PRIX WINS
- 2014 Ariat Grand Prix, HMI Equestrian Classic
- 2013 Stable Mix Grand Prix, Strides and Tides
- 2013 Balancing Tonic Grand Prix, SHP Finale
- 2013 Blenheim Spring Classic I Grand Prix
- 2011 Summit General Insurance Grand Prix, Strides and Tides
- 2011 Ecoverde Grand Prix, Giant Steps Charity
- 2009 Pebble Beach Grand Prix
- 2009 and 1998 Menlo Charity Horse Show Grand Prix
- 1999 and 1998 Portola Valley Grand Prix
- 1999 and 1985 Cow Palace Jumper Derby
- 1998 Grand Prix of California
- 1994 Grand Prix of Reno
- 1993 Rancho Murieta Grand Prix
- 1986 Bakersfield Grand Prix
Peter has extensive experience and numerous sales contacts for purchasing horses overseas. He has purchased and imported many horses for his clients as well as resale prospects for private owners.
Dez began her riding career at Lorimer's Riding Academy in the Oakland Hills and as a junior she competed throughout California in the jumper and equitation divisions with Gry and Duncan McFarlane. She has worked as an equine vet tech and as Assistant Trainer at some of the top hunter/jumper show barns in the San Francisco Bay Area, gaining valuable experience in teaching, barn management, and as a rider. She has also lived and worked abroad in Holland where she had the opportunity to learn the European system. From 2012-2015, she worked with Jennifer Kallam and JK Training to develop a successful show program from the ground up. Dez has ridden and cliniced with many top horsemen including Buck Brannaman, Eddie Macken and Linda Allen.
A strong competitor in the show ring, Dez enjoys showing at all levels and shares her love of horses with her students. She has a particular talent for developing young hunter/jumper horses and refining them for suitability with their riders and has recently focused on jumper prospects with wins in the Mini Prix and 1.30m. Dez has successfully coached students to top placings in the hunter, jumper, and equitation rings, including medal finals wins in Northern California.
Emma grew up exploring the trails throughout Woodside and learning all about Welsh Ponies and Cobs under the guidance of her trainer and mentor, Laura Stevens of Heather Hill Riding Center. She attended Centenary College where she majored in Equine Business with a concentration in riding and training and showed extensively while she was on the East Coast. Emma loves working with clients of all ages, but has a passion for developing young riders. She is thrilled to be a part of Team Breakwell!
Since her junior career, Amanda has competed at the top levels of the sport. She qualified and placed in all the major U.S. and Canadian medal finals and was a member of the Canadian National Team. Amanda has competed successfully in CSI Grand Prix competitions in the United States, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Canada. Amanda has trained in some of the best programs in the world and has ridden with Susie Schoellkopf of SBS Farms, Jay Hayes, Mac Cone, and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum.
As a trainer, Amanda enjoys giving back to the sport and developing horses and riders into keen competitors. Her students have qualified for medal finals and year-end national awards in both hunters and jumpers in Canada. She is looking forward to helping Breakwell Stables LTD continue its winning tradition.