Samantha Gault

The Trainer Samantha Gault

Samantha and her APHA Mare Devine Diamonds

Samantha and her APHA Mare Devine Diamonds

Samantha Gault:
Owner and Trainer at Shadow Run Farm

Samantha Gault has been involved with horses since the age of three. She was born in Georgia and moved to Long Island, New York with her father when she was five. Her dad started her riding lessons at Glen Head stables in Glen Cove, New York. Samantha started her show career at age six where she went to many local and  ‘A’ rated shows and won numerous ribbons with her trainer. Her primary discipline was Equitation but did enjoy the Hunters as well.

When Samantha was twelve she started to volunteer at a trail barn called Park Stables in Old Bethpage, New York. For five years she did trail rides, cleaned stalls and took care of the trail horses. Park Stables is where Samantha learned how to Barrel race and had some of her first training horses. She ran barrels for three years but decided to quit because jumping was her passion. At age sixteen she started to teach summer camps there and took on some of her first students. While teaching and riding for that stables she attended a two-year large animal care course at BOCES.  After completing the course, she bought her first horse- Shadow.  Samantha also started showing many other horses for clients as well as showing Shadow. They went in to a huge show schedule and won lots of ribbons, trophies and year-end awards. This was accomplished while she had a client base of twenty five plus.

Samantha was a instructor Gold Coast Equestrian center in Brookville, New York for three years. Samantha took lessons with George Morris and many other well known trainers in the higher level horse industry.  Samantha and Shadow showed at “A” rated shows.  She was competing in the Equitation divisions, Hunters and also jumpers.

When Samantha started college she was chosen as the captain of the riding  team there and coached the team at shows the first year. She went to zones and regional’s twice. Being on the college team was a wonderful experience for Samantha, it was great to ride so many different horses. Samantha made a lot of friends and learn so much about working with different types of horses and making the flat or jumping course work. Samantha hopes to one day coach a College riding team again.

In 1997 she was a trainer at Sweet Hills Stables in Huntington NY where her collage team was based out of. With a client base of 50 students a week she had little time to show shadow but was showing client horses.  She also rode and presented sale horses to client for Sweet Hills.

The spring of 2000 Samantha decided it was time for a change in her life. Georgia has always been home to her so in April she decided to move back down there and share of passion with other kids and adults. When arriving to Georgia Samantha started teaching at B&G stables in Winder. While teaching there Samantha got another horse named Brandy, a AQHA mare that was just a trail horse. Samantha worked her for some time turning her into a hunter/jumper mare she was sold a few years later. About a year later Samantha moved her horses closer to home and taught at a Barn in Ellenwood Ga where she bought a Mustang named Devil and trained and showed him around Georgia and winning a few ribbons. (He is now one of her prized lesson horses).  In 2002 She and her Husband (who she married in 2001) rented a 80 acre farm and this was where the name Shadow Run Farm was created. She started teaching but didn’t have a proper arena and found a stable around the corner that was looking for a trainer, Camelot Farms in Newnan, Ga. She bought a few paint horses and showed in APHA shows for a year in Hunt seat, halter and Over fences and western pleasure. She was also showing in the raited and local shows all over Georgia.  The search was on and in 2005, her husband, Harry and Samantha found what is now Shadow Run Farm.

Samantha’s life long love is her horses. Nothing makes her happier than having her horses home with her and teaching people how to ride and go to horse shows. Samantha plans on perusing her show career in APHA and AQHA and Open horse show and also bringing her students so they can learn just how much fun having horses and showing is.

From 2005 to now Samantha Gault has been really busy. With a client base of over 25 each week and a huge show schedule where she takes a average of 9 students the Shadow Run Show Team has shined!! She has gone on to train APHA horses and AQHA horses and attend some show as well.  Her students keep her busy at horse show that are local and rated. She has also been involved in the 4h shows and program. Her first year one of her students qualified for 4h state regionals. She will be showing her two APHA show horses in the APHA shows this fall and next year.