Trainer, previous owner of PGF
Peppergrass Farm is previously owned and operated by Debbie Place and her husband Bob. Debbie has been riding for over 45 years and has trained and shown many horses to FEI level Eventing and Dressage.
She has lived in Maine for 25 years and opened Peppergrass Farm in 2003.
Debbie has extensive experience training horses and riders for competition at all levels, including USPC students. She is a former President of Maine Combined Training Association and continues to work on the future of Eventing here in Maine.
Her students learn all aspects of horsemanship involved in maintaining a healthy performance horse and she readies horses and students for competition from Maine to Florida. Many of Debbie’s students have earned numerous awards at USEA Events and have attended the American Eventing Championships.
Debbie started Eventing in the Classical Long Format and still enjoys preparing students interested in trying this format, which is still available today at the CCI level.
Her positive attitude towards riders' goals make for a training environment that is supportive and educational whilst maintaining a community of caring horse people. Many Students have gone on to professional positions with top international competitors.
Trainer & Barn Manager.
Becky is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist with over 30 years of experience of training and competing horses at various levels, including FEI. She has a history in saddle seat, western, centered riding, and eventing, which has all led to her passionate focus on dressage. Currently Becky is training her own horse (Simply Sinatra) with the goal to compete at the Grand Prix level and obtain her USDF Gold Medal.
Becky has over a decade experience as a professional Barn Manager including daily care and oversight, property maintenance, scheduling, and competition management.
Becky has been an active board member for Maine Dressage Society and Eastern Maine Dressage Association for over 15 years. Including several terms as President of the Maine Dressage Society and also as Omnibus Editor and Webmaster.
Becky enjoys training horse and rider together to set goals and establish a training program that uniquely benefits them both. She is a firm believer in cross training for the healthy athlete’s mind and body.
Becky can be contacted directly at 207-478-0954 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Barn Manager and Assistant Trainer
Bree joined our staff in 2020, but has many years of experience in all jobs around a barn. She is a young professional early on in her years of pursuing competitive careers in eventing and dressage. She has ridden western and hunter jumpers in the past, has experience driving, and was a professional groom.
Bree has a passion for training young and rehab horses. Her commitment to a holistic approach includes aspects of proper hoof management, body work, groundwork, and training under saddle in both flat work and jumping. Her students learn about developing partnerships with their horses and how to enjoy the journey, wether competitive or not.
As Bree continues to gain scores towards her USDF Bronze Medal, she is also working to bring her horses along as eventers. Although dressage was her first love, eventing has been her main focus since joining the team.