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THE OWNERS OF SPRING LANE RANCH, HEATHER AND DARREL SHEA, PRIDE THEMSELVES ON BREEDING AND TRAINING QUALITY PASO FINO, HACKNEY PONY AND AMERICAN SADDLEBRED HORSES.

Trainers

Trainers

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Alex Zapata

Paso Fino Trainer / Instructor / Certified Judge

Alex Zapata is a native of Puerto Rico and at the age of twelve began visiting family in Ocala, Florida. On a visit to the well-respected Young’s Paso Fino Ranch, he met well known trainer Juan Ramon Figueroa. As fate would have it, Alex soon started spending summers working and training under this famous trainer’s watchful eye. By the age of 18, Alex had earned his first professional training job at Young’s Ranch.

Over the years, Alex has had the opportunity to work with many renowned trainers. Combining these valuable experiences with his own excellent instincts, he has developed methods that he applies to his horses today.

Being the serious and talented trainer and competitor that he is, Alex was drawn to judging at an early age – so early in fact that he was informed that he was too young! Of course, he patiently waited until he could earn his Paso Fino Horse Association Judge accreditation as well as his Federacion de Technica de Jueces in Puerto Rico. He is now a highly recognized judge and frequently asked to judge Paso Fino shows.

 

As his career has progressed, Alex has been respected for his expert handling, knowledgeable judging and excellent deportment. This and many other attributes have served to help him receive many national and international championships. With over 20 years of professional experience, he is an important member of the Spring Lane Ranch team.

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Jose' Lozada

Paso Fino Trainer / Instructor

Jose' Lozada brings a vast wealth of knowledge to the table. He has over 20 years of experience in the horse industry and is bilingual in English and Spanish. 

His many talents include but are not limited to breeding, individual feeding programs, foal and weaning, after birth care, stallion collection, lessons, administration of medicine and so much more. 

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Mark Wilson

Saddlebred & Hackney Trainer  / Instructor / Judge

Mark Wilson has been in this industry his entire life, raised on the famed Twin Willow's  Farm. He has deep roots with horses. His family raised one of the leading Hackney breeding stallions in the country, who revolutionized the Hackney Pony Industry.

 

Mark loved watching horses progress under the watchful eye of well-respected trainers like Terry McKenzie, and Dr. Alan Ruan. Growing up in the shadows of these elite men and woman, Mark began training his own horses to show at an early age. Spending his fair share of time on the green shavings of Louisville, has made him a well-known name in the Saddlebred and Hackey industry.

​This respected trainer has started, and successfully shown, multiple world champion Hackney Ponies and American Saddlebreds. His experience in showing and judging brings together all aspects of a competitive career. It's no surprise, why he is now bringing in the tri-colored ribbons for Spring Lane and our clients.

Mark has accumulated over 20 World and Reserve World Championships, breeding, raising and training some of the prime horses in the Hackney and Saddlebred industry such as Twin Willow's McMillan, Remington, Twin Willow's McDreamy, Outside the Lines, Twin WIllow's Night Editor, Vindicator, Twin Willow's Wild Thing, Twin WIllow's Ashlyn, Heartland Candidate,Twin Willow's Daddy's Girl, Promise Honored, Mastercraft's Gambler, Twin Willow's Broadway Joe, Twin WIllow's Rex, Twin Willow's All That Jazz, Road Less Traveled, Pardon the Interruption, Lady Singing the Blues (formerly known as Blue York Lady) and our very own Deep Blue's Blue Bonnie.

 

 

Equine Spa

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Masha Budden

Equine Conditioning Manager

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Masha has had a passion for horses since her early childhood in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Surrounded by the Western breeds featured in the Pro Rodeo circuit and The Calgary Stampede as well as the magnificent show jumpers of Spruce Meadows, Masha became infatuated with all breeds. Her interest in equine conditioning came later in life as a result of working at a Standardbred harness racing training facility in New Jersey. She compared the training and conditioning regimens of human athletes with those of their equine counterparts. At the time (in 2001), human athletes were enjoying the benefits of regular massage, physiotherapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, and cryotherapy; the equine.athletes, sadly, were not afforded the same.

 

As a result, Masha felt called to help the horses. She obtained her Equine Sports Massage Therapist certification in 2003; her certificate in Reiki I and II for animals; Eagala Level I and II certifications; and her certificate as a Magna Wave practitioner. She now uses equine sports massage, Magna Wave, aqua treadmill, and Theraplate regularly and consistently to assist Spring Lane Ranch’s equine athletes in reaching their full physical potential! With optimal health and a feeling of well-being, they perform better. This, in turn, helps them gain a competitive edge.

 

Masha says some of her favorite components about what she does here is working with a great team of professionals – vets, farriers, chiropractors, acupuncturists, nutritionists, and saddle-fitters, knowing they share a single focus of helping each horse be its individual best, physically, mentally and emotionally.

 

Most of all, she loves providing owners hope when she and our team find that one intricate piece of the puzzle that can turn a horse who is “off” or “sour” or “just not right” into a willing, happy, healthy, working participant.

Masha

Office manager

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Belinda Judd

Office Manager

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Belinda grew up in Florida and has worked in the automotive industry for the past 24 years.  She has always had a passion for working with and helping people, which makes her an excellent manager here at Spring Lane Ranch.  She loves animals, nature and being outdoors camping and fishing.  As a child she always dreamed of having the country house with horses and a white picket fence, but never imagined she would have an opportunity to work at a horse ranch.  Now she has the best of both worlds, being out in nature at our beautiful peaceful facility, and having the ability to be around horses every day. She says it’s a “dream come true” and we couldn’t be happier to have added her to our Spring Lane Ranch family.

Facilities

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Jerry Vinnedge

Ranch Hand

Jerry worked with Heather even before the ranch was purchased 15 years ago. As the ranch grew Jerry filled in here and there and is now an integral part of our feeding program and daily horse care along with assisting in facilities maintenance. His favorite part of working at Spring Lane is that we have the best people to work with and for. He says he has learned a lot from the horses. When Jerry isn't feeding or running errands for the ranch, he enjoys camping, swimming, cooking and baking. Everyone at the ranch knows Jerry is a talented baker which is why we never turn down an offer to bring in his famed carrot cake or orange creamsicle cakes!

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