Joey Pedroni Stables Team
Joey’s lifelong love for horses and teaching led her to start Joey Pedroni Stables in 2007 with the goal of creating a competitive yet friendly environment for horse and rider. Her interest in developing a show barn comes from her longtime passion for competitive riding.
Joey started riding at the age of three and initially competed in dressage and eventing, training with Olympic dressage rider, Sidley Payne. Joey then transitioned to competing successfully in the hunter, jumper and equitation show rings, riding with several top-level Northern California trainers.
After turning professional she concentrated on riding her horse Peerfekt at the Grand Prix level. Joey’s primary focus however is teaching others how to ride, compete and achieve their equestrian goals -- while helping to develop a strong bond between horse and rider.
With her broad-based experience in all disciplines of riding, Joey is able to develop competitive riders in the hunter, jumper and equitation rings. Joeys approach to teaching emphasizes the classic fundamentals of horsemanship, developing competent, confident, competitive and safe riders.
Mika started riding at age 5 and has been hooked ever since. She grew up riding in Northern California, competing in jumpers, hunters, and medals all from an early age. Even as a youngster, Mika knew she wanted to be a trainer, so she began catch riding at horse shows to hone her skills and learn more about horsemanship. She rode for many different trainers in the area, picking up as many rides as possible, and teaching her invaluable skills about how to learn about and bring out the best in each horse. At the young age of 16, she traveled to the east cost to be a working student for Cynthia Hankins, riding and showing sales horses for her elite show program.
Knowing she wanted to be a trainer, Mika rode with and took clinics from a variety of different professionals all across the country. She has ridden with the likes of Charles de Kunffy in dressage, Jimmy Wolford in cross country, and George Morris in equitation. With such a diverse knowledge base, Mika brings a number of different skills to both her riding and teaching.
Mika began her professional career as an assistant trainer at age 21. She’s trained young horses from the baby green level to winning derby competitors, and has also brought young jumpers up through the ranks as well, competing herself up to the higher levels in the jumper ring. After earning a teaching credential, Mika took a break from the horse world to teach elementary school for 5 years, where she developed the teaching skills to guide students of all ages to be their best competitor and rider.
She came back to the sport after 5 years teaching in a classroom so she could combine her love of teaching and her love of horses and riding. Mika is thrilled to be a part of the Joey Pedroni Stables team and to help bring out the best in all of the JPS horses and riders!