trainers John and Laura Montross...who reside at Montross Training
Center in Chapel Hill, NC. Before
moving to North Carolina in 1980, John had a large, successful facility
in Michigan. He joined North
Carolina Quarter Horse Association as soon as he moved here and has been
very active in NCQHA serving as NCQHA President, NCQHA Executive Vice
President, District V President for 5 years, and NCQHYA Youth Advisor.
He was inducted into the NCQHA Hall of Fame in 2003 and has been
an AQHA Professional Horseman since they started the program.
he was President in 1988 he had a meeting with some Amateurs at the
year-end awards banquet and recommended that they form a Board of
Directors and start an Amateur Association.
That was the beginning of the N.C. Amateur Quarter Horse
Association which is one of the largest and best run Amateur
Associations in the nation.
has been training professionally for over 50 years and still going
strong. John and Laura
specialize in All Around Performance horses.
They primarily train Showmanship, Western Pleasure, Hunter Under
Saddle, Equitation, Horsemanship, Trail and Reining for both horse and
rider creating numerous ROM's, Superiors and AQHA Champions.
They have qualified many horses for the AQHA World Show and John
placed 6th in Calf Roping and won the Junior Hunter Under Saddle at the
All American Quarter Horse Congress.
He was head of the 1999 Special Olympics World Games which was
one of the most publicized horse shows held in N.C.
There were 187 Athletes from 165 Countries.
horses, John and Laura are passionate about health.
They love to work out even after a long day of training horses.
John was a finalist in the IsaBody Challenge in Phoenix this past
summer out of 4500 people. Thanks
to their affiliation with Isagenix, an amazing health and wellness
company, Laura is able to coach, mentor, and inspire others to a
healthier lifestyle, thereby transforming their lives.
attended Midway College in Kentucky where she earned a Bachelor of Arts
in Equine Management with a concentration in Equitation Instruction.
During this time she served as Captain of the IHSA Riding Team
where she recieved many High Point Rider awards in Equitation over
also served as President of the Midway Horsewormen's Association and was
the first student to qualify all 4 years on the Equine Judging Team
where she won several Awards as well.
While in Kentucky, Laura also became a Certified Veterinary Technician
at Haygard-Davidson-McGee Equine Hospital and worked for Three Chimney's
Farm in their broodmare Division.
the years to come, she continued training with World Class Trainers, but
then decided to set out on her own to train, teach and show in North
Carolina. As destiny would
have it John and Laura crossed paths at a Horse Show in 2000.
Shortly thereafter, they teamed up and now enjoy doing what they
also served on the North Carolina Quarter Horse Association Board of
Directors for 5 years served on the Futuritiy, Show, and Youth
Committees. She was the 2005
& 2006 Youth Advisor for NCQHYA.
Both years the North Carolina Youth Team won their Division at
the AQHYA World Show in Fort Worth, TX and they were in the Top 5 at the
All American Quarter Horse Congress out of more than 100 teams.
and Laura perform Horsemanship and Equitation clinics all around the
Country. They both enjoy
judging and hold Freestyle Reining Demos at events such as The Equine
Affair and the Raleigh CDI. They
have a passion for coaching riders of all ages, disciplines and levels.
They are also huge supporters of the Intercollegiate Riding Teams
serving as mentors and coaches and helping out whenever they can.
They recently hosted the Intercollegiate Regionals at their
facility and donated horses to the IHSA Nationals to be used for
competition and helped to coach the winning team this year, Oregon State
just before competition. Laura
has also coached riders on IHSA Riding Teams from several colleges
including N.C. State, UNC-Chapel Hill, Elon, Virginia Tech, and Cal
addition to coaching and training, they also stand two stallions.
"Blaze So Hot", and own son of World Champion Blazing Hot out
of a Superior Western Pleasure daughter of Zippo Pine Bar, and "Ima
Bego Too", a reiner with Wimpy and Blair Cee bloodlines.
They breed the quality of horses that they would like to train
and show. They always have
quality Futurity prospects and horses of all ages from World Champion
Blood lines for sale.
horses and riders from scratch, inspiring and encouraging riders to
pursue thier dreams with all their heart and supporting them with
training and coaching have been a large part of their business.
Having the opportunity to be a part of their client's lives and
watching their success unfold brings great joy to John and Laura.