Keri Brion Wolfsont
Phone: (717) 475-4838
Location: Unionville, PA
As a full-time assistant trainer to Jonathan Sheppard, I have the privilege of learning the ways of a Hall of Fame trainer on a daily basis. I have taken his natural horsemanship approach to my small string of horses and essentially really believe it is so important to let horses, be horses. I am a firm believer in turning horses out and giving them the opportunity to romp and play before training each day. I think that keeping horses happy is a huge key to success, along with their training and conditioning. I believe every horse is different, and have to be trained according to their individual needs.
My Experience and Background
I began galloping racehorses for Ronnie and Betsy Houghton at Sylmar Farm when I was 12 years old. I had worked there for 10 years as an exercise rider and an assistant trainer before moving to Jonathan Sheppard's stable as an exercise rider. I was an exercise rider for 2 years before taking on the responsibility of being Jonathan's assistant. I have now worked for Mr. Sheppard for 8 years, and am responsible for 70+ horses most times of the year. I am responsible for many different horses; from yearlings who are just being broken to ride, to anywhere from claimers to stakes horses on the flat and also over jumps. Along with my experience as an assistant trainer, I also starting riding sanctioned jump races regularly in 2016, after many years and wins on the point to point circuit. I believe I have a unique perspective being a jockey and also a trainer.
Although I didn't train him directly, 2013 Eclipse Award winner Divine Fortune, would be one of my greatest accomplishments as an assistant trainer. I rode him every single day, was in charge of his every day care, and believe I played a large role in his Grade 1 wins towards the end of his career along with his Eclipse Award. As a trainer, I picked out a horse running at the bottom levels at Penn National based off breeding and his movement. His name was Pac Yer Tack, and he was not running well, and was a bit older, but I thought he'd made an excellent jumper. I bought him for cheap and he won his first point to point against winners very easily for my first paying owner. I was 3rd leading trainer on the Virginia Point to Point circuit in the spring of 2017 and trained Air Maggy to be champion of the 2017 VA PTP Foxhunter Division.