Tommy has ridden horses nearly all his life. He grew up under his father’s tutelage as he trained Quarter Horses, Saddlebreds, mules, walking horses, and Arabians. “My father had a tremendous gift with horses, and I was lucky to be able to learn from him. He taught me to use patience and care, never to rush with a horse. Some people prefer to forget where they come from – I think about it every day,” said Tommy. In 1985, Tommy left the family business to train Arabians for Deep Meadow Farm in Waynesboro, VA. Arabians became the focus of Tommy’s show career, and he earned numerous U.S., Brazilian, and Canadian titles in Western Pleasure and Hunter Pleasure with Arabians and Half-Arabians. Tommy’s amateurs have also acquired several national titles. After much success winning national honors for client horses, as well as those of Dolorosa Arabians of North Carolina and Double Diamond Ranch of Texas, Tommy opened his own training facility in 2000, called the Garlands Training Facility on thirty acres in Powhatan, Virginia. Several show ring successes followed, and today over forty horses are in training at his facility. Tommy was voted the Western Pleasure Trainer of the Year in 2002 by the Arabian Professional and Amateur Horseman’s Association, and he received multiple nominations by his peers for Hunter Pleasure and Western Pleasure Trainer of the Year.
To learn more about Tommy Garland, please visit www.tommygarland.com