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Jan Ball

Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2012 by in Jan Ball

Jan Ball

Whether your goal is to ride for the love of the sport, or to become a world class competitor, you will find the program to fit your needs at Ball Performance Horses. We offer a range of programs from beginner lessons (riders ages 3 and up) to full training for horse and rider. Quality lesson horses may also be available for customized lease options. Our western riding program focuses on safety, developing confidence, instilling good sportsmanship and of course, having fun.

Jan Ball has been training champion horses and riders on the Palos Verdes Peninsula since 1973. An accomplished rider herself, Jan has won many national championships, including the acclaimed Cow Palace Grand Nationals Trail Event, in San Francisco, California. Jan began her training with top trainers Sharon McKay and Rod Kelly, and continues her education by attending clinics and consulting with the country’s most renowned coaches.

As a trainer, Jan has guided many leading riders to professional status and to international and national championships. Jan is just as passionate about helping students lope for the first time or assisting pony campers take their first ride. In addition to her coaching, Jan has been a 4H leader, serves on the Pacific Coast Horse Show Association (PCHA) board and the Los Serranos Awards Circuit Board. Jan was recently inducted into the SBNHS Hall of Fame. Jan has been awarded Orange Co. Interscholastic Equestrian League Trainer of the Year for the years 2001 through 2011. 

Recent Student Successes:
  • 2011 AQHA Youth World Qualifier
    • Marley Mainwaring – Western Riding, Performance Halter
  • 2010 AQHA Youth World Championship Qualifiers
    • Sophia Harik – Horsemanship
    • Jeanne McNerney – Trail
    • Marley Mainwaring – Alternate, Western Pleasure
  • 2010 NSBA World Championship Qualifier
    • 2010 Marley Mainwaring – Western Pleasure, Horsemanship
  • 2009 AQHA Youth World Championship – Oklahoma City, OK
    • Sophia Harik – Trail – 18th Place (Highest Scoring Californian)
  • Multiple AQHA Congress Champions & Top Ten Winners, Columbus, Ohio
    • 2003 Savannah Neveux: Top Five – Trail
    • 2005 Jenna Sawyer: Champion – Horsemanship, Top Five – Trail
    • 2007 Sophia Harik: Champion – Trail, Top Ten – Horsemanship
    • 2007 Shelby Tsuji: Top Ten – Trail
    • 2009 Marley Mainwaring: Top Ten – Trail
    • 2009 Jeanne McNerney: Top Five – Western Riding
    • 2010 Marley Mainwaring: Top Five – Western Riding
    • 2011 Marley Mainwaring: Top Ten – Trail
  • 2011 Glen Gimple Horsemanship Finals, Santa Barbara, CA
    • Trish Harik – Champion
    • Sally Watanabe – Res Champion
  • Clyde Kennedy Memo Stock Seat Classic, Santa Barbara, CA
    • 2010 Sally Watanabe – Champion
    • 2011 Sally Watanabe – Champion
  • 2010 AQHA Region Seven Experience – Salina, Utah
    • Marley Mainwaring – All Around Runner Up
  • 2011 Silver Dollar Circuit – Las Vegas, Nevada
    • Lucy Chapman: Champion Circuit Trail, Pleasure; Res. Champion Circuit Horsemanship
    • Marley Mainwaring: Champion Circuit – Showmanship 11 & Under, Reserve Champion Circuit – Halter Geldings 3 & Over
  • 2011 PCHA High Scoring Youth Western Rider
    • Sally Watanabe
  • Interscholastic Equestrian League (IEL) Multiple Year End Champions
  • Multiple PCHA & PCQHA Year End Champions

Equestrian Community Contributions:

  • Coach for Interscholastic Equestrian League (IEL)
    • Students Elementary – High School
    • School Credit Program
  • PCHA Board of Director since 2000
  • Los Serranos Award Circuit, Board of Directors since 1979
  • Pony Camp Instructor, City of Rolling Hills Estates
  • 4H Leader

Jan Ball Performance Horses
26401 Crenshaw Blvd.
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
310-251-3222 (Cell)
310-377-1335 (Office)


Linda Cooper

Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2012 by in Linda Cooper


Linda Cooper
Horse Trainer Spotlight

Maverick Farms owner and trainer, Linda Cooper began riding at age four and has been a constant winner in equitation and medal classes.  As both a junior and adult rider, Linda has won many championships, including medal finals for the Onondarka, and Rosewood Junior Medals and the OCHSA Adult Medals.

Knowing she wanted a career in the equestrian business, Linda completed a bachelor’s degree in education and learned the various facets of the equestrian business by working with many prominent riding professionals, including Julie Smith and Rob Gage.

Combining her passion for horses with her knowledge of teaching, Linda founded Maverick Farms Riding Academy in 1998.  Since that time, Maverick Farms has grown into a substantial training facility. . .coaching riders who consistently place at the top of their divisions.  Many of Maverick Farms students have achieved local, regional and national recognition.  As a trainer, Linda has received a number of recognitions including:  Best Trainer, Las Amigas de las Lomas, 2006  – Trainer of the Junior Varsity High Point Champion award IEL, 2007 – Trainer of the Overall High Point Reserve Champion award IEL, 2007.

Maverick Farms
26401 Crenshaw Blvd.
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274