The Trainers and Teachers

Deborah Johnson has spent her entire life dedicated to Arabian horses and riding. She has a deep care and concern for the well-being of the horses as well as an unending supply of energy to get it all done. Deborah’s horses and riders compete very successfully at all levels in the Arabian industry. National and Reserve National Championships have been earned in Country English Pleasure, Hunter Pleasure, Show Hack, Saddle Seat Equitation, Hunter Seat Equitation, Showmanship, and Working Cow Horse.

In addition to her training operation, Deborah has volunteered for the breed organization, the Arabian Horse Association, for over 29 years and is currently serving in the elected position of Vice President. She has served on the Arabian Horse Association Board of Directors representing Region 3, as Chair of the National Equitation/Showmanship Committee and Market Development and Promotion Committee. Deborah is a member of the Budget and Finance Committee and is serving on the United States Equestrian Arabian Rules Committee. Seeing the best of what the Arabian horse breed has to offer each year brings another dimension to Deborah’s credentials. Every year Deborah adjudicates shows in the Arabian world that keeps her on the cutting edge of what it takes to win. She has had the honor of adjudicating the United States National Championship Show six times as of October 2016, the Youth National Championship and the Canadian National Championship Show each once, and the prestigious Scottsdale Arabian Show six times. Deborah’s riders note that to ride with her is a holistic experience. She cares about the students’ grades, she is in tune with the motivational strategies to best prepare each rider for competition, and she has a sincere desire to see each rider become the best they can be.

It is with great pleasure that champion rider and former student of Deborah Johnson’s, Kaity Ocean, joined as an instructor at RTEC in the fall of 2011. Since the age of eight, when she got her first horse, Kaity has been an avid horse lover. An accomplished rider, she started out with pleasure riding and would spend entire days out on the trails, climbing mountains and crossing streams with her horse. She quickly gained interest in the Arabian breed and the showing world and began working with a professional trainer to fine tune her skills for competition. She became a member of the Comstock Arabian Association where she was honored as the Comstock Arabian Association Princess, rode annually in the Reno Rodeo and Nevada Day parades, and competed in a variety of local shows. As Kaity gained more riding experience she took an interest in the area of English-style riding and engaged in formal training for the discipline with Deborah of RTEC. Kaity studied and mastered Saddleseat Equitation, Showmanship, Show Hack, Country English Pleasure, and Arabian Native Costume. Her prized horse, SCA Laredo, competed and celebrated victories at the local, regional, and national level along with her. During her show days, Kaity also taught others to ride and continues sharing her knowledge and passion about horses and riding with fellow horse enthusiasts today as an instructor for RTEC.

Emily Carpenter Senior Trainer Emily Carpenter, began her equestrian career at the age of 7 with Deborah Johnson. Emily has been successful in Regional competition in Saddle Seat Equitation, Hunter Seat Equitation, Western Horsemanship, English, Country, Hunter, and Western Pleasure. She has diverse experience and is eager to assist her students in every possible way. She was a competitive gymnast.   Emily enjoys training horses, competing in shows and coaching RTEC riders. Emily takes great care to ensure each student is progressing toward their goals in a very effective way.


kathryn-bKathryn Bravo has loved horses all her life and has been riding with Deborah for the past 8 years.  She is 17 years old and is currently a Junior at TMCC High School.  She is happy to be a teacher at RTEC and loves working with the kids and horses – she wouldn’t trade it for the world!







annie-hAnnie Harmon started her riding career at the age of seven, when her obsession with horses convinced her parents to sign her up for lessons for her birthday.  Since then her love for horses has only grown and she is extremely proud to be able to pass on her knowledge and love for the sport to others.  Annie has experience with many different kinds of horses and disciplines, including Arabian Hunter Pleasure and basic level jumping.  She started riding with Deborah Johnson and the Reno Tahoe Equestrian Centre in 2008.  Annie is a very firm believer in hard work, and knows determination and dedication can move mountains.  She works hard with her students to help them become not only the best rider they can be, but also to teach them how to understand and care for horses.  Annie is currently a student at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she studies journalism and aims one day to connect her passion for writing with her love for riding.  Her experience with horses has helped her find her voice so she may share her thoughts and be confident with her convictions.