Meet Our Team

  Wentz Stables is led by trainer, instructor and USEF licensed judge Tara Wentz-Goosley. Our family staff is committed to all of our customers and horses. Here at Wentz Stables, you will find the same friendly faces over the years and we have been in the business for over 30 years. You can rely on our dedication, consistency, experience and professionalism.

Tara winning with A Rift In Time, one of the many horses she has trained successfully in her career. 

   After graduating college with the highest GPA in the Political Science department, Tara Wentz Goosley joined her father and became a second generation professional horse trainer. She always loved the challenge of training and uses her calm assertive nature to gain a horse’s trust and confidence. Tara believes happy horses will give you the best of themselves willingly rather than through force. She has used this philosophy to produce multiple World, National & Regional champions and introduce hundreds of new people to the wonderful world of Saddlebreds. In addition to the training, her special gift for communication and building confidence in her students makes her an excellent instructor. She creates a positive atmosphere in the barn that is welcoming and encourages everyone to be the best version of themselves both in and out of the ring. Tara is passionate about her horses & students and strives for excellence while keeping the horse's best interests at the forefront. She prides herself on her integrity and honesty with her customers as well as teaching her riders to have a good sportsmanlike attitude when competing.

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Tara riding Champagne’s Prince Charming with her own little prince charming, her son Bobby

  Tara has her USEF Judge's license in Saddlebred & Saddleseat Equitation and is a member of the Board of Directors for the PA Saddlebred Horse Association, serves as the Chairperson for the Keystone Classic Horse Show and serves on the Devon Horse Show committee.  She has been involved with several other horse show committees and has also served as UPHA Chapter Chairman. Tara was awarded with the 2008 UPHA Horseman of the Year for her training accomplishments and dedication to the horse industry. She is married to Bob Goosley & they have a 7 year old daughter Alexa, who is loving learning to ride and showing in walk & trot Academy, and two younger sons Bobby and Benjamin. Her love of horses is being passed onto the next generation.


Kirby Tapper making another beautiful show, this time winning the Ladies 3-Gaited at Syracuse International with Wii.

   Assistant Trainer & Instructor at Wentz Stables is Kirby Tapper. Kirby was always an impressive show rider and had a great talent as a kid for being able to hop on and ride just about anything. Kirby and her sister Tiana, grew up at Wentz Stables and are the daughters of Lori Sarnie, Wentz Stables partner. Kirby now enjoys passing that passion & skill onto her own students, as well as competitively showing horses for clients. The love of horses drew her back after working in several fields outside the horse business. While waiting for a position to open up at Wentz Stables, Kirby worked for Danette Musselman at Queenswood Stables in IL and even spent a summer working for a reining horse farm. Wentz Stables welcomed her to the team in 2015 as assistant trainer and instructor. Thanks to her talent and fearlessness on a horse, Kirby adds excitement and enthusiasm to our barn. She encourages all of her riders to push themselves to be the very best they can be and leads by example in the show ring by giving her all each time the gate opens.

Tiana Tapper competing in the Western Pleasure division at the Devon Horse Show with a 4 year old mare, She’s The Rage.

   Our Academy Instructor and Director of our Summer Camp & ASHA Youth Club Wentz’s Weanlings, is Kirby’s older sister Tiana Tapper. Tiana grew up showing a variety of different divisions including western, saddle seat & driving and also enjoyed competing in the Equitation division. She was a Reserve World Champion with CH Lover’s Heir in the pleasure driving division. Tiana graduated from Kutztown University and was an elementary school teacher for many years before returning to Wentz Stables to run our Summer Horse Camp and Academy Program. She brings her wealth of knowledge from teaching along with her love for horses and positive attitude to add something very special to our barn. Her programs are structured and well organized as well as being fun, upbeat and filled with learning opportunities for all ages.

The History of Wentz Stables

    Wentz Stables started in the early 1980’s when Tom Wentz fell in love with the beautiful and exciting American Saddlebred. He had always ridden as a young child at his uncle’s farm and would ride pretty much anything he could get his hands on. When he was older, he became an Eagle Scout and would ride horses often while teaching at summer camp. He was introduced to the Saddlebreds at a local riding stable, Blue Gait Farm, and it didn’t take long before the entire family was taken with the majestic breed. Tom and his wife Diane bought several Saddlebreds, included a 10 year old bay stallion who would later become the 10 time World Champion Show Pleasure Driving horse Sultan’s Supreme Secret. Tom was the only person to ever show him successfully under saddle. Tom & Diane then opened up their scenic farm in New Tripoli to outside customer horses, which Tom began training full time.

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Tara Wentz-Goosley and her father Tom Wentz at Wentz Stables during the 1990’s

    Tom was always skilled in being able to read a horse and has the patience to bring out the best in even the most challenging of horses. His unique approach to each horse produced successful and long-lasting results, often with horses that had previously not done well. Tom was awarded with the 2002 UPHA Horseman of the Year. He now enjoys driving his Peterbilt tractor trailer, hauling all the show horses in style and helping his daughter with the business.


Tom showing Highland Adventure in the Open 5-gaited division at Madison Square Garden in NYC in late 80’s

   Tara began riding around the age of 6 and had her father’s passion for horses and determination for the sport. She was not one to back down from a challenge and loved riding so much that it was not unlikely to find her still riding horses till sometimes midnight in the barn! Her first Saddlebred, Stonewall’s Top Brass, she showed successfully herself but she also enjoyed trail riding alone up to the Blue Mountains with her trusted horse. While a young teenager, she sold Top Brass to a family with 3 young girls that Tara also taught to ride. Tom entrusted Tara with her first training project when she was 11 years old, a 3 year old Morgan named Boy King. While the first attempt at driving didn’t end well for the cart, the riding was a hit! Tara also studied equitation with Jimmy Orphanos for several years in addition to competing in nearly every other division. She would show anything she could get her hands on and often catch rode for outside trainers while a junior exhibitor.

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Tara showing Stonewall’s Exclamation at Louisville at the age of 11, earning 3rd place in the 3-gaited division

   Diane Wentz has also been an avid horse person throughout her lifetime and is instrumental in managing the business end of the facility. She suits up all of the show riders and often lends a hand down in the barn with either a lesson or preparing for the next set of shows. Diane’s greatest talent is art as she is able to create unique and life-like portraits of people & animals. Whether she is donating a custom portrait to benefit a horse-related charity, capturing a one of a kind piece of artwork for a client or enjoying putting to canvas touching images of her family, her drawings are simply beautiful. To view Diane's artwork, check out her website:

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Diane’s portrait of CH Winsdown Edgecliff & Cassi Wentz after winning the World Championship in 2012

  Tom & Diane’s youngest daughter, Cassi Wentz was also very involved in Wentz Stables for many years. Cassi is a 3 time World Champion rider and has earned countless National & Regional titles during her show career, most notably with CH Lover’s Heir. She worked at Wentz Stables for a few years as Assistant Trainer & Instructor to help her sister Tara during both of her pregnancies. Cassi has her Master’s Degree in Physics from Lehigh University and is currently teaching science to grade 1st-8th at the Jewish Day School. 

   Joe & Lori Sarnie joined Wentz Stables in the 1990’s and have become a huge part of our success thanks to their dedication. Joe watches over the barn while the rest of the crew is away at horse shows, and Lori is responsible for the day to day operations in the barn. As the saying goes, “you are only as good as your team” … Wentz Stables owes much of its success and stability to the dedication of Joe & Lori. Lori has served as the President of PA Saddlebred Horse Association and runs their annual fundraiser and awards banquet. Lori now enjoys working with both her daughters, Tiana & Kirby Tapper. 

Wentz Stables, LLC.      7423 Skytop Court, Orefield, PA 18069     610-366-1066