After graduating college top of her class, 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 and Regional champions and introduce hundreds of new people to the wonderful world of horses. 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 and students and strives for excellence while keeping the horse's best interests at the forefront. She prides herself on her integrity as well as teaching her riders to have a sportsmanlike attitude when competing.
Tara has her USEF Judge's license, is President of the Board of Directors for the PA Saddlebred Horse Association, is Chairperson for the Keystone Classic Horse Show, and serves on the Devon Saddlebred Hackney Horse Show committee. She has been involved with several other horse show committees over the years and has also served as UPHA Chapter 15 Chairman. Tara was awarded with the 2008 UPHA Horseman of the Year for her training accomplishments and dedication to the horse industry. Tara & her husband Bob have 3 children, Alexa, Bobby and Benjamin, who are now all learning to ride. Her love of horses is being passed onto the 3rd generation.
Always the impressive show rider, Kirby had a great talent and determination as a kid for being able to hop on and ride just about anything she put her mind to. She and her sister Tiana, grew up at Wentz Stables and are the daughters of Lori Sarnie, Wentz Stables partner. Kirby now enjoys sharing that passion and teaching those skills to her own students, as well as competitively showing horses for clients.
Kirby officially joined the team after working at several other barns until a position opened in 2015. Thanks to her talent and fearlessness on a horse, Kirby adds excitement and enthusiasm to Wentz Stables. 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. We haven't found a horse this girl can't ride ... making her quite the inspiration for our students!
Tiana grew up showing a variety of different divisions including western and driving and also enjoyed competing in the Saddleseat Equitation division. She was a Reserve World Champion with CH Lover’s Heir in the pleasure driving division during her junior exhibitor years. Always the beautiful rider, Tiana's talents as an equestrian are now paired with her valuable teaching skills.
Tiana graduated from Kutztown University with a degree in Elementary Education and was a 5th grade teacher for many years. The love of horses and desire to create her own path brought her back to Wentz Stables to teach riding lessons and run all of our Youth programs. 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.
Mark comes to Wentz Stables with years of experience training, showing and judging Morgan horses. His love for horses started as a young boy grooming Morgans and developed into becoming a professional trainer for nearly 4 decades. Before joining our team, Mark was the manager and trainer for the Norman Berger Family of their large show and breeding stable at Mahoning Valley Morgans, as well as owning and operating Mason Training Stables first in Indiana then later in PA. It was during those years that Mark developed a reputation for selling well-started young horses that went on to great success, such as Morgan Saddle Seat Equitation Triple Crown winner Stonecroft Santos.
Mark enjoys all aspects of the training business from starting young horses to training amateur horses and their riders. He has competed successfully at the National level including winning multiple world titles with notable horses like Graywood's Boogie Boy (Grand National Champion 2 year old Pleasure Driving Stallion), and Nobeless (World Champion 4 year old Park Harness). Mark has held his USEF Judge's License for 15 years and has judged the Morgan World Championship in 1998. We are honored to have such a respected, hard working and knowledgable member on our team.
Lori will be the friendly face that greets you each day at the barn. She is an integral part of the day to day operations both at home and at the shows. Her dedication to Wentz Stables is apparent in everything she does. Lori is on the Board of Directors for the PA Saddlebred Horse Association and has served as past President. She puts on the organization's annual awards banquet & fundraiser.
Lori and Joe Sarnie are co-owners of Wentz Stables. Joe, our resident watch dog and lead grounds keeper, stays home to manage the barn while the rest of the team is at horse show. Having this 24/7 presence makes for a safe and secure environment for both the horses and guests.
Val began riding at Wentz Stables as a young girl and has grown into a capable, hard working horsewoman. Her positive attitude and warm, friendly personality bring a wonderful dynamic to our team.
Val has had the opportunity to train under several notable trainers including a very educational apprenticeship with Smith Lilly. She is a seasoned show rider that has campaigned multiple horses to all levels of horse shows. Val is enjoying developing her skills in both training and instructing riders.
Frank began working at Wentz Stables in 2012 and has grown to be everyone's right hand man. With a huge work ethic and an even bigger heart, Frank is a valued member of Wentz Stables. He attended LCTI for Heavy Construction Equipment Operations & Preventative Maintenance and loves working on restoring his US Army Cargo Truck.
As the saying goes, “you are only as good as your team” and we are certainly grateful that Frank is a part of our team!
Becca graduated from William Woods University with a degree in Equestrian Science in addition to studying equitation with John Whalen for several years. After graduation, Becca worked for Diane Conrady helping to train young Morgans before pursuing another career path.
Years later, the love of horses brought Becca to Wentz Stables and she has been a vital part of our team ever since. Becca knows her horses inside and out and her attention to detail is second to none.
Although Tom had a history with horses, it wasn't until he was introduced to the Saddlebreds in the early 1980's that he and his wife Diane developed Wentz Stables into the successful public riding and training stable it is today. Awarded in 2002 with the UPHA Horseman of the Year, he was always skilled in being able to read a horse and his calm & patience approach helped to bring out the best in even the most challenging. After retiring from training horses and turning the reins over to his daughter Tara, Tom now ships the horses to all the horse shows in his prized Peterbilt.
Between organizing vetting and farrier schedules, riding suits, horse show entries, and all of the day to day business operations, you wouldn't think that Diane would have time for anything else, but she also manages to watch her cherished grandchildren several days a week. In addition, Diane is a talented artist specializing in people and pet portraits using a colored pencil and graphite medium. Her portraits are lifelike and captures the individual perfectly. Be sure to ask to see her portfolio for a special gift or unique memory.