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Barn Owner, Rider & Breeder
Audrie’s passion for horses and competition began at only eight years old in her hometown of Miami, FL. Audrie discovered her drive to work with dangerous horses early on as she saw a lack of compassion and understanding for these blacklisted horse. “I didn’t have sponsors, I didn’t have a name, and I had to work as a groom to afford my horses, so I saw a lot of myself in these castaways.” Even before her 20th birthday, Audrie, had taken dozens of free and unrideable horses to the competition ring slowly making a name for herself. She competed these horses in the Little Wood, WEF, USEF, USDF and Breed Circuits divisions, winning High Points, Year End championships, Regional and Nationals titles.
Audrie also made huge strides early in her career by making waves for the Arabian breed by taking two notoriously unruly Arabian geldings to championships after championships. Soundbound, an Anglo-Arabian gelding would go into frighting fits with the simple applause of the crowd, the carrying a crop, or a piece of trash on the ground. "I knew it wasn't his fault. He was terrified and till this day I can remember how his heart felt beating under the saddle. I never blamed him. I knew he just needed time and a chance," says Anthony. However, soon the team was unbeatable, winning over a multi-olympic gold medalist rider in the Open Jumpers. When Southbound retired, he had achieved his "Legion of Honor” & "Legion of Supreme Honor” and had given, Audrie, multiple regional and national victories in the Arabian circuit's Sport Horse Divisions and in the 1.2m jumpers in the open circuit an achievement held by very few Arabian horses. Audrie proved quickly her success wasn't a fluke after taking over the ride on Jet Myles PW, it took over 2 years to gain control of Jet Myles PW's behavioral issues, but even after the gelding broke Audrie's shoulder she never lost focus on their goals. They ended their show career winning several open circuit championships in Wellington, Fl and taking home 5 different championships titles at Arabian Region 12 Championship Horse Show in Perry, GA. The pair also had several newspapers, websites and magazines cover their successes!
Audrie continues taking many amazing horses to victory lane winning Regional and National Championships titles in Western Pleasure, Western and English Sidesaddle, English & Country Pleasure, Park, 3 gaited, 5 gaited, Driving, Hunter Pleasure, Hunter over Fences, Equitation, Jumpers, Sport Horse Under Saddle, Dressage and Show Hack. Most of her regional, national, and international tiles have been and are still won on horses that were purchased for a dollar or were given to her to ride because they were deemed dangerous. Audrie left the breed circuits in 2015 to follow her dreams inside of a Dressage arena full-time and has built bigger aspirations and goals. She has recently competed and won at The Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, FL and was circuit overall Reserve Champion at The White Fences Dressage Circuit in Loxahatchee, FL. She also started her own breeding program breeding International quality Danish and Dutch warmbloods.
Audrie’s Educational Resume Includes
Two Bachelor degrees from Florida International University in Business & Psychology
Masters Degree from The University of Alabama in Environmental Sciences
Audrie Owns and Operates
Island Jacks Patio Bar & Grill
A-1 Construction Company
CEO of A Place of Wisdom & Hope a 501c Charity
Dressage & Eventing
Trainer & Coach
Lauren started riding at age 12 at a local stable in Hamilton, Ohio and quickly discovered that dressage was her calling. She began training with Rebecca Knollman at 14 and during this time Lauren also worked with Sorum Fjord Farm, one of the largest Norwegian Fjord breeding farms in the country. After attending clinics with Grand Prix rider Silke Rembacz for three years, Lauren was invited to join Silke as assistant trainer; from there, she branched out to begin her own training and sales business in 2011. Today, Lauren is a United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist who is making her mark in both dressage and eventing. She has competed through Grand Prix and has earned multiple USDF year-end and all-breeds awards at the national levels, while on the eventing front she and SNF Maarta were crowned National Champions at the 2007 American Eventing Championships over a field of 75 competitors. Lauren is currently riding and competing her own Oldenburg gelding Saracchi, KWPN gelding Millennium, and Alice Tarjan's Oldenburg Syclla in the FEI small tour; Melissa Dowling's Morgan gelding Avatar's Jazzman at both Grand Prix dressage and Training level eventing and her German Riding Pony gelding Nikolas at small tour dressage and also at Training level eventing; Carol Smith's Oldenburg mare Laurel at small tour; as well as several outstanding Norwegian Fjord horses for Full Moon Farm. The most recent additions to her show string include the Oldenburg mare Santa Barbara DASH (who competes in both dressage and eventing) and Chris Preston's four-year-old KWPN gelding Kyro. She also competes Rita Reynolds' KWPN mare Atlanta B at the Preliminary level of eventing.
Clinics, Sales, Lessons and Training
James “Jim” Koford
FEI Dressage Trainer & Coach
Originally from Pennsylvania James or Jim as many know him grew up doing Pony Club, eventing, dressage, hunters, and equitation. He didn't start out looking for a career in horses as he went to college at Wake Forest University (N.C.) and got a job in advertising at Equus magazine. Thanks to horse named, Art Deco, Jim got the push he needed to pursue riding full time and we got one of the greats in our sport. His talent alone is not what makes Jim so good at what he does, but it's the love and bonds he shares with his horses. He has personally taken countless horses to the Grand Prix and trained and work over in Germany. Jim also just doesn't take your average horses to the Grand Prix, but he has taken some of the most difficult and unconventional horses up the FEI levels. His patience, talent and overall horsemanship allows Jim to ask the hard questions from his horses and riders and gain a beautiful answer. We are so overly grateful to Jim for everything he has done for not only our horses, but our farm. Bocoy would not "be" Bocoy without Jim.
Jim is available for clinics, lessons, training and sales
Mike & Elena Anthony
"They are really my biggest fans and greatest supporters. I would be lost without them," says Audrie.
Mike Anthony, a graduate of the University Of Alabama, found his passion early in life building and owning several bars, restaurants and night clubs all before his 30th birthday. He was also an avid race car driver, airplane pilot and sailor. Mike brings years of business knowledge and ownership to Bocoy Stables along with a diverse resume of lifelong experiences. As father and daughter, Mike and Audrie have a bond that gives them both an opportunity to continuously grow and learn together. Mike has supported and guided Audrie as a father, friend and business partner is all her ventures. They are truly the "A Team."
Elena Anthony, is a true example of a fighting spirit, showing that success is measured in how hard you work at it. Elena came to the United States with her family seeking a better life. Though it wasn't easy Elena worked her way through tough situation into having the ability to start and run businesses, buy and sell real estate, and make lucrative investments. She is a true example of the American dream and a role model to women, showing that you don't need to start with much to gain the world.
Ramon & Angelina Blanco
In Loving Memory
Ramon & Angelina Blanco where more than parents and grandparents they were the pulse that jump started Bocoy to life. Born in Camaguey, Cuba Ramon was a A Valley Forge Military Academy graduate and had a Public Accounting degree from la Universidad de La Habana in Cuba. He met his wife, Angelina, of over 60 years as she worked for his father. While in Cuba, Ramon, directed his father's many successful businesses including Bocoy Rum.
"When we decided to open our own farm there was no question what the name should be. It was just a name, but it felt like we were giving my grandparents it back, something they had painfully lost in Cuba all those years ago."says Audrie.
Like so many Cuban families the Blanco family fled their home and lives to emigrate to Miami, FL in 1961. Ramon and Angelina left Cuba as a wealthy and educated couple and arrived in Miami FL with 3 daughters and no way to support them. However, because of their unwillingness to become victims they worked and persevered till they and their daughters had comfortable lives and could follow their own paths here in the United States. This driving force was undoubtably the foundation that gave The Anthony Family the motivation to reach for larger goals for Bocoy.
Ramon and Angelina without a doubt gave Bocoy their greatest gift, their 100% support and love. They will live on with Bocoy and in the hearts of The Anthony Family.