Owner/Head Trainer of Houdini Farms

Spencer Turnblacer has been riding and showing horses since she was 4 years old. At eight yeas old, she began riding and caring for her own horses at the family farm.  

 

Throughout her junior years, Spencer rode with Barbara Bancroft and her team atBarGee Farms in Allison Park, PA.

 

During her time there, Spencer rode 5 to 10 horses a day, including Barbie and Skara Glen Stable’s grand prix horses.

 

The hours that she didn't spend riding, were devoted to helping out with the care of Bargee Farm's show horses and with their lesson program.

While riding with BarGee Farms, she received countless awards, including:

 

  • Multiple champion & reserve awards in the Short Stirrup, Beginner, Intermediate and Children Working Hunter divisions.

  • In 2003, Spencer was Champion at the Country Heir horse show in Kentucky, the Traders Point Horse show in Indiana, and the Culpepper horse show in Virginia.

  • Heartwood Show Jumping Festival hunter classic first round leader, with a score of 86.

  • Multiple 1st place finishes in the State Line Tack Children’s Medal.

  • Numerous e top 4 places on catch ride horses in the AHSA Medal and Maclay Medal equitation classes.

  • Many year end award championships including Championships in 2002 and 2003

In 2004, Spencer left BarGee to pursue her junior career. Continuing to ride under one of the previous assistant trainers from BarGee Farms, she went on to have a successful junior career. Her accomplishments include:

 

  • 2007 winner of the Lake Erie College Prix De Villes President Cup Equitation Challenge, winning an $8,000 scholarship to the school.

  • Multiple champions and reserves in the small junior hunters.

  • 1st place wins in the Pessoa and Maclay equitation classes

  • Qualified for Junior Hunter Finals 2008-2010

  • Qualified and competed at Maclay Regionals, Pessoa Medal Finals, and Zone II Hunter Finals in 2008

  • Qualified for Maclay Regionals, Pessoa Medal Finals, Devon, and the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in 2009.

  • Multiple placings in the jumper, pony and hunter ring aboard catch ride horses.

  • Numerous year-end Championships for the WPaPHA and OPHA, including Grand Hunter Champion 2009, and the Chubb Bowl in 2008, which is based on sportsmanship and horsemanship, for the WPaPHA.

During her junior career, Spencer received training from professionals in the Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio area, including Pat Swann and Karen Lenehan. She has continued to refine her skills by clinicing with top professionals, such as Frank Madden and Chris Kappler. During her amateur years, Spencer moved to Florida to continue her riding career and went on to ride with Clair Kellner, Tammy Walsh, and Mary Eufemia. While there, she picked up multiple champions and reserves in the Younger Amateur Owner Division,  Adult Jumpers and top ribbons in the National Hunter Derbies.  Spencer went onto Winning the Zone 4 Championship in the Amateur Owner Division and earned top year end awards including HOTY for Zone 4 and CFHJA in the Amatuer Owner's aboard Mi Amor.

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Since becoming a professional, Spencer has moved back to Pittsburgh and opened her own facility offering boarding, training and sales.  Some of Spencer's clients have gone onto winning multiple champion and reserve championship honors at shows such as Swan Lake, Buffalo Showtime, Chagrin Valley Farms and Brave-Horse to name a few.  Additionally, Spencer has trained and sold several horses and ponies that have gone onto winning top honors at shows such as the Winter Equestrian Festival, Hits Ocala, Pony Finals, Young Horse Finals and Marshall N Sterling league.  Students of Houdini Farms have gone onto qualifying for All major equitation finals, Zone 2 hunter finals, Junior hunter & Pony Finals.