Five Gait Stables has been home to American Saddlebreds since 1984, developing its facility and program into an award-winning barn ever since.
A Tampa Show Horse Legacy
Joanne Quade (chairwoman founder of the Gasparilla Horse Show) originally built the barn in 1984 on a beautiful piece of undeveloped land with wetlands and tall trees at the rear of the property. Evelyn Stephens was the original trainer/instructor. In the mid-1990’s, Bill and Leigh Anne Rodgers purchased Five Gait Stables and remained there for several years before moving and building a new facility south of the Tampa Bay area.
The paths of Five Gait Stables and Valia Johnson crossed when she was looking for a small farm to purchase for her younger sister, Shirley Exelby. Val and her husband Dean Johnson, purchased this horse property so that Shirley could live out her lifelong dream of being a horse trainer. Less than five years later Shirley was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2005.
In February of 2006, gifted trainer David Chretien joined the stables after meeting then owner Valia Johnson at the Tampa Charity Horse Show. Immediately, they realized they shared common philosophies about life and horses. Five Gait Stables is now owned and operated by David who takes great pride in the assembling and development of the show horse/rider combinations as well as the exciting young prospects that continue to show great promise for the future.
At Five Gait Stables, we carry on that passion to train, ride, develop and share the magical experience of connecting with horses.