Stacie Wight grew up riding horses, starting her riding career as a three-day eventer. She competed locally in both the ETI shows and Pony Club. Then at age 12, she started riding and showing a friend’s horse in western pleasure. For Stacie, there was no looking back. She soon added reining, ranch riding, and trail to her repertoire. Then as an amateur, she started helping other trainers with riding and training young and sale horses. Honing her all-around skills. She didn’t have a plan initially to be a trainer, she had thought about maybe going to vet school. However, as Stacie puts it, life got in the way.
So, in 2014, at Upper Middle Ranch, SS Performance Horses opened. SS Performance Horses began to thrive. After being at Middle Ranch for six years it was time to expand her business so Stacie moved to Hansen Dam Equestrian Horse Park. I asked Stacie what she liked about Hansen Dam
and she said “It’s a very well-run facility. Management is there daily. It’s a peaceful oasis in the middle of the city”. She loves having the many options of arenas, horse shows, and endless trails, right on the property. It helps keep her show horses grounded and relaxed. Stacie’s barn is thriving. She has some quarter horses but specializes in paint horses. She teaches students of all ages and riding levels who have competition goals and aspirations. Her clients this year have excelled. Winning many Pacific Coast Horse Show Association year-end championships for the 2022 year.
For Stacie family is very important. She herself has two kids Blake,10, and Kinsley, 6 both ride and are hitting the show circuits with the many other youth riders in the barn.
Stacie really loves the all-around events. She credits their diversity with helping her keep the love for the sport. She also enjoys bringing along young horses, especially those horses that may be misunderstood or labeled a problem. Watching them achieve and exceed expectations is what she lives for.
Stacie’s goals for her students and horses are to move from the local level and to start competing in breed-specific events, culminating in qualifying for the world shows.
With Stacie’s friendly no-nonsense approach to training and running her business, I’m sure that next year will be her most successful yet.
SS Performance Horses would like to thank their sponsors Formula 707, Hayes Hat Company, Lucky You Designs, Legis Equine Insurance/Marnye Langer, Sterling Custom Saddles and Kathy’s show equipment.
SS Performance Horses
Trainer Stacie Wight
Lake View Terrace, California
By Pam Stein Moeck