Joey Currais began riding at the young age of six and ever
since then has been involved in Hunter/Jumper world-riding, showing, training
and heading up show barns. An accomplished junior rider, Joey made his way to
national finals in the pony hunters, equitation and jumpers. After a successful
junior career, he transitioned to teaching
and managing show horses, drawing from the opportunities he had along the way
to learn from many top riders and trainers such as Jimmy Torano, Chris Kappler,
Margie Hough, Jennifer Bieling, Mindy Darst, and Christina Schulsemeyer, among
For the past thirty years, Joey has coached numerous hunter
and jumper riders on to national championships, qualifying them for some the
most prestigious invitational shows in the country such as Devon,
Washington International, and Harrisburg.
Throughout his training career, Joe has inspired young
riders and adults of all levels to compete to their fullest potential. Under
his tutelage, many have achieved Championship and Best Child Rider status and
have had their names inscribed on perpetual trophies at major classic horse
shows such as Saratoga, Old Salem, Middleburg, and the Hamptons.
Raised in Miami, he began his professional
career in the early ‘80’s in his home state of Florida,
later moving up the coast to Century Oaks Farms in Virginia. Joe then spent time abroad heading
up Koko Crater Stables in Hawaii before
returning to Florida as a private trainer with
a string of eighteen horses at Genje Farms in Wellington. In the ‘90’s, Joey relocated to
the northeast and founded his own show barn, Hunters Landing and trained at
several top barns including Irene’s Spring Tree Farm, Essex Equestrian Center
and Overpeck Stables in New Jersey. In 2005, he moved across the
Hudson to serve New York City
riders with locations in the Bronx and more recently in Westchester. In 2013, he took the opportunity to return to Leonia, NJ in the newly re-opened, renovated, Bergen Equestrian Center.
One of Joe’s proudest moments was being honored to be chosen to represent the U.S. as Chef d' equipe at Monterey, Mexico.
If you pick up a copy of American Girl,
year 2000, “Girls and their Horses”, you can see Joey featured with one of his all time top riders Caitlin Donovon, and her string of pony's.