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Olson Performance Horses is a family owned and operated horse boarding and training facility located 25 miles east of Denver in the beautiful Rocky Mountain State of Colorado. We are dedicated to bringing our clients and their horses excellence in care and training at the barn, resulting in success in the show ring. As a family, we feel blessed and privileged to be able to work in the horse industry, and it is our belief that with hard work, good horses, perseverance and God's help, great things are possible. We appreciate that our client's have a choice when it comes to the care and training of their horses and so we endeavor to give every client and every horse the best possible opportunity to succeed in whatever path they choose to follow. We believe that attention to the smallest detail brings the greatest success. If you are interested in having your quality show horse in training with us please visit our 'contact us' page and email us. We would love to hear from you.
Gerald Olson (Jerry) was born in London, England. Jerry moved with his family to Colorado in February of 1997. His Mother is British and his Father is a native of Colorado. He and his family own and operate "Eagles Wings Ranch," home of Olson Performance Horses, a horse boarding and training facility located just 25 miles east of Denver in the beautiful Rocky Mountain State of Colorado. When Jerry graduated from High School, he was recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Board for having S.A.T. scores that ranked in the top 2% of the nation. As a result, he was recruited by some of the top Universities in the country, including Harvard, Air Force and MIT. Jerry was accepted into the prestigious Denver University believing that this would afford him the opportunity to be close to the business and do what he loved most, work with and train horses. As Olson Performance Horses started to take off more quickly than first anticipated, Jerry soon realized that he would have to make a choice in the direction that his career would take him. He chose his first love, the horses, believing that this is the path that he was meant to follow. As a trainer, very early on Jerry set himself the goal of personally winning Quarter Horse Congress by the time he was 25. In 2009, at the age of 22 he was Congress Champion (NSBA) and Reserve Congress Champion (AQHA) on his 5 year old filly 'Shes Bens Mercedes' in the Green Trail with 88 horses shown. His reaction was, "It was great to hear my name called as Champion and Reserve Champion at one of the most prestigious horse shows in the world and hopefully this is the first of many Congress wins". In 2011 at age 24 he met and surpassed his goal by becoming CONGRESS CHAMPION for the second time in his career in the 3 and 4 year old Trail Stakes class. At the age of 25 Jerry has continued to experienced success in the horse industry having numerous horses and clients in the top ten at some of the major shows in the US including The AQHA World Show, NSBA World Show, AQHA Congress, The Redbud, Big A / Stars and Stripes, and Arizona Sun Country Circuit. Another of his most prestigious successes was placing 3rd at the 2010 AQHA World Show in the Junior Trail class, showing the 2006 filly 'Ima Lopin Ytoo Slow' (then owned by Mary Ellen Honeyfield). "I thought we had a good pattern, my main goal was just to make it into the top ten considering it was both mine and the horses first appearance at the World Show, to be 3rd and finish in the company of the best trainers in the business was definitely rewarding and very exciting." Jerry was also Top Ten at this year's (2012) AQHA Congress in the 3 and 4 year old Trail Stakes Class with 'Call For A Hot Time' aka 'Luca' a 3 year old gelding owned by Karen Lee Tegner Manseth. 'Luca' was one of only two 3 year olds to make the final. His Hunt Seat horses are also experiencing success including 'Only Blue Prints' who, with Kathryn Olson in the irons, was recently crowned 2012 CONGRESS CHAMPION in the NA Hunt Seat Equitation (with 112 horses shown) and Top Ten in the Amateur HSE. 2012 is both Kathryn and 'Only Blue Prints' first year working in the over fences classes and they have won numerous Circuit Championships at some of the biggest Horse Shows in the country including a 3rd place win in the Hunter Hack at the 2012 Congress. Kathryn says of her brother/trainer, "It's awesome riding with Jerry because not only is he family, but he is fully committed to and invested in each and every one of his clients and their horses and works so hard to help you reach your goals and achieve success! I couldn't ask for more"! Another highlight of Kathryn's show career came in 2011 at the AQHA World Show when she became WORLD CHAMPION in the Amateur Trail Class on 'Shes Bens Mercedes' a horse owned and trained by Jerry since her yearling year. So what makes it worthwhile to Jerry? "When I not only have personal success, but when I see my clients succeed it makes all the hard work worthwhile, plus I love working with the young horses and to see them develop and succeed is extremely rewarding to me." Jerry is an active member of the AQHA, APHA, NSBA and USEF.