Boise, Idaho is known for a few things… most notably, potatoes and blue-turf. Yes, the football turf carpeting the Boise State stadium is really blue. However, just a short 20 minutes from the heart of Downtown Boise, rests an elegant, classical English riding barn. It's a welcomed respite in a land dominated by rodeo. Nestled between the quiet splendor of streams, grazing horses and rolling foothills sits Wasach Sport Horses.
Watasch Sport Horses, Boise, ID
Pulling up to the barn, the layout reminds you of the East Coast, and it’s no wonder, Stephanie spent the last 15 years splitting her time between Virginia and Florida working for leaders in the sport. The Washach Sport Horses barn is beautifully manicured and punctuated by blooming flowers and green shady trees.
Without question, three important senses immediately confirm you are in a top-notch barn. Sight, smell and sound. First, and most importantly, there are the happy horses. Stephanie Goodman’s horses all share the same pleasant and relaxed expression, with ears forward and eyes eager. Second, the smell of fresh shavings and clean leather; there is no greater smell for any horseman. Last but not least, there are the sounds of happy barn patrons.
From the very first moment you meet her, it is apparent Stephanie is a horseman. Classically trained since her childhood as the daughter of a team-roper and hunter/jumper, Stephanie learned to love horses before she knew how to read. This long-standing history gives her a certain calmness around both people and equines.
Her barn is a community of horse people; the brand new facility was the result of a family effort that saw her relocate her business from McCall, Idaho to Boise. Stephanie’s husband Josh is a commercial fisherman who now builds cross country jumps in his spare time – if that’s not love, what is?
WSH is well regarded not only for the success of its horses and clients in the show ring, but also for creating a program that demands solid horsemanship skills, positive personal character, and animal and environmental stewardship.
As head trainer of WSH, Stephanie delivers a long list of accolades and experience to her extensive resume including earning spots on the long lists for both the Atlanta and Sydney Olympic games in Eventing. Additionally, she was named to the prestigious US Equestrian Developmental Rider program and trained under the tutelage of U.S. Olympic greats David & Karen O’Conner, Michael Page, and Anne Kursinski. Her expertise in coaching, management, and training is solid in depth due to her experience working for both hunter/jumper and eventing barns.
Goodman "in the office" coaching a student.
Of extreme influence were the six years Stephanie spent riding, training and grooming with the O’Connors, both in the States and abroad. Additionally, she managed, rode, and trained horses in Northern Ireland for the esteemed Smith Brothers Eventing stable; Steven and Trevor Smith are two of Ireland's leading event riders and have represented their country at both the Olympic and European level. Before returning to the West, Stephanie spent five years in Middleburg, Virginia as the head trainer and barn manager at Little River Farm. She is a USEA Certified Instructor through CCI** (ICP level III.) and a popular clinician in both the U.S. and Canada.
When Stephanie and her clients are not practicing at home or competing at hunter/jumper and eventing competitions across the Western US, she can be found with her husband Josh in Idaho’s pristine wilderness enjoying mountain biking, running, snowboarding, and skiing.
It’s that tendency toward cross-discipline sport that makes Stephanie stand out among her fellow horsemen. Whether they be hunter/jumpers, eventers or dressage riders, they can find a comrade in Stephanie Goodman.
Goodman competing at theHITS Thermal Desert Circuit.