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Waldenbrook focuses on the purchase, sales and development of a select group of quality show horses at home and on the road. John also works with a small, select group of clientele whose goals are to compete on the ‘A’ circuit.

Show Horse Development

John specializes in bringing a horse to its full potential. Now accepting select horses into the training program.

Horse Sales

John travels to find quality young horses in the U.S. and abroad and always has a fine selection of investment horses for sale.

Coaching and Clinics

John is available to coach at horse shows on his schedule or give clinics by request. Please contact us to inquire.

John French

Widely recognized as one of the most accomplished hunter riders in the sport, John French has piloted countless horses to stardom in the hunter ring on both the East and West Coasts.


French is also an “R” judge.

Truly one of the sport’s most natural talents, French has achieved high performance success in both the hunter and jumper disciplines. From representing the United States in Nations Cups and competing at the FEI World Cup™ Finals over a decade ago, French was also the winner of the inaugural $100,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals aboard Rumba.


French won the WCHR Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and currently holds the title of World Champion Hunter Rider, a title he has won four times. In 2016 French was also awarded the West Region USHJA Hunter Derby Rider of the Year, and the CPHA Pre-Green Incentive Rider of the Year.


In 2017, French transitioned from running a full-service show barn to buying and selling, training and competing a select group of horses at home and on the road. As always, horse shows will continue to be a priority, where he continues to be a sought after catch rider, coach and clinician.

Price List

Training and Care

Includes training and management of both horse and rider. Full care of the horse includes all grooming and basic supplies. Does not include body clipping.  $1,400/month


Prices vary and are billed separately by Templeton Farms.

Customers Not in Training

Lessons (group or private): $100

Schooling Rides: $75

Lessons Away from the Barn: $125 + travel expenses

Schooling Rides Away from the Barn: $100 + travel expenses


Sale Purchase or lease price under $100,000: 12%

Sale Purchase or lease price over $100,000: 10%

Client is responsible for payment of all travel costs.

Horse Show Day Fee

Horses In Training: $80/day or $500/week

Horses Not in Training but Stabled with Waldenbrook: $125/day or $800/week

Day fee starts the day the horses arrive.

Horse Show Grooming

Customers are responsible for paying the grooms at the show. Includes tip. $500/week

Trainer Expenses

Includes airfare, lodging and transportation: Divided by number of horses

Groom Expenses

Includes housing, travel, supplies, set-up and tear down fee, laundry, etc: Divided by number of horses

Feed, Bedding & Extra Stalls

Will be billed directly by the horse show: Divided by number of horses


Billed at cost.

Catch Rides

Show Rides Per Division: $350
Charged per horse per division. There is no charge for any under saddle or model classes.

Schooling/ Training Rides: $100
Includes any and all rides that are not in the show ring, i.e. morning schools, ticketed rounds, etc.

Show Rides Per Round: $100
Charged if horse is only ridden in one round instead of a division.

Rider Schooling: $150
Charged per session for any training of rider.

Derbies, Classics, Special Classes: $150 + 15% of prize
Includes all rounds to complete the class.

Riders Expenses out of CA: Divided by number of horses
All expenses will be split equally by the number of horses ridden and charged per week during horse shows located outside of California.


Waldenbrook Farm is located in San Luis Obispo County out of Templeton Farms in Templeton, California.

The state-of-the-art facility features a picturesque 24-stall center aisle barn, 130′ x 235′ hunter/jumper ring, a 35,000 square foot covered arena, a covered walker, irrigated grass day pastures, a mile long perimeter trail, and much more. Located along the Salinas aquifer, it boasts beautiful topography, and enough water to keep the pastures green.

Facility photos © Alden Corrigan Media



Waldenbrook Farm at Templeton Farms


1799 Templeton Rd

Templeton, California



Email:      john {at} waldenbrookfarm.com

Phone:    1-650-867-9504


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