Owner of RTEC and Senior Trainer

Deborah Johnson has spent her entire life dedicated to Arabian horses and riding. She has a deep care and concern for the well-being of the horses as well as an unending supply of energy to get it all done. Deborah’s horses and riders compete very successfully at all levels in the Arabian industry. National and Reserve National Championships have been earned in Country English Pleasure, Hunter Pleasure, Show Hack, Saddle Seat Equitation, Hunter Seat Equitation, Showmanship, and Working Cow Horse.

In addition to her training operation, Deborah has volunteered for the breed organization, the Arabian Horse Association, for over 30 years and is currently serving in the elected position of Vice President. She is currently serving the United States Equestrian Federation on its National Breeds & Disciplines Council as well as the USEF Arabian Rules Committee.  She has served on the Arabian Horse Association Board of Directors representing Region 3, as Chair of the National Equitation/Showmanship Committee and Market Development and Promotion Committee. Deborah is a current member of the Budget and Finance Committee. Seeing the best of what the Arabian horse breed has to offer each year brings another dimension to Deborah’s credentials.

Every year Deborah adjudicates shows in the Arabian world that keeps her on the cutting edge of what it takes to win. In 2019 Deborah will be adjudicating the Scottsdale Arabian Show.  She has had the honor of adjudicating the United States National Championship Show six times as of October 2016, the Youth National Championship twice, the Canadian National Championship Show once, and the prestigious Scottsdale Arabian Show seven times. Deborah’s riders note that to ride with her is a holistic experience. She cares about the students’ grades, she is in tune with the motivational strategies to best prepare each rider for competition, and she has a sincere desire to see each rider become the best they can be.



 Senior Trainer 

Senior Trainer Emily Carpenter began her equestrian career at the age of 7 with Deborah Johnson. Emily has been successful in Regional competition in Saddle Seat Equitation, Hunter Seat Equitation, Western Horsemanship, English, Country, Hunter, and Western Pleasure. She has diverse experience and is eager to assist her students in every possible way. She was a competitive gymnast.   Emily enjoys training horses, competing in shows and coaching RTEC riders. Emily takes great care to ensure each student is progressing toward their goals in a very effective way.



Riley Beatty is a junior at North Star Online School and plans to go to the University of Nevada, Reno.  She first started riding at the age of five and began taking weekly lessons at Reno-Tahoe Equestrian Centre at age 6.  Riley has been an active competitor on the Arabian horse show circuit for many years in Country English Pleasure and Saddle Seat Equitation.  Recently she became the Region 3 Reserve Champion in Saddle Seat Equitation for 2019 on her leased horse, Aforce Afire BF. As soon as she turned 16 and got her driver’s license, she began a job working at RTEC, which had been a goal of hers for many years as a child.  Currently, Riley is at the barn three days a week thanks to her flexible school schedule and is dedicated to learning more about every aspect of horse training. Her goals as an instructor are to challenge each rider to be their best selves and improve their skills. She enjoys teaching riders of all ages and experience levels and is happy to share the joy of the Arabian horse breed.  She enjoys working with both horses and people.

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Maxx Emami is currently a senior at North Tahoe High. She began her passion for horses at the age of four.  As she got older she progressed to White Horse Dressage, an Arabian sport horse barn where she bought her first horse and competed at many dressage shows. She then moved on to a hunter/jumper barn in Shingle Springs, where she got her second horse and went to many hunter/jumper shows competing in many derbies and medal classes.   Then she bought an off the track thoroughbred on her own and, while under trainer supervision, trained the horse herself and later sold the horse all while being a working student for her trainer taking care of all the horses. She has ridden with many professionals in the equine world. Maxx loves working with kids and adults to help spread her knowledge to make all her students be the best they can and to reach their goals. Her goal is to help everyone find their passion and love for horses. 

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