MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
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 President. She is currently serving the United States Equestrian Federation on its Board of Directors, the 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 that keep her on the cutting edge of what it takes to win. In 2021 Deborah added a Morgan judging card to her credentials.. 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 eight 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 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.
Alyssa Parlane is a sophomore at the University of Nevada, Reno. She began riding at the age of seven at a small backyard business. In 2013 she took a break from riding, then moved to RTEC in 2017. Alyssa started her show career in 2019 and showed in Western Horsemanship, and in 2020 competed in Saddleseat equitation and English pleasure. Outside of the show ring, she has ridden disciplines including English, hunter, and western. In 2020 she went champion at Pacific Slopes in English pleasure and reserve champion in English Pleasure at the Diablo Arabian Horse Association Fall Fling show on Tamar Emissary. She hopes to keep showing in the future. Her goal as an instructor is to keep riders safe and educated, as well as make sure they are having fun while at the barn. She hopes to help her students advance at comfortable pace and challenge them to always learn new things at RTEC.