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 35 years and is currently serving in the elected position of President. She is currently serving the United States Equestrian Federation on its Executive Committee and 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. Emily takes great pride in seeing her students win at every level of competition all the way up to the Youth National Championships. She was a competitive gymnast and she currently is also employed by the Arabian Horse Association as the Executive Administrative Assistant with duties assisting the President and the Executive Director of the Associa. 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.