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Charles and Michele Pellham established Cornerstone Horsemanship with the goals of giving young horses a solid start under saddle, teaching horsemanship to riders of all disciplines, and incorporating horsemanship methods into the show world.

With over 35 years combined experience, Charles and Michele have the depth of knowledge needed for training horses and teaching people.  Horses and students that have gone through the Cornerstone Program have won many local, state, and national championships in events including hunter/jumpers, dressage, reining, ranch pleasure/ranch riding, roping, cutting, western pleasure, stock horse and working ranch horse.


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Both AQHA Professional Horsemen, Charles and Michele have qualified multiple horses for the AQHA World Shows in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016.

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Charles is one of the premier trainers on the East Coast, with a gift for starting colts and working with problem horses.  He has a natural ability to teach people, and is an outstanding clinician. 
His accomplishments include:
 ~2006 American Ranch Horse Association Open Cutting World Champion
~2006 ARHA Junior Ranch Trail World Champion
~2007 ARHA World Champion Working Ranch Horse
~2010  World Champion Senior Cutting
~2010 ARHA World Champion Ranch Roping
~2011 Northeast Stock Horse Association High Point Open Stock Horse with Heza Classy Chic, and Green Stock horse with Pepto Spade.
~2012, Cornerstone's Pepto Spade was the Co-Champion in Ranch Horse Pleasure in the Virginia Quarter Horse Association
~2013 NSHA Open Versatility Championship with Pepto Spade
~2014 VA Bred Ranch Pleasure Champion at VQHA Breeders Futurity riding 3 year old stallion, Hot Chics Dig Me (3rd in VQHA year end Ranch Pleasure)
~ 2014 VQHA Open Working Cow Horse Champion & Reserve Champion Open Ranch Pleasure with Fiesty Blonde
~2015 Virginia Bred Futurity All Age Reining Champion on Hot Chics Dig Me
~2015 VQHA Open Working Cow Horse Champion with Fiesty Blonde
~2015 ECSHA Champion Open Stock Horse with Rustlers Cal Girl
~2016 ARHA World Champion Jr Ranch Trail with Hot Chics Dig Me
~2016 ARHA Reserve World Champion All Age Ranch Roping on Rustlers Cal Girl
~2016 ECSHA Horse of the Year, Hot Chics Dig Me



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Michele exhibits versatility in a trainer.  She has trained and shown cutting horses, as well as dressage and barrel racing, puts the finishing touches on young horses, and has a gift for working with young or inexperienced riders.
Her accomplishments include:
~2006 ARHA Open Cutting Reserve World Champion & Senior Ranch Trail Reserve Champion, both on the stallion, Heza Classy Chic
~2011 ARHA Reserve World Champion 2 Year Old Ranch Riding
~2011 NSHA Open Versatility Champion on Ladys Mystic Cutter
~2012 NSHA Open Stock Horse Champion (Playlena Peppy), Open Reserve Champion (Jewel Chic Olena), Green Horse Champion (Pepto Spade), and Versatility Champion (Playlena Peppy)
~ 2013 NSHA Open Stock Horse Champion with Jewel Chic Olena
~2014 East Coast Stock Horse Association Open Versatility Champion (Pepto Spade) and Open Stock Horse Champion (Chics Dig Bling)
~2015 Virginia Bred Champion in Maturity Hunter Under Saddle, All Age Trail, & All Age Ranch Riding all on Chics Dig Bling
~2015 ECSHA Open Versatility Champion with Jewel Chic Olena
~2016 ARHA Reserve World Champion All Age Herd Work & Reserve World Champion Sr Ranch Trail on Playlena Peppy
~2016 ARHA World Show Open All Around Champion with Playlena Peppy
2016 ECSHA Open Versatility Champion & Open Stock Horse Champion
2016 ECSHA Horse of the Year, Reserve Champion, Playlena Peppy


For the video of Michele working with the stallion, Heza Classy Chic CLICK HERE.



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