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, roping, cutting, western pleasure, stock horse and working ranch horse.
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 2010 American Ranch Horse Association World
Champion Senior Cutting and World Champion Ranch Roping, the
World Champion Working Ranch Horse, 2006 Open Cutting World Champion, and the 2006 ARHA
Junior Ranch Trail World Champion. Charles also won the
2011 Northeast Stock Horse Association High Point Open Stock Horse with
Heza Classy Chic, and Green Stock horse
with Pepto Spade. In 2013, Charles &
Pepto Spade won the NSHA Open Versatility Championship.
In 2012, Cornerstone's Pepto Spade was the
Co-Champion in Ranch Horse Pleasure in the Virginia Quarter Horse
Association, also gaining his AQHA Performance ROM. Charles is
also on the Virginia Quarter Horse
Association Board of Directors.
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 the 2011 ARHA Reserve
World Champion 2 Year Old Ranch Riding with Chics Dig Bling, and 2006 American
Ranch Horse Association Open Cutting Reserve World Champion and
Senior Ranch Trail Reserve Champion, both on the stallion,
Classy Chic. Michele also won the 2011 Open Versatility
award from the Northeast Stock Horse Association on Ladys Mystic Cutter.
In 2012 she won the Northeast Stock Horse Association Open Stock Horse
Champion (Playlena Peppy), Open Reserve Champion (Jewel Chic Olena),
Green Horse Champion (Pepto Spade), and
Versatility Award (Playlena Peppy). Michele repeated the Open
Stock Horse Championship in 2013 with Jewel Chic Olena.
For the video of Michele working with the stallion, Heza Classy Chic