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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, 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, and 2014.



Natural HorsemanshipCharles 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 2007 ARHA 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.




[bridleless riding natural horsemanship]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, Heza 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 CLICK HERE.



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