Genuine Farms was founded in 1997 and is a full-service, boutique A-Circuit training and show barn in San Juan Capistrano. Our goal is bio-mechanically correct training programs tailored to meet the needs of each horse and rider.
We offer top-quality care and individualized programs including a full menu of services to train and compete in nationally ranked show circuits.
Our training is highly tailored, attentive, focused and emphasizes balance, detail and position of the rider and horse team.
In addition, the well-being and soundness of the horses is a primary concern of the Genuine Farms team. We make sure that the horses are happy, enjoy their life and that their work is appealing to them.
Genuine Farms is located at Sycamore Trails Stable in San Juan Capistrano, California convenient to most locations in Orange County and less than 5 minutes off of the 5 Freeway. This large facility offers:
- numerous jumping arenas with lighting for evening riding,
- three indoor arenas allowing for uninterrupted training during the rainy season,
- ample turnouts,
- good footing,
- well-bedded stalls,
- varied feed and generous portions,
- access to miles of trails, and a
- pleasant atmosphere.
In addition to being in close proximity to the best, nationally-ranked show circuits on the West Coast, we also have many county shows each year at Sycamore Trails Stable. These on-site shows are a great, inexpensive way to practice or get started at showing for either the novice horse or rider.
Trainer Kristi Frishman has one overriding goal in all she does — to bring out the very best in horse and rider and create harmonious, winning partnerships. Frishman is passionate about matching people and horse together to make winning teams and bringing along green horses to become champions in the show ring.
Frishman’s background includes studies in Lugano, Switzerland followed by a degree in kinesiology (the scientific study of human movement) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). As a kinesiologist, Kristi understands all aspects of the “physiology of motion” with an emphasis on biomechanics which helps her create precisely tailored training regimes and more effectively match rider and horse teams.
Frishman boasts decades of experience as a coach and successful competitor on the “A” circuit in the hunters, jumpers and equitation arenas. Kristi has been mentored by some of the best professionals in the field including learning her fundamentals under the tutelage of Rob Gage winner of American Grand Prix Association Rider of the Year, West Coast Rider of the Year four times, a USA World Cup Team member three times and a USEF “R” judge. Other top mentors include Victor Hugo Vidal, Michael Patrick, Mary Morrison.
In turn, over the past two decades, Frishman has mentored up-and-coming riders to become successful grand prix riders and owners of their own successful training practices. Frishman knows what it takes to win without sacrificing a harmonious relationship with the horse.
Kristi established Genuine Farms in 1997 to create a barn focused on biomechanically correct training programs tailored to meet the needs of each horse and rider. She continues to mentor riders of all ages to success in the show ring and in partnership with their horses.