Erik Caddeo is a young and upcoming trainer that I feel has the work ethic and passion it takes to make a name for himself. Erik moved to the US a year ago from Italy to chase his dreams. We are very proud to have Erik as part of the team and helping him mold his show career.
Erik is married to his wife Alexia who is an equine reproduction veterinary.
Gabriel moved form his hometown in Brazil and showed for his first time in the US in 2016. On his own, Gabriel has had some career highlights and in a short period of time is close to $50,000 LTE. Gabriel caught my eye when he came to ride with me for a couple week in 2018. I knew he was a fit and am happy to have him join the team. I’m looking forward to furthering his knowledge as a trainer and a showman.
Cam Essick of Pacific Range Design is a designer, photographer and horsewoman. Cam’s photography has been recognized all over the world in equine magazines. Her love and dedication to the performance horse industry is clearly noticed. She has managed Andrea’s image and business adventures from the beginning (2002). She is a leader when it comes to her design work and are so proud of the long time business relationship as well as friendship.
At Fappani Performance Horses, we make sure our horses are treated by one of the best vets in the industry. Dr. John Newcomb of Equine Veterinary Services has spent 20 years in a show horse practice involving primarily reining, jumping and dressage horses. An FEI-certified vet, Newcomb was the USEF reining team veterinarian for the 2002 and 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games. He also serves on the American Quarter Horse Association Research Committee.
John is an amazing man with a huge passion for horses and an unwavering commitment to our training and show program. He is always there for us. In addition to being our vet and friend, his interest and enthusiasm extend to being present at nearly all of our shows. He is there because he personally enjoys reining and being a part of our program during the day, but also watching late night or early morning workouts at all of the major events. We owe a very large part of our success to John’s experience and desire to be involved with our customers’ horses throughout their training and show career. We can’t thank John enough and are very lucky to have him on our team.
Laura recently came on board to oversea the mares and foals we raise here at Rancho Oso Rio. Laura is a huge part of my program on a daily basis. Laura not only handles the breeding end of the business but she is a person of many hats here at my ranch. We are so happy to have a girl who loves horses and being part of the team.
Laura is a outdoor enthusiast and just hiked the Pacific Crest Trail . She and her dog Ali are a great edition to our ranch.
Arek and his family live north of us in Temecula, CA and have been shoeing for us since 2004. Arek is the type of farrier that really understands horses, how the horses’ confirmation affects their particular job. He is quick to see and adapt a shoe to the way a horse moves and develop a better result based on what our concerns and needs are. We work very closely, and together are always discussing and tweaking the way the horses are shoed to fit the way that they need to perform.
We really value the fact that Arek is very open minded to my opinion and willing to try out different things. In addition to working on our horses at the ranch, Arek also travels to most of our bigger shows with us.
Arek and his wife Kelly have two sons, Tanner and Tucker.
Randy trims all our mares and foals, yearlings and shoes 2 yr olds till they are ready for Arek. He has worked along side Arek for many years and knows his program very well.
Additionally, Randy has his own shoeing business and clientele. He flies into Arizona weekly to assist Arek and he is also responsible for shoeing all of our 2 year olds, yearlings and weanlings.
Randy and his wife Shelly have a daughter, Lilly and a son, Levi.
Juan has been by my side here at Rancho Oso Rio for 8 years. Juan is very passionate about the care of all of my horses. I rely on Juan to keep me informed as he is the one who sees them first thing in the morning and the last one at night. Juan travels with me to all of the shows and I can always count on him to be there for me.
Juan and his wife Shela have three children Phavel, Violetta and Gracie.