About Us

Reining horses have been an integral part of Peter’s life from a young age. Peter and his Grandfather, Francis Buchanan traveled from horse show to horse show throughout Peter’s youth.

 

Shortly following his high school graduation Peter gave up his Non Pro card and started to work for NRHA Professional Sam Smith in Belle Center, OH.

 

After three years working in Ohio, Peter moved to Smithfield, NC and began working for NRHA Professional Mike McEntire. He spent the following two and a half years developing his training and showing skills under Mike’s guidance.

 

While working for McEntire, he was fortunate to meet and show several horses owned by Monica Watson of Double Run Farm.

 

Peter began his career as the resident trainer for Double Run Farm of Leland, NC in January of 2009. Eleven years later he continues to work and reside on the farm with his wife, Erin and son, Mason. Thanks to the support of Monica Watson and others, Peter’s program continues to develop and flourish.

 

 

Peter
DeFreitas

achievement highlights

lte:

$595,000+

  • 2011 NRBC
    Intermediate Open Champion

     

  • 2011 Open Top Ten World Champion
     

  • 2012 OHIO QUARTER HORSE CONGRESS
    Open Futurity Reserve Champion
    First Go Winner

     

  • 2014 TULSA REINING CLASSIC
    Open and Intermediate Open Derby Champion

 

  • 2014 NRHA OPEN FUTURITY                                         Open Futurity Finalist Level 4

 

  • 2015 GORDYVILLE BREEDERS CUP & WLS DERBY     Open Derby Champion

  • 2017 MIDATLANTIC MCGEE FARMS OPEN FUTURITY L4 Open Futurity Reserve Champion                                     L3 Open Futurity Champion

 

 

OUR TEAM

ASSISTANT TRAINER - Sarah Hardin

ASSISTANT TRAINER - Taylor Herring

ASSISTANT BARN MANAGER - Liana Arden

 

VETERINARIAN - Reagan Equine Veterinary Service

 

VETERINARIAN - Piedmont Equine Associates

 

FARRIER -​ Branden Maready

 

CHIROPRACTOR - Dr. Ron Kantner

EQUINE DENTIST - Scott Fisher

 

 

INSIDE REINING

In the Inside Hand, NRHA professional Peter DeFreitas shows us how he works with his horses to keep them from anticipating the lead change.

 

FULL EPISODE

Peter Starts at 4:30

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