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.
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
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
In the Inside Hand, NRHA professional Peter DeFreitas shows us how he works with his horses to keep them from anticipating the lead change.
Peter Starts at 4:30