About

Welcome to White Harvest Farms, a full-service training and boarding facility, located 30 minutes from Denver, in Brighton, CO. Set on 35 acres, White Harvest Farms is home to world champion horses and riders, in both Western and English disciplines.   We have a great selection of training programs catering to beginner, intermediate, and advanced riders participating in USEF, APHA, AQHA, Western, roping, and reining. We also offer world-class training and boarding services for competition performance horses and currently have limited stalls available.  

 

 
 
 

Our Barn

White Harvest Farms dates back to 1987. Over the years, we have grown our facilitates to include a Grand-Prix style sand arena and a large indoor arena for year-round riding access. The indoor arena also features limited seating to view activities. The facility offers indoor stalls and outdoor runs, and five large turnouts. Our indoor stalls are heated, with rubber mat flooring; a heated indoor wash rack, a large tack room, and a snack area. We also have an onsite English and Western tack shop. We provide feeding and cleaning services, as well as winter blanketing and supplement management. 

 

 

Our Team

White Harvest Farms, under the leadership of Karen Banister - owner and trainer - has built a strong reputation of being an exceptional educational-based equestrian facility. Karen and her team of trainers and coaches have proven success in various disciplines - from APHA World Champion Paint horses to AQHA Champion Quarter Horses to USEF equitation, hunter, and jumper champions. Her husband, Marc, is equally well known in the roping and ranch world - producing exceptional world champion horses and riders. 

What makes White Harvest Farms different is that Karen, Marc, and their team of trainers and coaches don't just teach - they ride and they're good at it! They successfully compete at a National level in USEF, APHA, and AQHA events, either on their own home-bred horses or their clients' horses. 

 

OWNER/TRAINER – KAREN BANISTER

Karen began riding as a pre-school student at Hillcroft Acres Riding Academy and was competing at 5 years of age. By 10 years old, she had moved to ‘A’ circuit hunters including medals and jumpers. After college, Karen returned to work for the Riding Academy and decided to start her own facility in 1987. The first horses to enter the facility were Arabians and Paint Horses; on which the foundation of her business was born. Karen is a licensed judge with the Pinto Horse Association (PHA), AQHA, APHA, National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA), and the Appaloosa Horse Club of America.  She has judged throughout the US, Canada, Italy, Germany, Fance and Holland including the German, Italian and European Quarter Horse Championships. She has trained nearly 60 World Class Champion horses and riders including Sacred Indian, Sacred Moments, Sacred Seven, Sacredhopesndreams, Successful Indian, Classy’s Sacred Ticket, and Indivisible. World class ponies include Elation, winner of the 2010 small division at the National Pony Finals, GF Primrose and Burgundy Shannon Rose. Karen has been an AQHA qualifier, finalist and top ten rider in open and jumping and has earned an extraordinary number of APHA World Championships. She also successfully competes nationally in the USEF ‘A’ Circuit Hunter/Jumpers.

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OWNER/TRAINER – MARC BANISTER

Marc began training horses and preparing rope horses for clients in 1993 so that clients could practice and successfully compete.  He is a member of numerous rodeo associations including USTRC, ACTRA. Marc’s personal passion is passed on to students today who continue to participate in national rodeo competitions. Marc’s intuitive nature with animals transcends to his teaching and coaching at Faith Christian High School.

 

ACCOMPLISHED EQUESTRIAN, DAUGHTER – ELIZABETH BREWER

Beth began riding before she could walk and went on to earn numerous APHA World Championships. She became an accomplished equestrian in the USEF circuit and was awarded an Equestrian Scholarship to Baylor University where she competed on both the English and Reining team. Beth has spent the last few years working as an elementary school teacher. She has recently joined the White Harvest Farms staff as a riding instructor and assistant while also attending school to receive her Masters in Education. She is the proud mother of future trainer, Annabelle, and future roper, Titus. 

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LESSON INSTRUCTOR- KATE AUCHMOODY

Kate grew up in Southern California where she had the fortune of being involved in 4H from a very young age. As soon as she was old enough, she joined her club’s horse project, learning, showing and eventually becoming a teen leader. At this time she also started showing heavily on the AQHA circuit when she started working for an AQHA trainer. After moving to Colorado to study Equine Sciences at Colorado State University, she quickly immersed herself in the Horse Judging Program. Garnering a Reserve World Championship at the AQHA World Show with her team, she went on to coach two World Champion AHA teams. Beyond that, she was selected to join the AQHA International Team to teach horsemanship camps in Austria, the Netherlands and Germany. She has worked for multiple world renowned AQHA and CHA trainers so far in her career. Her passion is developing riders and horses alike to achieve true balance, confidence, athleticism, growth and harmony.