Jo Hanna Proefrock- In House Trainer
Jo Hanna Proefrock has had a love of horses her entire life. She began riding at the age of six and was competing by the time she was seven. She competed at many local and 4-H shows as a young girl.
Jo Hanna has experience showing horses on the paint and pinto circuits. She spent many summers in Texas competing at various shows including the AjPHA Youth World Show. Jo Hanna has been awarded many honors including world champion in trail and showmanship, reserve in horsemanship and Novice Youth All Around in 2011.
Jo Hanna also has a lot of experience on the hunter/jumper circuit. She was successful in the hunters and equitation during her junior years. Her accomplishments include WHJA year-end equitation champion and reserve champion in the hunters.
Jo Hanna is a 2017 graduate of the University of Findlay where she graduated with a double major in English Equestrian Studies – Hunter/ Jumper Emphasis and Business Management. During her time at Findlay she competed on the varsity IHSA hunt seat team all four years with great success. She had the opportunity to travel to Germany and participate in a three-week international riding program that consisted of dressage, show jumping and classroom sessions. After completing the program, she was awarded her small bronze performance medal.
Jo Hanna enjoys teaching riders of all ages and abilities. She believes in creating a strong foundation based on equitation and confidence for all riders. In her spare time, Jo Hanna loves to spend time with her dog and her horse, Ademaro.
Matt Arias- Associate Trainer
Matt Arias has been involved with the horse industry since he was a child. He had the opportunity to ride with many different instructors in the hunter and jumper disciplines as well as basic western riding and dressage growing up.
Matt decided to pursue his passion for horses and graduated from Cazenovia College with a BPS in Management with a specialization in Equine Business Management in May 2014. During his time at Caz, Matt was very involved with the equine program and rode varsity on the Equestrian Team showing in the western horsemanship classes. In 2013, he was the IHSA Zone II Region II Reserve Champion in Novice Horsemanship advancing to the IHSA Western Semi-Finals held in Syracuse, NY. Matt placed 5th at this competition and made it to Top 15 in the country for the Novice Horsemanship Division. During his time at Caz, he learned and was about to ride reining horses which is his favorite discipline.
In the summer of 2013, Matt had the opportunity to be one of two summer Performance Department Interns at the American Paint Horse Association. He played a huge role in the preparation, planning, execution, and follow-up of the 2013 AjPHA Youth World Championship Horse Show. Matt has also interned with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County, aiding in the research of the horse industry of Central New York. From the fall of 2014 to early spring of 2017, Matt worked in sales and operations at Weatherbeeta USA. He worked internally with the Key Accounts, Midwest, and Northeast Territories. He loved being a part of the Weatherbeeta Team and learned a lot about the wholesale and distribution of equestrian goods and products. In March of 2017 Matt embarked on a new adventure and was hired as the Director of Breeders’ Trust/ Breeders’ Futurity at the American Paint Horse Association in Fort Worth, Texas.
Matt started at Forest Edge Farm in the fall of 2014. He taught lessons on Sundays and the occasional clinic. He also coached at home horse shows. Even with Matt in Texas, he will continue to teach a select number of clinics and lessons when he is home in NJ for holidays and vacations throughout the year. He has a background in the hunters and jumpers, and equitation, western horsemanship, reining, basic dressage, and some driving. Matt has enjoyed his time at Forest Edge so much that he will always stay a member of the team! “The Forest Edge Farm Family truly is one of a kind. Mary Jo, Ursula, and Bill have developed an exceptional facility. Even though I am halfway across the country, Forest Edge will always be home. Thank you for becoming family these last three years.”
American Paint Horse Association
Director Breeders’ Trust/ Breeders’ Futurity