ABOUT TOMMY GARLAND
Tommy has ridden horses virtually all his life and credits his trainer father, also named Tommy, with much of his early learning about horsemanship. Tommy grew up under his father’s tutelage training Quarter Horses, Saddlebreds, mules, walking horses and Arabians. “My father had a tremendous gift with horses, and I was lucky to be able to learn from him. He taught me to use patience and care, never to rush with a horse. Some people prefer to forget where they come from – I think about it every day,” says Tommy.
In 1985, Tommy left the family training business to strike out training Arabians for Deep Meadow Farm in Waynesboro, VA. Arabians quickly became the center for the next 20 plus years of Garland’s show career which has included a multitude of national U.S., Brazilian and Canadian titles in Western Pleasure and Hunter Pleasure with Arabians and Half-Arabians. Not only has he achieved personal success but his amateurs, youth and adult alike, have acquired many National titles.
In 1988, Tommy met his wife, Dawn, at a horse show. Introduced by a mutual acquaintance, the young couple was married three months later. “Dawn’s the best thing that ever happened to me,” says Tommy. After a long string of successes earning National honors for client horses, as well of those of Dolorosa Arabians of North Carolina and later horses from Double Diamond Ranch of Texas, Tommy was ready to open the doors training in his own facility. In 2000, he and Dawn opened the Garlands Training Facility on 30 acres in Powhatan, Virginia, just 20 minutes outside of Richmond.
As in the past, a string of show ring successes followed and today over 40 horses are in training at the facility. Tommy was voted the Western Pleasure Trainer of the Year in 2002 by the Arabian Professional and Amateur Horseman’s Association and has received multiple nominations by his peers for Hunter Pleasure and Western Pleasure Trainer of the Year.
He and his wife Dawn reside in Powhatan, Virginia and have three children: Samantha, TBird (Tommy Jr.) and Katie.