2018 USEF Equestrian of the Year Nominees

Wendy Potts is among 15 nominees for the 2018 USEF Equestrian of the Year. 

Wendy Potts is a talented horse trainer, and the owner of Freewill Farm in Mansfield, Texas. She began riding at age six and has been training Arabian and Half-Arabian horses for over 25 years. 

Potts got her start training at Ventura Farms in Westlake Village, Calif., before moving to Texas and building the successful clientele she has today. One of Potts’s greatest accomplishments is the consistent success of her amateur riders. Her clients have earned over 200 national and reserve national championships, and many of these talented riders have been with Potts for more than 15 years. 

Potts has been named the APHA’s Hunter/Show Hack Trainer of the Year an incredible 11 times. 

In addition to her successful training business, Potts excels in the show ring. Since 2002, she has won 43 national championship titles, 28 reserve national champion titles, and 95 national top 10 awards across the U.S. and Canada. At the regional level, she has won 133 championships, 75 reserve championships, and 75 top-five awards. 

In 2018, Potts competed in 20 qualifying competitions, culminating in an impressive showing at U.S. Nationals, the pinnacle of competition for the breed. Potts took home three national championship titles in the Hunter Pleasure division, most notably besting 43 other combinations in the highly competitive Open Arabian Hunter Pleasure championship class. She continued to clean up in the Hunter Pleasure division at U.S. Nationals, bringing home three reserve championship titles and two top 10 placings.