Since 1980 Pam Pentz has owned and operated Derby Farms, a full service training, boarding and breeding facility with an emphasis on dressage. Pam has ridden most of her life and began her professional career when she graduated from the Potomac Horse Center’s Horsemasters course in 1975 with honors in instruction. She began her teaching and show career at the Evergreen Equestrian Center in Kirkland, Washington in 1976. Klaus Albin provided her with her earliest guidance in dressage. She has continued her dressage training over the years training with Robert Dover, Steffen Peters, Inez Propfe-Credo and Jan Ebeling.
In 1982 Pam was licensed by the United States Equestrian Federation as a dressage judge. She is currently a “R” dressage judge with the USEF and a retired FEI “C” Para-Equestrian Judge. Pam is also a USDF Bronze and Silver medalist with the United States Dressage Federation. As an active breeder of Oldenburg horses she is a member of the Verband der Züchter des Oldenburger Pferdes better known as the German Oldenburg Verband (GOV) and owns the Grand Prix Oldenburg stallion Rodioso whom she has competed thru Grand Prix and stands for breeding at Derby Farms.
Ms. Pentz lives at Derby Farms in Woodinville, Washington with her husband Peter and together they run the farm and an antique business that specializes in early American furniture. Her husband Peter is an accomplished woodworker and not only specializes in American antiques but also in their restoration and repair. They like to joke that his hobby is horses and her hobby is antiques.
Pam has a busy teaching schedule, specializing in the amateur rider and many of her students have received USDF recognition by receiving Bronze and Silver medals and a junior rider Margaret Odom placed 9th in the nation in 2008 and was a member of the USDF Region 6 Junior Team! Pam’ greatest passion is starting young horses and being a breeder she is hands on from birth. She has a staff of excellent young adult riders who help with the riding and training duties and all work as a team for Derby Farms. Read on to meet some of the team.
Riding assistant Aubrey Adler has been with us since late summer of 2018. She is wonderful with youngsters (horses and people). Aubrey has been riding since she was 4 years old. Over the years she has trained in a variety of disciplines including dressage, hunter/jumper, 3 day eventing, drill team, huntseat and western equitation and pleasure. She even dabbled in driving, gaming and vaulting. At age 8 her mom helped start a riding school in Redmond. Aubrey and her sister grew up caring for the horses and riding as much as possible. Soon they were riding with various other local trainers gaining skills and versatility on a wide variety of horses and ponies. Aubrey's somewhat eclectic background gives her a wide base of understanding that she brings to her training. Most recently she has shown the Welsh mare Duet to Pony Cup wins and national All Breed awards in dressage. Her size and expertise is perfect for ponies and young horses. She is very skilled and has a superb seat. She is helping to compete the youngsters here at Derby Farms and this past summer of 2019 she earned her USDF Bronze Medal on Bonnie Kearney's Rodio and Pam Pentz's Rodioso. She has openings for young riders as well as adults and her teaching skills are tops. She can be reached by phone or text at 206-852-2411 to schedule lessons or training.
My wonderful riding assistant Katja Waldron has left us after a fantastic summer in 2018 earning her USDF Bronze and Silver Medals and is now in the Doctorate program in Psycology at Penn State. She is currently doing some part-time training and teaching in the Penn State Area of Pennsylvania. We wish her the best and hope to see her again soon!
Our resident farrier is Steve Harding. Steve is well known in the Arabian Sporthorse world as an exceptional sport horse shoer. Over 20 years experience as a breeder, exhibitor and farrier give him a wonderful background with horses. He comes to the farm almost weekly and keeps the horses on a very strict 6-8 week schedule. His style is a well balance uncomplicated foot. He is fast and kind and very personable. He can be reached via his cell phone at (360) 292-5281. Contact Pam if you have further questions.
Clients at Derby Farms are more than welcome to use a farrier of their choice. There is no obligation to use the in-house farrier. Be advised if we must hold a horse or help with that farrier service we will charge a fee of $25.00 per hour.
Rainland Farm Equine Clinic is the 24 hour vet service on call for Derby Farms. The clinic is less than a mile from the farm and houses a full surgical unit as well as having three full time vets on call at all times. Dr. Robert Fleck is the clinics founder and head vet and tends to all the reproductive care as part of the Derby Farms Breeding program. For more information on Rainland Farm check out their website.