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Rick Gervasio & SP Remington, 2015 World Champion Western PleasureRick Gervasio has been riding almost as long as he's been walking. His father was a professional horse trainer, and Rick has never known another way of life. Having shown National Champions in five different breeds, his versatility is as broad as the abilities of the horses he's trained. He was the annual high money earner in the NSBA (National Snaffle Bit Association) for two consecutive years. In 2000, he won the Circuit Championship in Senior Western Pleasure at the prestigious Tom Powers Futurity, the oldest continuously operating pleasure futurity in the world. Rick is world renown as a trainer of winning Quarter Horse, Rick Gervasio & Righteous, 2013 Reserve World Champion Western PleasurePaint and Appaloosa western pleasure horses. He has won every major western pleasure futurity in the country on several different breeds. At the 2009 Appaloosa National Show, he was National Champion Senior Western Pleasure and Reserve National Champion Junior Western Pleasure.

He began showing Arabians in 2004 and found great success with this exotic and world famous breed. He has since achieved a vast amount of Class A wins, several Regional Championship Top Five awards, as well as Top Fives in Scottsdale and national titles. A few of his winning charges included East Coast Championship Open Western Pleasure Champion GF Jullyens Joy, The Agitators Pride+++ and Joys Juliette. He was Top Ten at the US Nationals with GF Jullyens Joy in Open Western Pleasure and in Junior Western Pleasure with GF Major Design.

Rick Gervasio & Hollybrook Touche, 2012 World Champion Western PleasureIn 2008, Rick accepted his first Morgan horse for training and began to acquire the necessary knowledge to take them to the top. Rick Gervasio & Graywood's Belinda Breeze, 2011 Reserve World Champion Western PleasureWith many regional and Class A titles under his belt, he headed to Oklahoma City in 2011 with a small string of just four Morgans and brought home one World Championship, two Reserve World Championships, a Grand National title and several top five and top ten placings in Three Year Old Western Pleasure, Open Western Pleasure, Open Trail and Western Dressage.

In 2012, Rick set out to move from his #2 position of the previous year into the vaunted #1 position at the GNWCMHS in Oklahoma City. With the arrival of a 10 year old stallion, Hollybrook Touche, and his personal acquisition of the three year old mare Step Right Up, he took his challengers on and returned to Ocala with Grand National Champion 3 Yr Old Western Pleasure Mare and World Champion Futurity 3 Yr Old Western Pleasure Mare (Step Right Up), Grand National Champion 4 Yr Old Western Pleasure Mare and WorldChampion 4 Yr Old Western Pleasure (TFF Selene), Reserve Grand National Champion Western Pleasure Gentlemen's Finals (Equinox Fear This) and completed his week with World Champion Open Western Pleasure (Hollybrook Touche). Additionally, he earned top five ribbons in World Champion Trail with the four year old TFF Selene.

In 2013, Rick added another Reserve World Champion Open Western Pleasure to his wall, as well as additional titles in the junior and World Futurity divisions. While 2014 added four more Grand National titles, it was 2015 that really put the icing on the cake. Another World Champion Open Western Pleasure title (making it four Open World titles in five years on four different horses), and a back to back win in the Three Year Old Open and Futurity World Championships.

Rick GervasioRick has also been featured on the cover of Horse & Rider magazine with accompanying training articles, "Jog Slowdown" (March 2001), "Rail Strategies: Show-Pen Power" (September 2001), and "Hip Hip Hooray" (1990s).

Media Play

Featured in June 2012 Horse Show Wire
Featured in April 2013 Saddle Horse Report
Featured in February/March 2016 The Morgan Horse

In 2013, Rick has been honored with the Barbara Worth Oakford Trophy from the United States Equestrian Federation. This award is given to a worthy candidate from any horse or pony breed shown in a non-reining Western discipline. Because of this award, he is a nominee for the 2013 USEF Equestrian of the Year. This is a great achievement and he is thrilled to have been recognized.