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Peter Pletcher

Peter Pletcher, owner of PJP Farm, is one of the most successful Hunter/Jumper Trainers in the Country. Having been in this business for over 30 years, Peter has ridden and trained some of the country's top horses and has received most of the industry's top honors. A few of his career highlights are listed below.

In addition to his own successes, Peter has coached his clients and their horses to numerous National titles and honors.

Throughout his career, Peter has been known and appreciated for his amazing riding ability, expertise and fun loving personality.

Career Highlights:

November, 2015, Peter was awarded for reaching the USHJA -The Elite $1 Million Dollar Club for total money earned by a Professional rider in recognized USEF divisions! Hunter standings include all of the A-rated open hunter sections, classics, USHJA International and National Hunter Derbies and Pre-Green."

Peter has ridden numerous horses to top National titles, as well as championships at all the major indoor shows and the prestigious Devon Horse Show.

In 2010 he was asked to participate in a demonstration of the Hunter Derby Classics at the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky.

In 2005 and 2007, he was named to a team that represented our country before an international audience in Las Vegas. The World Champion Hunter Rider Team  Challenge pitted four top US hunter riders against an international team of world class jumper riders. To this day, Peter considers that a career milestone!

In 2002, 2004, and 2007 Peter won the title of World Champion Hunter Rider of the Year, in the annual event sponsored by the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation.

Peter has represented the US in numerous International World Cup Competitions.
In 2002, the Chronicle of the Horse named Peter the Professional Rider of the Year.

Also in 2002, he was honored with the Emerson Burr Trophy.

In 1991, he piloted his jumper, Uncle Sam, to win the prestigious President's Cup at the Washington International Horse Show.

Jef Lauwers

Jef Lauwers is a professional rider at PJP Farm. Born in Duffel, Belgium, he started riding at 12 years of age. Jef got his start in the horse business because his father bred jumping horses, and Jef would start these young horses and show them until they were ready to be sold.

Upon completion of Engineering School, Jef moved to the United States where he initially competed as an amateur rider with PJP Farm. In 2019, Jef became a professional rider for PJP Farm. He was the Developing Pro National Champion at the 2021 Capital Challenge Horseshow.

Jef’s favorite part of the horse business is developing young horses into successful hunters for their owners. He loves to teach riding and educate horsemanship to both the adult clients and young riders. When not in the show ring, his favorite hobby is singing and discovering new things.

Career Highlights:

- 2017 Champion at Capital Challenge, Harrisburg and Washington in the Adult Hunters

- 2018 Champion at Hampton Classic, Harrisburg, and Washington A/O 3/6’

- 2021 Developing Professional National Champion, Capital Challenge Horse Show

- 2021 Champion 3’ Green “She’s All That” at both Capital Challenge and Harrisburg

- Multiple USHJA International and National Hunter Derby wins

- Multiple Championships at the Winter Equestrian Festival


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