The New Guard: Jasmin Stair Strides to the Top

jasmin photo 3By Mackenzie Shuman

Jasmin Stair, 34, of Del Mar, Calif., has been riding horses ever since she could walk. Growing up in a family where “everyone in [my father’s] family participated in team roping, competitive national barrel racing, or just had horses,” said. So, the horse business seemed to be in her DNA.

Even though she has been around the animals her whole life, like many of us, Stair has never grown out of the ‘I love horses so much’ phase. She now competes in the Greater San Diego Hunter Jumper Association (GSDHJA) county circuit as well as the A show circuit in California with her own business, Jasmin Stair Stables. Stair also serves on the board of the GSDHJA as she feels it is important to contribute and give back to the industry we all love.

While personally owning four horses of her own of various disciplines, she also has 16 clients and 15 horses in training. However, this foundation didn’t just come to be one day, as Stair has spilled tons of time and devotion into starting her business.

After ending her junior riding career, Stair started to work for top professionals in her area, “I rode, showed, and learned to manage a barn starting at the age of 18,” she said. Continuing on this pathway, she eventually was working as an assistant for many years at large show barns such as Pegasus Show Stables in Rancho Sante Fe, Calif. This hands-on work in the field gave Stair an inside look into what owning a horse industry business really was like. In 2012, Jasmin Stair Stables was born and established in the Del Mar Horse Park.

When asked what is important in her business, Stair stated, “Patience is key with horses; they cannot be rushed. If you wait, good things can come.” This piece of advice is something that Stair lives by in her stable. Bringing up many difficult horses or horses who had been injured and going through the rehab process with them has proven to be no easy task. But being patient always has paid off.

While Stair is the sole owner of her stables, she has had people along the way to help her out. With her mom and grandma by her side through every step along with her business partner, Manual, Stair has “the most amazing clients, several who have started with me from day one and are still with me today.”

Photo courtesy of Jasmin Stair.
Photo courtesy of Jasmin Stair.

Along the way, Stair has also been influenced by her longtime trainer, Karen Healey, saying, “I really admire her and aspire to be like her.” Healey taught Stair the basics of her riding knowledge today and helped her step up into the ranks of the higher levels of riding. Other inspirations for Stair have been Gary Zook, Ken Berkeley, and Matt Amaretto, all inspiring and giving Stair the foundation and horsemanship skills she uses today.

Although there have been difficulties within her business and keeping things afloat in the high cost world that we all live in, Stair has persevered and her efforts have proven worth it. This summer you can find Stair in the show ring riding a few young horses in the pre greens and 1.10-meter jumpers in shows across California.

Visit and find Jasmin Stair on Facebook at Jasmin Stair Stables for more about her and what she does in the horse industry.