Balmoral Central

Traditional horsemanship with a 21st century twist.

Balmoral Central extends an invitation to a new kind of equestrian education.

Balmoral Central offers an opportunity for members to deepen their equestrian education – from equine nutrition to riding the perfect hunter round and from evaluating proper hoof angles to picking the next superstar Grand Prix jumper from a lineup of yearlings. 

The best part? This world class education meets members right where they are. A combination of virtual and in-person instruction provides a collection of opportunities that few equestrians accumulate during a lifetime, curated for members of one program: Balmoral Central.

Balmoral Central is a new concept for what a riding academy should be, taking traditional horsemanship values and applying them to the modern world. Members of all ages will have the opportunity to connect – in a meaningful way – with some of the biggest names in equestrian sport. The program combines weekly virtual lectures, discussions, and question and answer sessions with in-person, hands-on seminars, as well as individual coaching opportunities to create an unmatched equestrian educational experience.

Through virtual and in-person sessions, members will have access to and instruction from some of the brightest lights in the equestrian universe. From the winningest riders and trainers in history to the judges tapped to evaluate the pinnacle of competition to the vets and farriers who keep the best equine athletes wearing tricolors, Balmoral Central opens doors to the most influential and important professionals in the industry and invites members to take a seat at the table. 

Balmoral Central provides an incredible resource for increasing knowledge, building skills and making connections around the industry. For junior riders aiming at futures as professionals, amateur owners dedicated to the equestrian lifestyle and anyone in between, Balmoral Central promises to provide exceptional educational opportunities, connections to like-minded people, and a lot of fun along the way.

Sessions begin August 2022, and the limited enrollment spaces will go fast. Cohort sizes are small to ensure all members have access to the speakers and opportunities provided. Take a look at the weekly schedule here and the upcoming events calendar here. Register here and Balmoral Central will be in contact to complete the enrollment process.

The Program

Balmoral Central stands on four foundational pillars:

The Package

  • Weekly Q&A Seminars with Top Equestrian Professionals
  • Interactive Group Video Audit Sessions
  • Meet Ups with Balmoral Central at Premier Events
  • Private BC-Only Seminars
  • Media and Collegiate Consultations
  • Private Group Chat
  • VIP Video Submitted Phone Lesson
  • Join Balmoral Team at Shows
  • Recommendations with Industry Professionals

The Directors

Piper Klemm and MTM Sandwich

Piper Klemm, Ph.D.

Piper received her B.S. with Honors in Chemistry from Trinity College [Hartford, CT] in 2009 and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012. 

She is an active member of the hunter/jumper community, owning a fleet of lease ponies and showing her horse MTM Sandwich in adult hunter divisions. 

Piper began her tenure as the Publisher of The Plaid Horse Magazine in 2014 and pursues her commitment to education by teaching college courses on equestrian entrepreneurship at Clarkson University.

Traci and Carleton Brooks

Traci and Carleton Brooks of Balmoral Farm have a lifetime of experience with horses, an extensive teaching and training background and a keen ability to match horses and riders to produce results. Together they’ve trained and produced numerous National Champion riders and horses from the ground up. 

Traci and Carleton Brooks. Photo by Jennifer Taylor

Carleton Brooks, best known as “CB”, is one of the most respected and recognized horsemen in the country, awarded the USHJA Lifetime Achievement Award. His successful career spans three decades coaching, judging, training, riding and competing at the highest level. Carleton has received many honors, including Leading Hunter Rider at The National Horse Show, a four-time winner of the Pacific Horse Shows Association Don Tipton Award, and the Arthur B. Hawkins Award for Excellence in Horse Sport.

Carleton and Traci also serve on numerous boards and committees, helping guide and shape the sport fo the next generation. Traci is an active Board member of the USHJA National Hunter Derby Task Force and the Board of USEF Zone 10. Carleton served on the Board of The Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association for 11 years.

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