Tara Bemoll began riding in Southern California as a six year old and by the time she was 12 she started riding with hunter/jumper trainer Shayne Berridge-Wireman in North San Diego County with whom she trained with until 2010. Selling horses has been Tara Bemoll’s key to success from her early riding years. Her parents had working class jobs and the budget for her horse passion was limited. She discovered that she had a talent and love for marketing sale and lease horses and was able to fund her riding and showing by doing so. At the age of 14, she set a goal for herself to eventually open her own training and sales barn.
Tara was a working student throughout her junior years for Sandi Nisson, Kelly James, Liz Hutchison, Doug Snell, and Allen Clarke for whom she rode and sold horses for. When she decided it was time to go pro in 2010, Tara was hired to join Mickey Hayden’s team in Laguna Hills. Mickey knew of Tara’s excellent work ethic, entrepreneurism and determination and was happy to have her on his team. But after a year of working in Orange County, Tara wanted to be back in San Diego. She landed a spot working with Alicia Saxton at Oceancrest Farms where she rode horses, went to the shows, did sales, and took care of the barn at home for three years. She was happy to work at Oceancrest Farms, but as her skills as a professional grew, she was encouraged to go out on her own. In 2013 she started Bravado Farms in North San Diego County and in 2014 moved to Del Mar Horsepark where her business is steadily growing.
Selling horses is Tara’s passion but she is also very dedicated to her students. Tara really makes sure to help all her students and especially those that may not come with big riding budgets. Tara says, “I am always willing to work with the kids that have drive and aren’t afraid to put in the hard work and I find ways to help them achieve their goals.”
“Tara simply has a gift for training,” Amelia Faircloth, a junior rider at Bravado Farms, explains. “I’ve been riding with her for about three years and my improvement has been extremely substantial, in my riding and in my overall horsemanship knowledge. She puts a lot of emphasis on flatwork, which I know has made a significant difference in how I am able to handle myself over fences. “To Tara, our ability to ride well is only half of her concern,” Amelia continues. “She makes sure that everyone knows how to properly groom and care for our horses to insure their comfort and safety. The overall barn environment is extremely relaxed and welcoming. We often have ‘barn days’ where we go out as a group and play around. It can be anything from racing go-carts at Boomers or team scavenger hunts around the Horsepark. I honestly couldn't imagine riding anywhere other than Bravado Farms. Her help has really been what has made me the rider I am today.”
Horsemanship is a key component to Tara’s program. All the students learn how to tack up their horses, clean tack, pull manes, clip the horses, prepare for the show ring, and care for injured or rehabilitating horses. Whether knowing about the supplements, types of shoes, veterinary care, types of bits and more, it isn’t just about riding.
Tara has competed in both the hunter and jumper rings, however her passion lies with the jumpers. She also enjoys starting and bringing along young horses. For more information please contact Tara at 951-816-2818.
Excerpts taken from May 2016 Riding Magazine - Tara Bemoll: Bravado Farms.