Jonathan Deeley

I am a professional horse trainer, specializing in Foundation Training and Taming Wild Mustangs.

I am a certified trainer of wild mustangs with an approved facility by the BLM, competed by invitation in the 2009 Extreme Mustang Makeover, frequent guest speaker and member of the North American Mounted Unit Commander’s Association (mounted law enforcement). I am a former Naval Combat pilot and horrible driver.


Director of Training at The Equestrian

The Equestrian Training Center was launched over 20 years ago to teach the horse and train the rider, using my unique training system. Rather than being confined to a method, this system is skill based, presented in a specific order to horse and rider that causes the least amount of confusion, producing effective and lasting results.

When I first started riding, we were taught to ride a horse. That art of teaching balance was lost to a multitude of disciplines competing for distinction - with varied body positions. Then the industry did a 180 when the correspondence horse training era began. Not only did we have countless riding disciplines competing for style, but now we had popular TV trainers with competing methods of training.

It has been my goal to change the "method" mindset and focus on Skill Sets. Learning the Skill is greater than the method, so long as the method does not cause pain, fear of pain or confusion.

Seth "Bubba" Whitley

Former member of the US Army, 82nd Airborne, and Speical Forces trianed, Bubba's experience and ability complimented Mr.Deeley's so well as to earn him the position of Senior Trainer and Partner of The Equestrian Center. While active duty, he served as Mr. Deeley's assistang trainer and Lead Rider of the United States Army Caisson Section at Fort Sam Hoston, Texas.


Senior Spurred Rider, Military Honors Caisson

As Section Leader for Military Funeral Honors, Caisson, Fort Sam Houston (Army North), Mr. Whitley was instrumental in the redesign of the most sucessful and effective training systems in the country. He brought that same skill and determination with him and treats each horse and client as a personal project. He takes the time to explain what is being taught horses under the care of Mr. Deeley and takes the reins when The Director's old-ish knees start to bother him.

The Equestrian Academy


The Equestrian Academy

As a professional trainer with combined experience of over 50 years, coupled with both national and international reputations, The Equestrian Training Center was destined to evolve into a full academy.

It was a combination of revalations that no one can ride a green horse anymore; due to the fact no one teaches the SEAT or even basic horsemanship (balanced, secure rider combined knowledge-based control of the horse). Based on The Equestiran Center's core value of involving owner/rider participation, The Equestrian Academy was imagined - a facility designed from the ground up to educated future horse trainers and professionals.

In addition to learning the seat, areas of study include philosopy, anatomy, equine law, saddle making, farrier skills, and therapy with horses and most importantly a clear understanding of how the horse moves, thinks and communicates. We will produce effective trainers, held to a higher standard with employable skills.

We expect our system to the certifying standand for mounted law enforcement, military units as well as BLM mustang trainers.


Awards of Excellence

  • ARNORTH (5th Army) Commanding General LT. Gen.Caldwell
  • ARNORTH Chief of Staff
  • First Armored Division Command Team
  • 15th Sustainment Bridgage Command Sergeant Major
  • Sergeant Major of the Army Chandler
  • Southern Regional Medical Command
  • US Army Medical Department Commandant of Amcod
  • NCO Academy Award of Excellence presented by the Chief of Chaplins, Maj. Gen. Paul K. Hurley "Honoring The Fallen"
  • IMCOM Award of Excellence
  • Guardian Award