Sweetwater Stables Trainers
Meet the Team
We take pride in the quality of care we provide for our horses. Our team provides a custom training program for you and your horse. We focus on having a family atmosphere at our barn that includes many team-building days and parties.
Lucy is the owner and head trainer at Sweetwater Stables. She was born into a “horsey” family in Minnesota, and learned to ride from her mother, Pat Bemis, who owned and operated Willow Creek Farms. She horse showed in the Midwest through her junior career before moving to Arizona in 1979. She worked as an assistant trainer for a number of well-known trainers in the southwest before starting her own business, Sweetwater Stables in 1983. Lucy has brought her students up through the ranks in local, zone, and national standings over the years with students qualifying and successfully showing in Young Rider’s, Pony Finals, and Junior Hunter Finals. Lucy has received the Shelby Shank Trainer of the Year Award twice and in 2007 she won the USHJA Zone 8 Trainer Award. Lucy is currently pursuing her “R” judging license and is a “r” USEF licensed judge in Hunters and Equitation. She is currently judging horse shows across the country and is accepting more assignments.
Kat grew up in Illinois and began riding when she could barely walk. She later began her show career in the Hunters at the age of 10. She then moved up through Hunters, Equitation and then Jumpers. While showing in the Jumpers she also began a career in both Dressage and Eventing. She landed her first job teaching lessons and working client horses at the age of 16 for a local H/J trainer. After graduating from high school she moved south to show on the Florida circuit.
She then moved to Millbrook, New York to train and show. While training under Major Paul Lindsay she received her certification from the highly accredited British Horse Society. Over the span of her career, Kat had the opportunity to work with many well-known trainers such as Capt. Mark Phillips, Michael Page, Jim Graham, Peter Kjellerup and Nancy Whitehead. After moving back to Illinois she graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree from Western Illinois University. After graduation Kat moved to Arizona to enjoy the warmer weather. She then began her career as a private instructor and built up her own successful business. In 2012, she was given the opportunity to work at Sweetwater Stables and really enjoys being a part of Lucy’s team. When not at the barn she enjoys spending time with her husband and son.