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Bunnie Sexton


Bunnie Sexton (born Bunnie Shepherd) grew up in the Santa Ynez Valley where her family raised Morgan horses and Angus cattle. Bunnie’s first pony was a Welsh Morgan cross who would jump the moon, and together they competed in the pony hunters, pony jumpers, and medal classes throughout California. They also foxhunted, and every summer would travel to the family’s property in British Columbia where they would go to the county fairs and compete in western events and gymkhana as well as the hunter/jumper classes. As a teenager, Bunnie graduated to an Off-the-Track Thoroughbred who became her primary competition horse, competing in the show hunters and dressage. It was through Pony Club that Bunnie discovered and fell in love with the sport of Eventing.

Once she had been bitten by the bug, there was no turning back! After graduating Pony Club with an “H-A” rating, she decided that riding every horse she possibly could and teaching others how to ride was to be her career. In 1990, Bunnie Shepherd became Bunnie Shepherd Sexton. Through the 1990’s, Bunnie trained and competed several Off-the-Track Thoroughbreds, winning zone championships on horses such as On Impulse, Don William, and Hark. The last year that she competed with Don William he won Intermediate Horse of the Year, and his stablemate was Preliminary Horse of the Year. Bunnie also earned us the title of California Leading Rider. As Bunnie’s family grew, she curtailed her upper level riding. She spent her time producing horses from the lower levels up through the one-star level before passing the rides along to her Pony Club Students, or her children!

Now that her four children are out in the world, Bunnie has had the opportunity to get back into the upper levels of Eventing. Since turning 50, she has completed her first CCI3* and her first CCI4* at the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, and she hasn’t looked back!

Bunnie is passionate about eventing, teaching, and training horses to love their jobs. At Shepherd Ranch Eventing, emphasis is on enjoying the process, because the results will follow!

Career Highlights

 24th Place, Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI4*, April 2015
 6th Place, Galway Downs International CIC3*, March 2015
 9th Place, Twin Rivers Advanced, February 2015
 1st Place, Twin Rivers Advanced, September 2014
 8th Place, The Event at Rebecca Farm CIC3*, July 2014
 3rd Place, Copper Meadows Advanced, June 2014
 5th Place, Galway Downs International CCI3*, October 2013
 6th Place, Woodside International CIC3*, October 2013
 6th Place, Bromont Canada CCI3*, June 2013
 9th Place, Galway Downs International CIC3*, March 2013
 4th Place, Copper Meadows Advanced, March 2013
 5th Place, Twin Rivers Advanced, March 2013
 4th Place, Twin Rivers Advanced, September 2012
 2nd Place, Woodside International Advanced, August 2012
 1st Place, Twin Rivers Advanced, April 2012
 6th Place, Galway Downs Advanced, March 2012
 Numerous wins at the Intermediate level aboard Don William
 Leading California Rider
 Numerous wins at the Advanced and Intermediate level aboard Hark
 Year-End Awards aboard both Don William and Hark for Training-Intermediate level
 Trainer and Rider of Careless Remark, the five-time Area VI Leading Appaloosa