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About Us







Charles and Michele Pellham established Cornerstone Horsemanship with the goals of giving young horses a solid start under saddle, teaching horsemanship to riders of all disciplines, and incorporating horsemanship methods into the show world.

With over 50 years combined experience in the horse industry, Charles and Michele have the depth of knowledge needed for training horses and teaching people.  Horses and students that have gone through the Cornerstone Program have won many local, state, and national championships in events including hunter/jumpers, dressage, reining, ranch pleasure/ranch riding, roping, cutting, western pleasure, stock horse, ranch trail, and working ranch horse.



Both AQHA Professional Horsemen, Charles and Michele have qualified multiple horses for the
AQHA World Shows in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018,
as well as the AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Show in 2018, 2019, & 2020.

Charles is one of the premier trainers on the East Coast, with a gift for starting colts and working with problem horses.  He has a natural ability to teach people, and is an outstanding clinician.  Multiple ARHA World & Reserve World Championships, multiple ECSHA titles, & AQHA points in Versatility Ranch Horse, Reining, Working Cow Horse, & Ranch Riding,
all on MULTIPLE horses.

Accomplishments include:

~2020 ECSHA Open Horse of the Year Reserve Champion with Custom Chrome Chic

~2019 ECSHA Open Horse of the Year Champion
~2018 ECSHA Reserve Champion Open Horse of the Year with Hot Chics Dig Me
~2017 ECSHA Reserve Champion Open Versatility
~2016 ECSHA Horse of the Year, Hot Chics Dig Me
~2016 ARHA World Champion Jr Ranch Trail & Reserve World Champion All Age Ranch Roping
~2015 ECSHA Champion Open Stock Horse
~2015 VQHA Open Working Cow Horse Champion
~2015 VQHA Breeders Futurity All Age Reining Champion
~2014 VQHA Open Working Cow Horse Champion & Reserve Champion Open Ranch Pleasure
~2014 VQHA Breeders Futurity Ranch Pleasure Champion
~2013 NSHA Open Versatility Championship
~2012 Co-Champion in Ranch Horse Pleasure in the Virginia Quarter Horse Association
~2011 Northeast Stock Horse Association High Point Open Stock Horse & Green Stock horse
~2010 ARHA  World Champion Senior Cutting & World Champion Ranch Roping
~2007 ARHA World Champion Working Ranch Horse
~2006 ARHA Open Cutting World Champion & Junior Ranch Trail World Champion


Michele exhibits versatility in a trainer.  She has trained and shown cutting horses, as well as dressage and barrel racing, puts the finishing touches on young horses, and has a gift for working with young or inexperienced riders.  Multiple ARHA Reserve World Championships, multiple ECSHA titles, & 2016 ARHA World Show Open All Around Champion with Playlena Peppy.

Accomplishments include:

~2020 ECSHA Open Horse of the Year with Chica Three Boons

~2019 ECSHA Reserve Open Horse of the Year with Jewel Chic Olena
~2018 ECSHA Open Versatility Horse of the Year
~2017 ECSHA Versatility Horse of the Year with Playlena Peppy
~2017 ECSHA Open Versatility Champion
~2016 ARHA Res World Champion Herd Work & Res World Champion Sr Ranch Trail
~2016 ECSHA Open Versatility Champion & Open Stock Horse Champion
~2015 ECSHA Open Versatility Champion
~2015 VQHA Breeders Champion in Hunter Under Saddle, All Age Trail, & Ranch Riding
~2014 ECSHA Open Versatility Champion & and Open Stock Horse Champion
~2013 NSHA Open Stock Horse Champion
~2012 NSHA Open Stock Horse Champion & Res Champion, & Ranch Versatility Champion
~2011 NSHA Open Versatility Champion
~2011 ARHA Reserve World Champion 2 Year Old Ranch Riding
~2006 ARHA Open Cutting Reserve World Champion & Sr Ranch Trail Reserve Champion

For the video of Michele working with the stallion, Heza Classy Chic CLICK HERE. 


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