Beginning at the age of five, Beka began riding at a local barn in Massachusetts where she began her lifelong passion for horses and her love of riding. She spent her adolescence and teen years progressing from the ponies to hunters and then jumpers under the guidance and mentorship of trainer Lisa Peek. During that time, Beka had the opportunity to work with other renowned trainers including Brawley Farms, Stonehedge Farm, George Morris, and Jeff Cook.

    An advocate of lifelong learning; she continues her education and her pursuit of her goals as a rider
    and trainer. In 2006, Beka opened Swan Training and In 2008 Beka and her husband, JR, purchased Whip ‘n Spur Farm in Wilsonville, OR.
    Beka bases her training and riding program on integrity, knowledge and safety. The health, well-being and happiness of her students and the horses in her care is her primary focus. At Swan Training, Beka builds a community of equestrians in a place where all riders are respected and supported as they work towards achieving their riding goals.
    Beka’s numerous career accomplishments include students who have gone on to ride for college equestrian teams and compete in zone jumper and hunter championships. Many of her students are successful competitors in all three rings and continue their own dreams and love of horsemanship by building their
    own equine training programs.

    Beka continues to develop as a rider in top jumper and hunter competitions. She has won numerous year end championships and zone horse of the year awards.
    Beka believes good sportsmen are the best horsemen. She is dedicated to creating a venue for riders to give back to the horses and sport they love. She
    advocates for and is herself a member of local and national equine associations
    including United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA), United States
    Equestrian Foundation (USEF), Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association (PCHA), and the Oregon Hunter Jumper Association (OHJA). Beka has served on the board of OHJA for over a decade and has held a variety of positions including vice president and president of the organization.
    Beka is unwavering in her pursuit of both horsemanship and sportsmanship and Swan Training under her leadership is a unique combination of seasoned,
    skilled and caring instructors, premier facilities, dedication to exceptional horse care and a shared commitment to excellence in equestrian sports.



    Candice King is a world renowned horse woman and rider. She has garnered multiple FEI titles, has represented the USA on multiple Nations Cup teams, and was also the top ranked US rider at the 2001 World Cup Final. She has won multiple Grand Prix, including the CSIO5* Queen Elizabeth ll Cup.

    On top of having a very successful showing resume, Candice is a very devoted mother and an all-around kind human being. She thrives on helping and teaching riders develop their skills in and out of the saddle. Candice plays a strong roll in the EAP program and travels to clinics all over the country. We are thrilled to be able to partner with such a legendary rider in this sport and support her in her ongoing commitment to excellence and horsemanship.



    Kris Di Carlo, a seasoned professional with two decades of experience in the equestrian world, has dedicated the last ten years to owning and operating his own facility. His journey began at William Woods University, where he earned a degree in Equine Science and Business Administration, laying the foundation for his successful career. With 14 years as a head trainer in both Texas and Florida, Kris also spent six-years as an assistant trainer with Team McAllister in California. Under the guidance of Jenni Martin McAllister and Steve McAllister, gaining invaluable knowledge and expertise.In 2014, Kris realized his dream by opening Kris Di Carlo Equestrian in Bradenton, FL. What began as a 24-stall facility swiftly expanded to 30, a testament to Kris’ dedication and passion for equine development. His core philosophy centers around the proper physical development of both horse and rider, a guiding principle that shapes his program to this day. Known for his engaging teaching style, Kris incorporates metaphors to make learning enjoyable and relatable for everyone. In his barn, inclusivity is key, with a welcoming atmosphere that embraces individuals of all goals and aspirations. Kris strives to provide the same level of care and commitment he would expect as a client, fostering a peaceful environment where both clients and their horses can thrive.Whether the aim is to conquer 18” jumps or reach Grand Prix heights, Kris extends a warm welcome to all those with a desire to learn and grow within the equestrian community. His commitment to creating a supportive and educational space reflects his genuine love for the sport and dedication to the well-being of both horses and riders alike.