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John Berney

Owner/Head Trainer

John has competed in everything from the Pre-Greens all the way through the Grand-Prix level. John brings decades of knowledge and experience to his business and the equestrian community in Orange County. Since 2010, John has served as the President of the San Juan Capistrano Equestrian Coalition-an organization aimed at preserving the city's historic equestrian lifestyle.  


Becky Cox

Assistant Trainer

From the pony ring to competing in a 1.50m Grand Prix, Becky brings over 25 years of teaching experience to the JBE team. Becky has enjoyed qualifying horses and riders for various national championships such as USET Finals and CSI Jumper Finals. Becky's role is essential to our program where she develops riders of different levels and ages through a strong foundation in correct riding and horsemanship. 

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Nina Thornton

Barn Manager & Director of Marketing

Nina joined the JBE team in 2011 before she left for college in Texas. There, she was a student-athlete for 4 years as a member of Baylor University's top-ranked NCAA Division 1 Equestrian Team. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Digital Media, Nina returned to Orange County and now manages scheduling, operations, marketing and the online presence of John Berney Equestrian.