Our Team

Our Team

Meet the Cavallo Farms Family

Head Trainers/Owners – “Introducing the horse world to the whole world.”
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Janet Price Cawley

Janet found her passion for horseback riding at a very early age, having saddled up at just six years old. As a junior rider, Janet competed in the USEF Pony Finals, USEF Medal Finals, ASPCA Maclay Finals and was even a member of the Zone 4 Prix de States Team for Junior Jumpers in Harrisburg.

Having had so much experience with riding at such a young age, it’s no wonder Janet has found her passion to teach all levels of students at our Tallahassee riding school — even kids as young as three years old! From first-time riders to advanced equitation, hunter and jumper riders, Janet values a strong foundation in the basics of riding and horsemanship as well as caring for these gracious, majestic animals.

Aside from the pleasure experienced with everyday riding duties, Janet thrives on tackling the exciting challenges that come with the unique needs of each rider and horse. She knows there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing the fruits of your labor come to fruition when you conquer your personal riding goals, and she’ll do everything she can to get you there.

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Amy Owen Center
USEF Licensed Official& ‘R’ HU/HE‘r’ JP Judge

Amy was introduced to riding at a summer camp when she was nine years old. From there, everything she wanted to do revolved around horses.

Her father acquiesced and bought her a “pony horse” from the track complete with a western saddle. But after seeing someone jumping, she quickly taught herself and that horse to do the same. Formal lessons followed quickly once her father saw the passion in his daughter and Amy had the opportunity to ride with many influential trainers from New Orleans, Louisiana to Orlando, Florida. She worked hard to achieve many catch rides in the juniors and eventually purchased a young horse that she finished into a nationally-ranked junior jumper.

Riding continued with Grand Prix rider Barry Lane while she attended Florida State University where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. Amy was able to work with many of the young horses that Barry bred and continues to this day to enjoy the work with green horses. Amy is passionate about education and the promotion of the equestrian world to mainstream society. Everyone would benefit from working in any capacity with horses and Amy is on a mission to have Cavallo Farms lead the way! 

Amy currently serves as the Vice Chairman for the Emerging Athletes Program for the United States Hunter Jumper Association and is a licensed official for the United States Equestrian Federation.

Our Certifications

Did you know that both Amy and Janet are TCP certified trainers with the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA)? To learn more about this certification click the link below.

Not only is Cavallo Farms one of the most experienced Tallahasse riding schools, but it is also Recognized Riding Academy with the USHJA. To learn more about this certification click the link below.

Our Instructors

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Grace Dreyer – Assistant Instructor

Grace started riding at the age of four. A year later, her family relocated to Tallahassee, Florida and she began her equestrian education with Janet Cawley and Amy Center at Cavallo Farms. She served as a working student for them from age 15 to 18. During her Junior years at Cavallo Farms, she attended Pony Finals twice and moved successfully into the jumper ring claiming many accolades with her horse Castlebay, whom she still owns today. Together, they competed in the Children’s/Adult Jumper Championship in both 2013 and 2014 helping to clinch ribbons for her team. She participated in the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program in 2014 and 2015 where she was immersed in both riding and stable management and rode under Olympic athletes. She spent her first year as a professional working for Cloud Nine Farm and owner/trainer Stevie McCarron Wigley in Lexington, KY. Grace served as assistant trainer there. Grace returned to Cavallo Farms in 2017 as Assistant Trainer and an additional Professional Rider. Cavallo Farms continues to grow with Grace’s involvement!

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Erin GordonAssistant Instructor

Erin Gordon has been riding horses for 30 years. She was one of Cavallo Farms’ first students when the farm opened up shop in Tallahassee in 1993. As an adult, she taught beginner lessons for Cavallo Farms for several years before returning to her amateur status where she competed successfully in local competitions in the Adult Hunters, Adult Equitation, Medal and Jumper divisions. She loves to teach and the kids love her, so although she has a full time job outside of horses, she has returned to professional status and teaches lessons on weekends for Cavallo Farms as well as assists with horse shows. She is currently the proud owner of a 19-year-old OTTB (off-the-track thoroughbred) named Indy, whom she still competes with in the Jumper divisions.

Barn Manager & Caretaker

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Cesar Angarita

Cesar Angarita started working at Cavallo Farms in 1998 as a stall cleaner. Originally from South Florida, and not having an equestrian background, he immersed himself fully into the life at Cavallo Farms and has become a treasured employee who is much loved by all of the horses and clients. Cesar is head barn manager and facility caretaker, working both in the barn and maintaining the facility. Cesar and his family live on the property.  He is the proud parent of two sons and the proud grandparent of two beautiful granddaughters. His hobbies include surfing, basketball and the Miami Hurricanes.

Life on the Farm

Cavallo Farms is able to provide a custom plan for both the rider and the horse and we offer a wide range of ways to enter, excel and enjoy the world of horses. Our clients are more than students, they are family.

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