Preston Kent is a reining horse trainer located in Ogden, Utah. He trains Quarter Horses and also Arabian and Half-Arabian reining horses. He was raised in Malad, Idaho, on his family’s horse ranch, Sage Hill Arabians. His father, Dave Kent, taught him from an early age about horses. After graduating from high school, Preston went to Texas to apprentice with NRHA Hall-of-Famer, Clint Haverty.
After returning from Texas, Preston worked for Kim Wagoner in Utah. Both Clint and Kim taught Preston about starting and finishing reining horses. He then took a two-year break from horse training and served an LDS mission. When Preston returned from his mission, he started training on his own at Coyote Creek Equestrian Center in Saratoga Springs, Utah. After getting an offer to ride at Heritage Ranch in Ogden, Preston decided to continue his training program there.
Preston’s brother, Nathan Kent, also trains horses. Together Preston, Nathan, and his father Dave have produced many Arabian and Half-Arabian reining champions. The Sage Hill breeding program is specifically geared to producing an athletic and quiet horse that excels in reining. Dave breeds and raises the colts in Malad and Preston and Nathan continue their training at their training facilities.
Preston is married to Lisa Kent. She loves the horses and enjoys cheering Preston on at shows. She is no stranger to the show ring herself since she trained and showed Missouri Fox Trotters for many years. While showing Fox Trotters, she won 5 World Grand Championship titles. She is currently a graphic designer at a pet food company and rides on the weekends with Preston. She also does freelance design, photography, web design and video production. Contact her if you are interested in her services 801-380-7529.
Preston’s Show Record:
• 2014 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show Half Arab Open Bitted – Reserve Champion
• 2013 US National Half Arab Open Reining – Reserve Champion
• 2013 Arabian Horse Times Reader’s Choice Awards Working Western Trainer of The Year Nominee
• 2013 US National Half Arab Reining Futurity – Top Five
• 2013 Region IV Arabian Horse Show HA/AA Reining Futurity – Reserve Champion
• 2013 Region IV Arabian Horse Show HA/AA Reining Junior Horse – Reserve Champion
• 2013 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show Arabian Reining Futurity – 6th Place
• 2012 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show Half Arabian Reining Futurity – Reserve Champion
• 2012 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show Half Arabian Reining Junior Horse – Reserve Champion
• 2012 Region IV Arabian Horse Show Half Arab Reining Futurity – Champion
• 2012 Scottsdale Classic Horse Show Open Arab/Half Arab Reining – Reserve Champion
• 2012 Region III Arabian Horse Show Half Arabian Reining Futurity – Top Five
• 2011 Region IV Arabian Horse Show Arabian Reining Futurity – Top Five
• 2011 Region IV Arabian Horse Show Half Arabian Reining Futurity – Top Five
Watch this video of Preston & SH Cool Dude’s run in 2012 at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show where he was reserve champion in the Half Arabian Reining Futurity:
Watch this video of Preston & SH Zeenormous at the 2013 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show where he took 6th in the Arabian Reining Futurity: