Ethan was raised in Northern Vermont on a small farm and has been riding since he was 4 years old. As a young teenager, he started 2 year olds, sold horses and gave lessons. He left home at 18 to pursue his dream of training and showing reining horses. He found his first job in Oklahoma as assistant trainer at the Loomis Ranch. He also worked with several successful trainers and million-dollar riders such as Brian Bell and Duane Latimer.
Ethan is a great team player and enjoys his position as assistant trainer with Tremblay Performance Horses. He participates in managing the barn, training the 2 year olds and showing the Level 1 & 2 horses. He loves this team so much, that three years ago, he married Angie, another team member.
Ethan also enjoys restoring old guns, long range shooting, working out at the gym, spending time with his wife and cooking for friends and family.
"You either wake up with work to do, a passion to pursue, or a goal to reach. Which one you choose does not affect what you do, but how you do it!” - Ethan Willey
Raphael’s interest in horses began when he was a young boy. In Quebec, his family would go to rodeos and he started taking
riding lessons which included horsemanship, showmanship and local competition. Soon thereafter, he had his first reining horse. This started a growing desire to go to the states and train reining horses. His big break came when he was 18. Raphael met Patrice St. Onge in Canada and a few weeks later, Patrice asked Raphael if he wanted to come help him prepare for the NRHA futurity. His dad drove him to Texas and dropped him off at the ranch. Raphael could not even speak English. It was this experience that Raphael knew that horse training was his calling.
in 2016 Raphael began working for Tremblay Performance Horses. Dany & Fred have mentored this young man in all aspects of horses, including the show pen where Raphael has great success being 2017 OKRHA Rookie Professional of the year and making the semifinals at the NRHA futurity.
Raphael was re/Champion Open L1 at the 2021 NRHA Futurity.
~Just living the dream~
Abel is a family man who loves working with horses. His dedication to and rapport with the horses in his care is clear for all to see; working with them on a daily basis to make sure they are fit, well and content. While he is new to working with Dany and Fred, he is already highly respected throughout the sport for his horsemanship and horse care. He has already committed to working and becoming a full-fledged member of the team. We are proud to have him with Tremblay Performance Horses.
Angie Clavel Willey
Angie was raised in Quebec, Canada. Her dad was a farrier and horse trainer and her mom rode horses also. Angie’s passion for horses grew stronger as she got older. She started to work with race horses by cleaning stalls and tack. She developed a responsible attitude by started to train and care for the horses.
Angie has learned a lot with the Tremblay team. She takes care of all the horses. She is extremely dedicated and loves her job.
Outside of work Angie enjoys hiking with her dog, reading a good book and going to the gym. She has recently started competing in Ninja Warriors Tournaments.
Nate Burchell was born and raised in Northern British Columbia, Canada. His passion for horses began at a young age when he started volunteering at a local non-profit equine association. From there his love for horses grew. He rode in his first reining clinic and instantly fell in love with the precision and technical methods that reining requires. With his family’s support he bought his first reining horse and connected with NRHA professionals Shawna Sapergia and Locke Duce where he successfully competed as both a non-pro and youth rider throughout Canada and the U.S. Nate took an assistant trainer position with Sapergia Performance Horses in Madden, Alberta where he was able to learn a variety of aspects of training futurity, derby, aged horses, as well as starting two year olds. Nate’s dedication and work ethic to continually improve himself led him to make the long trip south where he joined up with Tremblay Performance Horses to further pursue a career in the reining industry.
Many will say Nate lives in a barn, most of the time you will find him there ensuring the horses are happy and healthy, however, outside of horses Nate enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as staying active at the gym and getting out for the occasional hike and alpine ski trips.
”Champions don’t become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victory itself is merely the demonstration of their Champion Character”
Danielle has loved horses for as long as she can remember. Her passion started when she was young, being active showing all-around events. Danielle thanks the Mills’ family along with Frank and Lois Hatfield for teaching her to ride. She also thanks her parents for always making it possible for her to compete.
Once in college, Danielle began working at a reining barn and found a new love for the sport. She eventually purchased her first reining horse, a two year old she named “Pep”. Pep has been with Danielle for ten years now and Danielle always says that horses have taught her the most throughout her career.
For the past five years, Danielle has managed a facility in Augusta, MI where she has operated a successful business training, showing, and selling reining horses. Danielle has enjoyed showing and coaching non pros for several years. Her dedication to horses and the sport of reining has brought her to Tremblay Reining horses. Danielle strives to bring out the best in every horse she rides. This attitude, along with her willingness to learn, makes for a great addition to the team.
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