Sherrye Johnson Trafton
Sherrye Johnson Trafton co-owns Sable Oak Equestrian Center with her husband John Trafton. It is located in Brunswick, Maine since 1991. Sable Oak is a all-breed training facility offering disciplines in Western, Hunter, Dressage and Saddleseat instruction.
Sherrye is a Findlay College graduate pre-vet/equine sciences in 1985 and a lifetime member of the AQHA, NSBA and Maine Quarter Horse Ass. She is also an AQHA Judge (2005), a NRHA judge (2007), a GHRA judge (2008), a NEHC ‘2’ western judge (2009) and since 1987 an all Breed, all Discipline Open Show Judge. Sherrye serves on the AQHA Youth Committee, Region 6 board of directors and the MeQHA board of directors.Sherrye holds memberships in NSBA,NRHA,NCHA, NBHA,USDF,USET,USEF,NEHC,GHRA and AQHA Professional Horseman along with memberships in the AQHA Region 6 Affiliates(Maine,NH,Vermont,Mass.,CT, Quebec and the Maritimes.
Sherrye and her husband John devote many hours to youth and amateur exhibitors. Thru education and mentoring John and Sherrye enjoy assisting in the growth of those who they have become involved with thru the many equestrian discipline’s since 1989. Sherrye has coached and trained three national AQHA champions; 1997 Justin Rookie National Champion 12-14, Amy Moody and Dawsons Chip (Amy was also 1997 Congress Reserve Champion Youth Showmanship 12-14), 1998 Justin Rookie National Champion 50 & older – Patricia Johnson and Mr. Mystified, and 2003 Justin Rookie National Champion 15 – 18, Mary Jo Hamilton and Truly Vested. Sherrye continues to teach and train beginner riders and horses of many breeds and disciplines from beginner to advanced riders/owners.
Sherrye has been a AQHA World Show qualifier in Halter – Stallions, mares and geldings. She has also qualified in Junior and Senior Hunter under Saddle, Senior Western Pleasure, Senior Trail and was a finalist at the AQHA World Show in Senior Western riding.
Sable Oak youth and amateur students have been local, regional and national champions. Students have also been Reserve Champions, Finalists and Top 5 Exhibitors at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. Youth Sable Oak students have nationally qualified for the AQHYA World Show in Halter, Showmanship, Huntseat Equitation, Western Horsemanship, Hunter under Saddle and Trail.
Sherrye has been a Champion in AQHA, APHA, ApHC, Gypsy and TWBEA events. Sherrye showed “Go Boys Thunderer” (TWH) to Reserve World Champion in Trail at the 1997 “Celebration” in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Sherrye showed “King Rocky” to Grand Champion performance horse at the Gypsy National Horse Show, Lexington, KY 2007. She has also shown Morgan’s, Arabians, Friesians and Gypsy Drum/Cob horses.
Sherrye and the 4 year old “Go Boys Thunderer” were selected by “Animals for Hollywood” to teach actor/director Mel Gibson in the 1993 movie release “Man Without A Face”. Thunder, a 16.1 hand black grandson of 3 time World Champion “Merry Go Boy” appears briefly five times in Mel Gibson’s 1st director/actor movie with Warner Brothers. Thunder and Sherrye lived for three weeks on the movie set. They also performed at the Hoosier Horse Fair twice, at Equitana in Louisville, Kentucky and at Equine Affaire in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Sherrye has exhibited Quarter Horses, Tennessee Walkers, and Gypsy Horses at the Equine Affaire in Springfield, Mass. since 1994. In 2008 Sherrye and AQHA mare “CATARI” wowed the Saturday night crowd with the cleanest and fastest performance time in the “Horse and Rider Versatility event. In 2009 Sherrye qualified 2 horses for the finals of the Equine Affaires Versatility event and placed 2nd and 4th . Sherrye and AQHA 10 yr. old gelding ‘Sip It While Its Hot’ were named Reserve Champions for the event. The 2009 Sable Oak Show team won year end awards in – Halter, Pleasure, Trail, Horsemanship, Hunter under saddle events and speed events.
From 2001-2005 Sherrye served as a judge’s steward for the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio. In 2005 she served as judge’s steward for the AQHYA World Championship Show in Fort Worth, TX. In 2006-2009 Sherrye served as paddock judge at the All American QH Congress. Sherrye has judged all over the US & Canada. In 2008 Sherrye judged Skovde, Sweden Spring Classic Show for the Swedish Quarter Horse Association and the Quebec Reining Championships. In 2009 Sherrye judged the 7th annual Hokkaido Western Championship in Hokkaido, Japan and also judged for the Federation Equestre du Quebec- Championnat Wesferia, Sorel, Quebec.
She continues to teach and train at the Sable Oak 20 stall facility plus devotes 90 plus hours each week to Sable Oak’s horses and clients. Sherrye keeps a busy judging and competition schedule that can be seen in advance at the www.sableoak.com website.
When the time allows, Sherrye’s extra curricular activities include scuba diving, skiing and fly-fishing.