Nick Karazissis

WSHE Presents Clinician Nick Karazissis

Nick Karazissis is the owner, operator and head trainer of Far West Farms in Calabasas, CA. His storied equine career spans over 50 years in the disciplines of hunter, jumper, and equitation. He incorporates myriad of experiences from diverse facets of the sport. His professional evolution began as a child competitor (starting at the age of twelve-years-old) to later serving the West Coast, as a trainer, coach, judge, clinician, and owner of a well-respected horse facility, Far West Farms, since 1971. Nick considers it his honor and privilege to serve his industry throughout the years in numerous roles as a steadfast and committed contributing member in the governance of the major organizations of the sport.

Nick and his family are one of the cornerstones of the West Coast Horse Show Industry. Far West Farms is one of the oldest and most successful privately-owned West Coast Hunter/Jumper businesses. Nick, as a trainer and coach, along with his brother, Kost Karazissis, sister-in-law Jenny Karazissis, daughter Cassandra Karazissis, son Nick Karazissis JR, are responsible for many Far West Farms horse and rider wins, in the hunter, jumper and equitation divisions. Far West Farms’ equestrians are well known for winning numerous year-end awards, at local, regional, and nationally, through the USHJA and USEF organizations.

Nick’s focus in the hunter/jumper discipline has been and continues to be, in promoting the “equitation division” (which he believes remains the primary system in North America for correct, connected and efficient riding. Nick’s doctrine prepares horses and riders to Get Connected, and ultimately realize achievements in the Hunter, Jumper, and Equitation divisions. Far West Farms students have won countless USEF, USHJA, PCHA, CPHA, and LAHJA local, regional, and national awards.


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