“Having a family involved in the horse industry, I saw show facilities all over the country. I realized that our area was in need of a well laid out equine complex where everything could happen under one roof so horses, contestants, and spectators could enjoy a show and weather would not be a factor. I also realized how important the horse experience is to a lot of people and how most of their favorite stories are built around the show ring. I think we’ve hit both marks with the Oregon Horse Center and it’s become a place where memories are made with horses, families, and friends. The Oregon Horse Center staff and I encourage you to visit us for a horse show, grab a bite to eat in ”The Feed Room Restaurant” and just enjoy a day in the life of the horse enthusiast.”
— Major Defoe

Our Staff 

 

 

Major Defoe

Major Defoe spent years farming, manufacturing and selling boats, trailers and even hot tubs before he realized the need for a great show facility in the Pacific Northwest. His family had been showing horses up and down the west coast for years and the experience taught them what worked and what didn't. Fast forward twenty years and what started as a dream has turned into a premier equestrian facility including 275 acres with five indoor arenas and nearly 500 stalls. Major still manages all aspects of the facility and enjoys every minute of it. You will often see him taking pictures, designing trail courses, and attending different events to promote his dream!  

 

Heather Engstrom

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Heather Engstrom has been with the Oregon Horse Center for the past ten years. Growing up showing AQHA all around horses in the midwest, Heather competed at the AQHA Youth World Show and All-American Quarter Horse Congress before retiring from the show ring. A University of Wisconsin graduate, Heather is the Bookkeeper, Facility Manager and Show Manager for all the OHC USEF events. Heather and her husband, Bryant, share their home with their four legged kids, Kameer, Echo, Oober, Rascal and Hamster and enjoy hiking and all sporting events - Go Packers and Go Ducks!

Chris Sloan

Chris developed an avid love for photography at the age of 10. Over the years she has built that love into a career as a professional photographer. She started working here at The Oregon Horse Center in 2007.  She started out as a photographer for the majority of the Horse Center shows and doing the creative design work for advertising, show premiums, signs and posters.  She has also worked as a queen coordinator and adviser for the Eugene Pro Rodeo Queens since 2008. In addition to her other duties, Chris oversees the merchandising of the horse center.

 

Kimberly Moser

Kimberly Moser graduated from Western Oregon University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree of science.  Kimberly started working for the Oregon Horse Center as our receptionist in Feb. of 2014.  We discovered how quickly she caught on and was promoted to our Show Manager within a few months.

 

 

 

Annie Fike

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Annie and Friend

Annie Fike has loved horses and especially jumping since the day she was born. She started riding at the age of 6 in Cambridge, England and later moved to Washington DC with her family. She showed avidly in hunters, jumpers and eventing. Annie and her husband moved west of the Mississippi in 2009 and swore they would never go back. After 5 years of enjoying life in the Western half of the country Annie landed at the Oregon Horse Center to aid Major in building and organizing Eventing and other jumping related shows at the Oregon Horse Center. She also enjoys using her graphic design degree to promote the great events and facilities that the Oregon Horse Center has to offer everyone. Annie now resides in Eugene with her husband Dave, dogs Sprocket and Tempe, cats Hazel and Cassidy and last but not least her horse Sparky. 


The Oregon Horse Center Crew - Kevin, The Feed Room Restaurant

Major, Chris, Heather, Kimberly, Annie, Shaun, Mario and Eddy