“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.  She has also been given the responsibility of Boarding Manager.

 

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

Major, Chris, Heather, Kimberly, Daylyn, Hannah, Travis, Shaun, Mario and Eddy