Major Defoe spent years farming, manufacturing and selling boats, horse 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!
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 the Co Director of the Eugene Pro Rodeo and 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.
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.
Amy Hartquist grew just north of Portland in Vancouver, WA and went to school in Seattle, WA before eventually finding herself in Eugene. She fell in love with horses when she was 8 and hasn’t looked back since. She grew up attending and working at horse camps as horsemanship staff, in addition to some time spent working at boarding barns. After graduating from college, she was introduced to therapeutic horsemanship and began volunteering in a few programs before eventually getting certified through the Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International as both a riding instructor and equine specialist in mental health and learning. She loves that there is always something interesting happening at the Oregon Horse Center, and that she can see her horse before and after work every day.