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"From the time he was 14 years old, Joe Alberti has known he would be an Arabian horse trainer. “I believe in ‘Live what you love and love what you live,’” he says. “When you are passionate about what you do and you love it, you’re bound to be good at it.”
Alberti is good at what he does—the result of hard work, talent and good horses. From the start at his original Chestnuthill farm in Pennsylvania, he developed a national reputation, and when he sold to move south in 2010, it was only to broaden his experience at world-renowned Rohara.
Five years later, he was ready to be on his own again, this time in horse-centric Ocala, Fla.“It’s a beautiful farm,” he smiles, “about an hour from the Orlando and Tampa airports.” It is also fully-equipped: 26 stalls (with immediate plans for expansion), a covered arena (rare in Florida), a EuroXsizer, and breeding lab (the farm does its own collection and shipping).Already, Alberti and his staff are moving at warp speed. His assistants, he says, are as obsessed as he is about horses. “I don’t want people working here who are just collecting a paycheck. Our horses are the reason that we’re able to do what we love—there isn’t anything that we wouldn’t do for them.”
What attracts the clientele? It’s more than just his skill in the show ring. “I’m honest,” he says frankly. “I won’t tell you your horse is great when it’s not, and I am good at knowing a horse’s ability. One of the most important things is letting the horse tell you what it wants to do; like people, horses who do what they love will be successful.”In addition to training, Chestnuthill also offers breeding and marketing services, where Alberti’s skills in social media have attracted global attention to his horses. In recent months, sales have included such standouts as Prince Karat R and ABD Justinian to the U.A.E., and others to Poland, the U.K. and Canada.
And its list of stallions is impressive. Alberti’s longtime headliner Shaddofax, twice a national reserve champion and already the sire of champions, shares the barn with Eric and Michelle Loftis’ U.S. National Champion Rohara Crown Prince and Mister Magnum, a Scottsdale, U.S. and Canadian National Champion.
In coming years, there also will be new names at stud. “We have high hopes for Don and Connie Copeland’s DC Trienze FF, who will be campaigning to the U.S. Nationals in the yearling colt division this year,” says Alberti, “and a promising colt from Hidden Heart Stables by international sensation Kanz Albidayer, named Elle Amarr.”
The line-up of proven bloodlines is no surprise. Alberti is known for his pedigree addiction as well as his eye for a horse. “I think that helps from a training standpoint,” he says. “It’s important to understand the lineage of these horses and where they have been most successful. We aren’t just a halter barn or just a performance barn. We do it all.” The “all” can be seen especially in the operation’s strong amateur program, which features a variety of divisions.
At the end of the day, Alberti says, their mission is not only the horses. It’s the clients too. “I’m really proud that for the last two years, I’ve had the national champion and national reserve champion in the Half-Arabian Stock/Hunter Geldings open and amateur classes,” he says. “It was the same two horses, who flip-flopped each year, which was perfect—it gave both clients a chance to be national champion.
“Everyone is supportive of one another here,” he reflects. “It makes a real difference in the overall show experience. I like to win, but it has to be fun.”
Even with his success, Alberti remains focused on what, for him, is essential. “I couldn’t do any of this without the love and support of my family, friends around the world and Rob Janecki, to whom I am the most grateful.”
By Anne Strutton of Arabian Horse Times magazine July 2015