Dane Goeden

             Dane Goeden is no stranger to reining horses. After a childhood of riding in Kalispell MT, he connected with Mary Kay Allison at the age of 14 and found his calling. With her help and guidance, Dane successfully trained his own three year old half Arab reiner. The pair qualified twice for the Mountain Region Affiliates 14-18 youth class.


             After high school, Northwest College in Powell WY, was the next stop for Dane. He obtained an Associates Degree in Equine Science and earned a summer internship with NRHA Professional Guy Vernon.

Marie Matson


             Marie Matson has been successful in multiple disciplines. She started riding American Saddlebreds when she was eight years old at Evergreen Farm in Charleston, WV.  It was here that she started her successful career in the show ring.  Blue ribbons started coming in 1992, and year-end championships started coming in 1994. She was the West Virginia Horseman’s Assoc. Juvenile Country Pleasure Champion from 95-98 and the WVHA Saddle Seat Equitation Champion from 94-98.  She also won the UPHA Chapter 18 Senior Saddle Seat Equitation Championship in 97and 98.

             After graduation he accepted an assistant trainer position with NRHA Professional Jamie Bissell in Perry GA. Here, Dane started many top notch colts by some of the best stallions in the business, such as: Topsail Whiz, Gallo Del Ciello (Rooster), Custom Pistol, Bueno Cash Quixote, Gunner, and Nu Chex To Cash, just to name a few. In his spare time he showed in the Rookie Professional classes for Bissell Ranch. But the east coast was too far from home.


             Dane headed back west to work as an assistant trainer for NRHA Professional Terry Wegener. As if this wasn’t enough work he also worked as an apprentice for the well known farrier Robbie Beeler.  In May of 2008, Terry suffered a massive heart attack. With Terry enduring a long hard recovery, Dane was put in charge. Taking on the open horses, colts, and non pros with their horses was no problem. They all had a successful season with a large pile of year

end awards coming home to Wegner Training. Dane come home with both EPRHA Limited Open and EPRHA Rookie Pro Reserve Champion prizes for 2008.


Contact Information:

Dane Goeden:   406-471-0304    caveman70@hotmail.com


             Marie graduated high school, packed up her horse, and headed to college at Salem International University in Salem, WV.  Here, she showed in saddle seat, hunt seat, and western classes.  She also worked many different breeds of horses at Salem.

She trained and showed American Saddleberds, Tennessee Walking Horses, Paso Finos, Arabians, Quarter Horses and Warmbloods.  Marie’s first experience with reining horses was with the Western Intercollegiate Riding Team.  She won the open reining class at the 2001 IHSA Horse Show at Ohio State.  But her heart was still with the Saddlebreds.  She earned internships with Royal Winds Farm, El-Dorado Farms, and Jo Cornell Stables. 


             She left Salem with a Bachelors Degree in Equestrian Science and Industry Management in 2003 and accepted an assistant trainer position at Jo Cornell Stables in Louisville, KY.  During her time at JCS, Marie was put in charge of the 25-horse training program and the large lesson program on many occasions for several months at a time.  Her horses and riders won several world championships, reserve world championships, and national titles.  She trained the 2005 Worlds Grand Champion Juvenile Country Pleasure Horse who also was the USEF Juvenile Country Pleasure Horse of the Year Award and trained a two-time Reserve World Champion Hackney Pleasure Driving Pony.  She also trained two National Top Three Juvenile Show Pleasure Horses. 

             Jo Cornell Stables changed its course toward more lessons and 4-H, so Marie and her show horse customers from JCS headed to Ridgecrest Stables in Shelbyville, KY.  After another successful show season complete with year-end awards and reserve world championships, Marie decided to broaden her horizons and experience another facet of the horse industry.


             The recent growth and excitement in the reining horse industry was tempting and NRHA Professional Terry Wegener was looking for another assistant trainer.  After a couple thousand miles and 4 days of riding, she accepted his job offer, and moved to Colorado.  She worked open horses, non-pro horses, helped break colts, taught lessons and helped to hold the farm together during Terry’s heart attack and recovery. 


             She also met Dane.  They decided that if they combined their talents and skills that it was time to go out on their own.  With Dane’s experience in reining and skill with colts, and Marie’s unique history and success with non-pro and youth riders, they make an unbeatable team.  They are looking forward to starting their next chapter together here in the Bitterroot Valley.  Marie and Dane will be based out of the Sapphire Event Center in Corvallis, MT.  They will be accepting training horses and starting lessons March 1, 2009.  They are also planning an Open House/ Free Clinic for the beginning of March- date to be announced.


Contact Information

Marie Matson:  304-542-2540    GSkyblazer@aol.com