Meet our trainers... Two dedicated people who are share a joy of life, a commitment to excellence and are motivated to make a difference in the lives of their horses and clients.
A licensed USEF judge in ASB, Morgan and Roadster Horses as well as Saddle Seat Equitation and Hackney Ponies, May served on the board of UPHA Chapter 6/7 for over 10 years and works on the committees of shows in her area. She takes every opportunity to promote the American Saddlebred to the public, supports several equine rescue programs and through her efforts has earned the respect of her peers, who named her UPHA Chapter 6/7 Horseperson of the Year in 2013.
At the helm of the large VPF program that includes more than 45 horses on site, May is a devoted mother to her son, Mason, and enjoys several hobbies. A person who believes that life should be fun, the energy and enthusiasm stemming from May’s leadership is contagious to all who are part of the barn family.
Vantage Point Farm owner and head trainer May Chadick, hails from a long background in the show horse industry. Originally from New Orleans, LA, and riding since the age of three, May grew up on the back of an American Saddlebred horse, competing successfully on the tough Southwest Circuit across Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
May’s chosen career path was clearly horses. After studying business management & equine science in college and she set about gaining experience from some of the most highly respected trainers and instructors in the industry. Don Bridges, Lori Glickman, Cash Lovell, Jr., Jack Magill and Barbe Smith are just a few that helped shape her knowledge and expertise. Two decades of training, showing and instructing as an assistant, and over 40 years of equine experience make up today’s “May,” a person confident in herself and her abilities. From beginner student to the most advanced, young colt to seasoned show ring veteran; she LOVES to teach and train, to develop a horse and rider partnership. Multiple champions at every level in every performance division, as well as Saddle Seat Equitation, have been developed and shown under her guidance.
Vantage Point trainers May Chadick and David Blevins
David Blevins winning the 3-year-Old Five-Gaited Gelding World's Championship with Bustin' Out
Well-known for his prowess with amateur horses, David Blevins has long prepared mounts for Royalee Cleveland
David Blevins joined the VPF team full time in February of 2017. Originating from Ft. Payne, AL, David grew up in the saddle and competed in the Southeast as a teenager. His choice of life with horses was an easy one and like most others, he set about gaining knowledge and experience as an assistant. Dewey and Nancy Smith, James Hale, Tammy DeVore, Sam Brannon and Derek Repp all helped shape the skill set that makes up today’s David.
Particularly known for his prowess with youngsters, game stock and horses that might require some “outside the box” thought, David developed many champions in every performance division under his Dreamcatcher Saddlebreds banner in California. Special Vintage, Miss Savannah Rose, Java Jolt, Whitney Houston, Arrowhead’s Black Russian, CH Global Scene, CH Most Outrageous, CH Zippers & Snaps, RWC I’m High ’n Mighty, WC CH Bustin’ Out & WCC CH Call Me Regal are some of stars developed or shown under David’s tutelage.
A person who gives 100percent to his horses and riders, a big “kid at heart,” David believes in living life to the fullest.
David Blevins with WCC CH Call Me Regal, winning the ASHA 3-year-Old National Fine Harness Futurity
Assistant / Head Caretaker
It was at the age of 10 that Karen Medicus first fell in love with horses, a love affair which she eventually turned into a career as one of the best caretakers in the horse business. Karen brings a wealth of experience as Vantage Point Farm’s Assistant and Head Caretaker, and has worked with many of the Saddlebred industry’s top horses, trainers and riders.
She began her riding and show career under the guidance of Jayne Temple Stephenson in Marietta, Georgia. She began caring for horses in exchange for one riding lesson a week, but soon found out that wasn’t enough to satisfy her passion. Eventually, her parents were able to get her a lesson horse and later a Saddlebred show horse, and she became a successful juvenile rider on the Southeastern show circuit.
During her college years, Karen worked for Jerry Hedden at Dogwood Stables in Georgia, which later led to an internship with Lillian and Raymond Shively at DeLovely Farm, where she soon became a full-time caretaker. The rest, as they say, was history, and led to her providing the best care for many of the barn’s champion show horses for 32 years. Needing to care for her mother, she left DeLovely and moved back to Georgia, but longed to get back to the horses. After doing some work for Annika Bruggeworth and a stint as a veterinary technician for Dr. Scott Bennett at Equine Services, she eventually found her current home at Vantage Point Farm.
In addition to providing excellent care for Vantage Point's horses, Karen also teaches some lessons and works horses. “…the thing that I enjoy most about May and this barn in Texas is the customers that are here,” she told International Show Horse magazine. “…It’s not a nine-to-five job, and you have to be willing to put in the extra hours. But if you genuinely care about your horses, your horses know it and your customers know it.”
Our Support Team
No team is strong without a great staff. The VPF team is made up of outstanding, dedicated caretakers who have more than 20 years of combined experience in caring for show horses. We are grateful for the expertise of our blacksmiths, Josh Parish and Frank Forgette, as well as the excellent veterinary care of DeCillo Equine Clinic and Dr. Noel Muller.