Meet Johnny Costa...
Johnny has been riding and showing horses since the time he could firstwalk. Raised in the horse industry, John first gained notoriety as a successful bull rider in the 60’s and 70's. He spent over 25 years at Willowbrook Farm in Catasaqua, where he broke and rode colts. It was at Willowbrook where he first became interested in cutting horses, and showed Willowbrook's stallion Docorona.. In the early 90’s he moved his training operation to Massachusetts, where he introduced many newcomers to the sport of cutting. He moved back to Pennsylvania in 1996, and with his wife, Jann O’Leary Costa, he operates a full time cutting facility in Boyertown, PA.
Although cutting is his first love, he trains and rides horses for team penning and stock horse, as well. In 2000, he rode Magics My Dad, to several regional championships and Top Ten honors at the Quarter horse Congress. That same year, Magic and John won the NCHA Area 19 Championships in the $10,000 Novice Horse and the $3,000 Novice Horse. In 2001, they continued their success winning the Area 19 Open Championship, and finishing second in the $10,000 Novice Horse.
John believes in training the whole horse, and incorporates equine therapy into his training program. He feels horses that are at their optimum best, will train better and be more successful in the show ring. John also trains non-pro riders for cutting and his students have gone on to win both local and area honors, and will be going on to national competition, too!
Meet Jann O'Leary Costa...
Jann O’Leary Costa, a former college professor, has been involved with alternative therapy for over 20 years. She was a guest lecturer at 1999 Equitana, and she has been a featured speaker at the PA Horse Expo in 2001 and 2002. She has been an avid horse person for over 25 years, and competes locally and nationally in cutting horse competition.
In 2005, she rode Magics My Dad, to championships in Pennsylvania and Area 19, and was named Top 100 in the World. In 2008 Jann and Magic competed in Versatility at Equine Affaire and was named Top Ten. She combines the use of herbs with light, and magnetic therapy to support the whole animal. She has published articles in Equus, the Pedlar, the Equine Journal, and several other trade journals. She recently completed a book of short stories called,Tales From The Heart which is available on Kindle. She gives clinics and does farm calls, and is available as a lecturer.
With her husband, Johnny Costa, they have incorporated therapy into the training program at JC Cutting Horses. They feel that many training and behavioral problems have physical roots. By applying principles of therapy to horses in their training program, they are more successful and have fewer injuries. This system of training, NO STRESS HORSEMANSHIP TM, is producing successful athletes that are healthy family members and show ring champions.
Jann has also had great success working with cats, dogs, pot bellied pigs, and supports geriatric pets. She established Critter Care, an alternative care facility, at her farm in Boyertown, PA to provide critical and long term care for seriously sick or injured pets. Jann and John also provide foster care for rescue animals including, cats, dogs, horses and goats.