Jim Cannavino & Elma Garcia

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This breathe taking farm, owned by Jim Cannavino and Elma Garcia, shares the hometown with Tryon International Equestrian Center, where some of the largest show champions in the world meet and compete in some of the world's most all-encompassing competitions!

No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle. ~Winston Churchill

We were eager at LEE to be a part of this barn renovation and to see the finished product!
The mares are loving their new stalls...EPIC! -Elma
Jim and Elma moved from California, where they previously owned a barn that is featured in our 2014 Barn Spotlight with LEE. The couple wanted to create a private equine facility for their beloved dressage horses in North Carolina - so that's what they did. The Cannavino's vision behind their dream barn was a "Modern Day Tobacco Barn'' setting. A contemporary design with state of the art amenities. They also have a covered arena with an underground water system - Jim's very own design.
The Cannavino's loved the gravity latch on their California stall fronts so much, they chose to use the same on their newest barn project. The gravity latch provides easy accessibility to each stall while remaining durable enough to last a life time. Check out the video tutorial below to see just how well the gravity latch works!
20' Stall Front 3/4'' Rd. Tube at Top, 5/16" Crosshatch at Bottom
During the design process, Jim and Elma decided they wanted to maximize their stall front size. Just how big are the stall fronts you may ask? Well, their stall fronts are 20' wide! WOW! Creating such a large stall front is no small task. It takes our craftsman many hours to ensure each bar and crosshatch are strategically placed to ensure straight alignment to give that wonderful Lucas Equine look.

The attention to detail in their design is remarkable; as you can see in the image above the finials atop the sliding stall door creates an elegant look while maintaining a very user-friendly and safe stall system. Another bonus to the stall front system is the Integrated Watering System. There are two valve handles located on the center rail allowing the user to simply walk up to the stall, open the valve, and fill the bucket with water. The best part about this design - you never enter into the stall!

This can become a bit more complex in areas like North Carolina where the winter months can bring temperatures around or below freezing. How did the Cannavino's do this? Jim incorporated a closed loop system allowing the flow of water to loop through the plumbing preventing the pipes from bursting. This allows Jim and Elma to use their watering system year-round.
Lucas Equine Equipment 5/16" Crosshatch (2" O/C)
A Little History from Elma Garcia:

"Wenesa is a 17 year old Hanoverian Mare that I have owned since she was 8 years old."

"Debbie McDonald (now our Team Coach) started my dressage career by me winning a USET fundraising Auction item to train with Debbie in Idaho for a month. That is where all this began!"

2018 Int-1 Reserve Champion Region 1

"Wenesa and I are 2017 Small tour. (PSG and Int-1) champions for the USDF National
Finals in Lexington, KY"

2017. Small Tour Champion for Region 1
2016 Int-1 Champion Region 7

"Wenesa and I do CDI classes in Wellington Florida where we finished 4th in the Int-1 Open Classes"

"Wenesa and I were selected to ride with Charlotte Dejardin, a two time Olympic Gold Medalist"

"Minx is a seven year old American Bred Swedish Warmblood (Negro and Rubinstein) and we are starting 3rd level and will be competing in KY in a few weeks."

"She is my first young horse that I have started and have owned her since she was 3 years old."

"Uma, Intermezzo is my 23 year Danish Warmblood mare.
She and I competed from 3 rd level through Int.-1."

"She is the Grand Dam of my barn! I got Uma when she was 13 years old from Europe."
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4161 US Highway 27 S
P.O. BOX 158
Cynthiana, KY — 41031
888 577-6920



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