About us

Camri and Larry Johnson, the owners of J Family Equine,  have over 25 years of combined experience in the horse industry. They work with horses in Southern and Central Utah, and offer imprint training, yearling training, colt starting, tune-ups, showing, and more.

​Camri - Head Trainer
 

Camri Johnson is the head trainer at J Family Equine.  She focuses her life-long passion for horses into her training methods. In 2011 she received a Bachelor's degree from Utah State University for Equine Science and Management, and went on to become a barn manager for a training barn in Virginia. She also has experience training the famous ponies on Chincoteague Island.  After these experiences, she moved forward with her dream of managing her own training operation. Camri has competed in the 2018 Cokeville Colt Challenge and was nominated and selected as Sevier County's Cowgirl of the Year for 2020.

Camri's training methods are based on building confidence and connection between horse and rider. Camri teaches the horse to respond and not react, and instills a desire to learn. A horse that is willing to learn can move on to any discipline and one day become a champion.

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Larry - Assistant Trainer
 

Larry Johnson is an assistant trainer at J Family Equine. He grew up on a small horse ranch in Utah, spent years riding in his local 4-H group, and continued to ride throughout his adult years. In 2011 he received a Bachelor's degree from Utah State University in Wildlife Science. He is currently working as a Project Manager in southern Utah, and assists Camri with her training on a regular basis.

 

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​"I started to realize that things would come much easier for me once I learned why a horse does what he does. This method works well for me because of the kinship that develops between horse and rider."
                      ~Buck Brannaman