King Performance Horses is a family owned and operated family business owned and operated
business run by Joe and Donna King, and their daughter Joline King-Pebley. King Performance
Horses has been helping riders and horses for more than 50 years! It all started with Donna, growing
up with a love of horses and riding. She trained with legendary horse trainer, Jack Baker, and began
training horses at the age of 13. She later met Joe King shortly after he completed serving his
country in the Marine Corps. Joe and Donna trained together with Jack Baker and later with Mack
Lynn. They decided to marry and train horses together professionally. They worked together on
ranches in California, Idaho and Washington before settling in California where their business
During the past 50 years, it would be nearly impossible to describe all the outstanding students and
champion horses that have benefited from their dedication to teaching and training. From their own
achievements at riders to their accomplishments as judges, their legacy continues through their
daughter, Joline King-Pebley, and granddaughter Kailey.
King Performance Horses is located in Whittier Marrows Equestrian Center. Visit the Location page
for more information.
I started my riding after my hitch in the Marine Corps. By the time I was twenty, my wife and I were
showing horses in many disciplines. Together we produced champions in trail, western pleasure,
equitation, reining, working cowhorse, cutting, hunters and hunt seat equitation. We have had many
youth/non-pro riders in our years of training who have earned many championships in the PCHA
(Pacific Coast Horse Show Association).
Our daughter, Joline, is our partner in the training business. She also has many championships to
her credit, and is a very qualified teacher and equestrian judge (see her bio below).
If anyone wishes to learn about horses or riding, no one trainer can match our years of experience or
A lady was watching me ride a long time ago and said, "Boy, you are lucky to have a horse that
good to ride," and I replied, "Yes, and the more I train him the luckier I get."
My love of horses goes back as far as I can remember. I had the privilege of training under Jack
Baker, and began showing horses at the age of 13. At the age of 16, I began my career of riding
stock horses and at 19 I turned professional. I became a carded judge with the American Horse
Show Association in 1972. Currently I am honored to be a carded judge in the NRHA (National
Reining Horse Association), USEF (United States Equestrian Federation), AQHA (American Quarter
Horse Association), ABRA (American Buckskin Registry Association), and POA (Ponies of
America) as well as the ETI (Equestrian Trails, Inc.). I have enjoyed conducting riding clinics in
Hawaii, judged metal finals in Inglewood, California; Santa Barbara Nationals; and the Bishop County
At our stables, King Performance Horses, I enjoy coaching all types of riders at varied skill levels,
from beginners to National champions! In my "spare" time, I have been able to experience horseback
riding in such exciting places as France, Italy, New Zealand, Australia and Africa.
My parents Joe and Donna King have been in the horse business for over 50 years, so you could
say I was "born" into the horseshow world. Ever since I was five years old I knew I wanted to be a
horse trainer. As a youth rider I successfully showed all over California and Arizona in equitation,
stock horse, trail and stock seat medal classes.
I attended college at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California where I enjoyed playing
basketball. From my athletic experiences in organized sports I learned many valuable lessons that I
still incorporate into my training and coaching today. After college I continued my passion for horses
when I started training and specializing in reining. Since then, I have coached countless horses and
riders to championships. One of my favorite things to do is match up a rider with a great horse and, I
believe, this is one of the key elements to my success.
If I'm not riding or teaching someone to ride, I am judging a horse show. I have my judges card for
the IBA (International Buckskin Association), ETI, USEF and POA. I have also given clinics in
Hawaii and throughout California. I am privileged to serve as a board member for the PCHA,
committee member of the USEF Western Committee, and vice president of the California Reining