Nick was given the prestigious Jane Marshall Dillon award in 2013. The JMD Award honors trainers who “have been instrumental in building future horsemen by instructing their students in proper horsemanship, training and riding while instilling in them the principles of integrity, empathy for the horse and a strong work ethic.”
Nick Karazissis is one of the most successful trainers on the West Coast; with his brother Kost, his sister-in-law Jenny and his daughter Cassandra, Far West Farms has been owned and operated in Calabasas, California for over 40 years.
The Far West Farms team is responsible for many “A” Pacific Coast Horse Show Association (PCHA) year-end championships, and is always consistent in its yearly wins and multiple placing in Medal Finals.
Nick’s success in the show ring throughout the last 40 years has made him one of the most sought after judges and clinicians in the United States. His personal focus and passion in governance is currently, and has historically been, focused in the area of education and the discipline of the equitation division.
Nick was actively involved in the creation and coordination of an educational DVD for PCHA and USHJA called “Get Connected.” The DVD has served to help standardize judging by covering the main principles of Hunter Seat Equitation flatwork and demonstrating the proper way to perform the USEF Hunter Seat Equitation Tests 1 – 19.
Nick was honored to receive from USHJA the 2008 President’s Distinguished Service Award for his work and contribution to the continuing education of the sport.
Nick is, and has been involved in, the governance at all levels of the sport for the last 30 years. He has served on the Zone 10 Committee for over 25 years; and been on the USHJA Committee since its inception serving as Chairman until an injury last falls. Locally, Nick is also on the PCHA and CPHA boards. He believes that it is important for all of us to do what we can to help and nurture the industry/sport we all love and cherish. The future depends on it.