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Nestled at the perfect midway point, between the North Carolina corn and tobacco fields, and the Smithfield urban area, home to outlet malls and restaurants, RBC Show Horses, LLC was established in November, 2007. RBC Show Horses LLCThe fourteen-acre, forty-stall Arabian horse training facility represents the accumulative experience and success of one of the top training teams in the country, Rob Bick and Caralyn Schroter.

The location of the property is ideal. Just a half hour from Raleigh and the airport, the farm is located where Interstate 40 and 95 cross. According to Rob, “We can easily go North, South, and West. We are only about a mile off Hwy 70, which also connects to 40 and 95 with a new bypass through there. We are very easy to get to.”
The farm, itself, is a perfect, peaceful setting for training horses and riders. The forty stall barn is supplemented by a covered, enclosed riding arena, as well as a bull pen, walker, and turnouts. Having originally been a reining horse facility, there is also a huge 300 x 200 reining track.
“It’s set off the main road about a mile, so it’s quiet.” Rob adds, “We are where the agriculture – farmland – begins, but if you go another two miles from us, you enjoy the convenience of restaurants and motels.” Close to town, but rural, too, Rob and Caralyn are greeted by six or eight deer in the driveway every night. “We have the best of both worlds.”
While, as Rob puts it, “The farm is a nice, neat package,” it is the partnership of Rob and Caralyn that is the real substance of the facility. Recognized as Nationally accomplished and successful individuals, their teamwork makes them doubly formidable in the show ring.

Rob and Caralyn took different paths in their Arabian horse experience, but had similar roots that, perhaps, contributed to the strength of their partnership. Both grew up with large families on dairy farms, comfortable doing chores, milking cows, and driving farm vehicles. Neither is a stranger to hard work! When both Rob and Caralyn decided that Holsteins were not their future, they began their journeys that would ultimately lead them to join forces in the Arabian horse industry.
Caralyn Schroter and TriftenRob left his home in Montana to join Murrell Lacey’s apprenticeship program at Rogers Arabians in California. There Rob learned not only how to ride horses, but to train them as well. From Murrell Lacey’s program, Rob worked with various Arabian facilities, including Glen Wilson, Southern Cross, Nicasio Valley, Palo Verde Arabians, and Castle Rock Arabians. Through a connection with Mustafa Sabankaya, Rob met Ray LaCroix, and it was through his work with Ray that Rob put the finishing touches on his training abilities. Rob eventually moved to Walnut Creek, California, where he established Pacific Park, a public training facility.
When Rob left LaCroix’s, Caralyn stepped in to fill his position, there. She had been working for trainers such as Pam Zimmerman and Michael Whelihan when she heard of the open position at LaCroix, Ltd. Caralyn remained there for over three years, working with amateurs, and riding and training horses. From there, Rob hired her to work with him at Pacific Park, and in 1992, the force that is now their partnership was formed!
In fact, the partnership worked out so well, two years later, Rob and Caralyn were married!

In 1996, Rob and Caralyn were offered the opportunity to move to North Carolina to work for Dolorosa Arabians. For eleven years there, they trained both farm-owned and outside client horses. “At Dolorosa,” Rob explains, “we were able to have input into the breeding program. In doing that, Dolorosa won a Breeder of the Year award, and we had the opportunity to succeed with horses we had ‘hatched out’ ourselves. And trained. And showed.” Included in those was DA Lightning Jack, the very first horse that Rob broke to ride at Dolorosa. DA Lightning Jack has earned seven National Championships in U.S., Canadian, and Youth National competition in his lifetime. Caralyn trained DA Josiah to a Canadian National Championship and U.S. Reserve, while DA Trinidad won the U.S. National English Pleasure Futurity with Rob. “We were able to develop a really great group of clients as well,” Rob adds. For example, Caralyn had tremendous success with horses bred by Claire Boyd – CBS Top Dog, winner of multiple National and Reserve National Championships; National Champion, CBS Bahznia; and CBS Watusi, winner of many Regional Championships and National Top Tens.
When DeCarol Williamson, owner of Dolorosa Arabians, decided to eliminate the client program, Rob and Caralyn faced a tough choice. “It was a pretty hard decision to make. We were torn between staying with a place that did a lot of good for us and that we really liked. At the same time, we hated to give up all the people who had also stood by us and shared so much fun with us through those many years. We finally decided it was a good opportunity to step into a place of our own.”
Rob and Caralyn now take great pride in owning and Rob Nationalsrunning RBC Show Horses, LLC, their own business in which they, themselves, can control the atmosphere of the farm. “Ours is a horse friendly atmosphere. And people friendly. We have a nice group of clients, and since we don’t need to have a lot of people to make it work, everyone gets a lot of time and attention and can feel relaxed about. It’s a good place to teach, and we have time to teach. Our clients like to come, hang out, and watch each others’ lessons. There is a great camaraderie.”
Rob and Caralyn live in their home just 200 yards from the barn and laughingly refer to themselves as the “live-in help.” They are completely hands-on. Caralyn takes care of the office and bookkeeping end of it, while Rob does most of the maintenance. In between, they share the training and amateur work.

Rob and Caralyn have trained horses to National success in a wide range of disciplines, giving them a unique advantage and unusual balance to their program. “We don’t have six amateurs in one class. We have them split between hunter pleasure, English pleasure, Country English, western, driving, show hack...and because we have all those different disciplines, and we have two different trainers, it helps us to better accommodate all the amateurs and our younger horses.” Rob continues, “If we have two English pleasure horses in the Futurity, we can show them both without having to pick one or the other. That’s an advantage of being a team – having two people that can show at the National level in several divisions. It’s a great advantage for us and for our clients.”
And not only do they show in a variety of divisions, but they succeed in them at the National level. Rob and Caralyn have been able to show halter horses and in their many performance disciplines – all to success at the National level. It is a strong point that many barns don’t enjoy.
Rob and Caralyn work hard to bring each individual to its potential. As Caralyn puts it, “Our best is the least we can do.” “When a horse first arrives,” Rob explains, “we try to get an idea of what the expectations of the owner are. We then evaluate the horse to see if that horse can meet those expectations, so that we’re not completely out of balance with what the horse can do and what the owner thinks it can do.” Rob continues, “If it all seems workable, we start bringing the horse along as quickly as it can progress, and let the horse tell us how fast it can progress to that goal. We take each horse as an individual and make it the best that it can be.”

Hauling the horses themselves in their 15-horse and 4-horse rigs, Rob and Caralyn show all the way from February through November.Rob and Caralyn“We are in Region 12 so the Region 12 show is one to which we take a strong group of horses. We try to go to one or two other regionals and like to go all over the Eastern United States. We attend Youth Nationals, Canadian Nationals, U.S. Nationals, Scottsdale and the Buckeye, and love going down to the Tampa Thanksgiving Show in November.

Rob and Caralyn take special pride in the care the horses receive. “Because we have forty stalls and no more, we feel like we can do quality work and give each horse a lot of personal time. Every horse gets out of its stall six days a week, whether that time is spent with conditioning exercises, training exercises, or turn-out time – they all get personal attention. We take no shortcuts on feed, bedding, or anything regarding the care of the horses. They get the best of everything.”

Rob Bick, Caralyn Schroter, and RBC Show Horses represent the pride of ownership, a commitment to the care and education of clients and their horses, and the unique advantages of a strong, versatile team. Where one is good, two are definitely better! Home in Smithfield, North Carolina, RBC Show Horses is a place where people and horses can enjoy learning together; achieving their goals, and having friendship and support along the way to their success!

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