Meet the Owner

Tom Clarkin riding Bo at DVHA 2011

Tom showing his reiner, Bernie.

Farm owner and trainer, Tom Clarkin, has been riding horses since he was eight years old.  This city boy began to ride out on Staten Island in the hunter and jumper disciplines.  Four years later (1971), his parents bought their first farm in South Jersey.  The farm was sold in 1973 when Tom gave up riding.

Several years after his graduation from Seton Hall University, he realized how much he missed riding horses and began trail riding in northern Jersey in 1988.  He soon discovered and became hooked on the exciting world of reining.

In 1989, Tom began extensive training with a Sussex County reining trainer, Frank Pritchard.  By 1991, Tom began showing at Quarter Horse shows in reining, western pleasure and trail, as well as barrel and pole divisions. While he enjoyed all of these disciplines, he knew his true love was reining.

Tom bought an Atco, NJ horse farm in 1994 where he resided until 1998. After the farm was sold, he moved his horses to Frank's farm and continued to train under Frank and other NRHA professionals.

Besides training and showing from the local to national levels, Tom has also put ROM points on horses and has won numerous year end awards in the HRCNJ for open reining and reining stakes. He is a life member of both the American Quarter Horse Association and the National Reining Horse Association.

Aside from teaching, training and showing horses, Tom's other interest is martial arts.  Tom began his martial arts training in 1974.  In 2003, Tom received the Master Instructor year end award.  He was inducted into the Isshinryu Karate Hall of Fame as a master instructor in 2004.  Tom has volunteered for years as the head instructor of Bayonne High School's Karate League.  He is also a 7th degree black belt.

The name Isshinryu means "one heart way". The main goal is to perfect oneself through balance, physical and mental development.  Tom has applied his martial arts learning and training methods to working with both horse and rider.  He is a stickler for a good foundation in rider and horse basics before teaching more complicated movements.  This solid foundation allows riders and horses to improve confidently and safely.

Although Tom has trained extensively under Frank Pritchard and other NRHA professionals, he also has a natural talent when it comes to working with horses.  Tom has taken some very confused, scared and abused horses and has turned them into some of the best trail horses, pleasure horses and show horses today.  He feels that his calling is to provide the best possible lives for horses by training them to be the best partners they can be. 

When Tom became the proud owner of Rosemar Farm in 2008, he kept the existing 4 stall barn and built a brand new 21 stall barn with attached indoor arena so that he could help even more riders to become one with their horses.  If you have a burning desire to make the most of your potential, Tom is willing and able to help you reach your goal!