CMB Training – a small, privately owned training and boarding facility that offers lessons, boarding and training – recently moved and now located in Moscow Mills.
Head trainer and co-owner Abby Bromwich has been working with horses since age eleven.
“When I first started riding I was at a little barn in Winfield, Missouri, called Ridge Creek Ranch, I worked in the barn, learning everything I could about the equine industry,” Abby said.
She was first trained in the Hunt Seat discipline riding style, and at age twelve received her first horse as an off the track thoroughbred named Candy.
As she grew up she began showing horses in other disciplines including Western Horsemanship.
Abby spent most of her weekends at horse shows across the state of Missouri and that is where she met her husband Chris Bromwich. They both spent time riding and training horses in both Hunt Seat and Western styles of riding.
“When I competed at the American Ranch Horse Association World Show in Indiana, it really fostered my enjoyment for the Western style,” Abby said.
She was able to take some time off to step away from the show scene and attend college.
“I was studying equine science, nutrition and reproduction until Chris and I got engaged, and I put it on hold to start building a house, our business and had kids,” Abby said. Chris and Abby started CMB training in a small nine stall barn with a 60 x 68 indoor arena which was open to boarding, training and their own personal horses.
“When the bottom dropped out of the economy I took up a second job at Big T Deli, I would wake up at 3:30 a.m. and get off at 9:30 a.m. then go home to start work at the barn,” Abby said.
Wanting to expand their business, Abby put an add for CMB Training on Facebook and within two weeks their facility was fully booked. They needed to add more stalls and eventually doubled their starting size.
“When the opportunity came to take on this new facility, it was perfect timing,” Abby said. Their new facility in Moscow Mills has thirty-one stalls, a viewing room, indoor wash rack, insulated barn for the winter, two outdoor arenas and one indoor arena. Since their move in on May 1, 2019, they have been teaching over forty lessons per week, will host six summer camps and are working put on horse shows, clinics and other community events.
“Everything that we are geared towards is a learning experience, whether you are getting your horsemanship skills or just starting out, we strive to improve all levels of riders,” Abby said.
Chris focuses on working with untrained colts and competing in colt starting competitions. He also hosts clinics to work on the communication between horse and rider.
Besides Abby and Chris, the owners, CMB Training has three full time employees and eight working students.
As they plan for the future, they are working to make all three arenas all-weather conditioned, fill every available stall and work with as many kids in the community as possible.