Welcome to the T.P.E.A.


The Texas Palomino Exhibitors Association was the first affiliate organized under the Palomino Horse Breeders Of America. The PHBA office was first located in Mineral Wells. TPEA works hard to continuously put on quality Palomino shows with an emphasis on promoting the Palomino horse to youth and amateurs. TPEA is one of the PHBA'S largest affiliates.

Our officers and state directors are constantly working to improve the quality of the shows.
There are two other affiliates in Texas - Alamo & HAPE.

Click here for our Constitution & By-Laws


M E E T   T H E   T P E A   O F F I C E R S


Robert Matthews

Robert Matthews was raised with horses. He rode and trained steer wrestling horses when he was in high school and college. He used to break and ride cow horses and worked on several ranches. He also trained race horses at one time. Robert purchased his first Palomino MF Pokita Skipadot back in 1995. He is also the owner of Cash-N-Seven. Robert has helped with the TPEA shows since 1996. He has been a member of PHBA and TPEA for 20 years. Robert is a firefighter/captain at the Mansfield Fire Department. Robert is married to Rachel and they live close to Whitney, Texas where they raise Quarter and Palomino horses. 817-798-7100


JANET COOK - 1st Vice President
(Show Chairman)


Janet Cook has been showing Palominos since 1978. Starting with Mr. O. H. Crew as her trainer, she showed in the very first amateur english classes ever offered. Janet was instrumental in starting the PHBA Amateur Association & served as the first 1st Vice-President & the 2nd President of the PHBA Amateur Association. She gave up her amateur card in 1992 and got her judge’s cards starting in 1993. She holds cards in PHBA, PtHA, and IBHA . Janet has been a National Director since she went to her first PHBA convention in San Antonio in 1983. Serving as TPEA President for 2 years, she has continued to serve on the Executive Board as Public Relations and is now serving as Show Chairman. She makes custom show clothes and blankets and owns - Show-Off Designs - where you will see her at many shows during the year. Janet has a World Champion Palomino Stallion - Macritz. He is the sire of World Champion & Reserve World Champion Pleasure horses.


Kim Hitchcock - Secretary

Melissa Massey - Treasurer




Melissa Massey has been an active TPEA member since the mid 1980s.  She has served as President, Amateur President, Treasurer and Amateur Treasurer. She has enjoyed showing her beautiful palominos and meeting life long friends while showing.She has worked in the legal profession as a paralegal for nearly 30 years and a licensed escrow officer for over 20 years.

Sandy Miller- 2nd Vice President
(Youth Advisor)

Ed Johnson- 3rd Vice President
(Amateur President)


Sandy Miller has been involved with Palominos and horse showing on & off since her youth days. She is looking forward to the show season and will be competing again for the first time in 11 years. Sandy will be working closely with the youth as TPEA Youth Chairman. When she is not working with her horses she enjoys spending time with family. They raise cattle and costal hay in Central Texas. Best of wishes for the show season.



In this adventure we call life, it is important to enjoy the ride.  TPEA and Palominos have been a wonderful experience for me and hope it is for you.  Through the years as a TPEA member many people have come and gone, others have stayed and made TPEA stronger, better. Your input and ideas are very important . Your participation and interest is appreciated. Thank you..


Rachel Matthews - 4th Vice President
(Public Relations)

Robert McKenzie - 5th Vice President


Rachel Matthews has been showing Palominos with TPEA for over a decade.  She has been a State Director, Amateur Director, and National Director for several years.  

She owned Arabian horses and worked for a large Arabian farm when she was younger.  She did not get involved with Palominos until she met her husband, Robert Matthews. Her stallion, Cash N Seven, has blessed her with many wonderful horses to show.  Rachel  has a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies and works for the City of Mansfield.  

Rachel's family consists of husband of 15years, Robert Matthews, two step-daughters, three grandchildren, twelve horses, and several dogs and cats.


FLOWER MOUND, TX, August 27, 2013, Robert McKenzie, President of Bridlewood Stables & Equestrian Center, has been recognized by Worldwide Who’s Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in business management and operations.

Recognized for two and a half decades of invaluable contributions in multiple fields, Mr. McKenzie has found professional success as the president of Bridlewood Stables & Equestrian Center. During the past six years in this capacity, he has managed all operational activities, including financial reporting, payroll and processing. In addition, he assists with the purchasing, lease and sale of horses, establishes and reviews the annual cash flow and budgets and monitor and tracks monthly income and expenses.

A family-owned and operated boarding and teaching facility, Bridlewood Stables & Equestrian Center offers a wide array of services for horses and their owners. Lying on 10 acres, with a staff of 14, they offer therapeutic riding services, as well as general riding lessons in the hunter/jumper discipline and boarding services. Mr. McKenzie and his wife are very active in the operations of the business, and volunteer for Stable Strides Farm, which provides therapeutic riding instruction at their center. They started the business because of the many benefits associated with therapeutic riding for people with disabilities. While doing research to learn about Down Syndrome they became aware of the benefits of therapeutic riding and felt that it could help their son. When the property became available, they purchased it, and have not looked back since. Currently, Stable Strides Farm provides riding instruction to over 50 riders with a broad spectrum of disabilities and their hunter/jumper riding program has over 60 riders taking lessons and attending competitions.

Mr. McKenzie has developed and strengthened his current business experiences through the skills and leadership techniques that he has learned throughout the beginning of his career. He had a 23-year-career in merchandising with GameStop and its affiliates. For the last eight years in merchandising, he served as the senior vice president of the department. His team of 25 employees purchased, allocated and managed the replenishment of more than $4.5 billion in video game merchandise. He was also responsible for the development of a retail digital distribution business for downloadable content and games for U.S. operations. Looking ahead, Mr. McKenzie will be looking to get involved in more nonprofit organizations.




Robyn Zumar- President

Karen Greig - Vice President




Hi, I'm Karen Greig -  wife, mother, Grama and best of all GreatGrama! Born in Cortez, Colorado, we moved to North Texas in 1992 and have been associated with Texas Palomino Exibitors Association since Y2K. I am a TPEA State Director, the Halter Gate Keeper, and a past Youth leader. We reside in Aubrey, TX and raise Show Horses that we keep forever...

Shawna Dowd - Secretary

Melissa Massey - Treasurer


Shawna Dowd currently live in Castroville, TX and work for Lackland Airforce Base.  I have a passion for horses and I love to socialize and get to know other horsey people.



Melissa Massey has been an active TPEA member since the mid 1980s.  She has served as President, Amateur President, Treasurer and Amateur Treasurer. She has enjoyed showing her beautiful palominos and meeting life long friends while showing.She has worked in the legal profession as a paralegal for nearly 30 years and a licensed escrow officer for over 20 years.



Miley Miller  - President

Cale Essman - 1st. VP


Hi my name is Miley Miller I am 16 yrs old and live in Hillsboro tx. We live out in the country and we raise Registered Polled Herefords and a few Quarter horses, mostly Palominos! I am lucky enough to be home schooled so I have plenty of time for my favorite passion raising and training my own horses. Last year was my first full show season with TPEA, and I loved every minute of it! Look forward to the 2016 show season and serving as the TPEA youth secretary.



Cale Essman is an 8th grader at Cook Middle School.  He started showing in 2013 on Jessica Chapo and is enjoying every minute of it!  He is also very active in his Boy Scout Troop, and has recently been nominated to be a member of the Order of the Arrow (Boy Scout’s honor society).  At Cook Middle School, in addition to being on the all-year Honor Roll, he is a member of the football team playing cornerback. He also plays the euphonium in the Symphonic I band.  He is proud to be a youth officer for TPEA, and can’t wait to see what this year brings!

Carson Click- 2nd. VP

Caroline Cleveland- Secretary





Nicole Tijerina - Treasurer

Katherine Cleveland - Historian




Katherine Cleveland attends McNair Elementary in Denton, Texas.  She loves riding horses and playing in the dirt.  Katie currently competes in the 5-9 all around events.  She loves hanging out with her horse friends.  Katie hopes one day to be a famous artist and really enjoys drawing in her spare time.





Gerald Kennedy

Janet Cook

Jeannie Young


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