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Meet the Team


Mary Orr is passionate about all things High Caliber. The farm name, High Caliber,  in fact is the name of Mary’s first show horse that passed the very day Mary and Evan were married. Evan promised Mary that when the time came for them to head out on their own they could name the farm in loving memory of High Caliber. Her passion for horses and people is very easy to see. This is so much more than a job for her, it is a calling. She expects nothing but the best from herself, her employees, her horses and her riders. The success in the ring is a result of her relentless desire to set goals for the horse/rider teams that require as much in personal development in life as much as on a horses back. “Winning” as far as Mary is concerned as much the process that develops the horse and rider  as it is in “blue ribbon” the show ring.

2001 Graduate of WWU with an Equestrian Science degree

Holds a Masters in Education

American Riders Instructor Certified

USEF Certified Judge

Triple Crown Winner on WCC CH Our Charming Lady


Even tempered, patient and kind, Evan Orr completes the team of Mary and Evan at High Caliber. The back bone of High Caliber Stables Evan can be seen breaking colts, fixing stalls, caring for a sick or injured horse, mowing pastures or teaching a riding lesson. He can do it all! There is not a job too small or big for Mr. Orr. He is as happy teaching a young horse to lead as he is helping a rider understand a new concept with a full bridle.

Evan apprenticed for a number of training/breeding/ instruction facilities, including Bob Brison, Martin Teater, Peter and Kim Cowart, Tom Bombolis, and Cash Lovell.

Evan takes pride in his ability to communicate effectively with customers, colleagues, veterinary professionals, farriers, and employees

2001 WWU  Graduate (First Male Student Accepted into WWU)

2015-2016 ASAC President

2017 ASHA Board Member

Meredith Ross

Has worked for Avalon Stables and Five Gait Stables in the past. Energetic, enthusiastic, determined, and dedicated, Meredith Ross takes great pride as our Assistant Trainer and Riding Instructor at High Caliber Stables. Meredith was determined to come to High Caliber at a young age and has made her mark as a talented teacher and is an up and coming assistant trainer working with the show horses.

American Riders Instructor Certified

Part of the team since 2012

Lauren BLUE

Worked in the veterinarian field for 15 years before returning back to the horse industry.

Lauren is the creative communicator of High Caliber. She keeps our Facebook Page current and our customers up to date. She is the foundation of our riding programing starting most of our students on a horse and with their first pair of boots and Helmets!

1996 Graduate of WWU with a Equestrian Science degree

American Riders Instructor Certified

Part of the team since 2011

Christine Thomas

Came to High Caliber following summers spent running the barn at a boys summer camp in the mountains of North Carolina. She has ridden since the age of 11 and competed in equitation classes before heading to Virginia Tech to study Agriculture business. Christine brings organization to our offices, works closely with our vet during breeding + foaling season, and assists with scheduling and teaching our riding lessons. 

2014 Graduate of Virginia Tech

Part of the team since 2017

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