Don’t dream about success.

Work for it.

Matthew Noel Palmer (Matt) has all of the requisite qualities and resources that engender a rising and successful competitor: knowledge, proficiency, natural talent, dedication, and determination.

His early equine education is an indispensible component to Matt's success. Matt began riding under the tutelage of his mother, Joan Palmer, as an infant and entered the competitive arena in the lead line division just shy of his second birthday. Matt was competing at the All American Quarter Horse Congress by the age of 4. He was competing in reining events by the age of 9, acquiring an impressive 882 youth points during those early years.

Through this early education, Matt honed not only his riding skills, but acquired the wisdom and patience of a true horseman. Soon thereafter he developed the determination of a seasoned athlete through his experiences in competitive team sports during his high school and college years, including being named to the PA State All-Star Baseball team. Through all of these experiences, he attained the necessary grit and dynamic presence of a showman and competitor. It is these combined elements that have contributed to Matt’s overwhelming success as an NRHA Professional.

Matt currently focuses his competitive energy toward futurity and derby horses. He has current LTE of over $319,500. Matt has seen much success in the NRHA competitive arena over the past decade. Some of his notable winnings include:

  • Two time USEF Gold medalist (as the youngest member of the USEF team)

  • 2010 WEG Qualifier on Whale of a Whiz

  • 2-time NRHA World Championship

  •  Carolina Classic Open Derby Championship

  • Don Burt “Up and Coming” award during the 2010 Battle of the Saddle

  • Florida Classic Derby Champion

  • 2015 Bill Horn Shootout in Florida Champion

  • $10,000 Added Open Winner at 2016 NRHA Futurity

  • Co-Champion in the Open Adequan North American Affiliate Championship

  • 4-time American Quarter Horse Congress champion

  • 2016 EPRHA Santa Hill Futurity Champion

In addition to his own competitive success, Matt dedicates what spare time he has to coaching others. He has coached several non-pro and youth riders to their own AQHA and NRHA championships, including assisting 8 young women to obtain college scholarships. When not on the road, Matt teaches students and trains horses at his family’s facility in Elverson, PA, and has been invited to conduct multiple clinics at regional facilities. Matt looks for every opportunity to give back to the reining and general equine community.