Meet the Rusted Star Ranch Riding Instructors

Jessica Flores

Jessica is a CMSA Professional Horseman, having many opportunities to travel around the nation.  When watching her ride it is often commented how she "floats" with the horse.  Early in her equestrian career, she worked as an exercise rider and barn manager at a sale barn where she was in contact with many different breeds, disciplines, and people.  She has over 18 years of experience in colt starting.

 

Currently, she competes in Cowboy Mounted Shooting on her horse Special Play Choice aka "Lucy" as a Pro Ladies Level 6.  Winnings include multiple Overall Overall, Overall Cowgirl and Overall Shotgun titles.  She has been a CMSA World Qualifier each year since she began shooting.  Additional accomplishments include:

 

  • 2019 World Championship 3rd place Cowgirl Open Division Shotgun - Amarillo, TX 

  • 2019 Mid Atlantic Region Year End High Point Cowgirl & High Point Shotgun

  • 2019 1st Virginia Year End High Point Shotgun 

  • 2019 High Point Maryland Cowgirl

  • 2019 PA State Championship L6 class winner, Reserve & Ladies Shotgun Champion - Centre Hall, PA

  • 2019 Shoot for the Brand Series Reserve Cowgirl Bloomsburg, PA

  • 2019 Massachusetts State Championship Reserve Overall, Overall Cowgirl, & Ladies Shotgun - Norfolk, MA

  • 2019 North Carolina Championship State Top 3, Overall Cowgirl & Ladies Shotgun - NC

  • 2019 Virginia State Championship Overall Shotgun Champion - Doswell, VA

  • 2019 Maryland State Reserve Cowgirl, Overall Shotgun Champion, Top 5 - Dillsburg, PA

  • 2019 March Winds II Overall Champion- Lumberton, NC

  • 2019-2017 High Point Maryland Cowgirl

  • 2018 NorthEast Regional Overall Cowgirl, Top 3 finish, L5 class winner

  • 2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Overall Overall Shotgun Champion - Williamston, NC

  • 2018 North Carolina State Championship - Overall Cowgirl, Top 10 finish, L5 class winner

  • 2018 Maryland State Championship - Overall Shotgun Winner

  • 2018 Universal Media Shootout - Overall Cowgirl, Top 3 Finish - Centre Hall, PA

  • 2018 Florida Ladies Overall Shotgun Winner Lady Lake, FL

  • 2018 Winter Heat Round Up Division AA Ladies Winner & Open Shotgun Winner, Top 5 Finish - Lumberton, NC

  • 2017 MD Horse Industry Board Touch of Class Award Recipient

  • 2017 Virginia State Fair Reserve Cowgirl, Open Shotgun Winner & Top 10 Finish – Doswell, VA

  • 2017 Mid Atlantic Regionals Top 10 Finish – Williamston, NC

  • 2017 North Carolina State Championship Top 3 & Reserve Cowgirl – Williamston, NC

  • 2017 Maryland State Championship Top 10 Finish - Dillsburg, PA

  • 2017 Universal Media Shootout Limited Shotgun Ladies Limited Shotgun Winner – Centre Hall, PA

  • 2017 CMSA Jeffer’s National Ladies 3 National Champion – Tunica, MS

  • 2017 AQHA World Qualifier, Houston, TX

  • 2016 TN CMSA Tuesday Shootout Top 10 Finish -  Murfreesboro, TN

  • 2016 CMSA Omega Eastern Championship AQHA Ladies Limited Reserve Champion – Murfreesboro, TN

  • 2016 CMSA National Jeffer's Division A Ladies Double Down Champion – Tunica, MS

  • 2016 North vs. South Border War 1 Overall Champion – Dillsburg, PA

  • 2016 North vs. South Border War Weekend Overall Reserve Cowgirl  - Dillsburg, PA

 

Jessica graduated in 2008 with her BS in Agriculture (with an emphasis in Animal Science) and 2015 with a MS in Extension Education. She previously worked at the University of Maryland Extension as an Ag Agent before serving in her current position as the FFA Advisor and Ag Science teacher for Worcester County Public School System. Jessica is First Aid/CPR certified and emphasizes safety first while working around and riding horses.  She is one of our mounted shooting instructors.

Rob Johnston

Rob became involved in horses at a young age when his sister raised Appaloosas and competed in endurance races.  Rob's daughter was an avid rider at a young age and competed in local hunter/jumper shows. In 2010, Rob and his Appaloosa partner Geronimo, found the sport of Cowboy Mounted Shooting.  Mixing his love of horses and guns he quickly rose to a men's level 4 shooter.  Since 2016, Rob has served as the CMSA Mid-Atlantic Region Advisory Board Member.

 

Rob is currently the president of the Mason Dixon Deputies, Maryland's Cowboy Mounted Shooting Club.  Rob is also a member of AQHA, APHA, NRA, and various other equine organizations. He is a multiple Overall and Men's Overall winner, 2011 Mid-Atlantic Regional M1 class winner, 2012 DE State Championship Overall Winner, and is a 6x CMSA World's qualifier. ​​​

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  • 2019 CMSA World Championship M4 2nd place - Amarillo, TX

  • 2019 Massachusetts State Championship Top 5 & Overall Shotgun Champion - Norfolk, MA

  • 2019 Shoot for Hope Division AA Showcase Champion - Williamston, NC

  • 2019 North Carolina Championship Overall Shotgun Champion- Williamston, NC

  • 2019 Kick Off Shoot I & II Overall Champion - Princess Anne, MD

  • 2019 Maryland State Championship Top 10 - Dillsburg, PA

  • 2019 Jeffer's National CMSA Championship M4 2nd place - Tunica, MS

  • 2019 Double L Bar Winter Heat Round Up Division AA High Point Winner, Top 3 - Lumberton, NC

  • 2018 Maryland State Championship Reserve Overall Champion & Reserve Overall Cowboy

  • 2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional M4 Class Winner

  • 2018 Maryland High Point Cowboy

  • 2018 Virginia High Point Shotgun Champion

Rob is one of our mounted shooting instructors.  With many years of experience in firearms training, he will give you the confidence that you and your horse will be competitive in mounted shooting.  

Shelby Dehne

Shelby has been studiously increasing her knowledge as a horseman from an early age and has been following her passions ever since. She has a solid grasp of the biomechanics and skills that separates great riders from the rest. Her diversified experiences have given her a depth of knowledge uncommonly seen in an equestrian so young.

Throughout out grade school, Shelby showed horses in her local 4-H and FFA fair and later went on to compete in the Central Pennsylvania Youth Rodeo Association (CPYRA) for many years. She was a 2008 CPYRA Rodeo Finals Qualifier.

In her collegiate years, she switched her focus from competition to training, particularly in colt starting and the discipline of reining, to better understand how great horses and riders were made. Her thirst for knowledge opened her to a wide network of equestrian professionals. She spent many years training under the supervision of Jason Charles and then went on to complete an apprenticeship under Josh Miller. Miller was a Team Schmersal Trainer at Craig Schmersal Performance Horses for many years before relocating to Pennsylvania. Shelby credits Miller for her refined knowledge and skill in training young horses and riders alike. Shelby was then offered an Assistant Trainer position at Chapman Reining Horses. Due to collegiate constraints, she unfortunately had to turn down the position. Shelby was later employed by Ashcombe Sporthorses at Flower Farm as an Assistant Barn Manager. There, she had the opportunity to work with some of the finest bred KWPN horses on the East Coast.

Since graduating from Towson University in 2016, Shelby has relocated to Delaware where she works for the Town of Ocean City. On the weekends, she teaches lessons focusing on skill development. Her unique experiences as a horseman directly correlates to her talent as a riding instructor. Her prerogative is to instruct and inspire confidence, collection, and safety in each one of her students.

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