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About Us

Creating The Future

Santa Hill Ranch, located in scenic Campbell Hall, New York is the northeast’s premier training and breeding facility for the reining industry. Enjoy over fifty thousand square foot of climate-controlled training, breeding, and boarding facilities set on three hundred twenty-five acres of beautiful country. 


Our Story


Santa Hill Ranch is owned by NRHA Million Dollar Owner Robert Santagata and his wife Arlene Santagata. Raised in Brooklyn, New York he had an interest in the horse world early on, often going to the local stable to rent a horse for a hack. Once he was able to purchase a property outside the city he purchased a few trail horses. As his interest progressed he being to develop an interest in the reining and the purchase of his first Reiner Mark Him Mighty. That horse marks the beginning of an adventure Robert enjoys calling a hobby of which he has lost control.  A pinnacle of his ownership was the purchase of The Kids Gotta Gun in 2013, "Kid" would go on to amass over $104 000 in earnings, and today his legacy is living on in his offspring who are showing they are here to play. Now he is an influential member of the NRHA, believing there is no cieling for the growth of reining. He is a major contributor to growing the industry, a corporate NRHA sponsor, he has helped provide for the increased Futurity Payout, Supported creating the Invitational Futurity, as well as countless other sponsorships. 

Despite a noteworthy career and being close many times, ask today what goal remains for Santa Hill Ranch you will be met with one answer

NRHA Futurity Champion

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Meet Kyle

Head Trainer

In late 2022, Santa Hill Ranch announced that up-and-coming NRHA Professional Kyle Shaw came on as head trainer in New York. Shaw’s life has always involved horses; he grew up near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and his family owned a trail riding and lesson ranch.

Shaw’s father became interested in reining in the late 1980s and helped build the local affiliates. Shaw began showing Rock n Roll Senorita and Lou Earl Benito at just 4 years old. When he was a child, his family often traveled with him to ride with NRHA Hall of Famer Tim McQuay and Randy Paul.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in business from Queens University, Shaw returned to full-time training and showing. His successful career in Canada included coaching the gold medal FEI Young Riders team; then he decided to make a move. Since 2014, Shaw has lived and shown in the United States. His Accolades have grown every year since. 

Kyle and Bob are very excited about the future of Santa Hill Ranch and building it better than ever.

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