The Nevis Equestrian Centre is a family business, - owned and operated by CEO John Guilbert and daughter, Erika Guilbert-Archibald with assistance being provided, on occasion, by youngest son, Ryan Guilbert and adult grandchildren, Scott Guilbert Jr. and Kayli Walters.
John Guilbert, Owner/General Manager, raised Arabian show horses for over 20 years in Norco, California and is a Journeyman Horse Shoer (blacksmith) of 36 years. John is a retired executive of AT&T and, after 25 years with the company, relocated to Nevis with his family in 1994 (joining his brother, then General Manager of Trinity Broadcasting Network) arriving on the island with an Arabian mare, his daughter, Erika’s, thoroughbred and the island’s first commercially manufactured horse trailer.
John is a past President of the Sierra Empire Arabian Horse Association, Manager of several horse shows in California and past President, Secretary/Treasurer and Chairman of the Classification Committee of the Nevis Turf & Jockey Club. He established the Nevis Equestrian Centre in 1996 with Erika and top jockey and race horse trainer, Nevisian, Mr. Dan Bartlette, who, regrettably, met with an untimely death in 2005. John is the past (2001-2009) Executive Director of the Nevis Historical Society and integrates his knowledge of historical sites/events and eco-tourism into the horseback riders’ experience. He is an African American citizen of Nevis and the USA married to Alison (Ali) Jordan-Guilbert, radio broadcaster/horse show announcer in the USA and founding Manager/Announcer, CHOICE Radio FM Nevis (2005-2012).
Erika began riding almost before she walked….and went on to develop her skills as an English, Western and Hunter-Jumper Competitor in horse shows throughout Southern California for 15 years before moving to Nevis. In 1998, Erika began to volunteer her services in a weekly therapeutic riding program for children with special challenges in the Nevis school system. She trained, coached and traveled with her equestrian students for their successful competition with Special Olympics in North Carolina and Ireland (a first for Nevis).