Gina Miles won the Olympic Individual Silver Medal in Equestrian (3-Day Eventing) in 2008 with McKinlaigh, an Irish Sport Horse owned by Thom Schulz and Laura Coats of Creston, California. Other accomplishments include the Pan American Gold and Bronze Medals in 2007, Bronze Medal at the 2003 World Cup Final, 2006 USEA Gold Cup Champion, 2006 USET Fall Champion, 2006, 2007, 2008 USEA Advanced Horse of the Year and the 2008 Chronicle of the Horse Overall and Eventing Horsemen of the Year.
Gina operates a full-service equestrian business - Gold Medal Equestrian (GME) - which offers training for all ages in 3-Day Eventing, Hunter/Jumper, and Dressage.
She is a member of the USEF Eventing Technical Committee, past Chairmen of the USEA Professional Horsemen's Council, a Pony Club national examiner and Level IV USEA certified instructor.
Gina graduated in 1997 Cum Laude from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Crop Science and Ag Business and was recently inducted in to the Davis Senior High School Hall of Fame. Gina has two children Austin and Taylor.
Shaun is a true entrepreneur having co-founded, managed and sold two multi-million-dollar clothing brands - Instinct in the 80's and Solitude in the 90's. He is an expert on leadership and self-empowerment and lectures across the world inspiring schools, universities and corporations like General Motors, Cisco, Price Waterhouse, Disney and The Gap with his stories of positive purpose, courage and commitment.
He is a former World Surfing Champion, has been described as one of the greatest surfers of all time (Surfing Magazine 2004), and one of the most influential surfers of the century (Surfer Magazine 1999). He is the author of Surfer's Code and the recent #1 Amazon best seller The Code -The Power of "I Will". He produced and co-wrote the award-winning documentary film Bustin' down the Door, a dramatic story of how a group of young Australians and South Africans created professional surfing and built a multi-billion-dollar industry.
He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Finance and a Master of Science in Positive Leadership from Northeastern University. He is an inductee in the US, Jewish and South African Sports Halls of Fame and served two terms as a board member for Surfrider Foundation and Santa Barbara Boys & Girls Club.
Shaun lives in Santa Barbara, California with his wife Carla and seven-year-old son Luke and still loves catching that perfect ride.
Beautiful Eliana (Ellie) was diagnosed with pilomyxoid astrocytoma, a brain tumor located at the base of her brain stem, when she was only four months old. At initial diagnosis, TBCF was there to help with bill payments so her parents could be with her in the hospital.
Ellie is now seven-years-old and is still battling cancer. For the past seven years, their family has become an extended family of ours, participating in support groups, family fun events and sharing their story at multiple fundraising events, creating awareness of pediatric cancer. They have continued to give hope to many other families in similar situations. Eliana recently had surgery again and is still on her journey,
but fighting like a champ!