Born in 1944, Charles Porter grew up in Stuart, Florida on the St. Lucie River in the same old wooden house where his father was born.
First going to public school, then Catholic school, Porter graduated from Belmont Abbey college with a degree in philosophy. After traveling for two years around the United States in a camper pickup truck, he went to work in his father's lumber yard following his father's untimely death in 1963.
From a young age Porter trained western horses, worked on a cattle ranch, competed in reining at local rodeos while he fed a deep love of music and poetry placing him on stage for a time, as a singer/songwriter.
In 1988, when he sold the lumber company, his interest in the sport of dressage grew, and now he devotes much of his time to schooling, coaching, and the buying and selling of imported horses at Peak Rock Farm.
Porter lives in Loxahatchee, Florida and South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. He has a son, Michael, who is a circus performer and lives in Las Vegas.