My passion for horses grew from a seed nurtured by my mother, who is also a passionate western horse trainer. My method for training stems from a handed down great appreciation for skilled horsemanship, and I strongly believe in the values of developing and steadying the partnership between human and equine. I believe that although the common goal of a respectful, well-trained horse: performance horse or pleasure horse, that each horse has something special to offer and deserves to be treated and trained as an individual. An open minded and consistent approach to training is key, along with having a curiosity of what drives the "want" in our equine partner to try harder for us, so that we may have a better ride. I began showing as a youth all-around competitor starting at the 4-H level and progressed to Open and Breed shows primarily in the APHA, ultimately leading to my desire of continuing my education of training as well as continuing showing horses with other trainers of various disciplines. Together, these influences and experiences have helped to shape much of my development and competitiveness within the AQHA versatile ranch horse and National Reined Cow Horse associations.
My natural competitiveness has always found a comfortable home in showing horses. And, combining this with my all-around background, I've found a strong fit competing in the American Quarter Horse Association Versatility Ranch Horse program, and additionally believe keeping the tradition of a versatile using horse is important. I continually support the growing versatility ranch horse discipline through a professional training and coaching program, being an NRCHA judge, and promoting a growing show team.
I love showing horses for its competitive reasons, all the testaments it provides, and for the milestones it can layout. Hence, a somewhat eagerness for the Reined Cow Horse and what the NRCHA has to offer: a challenging journey of exquisite talent and athleticism. For me, the love and enjoyment of this sport is found in the final product of what is built through the process of making a quality versatile horse. As the understanding of his job becomes clearer and his abilities become stronger, the easier he views his job, thus becoming a joy to ride and a trusting partner that we can help into and out of situations, and he knows how to handle himself with confidence. From a coach and teachers perspective, much is the same in the training and development of competent riders: having confidence in themselves as well as a developed skill set to trust their equine in undertaking jobs, and this is what I try to accomplish for each student at my training center.
The qualities of the Versatility Ranch Horse found at the heart of the American Quarter Horse Association are performance, versatility, and confirmation. Each horse and rider combination is judged and rewarded based on their expertise as a working ranch horse in a show setting with the opportiunity of displaying their versatility and usability. Such classes offered include: ranch trail, ranch riding, ranch reining, ranch cutting, ranch cow work, and ranch confirmation; with emphasis being placed on the cattle classes when determining an overall reward. (Guide to Versatility Ranch Horse, AQHA).
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