From: Los Olivas, Ca.
Phone: (805) 245 0274
- 2016 PCCHA Futurity Champion
- 2016 West Texas Open Futurity Finalist
- 2016 Summer Spectacular Open Classic
- 2016 PCCHA Open Mercuria World Series Finalist
- 2016 PCCHA Open Classic/Challenge
- 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Open Classic Finalist
- NCHA Riders Hall Of Fame
- 2014 NCHA Open Futurity Finalist
- NCHA Super Stakes Reserve Champion
- NCHA Classic Challenge Reserve Champion
Top Three Horses Trained
- CD Royal
- Jeeps Posi Traction
- Lil Bit Reckless
How I got started: Russ grew up in the northwest as a young cowboy. He was high school rodeo state champion and qualified for the finals three years in a row and was his high school state president. He worked and looked up to Frank Beard (a well known rodeo stock contractor in the northwest). He then started breaking colts for local cattle ranches. He realized he had a love and passion for a good cowhorse and an opportunity to work for the legendary Buster Welch and Russ moved to Texas.
It was then that Buster and Sheila were at the peaks of their careers and Buster was training 75 head of horses a day. Not only did he get to work for the best, but he was surrounded by other great hands and great horses such as CD Chica San Badger, Haidas Lil Pep, Doc O Leo and so on. It was an experience of a lifetime.
Russ has been a professional cutting horse trainer now for over 30 years. The Westfall’s ranch is located in Los Olivos, California on the beautiful central coast and now also owns a ranch in Granbury Tx.
Biggest mistake I’ve made in cutting: Trying to hard, and trying to make things happen when it’s not there!
Biggest myth about cutting: There are so many ways to train a cutting horse and none of them are wrong. You have to find your own way.
Favorite quote: Never under estimate anybody.
Most memorable moment in cutting: The day my son Brandon was born.
Training philosophy: Train a horse on their individual strengths not their weaknesses. You have to go with the flow and roll with the punches.