From: Fruita, CO
Phone: (970) 250-3270
- NCHA Super Stakes Classic Finalist
- Western Nationals Classic Open Champion x 3
- 2015 NCHA Futurity Finalist
- 2015 Idaho Futurity Classic Champion
- 2010 Paint World Champion
- 2009 Utah Derby Champion
Top Three Horses Trained
- Pobres Cat
- Budasa Little Smart
- Clutch Player
How I got started: Our family raised horses on our ranch at Newcastle Co. Dad did cowhorse training, and I went rodeoing and then hung around cutting and got involved. Tim Denton and Winston Hansma helped me a lot.
Biggest mistake I’ve made in cutting: Something I’ve always struggled with is being too picky, too precise. I’ve probably wasted a lot of time trying to make a horse something he is not.
Biggest myth about cutting: That it’s easy! There are so many components that have to come together to have a good run, from your horse being prepared, the rider being mentally focused and of course cutting good cows.
Favorite quote: “No pain, no gain!” I believe there is no greater reward than that which comes from hard work. From my father.
Most memorable moment in cutting: Winning Las Vegas 2002 Futurity on Pobres Cat because my whole family was there.
Training philosophy: I don’t know that I have a “philosophy” per say because I’m always evolving and learning. But I place a lot of emphasis on the horse’s foundation before I ask them to cut. We use our 2-year-olds a lot out here on the ranch so they get exposed to a lot of things and learn to think for themselves. Therefore I like to train a horse to be versatile in everything.