From: Claremore, OK
Phone: (580) 490-6188
- 2019 Summer Spectacular Classic Reserve Champion
- 2016 Bonanza Classic Challenge Champion & Reserve Champion
- 2015 Breeders Invitational Derby Reserve Champion & Classic Champion
- 2013 NCHA Super Stakes Open Champion
- 2010 NCHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion
- 2010 NCHA Summer Spectacular Open Derby Reserve Champion
- 2004 NCHA Open Futurity Champion
Top Three Horses Trained
- Spots Hot
- Little Rattler
How I got started: My dad is a horse trainer. In the pleasure horse world, he was phenomenal. He won the Congress five years straight. Then he came into cutting. He’s won the Futurity and a lot of Fort Worth shows. He taught me from an early age how to control the horse’s mind and be a great horseman.
Biggest mistake I’ve made in cutting: I’m a big believer that making mistakes is how you learn. One mistake I made was showing Spot when he was four at the Super Stakes. We scored 223 and a 221 in the first couple goes and in the semi-finals I kept that same throttle down approach and ended up losing a cow. It was truly my fault. I just needed to go be clean and stay out of his way. Those things help educate me and make better choices in the future.
Biggest myth about cutting: The biggest myth that people don’t understand is how hard it is to get these horses trained to a high level of competition. It’s very tough. A lot of people like to say “well they just got lucky” but to be able to do it consistently is the challenge.
Favorite quote: “God, family, work.” In that order.
Most memorable moment in cutting: Winning the Futurity on Spots Hot! All the hard work and adversity that we hit on that journey, there were so many times we thought we couldn’t handle it. When the pressure was on me to get him showed in the final, I wasn’t sure we could do it. The feelings I had going into the finals were indescribable. It was the greatest feeling in the show pen I’ve ever had.
Training philosophy: I want my horses to be disciplined and do it the right way, but at the end of the day if we make mistakes I want my horses to be confident. I believe confidence trumps style any day. Confidence can raise horses to a level above what we can train them to do.