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Member Spotlight- Aaron Ralston

June 4th, 2019 by Sophia Skeith
Aaron Ralston

Aaron Ralston

Aaron Ralston is an accomplished reined cow horse trainer with an extensive list of achievements in multiple disciplines. Ralston grew up on a cattle ranch in Colorado where he learned the traditions of the working ranch cowhand. He has competed in team roping, and bronc riding, and trained under NRHA Futurity Champion, Doug Milholland.

In 2002, Ralston began his own journey building Ralston Ranch with his wife Meg. Now, they dedicate their time to training Reined Cow Horses. Ralston’s search for knowledge has led him to compete in the “Worlds Greatest Horseman” for the past 4 years.

“My personal goal is to continue to compete in the “Worlds Greatest Horseman 10 years in a row. I get the opportunity to surround myself with horseman that are better than me. The hope is; that I can come out of this extremely knowledgeable and to pass that on.” Ralston said.

Ralston has traveled all over the world hosting clinics and expositions. One of Ralston’s biggest accomplishments was leading a team to win the gold medal at the 2006 Germany World Equestrian Games. He has been a finalist in multiple NRCHA & NRHA events.

He attributes a large part of his success to his wife Meg, who is also an AQHA World Champion in Reining and Western Riding. Ralston has spent time with Scott Amos and Kenny Platt developing his cutting skills for the Reined Cow Horse events.

He owns the special stallion “Smart Paul Olena”, who took him to the World Equestrian Games. Ralston plans to compete for the NRCHA Worlds on a new stud horse.

With a humble attitude, Ralston is also devotes his time to giving back. He is a leader in an organization leader in an organization called “Braveheart”. Each year Ralston leads a group of horses and riders 20 miles from Central Park to Ground Zero in New York City. “Every day 20 veterans commit suicide,” Ralston said, “we ride each mile Ralston said, “we ride each mile to remember and pay respect to our fallen soldiers.”

In 2018, Braveheart was such a success that they have expanded to have a ride in Washington DC. Ralston hopes this will be a platform for people to repeat all over the world. Find more about these foundations here www.braveheartsriding.org and www.trailtozero.org.

Why Aaron Uses CHTO: “This Website has really allowed me to see different perspectives of different trainers. I am not close to a lot of cutters. Plus, they are busy and so am I. This allows me to see and learn things right on my computer.”

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