Bill Jovenall got his start in the performance horse world riding reined cow horses but decided seven years ago he wanted to focus on cutting. He walked to the herd at the NCHA Futurity for the first time in 2020 and said that memory is the highlight of his time in the sport.
“I love the cow horses but when you put your hand down [on a cutter it feels amazing], when you’ve done your homework. Other sports you can help them out with and I like the challenge [of cutting].”
“I had a good run at the Futurity. I didn’t win any money but it was fun.”
Jovenall trains most of his own horses and he always has young ones he is working with. He enjoys the progression of the training on a daily basis and he shows in weekend or aged events as a non-pro or amateur. He works his horses on cows and buffalo.
He said everyone wants to win the big one but he is pretty realistic with himself so he focuses on having fun and staying competitive. Jovenall is grateful to his family and girlfriend for the support they’ve offered over the years.
Why Bill Uses CHTO:
“I’m a watcher. When I first started going to cutting horse futurities, I would sit in the practice pen and watch Austin and Phil Rapp… I try to get pointers and make [what I learned] work with my horses. [The videos] help me get pointed in the right direction rather than beating my head against the wall… Once I’ve watched [a video] and tried it on my horses, if it works, it usually sticks with me.”