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Member Spotlight – Garth Bullis, Holcomb, Kansas

June 1st, 2020 by Sophia Skeith

Garth Bullis and Reyality Check

Garth Bullis began his horse career in the English world and soon moved into the western disciplines. He tried reining, and roping but still hadn’t found his niche. He came across cutting in a video and thought it was the coolest thing he had seen. After finding a retired cutting horse trainer who helped him learn, he became hooked.

He purchased a mare in 2014, got her started and showed her. She taught Bullis a lot. The pair ended up winning the Minnesota Non Pro Breeder’s Futurity and all three go rounds before that. He really felt like cutting was what he should be doing and after his dad passed away, he decided to really go for it.

He went to work for Kevin Daniel and also spent time with Scott Amos. Bullis now works for James Davis riding two year olds and traveling to shows.

Bullis’s most memorable moment in the sport is when he was Reserve Champion in the 3500 Non-Pro at the Western Nationals. Before he showed, a turn back horse stepped on it’s lead rope and smacked him in the head, knocking him out and putting him in the hospital. He was down but not out. Just a few days later, he rode into the show pen and won the reserve buckle.

Bullis said he loves being on a good horse and that feeling you get when you’re having a great run on a great athlete. It just makes everything right in the world he said. His end goal is to be a trainer known for training good horses, not just good show horses but good, all around horses.

Why Garth Uses CHTO:

“I wanted to get better herd work. There’s three people on there that I really enjoy their herd work videos. Austin Shepard, Beau Galyean and Michael Cooper…everything is set up from your herd work. If you can get better at that, you’ve got half the battle won right there…I also like seeing what other trainers are doing with their horses and see what works for you…You have that option to gain that knowledge… I use it to compare, to find and try to fix holes, expand my knowledge base and push myself further, and see what else is out there.”


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