Member Spotlight – Josh Keimig

February 9th, 2021 by Sophia Skeith

Josh riding a 2 year old with his son

What started out as a quest to make the best rope horse has become a journey that has taken Josh Keimig from working on the power line to ridin two year old cutting horses.

A friend with a cattle ranch introduced Josh Keimig to the fast paced sport of cutting with a YouTube video and broke cutters.

Keimig started helping out on the ranch and riding old cutting horses turned ranch horses after they aged out. Keimig couldn’t believe how trained they were and how much fun it was to ranch on a well-broke horse.

Eventually, Keimig bought his own cutting horse and went into a career as a lineman for a power company for 10 years. He joked about quitting to learn how to train cutting horses. And one day he did just that!

He left his job and went to work for Luke Denton in Sterling, Utah. While there, Keimig got the opportunity to attend the NCHA Futurity and Western Nationals. He has also worked his way up to being Denton’s 2 year old trainer.

“I sold some rope horses and I always felt like cutting was the pinnacle of the horses, it was the top… I felt like if I could train a cutting horse, I could probably figure out whatever I wanted to do in life.”

Why Josh Uses CHTO:

“Just wanted to know more about the sport, that’s why I got it originally. And see what different guys were doing…This year [I was] getting the emails with the sampler videos and we were wanting to know…Like the last one that came out, Rodrigo Taboga, we were both pretty interested in what he was saying and what he was doing…I’ve watch quite a few videos and even the ones that I’ve watched in the past…It refreshes you, anytime you can learn something is good.”


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