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Member Spotlight – Lauren Balog, Paauilo, Hawaii

February 21st, 2019 by Nevada Huffman

Lauren Balog has been fortunate to grow up on the beautiful big Island of Hawaii. Balog found her passion for horses as a young 12-year-old girl and has never looked back. Her grandfather, who was a rancher, set the tone for Lauren becoming a “horse-crazy”kid and an equine enthusiast for life. 

Lauren Balog pictured on the right.

After completing college in Colorado, Balog returned to Hawaii and quickly dived into more riding lessons. From the moment she watched her first cutting horse work, she was hooked. Balog stated, “I had never seen a horse move like that.”  

When she was ready to purchase her first cutting horse, she ended up finding the same mare she had once watched. It was a “Cinderella Story” and she immediately bought her. Balog and her mare, Magic Lady Pep, went on to have a very successful career competing in the Hawaii Island Cutting Horse Association. 

These days, Balog helps run her family business, Edwin D. Lewis Trucking and Gravel, LLC. In her spare time she continues to ride and is excited about her new babies out of some of the best mares and sires in the industry. Lauren generously contributes to the Hawaii Island Cutting Horse Association every year, always wanting to give back to the sport. The excitement of her new yearlings has sparked big plans to be back in the show ring again soon! 

Why Lauren Uses CHTO:  “When I had my 3yr old mare, CHTO kept me on track and allowed me to learn directly from trainers. CHTO is the greatest resource in the cutting horse world!” 

Kobie Wood – Part 1: Keeping Their Feet To The Fire

February 19th, 2019 by Nevada Huffman

Positioning your horse with the cow is one of the most important things when it comes to cutting. It’s a challenge to all cutters, and one that Hall of Fame Rider Kobie Wood can help you with.

Wood has won more than $5.3 Million in the show pen, and holds an impressive five World Champion titles. His most recent success came after campaigning Cool N’ Hot, one of the industry’s hottest young sires, to become the 2018 NCHA Open Horse of The Year.

CHTO was excited to add Wood to our featured trainer line up on the website. In his popular video series, one of his most important tips is how to position your horse with the cow.

“I don’t like to cut a cow straight up,” Wood said. “I like to cut a cow parallel if it’s at all possible. That way I get my horse [to] where he’s not standing still, and then I want him to find his way in there.”

“Position is everything and that’s all I want to do is get positioned so they can’t beat me,” said Wood.

One of Wood’s main goals when working a horse is getting them to stop where he asks them to, and to keep them free and willing while listening to his feet. Before working cows, he works the freshness off them on the flag.

His next step is “keeping their feet to the fire.” “A lot of [those] horses you let them go over there and stop and they just get to where they don’t come out of there and get ahold of the cow. Well, I want him stopping, backing up and wondering where he’s going next. I don’t want him to blow off and get back off the cow. I want to hold his feet [and] hold that cow,” explained Wood.

During this demonstration on the video, Wood didn’t have turn-back help. When asked why, he explained it as a training tool. “Turn-back help can make you or hinder you. At the cuttings with our cows today, those guys [have to] get outside and just kind of show that cow back to me. I don’t like that when I’m working a young horse or just trying to get the edge off. I want just this.”

“The other thing it created is you get to do more.” “You get to work both sides of the cow” he explained. “I don’t have to stay on the inside of the cow. I can work the outside of a cow working like this and then when it tightens down I can stay to the inside [of the cow].”

Wood described how turn-back help can take away from the cow, and tend to make it unnatural.

Kobie Wood on Cool N Hot

“There was nobody hindering what the cow was thinking and if you can cut a cow and nobody hinders that thinking, you can get a lot more out of it with it not being scared, [and] you could work a lot longer and you can usually get [closer to] the winner’s circle.”

“I train a horse for the feel of what I need him to do,” Wood said. “You can’t just write it down on a piece of paper.”

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From Orphan To World Champion – Bob Acre Doc

February 18th, 2019 by Simone Cobb

We love legends! None more so than the cutting horse kind. One of the foundational aspects of the sport is its historical champions.

The stallion Bob Acre Doc wasn’t supposed to be a champion. In fact, he wasn’t even bred with high expectations of becoming a prestigious title holder.

The mare he was out of didn’t have a long list of accomplishments. Sapps Sandy wasn’t even a

Bob Acre Doc & Sam Wilson

cutting mare. E.R. Broussard (also known as Bobbie), of Louisiana, bought the mare as a ranch horse. It wasn’t until the mare was 16, when Broussard decided it was time to breed her.

Broussard wasn’t known for breeding horses. It was a venture he and his son Robbie set out on as he and his wife got older. They decided to breed Sapps Sandy to Son Of A Doc. Sam Wilson of Pattinson, Texas who trained Bob Doc Acre said Broussard didn’t really have any reasoning for the choice of stallion. With Son Of A Doc being one of the top ranked cutting sires at the time, it turned out to be one of the best, and luckiest decisions the family ever made.

On March 1st, 1981, Bob Acre Doc was born. Not long after, Sappy San passed away leaving the new foal an orphan. Wilson said the Broussards raised him up in the backyard where he would eat off the table as if he was part of the family.

Due to his rough start in life, many people were unsure if “Bob” would make anything of himself. It was only fitting for him to go into training with Wilson, who owned, raised, and trained his father, Son Of A Doc. The Broussards believed if anyone could make something out of Bob, it would be Wilson. According to Wilson, the world was still a little wary of Bob’s potential to become a great cutting horse.

Wilson never doubted that Bob Acre Doc had the ability to be something special since he was a son of one of his all-time favorites.

Bob Acre Doc during his retirement.

“That horse thought he was a human,” Wilson said. “I turned him out one time in a pasture with some mares and he just stood there and looked at the gate,” he chuckled.

Bob Acre Doc went on to be a star, as well as a record setter in the NCHA. In 1991, Wilson and Bob showed their way to the top to become the NCHA Open World Champions. It was all history in the making from there.

When asked to describe what Bob was like to haul, Wilson said, “He was great. He never caused any trouble, as long as you treated him right and kept him happy.”

During the year that he hauled, Bob Acre Doc was sold by the Broussard Family to Susan Cardwell. She then hauled him for the Non-Pro World Finals the following year.

Bob Acre Doc & Sam Wilson

Bob Acre Doc went on to win multiple AQHA and NCHA titles. After earning $381,000, his show career ended and he was sold to Slate River Ranch at Weather- ford, TX where he retired. Shortly after that he died at age 20. Wilson said he believed that Bob mourned not having a job and missed his cutting team.

His offspring went on to win over $4.5 million in the NCHA and $30,000+ in the NRHA. One of his own sons, Laker Doc is still standing at EE Ranches. He was born in 1992, and has earned over $183,000 in his show career.


February 18th, 2019 by Simone Cobb

A champion siring champions

With 65 Champions & Reserve Champions in 2014, no Stallion in NCHA history has sired more champions and reserves from a single foal crop (4- year-olds) in a single year. Offspring Earnings for the stud now total over $8 million. High Brow CD is owned by the Collins Family who operate and own the Home Place Horse & Cattle Co., located in part of Blackville and  Barnwell, South Carolina. The stud stands at SDP Buffalo Ranch in Fort Worth, TX.

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Darlene Crumley – Keller Williams Real Estate

February 18th, 2019 by Simone Cobb

Connect with Darlene- KW 

With a lifetime spent in the horse and ranch business and a deep passion for real estate, Darlene Crumley is the perfect choice to become your advocate to finding your forever home, scoping the perfect land to build the barn of your dreams, or selling your property to instill the highest profit in the industry.

Crumley prides herself on understanding the self discipline and hard work to to make a sale happen. She attributes her success to her strong negotiations skills.

“You can count on me to go the extra mile and put in the hard work many agents will not. Long hours do not phase me, and when something is not working, I will find a way to fix it. A successful agent should always have a system in place to improve productivity if it is lagging,” Darlene promises.

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The RealCow Training System

February 18th, 2019 by Simone Cobb

With a degree in Biosystems Engineering from Clemson University, an old remote control car and four years of tweaking, Billy Weir developed the RealCow Training System, which does everything but moo and poop!

Like all good inventions, Realcow was born out of necessity. A cutting horse trainer based in South Carolina, Weir had used almost every type of mechanical cow on the market, but said they were limited and he needed something better.

“Where I live it’s hard to get a good supply of cattle,” Weir said. “English-bred cattle are slow moving and hard to train a horse on and I wanted to make a machine that would make up for the slack.”

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February 18th, 2019 by Simone Cobb


The mission of Myristol Enterprises, LLC is to use scientific innovation to enhance the quality of life for animals and those that care about them through improved joint health and function. With a dedicated following of veterinarians, competitive riders, trainers, and everyday users, Myristol joint and health supplements are recognized around the world as superior products for the treatment and prevention of joint injury or disease. Dr. Gayle W. Trotter founded Myristol Enterprises, LLC in 2003, recognizing a need for top quality joint supplements for horses and other competitive animals. Dr. Trotter is an internationally recognized equine surgeon and researcher with a clinical background focused on equine lameness, surgery, and joint issues.
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February 15th, 2019 by Simone Cobb

“From Crop Circles to Winner’s Circles, Expect the Best from HAY-RITE.”

Over 10 successful years in the industry, HAY-RITE has become an industry standard for owners that want their horses and livestock to have the proper nutrition to thrive in any environment. Unmatched in the marketplace, HAY-RITE has lived by their motto and their mission: “To provide the best alfalfa products at the lowest price possible, with the personal service their customers deserve!”

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Zanetti Trailers

February 14th, 2019 by Simone Cobb

Zanetti Trailers


Family owned in the heart of  Weatherford, Texas you will find one of the best in the industry. Zanetti Trailers prides themselves on  over 20 years of experience in trailer repair. Rest assure you will receive the best service in the business. Not only has trailer repair been perfected at Kyle Zanetti’s, but also their expertise at custom builds prove to stand the test of time.

The Zanettis strive to be the best  through hard work, attention to detail, and customer service. The KZT team is fully equipped and capable of performing any service you may need for your truck or trailer.

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Austin Shepard DVD – Get To The Winner’s Circle

January 16th, 2019 by nikki garrett

To win in the sport of Cutting, you need to have a trained cow horse! Six-million dollar winner Austin Shepard is the man to teach you how to do this. Buy his DVD to learn how to teach your horse to work a cow. Click here to purchase your own DVD Now! 



Paul Hansma & Matt Gaines DVD Part 2

January 16th, 2019 by nikki garrett

Roger Wagner DVD “Hip To Be Square”

January 16th, 2019 by nikki garrett

He’s the trainer’s trainer. He’s the man who got everyone in cutting thinking about perfecting their technique and making it look pretty! Now find out how to do it on Roger Wagner’s popular DVD “Hip To Be Square”. Check it out below and get your own copy by clicking here.

Matt Gaines and Paul Hansma DVD Pt 1

January 16th, 2019 by nikki garrett

Hookin’ Up with Lloyd Cox DVD!

January 16th, 2019 by nikki garrett

Check out one of the most talented trainers in the industry – Lloyd Cox – giving insight to his training program on his DVD Hookin’ Up. He works 3, 4 and 5 yr olds, showing the difference on a finished product to how you want your 3yr olds looking when it’s time to show. Get a sneak peek below and grab your very own copy by clicking here.

Trainer’s Corner: Hugh Miles

January 14th, 2019 by Nevada Huffman

Hugh Miles

 Hugh Miles is one of Australia’s hottest young trainers in two disciples, Cutting and Campdrafting, having won titles and made open finals in both sports. He also runs a thriving breeding business and always has his fingers on the pulse of the next big thing in popular blood lines. Hugh was recently in the States competing in the NCHA Futurity as a catch rider and looking for sale horses. 

Simone: You really established your business pretty much straight out of school. What was it that really helped you to start making a name for yourself? 

Hugh: I realized you got to have really good quality horses. You’ve got to be a step above everybody. To have the advantage, you’ve got to have the good horses, and you’ve got to go that extra mile to find them and you got to do the extra homework. And to sell those horses, you know, before you do any work on them as yearlings and foals, they’ve got to be bred differently. They got to have something different that stands you apart from everybody else.

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