Matthew Koenig started out racing motorcycles. His wife was the horse lover. When they got married and wanted a family, racing motorcycles didn’t make sense, so he picked up trail riding. But Matthew still enjoyed competition so he began to look for something to challenge him. A nearby cutting horse trainer got Matthew intrigued and two years later, Matthew is the owner of three cutting horses and going strong in the sport.
Total Earnings: $462,067
How did you get into cutting?
“My dad and mom raised horses, and they wanted to upgrade their program. There was a guy that had a son of Little Peppy. So we made a deal to breed some mares to his stud… We did some welding to pay for the breedings. That man was Tom Merryman who is now my father-in-law. I quit school in 8th grade and I was over there helping my dad with welding. I saw Tom cutting and he asked me if I wanted to turn back for him. I had no clue what that was but I said yeah I’ll try it. I started helping him and ended up working for him for 3 years…”
It takes more than a good horse to be successful in cutting. It takes planning, practice and positivity. That’s according to someone who’s had plenty of success of the show pen, $3-million trainer Grant Setnicka. Not only that, Setnicka’s clients also enjoy plenty of success themselves. Setnicka shares his tips on how to set yourself up for a satisfying experience in cutting.
➤ Step one is decide what shows you are going to attend for the year. And then learn what each client or yourself needs and adjust the training, work and practice schedule to suit.
It’s that time of year again! Two year olds are being started and the ever important foundation for the rest of their career is being established.
Reserve NCHA Futurity champion for the second year running, Adan Banuelos has already earned in excess of $3 million in the show-pen. At just 31 years of age, Adan has proven his mastery in the show pen. Now we take a closer look at his skill as a horseman and learn how he handles his two year olds.
Adan is captivating to watch and listen to because he is such a student of the horse. His respect for the horse is admirable. He reiterates all the time how he likes to TEACH his horses something rather than TELL them!
Adan wants to instill a “where’s the cow” mentality in his horses, so that no matter what angle they land or where they end up (past the cow or behind the cow) that they want to find the cow and go with it.
Money Won: $2,202,721
Titles/Finals: 2005 NCHA Open Futurity Champion on Highbrows Supercat,
2 x Arbuckle Mountain Open Derby Champion on CP Jesse Cat and MK Reymate
1990 NCHA Derby Reserve Champion on Hickorys Prescription.
Top Three Horses Trained:
Highbrow Super Cat, CP Jesses Cat, and Catsa Movin
Being judged is always emotional, even when you choose to be judged in the name of competition. Subjective sports are often rife with controversy, because let’s face it, everyone has an opinion. Cutting is no exception.
Judging only works when there is a clearly understood system governed by rules, enacted by experts, and most importantly, is delivered consistently. You could say, this has been the overriding mission of Russell McCord for more than 30 years!
From northern Queensland, Australia, Cody Lamont has quickly made a name for himself in cutting. Growing up in the saddle, Lamont roamed his family’s cattle stations on the back of a horse. As a young man, Lamont had a passion for rodeo where he competed as a roper.
In 2009, Lamont landed a job with the great Al Dunning. And so his intrigue for cutting horses was born.
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Duncan helps you to cut through the sometimes overwhelming amount of video content on CHTO and highlights a great video you should be sure to watch. This month, Duncan puts the focus on master farrier Wayne (Link) Baumann’s videos about how to keep your horse sound by using x-rays to ensure you shoe each foot on your horse correctly!
Click on the video below to watch. If you’d like to watch Wayne’s videos, you will find the link directly below the video player.
Duncan’s hot tip for April is to watch Morgan Cromer’s video for a great exercise on improving your cuts. Listen to why he thinks it’s great timing to check it out now by clicking on the video below.
Click HERE to go watch Morgan’s video now!
Learn how to get the most out of what these top trainers reveal to you from their years of hard work, trial and error and success!
- To really pick up on those subtle movements and changes, try to watch each video at least three times, if not more. The more you watch, the more it becomes ingrained into your mind and the easier it is to apply it.
- Take notes when you watch and you’ll see the different things that stand out each time.
- Go out and practice what you’ve been watching then watch the video again!
- Watch every time you have wait for someone or something on your phone or ipad!
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Hall of Fame Rider, Matt Gaines is giving a two-day clinic at Nueces Canyan Ranch, Brenham, Texas on November 4th & 5th, 2016. This clinic will focus on meeting each rider where they are at, helping them to understand exactly what they are trying to achieve and helping the horse to do it. Not only that, Matt places great emphasis on the mind game and will be sharing how to get your head in the right place for success. Fresh cattle will be supplied. Spaces are extremely limited to just 14 people to ensure you get plenty of individual attention and maximum learning in an intimate environment.
“Now it’s easier for me to be cueing the horse. And I have a big problem staying relaxed in my stops. Matt worked with me and I feel much more comfortable about that now…I can’t wait to get home and practice and get ready for the next show,” – Phillip Eatherly from Lebanon, TN.
“Matt has really simplified this for me. I know my weakness was cutting cattle and moving the cows forward. With the way he presents his message, it’s very easy for me now. I’m excited about that. I can’t wait to go to the next cutting,” – Valerie Taylor from Catawissa, MO.
“It was really cool being able to sit around in lawn chairs and toss questions around in a nice relaxed atmosphere,” – Beth Brown from Orwell, OH.
“People that I only saw on the Chatter, [like] Matt Gaines couldn’t have picked me on a line-up. But now if I was coming to Texas, I’d say “hey, can I stop in?” …and that’s priceless,” – Bill Kuttler from Brandenburg, KY.