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Member Spotlight – Chet Martin

September 10th, 2019 by Sophia Skeith

Chet Martin

Reined cow horse and reining trainer, Chet Martin grew up in the saddle on the family ranch.

Martin’s dad got him his first pony when he was 5 and they always went to horse sales and bought any Quarter Horse that was in foal. Together, they would retrain the broodmares and start the foals when they were old enough and sell them. Martin said his training was a “kind of baptism by fire”.

At around age 10, Martin went to a colt starting clinic where he improved his technique. Martin always dreamed of showing horses, but didn’t really get the chance to growing up in a conservative Mennonite family.

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Member Spotlight- Alisha Southworth

August 9th, 2019 by Sophia Skeith

Alisha Southworth & Metallic Maria Rey

Alisha Southworth grew up in Ohio on a farm where horses have always been a part of her life. She started cutting in the 90’s and fell in love with it.

After her son Conner took an interest in cutting in 2017, she found herself back on a cutting horse. It was then that they decided to move to the Cutting Horse Capital of the World, Weatherford, Texas.

“We moved here because of cutting and our love for Texas,” Southworth said. “My husband had lived here before so we have always loved Texas.”

Southworth currently has a six year old Metallic Cat mare, Metallic Maria Ray that she has been showing under the guidance of Randy Chartier.

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Trainer’s Corner – Chris Johnsrud

August 9th, 2019 by Sophia Skeith

Chris Johnsrud

Chris Johnsrud has won in excess of $831,000 and has been training for the public out of Weatherford, Texas for the last nine years. He was born and raised on a ranch in North Dakota.

How did you get started in cutting?

“My aunt and uncle are the first ones who got me started in cutting horses. They owned a couple and and I rode them…”

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Cutting In The Holy Land!

August 9th, 2019 by Sophia Skeith

Sarig Brosh Cutting

Who would have thought, in a country barely the size of New Jersey and located in the Middle East, that there is a flourishing performance horse scene that even includes a cutting group which shows five times a year?

Sarig Brosh has been training horses for over 20 years. His student, Yafit Junker, has been riding horses for six years.

“I took my first riding lesson six years ago, and about a year later I was brought to Brosh to make him laugh….I find cutting as addictive and progressive. I started with a frequency of once a week and very soon it became my everyday routine,”  Junker said.

Junker purchased a horse and very soon one horse turned into three and now Junker is a lifer in all things horses and a cutter to boot.

Her trainer Brosh spent two years in the United States learning about training horses. One year of that was spent breaking colts and roping, and another year learning to train cutting horses from Terry Harlen from Texas.

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Barn Blindness – Are You A Sufferer?

July 5th, 2019 by Sophia Skeith

If you’ve ever bred or even owned a horse, then there’s a good chance you may have contracted this alarming disease at some point. It knows no racial, ethnic or religious boundaries. Early symptoms include excessive grooming of your horse, and constantly posting pictures on social media of every “cute” and “adorable” angle of said animal/s.

It can quickly develop into a chronic condition when most of your waking hours are spent comparing your horse/s to all others only to find all others wanting.

The disorder can even progress to its most acute stage when you believe judges are unfairly penalizing your horse if it doesn’t achieve the score you think it should have and you become highly sensitive to any comments about your horse that are not superlatives, especially by trainers (cause what do they know?)

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Man On Fire – Clay Volmer

November 19th, 2018 by Nevada Huffman


Clay Volmer

After just four years of competing in the Snaffle Bit Futurity, Clay Volmer sent the crowd wild with his scorching fence run that saw him take out the 2018 Intermediate Championship at the Will Rogers, Fort Worth on SDP HY Rey Bound.

“I had told people for months, if I get into the finals, it’s going to look like my hair is going to be on fire because we are going to go fast,” he said.

“I knew it was good when I got done. It was one of those deals when you’re in the moment and you’re going as fast as you can possibly go and be as accurate as you can possibly be. It was fun and being in the Will Rogers where everybody was just screaming. After the first turn I couldn’t hear anything, it was so loud,” he said reliving the moment.

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Take A Tour Of CHTO

January 20th, 2017 by Simone Cobb

Find out how to search for the video or video category you are looking for, or where to change your membership details and more by watching this quick video.

How to Access CHTO on Mobile Devices Quickly!

August 17th, 2016 by Simone Cobb

A how-to video showing you how to get CHTO on the screen of your mobile devices for easy access 24/7!

New CHTO Website coming soon….

August 3rd, 2016 by CHTO

We are super excited to announce that we are just days away from launching a brand new website!

It’s going to look better, be easier to use, offer more services and it will rock on mobile devices plus so much more.

Watch our little video below.

The Excitement of Cutting Cattle For The First Time At The CHTO Chubby Turner Clinic!

May 26th, 2016 by CHTO

How many people do you know have signed up for a cutting horse clinic just six weeks after being introduced to the sport?

How many people do you know cut their first live cattle at a clinic?

It’s a big call to make, but that’s exactly what Terrell Houston did when he attended the Chubby Turner clinic organized by Cutting Horse Training Online at J5 Ranch, Weatherford, Texas.

To say Terrell threw himself into the deep end is an understatement but not only did he swim, he inspired many people with his positive outlook and determination to become a competitive cutter.

With no prior knowledge of or connection to the sport, Terrell refused to let any barriers, like not even owning a cutting horse, stand in his way and went on a mission to learn all he could.

Terrell spoke with CHTO’s Simone Cobb about his experience at the clinic and the journey he’s embarking on into the sport of cutting.

How To Develop A Winning Attitude In Cutting!

February 18th, 2016 by CHTO

Attitude is everything! You may have the best horse and a lot of skill, but if your mind isn’t in the right place, you may as well say goodbye to success.

Not only that, how do you overcome the tough times, or if something goes wrong? It’s all in your perspective says trainer Gavin Jordan. Gavin, who has not only won more than $2-million in earnings himself, has been a caddy to a professional golfer because of his highly effective motivational skills.

Have a listen to some of Gavin’s great advice!

Surrounding yourself with successful people is key to your own success. Imagine watching, listening and learning from the best in cutting 24/7 and what that can do for you achieving your goals? Whether you want to start a colt, make a final, win a weekend cutting or just feel more confident in the show pen, Cutting Horse Training Online can help you do that.

If you’re not a member to Cutting Horse Training Online and you’d like to gain your competitive advantage, we’re offering 10% off for those who sign up this week. That’s 10% off any subscription, whether it be monthly, 3,6 or 12 month terms, which could save you up to 30% off total!

Click HERE to get started and use code: FEB2016

Adan Banuelos Wins $60,000 In First Slot Cutting Show!

July 15th, 2015 by CHTO

A 4yr old beat horses up to two years older in the Western Bloodstock and National Cutting Horse Association first Slot Cutting Final in Fort Worth!

Adan Banuelos put on an awesome show to clinch the winning run with a 226 on Pedel To The Metall owned by Faith Mountain Ranch.

A great final on steers, Adan’s four year old defeated 4, 5 and 6 year old horses to take home the coveted $60,000 prize purse in the Showdown in Cowtown event.

Phil Rapp riding Reyzin owned by Gale Force Quarter Horses came second with a 223 earning $39,500. All 12 riders who made the final won very respectable earnings, with the bottom hole still getting $10,000, which was twice their entry fee back.

Watch Adan’s winning run below!

The Amateur Slot Cutting Final is on July 19th, with the winner taking home $20,000.

Showdown In Cowtown Makes Its Mark!

July 12th, 2015 by CHTO

A brand new type of cutting competition got underway this week that’s expected to inject $2-million back into the industry!

It’s called Showdown in Cowtown and it’s the brainchild of Jeremy Barwick, owner of Western Bloodstock, who is co-hosting it with the National Cutting Horse Association.

The event is a slot cutting, the first such competition in the sport, where only 100 slots are available for sale, making the payouts highly lucrative. The top 20 make the final (when all 100 slots are filled) with the winner earning $100,000 in the open, $60,000 in the Non-pro and $30,000 in the Amateur. The bottom hole in the final still payouts out double the entry fee.

There are two separate events, one in July in conjunction with the NCHA Summer Spectacular and in December that ties in with the Futurity.

Cutting Horse Training Online spoke with Jeremy at Silverado, Weatherford, TX where the first go round of the July event was underway.  Of the 100 slots available, Jeremy said 59 had sold for July,  a result he was pleased with for the first ever event. He told Simone Cobb he thinks December could even be a sell out with 70 slots already sold! Press play to watch.

With 59 entered into the July event, the payouts will be $60,000 to win the Open, $35,000 in the Non-pro and $20,000 to the Amateur winner. The top 12 will make the final.

Slots cost $5,000, $3,500 and $2,500 in the Open, Non-Pro and unlimited Amateur divisions respectively.

The slot cutting takes no ties either into the final or to win first place. If the two people tie for champion, there will be a work-off for the buckle. Jeremy said this makes for exciting cutting action for spectators.

Points are not awarded to Horse of the Year and money won at the slot cutting does not count towards world standings. However Amateur earnings go towards lifetime earnings but not eligibility earnings.

The final takes place on July 12 during the NCHA Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth.

Jeremy said he believes the slot cuttings will catch on and expects to host more events in the future.

If you’d like to have success in an event like this, join Cutting Horse Training online to improve your showing skills by learning from the best in the business! Click on the button below to get a free week’s access!


Cutting’s $8-Million Man Shares His Tips & Tactics In The Show Pen!

June 13th, 2015 by CHTO

While he mightn’t actually be bionic, Phil Rapp’s track history in cutting certainly suggests something super human when it comes to winning events!
As the top money earner in the history of the sport, more than $8.4-million to date, Phil has truly spent his life showing and training cutting horses.
He recently shared this vast experience with around 25 amateurs and non-pros at an NCHA Cutting Academy clinic in Fort Smith, Arkansas sponsored by Waco Bend.
Phil zeroed in on rider’s skills in the herd, and emphasized the importance of driving forward for decisive cuts.
Phil revealed many gems including:
•  How to clear the herd on your cut
•  Why you need to use two hands sometimes to get a square stop
•  Why, if you’re having trouble on one side of the arena, it’s probably because of what you  may be doing on the other side
•  How waiting on your cow can help you get even with the cow
•  How to stay even, on both sides of the cow and why it’ll help your scores and much more….
Cutting Horse Training Online now features three videos from the clinic available to watch now!

Tell us your favorite nugget of wisdom from Phil Rapp below!

How to Whitelist Emails from CHTO

May 16th, 2015 by CHTO

For AOL, Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, Outlook,
Thunderbird, Apple Mail, Postini & More

To ensure that the email we send you ends up in your inbox, and isn’t mistakenly sent to the junk folder, please whitelist our email address, which is

Below is information on how to whitelist us with AOL, Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, Outlook, Apple Mail, ThunderBird and Postini. Even if your ISP or email program is not listed, with these instructions you should be able to figure out how to whitelist our email address at any ISP or with any email program.

Also, if you find email from in your spam or junk folder, please take that opportunity to tell your mail program that it is not spam by hitting the “not spam”, “not junk” or similar button, as that will train your program to whitelist it.


1. First, if you find email from us in your Gmail spam folder, select our email and click the “Not Spam” button
2. Next, open an email that you have received from us
3. Click on the little down-pointing-triangle-arrow next to “Reply”:
4. Click “Add Cutting Horse Training Online to Contacts list”


To whitelist with Yahoo, you will need to set up a “filter” after first taking the following steps:

1. If you find email from is going to your Yahoo bulk folder, open it and click “Not Spam”
2. Be sure that the address is not in your “Blocked Addresses” list. If is on your “Blocked Addresses” list, select it and click “Remove Block”

Now to create the filter:

3. Open your mail and click on “Mail Options” in the upper right hand corner
4. Select ‘Filters’ (in the bottom left corner)
5. On the Filters page, click “Add”
6. Select the “From header:” rule, and add “contains” and, which tells the system to put email with in your inbox and not the bulk folder.
7. Click the “Choose Folder” pull down menu and select ‘Inbox’
8. Pick the Add Filter button


To whitelist our address with Hotmail you will need to add to your Hotmail Safe List. Here’s how:

1. First, if you find email from us in your Hotmail junk folder, open the email and click “Not Junk”
2. Next, check to see if if the email address is on your Blocked Senders list. If you find on your Hotmail blocked senders list, select it and click on the “Remove” button.
3. Next, open your mailbox and click “Options” in the upper right hand corner
4. At the top of the page, click on the “Junk E-mail Protection” link
5. Next, click on “Safe List”, which is down near the bottom
6. Copy and paste where it says “Type an address or domain”
7. Click the “Add” button


To add to your AOL address book:

1. Open an email from us and then click the ‘This Is Not Spam’ button
2. Click the Mail menu and select Address Book
3. Wait for the Address Book window to pop up, then click the ‘Add’ button
4. Wait for the Address Card for New Contact window to load
5. Paste into the ‘Other E-Mail’ field
6. Make our “From” address,, the Primary E-Mail address by checking the appropriate box
7. Click “Save”

Microsoft Outlook

1. On the Tools menu, click Options
2. On the Preferences tab, click Junk E-mail
3. On the Safe Senders tab, click Add
4. Add where it says “Add address”
5. Click OK

Apple Mail for OS X

1. First, if email from ends up in your junk folder, highlight or open it and click “Not Junk” at the top of your screen.
2. Go to Mail > Preferences from your Mail menu
3. Go to the Rules tab
4. Select Add Rule
5. Give this rule a name such as “CHTO”
6. Create a rule that says “If any of the following conditions are met: ‘From’ ‘Contains'” and then paste in “”
7. From the actions, select ‘Move message’ to mailbox ‘Inbox’.
8. Click “OK”


To whitelist in Thunderbird, you will need to add to your address book, and then set up your Thunderbird Junk Mail Controls to whitelist your address book.

1. First, if you find email from in your Junk folder, right-click on our email and choose “Mark as Not Junk”
2. Next, click the Address Book button
3. Highlight the Personal Address Book
4. Click on “New Card”
5. In the “Contact” tab of the new card, copy and paste to the email dialog box
6. Click “Ok”
7. Next, to whitelist your address book, select “Tools > Junk Mail Controls” from the drop down menu
8. Update the “White Lists” module under the “Settings” tab by selecting “Personal Address Book” from the drop down menu, and then check the box next to “Do not mark messages as junk mail”
9. Click “Ok”


You do not need to whitelist email from Cutting Horse Training Online in Postini unless you find it trapped in the “Junk” area by Postini.

1. Log into your Postini account
2. Look to see if any email from is listed in your Junk area
3. If you find email from in the Junk area, check the check box next to the email from
4. Click the “Deliver Selected” link at the very top of the Junk screen
5. On the next screen, click the “Approve Sender” check box next to the email from
6. Click the “Approve Selected Senders” button

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