We welcome talented two year old trainer Turner West to the CHTO fold! Based in Weatherford, TX, Turner operates a thriving business out of Chris Johnsrud’s Cutting horse facility that employs several assistant trainers.
With 14 years of experience, Turner has worked for Phil Rapp, John Mitchell and
David Costello. His wife Lauren also assists Turner as well running her own baby clothing company called Cowbaby Gear. The busy couple has two young boys.
Turner has started numerous NCHA and NRCHA Champions such as Crey Zee, Tornado Watch, One Shiney Metallic, Metallic Chrome Cat and many more. He has also trained some of the top selling horses in the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales that have gone on to have
His attention to detail and patience with the young horses is what makes his program so successful. Turner is a true horseman who thinks outside the box.
Turner joins our featured trainers with a video series on developing your cutting horse outside the arena. He demonstrates a unique drill that helps a horse learn to drive with his hindquarters and use their hips to find their natural balance. He explains how this drill translates to working cattle helping a horse find the stop.
Question & Answer
What are your Top 3 horses you trained?
-Drivin Miss Sally
Owned By: Phil & Mary Ann Rapp
Owned By: Chris Dawson
Owned By: Barney Mac
How did you get started?
“One pant leg at a time… My Stepdad Earl Binson introduced me to the training industry and helped guide me to where I am at.”
What is the biggest mistake you’ve made in cutting?
“You either win or learn, you never lose. With that being said, I don’t think I have made a mistake. It has all been a learning experience.”
What is your favorite quote?
“A goal, a love, and a dream give you total control over your body and your life.”
– John Wayne
Tell us about your operation:
“I don’t kiss and tell!”
What are your goals?
“Not let a horse slip through the cracks! Train them all to their highest ability.
How do you approach starting horses for cutting – what is most important to you?
“CAREFULLY! Most important is for the horse to be comfortable. Without a comfortable horse you can’t execute manners.