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Alice Walton Rocking W Ranch Interview

Alice Walton’s Rocking W Ranch has been a major powerhouse in the cutting horse industry since 1983. Her horses have won numerous titles including the 2009 Futurity and the 2004 NCHA Horse of the Year. However she is hanging up the bridle!

“It is time for me to pull back and focus on other things that really matter to me. I opened Crystal Bridges in 2011, and that takes a lot of my time. I also have other philanthropic interests that I want to focus on,” she said.

So we sat down with her and discussed how she orchestrated her successful breeding program, how to maintain a good owner/trainer relationship and what her thoughts are on how to grow our exciting sport.

Part 1
Find out how Alice got involved in cutting more than fifty years ago, how her breeding program began and why she is hanging up the bridle now!
Part 2
Find out what Alice believes are the desirable traits you need in a cutting horse to win. She also tells us why she has always invested in helping young trainers and how to manage owner/trainer relationships.
Part 3
In 2012 Alice was voted by Time Magazine one of the worlds most influential people, find out how she feels she has influenced the sport. She also tells us what the NCHA could be doing to help the cutting horse industry survive tough times.
Part 4
Alice's trainer Jesse Lennox talks about his time with Alice, what he learned about breeding and where he is off to next.
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How I got started: I started at 10 cleaning stalls. At 14, I was breaking colts for five bucks a ride. In the summers, I went to Gerry Hansma’s, loping and riding two year olds. After high school I worked for him full time.
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