Simple! To give cutters from around the world access to the best. How else do we get better at what we love? That was the reason behind my move from Australia to the States; to further my knowledge and learn from the top trainers. It’s an adventure I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. But most people can’t move to where many of the elite trainers are. And could you imagine if they did? Picture thousands of eager cutters turning up at John Mitchell’s ranch or Jason Clark’s arena to watch or get a lesson.
Enthusiastic spectator: “Excuse me Mr Mitchell, would you mind just moving your chaps out of the way so I can see what your feet are doing while you cut that cow?”
or “Could you cut that really good cow again Mr Clark, I missed it while I ate my donut?”
Needless to say it would be a logistical nightmare not to mention how it would go down with the trainers! Even laid-back Gary Gonsalves would flip his lid!
So we bring you CuttingHorseTrainingOnline.com. Born out of a desire to give anyone interested in this great sport of cutting an opportunity to connect with and learn from the best in the easiest most convenient way possible.
It also allows you to get to know more about what goes into training and what the trainers actually do – it gives you more insight into their programs, helps you understand why they do what they do, because for most cutters around the world they only see the trainers in the show pen, which doesn’t always give you the complete picture.
As we all know there are many ways to skin a cat and the same goes for training a cutting horse (shown by the range of people who win) So CuttingHorseTrainingOnline.com is not about who is right or wrong. It’s about showing you behind the scenes, what different trainers do at home every day in an informal setting to improve their horses and show well. It’s about keeping it real so everyone can relate to it. We all have different styles of riding and training and different ways of learning, so it’s our mission to offer you a range of trainers and subjects so you can find who and what you resonate with.
There is so much to this sport than just training and showing, so our focus on education encompasses a lot more than than what goes on in the arena, like the health and well-being of our horses and cattle.
We’ve been really enjoying travelling the country and are so appreciative of how the industry has embraced the concept. We look forward to heading further afield like Australia, Europe and Brazil etc to feature the leading trainers there and show what’s happening in the local industries.
I must admit – this hasn’t been an easy ride! I finally had to embrace the information age by getting an iphone, more computers (my dining table now has four laptops!), camera, editing software etc to put this site together – Talk about challenging a cowboy! Fortunately I have a supportive wife who has spent countless hours at the Apple store and in front of the computer covering the technical side. I’m still training 2-year-olds for the public out of Jen and Jeff Foland’s place at Weatherford TX and believe I have benefited greatly with my own program by watching these videos and I hope you guys do too.
So we’d love to hear from you, what you’re experiencing and what you’d like to see more of on CuttingHorseTrainingOnline.com