Chris Littlefield trains roping, cutting and reined cow horses out of his Henrietta, Texas facility, where he has been based since 2008. Prior to that, he worked on several outfits, including the Pitchfork, Moorhouse and Stuart ranches.
Russell Dilday was raised in the San Joaquin Valley and worked on ranches throughout Arizona, California, Nevada and Australia. Before transitioning to training full time, he cowboyed and trained colts under Greg Ward. The Wynnewood, Oklahoma, trainer was named World’s Greatest Horseman in 2008, 2009 and 2011, making him the only trainer to have earned the title three times. Carrying him to the titles was Topsails Rien Maker, the first cow horse to become a Breyer horse model. Dilday also won the 2008 National Reined Cow Horse Association Bridle Spectacular, in addition to being a finalist at many other major NRCHA events.
Anyone horseback who has ever led another horse probably has had the pony horse balk at some obstacle along the trail. Colorado horseman Marty Marten of Berthoud says the best way to deal with a potential obstacle is the same thing he recommends to make the initial ponying experience a comfortable one for both horses—preparation.