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.
Jay McLaughlin trains for Carol Rose Quarter Horses in Gainesville, Texas. The multi-event trainer has nearly $780,000 in lifetime earnings in working cow horse, reining and cutting events. Riding A Shiner Named Sioux, he captured the 2010 AQHA Junior Reining World Championship, and, aboard Genuine Masterpiece, McLaughlin won the 2010 AQHA Junior Working Cow Horse World Championship. At the 2011 NRCHA World Championship show, he captured the both the Open Two-Rein World Championship and Reserve World Championship in Open Hackamore.