Using herd mentality and a bit of reverse psychology, trainer Joe Wolter teaches his horses to keep their focus and their bodies moving straight ahead.
Breeders can’t entirely ensure the health of their foals, but smart planning and preparation can go a long way in preventing some of the most common injuries and problems young horses face.
Prior to becoming a full-time professional cutting horse trainer, Bill Riddle taught history. His classroom experience helps him relate to the amateur and non-professional clients he has helped through the years, resulting in their earning more than $2 million. A 2002 Zane Schulte Award recipient and National Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame member, Riddle served two terms as vice president of the association, and in 2007 was elected president. His cutting earnings exceed $4.4 million, and major wins include the NCHA Derby in 1981 and the senior division of the NCHA Futurity in 2010. Riddle trains horses and teaches cutting clinics from his Ringling, Oklahoma, facility.
Mozaun McKibben has made an art out of winning ranch horse championships. The Whitesboro, Texas, horseman has racked up several American Quarter Horse Association titles, including 2011 and 2013 Versatility Ranch Horse World Champion, and 2012 Ranch Pleasure World Champion. In addition, he has champion titles in Stock Horse of Texas and Ranch Horse Association of America competition. McKibben also adopts and trains Mustangs for the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s Extreme Mustang Makeover.