Reined cow horse trainer Blue Allen is based out of Alamosa, Colorado, where he lives with his wife, Jeannie, and son, Caden. After graduating from Colorado State University with a...
Bozo Rogers trains versatility horses and reined cow horses at Wes and Sarah Williams’ Dove Creek Ranch in Rhome, Texas.
Casey Deary grew up in Texas riding horses, taking low-cost colts, training them and reselling them, allowing him to grow his training business. He has worked with many notable trainers, including Steve Archer, Clint Haverty, Shawn Flarida and Craig Schmersal, among others.
In 2006, Mike Major rode Smart Whiskey Doc to a working cow horse championship at the American Quarter Horse Association Select World Championship Show...
By the time Ruben Vandorp moved from the Netherlands to the United States in 2002, he already had nine European reining championships to his name. Since then, the Aubrey, Texas, trainer has continued his success, and attributes much of it to his stallion, Einsteins Revolution, the first horse to earn $300,000 in National Reining Horse Association competition.
Russell Dilday was raised in the San Joaquin Valley of California and worked on ranches throughout Arizona, California, Nevada and Australia. Before transitioning to training full time, he cowboyed and trained colts under legendary cow horse trainer Greg Ward.
Trainer and clinician Sandy Collier is a multiple National Reined Cow Horse Association and American Quarter Horse Association world champion, and is an NRCHA and AQHA judge.
A fourth-generation horse trainer, Sean Johnson was a successful three-day eventing rider as a teenager but always had a fascination with reining. Under the tutelage of his mother, Lee Troup, he was on the long list for the 2000 Olympic Games. Two years later, he began...
Cow horse trainer Robert Forst of the Stuart Ranch offers four tips for keeping training on track.
The gates of clinician Clinton Anderson’s ranch in Stephenville, Texas—adorned with the kangaroo that signifies the Australian native’s business, Downunder Horsemanship—are not usually open to the public. In the past, only clinic participants and other invited guests have gained entrance. But September 5–7, Anderson offered a clinic and invited spectators to join in. As the 22 riders in the clinic learned how to improve their ground work and riding skills, 247 spectators set up their lawn chairs and surrounded the arena so they could also pick up tips to improve their horsemanship.
Blue Allen shares boxing basics.
Jon Ensign’s drill develops a connection between the horse’s front feet and the reins.
Barrel horse trainer Dena Kirkpatrick says staying as centered as possible on a horse, whether loping circles or running a pattern, helps that horse perform to its optimum level.
Sean Johnson explains how to use your hips to guide your horse.
Bryan Neubert’s leading lessons teach responsiveness.
Mary Kitzmiller demonstrates the benefits of training without a saddle or bridle.
Canadian horseman Jonathan Field explains what causes a horse to rear, and shares how to safely correct the negative reaction.
by Christine Hamilton
Just after dawn last Tuesday, at a horse farm near Newell, South Dakota, I stood looking at a big bay Thoroughbred gelding standing tied to a tree next to a wood barn. He stood still while his eyelids drifted half-closed, although he didn’t cock a hind leg.
Champion ranch horse trainer Mike Major demonstrates the steps to a sidepass.