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.
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.
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.
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.
Dick Pieper shares his drill for getting your horse to bury his rear at the word whoa.
Champion roper Jackie Hobbs explains her strategy for breaking out of the box and recording faster roping runs.