Old is New Again
With the Western Dressage Association of America, Jack Brainard is incorporating age-old methods to reshape the way Western riders approach training.
My Journey to Road to the Horse 2012
Practicing with an untouched 5-year-old
Sometimes things in life can come out of nowhere. Last April, I had one of those moments. Walking in from teaching a clinic near Edmonton, Alberta, my wife Angie informed me that Tootie Bland had called and I was to call her back. I knew exactly who she was and didn’t hesitate to pick up the phone.
My Journey to Road to the Horse 2012 - Day 2
The next day was another big day, where we needed to get riding and see how much preparation we could do for the obstacle course section of the competition in the same amount of time as the previous day.
My Journey to Road to the Horse 2012 - Day 3
Now we’re onto the obstacle course. When practicing I followed the same timeline as in the real event, so the colt had a rest overnight. This overnight rest before the obstacle competition makes the event quite different from others because the horses get a full day’s rest before going into the obstacle course.
Ask Our Expert - Tom Neel
Tom Neel trains performance horses at his facility in Millsap, Texas. He has earned more than $221,000 in reined cow horse, reining and cutting competition. He has earned world and reserve world championships in the American Quarter Horse Association and National Reined Cow Horse Association. He was the AQHA reserve world champion in junior working cow horse in 2011 with Zackly Right Time. In 2009, he rode Zezes Pepto Cat to the open hackamore title at the NRCHA World Championship Show. Zezes Pepto Cat also has American Paint Horse Association world titles in junior and senior working cow horse. Neel also is a judge for the National Cutting Horse Association and NRCHA.