Champion trainer C.R. Bradley focuses on team roping and tie-down roping horses. He has amassed more than 17 American Quarter Horse Association world and reserve world championships, more than 30 All American Quarter Horse Congress championships and has qualified for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Twister Enola Gay, a roan mare Bradley trained and owns, is a frequent visitor to the NFR with PRCA Tie-Down World Champion Tuf Cooper in the saddle. Bradley's father, Clark, is a National Reining Horse Association Hall of Fame inductee, and Bradley was raised to understand all aspects of Western horsemanship. Bradley, his wife, Rosie, and their son, Cooper, reside in Collinsville, Texas.
Ben Baldus trains horses at the historic Waggoner Ranch in Electra, Texas. He grew up in Michigan, where he showed pleasure and all-around horses as a youth. He worked for Christian evangelist Lew Sterrett and traveled around the country before moving to Texas several years ago to work with National Reining Horse Hall of Fame member Doug Milholland at the Waggoner Ranch. There, he began training and showing reining horses. He has been a finalist at major NRHA events, including the Futurity and Derby, where he was the 2012 Open Level 1 champion on Dainty Little Step, and the National Reining Breeders Classic.
In the December issue, cow horse trainer Jake Telford breaks down his circle strategy for a successful pattern. Telford has won more than $1 million in reined cow horse competition, and recently showed Nabsico Roan to the 2012 National Reined Cow Horse Association's Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Bridle Reserve Championship. Telford and his wife, Jessie, share their Idaho home with daughters Shawny and Sierra, who both ride. Look for Telford at the 2012 American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show in the working cow horse classes held November 2-17.
Idaho horseman Wade Black directs the equine science program at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon. Growing up on ranches in the Great Basin area, Black buckarooed with his father, Martin Black, and other top horsemen. While at college at Montana State University, Black took the knowledge he'd gained starting colts and applied it to his equine science degree. To complete his master's degree in equine nutrition, Black wrote the "Foundation for Perfection," a program he uses to teach students and horses at TVCC.