My entire life has been dedicated to and spending time on the back of a horse. Growing up, it was more than just being a horse crazy girl; I collected APHA journals as if they were never going to be published again, hung up photos of my favorite horses, studied trends, successful stallions, the way horses think … I studied nonstop!
Two Tone Spotted Cash was the first paint horse my dad purchased for me when I was in Junior High. He had 30 rides on him, but the day we brought him home; I told my dad "I'm going to win a buckle next year!"; He shrugged it off, I'm sure he knew that I would do it but I believe he was trying to push me harder to achieve that goal. Not only did I go on to win a buckle in Equitation but also 2 Reserve High Point awards as well that year. I continued to show throughout High School in Western Pleasure, Hunter Under Saddle, Trail, Showmanship as well as competing in Barrels, Poles and Goat Tying and I continued studying.
While I was in High School, I had the opportunity to work with a local reined cow horse trainer. I may have only been getting paid to clean stalls and groom horses but the dividends this position paid were paramount in shaping me into the horsewoman I am today. Not only was I able to take a few lessons but more importantly I had the opportunity to observe day in and out training techniques and how to build upon them. This education was priceless but it also showed me how important building a solid training foundation and doing it the correct way, really is.
After High School and for the ten years that followed; I rode a few horses for other people, but mostly focused my attention on breeding. I purchased my own stallion, a few broodmares and I studied. During this time; I moved around quite a bit for horses and had the opportunity to meet wonderful people and work with incredible horses. Especially when I moved to Texas; I had some incredible opportunities and doors opened that I never imagined would. The highlight of this period in my horsemanship was attending the APHA World Show with a stallion I started. It was such an honor being able to watch him compete in Halter and then ... He won!
I now live in Oregon, and I have worked hard to achieve the title of APHA Professional Horseman. My husband and I have the cutest little cowboy and we raise commercial cattle as well as APHA and AQHA horses that are geared towards reined cow horse and ranching. I devote the majority of my time to training for the public; starting colts, putting miles on the ranch, working through and correcting issues, giving lessons, gathering cattle and branding calves. I enjoy showing and attend as many shows as I’m able to. The most important equation of my success is that I have devoted my life to Equine studies and not just in one specific area! This approach has not only made me knowledgeable but having such a complete understanding of horses and their behavior has made me an extremely effective trainer. Each horse I start, breed, each lesson I teach and each lesson I learn is better than the one before it! The beauty of learning is that you NEVER STOP and the beauty of horses is that they never stop teaching! I enjoy studying the ways of Chris Cox, Nick Dowers, Bob Avila, along with anyone else I feel has a solid foundation from which I can learn.
My favorite quote that I try to adhere to ...."Courage is being scared to death, and saddlin' up anyway" -John Wayne
I invite you to come out to the ranch to see the program we have built! Heck, maybe even join our team!
Stallion Collection, Shipping & Semen evaluation
Artificial Insemination with cooled or fresh semen