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!
Tentative 2018 Show Schedule Snake River Paint Horse Club Ranch Horse Spectacular August 9-15 Nampa Idaho
More shows TBA!
*90 day minimum
Alfalfa and Rice Bran
Horses worked 5-6 days per week
Cattle Access (including gathering and branding)
Trail (bridges, water crossing, rough terrain, gates)
Miles, wet saddle blankets
Showing APHA, AQHA and ASHA approved events
Experience with Ranch Horses, Barrel Horses, Halter Horses, & Solid All Around Trail horses
Show Fee: $100 per horse/per day
All fees EXCEPT Show Fee/Stalls will be split equally between clients.
Six 12 x 12 shelters with 12 x 24 run
70 x 200 arena bordering Dry Creek
Large outside turnouts/corrals
10,000 acres of various terrain
Hitching Posts, creek crossings, cattle access, patience pole, bridge crossings and more.
We only accept up to 6 horses into training at one time. We take great pride in being able to give each and every horse the quality time he/she deserves. We do 100% of the work ourselves from cleaning stalls to training. Horses are fed Alfalfa and Rice Bran with ExcelEQ. If you wish to reserve your spot in our barn, please contact us so we can send you a contract. We start accepting clients in April for the 2018 season. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions at all!