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Trainer’s Edition; Aften Peterson

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At the Rodeo Ranch, innovative thinking, patience, and an open mind are core values this performance horse business was built on. Heading into the new year, Dave and Cindy DeLancey had a goal for 2023: finding an inhouse trainer to help further enhance their program and bring a new perspective into the business. With three stallions, a herd of broodmares, and a handful of high-quality all-around prospects (with more on the way), it was imperative that the DeLanceys find someone who could help elevate the performance of these prospects and start working towards showing them in the barrel and roping futurities. That’s when Aften Peterson came into the picture. Aften Peterson is an all-around cowgirl based in Wyoming. While she might’ve spent a few years soaking up the culture of Texas, ultimately the cowgirl way of life called her back and she is now the head trainer at the Rodeo Ranch.


Roping, ranching, and barrel racing are nothing new to Aften, it’s a family affair. “Growing up, I was blessed to learn from some of the best horseman and women around. My mom, Tammy Irvine
Trollinger, has raised and trained some phenomenal barrel horses. My stepdad Clay Trollinger, trains outstanding rope horses and they have both really influenced my perspective on training horses.” Said Aften. Growing up in a family that values the art of training colts has instilled a passion within Aften to continue to further her career in this industry. Her favorite part of training is watching the progression of her horses throughout the process. “It’s rewarding to see horses advance in their training.
There is no better feeling than gaining a horse’s trust, seeing their confidence build, and ultimately seeing them win in an arena and utilizing the buttons you built into them.”, explained Aften. Aften’s philosophy on the training process is a central part to why she is such a perfect fit for the Rodeo Ranch. Aften believes it is essential to approach everyday with positivity, faith, and a willingness to learn from your experiences. “I want to be receptive to all possibilities. The biggest tool I have is an open mind. If I can continue to work through the process and try new techniques, I believe that not only my horses will progress-but my own abilities will as well.” said Aften. In addition to training young horses, she will also be showing the DeLancey’s stallions Heza Fiery Fling and Fiestas Dynasty. Heza Fiery Fling is enrolled in 16 incentives, and Aften will be competing in the barrel racing and breakaway roping off of him. Aften will also be showing Fiestas Dynasty in the barrel racing this summer. Fiestas Dynasty is eligible for Riata Buckle, Royal Crown, Future Fortunes, and various other incentives.
Dave and Cindy DeLancey are so pleased to welcome Aften into their program and have high hopes for the Rodeo Ranch’s new edition! Make sure to follow Rodeo Ranch on Facebook to follow their journey.

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