My training program consists of barrel horses from ages 3 to 6. My sole purpose of training horses on the barrel pattern is to futurity them when they come of age for their futurity year at age 5. Some horses may stay longer into their derby year at age 6, depending on how well the horse is performing. My plans have always been to train my own horses alongside my parents’ breeding program and go on to do it for the public. I have been training horses on the barrel pattern for quite a few years and I made the decision to come to Texas from Wyoming to further my training abilities and to be able to do it year-around. I like to get horses in my program when they have roughly 60 days on them from my colt starter, Dillon Wilbanks in Wyoming or from a reputable trainer that the owners and I have discussed before-hand. I prefer to stick with incentive bred horses and compete at those events due to the large added money involved.
I have been training for the public for the last few years now but I have been training my parents horses since as long as I could remember. The one thing I enjoy most about training is from the moment I start them on the pattern and watch them evolve into themselves and get the confidence to go and compete
against other top notch futurity horses. I am a big fan of the clock. I like to let time play the biggest factor in my training and horses, that way a horse never feels forced into doing their job and in the long run, will enjoy running.
There are numerous mentors out there that I idealize from articles, videos, and write ups but the one who has been there for my questions and extra words of advice is Tasha Welsh. Tasha has been a great mentor and idol for me because she doesn’t just critique and coach me, but she also shows me different methods of training and how not all horses are the same and different ways to approach different horses and methods. Another mentor that is my go to is Heather Riley Henderson with Simply Equine, my parents started using her products many years ago and that led to a friendship inside and outside of my business.
I am always happy to visit with new clients and can discuss if my program works for their needs.
I would have to say I have enjoyed qualifying for The Breeders Challenge Finale and being able to compete with higher end trainers. In reality I don’t have my most favorite place to compete. I enjoy seasoning my futurity colts at all levels, whether it’s during the weekly jackpots or hauling to the bigger named futurities, all of this plays a part in the seasoning work.
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