Growing up horseback gave me the desire to see how good a horse could be and I’ve pursued that dream all my life. Though I no longer train for others, there’s not much I enjoy more than working with my horses. Growing up in Iowa horses were always a part of our life. My earliest memories of showing were the 4-H shows that my dad faithfully hauled me to. As a youth I was lucky enough to work for AQHA judge, Larry Hansch where I soon discovered my love for reining and in the late 70’s placed at the Quarter Horse Congress. My interests spread to western pleasure, cowhorse and cutting as well and soon I was training for the public.
Through the early 80’s I worked and showed for several very talented trainers and during that time had the privilege to meet and work with well know trainers such as Al Dunning, Cal Cooper, Tom Ryan, Tom Lyons and Randy Paul. I also was fortunate to train and show some outstanding horses like Mr. Mac Reynolds who placed at the AQHA world show in Western Pleasure. In the late 80’s my wife and I decided to move back home to be closer to family. In the years that followed I qualified my father’s stallion for the world in Junior Reining; had the All Around horses at the Kansas City Royal and had wins at the All American Paint Congress in Reining.
In 1997 we moved to Crete, Nebraska where I was still training for the public part time. In 2000 and 2001 I took a son of Doc’s Hickory to the Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, Nevada and in 2002 qualified him for the world in Reining and Cowhorse. In 2004 I decided to focus on raising and training my own horses and quit training for the public.