Member Spotlight – Carrey Gunderman – Elbert, CO

Carrey marking his first 70! Photo by: Performance Horse Photography Carrey Gunderman grew up in Wyoming and had a family friend who was a horse trainer. Gunderman thought reining was the coolest sport until that friend told him he had to check out reined cow horses. Gunderman did and he loved what

Trainer’s Corner – Shane Steffen – Powell Butte, OR

Total Earnings: $420,916 Shane Steffen got into cow horses the year he got married. He had never even heard of cow horses until then. His sister-in-law had attended the Snaffle Bit Futurity in years past and invited the Steffens to come along. He thought it looked like a neat sport that he could try.

Member Spotlight – Kelly Woodworth – Lakeview, OR

Kelly Woodworth was working for a ranch when he spied the NRCHA magazine they received. After seeing the pictures, it ignited his imagination. He saved his money and took a trip to California to take a job working for a cow horse trainer. The first trainer said he didn’t ride well enough. As he

Trainer’s Corner – Jared Jones – Santa Maria, CA

Total Earnings: $220,086 Jared Jones grew up on a ranch in Idaho and has been riding since he could walk. His brother got into cow horses and Jones had always watched. At 22 he went to work for Clayton Edsall where he got some show experience. He then moved on to work for Justin

Mapping Out The Mind Game with Jesse Lennox

Jesse Lennox and Spots Hottist at the Summer Spectacular in 2021 Developing mastery over the mind game in any sport is probably the hardest thing any competitor has to learn. So this month we bring you a story about a top cutting horse trainer, Jesse Lennox, who has

Member Spotlight – Jessica Strayer – Myakka City, FL

Jessica and Billi Rey Photo By: Inflecture Photography/ Noah Fletcher Jessica Strayer attended horse camps as a kid, igniting a passion for life. She always wanted to do more than just trail riding and had dreams of competing in the show pen. A friend introduced her to reining

Trainer’s Corner – Erin Taormino – Lipan, TX

Total Earnings: $650,337 Erin Taormino moved from Canada to Texas to pursue a career in the all around circuit. After meeting and working for Ron Ralls, she was introduced to cow horses. She fell in love with the sport and never looked back. She went on to work for Todd

Get the Lowdown on the Rundown with Todd Crawford

Todd Crawford, NRCHA Hall of Fame member and $2.7 million earner. It may seem counter intuitive, but top trainer Todd Crawford teaches his horses to stop by teaching them how to run. “I believe the stop is all about how well you can run. If you don’t run

Member Spotlight – Timothy Brock – Fair Grove, MO

Timothy Brock had always wanted his own horse and when he finally got one, it did not go well. After he got out of college, he looked for help. He came across natural horsemanship and the method made an impression on him. He learned more about how horses think which

Trainer’s Corner – Dustin Mills – Burneyville, OK

Total Earnings: $276,438 After working for Todd Crawford for about six years, Dustin Mills went out on his own in 2019. A few short years later he claimed the 2021 Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Reserve Championship and Intermediate Open Championship riding Jule Smart Rey. Mills, who grew up showing cutting

Stop Your Worries and the Cow in Costa Rica!

ACRICAMDE President Carlos Rodriguez turning the cow at the AQHA World show in 2019. Photo by Shane Rux Photography White, sandy beaches, tropical jungles and exotic wildlife spring to mind at the mention of Costa Rica. But it may surprise you to know this popular tourist destination is home to a budding

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