Corey Cushing grew up riding horses, he started out in the Appaloosa world, he soon went to work for Noel Skinner. In the beginning he worked for a lot of reining trainers and as time went on he started doing reined cow horses. John Slack and Todd Bergen introduced Cushing to working cowhorses. Teddy Robinson taught him more about going down the fence and working cows. Bob Avila as well as many of the top cowhorse guys in the industry helped him along the way. Cushing went out on his own at 23. He is now a force to be reckoned with in the show pen, as he has won almost every major event at least once, most notably multiple NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity wins.
How I got started: I grew up riding horses my whole life. I worked for a lot of reining horse trainers and as time went on I started doing reined cow horses. I went to work for Teddy Robinson as well as many of the top cow/horse guys in the industry and they all helped me along the way. I started training for myself at the age of 23.
Biggest mistake I’ve made in training horses: If I was to do it all over again, I think I would go try to learn a little bit more about cutting at an earlier stage of my training career.
Biggest myth about cow horses: For those on the outside looking in, just because I’m a million-dollar rider doesn’t mean that I’m literally sitting on $1 million.
Favorite quote: “The stars are always within reach but the better you prepare yourself the closer those stars will be.”
Most memorable moment in performance horses: When I won the Futurity on CD Diamond! I had four horses in the final and the first two were just okay. When I got done showing CD Diamond, I looked at Kristin and said “Where did that put me?” She said I just needed to show my next horse. After I got done showing, I realized that I had won it. She was right at the time, I didn’t need to think about what my score was, I just needed to think about showing my next horse and doing a good job for everybody on the team.
Training Philosophy: To always better myself. The thing that I truly love is riding a good horse and one that is willing to take the training to help bring out the best in both of us.