Todd Bergen is recognized as one of the industry’s most talented, most versatile horsemen. Todd started showing in 4H as a kid and went to breed shows. He wasn’t from a horse family, so he didn’t learn about training reining and cow horses until he went to work for Bob Avila. His most memorable moment is winning the Reining Futurity in 1995 when he was still an assistant trainer to Bob Avila. To add to Todd’s accolades, in one year he won the National Reined Cow Horse Association Futurity aboard Shiners Dun Juan, and then a few weeks later competed at the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Futurity. Just before that, Bergen made the finals on This Kittys Smart in the Futurity Open division at the El Rancho Cutting, plus he finished second in the Futurity Open on Love Em N Leavem at the High Roller Futurity and Derby reining in Las Vegas.
Biggest mistake I’ve made training horses: Not trusting myself or the training I had done at home when it came to competition.
Biggest myth about training horse: That there is a secret method or bridle! There is no magic, it’s consistency, and repetition that produces success.
Favorite quote: “In your training, try and gain 1% every day.”
Training philosophy: Consistency is what makes a solid horse.
Although he’s had tremendous success with reiners ($1.8 million in earnings), Todd confesses to having the strongest passion for the reined cow horses and cutters.