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 helped him improve his own horse. People took notice. He started to get outside horses and 30 years later he owns and operates his own training facility, BC Stables and Training Center. They have about 80 horses on the property, a mix of boarders and horses in training. “I’ve always
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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 horses, is the son of cutting horse trainer Mark Mills. Mark taught him all he knew. With the desire to forge his own path and learn something new, Mills went to work for Crawford. Mills attended college for two years and rodeoed but soon realized academia wasn’t for him. He
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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 cow horse community. The performance horse industry in Costa Rica is recognized by the AQHA as an affiliate through the organization Asociación de Criadores de Caballo de Campo y Deportivo (ACRICAMDE). The Association offers most western disciplines and has approximately 500 members; about 20 of them are cutters
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Member Spotlight – Christie Francis – Gallatin Gateway, MT

Christie and Cal Bar Rey Christie Francis was raised around horses because her dad would use them to hunt with. Horses have been her consuming hobby ever since. After she trained Montana’s only Supreme Versatility Champion in the gaited horse industry, she wanted to take her horsemanship to the next level. She was given the chance to go down the fence 12 years ago and she never looked back. Francis mostly trains her own horses using her experience over the years and extensive dressage background. (more…)

Trainer’s Corner – Chris Dawson – Perrin, TX

Total Earnings: $1,420,979 Chris Dawson began his journey in the Appaloosa industry and discovered cow horses at Appaloosa shows. He started seeing the Snaffle Bit Futurity in magazines and learned about the NRCHA. “It’s the only thing I’ve had a natural knack for,” Dawson said of his affinity with cow horses. He attended his first cow horse show at the first World’s Greatest Horseman in 1999 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, OK. After watching the finals, he was hooked. (more…)

The Cow Horse Revival Down Under

ARCHA President Aaron Scobie While reflecting with friends about the glory days of the Australian Reined Cow Horse Association, Jay Gordon hatched an idea. “I was sitting there listening to [the stories] and thinking we have a daughter and I‘d love for [reined cow horses] to be there so she has the opportunity to try and go do cow horses. It was a bunch of us sitting around and we just decided, let’s try to restart the ARCHA and see what happens,” Gordon reflected. The ARCHA is technically about 40 years old but it fell apart years ago when the
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Member Spotlight – Dr. Monica Teichert – Torrington, WY

Monica and Bella at World’s Greatest Horsewoman Photo Credit: Kristen Schurr Photography Dr. Monica Teichert started riding horses around the age of 14 while working at a race horse facility. She then transitioned to working for cow horse and cutting trainer Sam Glaser until she went to college. Glaser and her significant other, Don, taught Teichert how to start and ride colts. She then worked for Dave Glaser, who was also a cutting and cow horse trainer. Teichert now lives with her husband in Torrington, WY. She obtained a doctorate degree and practices as a family nurse practitioner. She is
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Get in The Game with Todd Bergen

RCHTO Trainer Todd Bergen Never afraid of a challenge, Todd Bergen used to show in the open classes at 15 years old to gain more experience and to raise his game. At the time, he wasn’t sure why his father entered him in the open but looking back, he said it taught him to be comfortable being uncomfortable. “I used to get really nervous. For a big part of my career I could never eat on the days that I showed. What really helped me, when I was younger, was always competing over my head so when I was in
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Trainer’s Corner – Zane Davis – Blackfoot, ID

Total Earnings: $1,790,881 Zane Davis placed third at the 2022 World’s Greatest Horseman riding Rubys Radar. He didn’t actually start training cow horses until he was 32. Most of his background had been at the racetrack and in the rodeo world. After starting hundreds of colts, he ended up watching a cow horse competition and was drawn to it but wasn’t sure how to get started. Interestingly, at one point, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) contacted him to start mustangs in front of crowds. He then began to travel with Monty Roberts, who wrote the New York Times Best
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Trainer’s Corner – Luke Jones – Allerton, IA

Total Earnings: $838,739 Luke Jones grew up on a cattle ranch Allerton, Iowa. He competed in high school rodeo including cutting and he trained his own rope horses. He won numerous championships in calf and team roping and attended Missouri Valley College on a rodeo scholarship where he earned a Business Management degree. A mentor told him that if he really wanted to make a living with horses he needed to do the horse show circuits. Jones loaded up and started competing in ropings. After watching the cow horse classes at shows he decided to give that discipline a try.
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Member Spotlight – Whitney Campbell – Ellensburg, WA

At seven years old, Whitney Campbell got interested in horses. After saving up her money all summer, she bought her own Quarter Horse. She worked for horsemanship trainer Ken McNabb and gained cattle experience. She realized the ranching and cattle side of horses was the right fit for her. After getting married in 2008 and having children, her riding was put on the back burner for six years. She heard about the Mustang Million in Fort Worth and decided to enter. She placed 56th out of 200 which encouraged her to get another mustang. At a mustang competition in Washington
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How To Get Out of Your Head & Into The Winner’s Circle

RCHTO Trainer Cayley Wilson Your heart is thumping so loudly, your chest is about to burst, you’re barely breathing and you have a white-knuckled grip on the reins as you enter the herd…. Sound familiar? Nerves can get the best of us, even the pros on occasion. But the difference between the pros and everyone else: they have learned how to manage them. Nerves are not inherently bad. In fact, they can enhance your performance by making you more alert and give you more energy and excitement. The problem is when they overwhelm you and start to impede your body
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