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,
Cutter Jordan Skeith and William Turner training horse on a horse as the “cow”. Cows are a costly, but necessary, part of a cow horse training operation. Many riders have come up with unique ways to get the job done without involving thousands of dollars in truck loads
Total Earnings: $764,901 What started out as a quest to break in a horse soon turned into a career and over $700,000 in lifetime earnings for Matt Koch. He attended Lamar Community College where he was introduced to the horse show world. He said he didn’t even know what leads
Total Earnings: $1,158,883 2019 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Winner, Lance Johnston, learned about cow horses at 10 years old. “My dad was working for a guy, running his cattle, who also had snaffle bitters in training.” Johnston’s parents went to the Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno and came home telling Johnston all about it.
Total Earnings: $624,535 Three time World’s Greatest Horseman, Russell Dilday, got his start in the cow horse world after watching the 1993 Snaffle Bit Futurity in Fresno when Sandy Collier won. His father-in-law was also a cow horse trainer. Dilday had grown up around horses. His family ranched and roped for fun. Dilday’s dad
Total Earnings: $773,339 Sarah Dawson’s father, renowned horseman Richard Winters, piqued her interest in showing reined cow horses competitively. She went to shows with him and started competing in the youth as a high schooler. Later, she worked for Sandy Collier who was the first woman to win the Snaffle Bit