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

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

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

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

Member Spotlight – Mark Anderson – Granbury, TX

Mark and Wimps Smart King Mark Anderson came to Texas in the mid nineties and started cutting horses. He thought one of the colts would make a better cow horse so it became a journey of trial and error with the horse. He entered a cow horse show and remembers watching what

Member Spotlight – Kimberlee Gabel – Ault, CO

Kimberlee and Metallic MaverickPhoto by Shane Rux Photography Kimberlee Gabel has been involved with reined cow horses for five years. Previously, she had rodeoed and competed in stock horse versatility before making the switch. “For me, the pinnacle has always been the reined cow horse,” she said. Gabel bought her current horse

Betty Lou Valdez – La Junta, CO

Betty and A Shooting Spark Reined cow horses have been a consuming passion of Betty Lou Valdez for more than 10 years. She bought a finished cow horse and liked it so much she then got her first futurity horse in 2010. She remembers one year she and her daughter travelled to

Member Spotlight – Clay Damuth – Bend, OR

Clay Damuth has a ranching background but he has always had an interest in cow horses. He was advised to go work for trainers to learn the trade. He first went to work for a cueing horse trainer at 20 years of age and then branched out to cow horse trainers with a foundation

Member Spotlight – Sandy Jirkovsky – Gainesville, TX

Sandy and MH Boon In My BloodPhoto by Fletch Sandy Jirkovsky has spent most of her training career working mainly with Appaloosas but has had Paints and Quarter Horses come through her barn. Her husband started showing in the cow horse world in the Appaloosa circuit and she thought it looked like

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