Adding Some Color
Wade Parks was born and raised around horses. His parents ran a boarding barn and gave lessons when he was growing up. Parks attended Middle Tennessee State University after high school. He started out his training career by working for Ty and Karen Hornick and Brian Cox. He then married fellow trainer Carly Parks and they now both run Parks Show Horses.
“I was starting to get my flow going with the quarters and then I met Carly,” Parks said. “She showed paint horses and you know how women are. They can talk us into anything, so I started showing paints. I love paint horses, but I love the quarters too. I still enjoy them. It’s been a lot of fun and the paint horses are really great to me.”
The Paint Horse Journal within APHA has a team of trainers that serve as ambassadors for the association. They are known as the PHJ Pro Team. Wade and Carly are both part of the PHJ Pro Team.
“I started it last year. It’s nice to be on the pro team and be seen. We more or less try and help APHA and the journal to keep people focused and interested on paint horses. That’s really the main goal in it. It’s still an up and coming thing. They are still coming up with ways to make it better and more of a team atmosphere. We are always looking for ideas too, so it’s great.”
Parks showed with Amanda Kimes as a youth. When Amanda and Matt called Parks to ask if he would become an endorsee he was thrilled.
“Amanda has been a good friend of mine for a long time,” Parks said. “We have known each other since we showed youth horses. She called me one day and asked me if they could sponsor me. I was super excited. I had a couple pairs of their jeans at the time and really liked them.
Parks quickly became a big fan of Kimes Ranch Jeans.
“They are truly some of the best jeans I have ever had in my life,” Parks said. “Durability and quality is second to none. It’s high quality clothing. My favorite style is the Watson and the Dillon. I love both of them. I think I may like the Dillon a little more. I like the thickness of the denim they use on those.
Wade and Carly have high hopes for their future program. They currently have a two-year-old stud colt with great potential.
“He is by Lazy Loper and his name is Make It Rain,” Parks said. “He is owned by Carly and me. He is a black and white stud. He is really neat. He is big, strong and pretty unique. We are pretty excited about him.”
The duo added another member to the Parks Show Horses family. Their son, Caden, is twenty months old and horse crazy already.
“Caden rides every day,” Parks said. “He has to come to the barn and see his pony. He runs the joint. He’s the boss.”
Wade is a great part of our team at Kimes Ranch and we wish Parks Show Horses the best of luck on the upcoming shows!
~ Courtney Hall, Photos Courtesy of Wade Parks, InStride Edition, Equine Chronicle and GoHorseShow