Posts tagged Endorsee
Leading by Example

“I showed my first cutter when I was 11,” Cromer said. “It didn’t take long to love it. It is such a natural ability for the horse. The horse is better at reading the cow than a person is once you get them trained. It’s like a Border Collie. I like to explain it to people like that. It’s a natural instinct for a horse to work cows instead of other disciplines where they are trained to do a maneuver. That’s the difference to me. They are cow horses and they learn how to read cows and do a job instead of it just being what we tell them to do.”

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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.

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Looking Through the Eyes of the Assistant Trainer; featuring Austin Gooding

Almost all trainers start out by being assistant trainers for well-established people. They spend time riding and training with a mentor’s guidance to help them prepare for their own business in the future. Being an assistant trainer involves hard work and long hour days. They are usually doing grueling work all day, but it does have its benefits. Assistant trainers are able to travel and not be tied down. They are making connections and networking within the industry, along with establishing themselves. Austin Gooding, of Bauer and Gooding Show Horses, is creating a great image for himself under the guidance of this team.

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The Ranch Riding Extraordinaire

“Both of the horses were dead on that day and it must have been my turn to win,” Meadows said. “I was grateful that I did it. That’s a cool thing and I don’t know if I will ever do it again. I’ve never done it before. It was pretty cool to add that to my resume that’s for sure.”

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