W2924 County Y
Jefferson, WI 53549
Breeds that You
We train a little bit of
everything. Our primary focus is on
stock horses. Most of the horses in our
barn are Quarter Horses and Buckskins.
We show a lot on the Buckskin circuit.
We do get Paints, Appaloosas, Arabs and
Pintos in for training as well.
Pleasure-We’re really an All Around
Barn. I’ve also had success showing
reiners and won the state Buckskin Horse
Association in Reining last year.
specialize in these events, we get calls
even from Barrel Racers on keeping
shoulders up; Mounted Shooters too.
It doesn’t matter what discipline you
want to do, if you don’t have the horse
paying attention to you, then it will be
difficult to teach the horse.
This idea is where I got the name
for my farm, Focus Farms. A lot of
times the riders haven’t given the horse
enough work or hard enough (challenge).
What is your
typical day like?
6:30 AM- Wake up
and do paperwork. I figure out what
horses are coming in or leaving. 8:30-9
AM. Arrive at barn. The horses have
already been fed by the time I get to
9 AM-5 PM-Start
Training. I start off riding the horses
that might need a little more work, then
work my way through the horse barn.
Each horse is ridden 4-5 days a week. I
have a great barn staff that helps out a
bunch. The staff saddles the horses,
warms them up and then I get on and
train. I then hand the horse off to the
staff, and jump on the next horse. This
rotates through the whole day and
sometimes we have lessons going on too.
This year, we’re
pushing everybody a little harder than
in the past, because they’ve come to
this barn to be successful and with
success comes a lot of determination and
How Many Horses do you
have in training at a time? How long do
you work a horse each day?
Our barn averages 12
horses in the barn at any time. Work
time for each horse various, but they
are kind of like college kids. If you
don’t have their attention in the first
20 minutes, it’ll be kind of hard. Each
horse gets about 30-45 minutes each.
You don’t want
to get them to the point where they’re
mad and they don’t want to ride the next
day. They’re such a big animal that you
have to work with them. My theory is to
outsmart them rather than force them.
When did you
know that you wanted to be a horse
About 12 years
ago, I was showing this dark grulla
horse named, Cougar, at a horse show a
long time ago and he’d won the class.
Someone came up to me and asked if I
gave lessons. I started giving a little
help to someone, then they went and told
someone else, and it went from there.
Then the lessons turned into showing a
little more, then into judging, then
into being a clinician and eventually
into sponsorships form Purina.
Which area do
you enjoy the most? Showing, Training,
Clinics, or Judging?
I really enjoy
clinics. I have such a good time.
Everybody is enjoying themselves and
seeing results. The clinics that we
offer push people a little bit- not just
trot, walk, and loping in circles. I
meet so many people and really enjoy
helping and teaching.
What clinic that
you offer is the most popular?
It’s really hard to do
the same type of clinic- you adjust to
the level of horse, the personality of
horse and rider. When I am heading to
perform a clinic, I ask the people in
charge of setting up the clinic to
customize it to what the area needs.
For example- Choosing the Right
Equipment for the Horse and Rider is
used quite a bit. Looking Through the
Judges Eyes- How to get into the Winners
Where Did You
Jefferson, WI- I am just
about 5 miles from where I grew up.
Where Did Life
Take You After High School?
On Graduation Morning, I
was hired at UPS. I have worked at UPS
for 15 years now. I also became an EMT.
At that time, I was doing training on
the side. Now, my focus is more on
training, though I still work for UPS a
few nights a week and am on call as an
EMT a few nights a week as well. You
want something bad enough, you work hard
enough to get it.
Tell Us About
Your First Horse.
Cougar was one of my
first horses. He was the reserve
Buckskin National Champion Senior Horse
Western Pleasure. He was grulla
colored, but very close to black.
Cougar was a horse that a lot of people
saw me riding and that got a lot of
people to come up for lessons. He was a
really, really good mover. He is
standing out in a pasture, enjoying
retirement at my folks place. Cougar
would have to be my favorite horse, he
helped me start everything.
If you could
change one thing about the horse
industry, what would it be?
I could help the industry more. I wish
that the county youth programs would be
better. The counties that are not as
financially strong tend to get forgotten
with the youth program. There are
counties that don’t get a lot of help,
but I go there and help them out with
the help of Purina. We really need to
take the time to help the kids and the
parents get to the next level. There
was one girl that wanted to get out of
the level she was at. She wanted to
compete at the state show. They had
some clinics and I helped her figure out
what the judges were looking for. Her
county leaders told her that the show
was too competitive for her. She hauled
down to our barn a few times, then went
to the state show and was grand or
reserve out of 62 kids! Next year, we
have seven kids coming for help from
Back Where I Come From by
Top Gun and 8 Seconds
Is AQHA’s new
“Forward Motion” Rule Changing the Look
of Western Pleasure?
think that at your state shows it’s made
a difference. It’s going to take a
while to change again. I think that the
horses are moving out a little bit
more. It took a long time to get where
we’re out now. At one time somebody won
a class with a slow horse, and then
everybody said I want my horse to move
like that!. It’s going take a trend to
change it back. Time will tell. They
are moving out a little more true now.
The lope a little bit more free through
their shoulders. These really top notch
pleasure horses, like to go that slow
and like to be that collected, deep
hocked and flat kneed because they’re
genetically bred to be that way now.
You could push that horse out and he’s
going to say “I’m made to go slow!”
It’s not all up to AQHA saying, “They’re
heads are low and they’re too slow.”-the
horses are genetically getting bred to
be that way. They don’t know how to
move out! It’s not the horse or the
trainer- that horse just does not want
to go any faster
What effect, if any, will
AQHA’s new Performance Halter class have
I don’t know if it’s
going to help or when its going to
help. It took such a long time to get
how a halter horse how it was years ago
to how it is today. It’s just going to
take a long time to revolve back to
where it was. You really don’t know if
it’s going to help until you see a
couple years down the road. It’ll
actually be up to the membership. It’s
people placing their concerns, they’re
the ones that need to see if they can
change the formalities.
Tell us about your two
stallions, Farenheit and King Page Fox.
Farenheit is a 3 year
old, 16.1 hh stallion. AQHA, IBHA, ABRA
World Champion, own son of “Kids Classic
Style”. King Page Fox is a 6 year old
Buckskin foundation bred stallion. His
bloodlines go back to “Joe Bailey, King
Eternal Sun and Man Of War.”
Is there anything that
you would like me to ad to this article?
I’d like to
say thank you to Christy and the
Stallion Directory for giving me time to
share with you some of my view points
and answer some questions that we have
in the horse industry. Good Luck to
everyone in 2007 and the years beyond.
Give us a call to book your next 4-H,
youth or any other association’s clinic
or judging. We can also help with any
other training needs. Multi-state and breed carded judge.
“See Ya All Down