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Falling out of Lead

I get many questions about what to do if your horse falls out of lead in the circles. The root cause of this is generally that your horse is leaning out. He can be pushing out with his front end, his back end or both. The simple fix for this is teaching them to be […]

Time to Start Again

Hi All! It’s the time of year when we are breeding our mares in hopes of raising the next futurity champion. Finally, I can now say I have experienced it from start to finish! It has been a lifelong dream of mine to win the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Open, but winning it […]

Craig’s Spin: It Paid off to Never Give Up

Happy New Year! I am still in awe of my mare Face The Attitude and her win at the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity. I could not be more proud of the fact that I bred this mare, own her and trained her.   As a professional, this is the ultimate accomplishment. It has […]

Being Better Horseman

Hi All! I have had a busy fall with my futurity horses. This has been one of my favorite years, as this group is outstanding. They have been consistently in the money everywhere they go, with several wins and reserve championships. I could not be more pleased with them. Now comes the hard part of […]

The Learning Process

Futurity season is well underway. I took my first set of 3-year-olds to Denver, where I showed them at the Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association (RMRHA) Summer Slide. We had a great show, placing second and third in the finals. My third horse had an unfortunate costly penalty in the first go when he broke […]

Escaping the Heat

So now on to my favorite part of the year, Futurity time! My first show will be the Denver Summer Slide, I have been attending this event for 20 years.

Building Blocks

My plan for any horse at its first show is to make sure everything is a good experience, so I can build confidence and create building blocks.
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Feed and Supplements

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Hi all,

I want to spend sometime talking about my feed and supplement program. We have several companies we have worked with for many years that I am confident have played a crucial part in my horses' good health and well-being. Working together with Purina feed and Omega Alpha supplements, I keep my horses looking and feeling the best they can.

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The Breeding Game

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Show season is underway and I am so pleased with my group of 4-year-olds. I showed them for the first time at the Cactus Reining Classic and they all did well, earning good checks in their divisions.

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Happy New Year!

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January has been a month of organizing and preparing for the New Year. We take this time to get ready by organizing our paper books, renewing all of our memberships and making sure all of our paperwork is in order.