Ranch Specialties: Working Cow Horse, Ranch Horses, Western Horsemanship
My passion in life has always been with horses and always will be. This passion has led me to many great opportunities and people, and I have been blessed to be able to share it with many. I have decided that my place is to make a top notch, versatile using horse that anybody can get along with or go and show themselves. As a horse breeder and trainer, I feel it is my obligation to share my knowledge in a positive and influential way.
I, along with my wife Jolyn, own Running U Livestock, Inc. Running U Livestock is a second generation, family owned and operated working horse and cattle ranch, located in beautiful western Utah. I have been running the day-to-day operations of the 30,000+ acre ranch and crew here for the past 13 years and I am very proud of the great foundation bred Quarter Horses that we raise. We are considered one of the largest Quarter Horse breeders in the state of Utah. I personally oversee 6 breeding stallions, 150+ broodmares, 250 head of horses total and a commercial herd of cattle.
We have established one of the most reputable and sought after production horse sales in the Intermountain West area. Our auction holds one of the highest selling averages in the state, selling 50 to 60 horses each year nationwide. Every year to date, horses that are personally trained and ridden by me have topped the sale. I personally halter break 30 to 40 foals per year, starting 40 to 50 colts annually, always preparing them for all aspects of ranch work. Between my clinics and the ranch, I get the pleasure of spending 300+ days in the saddle each year.
I have been lucky enough to be able to conduct both private and public colt starting and horsemanship clinics throughout the western United States. I have had huge response and great positive feedback in regards to my horsemanship methods and my ability to verbally and physically help horse and rider. With more than 20 years of horse training and cowboying experience, I am always very eager to share my knowledge and the knowledge that I have learned from spending time with other great horseman such as Bryan Heubert, Tim Schaack and Joe Wolter, along with the influences of Ray Hunt and the Dorrence Brothers. I feel I am always a continual student of horsemanship. You can never gain enough knowledge. My goals on every horse I ride is to keep them soft, supple, balanced, quiet and willing. I love the challenge of convincing horses to "want to" rather than making them "have to".