Chris has been training
and showing cutting horses and training Non Pro riders for over 30 years.
During this time, Chris has contributed to the success of the Sonoma County
horse industry by focusing his efforts on local riders, their horses, and
cutting associations. Chris has trained many local champion horses and riders.
He was one of the original founders, past President, and a life time member of
the Vintage Cutting Horse Association. He has been an approved NCHA AAA rated
judge and judged many cuttings.
Chris is originally from Australia where
he spent eight years as a jackaroo (an agricultural intern) in the Outback
learning ranch operations. In 1972, he came to the United States to expand his
knowledge of the training and breeding of American Quarter Horses. During his
travels in the U.S., he was bit by the "cutting bug" when he accepted
employment and learned the cutting trade from Leon Harrel - one of the cutting
industry's top trainers and showmen - a two time National Cutting Horse
Association Futurity Champion.
After a few years, Chris opened his own cutting horse training
facility on a 16 acre ranch in Santa Rosa where he overseas ranch operations
including training. Chris has won many championships and trained many champion
riders and horses.
In 2012, Chris received the prestigious
Equus Award from the Sonoma County Horse Council for his outstanding
contributions to the horse community in Sonoma County.
I am pleased to introduce
you to our new Ranch Assistant.
Kalli hails from Sebastopol and has 15
years experience riding horses and several years experience in horse facility
supervision. She is trained in Classical Dressage, Jumping, Three-Day Eventing,
and has shown in Western Dressage. Kalli has worked with several notable
trainers including: Julie Renfro-Cross (Reining & Western Dressage),
Suzanne Brock (Eventing), Lester Buckley (Grand Prix & Cutting ), Craig
Johnson (Reining), and Kain Emmons (Reining and
Kali is responsible for ranch and
livestock management, conditioning, and rehabilitation. She resides on the
ranch helping ensure care of livestock 24/7.