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 on Sonoma Mountain in Santa Rosa where he overseas
ranch operations including training. Chris has won many championships and
trained many champion riders and horses.
Chris received the Sonoma County Horse Council
Award for his dedication to teaching and advancing the discipline of
Cutting in Sonoma County.
On June 9, 2016, Chris received the 2016 Best of
Santa Rosa Award in the Horse Training category by the Santa Rosa Award
Program. The award is given annually to honor the achievements and
accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Santa Rosa area. Recognition
is given to individuals or organizations that enhance the positive image of
small business through service to their customers and the community. Winners
are determined based on information gathered by the Santa Rosa Award Program
and provided by third parties.
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.