About Chris

Chris has been training and showing cutting horses and training Non Pro riders for over 30 years. During this time, he has contributed to the success of the Sonoma County horse industry by focusing his efforts on local riders, their horses, and cutting associations. Chris was one of the original founders, past President, and is a life time member of the Vintage Cutting Horse Association. He has trained many local champion horses and riders. Chris is an approved NCHA AAA rated judge and has judged many cutting competitions.

History:

Chris is originally from Australia where he spent eight years as a "jackaroo" (ranch management 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, showmen, and twice 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, CA where he overseas operations and training. Chris has won many championships and trained many champion riders and horses.


Awards

In 2012, Chris received the Sonoma County Horse Council Equus 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 businesses 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.


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