About Chris

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

Chris was 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 managed operations and training. Chris won many championships and trained many champion riders and horses. He also raised racing piegons and trained his Border Collies to herd cattle.

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.

Chris passed away on October 30, 2022 after a 15-year battle with cancer. Throughout his illness, he continued to ride and train horses and riders. His bravery, persistence, positive atitude, and sense of humor are legendary. He was much admired and loved and is greatly missed.

Chris and Cecelia's son, Sam, inherited many of Chris's abilities and interests. Like his dad, Sam is a skilled horseman, cattleman, and competitor. Whereas Chris focused his energies on training cutting horses and running his ranch in Santa Rosa, Sam is focused on managing large cattle ranches. Sam has built his career on ranches in a wide area from California, Arizona, New Mexico, and now Winnemucca, Nevada.

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