Please join Martin Black and his guest Richard Winters.
Richard was first introduced to the cow horse traditions and the Vaquero style of horsemanship in the late seventies while growing up in California. It was during that time that Richard had the privilege of working for the late, great bridle horse trainer, Troy Henry, of Clovis, California. During those formative years, Richard had the opportunity to ride horses with a high degree of cow horse education. To pick up on the bridle reins and have a horse yield to his hands. Asking a horse to stop and turn around using his hocks in an athletic manner. Having a horse engage a cow whether cutting or going down the fence. Richard was hooked!
Needless to say, it was years before Richard was to even come close to developing a horse to that degree. However, once you have felt what is possible with the horse, you’re never satisfied with anything less. Richard has enjoyed success in starting colts, working with problem horses and conducting clinics around the world. Yet it is the pursuit of higher-level horsemanship that motivates him to saddle up every day.
With Winters success showing cow horses for the last two decades, he has been able to bring performance, refinement and more athleticism to horses and riders at the clinics he teaches. At Richard’s clinics he is able to help riders understand that the unity, harmony and soft feel that they are desiring can still be maintained while stepping up their game and pursuing performance horsemanship. Richard believes that you do not have to compromise your horsemanship principles to achieve more advanced goals.
Richard will often say, “Whether you’re playing sandlot baseball or you are in the major leagues, the principles are still the same. There is just a higher level of intensity and expectation once you reach that level.” Richard and Martin have been on similar journeys for decades. Sometimes they have traveled along the same path. And other times they have taken different routes. Richard looks forward to visiting with Martin about this journey and what they have learned along the way.
Hopefully Richard will be joined in this conversation with his daughter Sarah Dawson. A lifelong horsewoman who is, along with her husband Chris, a Top 10 Rider in the National Reined Cow Horse Association. She won the World Championship Snaffle Bit Futurity in 2020. And she is now very close to being a member in the NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Club.
Richard is now a “proven sire”. However, he is quick to point out that every breeder knows that “mare power” is everything. Richard credits his lovely wife Cheryl (and Sarah‘s mom) for that!
For over 40 years Richard Winters has been on the journey of pursuing and perfecting the art of horsemanship. He along with his wife Cheryl have had the privilege of traveling throughout the United States and around the world conducting clinics and sharing his style and brand of horse/human communication.
Richard’s accomplishments include a World Championship title in the National Reined Cow Horse Association. Winner of the World Championship Colt Starting contest, Road to the Horse. He was also a Top Five finalist in the World Championship of Cowboy Dressage.
Richard has been honored with the release of his book, “From Rider to Horseman” that was published by Western Horseman magazine.
Richard and his wife Cheryl reside just outside of Weatherford, Texas, where Richard trains and shows cow horses and conducts horsemanship clinics throughout the country. You can learn more about Richard Winters Horsemanship at wintersranch.com.
Please submit any questions you have regarding the topic of Colt Starting to the Performance Pen. Martin and Richard will select 10 to discuss during this virtual session.
Send questions to email@example.com by March 10, 2022.
You will have access to rewatch this virtual session for a limited time (one week) if you pre purchase a ticket to this event. A link will be sent to you 24 hours AFTER the close of the session.