Cowhorse Full Contact

Cowhorse Full Contact, LLC

Cowhorse Full Contact is a podcast hosted by Chris Dawson and Russell Dilday and produced by Ben Self. In each episode, Chris and Russell interview people involved in the reined cow horse industry and discuss cow horse stories and topics with guests that can help people in the reined cow horse industry. Cowhorse Full Contact is a production of Cowhorse Full Contact, LLC. read less

Kenny Pugh, Sr. Interview - Presented by Arena Werks
22-11-2022
Kenny Pugh, Sr. Interview - Presented by Arena Werks
Chris and Russell interview NRCHA Hall of Famer and Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion, Kenny Pugh, Sr.  Born in 1938, Kenny Pugh grew up in LeGrande, California. His family had a ranch in the mountains, in Squaw Valley, and he had some ranching relatives. At thirteen, he began going to Idaho to work with a relative, and when he was fifteen he never went home. He began cowboying, mainly in the high country, where at times, it could get as cold as forty below. He moved back to California, working on a large ranch for Jack Reynolds. “I cowboyed and broke colts,” Kenny explained. “In the winter, we did a lot of leather work. At the time, I was only interested in rodeos.” In 1961, Jack took Kenny to the fair to watch the stock horse classes. While watching the class, he decided that he could do it. Kenny met a young trainer at that show. Greg Ward and Kenny became friends, oftentimes traveling to shows and sharing rooms. “I’d pick Greg’s brain quite a bit,” said Kenny. Kenny worked on that ranch for five years, but when many people started bringing horses by to be trained, he decided it was time to try to make it on his own. Later on, in the 1970s, Kenny had a mare named Minnie Gal, whom he won a lot with. She later produced Kenny’s Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion, Sanpeppy Smoke. Kenny had many other Snaffle Bit finalists, Top Ten finishes, and a Reserve Championship in 1979. Arena Werks (Snodgress Equipment) (800) 644-3724 arenawerksinfo@sbcglobal.net
Jon Roeser Interview - Presented by Triple Crown Feed
20-10-2022
Jon Roeser Interview - Presented by Triple Crown Feed
Million Dollar Rider Jon Roeser takes his place in the National Reined Cow Horse Association Hall of Fame, joining his father, Jim, and oldest brother, Dan. The Roeser family is a legacy within the NRCHA. The Meridian, Idaho trainer doesn’t remember a day when he was not horseback with his father or three brothers completing a number of chores on their ranch in Idaho. Gifted with starting young horses as well as riding broncs in the rodeo arena, for some time, Roeser considered becoming a rodeo athlete instead of a horse trainer. His dad’s suggestion to apprentice with other reined cow horse trainers turned the tide. Roeser moved to California and first worked with Benny Guitron and then Greg Ward, both NRCHA Hall of Fame members and masters of cow horse. He rode with Ward for several years, soaking up knowledge and learning not only horsemanship but how to run a horse training business. In 1984, Roeser struck out on his own and trained out of California before moving back to Idaho in 2016. The Hall of Fame horseman is known for his smooth showmanship skills and ability to take a horse from homegrown to the winner’s circle. With more than $1.6 million dollars in reined cow horse earnings, Roeser has claimed every major NRCHA event champion title, including the 1990 Snaffle Bit Futurity, as well as the 2005 World’s Greatest Horseman win. He’s given back to the association through his time serving on the board of directors and through the NRCHA limited aged events, cattle, ground, ethics, and executive committees. Triple Crown Feed: 451-9916 info@triplecrownfeed.com
Jim Jirkovsky Interview
20-03-2022
Jim Jirkovsky Interview
Chris Dawson and Russell Dilday interview Jim Jirkovsky! From breeding to judging, Jim Jirkovsky has been involved in virtually every facet of the Appaloosa industry for more than four decades. From his high school days when he would sneak out of class to go to rodeos, a deep passion for horses was instilled in him, turning into his life's work and a mindset that revolves around showing everyone how good an Appaloosa is can be. An ApHC-carded judge since 1987, Jim has served multiple terms on the national board of directors, has supported and served his regional club loyally for decades, and was recognized for his contributions beyond his barn throughout the region over a long period by his induction into the Nebraska Hall of Fame.       Known to be a formidable competitor in the show ring, "Cowboy Jim" had many wins that predated the national pointed system, and since 1979/1980 has amassed a staggering 9,646.3 open points in everything from Halter to Reining to Driving and Heritage, and shown more than 400 horses to 334 Top Tens, 38 National Championships and Reserves, and 45 World Championships and Reserves. But it is the mentoring, coaching, and training that have helped his clients and friends achieve their highest goals that he is most proud of.  Exhibiting, training, and coaching for years, Jim has played a significant role in producing 12 World's Best Appaloosas, three Iron Horse Award winners, and two of the only 16 Appaloosas in history to earn Gold Medallions. Ready with advice and assistance, Jim has lived daily as a mentor in every arena. He has represented the Appaloosa breed as an ambassador in open competitions, venues, and events worldwide.
Clayton Edsall Interview - Presented by Triple Crown Feed
01-12-2021
Clayton Edsall Interview - Presented by Triple Crown Feed
SUBSCRIBE TO CFC+ HERE: Edsall, an NRCHA Million Dollar Rider and NRCHA World's Greatest Horseman, is interviewed by Chris Dawson and Russell Dilday.  Clayton Edsall’s horsemanship and natural talent are a product of his upbringing. Clayton is not only a talented horseman, he is the true definition of a cowboy.  He was raised in Montana and grew up on his family's cattle ranch. Ranch life demanded the efforts of the whole family, which Clayton is appreciative of.  He grew up managing a variety of tasks such as branding, doctoring, roping, and farming; along with riding and training horses. Clayton’s passion for horse training began at a young age, and at 17 he decided to leave the ranch to further his knowledge of horse training.  He studied and worked with some of the best horsemen around such as Joe Wolter, Brian Neubert, Tink Elordi, Ray Hunt, and Tom Dorrance. In 2005 Clayton entered his first Snaffle Bit Futurity and finished as a finalist.  For the past 11 years, he has been successfully competing, training, and conducting clinics.  Clayton makes well-rounded performance horses that are good outside of the arena gathering cows, as well as performing in the show pen.  Clayton humbly believes that his success is dependent on a lot of hard work and resiliency. In 2013, Chelsea Barney joined his team and now oversees the barn management and overall horse care.  She has a wide variety of horse experience and knowledge. Chelsea grew up riding and competing at her mother’s hunter/jumper show barn, and after graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, she moved to Monterey and managed the Equestrian Center at the beautiful Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel Valley, California.  Chelsea’s background and equine husbandry knowledge are an important asset to Clayton’s training program. Clayton and Chelsea were married in 2018. They have two children together, Weston, and Rylee, who already seem to have a natural passion and love for horses as well. Triple Crown Feed (800) 451-9916 info@triplecrownfeed.com
Doug Williamson Interview Part 2 - Presented by One Fine Vintage
02-11-2021
Doug Williamson Interview Part 2 - Presented by One Fine Vintage
Doug Williamson, an NRCHA Million Dollar Rider, is interviewed by Chris Dawson and Russell Dilday.    Presented by One Fine Vintage!  Doug Williamson has truly lived the Western dream life movies are made from. Born in the Southeast corner of Oregon, Doug was the oldest son of Sylvan and Barbara Williamson. Raised as a cowboy on the family ranch and riding a horse from the time he could crawl, Doug’s first victory came at the age of five while riding behind his Dad in a match race! Doug’s love for the racehorses grew and it wasn’t long before he was on the tracks, himself. He also participated in Western events, winning his first buckle at the age of 8 in hackamore reining. At thirteen he won his first buckle calf roping, then, a year later when his dad was seriously injured in a riding accident, Doug took over the duties of running the family ranch. Sylvan Williamson always had an eye for great horses and purchased one that would turn into one of the best horses Doug would ever ride. His name was Baldy C. The horse could do anything and let Doug know what a truly great horse felt like. When Baldy C was 16 years old When Doug was 19, he rode Baldy C to become the high point working cow horse in the nation… a title they captured again two years later. At 17, Doug decided it was time to strike out on his own, and he secured a job as the cattle foreman for the Markham Cattle Company. While Doug was working on the ranches he always had outside horses in training, and he credits many of his skills to the old-timers he learned from. In the mid-sixties, he took a break from training full time and decided to rodeo for a living. On the road for about a decade, Doug calf roped, team roped, and rode a few saddle broncs, winning prestigious events all over the West, including the Ellensburg Rodeo. In1978 Doug went back to training full time in Nampa, Idaho, and for 14 years he trained everything from halter horses and cow horses, to English equitation horses. He made over 30 AQHA Champions in many different events and ranks among the AQHA’s most successful trainers. In 1987 the world came crashing down on the Williamson family when Doug was diagnosed with cancer. He was near death in the hospital but still had his great horses on his mind. Doug pulled through cancer, and in classic fashion, was aboard Montana Lynx 7 months later, taking the reserve championship and winning over $20,000 at the Biggest Little Cutting In The World. In 1990 Doug was hired to help build the horse operation at the Tejon Ranch, so he packed up and headed to California. Being extremely busy he had sent his Dad on a buying trip to look for mares and studs for the ranch, and Doug had ended up with a little black yearling from the King Ranch that no one else wanted… he would turn into Doug’s first Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion. In 1992 Doug and Mr. San Olen captured the Open title, and since 1990 Doug has made the finals nearly every year.  One Fine Vintage ONEFINEVINTAGE.COM 245-3770 mary@robertsonranches.com