For over 35 years Richard Winters has dedicated himself to honing his horsemanship skills and to passing this knowledge on to others. With experience which ranges from the rodeo arena to the high desert ranches of the west and awards and acknowledgements which include a World Championship in the National Reined Cow Horse Association, he is a highly sought after trainer, horsemanship clinician, and expo presenter.
While there are lots of very talented horse trainers out there, as well as those with highly effective communication skills, Richard Winters uniquely combines both as a ”Masterful Communicator” with horses and humans alike. In each episode of “Richard Winters Horsemanship” you’ll see this dual approach to communication demonstrated again and again, and it is Richards’ aim that his viewers be able to incorporate these principles and experience the positive results for themselves – right in their own barns, with their own horses. Whether you ride English or Western, competitive or just for fun, all can benefit by learning Richard Winters’ horsemanship principles and applying his techniques.
Richard and his wife Cheryl reside in Reno, Nevada.
“Richard Winters Horsemanship” has a full line of horse handling products and instructional DVD’s, including a brand new DVD: “Advancing Horsemanship – Taking Your Horse to the Next Level.” Check out the store for available products.
RFD-TV and Richard Winters Horsemanship TV Show Premiere's each Wednesday at 12:00 noon and 8:00 pm (PST)
NRCHA Hackamore Classic
Leaving the NRCHA Hackamore Classic in Pueblo, Colorado, with 2 championship buckles, a few thousand dollars and hopefully a little more knowledge and experience! A special shout out and thank you to our daughter Sarah and son-in-law Chris, at Dawson Performance Horses, for all of their help, support, and coaching in preparation for this show. Thanks also to or client, Linda Mars, for allowing me to train and show Shiners Darlin (Darlin) and Smart Shinin Leana (Quigley). Both of these horses made it to the pay window as well! Making the Open Finals and competing against so many great horsemen was pretty cool. Our good gelding Bugs Booney (Mr. Chibbs) brought home the bacon this week and has certainly earned a couple days of R and R. Winning the Level 0ne Limited Open, Reserve Champion Limited Open, and Open Hackamore Circuit Championship makes the drive home a little sweeter. (OK, a lot sweeter!)
Road To The Horse 2013 - Sarah Returns in 2017!
Congratulations Miss Tootie Bland for yet another successful Road to the Horse event. To have been the Horseman's Host for this 10th Anniversary, with my daughter Sarah as one of the four competitors was an experience that I will never forget. Congratulations to each of the competitors who all did an outstanding job! Guy McClean was a very happy man to be announced the Champion of this exciting colt starting competition for the second consecutive year! There are thousands of people who look forward to seeing what Road to the Horse will bring to the arena floor next year! Rest assured, it will be amazing! Read Sarah's recap
Back in the Snaffle Again
How to Ride with Focus
Laying Down "Hip Adams"
We've just returned from Santa Ynez, California, where Richard competed in the third annual Super Cow Horse Competition. This event requires that a horse and rider compete in cutting, reining, going down the fence, penning, roping, cowboy pleasure, and trail classes.
When the dust settled and the scores were tabulated Richard won a respectable fourth place on our own horse Hip Adams. He also rode Shiney De Mayo, a Reined Cow Horse that he has had in training for the last two years, owned by our good friends John and Sandy Mastromonaco. Richard and Shiney had a consistent set of scores throughout the weekend and were crowned champions of the Super Cow Horse 2009!
Richard was featured in the September issue of the Western Horseman Magazine. Please be sure a pick up a copy!
Winner - Road to the horse 2009
Richard Winters - Winner of Road To The Horse
This one-of-a-kind event, known as Road to the Horse, is the brain child of Steve and Tootie Bland. Previous Champions of this prestigious event are: Clinton Anderson, Stacy Westfall, and Chris Cox. It was a privilege and honor for me to have been invited to participate as a 2009 contestant. My fellow competitors were “Americas Most Trusted Trainer” -- John Lyons and past RTTH competitor and RFD-TV personality -- Tommy Garland.
Read in Richard’s own words the climatic moment everyone was waiting for:
John, Tommy, and I got back on our own personal horses and rode into the flag filled arena to await the announcement; “And the winner of Road to the Horse 2009 is…Richard Winters!” The fireworks went off and the Cowgirl Chicks took off at a full gallop and I fell in right behind them. I have been in numerous competitions and have known the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat but being proclaimed Champion of Road to the Horse 2009 is a win that I’ll never forget! The award ceremony was like Christmas in March!
Receiving a check for $10,000 from Road to the Horse producer Tootie Bland, a memorial Steven “Dookie” Bland trophy saddle provided by Martin Saddlery featuring conchos by Gist Silversmith, and an original painting by artist Peter Grant entitled “On the Road” which was featured as the cover image of the event’s souvenir program, a logo embossed CSI saddle pad, and a beautiful Gist Silversmith’s Masters Collection gold buckle made this win very exciting. Ford Dodge stepped up to the plate and sponsored a $15,000 check to the charity of the winner’s choice. My wife, Cheryl, and I are honored to have Focus on the Family receive this generous donation.
I believe that being invited to participate in RTTH automatically makes you a winner! Each competitor received a standing ovation for his accomplishments and the crowd was very appreciative of everyone’s efforts. I want to take a moment to thank “Team Winters” for all of their help during the weekend. I also want to thank Tootie Bland and each of the Road to the Horse volunteers for orchestrating this one of a kind world class event. I was honored to be invited and it was a privilege to ride with two great horsemen and you bet I was thrilled to win!
A special thank you
We want to extend a special “Thank You” to Dave Thornbury for designing and making a beautiful pair of show chaps for Richard. Dave Thornbury Chaps of Calabasas, Calif., have been worn by top performance horse trainers for years. Richard is honored that Dave would give him a pair and he’s wearing them with pride! “Thanks Dave for the special gift. They’re great! They may have even helped me make it to the finals at the Snaffle Bit Futurity!”
The "2008 Shoot Out" in Temecula, California, sponsored by the SCNRCA proved to be a profitable show! Richard secured a spot in the "Open Division" competition and went on to enjoy another successful win on “Hip Addams” our 5 year old hackamore show horse. We are proud to display our Ted Robinson signature saddle in our trophy room!
Todd Lambert, one of our Non-Pro clients also took home a new saddle by winning the "Non-Pro Limited" division on his horse "Gunna Be Crazy" the same day!
Richard and Sarah Winters - Bring Home Championships!
NRCHA President, Lynn Anderson,
congratulated Richard Winters
The trip home from Temecula was quite pleasant in light of the fact that we brought home not one but two Reined Cow Horse Championships!
Our daughter, Sarah, won the Limited Open Bridle Spectacular and Richard was able to climb to the number one spot for the Open Hackamore Championship.
2008 is the second year for the annual "Sherri Gilkerson Memorial Spectacular Horse Show." She passed away three years ago in a tragic horse related accident. Sherri was a great horsewoman and fierce competitor in the NRCHA. This has become a great show and both Sarah and Richard are honored to be able to wear and display these beautiful memorial buckles!
We also had the privilege of conducting Cowboy Church again this year. A special thanks goes out to Mark Gilkerson (Sherri's widower ) and Jim Paul for the fantastic mandolin and guitar accompaniment!
Sarah had an awesome fence run on Gunna Be Crazy. There was no catching up to her after that!
Things came together in just the right way, allowing Richard to win the Open Hackamore Spectacular. This was a special treat for Richard as he was able to take the lead over many of his hero's and mentors in the Reined Cow Horse World.
What a great weekend this was for the Winters!
Richard was honored to receive the 2007 - "Monty Roberts Western Equitarian Award"
Given by Monty & Pat Roberts in Solvang, California, this award is dedicated to the the person who has worked with the horse's mind without using force and in Honor of the Trainers of Western Horses.
Past recipients of this award have been Greg Ward, Crawford Hall, Sheila Varian, Tom Marvel, Bobby Ingersoll, John Ward, Al Dunning, Craig Cameron, and Chris Cox.
When asked if Richard would receive the honor, for 2007, he was only pleased to be placed in the same category as the above mentioned horsemen and women! Read Richard's bio
Richard Claims the Champion title in the Extreme Equine
March 30th - April 1st, Richard Winters Horsemanship had the privilege of participating in The Central Coast Equine Experience, (hosted in Paso Robles, CA.) for the fourth consecutive year
Along with daily Horsemanship Demonstrations and Cowboy Church, Richard Winters was invited to compete with some of the nations most popular horsemen for prizes and prestige. Agreeing to take on the challenge placed Richard in the arena along side Craig Cameron and Ken McNabb who dazzled the audience with an "Extreme Equine Experience." Each contestant drew for their own 3 year old un-started colt. They then introduced; ground work, saddling, riding, trotting, and loping to their colts. This contest culminated with negotiating an obstacle course during the end of the second day's 90 minute session.
It was a close contest and each contestant did an outstanding job, using his own tried and true techniques. When the dust settled and the scores were tabulated, the five judge panel voted Richard Winters the 2007 Champion! A 1st place purse of $10,000. made the late night trip back to The Thacher School in Ojai, California, seem much shorter!
Here's what Richard had to say about his win, "It was an honor for me to be starting colts along side two really good hands, such as Craig and Ken. They both did a great job with their colts and I believe the judging was really close. My family and I thank God that things turned out the way they did!"
A special thanks goes to CenCal Mortgage, Inc. and Prudential Hallmark Realty for sponsoring the competition as well as John and Maureen Rudnick, the event owners and coordinators, for the opportunity to have been a part of such a great "Equine Experience!"