A solid foundation is necessary to have a successful performance horse in any discipline. My specialties are colt starting and training barrel horses. I will ensure your horse has a solid foundation whether I'm starting a colt from scratch or training a horse on the pattern. That foundation allows your horse to excel in any discipline you choose and gives a solid base to go back to when more advanced work is being introduced. I want to have full control of all body parts before introducing a horse to the barrel pattern. This means I have all the forward gears, whoa, reverse, lateral moves, soft in the face, and control of the shoulders and hips. This foundation is important to have throughout the initial patterning and throughout the horse's entire career to fall back upon when tune-ups or adjustments are made. I want to start them correct so they can go on and have a long and successful barrel career.

If it becomes apparent that a horse is not a good candidate for the barrels and it was sent here for barrel training then the foundation that has been put on them will still allow them to excel in whatever discipline best suits the horse--I don't blow up horses by putting too much pressure on them. It is very important that my trainees love what they do to ensure a long and lasting partnership with their owners. If you are just wanting a horse with a great handle and no barrel training I'm happy to provide that also. A well trained horse is always a pleasure to ride.

I welcome visits from my owners at any time while your horse is here--my horses in for training are treated the same as my own which means lots of good care and riding 6 days a week. I have a skilled farrier who can shoe your horse while being trained if necessary and a couple of great vets to cover any and all needs whether it be a performance issue or an emergency. I have a large arena and roundpen with excellent footing and fields and trails to keep your horse's brain happy and fresh.

I can also train horses for pole bending if that is something you are looking for!

Examples of our training

Jack Rod Wilson

2005 Massachusetts/Connecticut NBHA State Championships show winner
Winner of both goes, the average and a Super Show all in one weekend!

2009 NBHA Colonial Nationals 2D Winner of the 2nd go-round

A solid training foundation holds true over the years

Trained by Valentine Farm

Winning the 1D at the Feb. 19, 2011 Triple Creek Winter Series show as well as the 1D Average for the series

Leslie Ramsdell/Jack 02-19-2011 from Bob Fitzgerald on Vimeo.

Winning the 2D Second Go NBHA Colonial Nationals 2009
Runs a 1D time in 7th competition run
1D win, EZ Run PBRA May 5, 2011
1D win, DC Western PBRA April 30, 2011
Oct. 2012 1D Win Seniors, DC Western PBRA
1D 2nd place, Bar H Bulls and Barrels, Oct 2012
1D 7th, DC Western PBRA Sept 2012
1D 2nd place, EZ Run PBRA June 2012
Second Divison win
Young prospect sold to Canada and running 1/2D barrels
Young prospect sold to Arizona to run rodeo
2D second place, she's been running a year-is as honest as they get and getting faster all the time!
Leslie and Jack, Spring 2007

Jack and Leslie, winning run Summer 2008