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Winter in Jokkmokk, northern Sweden

Chad's Passion...

 

is teaching people about traditional cowboy methods and lifestyles. Starting and working colts and ranch horses, and broadening his working knowledge of people, horses and cattle.


About Chad

Chad spent most of his childhood growing up just outside of Red Lodge Montana. He received his first horse on his 5th birthday. An unruly Shetland pony named Poncho. Chad and that pony logged hundreds of miles together, even in the middle of the cold Montana winter. For several years there was not a day that he did not ride.

At the age of 8 Chad started working for The Bishop Cattle Company, a 50,000-acre cattle ranch that raised commercial beef. The ranch ran about 2,000 cow-calf pairs and had a string of 20 to 30 saddle horses. Chad started riding colts for the ranch at the age of 12 and at the age of 14 he started taking in outside colts to ride for the summer. Chad worked on this ranch until he was 16 at which time the ranch was sold. 

Chad then moved to Livingston, Mt. with his mother and two sisters where he started working for Felton Angus Ranch in Big Timber, Mt. While there he was responsible for the calving operations and also learned to A.I. He also continued to ride outside colts.

At the age of 18 Chad served in the U.S. Navy for 5 and a half years. After receiving an Honorable discharge from the Navy Chad moved to Ramona, Ca where he continues to ride and start colts. Chad has competed in professional rodeo for more than 20 years. He also stays active at competitive Ranch Roping and Ranch Sorting Events.

Chad credits most of his horsemanship and cattle working skills to his grand father, who ran several large stockyards including the Mile City Stockyards in Miles City, Mt. And to Paul Holzum, Ranch Manager for The Bishop Cattle Company.

Chad has been riding, roping and working horses and cattle all his life. Because of this he learned early that you can not force horses or cattle to do something willingly. You have to lead and guide them to do it. He does this with gentle but firm guidance that will gain their respect and trust.

Chad once heard it said, You can tell a lot about a horse trainer by first looking at “his” horses

Chad invites you to see his horses anytime