Cowhorse Full Contact

Cowhorse Full Contact

By 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.
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Clay Volmer Interview - Presented by Bluebonnet Feeds
Chris Dawson and Russell Dilday interview NRCHA Professional Horseman, Clay Volmer.  He claimed the 2018 Snaffle Bit Futurity Intermediate Open Champion riding SDP Hy Rey Bound.  Volmer specializes in both reined cow horses & cutting and competes professionally at major NRCHA & NCHA events nationally year-round.  Clay was also the 2013 AQHA Cutting World Champion. Clay’s early passion was bareback horses; he won the South Dakota State Highschool Finals in Bareback Riding in 1999 and continued his rough stock career in college at National American University in Rapid City, SD. While still in college, Clay and his uncle started coordinating horsemanship clinics all over the country in concert with several well-known clinicians, including Buck Brannaman, Ray Hunt, and Curt Pate.  Clay still credits these clinicians with teaching him the exceptional colt-starting & general horsemanship skills that he uses so effectively in his training methods today. This interview was recorded in April of 2020. 
2:14:23
June 30, 2020
Josh Briggs Interview - Presented by Kimes Ranch Jeans
Josh Briggs is interviewed by Chris Dawson and Russell Dilday. Josh is the 2018 NHSRA Cowhorse National Champion and is the 2020 MVP of the first annual Road to the Horse Collegiate Challenge. Josh Briggs is a top rider on the North Central Texas College Stock Horse Team that won the 2020 RTTH Collegiate Challenge. Presented by Kimes Ranch Jeans! (888) 512-088 www.kimesranch.com
47:59
June 29, 2020
J.W. Brooks Interview - Presented by the Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association
J.W. Brooks is interviewed by Chris Dawson and Russell Dilday. J.W. Brooks was born in Durango, Colorado, and raised on the ranchlands of Colorado and Wyoming. He believes that it was this lifestyle that instilled in him the desire to preserve the country lifestyle and western heritage. From a very young age, it became apparent that J.W. was destined to become an Artist. At the age of ten, J.W. illustrated a children’s book and by the time he graduated high school, he was being commissioned for his western art. In 1994, J.W. was the youngest artist commissioned to render Phoenix, Arizona’s “Rodeo of Rodeos” rodeo lithograph. Phoenix later asked J.W. to be the featured artist again in 1996 and 1997. In 2004, he was honored again by Scottsdale, Arizona’s Parada Del Sol Rodeo to be their featured artist. In 1991, J.W. was hired by legendary hat maker, Kevin O’Farrell, owner of O’Farrell Hat Company, on a hunch that J.W.’s artistic hand would lend itself naturally to the crafting of a cowboy hat. It was during his apprenticeship under Mr. O’Farrell that J.W. realized a sense of pride and accomplishment in producing pieces of wearable art that stemmed from his own western heritage. J.W. has been the custom hat maker of choice for many professional cowboys as well as actors and entertainers. In addition to handcrafting cowboy hats and drawing western art, J.W. has gained popularity as a country-western singer. In 2004, J.W. entered and won the Arizona regional competition which propelled him to the top 15 contenders to be considered for CMT’s televised “Nashville Star.” Shortly thereafter, J.W. joined the house band at the famous country-western bar, Mr. Lucky’s where he had the honor of singing on the very stage where legends had sung before him, such as Waylon Jennings, Charlie Pride, J. David Sloan, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, and many others. You can listen to J.W. at JWbrooksmusic.  Presented by the Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association!  Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association 405-818-7556 http://www.srcha.org/ 
1:37:38
June 21, 2020
Ben Baldus Interview
     Raised in Michigan, Ben began training and showing horses at the age of 12 showing Western Pleasure and All-Around horses. After moving to Pennsylvania for school, Ben worked for Christian Evangelist Lew Sterrett and gained presentation and public speaking skills as he traveled the United States with the ministry Sermon on the Mount.       A whole new world of opportunity opened up to Ben when he decided to move to Texas to work alongside NRHA Professional and Hall-of-Famer Doug Milholland at the historic Waggoner Ranch. It was here that Ben began riding and training Reining horses, along with breaking two-year-olds for the ranch and cowboys. Ben also teaches at Stock Horse of Texas clinics in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Alabama as well as giving clinics for 4-H and community horse programs.   He has had the privilege of winning multiple VRH World Championship Titles, placing fourth at the 2020 World’s Greatest Horseman, being an NRCHA Limited Open Hackamore World Champion, and being the NRCHA Reserve World Champion in the Open Two-Rein. Ben and his wife Cameron reside in Bowie, TX where they operate Baldus Horsemanship. They look forward to what the future holds as Ben continues to pursue his passion for horses and training. The lessons he’s learned and the vision he has are all a part of the trail he rides.
1:30:09
June 14, 2020
Bozo Rogers Interview
Bozo Rogers, an NRCHA Professional Horseman and Judge, is interviewed by Chris Dawson and Russell Dilday. Bozo speaks about his journey in the reined cow horse industry and sheds light on what NRCHA judges are looking for when a competitor is wanting to score an above-average run. He gives advice to those who want to be happy as a horse trainer, and what obstacles to avoid throughout their career. Bozo tells about taking his business internationally, being one of the first people to introduce quarter horses in the country of Hungary. 
1:53:23
June 6, 2020
Todd Crawford Interview, Part 3 - Presented by Bluebonnet Feeds and Martin Saddlery
Todd Crawford, an accomplished trainer, top competitor, and successful teacher, is interviewed by Chris Dawson and Russell Dilday. Todd is one of the most respected men in the world of horses. Todd and his students have won more than three dozen World Championship titles in three major performance horse associations. Todd Crawford became a Million Dollar Rider at the 2006 Snaffle Bit Futurity when he won the 2008 Open Snaffle Bit Futurity. He is a multiple AQHA World Champion in reining and working cow horse and an NRCHA World Champion. He has won the NRCHA Stakes and the FEI World Reining Masters, and he is world-renowned as a top reining and cow horse trainer. In 2008, Todd's winnings made him the all-time leading money winner in the Reined Cow Horse competition.   He achieved a $2 million rider status at the 2011 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity.  Presented By Martin Saddlery and Bluebonnet Feeds! Martin Saddlery  (888) 308-2386  www.martinsaddlery.com  Bluebonnet Feeds  (580) 223-3010  http://www.bluebonnetfeeds.com/fullcontact  100 Mill St SE Ardmore, Oklahoma
1:07:49
June 4, 2020
Taylor Gillespie Interview - Presented by Martin Saddlery
Taylor Gillespie, an NRCHA Professional Horseman, is interviewed by Chris Dawson and Russell Dilday. Taylor gives his story on his life journey. From being raised in a non-horse family, to serving his country in the Middle East, and then becoming a reined cow horse trainer. Presented By Martin Saddlery! Martin Saddlery (888) 308-2386 www.martinsaddlery.com
2:25:14
May 25, 2020
Todd Crawford Interview, Part 2 - Presented by Bluebonnet Feeds and Martin Saddlery
Todd Crawford, an accomplished trainer, top competitor, and successful teacher, is interviewed by Chris Dawson and Russell Dilday. Todd is one of the most respected men in the world of horses. Todd and his students have won more than three dozen World Championship titles in three major performance horse associations. Todd Crawford became a Million Dollar Rider at the 2006 Snaffle Bit Futurity when he won the 2008 Open Snaffle Bit Futurity. He is a multiple AQHA World Champion in reining and working cow horse and an NRCHA World Champion. He has won the NRCHA Stakes and the FEI World Reining Masters, and he is world-renowned as a top reining and cow horse trainer. In 2008, Todd's winnings made him the all-time leading money winner in the Reined Cow Horse competition.   He achieved a $2 million rider status at the 2011 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity.  Presented By Martin Saddlery and Bluebonnet Feeds  Martin Saddlery  (888) 308-2386  www.martinsaddlery.com  Bluebonnet Feeds  (580) 223-3010  http://www.bluebonnetfeeds.com/fullcontact  100 Mill St SE Ardmore, Oklahoma
1:44:39
May 22, 2020
The Cold Calling Episode
If we were to tell you what occurred during this episode, we would spoil the fun! Go give this episode a listen! 
25:39
May 19, 2020
Ashley Deacon Interview - Presented by Martin Saddlery
Ashley Deacon, an NRCHA Professional Horsewoman, is interviewed by Chris Dawson and Russell Dilday. Ashley Deacon began her journey at a very young age with hunter jumpers in southern California. She rode jumpers, dressage, and hunters until high school when she was exposed to the sport of reining. She went to work for her first trainer at the age of 14, where she learned natural horsemanship, gaited horses, reining, and pleasure. Ashley started her own training business at the age of 18, teaching and showing in all-around and running barrels. At the age of 21, Ashley had the privilege of working for Ted Robinson, a 7x Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion. After a couple of years of working for Ted, she ventured out to Oklahoma to work for reining trainer, Craig Schmersal. Her love for the cow horse was too strong and she quickly got back into training reined cow horses when she went to work for Carol Rose Quarter Horses. In December 2014, Ashley and Lee Deacon were married and founded Deacon Equine in January of 2015.  Presented By Martin Saddlery  Martin Saddlery (888) 308-2386 www.martinsaddlery.com
1:36:57
May 14, 2020
National Reined Cow Horse Association Update - As of May 1st, 2020
NRCHA Communications Manager, Allison Walker, joins to show to give updates on future NRCHA Premier Events occurring in 2020. 
14:06
May 7, 2020
Todd Crawford Interview, Part 1 - Presented by Martin Saddlery & Bluebonnet Feeds
Todd Crawford, an accomplished trainer, top competitor, and successful teacher, is interviewed by Chris Dawson and Russell Dilday. Todd is one of the most respected men in the world of horses. Todd and his students have won more than three dozen World Championship titles in three major performance horse associations. Todd Crawford became a Million Dollar Rider at the 2006 Snaffle Bit Futurity when he won the 2008 Open Snaffle Bit Futurity. He is a multiple AQHA World Champion in reining and working cow horse and an NRCHA World Champion. He has won the NRCHA Stakes and the FEI World Reining Masters, and he is world-renowned as a top reining and cow horse trainer. In 2008, Todd's winnings made him the all-time leading money winner in the Reined Cow Horse competition.   He achieved a $2 million rider status at the 2011 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. Presented By Martin Saddlery and Bluebonnet Feeds Martin Saddlery (888) 308-2386 www.martinsaddlery.com Bluebonnet Feeds (580) 223-3010 http://www.bluebonnetfeeds.com/fullcontact 100 Mill St SE Ardmore, Oklahoma
2:05:02
May 5, 2020
Wade Meador Interview - Presented by Kimes Ranch Jeans
Presented by Kimes Ranch Jeans (888) 512-088 www.kimesranch.com  Chris and Russell interview NRCHA Professional Horseman, Wade Meador. Wade Meador has always had a passion for horses and quickly learned that the reined cow horse discipline is what he wanted to do for a living. In order for Wade to accomplish his goals, he sought out one of the best reined cow horse trainers in the industry, Todd Crawford. Todd was Wade's mentor and was known as his “right-hand man” for 5 years. In 2011 Wade Meador Performance Horses was established and now resides in Marietta, Oklahoma specializing in Futurity, Derby, and Non-Pro reined cow horses. Wade accredits much of the success of Wade Meador Performance Horses to his wife, Kori along with their two children, Kixi and Kall.
2:01:12
April 21, 2020
Lee Deacon Interview
Chris and Russell interview Australian NRCHA Professional Horseman and 2015 NRCHA Level 1 Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion, Lee Deacon. Lee discusses growing up in Australia and compares the difference in the competitiveness of horse disciplines in Australia and the United States. Lee has been a trainer in the reined cow horse for many years and has worked for several top trainers before becoming an independent trainer, including Chris. Lee gives his story on his journey in the reined cow horse industry.
2:02:52
April 14, 2020
Robert Smith Interview - Presented by Houser Furniture
Brought to you by Houser Furniture! 201 W Main St, Tishomingo, OK 73460 (580) 371-2225 houserfurniture.net Chris and Russell interview NRCHA professional horseman Robert Smith, who won the prelims of the 2019 NRCHA Open Snaffle Bit Futurity™ with over 300 entries. Robert gives his story on his journey in the reined cow horse and gives advice to those who are early on their journey. He identifies mistakes he sees the youth and many young trainers commit, and what it takes to be successful as a reined cow horse trainer. 
1:19:51
April 7, 2020
Andrew Steiger Interview
Chris and Russell interview Australian NRCHA Professional Horseman, Andrew Steiger. Andrew grew up in Australia, competing in camp drafting and in rodeos since he was eight years old. He now lives in California where he trains reined cow horses and starting colts. Growing up in Australia, he learned the value of a good horse. When riding out of camp at daylight, there was always action, and every day would bring a new task for Andrew that needed to be completed, regardless of what type of horse he was mounted on.  Through his experiences, he has worked with all different kinds of horses from the roping pen, cutting, camp drafting, and reined cow horse. 
1:18:23
March 30, 2020
Ken Wold Interview
Chris and Russell interview NRCHA Professional Horseman and NRCHA Hall of Fame Inductee, Ken Wold!  Ken Wold is also an AQHA Professional Horseman and has clinched multiple world titles in cutting and reined cow horse. Ken has made a lasting impression as a horseman within the NRCHA and the American Quarter Horse Association. Ken gives his story on his multiple decade journey in the reined cow horse. He shares stories about being involved in the reined cow horse before the Celebration of Champions and Snaffle Bit Futurity. Ken gives advice to young people in their journey in the reined cow horse, and gives mental preparation advice for the show pen! 
2:35:43
March 24, 2020
Dell Hendricks Interview - Presented by Houser Furniture
Chris and Russell interview NRCHA Professional Horseman and NRHA Million Dollar Rider, Dell Hendricks. Dell shares his story on how he started in the horse industry. From reining to reined cow horse, Dell gives his story on his transition from reining to reined cow horse. Dell discusses mental toughness in the show pen and identifies mistakes he sees many non-pros make. 
1:43:51
March 20, 2020
John Swales Interview
(John Swales' Interview was recorded on February 9th, 2020, before he claimed the 2020 NRCHA WGH Title) Chris and Russell interview Canadian NRCHA Professional and the 2017 and 2020 NRCHA World's Greatest Horseman, John Swales. John grew up in the midst of the horse profession and has ridden jumping horses as a child; he competed in cutting, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping and working cow horse from a young age. After high school, John focused on furthering his training skills and knowledge by working with one of the best in the industry, Les Timmons. In 1998, John began his own training endeavors at his family's home. John has always taken time to learn from many of his mentors in the cutting and cow horse world, attending clinics with world-renowned trainers across North America. John gives his story on his journey in the reined cow horse industry and gives advice to those in their journey in the reined cow horse industry.
1:06:58
March 10, 2020
Interview with Trail Townsend, 2020 NRCHA World's Greatest Youth Horseman
Chris and Russell interview Trail Townsend less than an hour after he claimed the 2020 NRCHA World's Greatest Youth Horseman and the Roy Edsall Memorial Scholarship Award. Trail gives his story on how he started competing in the reined cow horse from working on the ranch to winning world championships in less than five years.
19:09
February 26, 2020
2020 NRCHA World's Greatest Horseman Recap with Jake Gorrell
Chris, Russell, and NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Jake Gorrell give a recap on the 2020 NRCHA World's Greatest Horseman and discuss the performance of riders and horses in the finals. Jake Gorrell and Russell Dilday were the commentators during the finals for the live webcast provided by Equine Promotion. 
56:27
February 23, 2020
Sarah Dawson Interview
Chris and Russell interview NRCHA professional horsewoman Sarah Dawson on her journey in the reined cow horse industry. Putting a solid foundation on young horses and understanding the psychology of the horse Sarah acquired at a young age through the guidance of her father, renowned professional horseman Richard Winters. With two Reined Cow Horse World Championships as a youth rider under her belt & a passion and skill for Three Day Eventing and colt starting, she departed home, taking with her all of the support and knowledge both her parents, Richard & Cheryl Winters, imparted on her. Under the guidance of masters such as Doug Williamson, Carol Rose, Bill Smith, & Sandy Collier, Sarah advanced her skills & a respected reputation as a first-rate colt starter was born. Sarah grew her reputation and sharpened her showmanship skills, never wavering in her dedication to truly understanding the mind & movement of the horse as she had been brought up to do. 
1:31:03
February 22, 2020
Matt Koch Interview
Chris and Russell interview reined cow horse professional Matt Koch on his journey in the reined cow horse industry that started only 13 years ago. Russell, Chris, and Matt share their stories on close calls and accidents while working on the ranch, and identify mistakes young trainers execute while building a horse training program.
1:50:46
February 19, 2020
2020 NRCHA Celebration of Champions Preview with Allison Walker from NRCHA
Chris and Russell give an update on the podcast and answer audience questions. NRCHA Communications Manager, Allison Walker, joins the show and discusses what you need to know before going to the NRCHA Celebration of Champions and DT Horses/Hashtags World's Greatest Horseman. Allison is interviewed on her journey working for NRCHA along with the evolution of reined cow horse competition in the National High School Rodeo Association.
1:19:03
February 12, 2020
Chris Dawson Interview
Russell interviews NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Chris Dawson on his journey in the reined cow horse industry. Chris gives advice to those wanting to become a reined cow horse trainer. In 2013, Chris won four major NRCHA shows on the dynamic stallion Travelin Jonez. 
53:54
February 3, 2020
Russell Dilday Interview
Chris interviews 3-time NRCHA World's Greatest Horseman Russell Dilday about his journey in the reined cow horse industry. Russell grew up working on ranches before transitioning to training full time. Carrying him to multiple titles was Topsails Rien Maker, the first cow horse to become a Breyer model. 
1:05:19
January 22, 2020
Sam Rose Interview
 Sam Rose is interviewed on the evolution of cow horse competition and being a top NRCHA and AQHA judge
1:13:00
January 20, 2020
Ron Ralls Interview
Chris and Russell interview Ron Ralls, who is a two time World's Greatest Horseman and the only man to win $100,000 on a bridle horse at a single show. Ron gives his story on his journey in the reined cow horse industry and the barrel racing industry. Ron gives advice to those who are on their journey in the reined cow horse industry.
1:06:54
January 6, 2020