Don Boyd - "the trainers trainer"

"Signals, receptions, results and corrections! Horse training reduced to its simplest form !"

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Rainer Haeckl or Susie Knoll


Don Boyd has been a National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) open rider for almost 40 years. During this time he has trained and shown high caliber reining horses in the US and Europe and been a NRHA World Champion twice.

Since 2010 he started concentrating on giving clinics and judging reining events. He has coached many champions around the world, including champions in Norway, Sweden, France, Italy and Germany, as well as the German and Dutch FEI time in 2016/2017.

However, he is just as happy to teach beginners and reining amateurs just taking their first showing steps. To Don Reining essentially shows off the skills and athletic abilities necessary in the working ranch horse. The sport has increased vastly in popularity over the last ten last years, making him even more  proud to be part of those who pass the knowledge on.

"A quick check of your steering, everyday, gives you an indicator of your most important training"