Biography

It started out innocent enough.  We just want to tallk about horses.  I had just got my first horse in 2005, but my wife had had hers most of her life.  The natural horsemanship movement was gaining popularity, and the more we learned, the more we realized how little we knew.  If only we had learned this years ago.

We decided to start The Whoa Podcast about Horses and Horsemanship to share our experiences with others.  Mostly corney, sometimes funny, we are working diligently to make a better sounding, more informative podcast.

About The Broadcast

Join us as we share our experiences of riding, roping, training, cutting, sorting, and just generally exploring the horse world.  We'll talk tack or training, riding or rodeo.  We hope you will come along for the ride.  Even better, we hope you will share your experiences too!  Listen to the Whoa Podcast!

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  • Horsetown USA Norco Horse Affair

    August 15, 2017

    Horsetown USA Norco Horse Affair

    Norco Horse Affair

    Do you love horse expos?  There is a new one on the West Coast, the Norco Horse Affair.  Norco is a city in Riverside  County, California that, by city ordinance “shall reflect a desired Western theme”.   In 2006, Norco received a federal trademark to call their home Horsetown USA.   The streets are set up with horse trails.  Storefronts and restaurants have hitching posts and pens for people who ride through town.

    Fran Klovstad owns Thrifty Horse in Norco.  She teamed up with Liza Rogers to create the Norco Horse Affair, October 6-8 at the George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center.  They have a full schedule of clinicians, trainers, and presenters for the whole family.  Everything from dressage to western, and trick roping to freestyle and liberty, will be on display.  On Saturday night, October 7, there will be a Ladies Rodeo Night and there are plans for an All American Horse Competition.

    The best part is, they are charging $15 for a car load.  So pack up as many friends as you can into one vehicle and plan on a weekend of horses and horsemanship.

    Tell Us Your Problems

    Have a problem with your horse?  Do you have a favorite trainer you would like to hear from?  Send us your question and the name of your favorite trainer and we'll see if we can contact them and get you an answer.  Email John@whoapodcast.com or call on our message line (661) 368-5530 (toll charges may apply).

  • Lester Buckley - Horsetrainer, Clinician, Breeder

    August 08, 2017

    Lester Buckley - Horsetrainer, Clinician, Breeder

    Lester Buckley was not a trainer I was familiar with. Listener Robin Kane has been helping out getting guests for the show and she is hosting a clinic with Lester Buckley in Willits, Ca. at Berry Creek Ranch, August 18 - 20.  It's great to learn from every trainer, and I wanted to find out Lester's story.

    We got a hold of Lester via Skype while he was waiting on a load of hay to arrive.  Lester lives in Kentucky and, boy, does he have a story to tell.  Lester worked on the King and Parker ranches.  One is in Texas, the other in Hawaii.  Both are very large cattle operations.  Lester gained a great deal of experience from riding on these to ranches and he talks about it on the show.

    Lester attributes a lot of his early experience to riding horses at the ranch of Delwin Burch, cutting horse trainer and breeder.  The experience he gained there led him to learn more from Ray Hunt.  After earning a degree in equine science from Sul Ross State University in Texas he began working and training horses.  Lester also competed in cutting and captured the Reserve World Champion APHA Open Superstakes.

    Wanting to learn more about classical horsemanship and precision movement, Lester Buckley turned to the German Equestrian School where he learned from some of the top trainers in Europe.

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    Lester Buckley Website

    Tell Us Your Problems

    Have a problem with your horse?  Do you have a favorite trainer you would like to hear from?  Send us your question and the name of your favorite trainer and we'll see if we can contact them and get you an answer.  Email John@whoapodcast.com or call on our message line (661) 368-5530 (toll charges may apply).

  • Doug Williamson Legendary Trainer

    August 01, 2017

    Doug Williamson Legendary Trainer

    Doug WilliamsonIt's been a busy summer and in listening to some of the old shows, I came across this interview with Doug Williamson in 2015.  Doug was 73 at the time.  Now, he's 75 and he's like an Energizer Bunny.  He just keeps going and going!  Doug has trained 42 AQHA champions.  He's been a horseback nearly all his life.

    It's one of the best parts of doing the podcast, I got to watch Doug work and ride a couple of horses, then he took a break.  We sat in his office surrounded by plaques, ribbons, trophies, and newspaper clippings.  Doug was proud of the things he has accomplished on a horse.  Doug has trained 42 AQHA champions.  But, he was also generous with his time and patiently answered some of my personal questions about horse training.  This interview with Doug Williamson remains one of my favorites.

    Meeting Up with New Friends

    Doug WilliamsonThere's a horsemanship group called Golden State Horsemanship Club.  We had met up with some of the members when they hold their annual equestrian get-together at the Bar SZ Ranch Memorial Day Weekend.  (We experienced it three times and I would encourage you to check it out.)  Mike and Cynthia were embarking from Northern California for a 2-week horse vacation.  They are podcast listeners and wanted to stop over in Bakersfield and check out some of our riding areas.  It was great to get to ride with them and show off just a few of the wonderful places we get to ride.  We took them out to Ethel's Old Corral and shared lunch and a beer.  Good times.