The Real-Deal DIYer

Danny Black­burn has earned the re­spect of his peers and pro­fes­sion­als for the way he han­dles and trains his own horses.

Horse & Rider - - Contents - By Cathy Ray­mond Her­bert

This non- pro reiner has earned re­spect for the way he han­dles and trains his own horses.

The “do-it-your­self” tag gets tossed around a lot in horse-train­ing cir­cles. “She’s a suc­cess­ful DIY all-around ex­hibitor…but her horse goes to the trainer’s for six months a year” seems more of­ten to be the case. But Danny Black­burn, a reiner from Selma, North Carolina, takes the DIY tag to its most ba­sic level. He’s bred, trained, and even shod his own mounts since he first en­tered the rein­ing pen in 1998.

Along the 63-year-old horse­man’s jour­ney to be­come the pres­i­dent of his South­east Rein­ing Horse As­so­ci­a­tion and find him­self “in the money” on a reg­u­lar ba­sis at rein­ing events, Black­burn has ex­pe­ri­enced the highs of suc­cess and the lows of hard-knocks lessons. He’s built on

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.