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.
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