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It's a Top Ten Finish for Anderson

September 20, 2011

Chris Cox Horsemanship instructor has a Top Ten finish against 80 competitors in the 2011 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover competition in Fort Worth

Around 90 days. That’s all the time a horse trainer is allowed to build a relationship with a wild mustang and prepare it for competition. 90 days to not only be able to saddle and ride, but to also complete different exercises on horseback. 90 days was all Clayton Anderson needed.

The 21 year old instructor at Chris Cox Horsemanship, competed in the 2011 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover held in Fort Worth, Texas at the Will Rogers Memorial Complex, September 15th through the 17th. He finished ninth place overall against 80 competitors in the Legends division with his four year old bay gelding, Cinch.

“I rode [Cinch] every day, teaching him Chris’s method and a little of my own, using knowledge I already had or acquired by working here,” said Anderson.

The Extreme Mustang Makeover competitions were formed to help in the adoption of wild mustangs with the combined help from the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program and the Mustang Heritage Foundation. This particular competition began in April, where the exhibitors placed their bids, trained the horses and then brought them back to Fort Worth to compete for up to $200,000 in prize money and titles.

“It was good. I met a lot of good people and was able to see good hands,” said Anderson. “It was a good learning experience.”

Like Anderson, the competitors only had 90 days to work with what were previously wild and untamed mustangs.

In the Legends division, participants competed in a Supreme Trail class, Supreme Pattern class and a trainer’s choice. In the trail and pattern classes, the pair demonstrated to judges their lead changes, stops, turnarounds, backing and rollbacks, among many other maneuvers.

“Cinch is smart and pretty athletic,” said Anderson.

For the trainer’s choice portion, Cinch and Anderson chose cow work. They completed more lead changes and turnarounds, but to show the dynamic relationship they have, Anderson rode a four wheeler with a Hot Heels attached as Cinch followed and ran bridle less right alongside him.

After this triumph, what are the future plans for Anderson and Cinch?

“I am keeping him. He’s had a good start, but he’s not finished yet.”


Outdoor Buddy: Chris Cox Horsemanship

August 2011

Chris Cox Horsemanship

Article and photos by Casey Allen 

8/16/11 -- The billboard on Highway 101 reads “Discover your better nature” in Morro Bay. That is exactly what happened to us while attending a Chris CoxHorsemanship Clinic. For three days Chris Cox shared his unique understanding of the horse and his perceptive and insightful view of each rider explaining what it takes to reach the next level of horsemanship. For some, it was a hard reality that they needed a personality change to advance in the saddle and for others the enlightenment opened whole new worlds of opportunity.

Chris Cox grew up training horses. He has a natural ability and understanding of what makes a horse tick. He says he is constantly learning and has changed his methods over the years from that learning. Now he is passing his knowledge on to others, and more importantly, teaching people to see their own weaknesses and giving them a way to strengthen them. For me, the clinic was as much about people as it was about horses.

Marlene Allen was working with her 6 year old Arab/Morgan gelding, Phoenix, following Cox’s instructions. Marlene was a bit timid when asking Phoenix to move his hindquarters and Cox started coaching her, imploring her to swing her lead rope harder and harder. “Come on Marlene! Get after him! Harder, harder, harder,” he yelled. Marlene’s face turned red in anger and finally a new energy welled up. “If you would act like your face looks you could move that horse,” Cox teased. Marlene funneled that emotion to moving that horse and she did it. “Now release. Good job Marlene,” Cox finished, moving on to another student. Marlene stood with her horse, both breathing hard and both looking satisfied. That was the beginning of meaningful ground work.

"Not sure" 

From the sidelines I could take in everything Cox said and take notes. Some things I jotted down are; pressure and release; direct and drive; have a purpose; be sure; do enough; don’t delay; and the release is the teach. For some students with horses the sensory overload was apparent when Cox had to repeat instructions too many times. “Okay, you can put your halter on. You can put your halter on. Put your halter on your horse!” Everyone had a good natured laugh when caught spacing out on their horse.

Chris Cox started training horses as a teenager and got a job training mustangs for the Bureau of Land Management. Over the years he developed his training program that he says is still evolving, “there will always be something for me to learn from a horse or another horseman.” Chris Cox may have learned more about horses than any man alive today. He is the three time champion of the colt starting competition Road to the Horse and he outperformed the biggest names in the business.

Every rider was fully alert when Chris Cox rode into the Morro Bay arena on a four wheeler pulling a roping dummy. This was another big challenge for Marlene and others but after trading her endurance saddle for a more stable western saddle she was able to canter after the steer on skids and follow through the figure eight turns. The confidence Marlene gained from this exorcise and others during the three days translated through her seat to her horse who could now stand still in a line of strange horses and watch other riders take their turn.

“Get after it”

Marlene and I will continue to “Ride the Journey” with Chris Cox and his teachings. We urge anyone with an interest in horses to attend a clinic, visit the website, or order his training videos. It does not matter which horse discipline you pursue Chris Cox can make you a better horseman and give you confidence that will change yourlife.(




Equine Enthusiast article about One Man, One Horse competition winner, John Loftus, using Chris's techniques and program with his horses

August 2011



Chris Cox on Imus in the Morning

16 May 2011

Three Time Road to the Horse Champion Chris Cox to Appear on Imus In The Morning

Road to the Horse, the World Championship of Colt Starting, is hitting the mainstream airways on May 20, 2011. Three-time Road to the Horse champion Chris Cox is slated to appear on Imus in the Morning on the Fox Business Network and radio stations across the country to discuss his experiences at Road to the Horse and the format of this legendary event.  Cox, a native of Australia who now lives in Mineral Wells, TX will conduct his phone interview at 6:35 a.m. Friday morning on Dish Network channel 206 and Direct TV channel 359.

“I couldn’t be more excited than to have Chris representing Road to the Horse on a national stage. As our first Legends champion, I’m confident Chris can share with the mainstream market what makes natural horsemanship and Road to the Horse specifically such an exciting and unique experience. Our event requires the competitors to think on their feet, to make life-changing and career making or breaking decisions in a split second  – so helping catapult the horse industry to mainstream attention feels like a natural for us,” says event owner and producer Tootie Bland.

The Imus in the Morning show was an immediate ratings hit for the Fox Business Network when it launched in October of 2009, raising the profile of the network which also features such mass-market ratings draws as “Cavuto” and “Lou Dobbs Tonight”. Known for featuring oftentimes controversial commentary on political and popular media news, the show was enthusiastic to share the excitement of the “Super Bowl of Colt Starting” with their audience.

Road to the Horse is unlike any other event in the equine or entertainment industry. The two-day, perennially sold-out event pits three of the country’s best horse trainers against one another as they train unbroken colts to ride in just a few short hours in front of a packed live audience and television cameras. It is a career launcher akin to American Idol within the $112 billion horse industry.

By combining education, edge-of-your-seat suspense, entertainment and the love of the horse, Road to the Horse has been responsible for solidifying the position of today’s horsemanship heroes and launching the careers of tomorrow’s hottest new stars. In the process, the event itself has become a catalyst for the advancement of natural horsemanship.

Spectators are guaranteed not only to have a good time, but also to walk away with training knowledge that will improve their relationship with horses. The event is supported by title sponsor Western Horseman Magazine and in association with AQHA.

Plans for the 2012 event are currently in development, for more information visit or call 325-736-5000.



Chris Cox Captures His Third Road to the Horse Title and Is Named the First Legends Champion

01 March 2011

It was, without a shadow of a doubt the most electrifying event in the eight-year history of Road to the Horse – The World Championship of Colt Starting. The nation’s three largest equine clinicians shared the dirt for the first time February 25-27 in front of sold-out crowds at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro, TN. Pat Parelli brought his horsemanship Savvy. Clinton Anderson displayed his Downunder thunder. But in the end, it was the earnest determination of Texas cowboy Chris Cox that won the judges’ favor and earned him his third Road to the Horse championship title and the first Legends title granted by the event.

“We thought it looked like [Cox] had the long-range plans of the horse in mind,” judge Bill Enk said. “It looked like he was preparing his horse for the next step in training the whole time.”

In a little more than three hours spread out over the course of the weekend, Parelli, Anderson and Cox were asked to select a young horse from a remuda provided by the famed 6666 Ranch of Texas, and then gentle that horse under saddle.

As the competition phase of the event started, owner/producer Tootie Bland told the crowd “I truly believe we are the luckiest people alive to be able to see these amazing men work with these fabulous horses.”

During the first day of competition, the clinicians each chose a horse with a different sire. Cox chose a gray gelding, Perfect Performance (sired by Sixes Pick and out of Best Performance by Special Effort), while Anderson chose a chestnut gelding Fletches Career (sired by Royal Fletch by Jae Bar Fletch and out of Career Model by Eddie Eighty), and Parelli chose a sorrel gelding Hey Whiskey (sired by Paddys Irish Whiskey and out of Hey Doll Baby by Juno Dat Cash). All of the colts were born in 2008.

The different breedings seemed to come out in the horse’s very different personalities. Parelli’s sensitive sorrel looked like an easy pick at first, but a defiant streak lurked just below the surface and was reticent of anything above him on his right hand side, and he bucked the trainer off during an early round of competition. Anderson’s chestnut, on the other hand, was fractious and reactive from the beginning. His explosive attitude was shown by way of an occasional bucking-bronc-worthy kick as he was being worked under saddle.

Cox’s gray stood out from the crowd as being sensitive and insecure. The horse seemed to be looking for leadership, which allowed Cox to play the role of confidence builder—a job the trainer took very seriously.

“This is the first contact these colts have had with people,” Cox said during the competition. “It’s very important to me if someone buys him or if he goes home to the 6666 Ranch, I want him to have a future. I’m not going to use him up just to win a competition.”

Indeed, each trainer seemed to take the time needed to get to know their horses in their own unique ways. Although they used different methods to get there, by the time round three rolled around, they had all had good rides on their horses, and there was no clear leader.

The final round, however, required the trainers to take their colts through their gaits on the rail of the arena and then complete an obstacle course with such challenges as weaving in and out of poles, walking over a tarp, jumping low rails and dragging a log by a rope.

Anderson drew the honor of being the first to go. His sorrel stayed true to form and didn’t make it easy for him. The gelding bucked a bit during rail work and refused to walk over the tarp, but in signature style, the Aussie trainer ended on a good note. Once finished with the required obstacles, Anderson took off his horse’s bridle off and rode him in a no-holds barred freestyle at a gallop around the arena to a standing ovation from the crowd.

“He’s a very reactive horse,” Anderson said of his 3-year-old colt, “but overall I think he is a good horse. He’s going to make a good horse for somebody. He may be challenging at times, but sometimes the best ones are.”

Cox was the second trainer to make his ride during the final round. A glitch in his hands-free microphone threatened to complicate his chances before he’d even set foot on the horse, but the technical crew replaced his headset quickly, and he went on to a successful ride on his grey gelding.

The cowboy from Mineral Wells, TX easily took his horse from a walk to a lope in each direction and made it through every obstacle in the course. He even chose to dally his rope during the log-dragging portion of the event even though it wasn’t required.

“I’m going to dally because I’m a cowboy,” he told the audience. “Cowboys can still be horseman.”

The energy in the arena built during Cox’s routine, and by the time his “theme” song, “I am Just a Cowboy,” was played during the freestyle portion of his turn, the audience was on its feet.

Cox then stood on the back of his horse in what has become the signature maneuver of the famed event, jumped off his horse and made a victory lap on foot, high-fiving fans. His gelding waited patiently, showing the connection that Cox had desired. Cox then removed the horse’s saddle and led him from the arena.

Finally, it was Pat Parelli’s turn. Parelli began his routine by announcing that he and his wife, Linda, had purchased the colt he was working with from the 6666 earlier in the day.

“When I started this project, I thought about the cowboy who would be messing with him,” he said of the horse, “not thinking it would be me.”

Parelli was slow, light and deliberate while building a relationship with his new colt. Before he got in the saddle, he pointed out that he would be using a hackamore for head control instead of a bit. The decision seemed to sit well with the sorrel, who carried Parelli quietly through the rail work and through each obstacle on the course. The pair culminated their weekend together with several celebratory cantering laps around the arena before stopping and asking for a prop – a large green ball. Parelli bounced the 4-foot diameter ball 10 feet above the horse’s head on it’s sensitive right side while the colt stood calmly. They exited the arena to a standing ovation and the strains of “Troubadour,” by George Strait.

As it had been in the first rounds, there was no clear-cut favorite to win after the final round was completed. When the suspense was finally broken, there was a cheer from the audience as presenting sponsor Western Horseman publisher Darrell Dodds announced that the most points had been awarded to Chris Cox.

Cox received a $10,000 winner’s check, a custom-made Martin Saddle, a giclee by artist Susan Edison, spurs by bit maker Daryl Davis and Road to the Horse Legends World Champion gold and sterling silver Gist Silversmiths belt buckle from Road to the Horse founder/producer Tootie Bland.

“It feels pretty good,” Cox said of the win. “I feel honored to be here and go up against these great horsemen.

“What I really appreciated was that the horse connected with me and that means more to me than the win.”

AQHA, the official remuda sponsor, presented the Traveler Award to the esteemed 6666 Ranch to honor them for breeding Cox’s colt, Perfect Performance. The award is named for the AQHA foundation sire who was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 1994.

The sheer talent of the trainers and quality of the 6666s horses made Road to the Horse 2011 a special experience for all involved. Judge Jack Brainard seemed to speak for everyone when he called the event “impressive”.

“One of the things about it, no one knew who was going to win it until the last hour,” Brainard said, “which made it more interesting, more thrilling for the crowd. It was just fantastic. Fantastic trainers, fantastic horses. I really enjoyed it.”


Road to the Horse

Road to the Horse, the World Championship of Colt-Starting is unlike any other event in the equine or entertainment industry. The three-day sold out event matches three of the country’s best horse trainers and clinicians of today against one another as they train unbroken colts to ride in just a few short hours in front of a packed live audience and television cameras.  By combining education, edge-of-your-seat suspense, entertainment and the love of the horse, Road to the Horse has been responsible for solidifying the position of today’s horsemanship heroes and launching the careers of tomorrow’s hottest new stars. In the process, the event itself has become a catalyst for the advancement of natural horsemanship.  Spectators are guaranteed not only to have a good time, but also to walk away with training knowledge that will improve their relationship with horses.

Road to the Horse is proud to partner with many outstanding companies across the equine industry including Road to the Horse presenting sponsor, Western Horseman and strategic partner AQHA along with Nutrena, PRE-VENT Feeders, Quarter Horse News, Barrel Horse News, Horses Magazine, abi Equine, Pyranha Inc., Martin Saddlery, Gist Silversmiths,, WW Livestock, Valley Vet Equine, Wahl Clipper, Callaway Farms Manufacturing, Extreme Mustang Makeover, Lucerne Farms, MacroAir Technologies, Hoofbeats Magazine, Rockin J Horse Stalls, Prichards Distillery, MGM & Associates, 3M Vetwrap, eZall, Turnbow Trailers, JW Brooks Custom Hats, TWHBEA, Flying D Enterprises and ACTHA. For sponsorship opportunities and more information on the 2011 Road to the Horse visit or call 325-736-5000.2011 Road to the Horse Will Feature a Triumvirate of "Legends"



Out of the Blue at the Abilene Spectacular

By: Sally Harrison

08 January 2011

Chris Johnsrud

Desires Blue Trinity and Chris Johnsrud flew under the radar to claim the Abilene Spectacular Derby on Saturday, January 8, at Taylor County Coliseum in Abilene, TX. Their 225.5-point score trumped co-reserve champions Wiley Cat, with Dirk Blakesley, and Woodys Wildest Cat, with Clint Allen, by 2 1/2 points.

The win paid $20,000 and also earned a $10,000 incentive bonus for Desire Blue Trinity’s owner/breeder Chris Cox, Lubbock, TX.

Johnsrud and Desires Blue Trinity drew up deep in the second set of the finals. They were immediately followed by NCHA Futurity champion One Time Royalty, who lost a cow and rode out before the buzzer. One Time Royalty and rider Lloyd Cox had topped the first go-round with 221 points and held the second-highest cumulative (437 points) going into the finals.

“He’s probably the best three-year-old I’ve ridden by far,” said Johnsrud at the NCHA Futurity, in December, where he showed Desires Blue Trinity as a finalist in the Open Futurity, as well as the Limited Open.

“I like everything about him, but if I had to say one thing I like the best, it would be that he has such a good way of moving. He’s cowy and strong, and he makes things look so easy.”

Cox raised his Mecom Blue-sired colt out of Desires Smart Lena, a full sister to Desires Little Rex ($287,519), and trained him until the spring of 2010, when Johnsrud took the reins.

This was the first major limited age event win for Johnsrud, 34, who got his start in cutting 14 years ago with trainer Al Dunning. In 2009, when he worked for Carol Ward, Johnsrud showed Ward’s mare Sweet Lil Gem as reserve champion of the NCHA Derby Open Limited.

Johnsrud was also a finalist aboard Tapt Dancin Cat, owned by Ray Heslin, in the 2010 NCHA Futurity Open Limited.

Including the incentive money, Desires Blue Trinity has earned $64,690 since her NCHA Futurity debut.

Co-Champions for 5/6-Year-Old Open Classic
Holly Is Smooth, ridden by Matt Miller for Tommy Manion, and Rascal Cats, with Wes Galyean for Steven Feiner, tied with 224 points in the 
Abilene Spectacular Classic. Each earned a payout of $14,000.

Miller also earned $11,000 for third place with 222.5 points aboard Desires Katrina for Don and Carol Dewrell. The High Brow Cat daughter is a half-sister to the dam of Abilene Spectacular Derby champion Desires Blue Trinity.

Five-year-old Holly Is Smooth, by Smooth As A Cat, was reserve champion of the 2010 Augusta Futurity under Brad Mitchell.

Rascal Cats, a 5-year-old son of High Brow Cat, has earned more than $120,000 under Galyean, and was reserve champion of the 2010 NCHA Derby.


Chris Cox - An American Horseman

01 September 2010

Weatherford, Texas, is arguably the epicenter of the Western horse world and certainly the center of the universe as it pertains to the cutting horse. It is a hub surrounded by the industry’s most high profile Western horse trainers, several of whom share their knowledge on popular television shows filmed just a short distance from the town’s iconic Parker County Courthouse.

Chris Cox runs his operation out of his Diamond Double C Ranch in Mineral Wells, just a short drive from Weatherford. His 175-acre training facility can be seen from the main highway, and on any given day you can catch a glimpse of Chris working horses or filming his popular television series, “Chris Cox Horsemanship.”

Cox’s story is that of a long journey paved with hard working ranch experience and a dedication to the horse, not only as a working tool of the trade, but as a symbol of a Western heritage deserving of preservation.

Learning Down Under
Cox is an American born citizen who learned his trade working cattle on the rugged landscapes of Australia, where he was raised. His dad worked on the King Ranch in Texas before eventually moving the family down under to pursue ranch work. A young Chris worked as a hand on a number of cattle ranches. He trained his own horses and worked clinics for several local horsemen, always with an eye for returning to the states to pursue his dream of working with horses.

At eighteen, he took the first step to fulfilling that dream and headed back to America. 

Following some ranch work in Florida, Cox began training mustangs for the Bureau of Land Management. Throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, Cox took in horses to train and began to devise what has become his trademark program.

A Steadfast Approach to Horse Training
“’Expect the best but be prepared for the worst.’ It’s a saying that I have,” says Cox. “A horse feels your energy. They can read your body language and can tell a lot about how confident or nervous you are.”

Chris understands that not everybody was raised on the back of a horse, so he created a system to teach people, using the same methods with which he trains horses. 

“First of all, I have three things that I tell students at the beginning of every clinic. One––safety is the number one priority. Second thing is education. The third is having fun. Safety comes from understanding how to work the horse effectively. You then start learning about yourself and you start getting results and it becomes fun.”

Chris learned early on in his training career that he sometimes must teach people how to learn, and that all don’t learn exactly the same.  

“They need to learn to take what they already know that hasn’t been very effective and put it aside,” says Cox. “They need to feel vulnerable or insecure for just a little while. You strip them of their dignity and pride and it’s a very fragile moment. They have to learn how to rebuild their confidence for using these skills.”

“It’s the same way with a horse,” Chris continues. “If somebody sends me a horse that hasn’t been ridden for ten years and it has all kinds of habits, I’ve got to break that horse back down to square one and rebuild that foundation and trust.”

The Trainable Horse
Aside from his strenuous regimen, Chris has competed at the highest level of cutting and continues to train and show his horses for the sport.
We asked Chris about performance horses and what he thinks would make good prospects for a shooting horse.

“Certainly the breeding has become very important over the years and not only that, it’s about trainability. I’d rather have a horse that is trainable than have a horse that has all the ability in the world that won’t train.”

“In mounted shooting you’ve got speed. You’ve got sharp corners and there’s a lot of pressure on the horse’s mind. So you’ve got to have a horse that’s athletic, fast and trainable. I’d look into finding a bloodline with similar traits...stops, turns, speed and trainable.”

“The Freckles Playboy–the Jewels Leo horses would be fantastic in my opinion. And certainly crossed over with Smart Little Lena or Doc O’Lena bred horse. I don’t think you can go wrong.”

Chris Cox Horsemanship on RFD-TV
Cox has found a way to get his message out to more and more people.  He hosts the television series, “Chris Cox Horsemanship” on RFD-TV. Filmed at his Diamond Double C Ranch, the half hour show airs twice a week and is chock full of training advice and horsemanship topics. Special episodes also feature Chris visiting ranches across the country to work with horses and their owners as part of his “Problem Horse Series.”

“RFD-TV has been a great vehicle for trainers of all types to express their views and techniques,” says Chris. “It’s a lot of work. We film a new show every week. It’s important to me for people to get something out of my show. It’s about giving people something to take home to be purposefully used on their horse.”

Road To The Horse
In 2007 and 2008, Chris Cox won back-to-back Road To The Horse Colt Starting Championships. In February of 2011 he will compete again, this time against Pat Parelli and Clinton Anderson. 

We asked Chris what he needs to do to beat these two formidable competitors.

“I’m going to go there to do a job. It’s something I always do. I’ve been in some situations before in my life with horses that have been wild. I started my career starting Mustangs and wild horses. I’ve got a very, very strong survival instinct.”

“I think it’s the first time it has made the clinicians accountable. Whether they spend a million dollars a year on marketing and promoting their products. All that’s thrown out the window. You’re in there and it’s just you and that horse. In my opinion you put your reputation on the line. I like the competition.”

About Guns
Chris Cox is a cowboy in every sense of the word. From working with cattle to training horsemen and horses, his views on Western tradition are clear and experience based.

“We always had a scabbard on our saddle and we had a .30-.30,” says Chris. “I look at the gun and I look at the spur on my boot in exactly the same way. This can either be a tool or it can be a weapon. It depends on whose foot it’s on. So a rifle or a handgun can either be a tool or it can be a weapon, depends on who’s holding it. A gun where I was raised was a tool. It wasn’t a weapon.”

He likes Cowboy Mounted Shooting.

“It’s exciting. One thing I really like and appreciate is that they have rules about the dress code. I don’t like anybody to be riding with a cap. Nobody on my ranch rides with a cap. Nobody rides on may ranch with a t-shirt. I like the excitement that is spreading throughout these people.”

The Future and the Past
Cox recently completed a photo shoot with famed Western photographer David Stoecklein for his 2011 marketing program. We asked Chris about that experience.

“I really appreciate David’s attitude about the West because we are losing this heritage each and every day.

“David portrays that and takes that image and takes that lifestyle and puts it on film and puts it in books and calendars. He allows people that were never raised around the West or the life of a cowboy to put those images on their walls and coffee tables. And they look through it and they dream about the West and they dream about the cowboy and it’s still alive. I work each and every day to keep that alive.

“I always wear my boots and my hat. It’s not a uniform for me. Whether I’m in New York City or London it’s the way I dress everyday. People ask me why I wear a hat. I wear a hat because of all the great men that wore one before me, men that were great heroes of mine. I was raised with a hat on.”

Chris Cox is a man with a sense of tradition combined with a view to the future. In his training, he has implemented a style and technique that has universal effectiveness, whatever the riding style. His common sense, straightforward approach enables horsemen and women at all levels to gain insight into horse behavior and leads them into a safe, versatile partnership...on the ground and in the saddle. 

Chris travels regularly to expos and horse events across the country. Anyone with a horse can join one of his numerous clinics and learn first hand the valuable lessons of an experienced and truly American horseman.



Announcement of Road to the Horse Participants  

3 July 2010

From Pat Parelli, Chris Cox and Clinton Anderson to compete in the 2011 ROAD TO THE HORSE in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Though Parelli has never competed, both Anderson and Cox have each won twice. Needless to say, there will be a frenzy for tickets to this festival of horse breaking.

According to,

Road to the Horse World Championship of Colt-Starting is unlike any other event in the equine or entertainment industry. The two-day sold-out event matches three of the country's best horse trainers and clinicians against one another as they train unbroken colts to ride in just a few short hours in front of a packed live audience and television cameras. By combining education, edge-of-your-seat suspense, entertainment and the love of the horse, Road to the Horse has been responsible for solidifying the position of today's horsemanship heroes and launching the careers of tomorrow's hottest new stars. In the process, the event itself has become a catalyst for the advancement of natural horsemanship. Hosted by Rick Lamb, of RFD-TV's "The Horse Show With Rick Lamb," spectators are guaranteed not only to have a good time, but also to walk away with training knowledge that will improve their relationship with horses. The event is supported by title sponsor Western Horseman and in association with AQHA.

Source: 2011 Road to the Horse Will Feature a Triumvirate of "Legends"


Chris Cox Woodside, CA Horsemanship Clinic To Focus on Lead Changes, Creating a Natural Headset and Much More

29 June 2010

Press Release

The Chris Cox Horsemanship Company has announced a two-day tour stop in Woodside on August 6 and 7 in a partnership with the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County.

The "Come Ride the Journey" event will give attendees the opportunity to watch and learn from Cox in areas such as colt starting, leads and lead changes, trailer loading, advanced horsemanship, creating a natural headset, bucking horse problems and building riders confidence.

Tickets for the event are $25 per day or $35 for a two-day pass and can be purchased online at or by calling 888-81-HORSE. In addition to the confidence building activities, there will be a daily question and answer session, as well as shopping and wholesome family enjoyment.

The clinic, starting Friday, August 6, will run from 6:30 p.m. . 8:30 p.m. and will include demonstrations on colt starting, creating a natural headset, leads and lead changes and building rider confidence.

The clinic will continue on Saturday from 12:30 - 5:30 p.m. and will include demonstrations on trailer loading, solving bucking horse problems and advanced horsemanship techniques.

"We are excited about including Woodside in our tour," said Chris Cox, owner of the Chris Cox Horsemanship Company. "There are no shortcuts to good horsemanship, and I hope to build the confidence in every rider, and teach them that knowledge is the best tool you can have when communicating with your horse."


About the Chris Cox Horsemanship Company

Chris Cox is an accomplished clinician and master horseman. With 25 years of experience, Cox has developed a successful partnership between horse and rider, making him one of the most respected individuals in the industry.

Cox offers a horsemanship program that has proven to be immensely popular with people of all ages. With the Chris Cox Horsemanship television show that airs on RFD-TV, along with the nationwide tour stops and his appearances at equine expositions, Cox has touched the lives of many horse enthusiasts.

He has shown them a straightforward, practical way to gain a better relationship with their horses. Winning back-to-back championships at the 2007 and 2008 Road to the Horses colt starting contests proved the effectiveness of his methods and his clear passion for horses. For more information please call (940) 327-8113 or (888) 81-HORSE, or visit


Chris Cox Horsemanship Company

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Chris Cox has had a lifetime of education with the greatest, most important teacher of all, the horse. Raised on a cattle ranch in the wilds of Australia, Chris had opportunities that most horsemen of this day and age never experience. With only horses for transportation, Chris learned at an early age how to appreciate and distinguish the abilities and traditions of the great men and horses around him. He has developed a way to translate those discoveries into methods for the students he teaches today. Simply put, Chris Cox Horsemanship shows horse people how to get results.

Influenced in his early years by both English and Western traditions, Chris Cox has implemented a style and technique that can be applied universally between both horse worlds. A common sense, straightforward approach allows the average horseman, as well as the advanced rider, insight into horse behavior and leads them towards that ultimate goal.a versatile and useful partnership between human and horse. Chris has been conducting clinics and demonstrations for over 18 years and has been a successful trainer and major competitor in the cutting horse world. Chris travels worldwide spreading his message, hoping horsemen and women will come to understand and appreciate the horses in their lives.

Chris Cox provides demonstrations and clinics throughout the United States and the world, and performs several times a year at many events. You can also attend a seven-day, in-depth Horseman's Course with Chris at his Outback Ranch located in Mineral Wells, Texas. These courses are designed to give horse enthusiasts a thorough, hands-on training experience that will last a lifetime.


Chris Cox goes on the road to Woodside, California

Famed Horse Clinician and 2-time "Road to the Horse" winner, Chris Cox, takes his "Ride the Journey" Tour to Woodside, California, August 6th and 7th, in a partnership with the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County.

The Patrol originally started as a mounted arm of the County Sheriff's Office, but over its 60 year history it has grown into much more. They are dedicated to horsemanship, promoting an interest in equestrian activities and serving the community.

Members of the Patrol are selected from accomplished riders in San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Francisco, Alameda, Marin and Santa Cruz Counties. They assist local emergency services. Equestrian-related events are sponsored or co-sponsored by the Mounted Patrol annually. It's award-winning color guard appears in parades and pageants in surrounding cities.

Over the two days, Chris will demonstrate colt starting, creating a natural headset, leads and lead changes, trailer loading, Curing a horse that bucks, building rider confidence, and provide advance horsemanship tips.

Those who have attended a Chris Cox demonstration observe the amazing changes that Chris can make while working with a problem horse. "The greatest gift I can give is the gift of knowledge", states Cox.

Admission is $25 per day or $35 for both days, available on the website at or by calling 888-81-HORSE. Tickets are also available thru the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County at 650-852-8300. The Mounted Patrol is hosting a dinner/dance on Saturday evening.

What: Chris Cox Horsemanship Company Ride the Journey Tour Stop
When: Friday, August 6th 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Saturday August 7th 12:30 - 5:30
Where: San Mateo Mounted Patrol Grounds 521 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside, CA

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AHP Newsgroup: Chris Cox and Rich Skelton Horsemanship and Roping Clinic Attracts World Champion Cowboys

21 April 2010

Mineral Wells, Texas  -  

8-Time World Champion Team Roper, Rich Skelton, teamed up with 2-time Road to the Horse Champion, Chris, Cox for a Team Roping and Horsemanship Seminar, April 12 14. More than 30 students from several states came to improve both their horsemanship and team roping skills.  Their levels ranged from beginner to a #7 heeler.  Participants included World Champion All Around Cowboys Larry Mahan and Chris Lybbert.

The unique training partnership developed when Cox sought heeling instruction from Skelton.  Chris Cox has been ranch roping most of his life, and recently began competing in the USTRC and other ropings as a header.  This summer, he entered the prestigious Reno Invitational Team Roping, heeling for former World Champion Jack Roddy.  Rich Skelton has always believed that good horsemanship is the basic foundation for successful roping.

The first morning, students saddled up and roped live cattle so Chris could evaluate horsemanship skills, and Rich could determine the ropers performance level.  That afternoon, it was dummy time for both headers and heelers.   While Rich Skelton won 8 World Championships as a heeler, he is well qualified to teach headingafter all, he did travel with Speed Williams for years!

Ground instruction for both headers and heelers included position, building a balanced loop, swing, feeding the loop, target, and delivery.  After practicing for what seemed like hours, it was time to mount up again and rope the drag dummy.  Then back to live cattle with a noticeable improvement by all as the Texas sun was setting.  

Day 2 began with Chris Cox demonstrating horsemanship drills to prepares ones horse for competition.  Chris training philosophy is to have total control of the horse, from the nose to the tail.  He showed students how to have softness and flex in the poll, and make lateral movements in the ribcage and hindquarters.  This method allows the rider to place the horse anywhere they want in relation to the box or trailing a steer.  Chris training methods make a better mount for any discipline, from roping to barrel racing, and from cutting to reining.

After lunch on Day 2, Richs former roping partner, Speed Williams arrived.  Speed demonstrated how headers should handle cattle to make a more successful team effort.  The heelers at the seminar truly gained confidence when they had the opportunity to rope behind Speed.  

Day 3 saw all the hard work come together.  The participants worked on making sure their horses would run and rate at the right spot.  They got more dummy work, and plenty of live cattle.  Chris Cox TV production crew were on hand to video tape the participants, so they could see their progress each day.  The seminar will also be the subject of upcoming episodes of Chris Cox Horsemanship on RFD-TV.

Heres what the participants are saying:

Chris Lybbert World Champion Tie Down Roper, World Champion All Around Cowboy.  Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.  Chris has trained and sold top Calf and Team Roping Horses said he enjoyed learning from Chris Cox and Rich Skelton.

I learned about moving my horse around, and I actually got to where I could catch feet consistently.   I had mostly headed and tried to heel.  Rich changed my delivery completely.  It was amazing how much better the students and horses were by the end of the school.  It was especially impressive to see how much better the students handled cattle.  

Larry Mahan 6-time World Champion All Around Cowboy, 2-Time World Champion Bull Rider.  Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, National Cowboy Hall of Fame.

This was an amazing event.  Chris and Rich had great chemistry.  They are both so knowledgeable.  They worked so well together.  Chris Cox is the best horse trainer I've ever witnessed he is a teacher with no gimmicks, no one-liners.  A Chris Cox seminar is for those who really want knowledge.   Bottom line, two young pups showed this ole dog something new.

Brennan Harmon  - Church Point, LA.  #7 USTRC Heeler/#6 Header

This was by far the best experience Ive ever had.  The seminar touched both phases roping and horsemanship.  It was truly the best of both worlds.  I cant wait to go to our local USA roping finals this weekend.   

Both Chris and Rich have gotten positive feedback from the Seminar, another one will be scheduled soon.  For more information,



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