Tony is a Parelli level 3 graduate and has attended two colt starting programs with Pat Parelli at the Parelli International Study Center. After the first program, Pat awarded Tony the distinction of 3 Star Horse Specialist. Tony resigned from the Parelli organization 9/1/06.
Tony is currently developing horses from young and green up to finished saddle horses for competition at versatility and ranch horse events.
Tony's early experiences with horses include starting mules on an Arizona ranch and galloping both Quarter Horses and Thoroughbred race horses. His horse hobbies include cutting, working cow events and reining. Tony is also a talented natural farrier.
Tony has ridden with Pat and Linda Parelli, World Champion Cutting horse trainer, Leon Harrel and the "guru" of all reining horse champion trainers, Jack Brainard. Tim McQuay (Hollywood Dun It) and Wayne Lucas (Kentucky Derby noted trainer) were also Jack's students. Tony also rode with Ronnie Willis, Pat Parelli’s mentor.
LESSONS and LESSON PRICES
Tony gives lessons and his regular price for private lessons is $65/hour. Semi-private lessons are $55 (two horses) and group rates for three more more riders is $45/hour.
"As I am starting to achieve some of my personal goals it has become very rewarding for me to help others also achieve their own personal goals and to be there for encouragement and instruction.
"It is my job to give the horses with whom I come into contact a solid foundation of trust, communication and respect that will allow a healthy horse-human relationship."
"I enjoy the sport of working cow-horse events. In my training of horses, it is very satisfying to see horses that have never been started, or have gotten a bad start, get a different idea about how life is or is-not going to be with humans."
Tony has made a difference in the lives of horses who got off to a bad start, or just got started in the wrong way. Call Tony at 417-399-4146 or email (see below) to check into bringing yourself or your horse or the both of you to Tony at the For The Horse Ranch!
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