Montana Cowboy Makes it Professional
Growing up on a Montana ranch, Brad Barkemeyer started his first colt when he was 12. By the age of 14, Brad was training horses in different disciplines for the public. This early experience served him well throughout his career as a professional horseman and trainer. Brad has experienced success in American Quarter Horse, National Cutting and Reined Cowhorse, U.S. and World Series Team Roping Championship events. Today, Brad operates a family-owned horse training business, Barkemeyer Performance Horses, where he sets the bar high for horses, people and products.
The Weaver Leather team is honored to sponsor Brad and recently went behind the scenes in an interview. This cowboy sure knows how to set his goals high and follow his passion!
Lives In: Scottsdale, Arizona
Family: Wife Mindy and Sons Bryce and Zane
Areas of Expertise: Reined Cowhorses and Roping
When did you get involved in horses? I grew up on our family ranch and began training at the age of 12.
Who/what has been your main influence in the horse world? I’d say my parents played a huge role, alongside of David Avery and Al Dunning.
What is your go-to piece of advice when you are training, conducting clinics or speaking to a group? Be a leader, not a passenger.
Your first horse? The black mare.
Favorite Weaver Leather Products? Synergy Saddle Pad– good looking, long lasting, quality fit and padding. AirFlex cinches, Prodigy athletic boots, eZall and Sagebrush series bits!
What was your favorite horse you’ve ever owned or trained and why? Dulce Smart Boomer aka Clark. A few of his accolades include me winning the NRCHA Limited Derby and my wife winning the AQHA World Championship in Amateur Boxing on him in 2013.
What activities do you enjoy outside of horses? Spending time with my family, fishing and snow skiing.
What was the first class you ever won? Sheep riding when I was 8 and I won my first buckle.
What is your favorite show or event to attend? AQHA World Show, NRCHA Futurity and the World Series of Team Roping Finale.
So, our Weaver Leather challenge to you today….are you setting goals and following your dreams? In the little or big things in life we challenge you to be inspired and inspire others. To walk with a positive light and help share the love of our industry:)
Until next time, HAPPY TRAILS!
Weaver Leather Team