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.
I was able to go to Equine Affaire with Weaver Leather working out of our endorsees’ booth, Ken McNabb of Ken McNabb Horsemanship. I had the privilege of meeting Ken last summer at one of the clinics he taught at our brand ambassador’s facility, C and C Horsemanship.
A few weeks ago, I attended an extreme trail clinic with my Thoroughbred/Appaloosa, Indy. What may surprise you, however, is that neither Indy nor I have ever done anything like that before! If you follow our blog posts, you may remember my background and training is mainly in the English discipline.
Over the years my tack room has become filled with many different pieces of equipment. Hanging on the wall I often find myself reaching for “the perfect connection”. A connection piece that is not necessarily common to all, but one that really comes in handy as a great training piece.
When I was given the opportunity to travel to Las Vegas in December of 2017 to work during the National Finals Rodeo, I quickly jumped at the chance to go. Being relatively new to Weaver Leather and having a primarily English background, I was excited to immerse myself in the rodeo world.
From a little boy with dreams, professional horseman Ken McNabb, has established himself into a well known trainer, clinician, host of the award-winning RFD-TV show – Discovering the Horseman Within and partner in the top quality annual Diamond-McNabb Ranch Horse Sale.
It’s hard to imagine that it’s been 7 years since my life changed. What started out as a normal day working at the barn, turned into an overnight stay in the ER with a life altering injury. Let me tell you a quick story about that day and what I’ve learned about myself and about passion.
From a small garage where our founder Harry Weaver focused on making shoe repairs in 1973 to today’s 260,000 square foot facility where a team of over 300 manufactures, distributes and markets products for our supply, equine, livestock, pet and arborist divisions, we’ve come a long way in 45 years.