Brad Barkemeyer

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Growing up on a Montana ranch, Brad 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 Horse, National Reined Cowhorse, U.S. and World Series Team Roping Championship events. Today, Brad operates a family-owned horse training business, Bar B Performance Horses, where he sets the bar high for horses, people, and products.

Lives In
Scottsdale, Arizona

Wife: Mindy
Children: Bryce and Zane

Bar B Performance Horses

Areas of expertise
Reined cowhorses

Industry organization membership
American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) – Professional Horseman
National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) – Board of Directors Member
National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)
World Series of Team Roping (WSTR)
United States Team Roping Championships (USTRC)

When did you get involved with 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, 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.

Favorite Weaver Leather products
Contoured EVA Sport Foam Saddle Pad - Good looking, long lasting, quality fit and padding
AirFlex® Cinches
Prodigy® Athletic Boots
Sagebrush Series Bits

My first horse
The black mare

What was your favorite horse you’ve ever owner 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 was the first class you ever won?
Sheep riding when I was 8. I won my first buckle.

What is your favorite show or event to attend?
AQHA World Show
NRCHA Futurity
World Series of Team Roping Finale

What activities do you enjoy outside of horses?
Spending time with my family, fishing and snow skiing.

Brad Barkemeyer