A Horseman, An Educator
James’ education in horsemanship spans more than 35 years. James has competed successfully in many western events over the years, but most recently has found his niche in the popular Ranch Riding and Ranch Horse Versatility classes. James’ quiet way with horses and his belief that all horses should have a solid foundation from the beginning creates horses that are relaxed, broke and consistent. James is also a public elementary school teacher. His teaching ability allows him to communicate and coach his clients to success in the show pen. James’ clear and consistent teaching methods are turning out champions in youth, amateur and open divisions.
James and his clients have successfully competed in multiple AQHA events. At the 2016
Quarter Horse World show, James won 9 th place in the level 2 Senior Ranch Riding and 7 th in the level 3 Senior Ranching Riding out of 121 riders in the open division. James and his daughter Kate also have earned multiple American Buckskin Registry Association’s World Championships titles in both the youth and open divisions in many diverse classes and made the finals in both youth and open divisions at the All American Quarter Horse Congress.
James lives with his family on their ranch in St. Charles Iowa where he trains horses, coaches riders and conducts clinics. He also finds time for his main job of teaching first grade for the Des Moines Public Schools.