For almost 4 decades Richard Winters has been pursuing and perfecting the art of horsemanship.
For all these years, Richard and his wife Cheryl’s motto has been “Enjoy the Journey!” From teaching his first clinic at a junior college in the early 1980s, the Winters’ have literally traveled around the world sharing his unique brand of horsemanship. Understanding horses and perhaps more importantly, understanding people, has been the key to Richard helping literally thousands of people achieve their own personal horsemanship goals.
Among his many accolades, Richard won the National Reined Cow Horse Association World Championship in 2005 and took top honors at the Road to the Horse Colt Starting Championship in 2009. He is also a top-five finalist at the Cowboy Dressage World Finals and author of From Rider to Horseman, published in 2016 by Western Horseman Magazine. In recent years, Richard has been traveling the country and world helping horse owners – professionals and amateurs – learn how to train themselves and their horses for better outcomes.
In the summer of 2017 Richard and Cheryl’s journey took an unexpected yet exciting new turn. Richard accepted the invitation to be “Director of the Horse Program” at the historic and prestigious Thacher School in Ojai, California. This college preparatory boarding school has a 125-year history of academic excellence and strong horsemanship. Thacher has always believed that the challenges and responsibilities of horse care and horsemanship have the ability to teach life lessons that reach to the classroom, relationships, careers and beyond. After serving as Thacher’s Horse Program Director for two years the Winters are embarking on a new yet very familiar adventure.
Just outside of Weatherford, Texas, is now the new home base for Richard Winters Horsemanship. Richard and Cheryl look forward to reconnecting with many of you again out on the road and meeting new horse lovers!