I grew up in High Point, North Carolina and found my passion for the horse at age sixteen. Today I spend my time riding horses for the public in Paris, Kentucky as well as traveling around the country teaching clinics. My journey began with a desire to fill what I thought was a basic need, yet evolved into a love of working with horses. As I figured out a thing or two, I learned how much I loved not only educating horses but people as well. It is truly an honor to work with each one of you and your horses and I look forward to the day we get to ride together. 

 

My journey began as a stable hand at a local Hunter Jumper equestrian facility. There I learned the basic of caring for horses and riding, then spent the next four summers traveling the East Coast and to Canada with Arabian/Half Arabian trainer, Rick Gault. From hauling trailers across the country to learning what it means to get to know a horse as an individual, my time with RGT prepared me with the knowledge and ability to take care of any horse just as if they too are a national champion. 

 

During the regular academic year I spent many hours volunteering for Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Retirement. It was there that I found my passion not just for the horse, but the lifestyle of horsemanship. There was a need to help educate these horses so they could find their forever home and I set out on a mission to further my horsemanship to help them. Little did I realize this was the beginning to the journey I would dedicate my life to. Early on I did not know who to look to for guidance so I spent many hours learning from the horses in a round pen. Several months later I stumbled across a style of horsemanship that captivated and spoke to my soul.

 

It was a Vaquero and Buckaroo style horsemanship that caught my eye but went far beyond just horses. This horsemanship was brought to us by horseman Tom Dorrance, spread across this great country by Ray Hunt and introduced to me by Buck Brannaman. In pursuit of furthering my understanding, I was selected to spend several weeks with horseman Kip Fladland courtesy of the Legacy of Legends Scholarship program. The LoL program was founded by Buck and Carolyn Hunt to help young aspiring horsemen have the opportunity to spend time learning from those who have dedicated their lives to living out and teaching the principals Tom and Ray dedicated their lives to. 

 

 

While riding horses for the pubic after class, I pursued my collegiate education at the University of Kentucky earning a B.S. in Equine Science and Management and a minor in Agricultural Economics. Following graduation I spent the next year and a half traveling the country assisting in the teaching of clinics and private lessons, education of horses in training as well as handling the business administration duties. Forever grateful for the horses that taught me so much and the friendships made along this part in the journey, it became time to return to the horsemanship I value so much and to learn from the best teacher of all: the horse. 

 

 

Today I am humbled to have the opportunity to live out my life as a full time student of the horse and to share the journey with each of you. We look forward to one day having a home and ranch where we can welcome each one of you and share part of my dream to have enough land that one could not hit the fence line after a full day's riding. 

"TAKE PRIDE IN HOW FAR YOU HAVE COME AND HAVE FAITH IN HOW FAR YOU CAN GO."

A special thanks to the horsemen who have personally contributed to Colton's horsemanship journey:

  • Josh Lyons

  • Robert Coleman

  • Mark & Jacob Schwarm

  • Patrick King

  • Kim & Yvonne Barteau

  • Melissa Ashcraft

  • Sallye Kirkpatrick

  • Rick Gault

  • Gin Wiltsey

  • Kip Fladland

  • James & Kate Cooler

  • George Smock

COLTON WOODS CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2018
2013 Legacy of Legends Scholarship Recipient. Mentor Kip Fladland
Studies Equine Science and Management and Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky.
Forms Colton
Woods Horsemanship
Assistant for Wildcard Competitor, James Cooler, at 2014 & 2015 Road to the Horse
Equine Science and Management Intern of the Year
Assistant trainer for Double Dan Horsemanship USA
CWH opens to riding horses for the public, clinics and lessons
RESERVE CHAMPION, 2018 Kentucky Extreme Mustang Makeover with Sweet Caroline
CHAMPION, 2018 Rumble on the Ranch Invitational Colt Starting

© 2019 Colton Woods Horsemanship. 

Site Designed by Maredith Davis Design