Rick was raised in California's famous San Joaquin Valley—the home of world renowned Hackamore and the Bridle Horses. From an early age, Rick demonstrated a unique ability with horses. Under the expert tutelage of his father, Keith Haag, he started riding almost as soon as he could walk. He also learned from the likes of Bob Barrett, Dave Oakes and Tom Dorrance. Rick was working on the vast California ranches for wages before his teens.
Rick was a finals qualifier in high school and college rodeo and won the professional bareback-bronc rookie of the year in 1986. After a career ending injury Rick hit the ranch trail; working on some of the most prestigious ranches in the west. Rick worked the Circle Bar Ranch, the Flying M, Cane Springs Ranch, Finney Ranch, The Mathis Ranch and many more, all the time refining the skills of the Horseman. He has been a world-class competitor in a variety of events and has written an equine training manual. He has put on a variety of horse training clinics in California.
Rick also trained Jumping Horses and nearly every breed in California. He trained racehorses and had two of his colts sell at Barrett's Sale, the second largest Thoroughbred sale in the country. Rick attended two years of horseshoeing school and became a successful corrective and therapeutic farrier in California. He attended Merced College and Southern Utah University majoring in Equine Science and English Literature respectively. He also minored in Education/Special Education. These other endeeavors have improved his ability to relate to peopleand their horse problems, or more often than not: horses with their people problems.
In 2005, Rick and his family moved to Southern Utah.