I was raised in California's famous San Joaquin Valley—the home of world renowned Hackamore and the Bridle Horses. Under the expert tutelage of his renown father, Keith Haag, I started riding almost as soon as he could walk. I also learned from the likes of Bob Barrett, Dave Oakes and Tom Dorrance. I was working on the vast California ranches for wages before my teens.
I was a finals qualifier in high school and college rodeo--in bareback bronc, bull riding, team roping, and calf roping. I also qualified to the Grand National in cutting. I won the professional bareback-bronc rookie of the year in 1986. After a career ending injury, I hit the ranch trail; working on some of the most prestigious ranches in the west. I had the privilege of working on the Circle Bar Ranch, the Flying M Ranch, Cane Springs Ranch, Finney Ranch, Mathis Ranch, and many more-- all the time refining the skills of the Horseman. I have had the opportunity to conduct a variety of horse training/colt starting clinics.
I have trained Jumping Horses and started several world-class dressage horses. I spent several years training racehorses and had two of my colts sell at Barrett's Sale, the second largest Thoroughbred sale in the country. I attended two years of horseshoeing school and became a successful corrective and therapeutic farrier in California and Nevada.
My passion has centered around training the ultra-responsive Hackamore/Bridle horses of the California and Nevada ranges. I have found those foundations are applicable to all breed and disciplines seeking a supreme equine partner.
The experience I have garnered working with hundreds of horses and people in several states has broadened my mind and empowered my training. I focus on both relating to people and their horse problems, and horses with their people problems.