MNCHA members Deborah Moller, left, and Dennis Anderson joined Texas cutting horse trainer and performance coach Barbra Schulte, center, along with Nichole Studenberg, second from right, and Stephanie Shadiow at the Horse Expo. Barbra worked the riders and their horses on flag work, as well as how to read and sort cattle in four sessions over two days at the Expo.
Barbra Schulte Headlines at MN Horse Expo
Veteran Texas cutting horse trainer and performance coach Barbra Schulte was a headline attraction at the Minnesota Horse Expo April 26-28, and a handful of MNCHA members helped her demonstrate to thousands of show visitors what cutting and cow work are all about.
Schulte has won nearly $1 million in NCHA competition, and includes the NCHA Derby, Super Stakes Classic, and Augusta Futurity among her championship wins.
Schulte is also a well-known author and equine consultant who was raised on her family’s Illinois ranch, where as a girl she helped ride, train and prepare for sale some of the operation’s 500 horses.
A resident of Brenham, Texas, Schulte in 2000 was named the National Female Equestrian of the Year by the American Quarter Horse Association, and in 2012 she was voted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame. She also has been inducted into the National Cutting Horse Association Members Hall of Fame.
MNCHA chairman Dave Scribner hauled cattle to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds April 26-27 so Schulte could demonstrate cutting and herd work to Expo visitors
Using a horse trained by MNCHA board chairman Dave Scribner, Barbra Schulte demonstrated how to assess and enter a herd calmly, under control and with a plan.
Over those two days, in four seminar-workshops, Schulte, with help from MNCHA members Mary Jo Lehmann, Nichole Studenberg, Deb Moller, Stephanie Shadiow and Dennis Anderson, stressed the importance while competing of mental, emotional and physical self-awareness.
A certified personal performance coach, Schulte in 1994 introduced her Mentally Tough program for riders of all disciplines.
At the Expo, Schulte also presented classroom seminars that focused specifically on how riders can best prepare themselves for competition — skills that also can be utilized successfully in day-to-day living. Visualization, Schulte says, is a key mental skill. “That’s because we tend to get what we think about,’’ she said. Schulte’s books, videos, online training courses and other information are available on her website, www.barbraschulte.com.