STEVE is a native of Winfield, Louisiana; a central Louisiana town that was home to three former governors and is the hub of the forestry industry in the state. His family was involved in agriculture with cattle, hogs, vegetable production, and horses. Cattle were grazed on timber company land providing the young Steve with lots of horseback time and experiences. These experiences of riding and working cattle provided an opportunity for Steve to work his way through College as a day-work cowboy. He also rode young horses for the public when time allowed.
Steve’s graduate education included the study of animal behavior. As a result, many of the old ways of getting colts started was scratched and a philosophy of communicating with the horse from the horses’ perspective was developed.
Steve started his 33 year Extension career in his native state of Louisiana as an assistant county agent – agriculture. In 1989, Steve moved to Arkansas as the first state 4-H Livestock Specialist. In 2004, another first occurred when Steve was appointed Arkansas’ first Extension Horse Specialist. Steve’s PREP Program (Positive Reenforcement for Excellent Perfomance) has been presented to over 25,000 horsemen. Arkansas’ 4-H High Adventure Horse Packing Program is a unique Leadership and Horsemanship Skills Development Program for teens that utilized a 5 -day, 4 night wilderness pack trip to the Rockies. Steve provided leadership for many equine programs. These include Arkansas Horsemen of Excellence Program, Arkansas Horse Grazing Schools, and demonstrations on grazing management for horses, and developed curriculums for Arkansas Department of Corrections Horsemanship Schools, and the initial Arkansas EIA Verifier Program. Steve authored or co-authored thirteen chapters for the National e-Extension Horse Quest, including two horsemanship videos.
Steve is an avid trail rider, horse packer and even teaches dutch oven cooking classes. Steve’s life-long passion has always been horses and livestock. He trail rides, horse packs, conducts horsemanship and training clinics, and judges stock horse and competitive trail events throughout the United States. He writes a monthly news article, Campfires, Trail, and Tails, for the Horsemen’s Round-Up, the largest equine publications in Arkansas. In addition, Steve co-hosts a monthly radio show, Hoof Tracks, that has an audience of 30, 000 in the Arkansas River Valley in North Central Arkansas. Steve still enjoys occasionally working his cow horses on a few local ranches.
Steve describes himself as the most blessed and luckiest cowboy alive! His greatest treasures are God, Family, Horses, Livestock, and the opportunity to assist people with the same passions as himself.
- Associations: AQHA, APHA, ARHA, ARSHA
- ARHA Professional Horseman
- 2017 ARSHA All-Around and Hi-Point (Open)
- ARA World Show Finalist- Ranch Riding, Trail
- Author to Numerous Publications ( 25 years for Horsemen’s Round-UP)
- Clinics: From Ground to Saddle; Building the Foundation; Fundamentals of Western Horsemanship; Ranch Versatility & Stock Horse (including cow work); Building Confidence for Horse and Rider; Competitive Trail; Horse Packing and Wilderness Riding
- Clinics have been presented to 20,000 + Horsemen