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Because of Horses

Nov 23, 2018

Elise’s guest on today’s Because of Horses podcast is the extraordinary horsewoman, Barbra Schulte. She is the only woman to win the Cutting Horse "Triple Crown”: the NCHA Derby, the NCHA Super Stakes Classic, and the Augusta Futurity. She was also awarded National Female Equestrian of the Year by the American Quarter Horse Association and the Women’s Sports Foundation, and is a National Cowgirl Hall of Fame inductee, former Vice President of the Cutting Horse Association, a professional trainer and clinician, a certified Performance Coach, multi-published author, and an equine consultant.


On top of all that, Barbra Schulte is an advocate — and a great example — of living life to the fullest. In this episode, she and Elise discuss how her parents’ training business impacted her own career, from a very early age; how it felt to compete at 13 against adults at the national level – and win; and how her degree and initial, non-horse career actually fed her passion for horses and makes her that much more effective as a trainer and a coach. 


In this conversation, Barbara also talks about some of the universal rider issues she’s observed and worked to correct; how she helps guide riders to reframe their thoughts and “rein” in their emotions; explains what makes a good Cutting Horse; and shares her own riding approach and techniques.


Topics of Discussion:

[:19] About Elise’s guest today, Barbra Schulte.

[1:02] When did Barbra realize she had a talent for horses? Or was it just always present from her early childhood?

[5:25] As a very young rider competing against adult professionals, did Barbra realize how remarkable her achievements were?

[8:26] How Barbra’s previous studies and careers connect with her current path and passion for horses.

[13:37] Universal obstacles and issues that Barbra comes across time and again as a certified Personal Performance Coach.

[17:00] How does Barbra coach riders to reframe their thoughts and “rein” in their emotions?

[21:57] About Elise’s book, A Parent’s Guide to Riding Lessons!

[22:40] What is it like to ride a good Cutting Horse? What makes a good Cutter? And how does Barbra hang on?

[28:28] Barbra speculates why there tend to be more men in Cutting than women.

[31:33] About next week’s episode of Because of Horses.

[32:44] What it means to Barbra to be honored by the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.

[36:25] About how Barbra’s husband, Tom, and his nominating her for the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.

[36:39] How Tom and Barbra work together on a day-to-day basis.

[40:44] Elise thanks YOU for listening to Because of Horses! She reads a couple reviews from new listeners and thanks everyone for tuning in.

[42:38] Where to learn more about Barbra’s work and find her online.


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Mentioned in this Episode:

Barbra Schulte

A Parent’s Guide to Riding Lessons: Everything You Need to Know to Survive and Thrive with a Horse-Loving Kid, by Elise Chand

United States Pony Club

Stacy Westfall

Because of Horses Episode with Stacy Westfall

Next episode of the Because of Horses podcast

National Cowgirl Hall of Fame

THE GIFT, by Barbra Schulte

Barbra Schulte Facebook Page

Be Unstoppable Facebook Page

Be Unstoppable

Barbra Schulte and Sandy Collier’s Clinics and Retreats

The National Cutting Horse Association

American Quarter Horse Association

Women’s Sports Foundation


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