I've called these two a dynamic duo to watch and grateful to have her on our team! Amanda grew up loving horses and a passion to ride. She received her first horse at age nine but riding long before then including spending weekends at her cousins enjoying their horses as well as her neighbors. She was involved in 4-H, National Little Britches Association and Youth Little Britches. After high school she went on to rodeo for Casper College competing in barrel racing, goat tying and breakaway roping.
She graduated with an Ag Business degree an came back to Colorado to pursue a degree in Medical Assisting. Amanda is married and has two young children who you can usually find traveling to barrel races or obstacle challenges with her. She enjoys spending time with her kids and riding. She recently won the National Western Stock Show Horseman’s Challenge Intermediate Division and Speed Challenge! She says that she is honored to be sponsored by Forever Young Equine.
Forever Young Equine Therapy Solutions is very excited to be sponsoring Madeline Wagner and Bryson Wagner of Wagner Training Co.! These two go above and beyond in the horse community, are both amazing horsemen (and woman) and overall great people at heart! I've worked with them in a training atmosphere and their horses have seen the benefits from massage therapy already - I'm really looking forward to this partnership!
Maddie and Bryson met in college while they were both working on their Equine Degrees. Competing together on the college Ranch Horse Versatility team got them excited about building a horse training business together.
Maddie's childhood riding experiences mainly focused around The Westernaires and Trail riding. It was at Westernaires where she learned the value of volunteerism, and after getting her two equine degrees, she completed an internship under Vernon Performance horses, and went on to work at Saddle Up Foundation. Shortly after graduation, she began as a volunteer coach for the Elizabeth based drill team, The Blazing Saddles. She is in her fourth season of coaching the team and is now The President of the organization. Nursing school takes up some of her daytime hours, and the rest of the time is spent training horses, coaching clients, and helping new families become horse owners in the Elbert County Area.
Bryson is a United States Army Veteran who started working towards his Equine Degrees after being honorably discharged. Bryson's early horse experiences centered around 4H, Rodeo, Ranch Work and Colt starting. After graduating with his degree in Equine Management, he interred for Darren Miller. He spends most of his days on the back of a horse training and working cattle and fills evening hours with lessons and colt starting at various locations in Douglas and Elbert Counties.
Maddie and Bryson focus their training methods around natural horsemanship. Wagner Training company offers colt starting, problem solving, refreshing of skills, helping riders gain courage and confidence, de-sensitizing, trailer loading, drill team and working ranch horse. Maddie and Bryson are also available for new purchase evaluations, and helping families, new to the horse world, get started.
A little insight into Wagner Training: We are a small business! We moved onto property that will take a long time to improve! We feel truly blessed to have 5 sheds with horse runs, a hay barn, and a round pen! Soon we will have an outdoor arena! We don’t have fancy stalls and an indoor, but what we do have, is a lot of open air, a trail course, and room to ride around the pasture! Our horses are happy and healthy! They have pasture time, fresh water, exercise, and quiet dark nights! We don’t show at huge shows, and we can’t afford $50,000 horses, but, we love to volunteer and can be seen at several shows around Colorado! Bryson is active in 4H and enjoys helping with the horse projects, ranch horse, and trail riders! Maddie is active with The Blazing Saddles Drill Team and Parker Trail Riders! We can be seen showing with PTR, AHA, 4H, COCS, CoWN, SHOT, and much more! When we show, we show our personal horses as well as client horses. We sometimes show horses that buck and spook! We often don’t win, and that’s okay! When we show we take clients that are just there to have fun, and that’s okay! Now don’t get me wrong, we love to win, but we also stand behind a bigger picture! Here at Wagner training It’s about helping someone overcome their fears! It’s about helping a little girl achieve her dreams. It’s about teaching someone the first time they swing a leg over!! It’s about being role models to the next young cowboy and cowgirl! It’s about saving the horse that no one else wanted and making him great for what he is, not what we want him to be! We help people who aren’t ready or never want to show! We train a lot of horses that no one sees because we are just making them safe for families to ride at their house! Horse Training for us is not about winning the belt buckle and having the fanciest horse in the parking lot, but more about making a positive impact on that horse or that owner. We hope you will consider bringing your horse to us, or coming to visit for a lesson! We will continue to have clinics and look forward to seeing you there! -Bryson and Maddie Wagner
My name is Kayli Ecklund. I am eighteen years old, an honor student, and a senior at Lewis-Palmer High School in Monument, Colorado. I am the president of my school’s Drama Club and a stage manager.
My greatest passion however is Rodeo! I am a member of Colorado State High School Rodeo Association (CSHSRA) and National Little Britches Rodeo Association (NLBRA). I compete in the Senior Girl Division in Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, and the Timed Trail with anywhere from thirty to eighty other young women in Colorado. I have also consistently earned the opportunity to compete on the national level, where I may face over 100 other competitors!
Competing competitively in these associations is my greatest love, but it requires a huge amount of time, dedication, and resources both on the road as well as in the barn and during the long days of practice. In winter, I compete at least monthly, but from March until the end of September, I am at a rodeo every weekend.
I have two huge-hearted heroes who help me accomplish all of this. I am personally training both of these beautiful mares and am loving every moment with them. Twizzle is an eight-year-old solid paint who runs barrels and poles. She is a sassy girl who loves her job. Reba is four years old. I was recently blessed with the opportunity to purchase her myself. I plan to work with her in the goat tying and timed trail competitions and also have the goal of training her to be my back-up barrel horse one day. This fall, I am super excited to head off to college with these two and compete at the collegiate level!
I believe in our communities, equine health and education, supporting local, youth development, building relationships in the horse world and of course having fun!
Colorado Obstacle Challenge Series
High Plains Trail Riders
Latigo Winter Buckle Series