4122 – South Steens Sly Charlotte – Don Clark & Tyler Johnson-Clark
Don Clark & Tyler Johnson-Clark – Trainer Bios
Wild Spayed Filly Futurity – 4122 South Steens Sly Charlotte was purchased at the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity and is in training with Don Clark and Tyler Johnson – Clark. At home, they call her Miss Charlotte and are planning to show at the 2018 Wild Spayed Filly Futurity in Reno, Nevada next year. If you would like to learn more about the competition and the events, click here: http://protecttheharvest.com/wild-spayed-filly-futurity/wild-spayed-filly-event-overview/
“Miss Charlotte” – as they call her – is being jointly trained by Don Clark and his son, Tyler Johnson – Clark. Don Clark began riding as a young boy growing up in Crossett, Arkansas. His early influences were his father, older brothers, and several cowboy friends of his father. Don’s West Coast influences are Bobby Ingersoll, Greg Ward, and Ted Robinson. Don says that Bobby Ingersoll and Greg Ward taught him the word “patience”, and how that lends itself to a better horseman. He always admired how Ted Robinson seemed to have fun while competing. He also credits his friend and mentor, Jewel McKinley Cobb for teaching him a lot about horsemanship.
Don is a Pacific Penning and Sorting Association Hall of Fame inductee. Don, Jewel and Kitty Brown were the first all African-American team to win at the Grand National Rodeo in 2007. Together they took home the award for Reserve Champion in Team Penning at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California.
Don trains out of his own facility in La Grange, California. There, he gives Team Penning and Sorting lessons, as well as introductory cow work lessons. Most of all, he says he enjoys teaching young people and introducing them to the horse industry.
Don’s son Tyler aspires to be a horse trainer and is currently an Equine Studies Program student at Feather River College in Quincy, California. Tyler has been riding and competing since he was a small child in a range of events including: Gymkhana, Team Penning, and Sorting competitions. Tyler’s influences are his father, Tom Dorrance (who he’s studied in school) and some of his father’s friends. He says that they have all taught him lessons about what it means to be a horseman.
Don and Tyler’s mom, Carmen, became interested in the Wild Spayed Filly Futurity as a way to give Tyler an opportunity to compete at a high-level and support Mustang adoption and awareness. Don has experience working with mustangs, but this will be Tyler’s first time. Together they hope to win the 2018 Wild Spayed Filly Futurity on South Steens Sly Charlotte! If they win, they have pledged to give a portion of their winnings to the American Cancer Society.
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