4310 COLD SPRINGS HENNY PENNY
SAMANTHA ROCK - TRAINER BIO 2020
Cold Springs Henny Penny was purchased at the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity and is now in training with Samantha Rock of Rock' N S Performance Horses LLC. At home, Samantha calls her Cowgirl and they are planning to show at the 2020 Wild Spayed Filly Futurity in Reno, Nevada next year. If you would like to learn more about the competition and the events, click HERE.
Samantha Rock started riding and showing horses as a child growing up in Maui, Hawaii. She competed in both English and Western events including Hunter/Jumper and Western Pleasure. She also rodeoed in High School. After moving to Colorado in 2009, Sam competed in her first Extreme Mustang Makeover in 2015.
She fell in love with mustangs and the competition and has competed every year since. Sam currently trains horses for the public at her home in Brighton, Colorado.
Sam is excited to participate in the Wild Spayed Filly Futurity for several reasons. One reason is that she has a whole year to train her filly, Henny Penny. Most Mustang Makeover competitions only give trainers about 100 days to work with the horses prior to the competition. She is looking forward to the extra training time, excited to see what she can accomplish. Another aspect of the competition that excites her is the cow work and participating in those two classes.
She is looking forward to getting into the cow horse world with a mustang as they are a familiar type of horse to her.
When asked about the spaying of wild horse mares, Sam said, “I think spaying is a great idea to help with overpopulation. I don’t think it’s the only option but between spaying, gathering, gelding, holding mustang competitions like this one and the Extreme Mustang Makeovers to create awareness of America’s wild horses, we can make a positive difference in their population. I have a lot of wild horse experience, so I feel like I can say this with confidence. I’ve competed in Mustang Makeovers since 2015, I’ve trained BLM mustangs for the public, and I’ve also trained BLM mustangs for the Mustang Heritage Trainer Incentive Program. Clients bring me range raised colts to start, they show up here with little handling. My spayed filly is extremely laid back and very confident. I have ridden a lot of mustangs and my filly is by far the most laid back, she is also easy to train. I can’t say if either of those have something to do with her being spayed, but she sure is a nice horse.”
Sam has happy with her horse so far and looks forward to the year they have together preparing for Reno 2020. She said, “Cold Springs Henny Penny was delivered to my ranch from Reno, NV by Perry Quarter Horses. All I knew of her was what I saw in the Protect The Harvest video. They told me she traveled well and seemed to be easy going. As I led her off the front of their trailer and she jumped out, I thought oh no I got a huge two-year-old! I wanted a little tiny cow horse and she is a lot bigger than most of the mustangs I’ve had. Haha! I knew she needed a good barn name, so I thought about it for a day and decided to call her “Cowgirl” because she needs to be a cow horse. About 10 mins into being on my property, she emptied her 100-gallon water trough by pawing it and standing in it. Typical mustang behavior! It made me glad to see her comfortable in her surroundings. “Cowgirl” settled in fast and soon laid down to rest from her trip. She was fine with us moving around outside her pen. I got a good one, a confident one for sure! I didn’t spend much time with her that first week or so because I was busy with my Players Choice Extreme Mustang Makeover Horses. I have several rides on her now. She’s super easy going doesn’t care about me on her back, no buck, and extremely laid back! We will see how she progresses in training, hopefully she shows a little more fire on a cow.”
Samantha Rock and Moana were 4th overall at the 2017 Player's Choice Extreme Mustang Makeover and also "Crowd Favorite".
“I am excited to be a part of the 2020 WSFF. I’ve watched several friends compete the last couple years like Randall and Wylene Davis in 2019 on Cold Springs Tilly and Miriam Altman (South Steens Gypsy) and Matt Zimmerman (Beatys Butte Betty B) in 2018. They really made me want to get involved. I finally had enough saved up and this year I won a horse!!!! It will be great to showcase a mustang and really show off what they can do. So many people are uninformed about the mustang and this event is just perfect to help the mustangs get a better name and show their versatility. I’m very excited to compete in a cow horse event on a mustang. Mustangs have made me as a trainer and for me this is just another way to help show their versatility and how smart they really are.”
“I’m proud to support Protect The Harvest and the Wild Horses by being a WSFF Trainer.”