3470 – Beaty’s Butte Betty B – Kirk Ferris & Matt Zimmerman
Kirk Ferris – Trainer Bio
Beaty’s Butte Betty B was purchased at the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity and is in training with Kirk Ferris of Ferris Performance Horses. At home, Kirk calls her Betty and they 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/
Kirk Ferris of Ferris Performance Horses started riding with his parents at a young age. His father, Jack Ferris, taught him the basics of horsemanship and as he grew older, Kirk began to learn the finer points of showmanship. Kirk began competing in Cutting competitions on the west coast at 13 years old. At the young age of 16, he won the 1996 Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Non-Pro Futurity Championship. He also won the PCCHA Non-Pro Derby in 2004 which was held in his hometown of Reno, NV.
Mustang Makeover to Wild Spayed Filly Futurity
Kirk transitioned into the reined cowhorse industry in 2016 with Flint Lee of Fallon, NV. During that same year, Kirk started his first mustang for the Reno Extreme Mustang Makeover. He and the mustang, named “Judd the Wonder Stang”, bonded strongly and ended up Reserve Champions in the event. At the beginning of 2017, Kirk found himself under the tutelage of Mike Boyle of Boyle Ranch, where he gained experience with reining horses and started Mike’s 2015 foal crop.
Kirk is now based out of Amazing Grace Ranch, in Dixon, California, home of the Tomcat Chex. There, he has been focusing on mostly starting 2 year olds while gaining his clientele for the show season. Kirk believes that, “The first 30-90 days is the most important”.
He hopes that the experience he has with the Mustang Makeover and his attention to the foundation of the horse will allow him and Beaty’s Butte Betty B to win the 2018 Wild Spayed Filly Futurity!
Matt Zimmerman – Trainer Bio
Early Horsemanship on the Family Cattle Ranch
Matt Zimmerman was raised on a large cattle ranch in central Nevada. His family rode mostly ranch bred Quarter Horses to gather, doctor and sort cattle. The 3.5 million acres that his family ran cattle on is shared by wild horses. Matt remembers fondly seeing horses on the rangelands as they trailed cattle.
As a horseman and a rancher, Matt recognizes that the situation with horses on American range lands can be polarizing. As a rancher Matt knows that managing the numbers of horses on the rangelands is vital to both the health of the horses and the health of the land. Matt also feels strongly that horses on our rangelands are a part of the beauty of the American West.
Four-time Extreme Mustang Makeover Champion
In 2006, Matt began training horses professionally; he specializes in colt-starting for ranch versatility and trail. His first Extreme Mustang Makeover was in 2008, where he placed 5th out of about 40 competitors. Since then Matt’s passion for competing in mustang challenges has only grown. Overall Matt has completed in 15 Extreme Mustang Makeovers, of those he has placed in the “Top 10”, 13 times. Matt is a four time Extreme Mustang Makeover Champion and two-time Extreme Mustang Makeover Reserve Champion. He has also won 4 colt-starting challenges. Matt has experience as well in showing Reining, Pleasure, Trail and Ranch horse classes. Although this will be Matt’s first time competing in reined cow horse, he feels strongly that his experience with the mustang challenges, where there is a very short time frame to introduce a horse to a lot of skills, makes him a strong contender for the Wild Spayed Filly Futurity.
“The Sky Is the Limit”
Matt and his wife Stacie train together at their facility, Zimmerman Horse Training, in Caldwell, Idaho. The Zimmerman’s program focuses on a building a solid foundation. Matt feels strongly that once a good foundation is laid, “the sky is the limit” for his horses. He also believes that trust between him and the horse has been the key to his success.
Photo Credit to Broken H Photography and Design
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