Wayne Halvorson has been around ranching all his life, growing up in North
Dakota on a cattle ranch. Wayne started breaking and training horses, for the
public, at age 10 while showing horses and cattle in the 4H and FFA through high
school. He continued to rodeo and show horses while earning a degree in
Business Administration at the University of North Dakota, graduating with
honors. He accepted a position at the Tommy Manion Ranch, training and showing
Halter, Western Pleasure, Western Riding and Trail horses, and has trained and
shown many horses that have become World Champions in Halter, Western Pleasure,
Trail and Hunt Seat Equitation. His mentors include Clifford Halvorson (his
father), Ray Hunt, Tommy Manion, Larry Sullivant and his friend and partner, Cal
Halvorson grew up in Abilene, Texas
with a ranching background. She started riding and showing at the age of 6.
Rebecca began competing at the junior rodeo level, moved on through the 4-H
ranks and finally competed in AQHYA. Rebecca enjoyed numerous 4-H and FFA
activities such as showing pigs, meats judging and horse judging. While she was
a member, the Texas 4-H Team won both the Youth Worlds and Congress judging
contests. She also enjoyed playing basketball and softball.
Rebecca attended Texas A & M
University, received a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science, and continued in
graduate school studying Equine Nutrition. She was a member of the Texas
A&M Horse Judging Team which won both the World and Congress judging contests. During the summer she honed her skills in both the Halter and Pleasure horse fields while working for Billy Steele Quarter Horses in Streetman, Texas. She gained invaluable experience by working for the Texas Extension Service, teaching clinics to hundreds of 4-H'ers all over Texas. Leaving Texas A&M, Rebecca accepted a position at Northwestern State University as
instructor in Equine Science, then moved to Colorado State University where she was an instructor for 2 years, coaching both the equestrian and rodeo teams.Rebecca's mentors include her parents, Sid & Sandy Merchant, her grandfather Pierce Key, Billy Steele, Dr. Gary Potter and Dr. Wayne McIlwraith, to whom she will always be grateful for advice, experience and knowledge gained.
Wayne and Rebecca have 3 children; Lauren, Austin and Calyn, that are now involved in riding, showing and rodeoing.
AQHYA World Champion Aged Mare - CRL Shesa Cool Coosa and Austin Halvorson