Born of an equestrian family, Julie, was on a pony by the time she was 3. Her grandfather and father began the Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders Association and Julie was right in the middle of things starting over 400 horses for the race track on her fathers' thoroughbred farm in Iowa by the time she was 15. She was active in 4-H, the old RCA, WPRCA, and finally the PRCA trailering over the country pulling for points. she took 1st and third place honors in year end standings of the American Stock Horse Association for barrels, poles, and western pleasure. Again number one in the Iowa Barrel Racing Association and in the 7 state Ohio Valley Regional she and her team again placed first! She was honored by the American Quarter Horse Association with a Register of Merit in arena performance events for both barrels and poles a distinction reserved for only the best. Julie received her degree from the University of Kentucky where her family had moved and continued her horsemanship career at the family's farm in the Bluegrass of that State just outside of Lexington. She also placed first in a go-around at Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo for barrels and was active in the Licking River Hounds Club fox hunting and hunter jumping. Moving to Wyoming in 1981 she kept her horsemanship alive by training and exercising polo horses for almost every participant of the local club, riding up to 20 head per day.
She still travels back to Kentucky to work the Keeneland Thoroughbred sales where she has managed sale barns for Jonabell Farms, Plum Lane Farm, 3 Chimneys Farm, and Kentucky Derby winner John Ward.
Julie most recently completed working with noted Australian born trainer Clinton Anderson and returns to Kentucky twice a year to train with world class riders and trainers Mindy Cook of Hawkeye Farm, and Nori Scheffell of Scheffell Ridge Farm, both of Lexington.
In 2004 she started to fulfill her dream of having her own facility and after years of hard work and perseverance established Hawk's Rest Ranch. A farm dedicated to the care and pleasure of the horse. She loves working with horses and imparting her knowledge and experience with others. You can book Julie to work with you, you and your horse, or just your horse by calling (307) 883-5222.
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