May 30, 2017
I first met Barbra Schulte early in my horsemanship career. While volunteering at Equine Affaire in Pomona, California, Barbra was giving a cow clinic. It must have been around 2007 or 2008, and here was this soft-spoken woman talking about how to cut cows out of the herd. Being "green as grass", I certainly did not know much about cutting, nor did I know many of the personalities in the horse. Barbra began talking about the different cow personalities and how one would be better to cut than the other.
Barbra talked about the different cow personalities and how one would cut easier than the other. My head was on a swivel as I looked at the herd, then back at Barbra, back to the herd. How could she tell them apart? Her skills really impress me and by the end of the session, I had a slight understanding of herd dynamics.
Almost 10 years go by and I get to interview the Mustang Man, Bobby Kerr. Bobby tells this wonderful story about he ran away from his home and schooling in Canada to a horse trader in Illinois because he wanted to cowboy. Bobby told me the man's name was Cletus Hullings and he learned a lot about horses and cutting from the man. Fascinated with the story Bobby told, I looked up Cletus Hullings and he had four daughters and one of them was Barbra Schulte!
Barbra Schulte has a lot of knowledge about cutting, cows, horses and performance and I had to get a few tips about competing in an arena. She is an author, clinician, equine consultant, and performance coach and a member of the Cowgirl Hall of Fame! It's quite an informative interview. Check out Barbra's website, BarbraSchulte.com and her Facebook Page for all the wonderful advice she has to offer.