At just 19 years old, Gracie Gambino is already a two-time Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) World Champion tie-down roper, a horse trainer and a co-owner/operator at 4P Arena in Bedias, Texas. When she’s not riding horses from sunup to sundown alongside her business partner and boyfriend, McCray Profili, the hard-working Texas cowgirl is pursuing her own riding and competition goals by hauling to rodeos every weekend. As anyone in the horse industry knows, training horses for a living means spending lots of long, hard days in the saddle, but Gracie wouldn’t have it any other way.
At last, spring has sprung! April is here, which means the days are longer, the horses are shedding and the time is ripe for leisurely trail rides, long horse show weekends and enjoying all that the barn life has to offer. But the advent of good weather also means that every horse lover’s worst enemy is out in full force. That’s right. We’re talking about flies. From house flies, deer flies, horse flies and black flies to ticks, mosquitoes and gnats, it seems like every buzzing or biting pest out there has come alive with just one mission in life: to torture your horses. Fortunately, you can fight back.
All-around trainers Jim and Deanna Searles of Circle S Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona, have been training American Quarter Horses and coaching select, \ and youth riders to victory in the show pen for more than 35 years. Over the course of their career, the couple has trained multiple American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Champions, Quarter Horse Congress Champions and National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) Champions. There’s no doubt that Jim and Deanna know how to train horses and people alike – and to do it well. In addition to all the hard and soft skills the two possess as trainers, Deanna says there are two other secrets to their success.