Todd Hovrud on Huntin’ for Success (Turk), a 5 yr old AQHA gelding, winner of the Jr Horse All-Around at the AQHA Spudtacular in Caldwell, Idaho this last weekend- June 10-12th, 2016!
And congratulations to all of his clients who had a spectacular weekend at the Spudtacular. Notable wins include Juliana Lambright who won the Youth All-Around and Claira Bingaman who won the Novice Youth All-Around!
Equis Feed met up with Todd, owner and trainer of Trademark Quarter Horses in Dayton, WA, last week just as his student, Lindsey Newhouse, arrived to tack up Radar for a lesson. Radar is a 22 yr old show horse that lucky Lindsey gets to ride every Wednesday evening on Todd’s youth nights. “I focus on making horses that will last forever,” says Todd as he nods towards Radar.
Trademark Quarter Horses is a blend of Western Pleasure training and teaching built over twenty years in eastern Washington. What I saw in Todd during my visit, was a trainer focused on his clients. A hilarious story of breaking into a locked vehicle to get to show clothes for beloved clients, Charlene and KeithAnn (Butte, MT), showed his dedication and sense of humor. His commitment to amateurs and youth was evident in the number of lesson horses. Hovrud owns just one gelding named Nashville. “I liked his breeding and movements”, said Todd. “He’s a full brother of ‘On A Holiday’.” In Western Pleasure, the judges look for slow-legged Quarter Horses that “look like your Grandmother could get on and go for a lope”.
Todd Hovrud with clients Shelby & Zach Backlin in Las Vegas.
With clients spread out over the Northwest, Todd will even schedule lessons in the middle of show weekends. “I’ll easily fit a lesson in to help clients when we’re showing in the area”. Todd and his clients mostly campaign in WA, OR, ID and MT, but have been seen in Scottsdale, Vegas, and many times at the AQHA Worlds! Connect with Todd and his team at his Facebook page by clicking here.
“The Crew” at Spokane.
Trademark QHs indoor arena- Dayton, WA.