Nora Kallman, Equine trainer
September 20, 2019
Nora is the newest member of our training team here at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center. She joined the staff in May 2019, and everyone is thankful to have her on board. Nora appreciates the comradery among the staff members at the Harmony Equine Center and enjoys the wide variety of backgrounds that can be found on the training team. Nora came to Harmony after graduating from Colorado State University (CSU) with a degree in equine science and a minor in business. Before completing her degree, Nora worked for Jason Haefner training cutting and cow horses. During her college career, Nora also completed an internship with trainer Kenny Platt, as well as completing the colt starting program at CSU called Legends of Ranching. Nora was inspired to pursue a career training horses ever since she was a young girl participating in 4H with Pat Alexander and teaching horsemanship to an all-girls summer camp. Of all these opportunities and experiences, Nora said she grew the most in her abilities as a trainer while working for Jason and learning the cutting horse industry. One of her best memories from that time was working with a horse named Reys Dual Victory. Nora had the responsibility of preparing and showing the gelding for the Gold County Cutting Horse Association where she won her class and a saddle.
Nora finds that the most challenging part of training horses is the occasional two-steps-forward and one-step-backward process. Sometimes when training horses, Leah explains you can have an amazing day and feel like you accomplished so much with a horse, only to find that by the next day you have to start all over again from the beginning. It can be frustrating, but it teaches patience, which is essential to good horsemanship. Nora recommends that anyone looking to become a horse trainer should learn from all different types of trainers–take what you can learn from anyone willing to teach you and use what they share as another tool in a toolbox of skills you can apply to training different horses. She also says keep an open mind, and don’t get ahead of yourself because horses will humble you really quick!
Nora lives in Colorado after moving from California. She has an 8-year-old male Golden Retriever named Wendell, and a 4-year-old male Great Dane named Gladiator.