Sam Grogan, Equine trainer
September 19, 2019
Sam has been with the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center since May 2019, however, like his brother Ben, he worked at the Harmony Equine Center in the past as well. Sam started his riding career on the Westernaires drill team, as well as dabbling in trick riding. He continued his education in riding and colt starting when he started working at Harmony with his brother. Inspired by his work with neglected and mistreated horses at Harmony, he left to work as the head trainer at the Horse Shelter in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After continuing to spend time rehabilitating horses, Sam decided to gain more experience with performance horses and joined the team of reining cow horse trainer E. J. Laubscher. Sam worked as E.J.’s assistant trainer gaining valuable experience in the realm of performance horses. He continued to polish his resume by moving on to work for Trevor Carter. At Trevor’s, Sam expanded his reining cow horse experience to include ranch horse versatility, as well as practice in running and participating in horsemanship clinics. After some travel and gaining experience, Sam found himself back at Harmony, and he is excited to use everything he learned along the way to help rehabilitate and retrain the diverse types of horses that find their way here.
Some of Sam’s most valuable experience came when he was working with E.J. Laubscher. While working as his assistant, Sam was able to expand his knowledge and build on his foundation of colt starting. He learned how to find the balance of just how much to push a horse to help him improve but without over-facing the horse, which is a key skill for any horse trainer because it can mean the difference between building confidence or creating an aversion for that horse. Sam uses his knowledge on his own horse, Logan, a 2-year-old performance horse. Logan, a Smart Leana Boon colt, will be the first product of all Sam has worked to achieve as a performance trainer, and Sam cannot wait to take him to the show ring next year.
For anyone who may want to be a horse trainer, Sam advises putting in the time and working for the best trainers you can find. He also says it is important to balance horsemanship and time in the saddle with education and knowledge about horses, as well. Horses will be a direct reflection of your strengths and weaknesses, so he says to watch and listen to your horses to help you know where you need to improve.
Sam is thrilled he gets to work alongside his brother training horses at Harmony. When he is not riding Harmony horses, Sam enjoys training his horse Logan, and playing with his 3-year-old rescue dog, Roxy, who is a Blue Heeler mix that he found on the side of the road and adopted as his own.