CHC Trainer Spotlight: 10 Questions with Tyler Lewis
Author: Alex Taft
Tyler Lewis has always had a love for horses, but when he first saw cutting online, he was immediately captured by the sport and hasn’t looked back. Based out of Lowrance Ranch Horse Division in Quanah, Texas, he has had direction from some talented trainers but has only worked for himself. His determination and drive paid off at the Breeder’s Invitational with a big win in the 5/6-Year-Old Limited Open on Dandy Cat. Beyond his love of training limited age horses, Tyler focuses much of his time on training Non-Pros, Amateurs and Youth in the cutting industry. He believes everyone is always learning and growing and he is happy to help anyone along the way.
Tyler Lewis & Dandy Cat • Photo by BXPhoto
- How did you get into the cutting, and what do you like the most about it?
I was always riding young horses. I saw cutting and thought I had to do it. I did a little bit of reining, and it just wasn’t for me. It just wasn’t my cup of tea. I had seen cutting online somewhere and wanted to try it. I got in with a club in Illinois and went and watched the cutting and entered the $2,000 Limit Rider, and away we went.
- What is your favorite memory so far from a cutting?
This win has to be one of the big highlights for me so far.
- Who has been your biggest influence or helped you the most as a trainer?
I have probably spent the most time with Matt Budge. He has helped with my training as far as tying the horse to a cow a lot better. Matt Budge and Lee Francois have both helped me a lot. And obviously watching all of these guys has helped.
- A big part of your program is training the youth in our industry. What do you like most about helping kids grow as cutters, and why do you think it is so important to nurture their passions?
The thing I like about the kids is what I like about the limited age horses. They are pure, and they want to learn. They want to take ahold of everything, and you can kind of mold their passion. If you do it right, just like any sport, you can add to that drive and put the talent with it instead of beating them down and losing that passion.
- Do you set goals for yourself based on where you are at in your career or is there just one big goal that drives you?
My main goal is to be more consistent and start making finals. That is my ultimate goal. I want to get the best out of every horse I have and their ability.
Tyler accepting his buckle after the win • Photo by BXPhoto
- Name one horse past or present you wish you could have gotten to show?
Spots Hot would probably be one. That is a tough one, because there are so many.
- If you could give an outsider one reason to give cutting a try, what would it be?
Just the adrenaline rush…there is nothing like it.
- If you weren’t training horses, what would you be doing?
I would do ranching or some type of mechanic in the ranching. Something like that.
- Most embarrassing moment in the show pen?
I was showing at a weekend show in Graham, and they had just turned on the Big Ass Fans right before I walked to the herd. A soon as I cut my cow, the fan just caught at the same time and I kind of lifted my head and my hat flipped up on my head but didn’t fall off. I grabbed my hat and put it back on while I was still showing. Everyone was screaming. That was more entertaining than the run.
- What is one piece of advice you would give to other young trainers looking to make a career out of training cutting horses?
Don’t listen to the static about what everyone says about this industry. From every top trainer in there, they want to help you if you want to learn. If you will keep your mouth shut and ask questions and they give you an answer, don’t give your opinion, just listen. These guys will tell you way more than anyone will ever know. They want to help you. Everyone wants to help you if you want to learn.
To learn more about Tyler's program, be sure to visit his CHC Trainer Profile.