10 Questions with Bill Pierce Trainer Spotlight
Author: Lauren Middleton
Bill Pierce is one of our many talented trainers on the Eastern side of the United States, and is now based in Kentwood, LA. Originally from Ohio, he spent his early years as a trainer both there and in Michigan. He and his wife Jessica made the big decision to move south and have enjoyed the camaraderie this area of the country brings to the table. They added a new member to their family not long ago with their son Turner. There are always challenges in life in every stage but this chapter is bringing this little family a great deal of joy. Here are a few other things you may not know about Bill Peirce:
1. How did you get started in the sport of cutting?
My family had cutting horses when I was growing up, and my dad was also a trainer. I grew up in the sport, and as I got older I decided to make it a career.
2. Who are some people that you consider mentors or that have really influenced you?
First would be my dad, for introducing me to the sport. Roy Bauer worked for my dad when I was a kid, he helped me a lot too... as I got older I learned to study other trainers to help me learn.
3. You somewhat recently made a big move from one part of the country to another. What influenced that decision and was it a tough one to make?
I grew up in Ohio, and lived in Michigan for about 10 yrs.. My wife and I always enjoyed showing in Mississippi. We always made it a point to go to the shows in tunica, and Jackson... The last winter we spent in Michigan was horrible!!! Jess and I decided then we needed to move south!!! So the decision wasn't too hard, but it was a little scary!!
4. What are some things you have gained from this big change?
Since moving down here, I've been able to be around a lot of very talented trainers, I feel like I've learned a lot from them. I've also been able to show year round... Showing up north was kind of seasonal; down here it's non-stop!! I feel like that keeps you in the groove more.
5. How would you describe cutting on the East side of the Mississippi?
It's fun, and mostly laid back. Very competitive, yet everyone is very friendly.
6. You and your wife Jessica just recently had a son. What are some things you hope for him to experience in the sport in the future?
I'll be happy if he enjoys the sport, I know we all dream that our kids will be world champions, futurity champions and so on... but if he learns good sportsmanship, and a good work ethic, and enjoys what he is doing we will be happy!!
7. How did you and Jessica meet?
We'll believe it or not, at a horse show! I was working for a horse trainer at the time, and she was loping horses for one of his clients.
8. What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
Moving 1,000 miles from home was a bit scary, we were confident we could make it work, but there is always the unknown!! Looking back, the scariest thing we ever did became one of the best decisions we ever made!
9. What is your most embarrassing moment in the show pen?
Fortunately I haven't had anything real embarrassing happen in the show pen... we all get mad at times when we get a score we don't like, or we get mad at our horse for not performing well. I get embarrassed if I loose my temper in the show pen, it happens to everyone, but when I look back at how I acted it's embarrassing...
10. What about cutting keeps you coming back for more each day?
I enjoy the sport; we are blessed to be able to do what we love for a living!! It's not always easy, but nothing worth doing is.
For more information about Bill's training program be sure to check out his trainer profile! http://cuttinghorsecentral.com/category/348/TRAINERS/listings/11448/Bill-Pierce.html