Brett Davis Trainer Spotlight
Author: Lauren Middleton
Brett Davis is a long time cutting horse trainer and friend to our sport. He and his family have been heavily involved throughout the past several decades and now his son trains cutting horses alongside him. He is always there to help and gives 110% at shows for anyone. You will more than likely see Brett laughing and having a great time causing others to do the same. We were able to talk with him to find out a few things you might not know about this East Texas trainer.
1. When were you first introduced to the sport of cutting and at one point did you decide you wanted to be a trainer?
I was first introduced to cutting as a teenager. My Mom and stepdad took me to the 1980 Futurity Finals. That was the first time I had ever seen or heard of a cutting horse. Almost immediately after watching that event, I knew I wanted to try pursue a career in cutting. I first apprenticed for Punk Carter then went on to apprenticed for Pat Earnheart before going out on my own.
2. What part of the training process do you like the best?
The best part of the training process for me is in that 3yr old year when I put my hand down and really feel the horse taking over. Very rewarding
3. You and your son Bradey are both cutting horse trainers, do you think this adds a special aspect to your relationship with him?
Bradey and I have always had a special relationship. Working together daily and watching him grow into a talented trainer makes it really special for me.
4. If you were not a cutting horse trainer what would you be?
Not sure what I would be other than a cutting horse trainer.
5. What is something that most people probably do not know about you?
Most people probably don't know I used to be able to ride a Unicycle:)
6. What is your favorite memory in the show pen? What about outside of the show pen?
I've had many wonderful memories in the show pen but one of my favorites was receiving my hall of fame award on the arena floor from Bill Riddle.
7. What is your most embarrassing moment in the show pen?
My most embarrassing moment was when I lost a bet to a Huge Alabama Fan and had to lope around the lope circle without a shirt.
8. What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
I would tell my 16yr old self pursue what you enjoy.
9. When you are working with a new cutter what is some advice that you give the most?
When working with a new cutter I usually advise them to keep it simple.. "go with the cow and stop with the cow"
10. What is your favorite aspect of the cutting horse industry?
My favorite aspect of the cutting horse industry is the competition because it is constantly changing.