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Darren Simpkins

  • $2,138,432
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Seller Info Carol Ward

Member Since: 7/31/15


Rancho Murieta California 95683

United States

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  • Starting 2 yr olds
  • Specializing in 3 yr old Futurity horses
  • Specializing in Most Major Aged Events:
  • 2 yr old sale preparation
  • Limited Showing on Weekends:
  • NCHA Triple Crown Events:

Darren is the resident trainer for Carol Ward Cutting Horses in Rancho Marieta, California.  He did not start riding horses until he was 16 years old but quickly made up for missed time! 

His biggest influence as a horseman was from a Ken May. He was the horse instructor at Longreach Pastoral College in Australia which he attended in 1986-87. He spent four years working at Winderadeen Quarter Horses where he was able to learn and show in many disciplines including reining, pleasure horses, western riding, camp drafting, and cutting.  Anytime a trainer from the US trainer would come to Australia he would attend their clinics, some of them included people like Pat Parelli, Ray Hunt, Nancy Cahill, Doug Millholland, Craig Johnson, and Tim Mcquay. 

He made the move to the US at the end of the year in 1992 where he spent four years working for Pete Branch at El CID Ranch and was able to establish a really good two year old program and brought several really talented colts to the NCHA Futurity Sales.  Darren later moved to work at Bar H Ranch to work under Paul and Winston Hansma where he worked for a year and was then presented with an oppritunity to start his own business.

There have been so many that have influenced his career since then and everything eventually led him to Carol's program.

Major Accomplishments include:

2018 El Rancho Futurity Open Derby CHAMPION on June Bug Jam
2018 Idaho Futurity Open Derby Novice Finalist (5th) on Hot Desires
2018 Calgary Stampede Open Mercuria World Finals finalist riding Kausac Kat
2018 PCCHA Core Balance Open Derby CHAMPION riding June Bug Jam
2018 NCHA Super Stakes Open Derby Semi Finalist riding Reysed That Way (+Gelding)

2017 NCHA Open Futurity Finalist

2017 PCCHA Core Balance Derby Open Champion 
2012 NCHA Summer Spectacular Derby Open Gelding Champion riding The Mighty Minnow
2011 NCHA Super Stakes Champion riding Olenasduallyfeather
Past NCHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion
Trained and showed leading stallion and NCHA Horse of the Year Reys Dual Badger

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