Author: Cutting Horse Central
Shane Hall has spent his life on cattle ranches and during that time, he grew to love starting and training young colts. For the past seven years, he has worked at Rose Valley Ranch as the 2-year-old trainer under NCHA Hall of Fame trainer, Michael Cooper. Shane has focused on building up his program throughout that time and has developed his skills along the way.
With the tools he’s gathered over the years, he is looking forward to taking on a new venture with Don Glaser and his wife, Sharon Grevet, in Lipan, Texas, as their new resident 2-year-old trainer. Shane is so thankful for the help and mentoring he’s had that have enabled him to take on this new challenge, and CHC took some time to catch up with Shane to learn more about his background and his exciting future!
What is your favorite thing about being a 2-year-old trainer?
I like watching those horses grow and change so much. While starting 2-year-olds, you get to watch them go from not ever being ridden to working a cow and starting to feel those horses take hold of a cow.
What is your favorite memory from a horse that you have started?
Probably riding that mare, Suen You Will See (LTE $163,778) as a 2-year-old. It was a tough start for several months, and it just felt like we were at battle every day. Then the more I worked a cow, the more it became obvious that she was going to be a cow horse. It got to where you couldn’t drive her past a cow. The last half of her 2-year-old year was really fun.
Who has been your biggest influence while getting started?
I started out with my brother Shannon. He was my biggest influence as far as teaching a horse to think about a cow. Working with Michael helped refine how to get them broker and smoother while still keeping the attachment to a cow. I would have to probably say those two guys.
What is the toughest part about being a 2-year-old trainer?
Letting them go at the end of the year and knowing you’re going to start all over again. It is the most exciting part, but it’s the hardest part, too.
How did you get started in this line of work?
I was actually just managing my brother’s ranch taking care of momma cows and would work some 2-year-olds here and there and start some 2-year-olds. It just kind of grew into this. I got married and decided I didn’t want to just punch cows anymore, so I started riding colts for a living. I wound up showing at the Futurity, and it just snowballed.
Name one horse that you started that you wish you could’ve gone on to show.
Probably Lil Lena Long Legs. I started her the very first year that I rode 2-year-olds full time the first year my wife and I got married. That mare probably taught me more than I taught her. She was a phenomenal and smart mare. She could almost read your mind. That was a super smart horse.
What would you be doing if you couldn’t train horses?
I would probably be working on a ranch cowboying. My first attraction to the cutting horse deal was just the quality of horses. I love punching cows, but you go work on a ranch and just ride some old numb skull horse that every other knucklehead had been through, and the horses weren’t much fun. I enjoyed the job, but the horses just weren’t much fun.
You’re about to start a new venture, so tell us a little bit about that.
A good friend of mine, Don Glaser and his wife, Sharon Grevet, bought a place in Lipan and we are going to go down there and start 2-year-olds. I just think the 2-year-old deal is where I am the most comfortable and my niche. It is what I enjoy the most. We have a bunch of good horses lined up there already, and we are going to go down there and get after it.
What are you looking forward to the most at your new location?
The challenge of getting to know a new place and getting your own system going of how you want to go about business every day. And, how you want to get everything set up and how you want things to roll every day and getting in your own rhythm.
How did the years at Rose Valley Ranch help you develop your program?
The one unique thing about working for Michael is he would always try to add to you and learn new things, but he never wanted to change who I was. It allowed me a lot of time to develop my way of doing things. Johnny Mitchell told me years ago that you’re never going to be me and you’re never going to be Shannon, you have to figure out Shane and do that the best you can. Working with Michael the last seven years has really given me the opportunity to develop me and what I expect out of horse and how I want to get there with them.
Shane was quick to extend his gratitude to everyone who has helped him get to where he is as a trainer.
I really want to say thanks to Michael and Gary [Rosenbach, owner of Rose Valley Ranch] for all of the opportunities they have given me. They have given me opportunities to try and fail and try again. A lot of times you don’t get that. After you try and fail, you don’t always get that next try. They have given me opportunity after opportunity. They have also been really awesome in making this change. The first words out of Michael’s mouth when I said I wanted to do this were, “How can I help?” They have been really great in making this transition easy and smooth. It is not every day that you leave a job you really like, so it is kind of a unique situation. I also want to thank Don Glaser and Sharon Grevet for giving my family and I an opportunity to come to their facility and train and start something new and chase a dream.
To learn more about Shane Hall, visit is CHC Trainer Profile.