Sandy Collier, Trail Blazer and Celebrated Cow Horse Expert, to Join Elise Gaston Chand on Because of Horses Podcast

Sandy Collier, acclaimed international judge, clinician and member of the Cowgirl Hall of Fame, will join Elise Gaston Chand for conversation Friday, Feb. 8, on the Because of Horses podcast. Collier’s analytical approach to training and reputation for consistency in both practice and show pens has resulted in a 50-year career studded with success.

Collier grew up in the Northeast riding three-day event horses but fell in love with Western riding after landing in California in the mid 1970s. There, she worked for Doug Ingersoll and Tom Shelly and began to compete on Quarter Horses in the California Reined Cow Horse Association. By the early 80s, she was running a training program of her own.

Collier’s competitive success grew quickly, with multiple AQHA and National Reined Cow Horse Association World Championships (NRCHA) among her notable results. In 1993, riding Miss Rey Dry, she became the first and only woman to win the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Championship, regarded as the world’s toughest cow horse event. With lifetime earnings of nearly $1 million, Collier has been inducted into both the Cowgirl and NRCHA Hall of Fame and Horse and Rider named her one of the Top 50 Riders of All Time in All Disciplines.

Collier continues to positively impact the Western horse community through her clinics, training videos and book, “Reining Essentials.” In 2017, Collier and Barbra Schulte teamed up to found “Be Unstoppable,” offering clinics and retreats to help equestrians overcome challenges in reaching their riding and personal goals. With a deep-seated love of the sport and a drive for constant improvement, Collier is well known for her ability to find what works for the horse to become their best.


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About Because of Horses
Each week, Elise Gaston Chand hosts informative and entertaining conversations with, for and about horses, horse-people and the equestrian life. Because of Horses is the horse-lover’s podcast for listeners worldwide, sharing notable equestrians’ personal stories, challenges, triumphs and expert insights, as well as timely topics and exciting event information from around the globe.

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