With over $100,000 in NRHA earnings, Matt McDowell continues to win title after title at National Reining Horse Association shows. Matt’s background includes wrestling where he became a two-time national champion. His competitiveness, hard work and determination on the wresting mat certainly has translated into the reining pen. Matt McDowell and his wife, Amber McDowell started out in the horse industry showing halter horses, but it didn’t take long before they became bored with standing at the end of a lead rope. Their interest shifted to performance events and they eventually started riding reining horses as non-pros in 2003.
Unlike most open riders, Matt knows exactly what it’s like to be a non-pro. This unique perspective allows him to understand his client’s needs and expectations. Matt is mostly self-taught. He spent countless hours reading books and watching training videos. He would even prop a camcorder on a barrel in the arena and video his own rides so he could analyze how to improve. In 2010 Matt decided to go pro. Since becoming an open rider, he has won multiple titles. Matt especially loves training futurity aged horses. There is nothing he enjoys more than starting colts and seeing them progress into successful show horses. Matt feels very blessed to have the opportunity to ride some incredibly talented horses and work for some absolutely wonderful clients.