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2015 NRHA Derby

By Steve Tool Wallowa County Chieftain It may seem like a long way from being one of the nation’s top wrestlers to top reining horse trainer, but local reining horse trainer Matt McDowell says it all comes down to dedication either way. The two-time former NAIA 150-pound wrestling champion recently placed among the top competitors […]

2015 Best Little Derby In the West

Article in the Wallowa County Chieftain By Steve Tool Local Matt McDowell wins first major reining event held in the Northwest. The derby took place at the Ford Idaho Horse Park in Nampa, Idaho, from April 22-26. Exhibitors from as far away as Colorado, Alberta and Utah competed in the derby. It is the first major […]

2013 West Coast Reining Maturity

National Reining Horse Association Champion Matt McDowell of Enterprise recently won top honors at the NRHA Northwest Regional Affiliate Finals. McDowell rode Miss Silver Gun owned by Tamarack Ranch LLC to claim the open, intermediate open and open maturity reining championship. Miss Silver Gun is a gray 7-year-old AQHA mare with lifetime earnings over $80,000. […]