Craig Johnson – Gainesville, TX
A professional trainer for 30 years, Craig grew up in the horse business. His parents, Burdette and Ellyn Johnson, raised horses at their Iowa home and from an early age Craig knew he wanted to train horses professionally. He worked for other trainers for a time, learning the ropes and then went into business for himself. Although he started his career showing everything from halter to performance horses, he soon specialized in Reining. His occasional forays into the Working Cow Horse world have netted him NRCHA Futurity finalist finishes and an APHA Working Cow Horse World Championship. By 1980 he entered his first NRHA Futurity and the next year he qualified two horses for the finals. He has only missed making the NRHA Futurity finals twice in two decades, since putting his life time earnings well over $1,000,000! Through the years, Craig’s talent and experience as a clinician, coach, horse developer and trainer remain in constant high demand. Craig’s contribution to Reining and Horsemanship have been captured in his successful home study video for reining hopefuls, Basics of Reining. Craig’s passion to position the concepts of Reining as a set of principles, that will make all performance and riding disciplines more highly developed, is the impetus behind his plans for the International School of Reining, “School of Rein”.