Person of Interest: Barbra Schulte

Barbra Schulte – Writer, Rider, Jill of All Trades

Barbra Schulte – Writer, Rider, Jill of All Trades

HRL is honored to introduce Barbra Schulte! Accomplished as a writer and rider, a teacher, and most importantly, as a human being, she is a Professional Cutting Horse Trainer, Personal Performance Coach, Author, Clinician, and Equine Consultant.

Born into and raised on a ranch specializing in quarter horses, Barbra’s horse life started early. Her family’s horses were bred, raised, and trained for the market in which she helped by showing.

Upon graduating high school, Barbra received a master’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology in college. She became an administrator at the Arizona State School for the Deaf and taught at the University in Tucson, Arizona. In 1983 she returned to the arena and embarked on a career as a professional horse trainer.

Upon reading Mental Toughness For Sports, by Dr. James Lochr of LGE Sports Science Inc, she began to incorporate his Mentally Tough techniques into her practice. Her previous history of horse training and inclusion of Dr. Lochr’s methods produced results unlike before.

Those included the 1988 NCHA Derby, the 1992 NCHA Super Stakes Classic, and the 1992 Augusta Futurity. Barbra Schulte is the first woman competitor to capture all three titles.

Recognizing the benefits of the Mentally Tough Program, Barbara became certified as a Personal Performance Coach by LGE. She conducted clinics and seminars to equestrians of all disciplines across the globe, including Australia and Europe. In 1997 she produced a three-part training video.

Published in 1998, her first book, Cutting, One Run At A Time, was published.

Success is defined and applied in many ways, yet rarely do you meet someone equally successful in so many facets of life. Life experiences and circumstances may supply the mold, but it is dedication and motivation that become the clay resulting in a person of substance.

Life struck a blow in the new millennium when her son Zane passed away from a form of bone cancer. Diagnosed in 1999, Zane continued to inspire family and friends until his passing in 2000.

To purchase your copy of The Gift, click here or the image above!

To purchase your copy of The Gift, click here or the image above!

During this time, the American Quarter Horse Associations asked Barbra to write a column for their publication, The Journal. Grief-stricken, she continued to write and share her knowledge and expertise in the industry for six years.

In 2006 the American Quarter Horse Association awarded her National Female Equestrian Of The Year.

It was in 2007 that her second book, The Gift, was published. The book includes 72 articles written for The Journal; in 2008, a 6 CD collection was also released under the same title. (Read HRL’s review of The Gift here, and enter to win a free e-book!)

Inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 2012, Barbra was awarded the highest level of recognition a female equestrian can receive.

In 2016 she was given the role of judge at the Road to the Horse, an annual colt starting event held by the National Quarter Horse Association at the Alltech Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.

Barbra continues to train and show cutting horses and share her knowledge with the horse world. Produced for those in the horse world, the benefits of Barbra’s online programs and books touch all areas of our lives.

We are excited and privileged to announce that Barbra Schulte will hold a live Zoom call on Dec 1, 2020, at 2 p.m. with HRL. The subject will be fear and life lessons learned from the horses back. Whether you own a horse or not, Barbra Schulte shares an approach to life that makes it easier to navigate. I encourage all HRL readers to register for this special session – even if you aren’t able to attend live, we’ll email a link to the recording to enjoy at your convenience!

Barb currently resides in Central Florida with her three horses; when she’s not writing or riding for HRL, she loves to read and travel.