Bill Thomas Jr., Bill Thomas Performance Horses
Bill Jr has been around horses since he can remember. His father was always into buying, selling, and training horses. Bill rode a horse long before he rode a bike!
Reining is his sport of choice and its popularity as an equestrian sport has grown tenfold since he was young. Reining is a western riding competition where the rider guides the horse through a precise pattern of circles, spins, and stops. It requires the horse to be responsive and in tune with its rider, whose aids should not be easily seen. The horse should be willingly guided or controlled with little or no apparent resistance.
Bill started to become a real competitor in reining in 1986. As a youth showman he was the State Youth Reining Champion on a horse called “Robert Gun”. After winning the State he went on to show “Robert Gun” in Tulsa Oklahoma. Bill Jr won the first saddle ever presented to a youth by the NRHA on “Robert Gun”.
One of Bill’s more sentimental memories is of a horse named “Gay Bars Lad”. Bill went on to show Gay Bars Lad at the world show in 2010. Bill won the world championship and the horse finally caught his break and became a World Champion in reining!!
Imagine growing up in a working barn watching your father train horses and give lessons from the time you could walk. Spending weekend after weekend at horse shows watching, learning and doing. Horses were, and still are, his life. Watching Bill Jr. work with a horse is an amazing thing, he can communicate with them through his body language and make it look so effortless and so natural. He gains their respect within minutes of being in their presence.
More information about Bill is found on his website, www.billthomasperformancehorses.com, or on his facebook page, Bill Thomas Performance Horses.
See Bill’s performance at the Expo:
- Saturday March 11th:
1:45-2:30 p.m. – Intro to Reining – Main Arena