Doug Milholland Reining Horses
: : Doug Milholland
Actively involved for over 40 years, Doug Milholland has been one of the top reining horse trainers in the industry.
From the early days of the NRHA
has been sincerely dedicated to furthering the sport of reining, mentoring non pros and professional horsemen and women to a higher level.
is a well respected and much sought after clinician.
For over two decades, he
has been invited to give reining clinics around the world, and is credited with helping expand the sport of reining on an international front.
In testament to that, Doug Milholland
was asked to represent the sport at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics as part of an NRHA
Riding the palomino stallion, Catalyst Too, he
wowed the crowd with a dynamic and elegant freestyle performance.
is a true horseman through and through.
Growing up in the mountains of Western Colorado, Doug
was riding before he
could walk, and horses were prevalent in every aspect of his
even rode a horse to school as a youngster, and by age 4 Milholland
was helping his
father move cattle from summer to winter range.
came into the horse industry thanks in part to the support of his
father, who had a strong passion for horses and a life-long interest towards improving horsemanship.
way up through the business, Doug
also had many industry legends as mentors to draw from.
Monte Foreman and some of the old "Greats" such as Sunny Jim Orr, Stanley Glover, and Leroy Webb were also inspiring influences for Doug
It was in the 1980's that Doug
first garnered attention, thanks to his
numerous AQHA World Championships.
first title in 1982 when he
won the AQHA Sr Working Cowhorse World Championship.
Then a year later he
captured both the Jr and Sr AQHA World Championships.
then followed that feat with yet another World Championship in Sr Reining and a Reserve World Championship in Working Cowhorse in 1984.
coached 3 Amateur riders to AQHA World Championships as well- in 1986, 1991, and 1996.
In NRHA competition, Doug
had similar success.
In 1982, Milholland
rode How D Mae Bee to a 14th place finish at the Open NRHA Futurity.
The next spring, he
rode the gray stallion to the 1983 NRHA Open Derby Championship and the AQHA World Championship in Jr Reining.
The duo won the 1984 AQHA Sr Reining World Championship the following year.
Starting in 1982, Doug has made the NRHA Open Futurity Finals a phenomenal number of times.
Training out of his
facility in Nebraska, he
developed and won on a list of horses that reads like a who's who of the reining world.
In 1984, he
was 5th on Forest Cabin Moon.
In 1986 he
was 5th on Cool Change Cody, and a year later 4th on Topsail Skeets.
Then in 1988, he
rode a famous buckskin mare by the name of Rest Stop to capture the NRHA Open Futurity Reserve Championship.
A year later in 1989 he
was 3rd on another outstanding mare, Eyed Be A Princess.
However, it was in 1990 that Doug
stood in the finals night spotlight when he
rode Silver Anniversary to the NRHA Open Futurity Championship.
Silver Anniversary was an orphaned filly that Doug
had previously placed 6th on at the All American Congress
earlier that fall.
and the big hearted mare actually missed making the finals by a single point.
However, the duo made history when they won the Consolation Futurity, and a last chance slot on finals night.
They had to go first, but their score held up against all the remaining finalists, and they won!
winning ways, garnering another NRHA Open Futurity Reserve Championship in 1991 on Denim Jac.
That year Doug
made the Open Finals top ten on all three of his
horses, also placing 4th on Bees Honey Jac and 6th on Top Slider.
Bees Honey Jac went on to produce 1996 NRHA Open Futurity Champion, Whizard Jac.
again won the NRHA Open Futurity Reserve Championship in 1992 on Fancy Jac, a great mare owned by Sally Brown that he
also won the Open Freestyle on at the 1993 Congress and NRHA Futurity.
In 1993, Doug
business at a crossroads when he
was confined to the indoor arena for all but 6 weeks during a long Nebraska winter.
Figuring that he
needed to ride outside on the track more in order to stay competitive, Doug
operation down to Purcell, Oklahoma in the fall of 1994.
has continued to develop and train top reining horses, many of which have gone on to long and successful careers- both with Doug
and other open and non pro riders.
has trained standouts such as Dateline OKC
, As Smart
As Charlie, Smart Paul Olena, Genuine Shinola, Shiners Shinest, Sailing Smart, Melonkali Jac, Sunrise Enterprise, Listo Pollito Lena, Durante Doc, Barflit Fritz, Catalyst Too, Catalyst Command, CB Command, A Special T, Shining Salute, Genes German Melody, and many others.
Whizmatic is currently being shown by Doug
, and is a stellar bred athlete by Topsail Whiz and out of Reserve Futurity Champion, Denim Jac.
and everyone at the Ranch extend a warm invitation to stop by if you are ever in the area.
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