A video documentary introducing Richard Winters, director of the Horse Program.
Richard Winters, the new director of Thacher’s Horse Program, has never really wanted to be anything other than a horseman. And for more than 35 years, he’s been doing just that. A world-famous clinician and prizewinning trainer of horses and their riders, Richard’s credentials extend from the rodeo arena and high desert ranches of the West to being a highly sought-after horse trainer and horsemanship clinician. Among his many accolades, Richard won the National Reined Cow Horse Association world championship in 2005 and took top honors at the Road to the Horse Colt Starting Championship in 2005. He is also a top-five finalist at the Cowboy Dressage World Finals and the recent author of From Rider to Horseman, published in 2016 by Western Horseman Magazine. In recent years, Richard has been traveling the country and world helping horse owners—professionals and amateurs—learn how to train themselves and their horses for better outcomes.
Richard also served as “artist-in-residence” in Thacher’s Horse Program from 2004 to 2014, during which time many students, parents, and alumni enjoyed working with him. His son, Joseph, is a Thacher graduate (CdeP 2007); and his daughter, Sarah, made many friends on campus when she was a high school student in Ojai. Richard and his wife, Cheryl, were also the faculty advisors to the Christian Fellowship Club and many students of various religious and spiritual persuasions enjoyed thoughtful and important discussions and home-cooked meals in their house.
Now, we’re profoundly lucky to have him and Cheryl back at Thacher where he will continue the Horse Program’s essential role within the Thacher experience.
Below, a short film documentary produced by Sydney Bowie CdeP 2010 helps us get to know Richard Winters a little better.