Born in Newport Beach California, Jamie was born with horses in his blood. Jamie’s grandfather had a working ranch in New Mexico with more than 300
broodmares and owned the famous AQHA foundation stallion, Midnite Jr. During summer vacations in high school Jamie worked on ranches from Texas to British
Columbia starting colts. When school was in session he worked as an assistant for a local horse trainer by the name of Jesse Kahle. Jesse was known for his
success with problem horses, starting colts and putting solid lead changes on western riding horses. Jamie continued his internship with Jesse for an
additional year after graduating from high school. After breaking a leg in a horse accident Jamie was forced to take some time off from riding and
went to college. After college Jamie went to work for Doug Milholland. This was where he was first really exposed to reining.
After working for Doug, Jamie went to work for trainer and clinician Monte Foreman. Under Monte’s supervision, Jamie would demonstrate
breaking colts at the clinics. Jamie would take a colt that was only halter broke and by the same afternoon be riding the colt all around the
arena in front of the crowd. Jamie says “it was very hard work but looking back, I sure learned a lot”.
Jamie later went to work for Peter Cofrancesco, Sr. in New Jersey where he trained two AJQHA Champion horses for Peter’s son, Peter Cofrancesco, Jr. who now is a past president of AQHA.
In 1986, Jamie started his own training business specializing in Western Pleasure. Although, very successful, winning over 100,000.00 in NSBA,
many AQHA World Show and Congress and Futurity finialists Jamie was ready for a greater challenge. So in 1999, Jamie purchased I Ougtta Slide, a
palomino gelding by Hollywood Dunit who had $178 in NRHA earnings. Jamie took this gelding along with his client’s pleasure horses to the Congress
that year and placed 3rd on him in the NRHA limited open. Jamie was hooked on reining. One of Jamie’s pleasure horse customer’s at that time was
Rick Christen, from Toledo Ohio. Rick bought I Ougtta Slide from Jamie and in 2000 Jamie made the transition from the pleasure horse business to the reining.
That same year Jamie hauled I Ougtta Slide to win the NRHA Limited Open World Championship title.
Since then Jamie has had numerous major event finalists including NRHA Open Futurity, NRHA Derby and the NRBC. He has also trained horses and coached many successful Non Pros.