JUDGE'S CHOICE TRAINING CENTER


I was born in Loveland, Colorado but the majority of my school years were spent in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.  I returned to Loveland for my senior year and was a graduate of the inaugural class of Mountain View High School.  Following high school I enlisted and spent seven years in the Army during which time I was more than happy to serve a tour in Iraq from 2006 - 2008.  Upon leaving the Army I made a brief stop in Alaska then migrated home to Colorado where I was fortunate enough to meet my now wife, April Archuleta-Sprague. 


​Back in Colorado I was able to return to an agricultural lifestyle and start taking on project horses.  My career at the time was in Industrial Supplies and due to dropping oil prices, a change of jobs and scenery was required.  April, our horses and I made the huge move to Springtown, a little Texas town. Our stay there was short lived and we proceeded to the Amarillo area.   This move was one of the greatest blessings in my horse world life; I had the good fortune of working with people from the prestigious 6666 Ranch in Guthrie TX and for a company owned by Johnny Trotter.



 

The wonderful people I met afforded me the opportunity to meet and work with a trainer out of Canyon, TX starting colts for the cowboys of the feedlots.  Once again family called and we moved back to Colorado.​  Since our return I have had the pleasure of teaching kids to ride horses for the first time.  I learned the foundations of several horsemanship techniques and have been blessed to be able to help bring the joy of riding horses to adults and kids sometimes including instruction on pushing cows and roping. 

In the search for our forever home I started a competition: The 2016 Colorado Extreme Mustang Makeover; this has been a fun and challenging endeavor.  About a month into the competition April and I were blessed once again when we met Ann Judge.  Ann has been amazing to work with and has taught me much more than I could have ever dreamed.


My passion lies in training and starting colts and young horses.  However I appreciate and pursue many other aspects of the horse world.  Teaching has been a priority my whole life and it is no different with horses.  As a result I founded Bent Arrow Horsemanship​ which focuses on starting colts.  I love teaching Cowboy Dressage, Working Equitation, Sorting, Penning, Cutting, Roping and enjoy gymkhana.  I believe that to be an effective trainer one needs to develop a bond with the horse; to create that bond the horse needs to trust and respect the trainer.  It is no different with human clients, I believe a bond, no matter how minor, needs to be made between trainer and client with earned trust and respect.

My wife April has been my rock and best friend for the past six years of this journey of life.  I couldn't have been blessed with a better friend and even more amazing wife.  April is a Colorado native, born in the Globeville area.  Eventually her family started their migration north with stops in Thornton, Northglenn, finally settling in Loveland.  She is a Professional Dental Assistant, an avid gardner and animal lover.  April will stop at nothing to make her friends and acquaintances smile.


 

Brian Sprague

Farm Manager