Andy was first introduced to horses by his grandpa, who taught him how to ride.
When Andy began managing a cattle feed lot, it only made sense to use horses to work the cattle. Andy began studying low stress cattle handling and behaviorism to help the operation run smoothly and efficiently. His interest in behaviorism bled into his work with the horses and he adopted a sympathetic approach to horse training.
His thirst for knowledge drove him to attend a 3 Day clinic with Clinton Anderson. At the end of the clinic, he was offered a position in the Clinician Academy. Andy graduated Clinton Anderson's Clinician Academy in 2012, however he is no longer affiliated with Downunder Horsemanship. It was at this time that Andy and Chrissy's paths crossed.
Andy accepted a position on a cattle ranch in Wyoming, starting colts and training ranch horses, where he built on his acquired knowledge and experience and developed his own unique, training style.
In Arizona, Andy provided training services and taught local horse owners how to work more effectively with their horses.
Andy has travelled all across the US and even Central America teaching horse owners and training horses. Today, he trains at his barn in southeast Missouri with his wife and continues to travel for clinics and lessons.
Chrissy began riding horses at the age of four. She started teaching riding lessons and training horses as a teen. After obtaining certification through CHA, she began managing an equine facility; offering boarding, training, and riding lessons.
Chrissy also attended Clinton Anderson's Clinician Academy and completed the initial 14 week program.
She apprenticed under Andy during their time in Wyoming and Arizona. She could not resist Andy's charm, and the two were wed.
Now she is working towards earning her Bachelors Degree of Science in Equine Studies, while continuing her work with horses.