1997, he became a paramedic and worked for ambulance services in three
different counties. The year 2002 brought a career change when Glenn
became a fireman for the city of Russellville, but the best thing that
happened that year was his marriage to Harmony, the love of his life.
is an emergency room nurse at a local hospital and has applied to get
into veterinarian school at Auburn University. Their dream is for
Harmony to become a veterinarian, to practice in Winston County and to
raise quality Quarter Horses together.
grandfather had a couple of gaited horses and a pony, which Jeremy
helped to feed, but that was all he did with them. In 2003, Harmony’s
grandfather died and the horses became Jeremy’s responsibility. One
evening as he went to feed them, the stories Harmony’s grandfather had
told him about all the wonderful experiences he had with horses came
back to him and he wondered what it would be like to ride again. He was
hooked and started reading every article he could find about horses,
even though he is not an avid reader.
first horse the couple bought was a Saddlebred which wasn’t trained
very well, so they enlisted the help of Walker County’s Huck McCullar
to train their horse. Thirty days later, the horse was a willing,
well-mannered trail horse and Jeremy’s flame to learn more about this
beautiful creature was fanned.
wanted to know how the training process worked and Huck was kind enough
to let him hang around and teach him some things, but he wanted more.
The discovery of "Natural Horsemanship" led to attending
clinics by Pat Parelli, Clinton Anderson and Van Hargis among others all
over the Southeast including the "Road to the Horse" which is
a competition between trainers.
did you decide to become a horse trainer and how did you go about it?
2005, 4-Given Farms was established by our first purchase of 36 acres.
Still something was missing. I wanted to learn more; to see if it was
possible for me to train a horse. After many long hours of trying to
figure out how I would go about it, I found a website of a man who was
named ‘America’s most trusted horseman.’ John Lyons turned out to
be the man whose training I wanted to emulate, but didn’t know how was
I going to accomplish this with him in Colorado and me in Alabama. Then
I found a John Lyons certified trainer in Alabama, Jason Wildes, who
turned out to be a great teacher and a good friend.
had a horse that needed to be fine tuned, so I called Jason and he came
to my farm to work with her. We talked about his training and it was
everything I wanted, but couldn’t afford. He mentioned he was starting
an apprenticeship program and asked if I was interested; and I thought,
here is my chance. I was Jason’s only apprentice and in September
2006, I graduated from Jason’s 5-month program as a Wildes
Horsemanship Certified Trainer."
are your plans for the future?
graduation, I completed my barn and began training for the public.
Thanks to God, my wife, Jason, Huck and others who have made my dream a
reality. Now we have 83 acres with a barn and a pasture full of horses.
My breed of choice is the Quarter Horse. I am currently starting a
breeding program of performance horses with an emphasis in Mr. Gunsmoke,
Doc’s Hickory, Doc Bar and Skipper W breeding and hope to add Hancock
and Valentine breeding in the near future. The services currently
offered are clinics, basic trail training, advanced trail training,
trailer loading, colt starting, foal handling and riding lessons. Even
though I haven’t been a trainer as long as some of my peers, my
methods are proven, tried and tested. I hope that I never quit learning
and always keep an open mind and open ears."
is a fine young man and a credit to both of his chosen professions.
Jeremy is available to do horse fairs, clinics and other equine events
and can be reached at 205-272-0033. He is a loyal customer at Winston
Farmers Co-op and counts on them to answer any questions he may have
pertaining to his operation and to keep plenty of Horizon Champion’s
Choice horse feeds available. Employees at Winston Farmers Co-op are
proud to have him on their team and to sponsor him in his training
efforts and at clinics around Alabama.
remember your local Quality Co-ops support the equine industry on a
local and state level and are ready and willing to help you with all
your equine needs.
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