Joe Hayes brings the scholarly approach to the horse industry, having graduated from Cornell University, an IVY League School in upstate New York.

Joe also taught Vocational Agriculture in high school and at a two year Ag. and Tech college.

Joe started in the horse business full time in 1974, with Howard Pitzer in Ericson, Nebraska. In those days, Howard's great stallion "Two Eyed Jack" was the leading Quarter Horse sire, giving Joe ample opportunity to work in the breeding barn as well as with halter, pleasure and roping horses.

One particular rope horse that Joe was competing on, a pretty grey stallion named "Goldfingers", changed Joe's future. Bob Loomis, one of the top reining horse trainers in the country, was quick to recognize a great horse and Goldfingers was just that. Bob enjoyed leaning over the fence and watching Goldfingers work. A friendship ensued between Joe and Bob and soon after Bob had a job offer for Joe. Joe accepted and it was off to Lincoln, Nebraska and the reining horse industry.

Joe worked for Bob Loomis for seven and a half years, during the peak of Bob's reining career. He went with Bob to seven NRHA Futurities, in which Bob won four out of the seven. That opportunity gave Joe a chance to start and ride some of the great reining horses of that time, including Lady Eldorado, Cassandra Cody, Benito Paprika and Topsail Cody himself, all NRHA futurity winners.

Joe started showing in the NRHA futurities; in his second one he placed 9th out off 238 entries.

Joe moved to Gainesville, Texas, in the fall of 1983 and started his own successful training operation.

Please, click on "what we do" and read more on Joe's current operation.