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