up in the northwest as a young cowboy. He was
high school rodeo state champion and qualified
for the finals three years in a row and was his
high school state president. He worked and looked
up to Frank Beard (a well known rodeo stock
contractor in the northwest). He then started
breaking colts for local cattle ranches. He
realized he had a love and passion for a good cowhorse and an opportunity to work for the
legendary Buster Welch and Russ moved to Texas.
It was then that Buster
and Sheila were at the peaks of their careers
and Buster was training 75 head of horses a day.
Not only did he get to work for the best, but he
was surrounded by other great hands and great
horses such as CD Chica San Badger, Haidas Lil
Pep, Doc O Leo and so on. It was an
experience of a lifetime.
Russ has been a professional cutting horse trainer now
for over 20 years. He was inducted in the NCHA
Riders Hall of Fame. He is also a NCHA Judge. A
few of his accomplishments include PCCHA Open
Champion, NCHA Super Stakes Reserve Champion,
and NCHA Classic Challenge Reserve Champion.
Russ has been champion or a finalist at every
major event from the West Coast to Texas. His
lifetime earnings exceed 2.2 million.
His wife Janet is a NCHA Non Pro Hall of Fame rider,
and has NCHA earnings of 1.2 million. She was a 2000 NCHA
Non Pro Futurity Reserve Champion aboard CD
Royal, a stallion that they now stand, and was
the 2008 NCHA Non-Pro world finals show champion
aboard Jeeps Posi Traction. Russ and Janet also
have a 12 year old son named Brandon
that shows too.
The Westfall’s ranch is located in Los Olivos,
California on the beautiful central coast where
the climate is mild year around.
Russ takes pride
in doing the training himself. Horses in
training see a lot of fresh cattle which there
is no substitute for.