Samantha has always been known for her passion for her horses, and strong worth ethic. At a young age she would help her grandfather Reed Jenkins, at the track with his race horses. Whether it would be mucking stalls, cleaning water buckets, and tacking up horses to gallop. She has always been driven and worked hard. "Just being around them fills my heart" is what she always says.
Through her teenage years Samantha worked or rode horses every chance she got. Even if it was just handling them and brushing one out.
She was raised by her grandmother. "We couldn't afford to keep a horse at the time, but I made friends with people who had horses or would just offer to exercise them whenever I could"
After highschool Samantha went to LAMAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE and studied the Horse Training and Management Program there. Then she went on to work for a Reining horse trainer then a Cow horse trainer, learning and growing her skills as a young up and coming trainer.
Sam still continues learning and riding with professionals in the cutting industry and learning from them every chance she gets.
Sam has proven herself to be an accomplished and exceptional trainer, which is not common in a business where everyone calls themselves a trainer after reading a couple of horse whisperer books and watching videos on YouTube.
Although Sam may not be as old as many of the trainers you may be familiar with, Sam is a seasoned and experienced trainer with a wealth of knowledge and experience well above her chronological age. Sam has a strong work ethic and shows true understanding of each of her students – either man or beast. Probably her strongest attribute professionally and personally is that she is true to her word and always keeps her commitments and promises. She is a person that is honest and dependable. A rare quality these days.
She has grown her Rugged Cross Performance Horses business from training 3-4 horses into today training five times or more that number; all in various stages of learning – from foaling and groundwork to top notch competition level penning, sorting, roping and cow horses.
Sam is genuinely passionate about her work. You can see it in her eyes and the spirit and energy she brings to the barn each day that she is happiest when she is molding the character and ability of one of “her horses.”