Reviews and Testimonials
It has been our pleasure to know Samantha Whittemore for the past two years as trainer of our horses and as our friend. It is with a great deal of pride and confidence that we can recommend “Sam”(antha) regarding any endeavor she may set her mind to and to assure you that she will represent you and your facility in only the best light. 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. Over the period we have known Sam 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 trail horses. No matter the time required, we have always been impressed that each horse in her program receives a through and full lesson daily from her personally. Usually requiring her to put in 10-14 hours days most days. Yet still having time to communicate and mentor owners and students. 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.” ------ GRANT AND ANNETTE CAREY 11/16/2020
2016 - Rocky Mountain Equine Comeback Challenge Horse - Onyx
I got to spend 90 days with Onyx . She came to me unhandled. She was also 15 yrs old. She came from a rescue , known as the BLUE ROSE RANCH in Springfield, CO.
We placed 18th over all and she went to a wonderful home !
2017 Rocky Mountain Equine Comeback Challenge
Placed 9th over all - out of 22 Trainers
120 days with a 2 yr old rescue mare.
Royal Muchacho Jet and I Won this beautiful buckle in the Pro/Am/Novice Penning in Tulsa Oklahoma , 2017