The Coach, Justin Stanton
At only 9 years old, Justin Stanton was introduced to the horse show industry. He began to show in 4H and AQHA shows and it was there he discovered he wanted to be a horse trainer. He spent the next 10 years working with multiple renowned horse trainers that shaped him into the horsemen he is today. "I knew right away that I wanted to be a horse trainer," Stanton said, "I knew what I wanted my finish line to look like and I didn't waste time on anything that did not get me closer to my goals and dreams." Wether it was cleaning stalls for lessons, getting up at 4 in the morning to ride with his trainer before school, or just sitting and watching trainers tune on their clients horses; Justin was infatuated with the entire industry.
After graduating from Idalou High School Justin was off to West Texas A&M where he worked for horse trainer Zeb Corvin. His time in Canyon was short lived, in 2013 he transferred to Texas Tech where he joined the Ranch Horse Team. While he was going to school, he started his own horse training business where in his first 2 years he won an AQHA World Championship on the first horse he trained. Along with his individual accomplishments he was a part of 2 National Championships for the Ranch Horse Team. Immediately after his time at Texas Tech he became the assistant coach for the Ranch Horse Team. During this time, he continued to grow his horse training business and achieve multiple other titles on his customers horses, he also became the president of the Panhandle Reined Cow Horse Association as well as serving as a board member for the Stock Horse Of Texas. Justin says, "I am a very competitive person and that makes me want to see these associations be the best they can be, it gives me a such a thrill to see things succeed."
In October of 2019 Texas Tech asked Justin if he would be interested in the head coach position for the Ranch Horse Team. "I could not be happier to accept the head coach position. This team holds a near and dear place in my heart and I am honored to give back to the program that made me the horseman I am today," Justin said. We are excited to see where the next road takes us and what the future holds. Guns up!