Cal Middleton is an NRHA carded judge and horse trainer located in Kansas City, KS. Cal was a 2012 NRBC Level 1 Open Finalist as well as the 2009 Reserve World Champion in spb Open Reining at the APHA World Show in Ft Worth, TX. Cal has been top 5 in the world in Jr Cow Horse at the ApHC Nationals as well as been an AQHA Open Reining Champion. Cal competes in Dressage, cow horse, reining, western dressage, ranch pleasure and more. He takes in horses for training and he also travels and teaches clinics on a variety of topics including colt starting, general horsemanship, reining, and western dressage. He focuses on putting a great foundation on horses that prepares them for each respective discipline he competes in.
Cal writes articles consistently for Lets Talk Horses and Livestock, Working Horse Magazine, and Central States Horseman. He is also a guest writer for various other equine magazines throughout the country.
In 2014 Cal temporarily took a job working with special needs children with severe behavior issues. Cal’s unique ability to understand and improve behavior among humans as well as animals is keeping him very sought after today from various industries.
Besides his own personal success as a showman Cal is also known for his ability to teach others and coach non pros to reach their goals with their horses. His ability to speak to people on their level, to get them the information they need without sugarcoating the truth, is unparalleled.
Even though he spends most of his time riding and teaching others now, Cal has always been a great student of the equine industry.He has taken the opportunity to ride with and learn from some of the greatest horseman in America. Cal still takes time away to watch and listen to those he admires and he never passes up an opportunity to learn.