Martin Padilla is an established NRHA Professional Trainer located in Wilton, California. Undoubtedly, he has decades of experience training horses. Martin has an inner drive to be the best. In the late 1990s, he switched from racing Thoroughbreds to training reining horses in Lincoln, California. Importantly, he was fortunate to work with the leading trainers in the industry.
Quickly, Martin was winning awards, including:
- 2006 APHA Paint Vegas Breed Restricted-Open Champion,
- 2007 WCRHA Topsail Cody Memorial Derby Level 4 Open Reserve Champion.
- Over $150,000 LTE
Since 2008, Martin Padilla has focused on choosing only the best horses to become part of the ranch’s herd. First, when training begins, he works to establish a partnership with the animal. Regardless of the horse’s behavior, Martin believes in communication, not intimidation. “The main thing is to do everything gentle and gradually sensitize the horse. Make sure he knows that you’re his partner, not his enemy.”
Additionally, as Martin teaches the horses to perform sliding stops, spins, lead changes, and much more, he singles out the truly talented animals. “As you ride, you can feel how the horse is performing,” he says. “We keep the best of the best.”
In addition to his breeding ventures, he competes at both the local and national level. Martin takes in clients who range from green reiner through non-pro and he offers coaching across all of these levels.
- Martin Padilla puts the wellbeing of his horses first and foremost, he feeds his herd ExcelEQ ProElite!