Born with a rope in his hand and spurs on his boots, Jim has spent his entire life with horses. Growing up in southern Alberta, Canada on the family ranch, his parents ensured that he was exposed to good horsemanship from a very early age. He took clinics with Tom Dorrance and Ray Hunt and upon finishing high school at age eighteen, spent a winter working with Bryan Neubert.
Jim has won over $130,000.00 in NRHA events and has LTE in excess of $200,000.00 He won both the 2000 European Cow Horse Futurity and Derby Championship as well as the 2000 Italian Reining Derby while working in Europe.
After returning home from North America, Jim became a three-time Canadian Supreme Reining Futurity champion, in addition to bringing home buckles and bronzes from a multitude of other reining and cow events.
In 2011, Jim marked the first of three consecutive Calgary Stampede ‘Cowboy Up Challenge’ titles, with a Reserve Championship title and then Championship wins in 2012 and 2013. With another win at the Extreme Cowboy Association 2012 World Championship in Texas, Jim then applied and was selected as a Wild Card competitor for Road to the Horse 2014, by Tootie Bland.
Jim and ‘Maverick’ (SIX FLO BUCK) went on to win the coveted Wild Card competition, and Jim continued with ‘Smokey’ (SPEEDY CREAM) to win the Road to the Horse 2014 World Championship of Colt Starting title.
Jim and his wife Andrea (who also trains, competes, and travels for clinics) live at Star Bar Ranch in Irvine, Alberta, Canada with their nine horses, two border collies, and a small herd of sheep. Together, they’ve developed their Higher Horsemanship Program and share it with people all over the world- traveling for clinics, demos, and expos, as well as offering online coaching to and from anywhere! Their program is one rooted in deciphering pressure as a positive tool of communication: they help clients and horses connect familiar exercises to new tasks so that consistent and confident progress is made and Jim is renowned for his ability to demystify the concept of feel – he easily connects the ‘why’ and ‘what’ to the how and when.
Jim believes that helping our horses understand gives them a choice. It sets them up to be active participants in achieving goals, as a team and as partners. He believes that the ultimate connection to the horse is when they truly understand how and where to get comfort, from us.
“In my opinion a big part of what makes this event so special is having the audience share those incredible moments when we are able to connect and gain our horse’s trust and confidence. Road To The Horse 2018 will be a historical event in that we are celebrating 15 years of some of the best horsemanship in the world. I’m humbled and honored to be invited back to share in Tootie’s world-class Road To The Horse 15th Anniversary. I believe that Road to the Horse has provided a venue that promotes natural horsemanship in its best form and I hope that we (the competitors), leave our fans inspired to do great things with their own horses when they go home.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all our fans, and all our wonderful friends who have supported us and have been with us throughout our journey, without you guys this wouldn’t be possible. I have been blessed with two special wonderful helpers, without them I would not be here today, thank you to my amazing wife Andrea and of course Maverick, the horse who made all this possible.” Jim Anderson
Learn more about Jim Anderson at www.HigherHorsemanship.com.