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Scott Johnston: NCHA Cutting Horse Trainer

NCHA Cutting Horse Trainer & 6-time National Finals Rodeo Qualifier

Scott Johnston began training cutting horses under the tutelage of John Mitchell at the Slate River Ranch, Weatherford, Texas. He was the 2-year-old trainer there for four years and during the last two years also rode three-year-olds. He rode the USA’s 2010 NCHA Horse Of the Year LHR Smooth Jamie May through the majority of her 3-year-old year. Among other high money earners, he has played a hand in the training of Smooth Asa Zee, Boons Smart Chance, Fancy Looking Cat and Sly Tabasco. In the US, he made the limited open finals the NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Summer Spectacular. He is made the finals of the  NCHA Australia Futurity Open multiple times.

Outside of the cutting pen, Scott is a six-time National Finals Rodeo Qualifier in saddle bronc riding. He has won the Average Championship at the NFR, was the 1996 PRCA Rookie Champion and the 1994 Australian Bush Campdraft & Rodeo Association (ABCRA) Champion. 

Watch Scott Johnston win Round 4 of the 2002 NFR on Franklin Rodeo's Skoal Airwolf.

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Scott Johnston: Working cows when the horse is starting to anticipate the turn.

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The importance of hip control when training a 2-year-old.

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Encouraging the Colt to Reach when Coming Out of the Turn.Encouraging the Colt to Reach when Coming Out of the Turn.

Encouraging the Colt to Reach when Coming Out of the Turn.

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Cutting horse trainer Scott Johnston encourages an early 2-year-old to have more reach coming out of the turn.

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Cutting, Cutting 2YO Month 3

Working the 2-year-old cutter in month three of its training with Scott Johnston.

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