NSHA NRCHA Cow Horse Trainer

Will Pennebaker
Working Cow Horses Wilton, CA


Growing up, Will spent considerable time gathering, branding, doctoring and shipping cattle in northern California, Oregon and Nevada. He started his first colt at 12 years old and learned from a young age the solid foundation required to make a dependable and versatile ranch horse. He’s been strongly influenced by the horsemanship abilities of his father and grandfather as well as the philosophies of great horsemen such as Tom Dorrance and Brian Neubert – though his greatest teachers have and always will be the horses that he rides.
Will was raised to value education as well as hard work and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2005. While on the central coast he had the opportunity to work on some of the oldest and largest cattle ranches remaining in the area including the Santa Margarita Ranch and the Huasna Ranch. At Cal Poly, he was introduced to the reined cow horse discipline and found an outlet for his passion in starting, training and marketing prospects for the Ranch Horse program. After college he returned to northern California managing steer ranches in Alturas and Maxwell when a chance encounter at a ranch rodeo in Red Bluff opened the door for his entry into the world of horse training and he was offered a job working with cutting and reined cow horse trainer Barney Skelton at the Rock Front Ranch in Santa Maria, CA.

NRCHA Show Slide Stop - Hackamore Class

Cutting in round pen

Bridle Class - NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Cow Horses
He spent three years at the Rock Front Ranch learning the ins and outs of the cutting and cow horse industries and cultivating his abilities to train performance horses that are confident, responsive and willing inside and outside of the show pen.

In 2008 Will entered the reined cow horse show scene as the Limited Open Champion and Open Finalist at the 2008 NSHA Snaffle Bit Futurity with Snorty Little Pep.
The following year he also rode Snorty Little Pep to win the 2009 NRCHA Hackamore Classic Limited Open Championship as well as piloted Haida Lena Peppy to earn the titles of California Mid-State fair Futurity Open Champion, as well as Limited Open Champion, Intermediate Open Reserve Champion and Open Finalist at the 2009 NSHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. Will and Haida Lena Peppy also won the Limited Open Championship and were Open and Intermediate Finalists at the 2009 IRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity in Nampa, ID. In 2010, Will was the NRCHA Intermediate Open Derby Champion.

In 2009 Will and Laura relocated to Clements, CA. Then, in 2011 they bought their own place in Wilton, CA and train there. Will’s strong work ethic, sportsmanship and dedication to the people and horses that he works with have earned him the respect of his clients and peers. He is committed to providing the horses and non pros in his training program with a solid foundation that will serve them in the show pen, on the ranch, or in any discipline they choose to pursue.
Laura and Will Pennebaker - California Cow Horses
Jayne Wayne Web Design and Branding San Luis Obispo