Team JM Reining Horses
Josh Murphy - Head Trainer
Josh Murphy learned about horses at an early age, trail riding and team penning with his family. While he was in high school, he decided to broaden his horizons when he started breaking colts for his neighbors. Following graduation, he attended Black Hawk College in Illinois, but he continued to follow his passion for horses as he studied equestrian science.
It was at Black Hawk that Murphy got involved in reining, taking an internship with the late Steve DeFrang. Murphy knew he liked horses and wanted to do something he enjoyed for a living, so becoming a trainer seemed like a perfect fit.
What Murphy has come to enjoy the most about training reining horses is getting to show. Watching his dedication and a young horses's hard work come to fruition is one of the most satisfying parts of the job for him.
"Every horse is different, so I just try to figure out how to get the most out of each horse with their own style," Murphy said. With more than $275,000 in open money won since 2015, Murphy has many impressive runs to draw on when he reflects on his career so far. Among them are a first- and second-place finish in the 2016 NRHA Futurity Level 1 Open riding Got That Iowa Shine and CBK Hang A Wright, respectively. He was also a L4 Open Classic Finalist at the 2018 National Reining Breeders Classic in Katy, Texas.
Daniel Lopez - Trainer's Assistant
IJ Messer - Trainer’s Assistant
Hailey Larsen - Groom
Farriers: Seth Jordan (Show Horses) and Zach Dinnen (Young Horses)
"Every horse is different, so I just try to figure out how to get the most out of each horse with their own style."