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PHJ Pro Team Spotlight: Chad Christensen

You’ve seen them in the Paint Horse Journal and around the horse showsproviding expert advice and assistance to horsemen of all disciplines. The Paint Horse Journal Pro Team consists of 12 APHA world champions who believe in a consistent presence in the Journal.

Meet PHJ Pro Team member Chad Christensen

An avid horseman since his youth, Chad grew up training his own horses for 4-H competition. In 2003, he opened his training business with a focus on Quarter Horses; in 2008, he expanded his focus to also include Paints and Appaloosas. Chad co-operates Christensen Show Horses with his brother, Shane, and they train and sell all-around horses while also instructing Amateur and Youth exhibitors. Chad is the winner of multiple world champion titles, including world champion in Senior Pleasure Driving with Ultimate Bonanza; he has been a PHJ Pro Team member since 2013.

Nickname: Cara’s dad

Favorite restaurant: Ernesto’s in Pilot Point, Texas

Favorite piece of tack: Spurs with my name engraved on them

Favorite movie: Casey Shadow

Favorite TV show: NFR

What is your favorite vacation spot? Hawaii

I began showing in 4-H when I was 8.

Do you have a lucky charm? Yes—having my twin brother at back gate while I’m showing

What is something you can’t live without? My beautiful daughter, Cara

You might be surprised to learn about my hidden sense of humor.

The business tip I’d share with others is honesty is the best policy.

My advice to someone buying horse is to take your time looking and find a horse that fits your needs. Also do your research on past trainers who have worked with the horse you’re looking to purchase.

If I were to show in a different discipline, it would be team roping like I did in high school.


The PHJ Pro Team features professionals who are experts in a variety of disciplines and pass along their knowledge to guide clients to the winners’ circle. For more information on the Paint Horse Journal Pro Team and how you can become a member, visit apha.com/phj/phj-pro-team. Special thanks to our PHJ Pro Team sponsors: Olathe Boot Co.Horseware Ireland, Noble Outfitters and Kimes Ranch Jeans.


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About APHA

The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest international equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded. APHA creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses.