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PHJ Pro Team Spotlight: Olin Parker

You’ve seen them in the Paint Horse Journal and around 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 Olin Parker

Olin Parker is a talented trainer and showman, guiding his clients to more than 40 world and reserve world championships since he began training on his own in 2009. He has been a Pro Team member since 2012 and is an APHA national director, a Markel APHA Professional Horseman and a judge for the World Conformation Horse Association.

A few people call me “O.”

Favorite fast food chain: Culver’s

Favorite restaurant: PF Chang’s 

Favorite movies: The Ghost and the Darkness and Tin Cup

First time showing? I was probably 5 or 6 years old. My dad was a horse trainer, so I started very young. 

Any superstitions? I am the most superstitious person in the world. 

  • No hat on the bed. 
  • Never leave shoes or boots pointed out the door, always away from the door.
  • Never walk under a ladder. 
  • If I hand a knife to someone closed they have to hand it back closed; if I hand it to them open, they must hand it back open. 
  • Never take salt hand to hand. 

Good luck charm: A blue, black and gray tie I have had for a long time. 

One thing you can’t live without: My children. 

If you didn’t show Paints, what discipline would you compete in? I would compete in PRCA team roping. 

Business tip for other trainers: Stay on top of your paperwork. 

Advice for someone looking to buy a new horse: If you are going through a trainer, be sure to do your homework and make sure they are someone you trust. Also be thorough with pre-purchase exams. 

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 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.