You’ve seen them in the Paint Horse Journal and around the horse shows, providing expert advice and assistance to horsemen of all disciplines. The Paint Horse Journal Pro Team consists of APHA world champions who believe in a consistent presence in the Journal.
Meet PHJ Pro Team member Sidney Thomas
With more than 30 years of experience, APHA Professional Horseman Sidney Thomas has trained or shown more than 50 world or reserve world champions in the Paint, Quarter, and Appaloosa industries. Focusing on both halter and performance classes, Sidney breeds and trains for Open, Amateur and Youth competitions out of Double C Acres in Morganton, North Carolina.
Nickname: Singing Sid
Favorite restaurant: Anywhere I can get a good steak. I also love my Grandma Polly’s cornbread and eat it with milk at least a couple times a week.
Favorite vacation spot: Lake Douglas, Tennessee
Favorite movie: Tombstone. I nearly have it memorized.
I’ve started showing in open shows in 7th grade.
Hobby: I like to fish when I can.
My favorite horse is A Secret Addiction, aka “Huck.”
My favorite article of clothing is jeans. I wear them daily with my favorite Justin Remuda boots.
My favorite singers are Waylon Jennings, George Jones and Merle Haggard … in that order.
My good luck charm is God. I used to be superstitious before I was saved; I wouldn’t leave my hat on the bed or wear yellow to show.
I could not live without Jesus, my wife and my family.
People might not know that I used to rodeo. I rode bareback horses and was on the road for about 10 years.
If I didn’t show halter horses, I would show cutters because of the extreme talent of the horses.
Advice for other professionals: Work with honesty and integrity. It’s what we have built our business on; we refer to it as the “Cowboy Code Book.”
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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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.