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Top show trainer moving to
Horseshoe Hills Guest Ranch


Chris Brown, horse trainer specializing in the show circuit.


Seeley Swan Pathfinder
May 27, 1999


One of Montana's top trainers and instructors on the Quarter Horse Show Circuit will be joining Horseshoe Hills Guest Ranch on June 1 as general manager.

Chris Brown, who has been a teacher at the Rocky Mountain College Equine Center in Billings for the past two years and a private horse trainer and riding instructor at the Diamond N Ranch just outside of Billings for the past three years, will offer horse training and riding lessons at Horseshoe Hills.

Additionally, she will be in charge of buying and selling paint and quarter horses for the ranch.

Brown, who grew up with "show parents" in Minnesota and was given her first horse when she was three years old, started teaching at a young age when she became involved in the 4-H horse program, and later learned the trade with a large California operation.

She came to Montana in 1990 for the equine program at Rocky Mountain College, then worked three years for Robert Quarter Horses in Escondido, California, serving as an assistant trainer where 40 to 50 horses were in training at all times. While at Robert Quarter Horses she traveled across the country on the show circuit.

A familiar face on the Montana Quarter Horse Show Circuit, Brown recently took 20 horses and 11 studentsyouth and amateurto the Niles Spring Quarter Horse Show in Billings. In addition to her students, Brown shows futurity horses at the shows and horses that she trains for other owners.

For the past six years she has taken students, who have placed in the top ten, to the American Quarter Horse World Youth and Amateur Show in Fort Worth, Texas, and the Congressthe largest horse show in the world in Ohio.

At Horseshoe Hills she will offer lessons from beginner to advanced, for all ages in all phases of Western and English disciplines. Her husband, Kirk, will be assisting her in training and ranch work

"We're very pleased to have Chris and Kirk join us. We've been trying to convince her to make this move for over a year," said Wayne and Rena Heaton, Horseshoe Hills Guest Ranch owners.

Brown said she is "excited about the opportunity to work at the ranch."

"The country is beautiful, the facility is beautiful, and it's an opportunity to develop an exciting program," she said.

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