It’s been some 10 years since Cottonwood, California’s Justin Davis rode into the box at the Thomas & Mack with Blaine Linaweaver.

But in that decade, Davis has made two iconic horses—both mares, not too coincidentally—in Lil Kim and Shakira. He’s won the Columbia River Circuit Finals a couple times, and he’s been on the brink of an NFR trip more than once—to no avail. So at 31 years old, Davis is smashing down his hat on a career in sales, while seasoning the next great mare to come through his horse program. He and long-time friend Brandon Beers are circuit rodeoing and amateur rodeoing when both men’s thriving business careers allow, and they’re both using their long-time industry connections to help them excel. Davis stopped to talk with us between visits to feed yards and ranches, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed by the conversation.

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The Short Score: April 2 with Justin Davis 

Freeze Frame with Heeler Justin Davis 

Smith and Davis Surge Mid-August 

Buckle Up with Justin Davis