The Rundown with Dakota Kirchenschlager

NFR heeler Dakota Kirchenschlager is trying some new spins as he pursues his passion for training in the reined cow horse and rope horse futurity arenas.

The Score changes pace this week, with an audio edition of The Rundown with Dakota Kirchenschlager—a feature one of our contributors, Bonnie Wheatley, wrote earlier this year. 

Dakota—a freakishly talented heeler originally from Colorado but who has long-since called Texas home—stepped away from an illustrious rodeo career to train horses, and this story is about that choice and the new director Dakota’s life is taking.

Bonnie first text us about this story while she sat and watched a reined cow horse show in Fort Worth and noticed the announcer call Dakota’s name during the reining. I’d heard Cesar de la Cruz and my friends at the Myers ranch talk about how Dakota was taking his horsemanship to new heights, trading in the sale-barn stock he’d ridden in his youth for the refined, well-bred show horses he was now aboard. This story takes you through Dakota’s transformation, the people who’ve helped shape his story and the program he uses now to create some of the finest rope horses in the business.  

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More with Bonnie Wheatley:

Down to Earth: Tripp Townsend

2020 Vision: World Champions Rodeo Alliance GAINING GROUND 

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