Cal Middleton is a horse trainer and cattleman, an NRHA carded judge and an educator. He is based in Kansas City, KS but often takes the opportunity to move his business during the winter. He has wintered near Scottsdale, AZ as well as Ocala, FL.
Cal has an AAS degree from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, as well as a BS degree from Northwest Missouri State University.
Cal was a 2012 NRBC Level 1 Open Finalist as well as the 2009 Reserve World Champion in spb Open Reining at the APHA World Show in Ft Worth, TX. Cal has been top 5 in the world in Jr Cow Horse at the ApHC Nationals as well as been an AQHA Open Reining Champion. Cal has competed in dressage, cow horse, reining, western dressage, ranch pleasure, cutting and more. He takes in horses for training and he also travels and teaches clinics on a variety of topics including colt starting, general horsemanship, reining, western dressage and ranch pleasure. He focuses on putting a great foundation on horses that prepares them for each respective discipline he competes in.
Cal has served in numerous roles, including past President of the Heart of America Brangus Association for the central United States.
Cal writes articles consistently for Let’s Talk Horses and Livestock, Working Horse Magazine, and Central States Horseman. He is also a guest writer for various other equine magazines throughout the country.
In 2014 Cal temporarily took a job working with special needs children with severe behavior issues. Cal’s unique ability to understand and improve behavior among humans as well as animals is keeping him very sought after today from many industries.
Besides his own personal success as a showman Cal is known for his ability to teach others and coach non-pros to reach their goals with their horses. His ability to speak to people on their level and to provide them the information they desire, without sugarcoating the truth, is unparalleled.
Even though he spends most of his time riding and teaching others now, Cal has always been a great student of the equine industry. He has taken the opportunity to ride with and learn from some of the greatest horseman in America. Cal still takes time away to watch and listen to those he admires and he never passes up an opportunity to learn.