About Ted Robinson

The following excerpt is from Red Hot Robinson by Ronda Quaid, published in Western Horseman magazine, August 2002.

Ted Robinson's ChildhoodCall it destiny, fate, or kismet; Ted Robinson seemed preordained for a life with horses. He has transformed a childhood fascination with riding into one of the equestrian world's most extraordinary careers. His talent has made him the top money earner in the National Reined Cow Horse Association while his dedication has led to involvement with every aspect of the industry from teaching and public relations to breeding and judging.

To support a persistent interest beginning when Ted was just a toddler, his family moved to rural Oak View, California for an equestrian lifestyle. When he was in the second grade they started with ponies.

"My folks bought a pony ring, and set it up on the main drag in town. They bought unbroke ponies, and we'd ride them to ready them for the ring."

To attract attention Ted would let his young customers ride until their mothers made them dismount.

"Before long we became the town babysitter. Moms knew that for a quarter they could drop their kids off at the pony ring, go down the road to shop, and we'd keep those kids riding until they came back," Ted recalled with his trademark throaty laugh.Ted Robinson Pole Bending as a Youngster

By age 10 Robinson had learned enough about getting around a pony to start competing in Ventura Saddle Club shows. He was soon placing in everything from western pleasure to barrel racing.

At 15 his talents earned him a job at Ojai Valley Inn where he broke colts, learned how to rope, and served as a guide for its dude string.

In the late 1970's, after watching some of the top California vaqueros compete at Santa Barbara's Old Spanish Days Stock Horse Show and Rodeo, Ted was inspired to start training reined cow horses.

Ted's early training career developed at night while he worked full time in pipeline construction. In 1983 his determination paid off when he was able to purchase property, and start training full time.