On October 11,2015, David and Cortes, His Oak Creek Wild Horse, won the 2015 Vaquero Heritage Trainers Challenge.
David Jeffers has been a Professional horseman for nearly 30 years. He uses the principles of traditional Californio/Vaquero Horsemanship along with his own style of Natural Horsemanship to help riders build better relationships with their horses. He has a diverse training background including Classical Dressage, Hunter/Jumpers, Cow Work, Liberty, Trick Horse Training and Driving.
David works with horses in all stages of development from foals to colt starting, general to advanced training and problem solving. David’s method concentrates on developing not only the physical aspect of the horse but the mental and emotional sides as well. He believes that it is not what we teach but how we teach that develops the character of the horse. The central theme of David’s approach is to work from the horse's point of view. He uses a combination of groundwork, liberty and roundpen work, arena work, outside riding and natural obstacles to develop well-rounded horses that are confident, willing, possess a lot of “try”, and trust in the human.
David’s personal passion with horses lies in the traditions, heritage and history of the Early Californio Vaquero. He enjoys traditional ranch roping, working with cattle, gathering herds, and doctoring and branding on local ranches. He competes in traditional ranch roping events and recently won the Intermediate Championship at the 2015 California Rodear Reata Roping & Stock Horse Challenge in Angels Camp, CA.
David lives in Simi Valley, California and offers lessons, training, clinics and demos locally and in the surrounding areas of Southern & Central California.