Working Western

The working western division of the Arabian and half-Arabian show world is one of the fastest growing and most popular division. Working western horses perform everything from trail classes, cutting classes, ranch riding, reining, and much more.

Listen to AHA's podcast interview with Michael Damianos by clicking on the arrow in the graphic above.

Michael Damianos is a judge, trainer, and the owner of Michael Damianos Performance Horses in Ojai, CA. Founded in 1982, MDPH originally focused on training Quarter Horses, but then transitioned to encompass Arabian and Half Arabian horses. At MDPH, all disciplines are welcome, as Michael accommodates riders in the Western, Sport Horse, Showmanship, Hunter Pleasure, and Equitation.

Michael has also received various awards in the equestrian community including the APAHA Working Western Trainer of the Year twice and USEF Barbara Worth Equestrian of Honor Award. Michael has traveled the country and world judging many prestigious shows including, National, Regional, and Club level shows. Michael holds judging cards with AQHA, ApHC, NRHA, NRCHA, and NSBA. In 2021 Michael will be judging the new AHA show, Ranch Horse Championships.

On today’s episode Michael and I discuss his career in the Equine Industry as well as Trail. Michael provides some great training tips for not only the experienced rider, but for the beginner. Find more information and resources at the links below.

An excellent podcast with Michael Domianos on Trail Classes.

Great Q & A with Deb Wity on Working Western and Ranch Riding.