“Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” —James 1:3

Professional Horseman – Champion, Trainer, NCHA Judge

From a long line of horsemen... Originally from the hills of South Dakota, Joe Ammann grew up farming and ranching with his father and brothers. He first saddled a horse at four years old and was scouted by Shorty Freeman at age 19 in Abilene, KS. After further study under the tutelage of world champion cutting horse trainer Bill McNeil, Joe continued to train with Ronnie Rice, Larry Reeder, and Bill James to become one of the most prolific horse trainers of our time. Today, he carries on the 100-year-old Ammann family tradition by operating the executive equine facility at 2UW Brush Creek Ranch in the Flint Hills of Kansas, where he trains and sells horses.

World Champion Competitor

Joe is an unwavering World Champion competitor, having collected over 15 Championship and Reserve World Titles, including:

  • NCHA Super Stakes Finalist – Riding Sheyken Pepto
  • World Finalist Novice World Champion Stallion – Riding That Cats Desire
  • SMCHA Open Derby Champion – Riding San Jo Smarty
  • Region 14 Novice Area Champion – Riding Cinnamon Spice
  • NCHA Western Nationals Open and Novice Finalist – Riding Real Diablo in Open and Riding Electric Flo in Novice
  • NCHA Eastern Nationals Open Finalist – Riding Smart Beckett
  • NCHA Futurity – Placed 5th riding Smart Lil Scoot, Joe trained & Roy Carter showed
  • APHA World Championship Futurity – Placed 6th riding Smokem Jose
  • Missouri Cutting Futurity and Derby Finalist – Riding Real Plain Jane in Futurity and Doc Vlonn Last Real Diablo in Derby
  • Kansas Futurity Finalist – Riding Real Plain Jane, Real Diablo
  • Reserve World Champion American Paint Horse Cutting – Riding Real Plain Jane in Futurity
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World Class Trainer for Riders & Horses

Over the last 40 years, Joe has focused his professional equine business on developing champion horses and riders. His reputation in the cutting horse training arena is far-reaching and well-regarded, having trained horses that have won $1 million in prize money and been in TV and film. He also mentors and trains riders, including through the 2UW Horsemanship certification program to create winning rider and horse teams. That is all why riders and horse owners from all over the world come to be trained by Joe at 2UW Brush Creek Ranch.


Joe is also a highly sought-after NCHA AAAA judge in more than 20 states and internationally, including Italy, Texas, Oregon, Missouri, Nevada, California, Mississippi, and Alabama.

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