Originally from Malta, Montana, Chase Hill has been around horses his whole life. He learned how to ride at a young age, whilst on the job on a ranch, and honed his skills later in life when he discovered that training horses was his real passion.
He worked from the back of a horse for many different operations across the country. Around the fire after a long day's ride, he tells stories from his time working as a hunting guide in Colorado, shares jokes that he picked up working dude strings in Wyoming and Montana, and reminisces about the people he has ridden with over the years as a cowboy on working ranches.
Despite his cowboy career, his approach to his work is far from the "cowboy way" of breaking and training horses. He witnessed some of these harsh techniques, and rode horses who needed to be bucked out at the start of the day, and decided there must be a better way. "Those ways were tough on a horse. They were tough on me."
His secure seat, light hand and endless patience made him a good partner for green and troubled horses. Colts with just a handful of rides on them and a fear of sagebrush became solid ranch horses after a few weeks with Chase, developing the confidence to crash through the sagebrush without hesitation. He attributes some of his success to his confident mindset. "A friend once told me that when you're in the saddle, you are God to that horse. It's a bad day when even God is nervous."
He inspires confidence in those that he teaches, with a reassuring smile and a calm demeanour. He encourages patience, and a willingness to give the horse time to think for himself. "If there's something he's not sure about, let him get his nose down and get a good look at it. Give him a minute. Take a breath. He'll figure out he can handle it. So will you."
He aspires to show people that every horse has the ability to perform like a champion, regardless of their breeding or their background. He enjoys the rewards of turning fears into distant memories, and making every experience with the horse a positive one.
"It shouldn't have to be a fight. It shouldn't be scary. We can ride out in the air, through God's country. What could be better?"