An American Horseman

Trey Young’s Passion for Horses Pays Off

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Photo by Scott Holstein

Trey Young took away several top honors during the recent Extreme Mustang Makeover in Salado, Texas, including first place in reining and team roping and third in steer stopping. The wild mustang he “made over,” Monster, was the high-selling horse after the event.

With a television show on HRTV, a horse boarding-and-training operation that’s gone national and bookings for horse-training clinics and demonstrations across the country, 32-year-old Wakulla County native Trey Young will tell you business is good — real good.

He will also tell you he’s living his dream; that what he does is hard, but fun and rewarding work; that it’s the last thing he expected or wanted to be doing a few years back; and that it’s his plan one day to take his American-style horsemanship international.

Visit with Young at his rustic office on the 800-acre 3Y Ranch that he, his dad Skip and brother Brian operate just southeast of Crawfordville, and you find a man who’s on top of his game; and who is by turns extremely confident, disarmingly modest, unsparingly honest and equally amazed by — and grateful for — his good fortune.

It’s heady stuff to be sure, when you consider that in 2008, when Young took up horse training seriously, he was riding and training local horses of questionable quality, and the office, barns, corrals and other outbuildings and trappings that define his present-day operation didn’t exist. Yet a mere five years later, he is riding, training and boarding some of the best horses in the country. And demand for his expertise is national.

On this particular day in late June, for example, he had 45 horses under his care, several from as far away as California, North Carolina, Virginia and Massachusetts. And his itinerary for the remainder of the year included clinics and demonstrations in Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and North Carolina, not to mention the weekend clinics he regularly holds at the 3Y.

 “I knew it was going to come to this,” Young says. “I just didn’t know how fast it was going to come.”

He credits the exposure on HRTV, a horse-related network, in large part for his success.

“It’s been great,” he says of the show, which weekly reaches some 20 million viewers on Dish, Comcast, Cox Cable and Verizon Universe. “Ever since it started, it’s been a whirlwind. I’ve got sponsors of every kind and I’ve got horses from all over. And my clinics have gone through the roof. Yeah, business is crazy — crazy good.”   

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