Grant was raised in Alabama on his family’s cattle ranch. Although he was the first person in his family to have an interest in horses, it was a passion his parents encouraged. They got him a horse of his own when he was in the third grade. “Rusty was an 8-year-old Quarter Horse gelding, and he was a package deal,” Grant says. “I think we paid $800, and he came with a saddle.”
The gelding also came with plenty of bad habits that made him difficult to work around at times. It wasn’t long after getting Rusty that Grant realized he needed help. That’s when he and his father discovered Clinton and Downunder Horsemanship on RFD-TV. “I’d take note of the problems I was having and come Sunday afternoon, we’d watch Clinton’s program to see if we could find the answers to fix them,” Grant says.
Implementing the exercises and tips he picked up from Clinton, Grant trained Rusty to be a solid partner. “What I love about the Method is that if you follow the steps Clinton’s laid out, you’ll get results. It’s not necessarily easy, but it is that simple,” Grant says.
In high school, he competed on his school’s rodeo team, riding broncs. He had a knack for it and won the Alabama High School Championship in bareback riding in 2012 and 2013. As he got older, Grant moved away from rodeoing and focused more on developing his skills as a trainer by working on ranches in Alabama and Texas.
He quickly earned a reputation for being able to ride anything. “I was the guy that you’d call up if you were having trouble with your horse and no other trainer wanted to touch him,” Grant says. “My truck was like a mobile tack room. I’d get a call and off I’d go.”
He decided to enroll in the Academy to fine-tune his skill set and receive Clinton’s certification to teach the Method. “As I got older, my interest in horses went from being a hobby to a serious business. I wanted to be the best I could be and to stand out from the crowd. I figured the Academy was the best way to do that,” Grant says.
As a Method Ambassador, he enjoys training horses and helping people. “I like the process of training horses and watching them progress, especially those that may not have had the best start and have issues because of it,” Grant says. “It’s equally fun to help someone better understand how to communicate with their horse and have a good partnership with him.”