About Steve
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Steve has always had a passion for horses. From his stick horse when he was a little boy on his grandparent’s dairy farm to the present. It was around the age of six, when his parents bought a home in Bucks county Pennsylvania that was beside a farm that had ponies and horses. It wasn’t long before Steve met the owners of that farm and they let him ride the ponies, which he did almost every day. The ponies were great fun, but being Shetlands they were difficult but that didn’t bother Steve he loved riding. At about nine they said that he was allowed to ride the horses and about age 11 he started taking riding lessons for Hunt Seat and Dressage. That went on till at age 15 when his family move to the farm in southern Ohio where his family had a cow calf operation that raised polled Herefords. His parents let him buy a six year old grade mare from the neighbors’ farm, which had never been touched. That was the first horse that Steve ever started. As you can imagine, that was a learning experience that had lots of hard knocks. But in a few months Steve had her to where he was able to help out with the cattle and enjoyed being a member of 4 H where he was part of the horse program and competed in the timed events.

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In his early twenties, Steve got married to Debbie and they had a son named Joshua and his interaction with horses was only occasionally. But at 27 Steve and his young family moved to Colorado where they managed a ranch near Bailey. It was there that Steve got back into horses full time again and trained cow horses for clients. It was there that he became interested in the use of the California Style Hackamore and the training techniques of the Vaquero. He read Ed Connel’s book, the “Hackamore Reinsman” and any other books he could find on the subject. It was around then that he met another trainer that trained Peruvian Paso’s named Mike Murphy. Mikes family was from southern California and even though he was a Paso trainer he had a lot of knowledge about the use of the California Hackamore. Steve would work with him every chance he got and would gather as much information as possible about training in the Vaquero style. He was very surprised at the similarities to the dressage training he learned as a young man.
After a couple of years of studying and practicing with the Hackamore, he felt confident enough to make a series of horse training videos titled “The Hackamore Horseman”. These tapes were sold all over the world and Steve felt he was on his way to a dream of training horses. Unfortunately a business partner ruined those dreams and Steve found himself broke and in debt. Having a young son and bills from a horse equipment import company, he had to sell off all his horses and equipment. It even got so bad that at one point he and his family had to sleep on a friend’s floor for a month. But through hard work, 7 days a week, Steve and Debbie pulled their butts out of the fire, bought a house and provided a home for their family. But that desire to train horses never left him.
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Now he’s back doing what he loves again, opening up Steve Kitts Performance horses in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Steve trains Reined Cow Horse, Cutting and Trail horses. In 2014 he was the Champion in the Limited Open Hackamore division for Colorado Reined Cow Horse. After taking a year off from competition to build his training facility he is now ready to get back on the show circuit, proving himself as a top horse trainer. He is also reproducing his videos and doing clinics on Traditional California Hackamore training. We are now taking in horses for training for the 2017 show season. If you would like to learn more about Steve and his training techniques come and visit or give him a call.
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