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Meet Our Gold Buckle Pros

The Gold Buckle Pro program was developed to levarge the best experience and reputations in each discipline to give an unbiased 3rd party evaluation of confirmation, gentleness, and overall performance of the horses consigned to our sale.  Gold buckle pros are compensated on a flat rate to make sure they have no alternative motives other than to verify what each consignor has said about the horse.

Matt Sherwood

Senior VP, Gold Buckle Pro

Pima, Arizona

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Matt Sherwood started his professional rodeo career in the middle of 2005. In 2006 He headed for heeler Walt Woodard.

This partnership turned into a world championship as the team dominated the sport all that year winning the world title.

In 2008 leading the standings all year would result in his second world championship. Since then Matt has made 6 trips to the Wrangler National Finals.

He has also accomplished other prestigious team roping goals. Winning the George Strait team roping classic in 2014. Mike Cervi Memorial 2014.

During his career he has won the Houston stock show and rodeo, San Antonio stock show and rodeo, Ft Worth stock show and rodeo, Tucson, Cody Wy, and others Omaha tour finals.

Other circuit qualifications include qualifying and competing in the final round of the American heeling.

Matt has been married for 29 years, has 7 children, and 4 grandchildren. Lives in Pima Az. Loves basketball and watching his kids play sports. He feels he has had the absolute best life.

Cody Bradford

Cody Bradford

Gold Buckle Pro

Payson, UT

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Cody has loved horses since he was a little boy and has done everything from roping, ranching and hunting on horses to running a dude ranch in Hawaii.

When he worked in Hawaii he bought horses from the mainland and had them shipped to Hawaii and trained them and sold them to people on all of the islands for team roping and polo.

He loves to watch his two sons rodeo in the junior high and high school circuits. There aren’t very many days that go by where Cody isn’t on a horse.

He loves to buy prospects and help his friends and family find horses that fit them.

Finding and buying prospects can be very challenging and time consuming in today’s day and age.

We think it should be a lot easier and that’s where Certified Gold Buckle Horse Sales come in!

Matt Liston

Matt Liston

Gold Buckle Pro

Salina, UT

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When I saw what Gold Buckle was trying to do for the horse sale world and how they are trying to be an advocate for the buyer I knew I wanted to be part of that.

I’m a fifth-generation ranch raised cowboy who’s roots run deep in the western lifestyle.

I’m happily married to my sweetheart of 34 years, and together we have 4 kids and 7 grandkids.

I have spent the better part of my 52 years on the back of a horse and have had the opportunity to work with and associate with some of the best cowboys and team ropers in the business.

I have been a PRCA card holder since 1992 and still love to compete at the highest level.

I have trained and sold horses to the public for my entire adult life and feel like I have a good idea of what people look for and expect from a horse sale.

I’m excited to be part of this fast-growing horse industry through the Gold Buckle program.

Kylie McLean

Kylie McLean

Gold Buckle Pro

San Tan Valley, AZ

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Kylie McLean makes a living by training high quality rope and performance horses.

Kylie’s life has always revolved around horses. She grew up on a third generation cattle ranch in Alberta, and pursued a rodeo scholarship in Wyoming.

Post-graduation she worked in the
movie industry as a wrangler and stunt double then progressed to providing riding lessons for kids and hosted children riding summer camps.

Currently Kylie lives in San Tan Valley, Arizona. When Kylies not training her horses, you can find her competing at local and World Series jackpots.

It’s not often that Kylie isn’t on or around horses, but in those rare moments she can be found hanging out with her family and friends, or cuddling Millie her miniature
dachshund.

Kylie is always looking to add to her string of top end performance horses.

Kylie’s personal manta is that you can achieve anything if you have enough grit, try and perseverance.

Jim Randle

Jim Randle

Gold Buckle Pro

Alberta/Arizona

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Jim has been involved in the horse industry , ranching, rodeo, and team roping  business all his life. Being born and raised in Alberta but now living also part time in Arizona he has met a lot of great people in all areas across North America. 

With his wife Kelly , 1 boy and3 girls they raise horses, cattle and bison on the  ranch in Alberta , always looking for innovative ways to improve quality. 
 
Jim enjoys riding a very nice horse, hunting in the extreme north, nice warm days in Arizona and being around his family and watching them grow is the most important part of it all.
 
The Gold Buckle Horse Sale platform will be the best way to get everyone to access your information on your horse when you want to sell and the buyer can have confidence that they’re getting what they want without having to take valuable time, traveling, trying horses, being at sales. 
Andy Holcomb

Andy Holcomb

Gold Buckle Pro

Aromas, CA

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Andy started his horse career as a youth at the AQHA shows in the cow horse and roping events. He then went on to work for Les Oswald training horses for 3 years before starting his own business.

Andy made the California circuit finals multiple times heading and heeling along with winning the year end heeling in the California cowboys pro rodeo association in 2012. In 2019 aboard the grey horse Blueberry Please Andy won the heading at the American Rope horse futurity in Fort Worth.

He now resides in Aromas, CA where he trains and sells rope horses and raises cattle with his wife Fallon.

Tate Kirchenschlager

Tate Kirchenschlager

Gold Buckle Pro

Stephenville, TX

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2021 Highlights – Partner Cole Davison
• Won the Ellis County Livestock Show & Rodeo (Waxahachie, Texas)
• Won the Killdeer (N.D.) Mountain Roundup PRCA Rodeo
• Won the New Mexico (Albuquerque) State Fair & Rodeo
• Co-champion of the Rooftop Rodeo (Estes Park, Colorado)
Career Highlights
• 2019: Placed in three rounds to rank fourth in the average with 93.0 seconds on nine head at the Wrangler NFR with Tyler Worley. Finished 9th in the world standings with $147,225. Won the San Antonio (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo, with Ross Ashford. Won the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo, the Woodward (Okla.) Elks Rodeo, the Stockyards Championship (Fort Worth, Texas) and the Kit Carson County Pro Rodeo (Burlington, Colo.), with Buddy Hawkins II
• 2018: Won the Richland County Fair & Rodeo (Sidney, Mont.), with Delon Parker. Won the Cascade (Mont.) Pro Rodeo, with Nano Garza. Finished 47th in the world standings with $30,102
• 2017: Finished 166th in the world standings with $6,727
• 2016: Finished 84th in the world standings with $14,277
• 2015: Finished 106th in the world standings with $9,599
• 2014: Finished 151st. in the world standings with $5,407
• 2013: (Partner Will Woodfin) Won the St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo, the Medicine Hat (Alberta) Stampede and the Johnson County Sherriff’s Rodeo (Cleburne, Texas). Co-champion at Montana’s Biggest Weekend (Dillon)
• 2012: Won the San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo, with his cousin Dakota Kirchenschlager; finished 54th in the world standings with $15,583
• 2011: Won the Won the West Texas Fair & Rodeo (Abilene), with Will Woodfin; the PRCA Championship Rodeo (Lincoln, Neb.), with Jay McClain; the Dick Stull Memorial Rodeo (Sterling, Colo.), with Cole Cooper; and the Yuma (Colo.) County Fair & Rodeo, with Cole Cooper; finished 120th in the world standings with $6,885

Amateur
Won the International Finals Youth Rodeo (Shawnee, Okla.) team roping title three consecutive years (2009-11); twice qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo (2008, 2010)

Chad Smith

Chad Smith

Gold Buckle Pro

Wickenburg, AZ

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I was born and raised on a Central Arizona working ranch. I have had a lifetime of experience making a living with some great horses along the way.

My wife Shawn, along with our two kids help own and operate Wickenburg Equine. Wickenburg Equine is a sales and training center in the team roping capital of the world , downtown Wickenburg, Arizona.

We specialize in assisting people find and sell quality horses that will help them pursue their passion in western disciplines. 

 A list of my accomplishments include, team roping championships in both high school and college. World Championships in the WSTR , USTRC and a PRCA Turquoise Circuit Champion Team Roper.  

I am proud to be a part of the Gold Buckle Pro program. Nobody has ever offered a program that protects the buyer like the Gold Buckle is doing. It also helps showcase the sellers horses by having a pro review and highlight the positives of every horse in the program.

With horse sales at an all time high, this is a sales format buyers can trust. These horses are previewed with an honest test drive!

Kollin Von Ahn

Kollin Von Ahn

Gold Buckle Pro

Blanchard, OK

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I have been involved in nearly every aspect of the horse industry over the course of my life. My primary focus has been training, buying & selling, producing, and competing on rope horses.

I have competed and won at all levels of roping and rodeo competition from high school to the PRCA. I am a Great Lakes Circuit qualifier. I won the Capitalist Roping in 2019 with partner Levi Simpson.

I live in Iowa where my family has had a horse facility for generations, but spend the winter months in Arizona.

I am very excited to be involved in the future of horse sales as a Gold Buckle Pro.

Trent Tunke

Trent Tunke

Gold Buckle Pro

AZ/MO

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Trent Tunke has been involved in many aspects of the horse industry throughout his 31 years, including training horses, buying & selling, competing and producing team roping jackpots.

Trent has won multiple rodeos in the CPRA as well as the PRCA and is currently a number 9 heeler in both Canada and the U.S

Along with training rope horses and putting on schools for ropers and horses of all skill levels. Trent also works as a farrier, helping his horses to work their best.

This 4X Canadian Finals Rodeo qualifier currently divides his time between Medicine Hat, Arizona and more recently Missouri where Lori & Trent will continue to train horses, jackpot and rodeo.

David Key

David Key

Gold Buckle Pro

Texas

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  • 9X NFR Qualifier
  • George Strait Champ
  • USTRC Champ
  • BFI Reserve Champ Heading and Heeling
  • 4X Windy Ryan Champ
  • 2X Houston Champ
  • Prescott Champ
  • Caldwell Champ
  • Oakdale Champ
  • Clovis Champ
Justin Collins

Justin Collins

Gold Buckle Pro

Ludlow, SD

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Justin Collins grew up living the western way of life in Belle Fourche, SD. He knew from
an early age that he wanted to make a living with horses.

As a kid, he worked for local ranchers and breeding programs while also competing at youth and high school rodeos at the state and national level.

Justin attended college at Southwestern Oklahoma State University on a rodeo
scholarship and graduated with a degree in Business Management. While in Oklahoma,
he had the opportunity to work for professional trainer and clinician, Phil Haugen.

With Phil’s guidance and mentorship, Justin refined his horsemanship skills and found his
talent for starting and training young horses, especially rope horses. He then went on
to be a South Dakota Rodeo Assn. and Northwest Ranch Cowboy Assn. Finals qualifier in the heading.

He’s also won or placed at numerous Wrangler, World Series, and USTRC events.

Justin now lives at Ludlow, SD, where he operates his own successful training
business, J. Collins Horsemanship.

With the boom of the barrel racing industry, he has specialized in starting 2 yr old barrel racing prospects. Most have successfully
graduated to well known futurity trainers. He also accepts rope horses for training and/
or sales prep, with an emphasis on heading and breakaway roping.

Justin believes in a well rounded foundation for each horse he rides.

His years of experience starting colts from the ground up has helped him be able to identify strengths and weaknesses in performance horses and prospects.

Justin is excited to be included on the Gold Buckle Pro Team and eager to bring his skill set to this new online sale program in the northern region.

Travis Gallais

Travis Gallais

Gold Buckle Pro

Canada

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3 x Canadian Champion TR Header 

15 x Canadian Finals Rodeo Qualifier 

2 x CPRA Season Leader TR Header 

2003 PRCA TR Header Rookie of the year 

Kraig Von Ahn

Kraig Von Ahn

Gold Buckle Pro

Iowa/Arizona

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I have been involved in nearly every aspect of the horse industry over the course of my life.

My primary focus has been training, buying and selling, producing, and competing on rope horses.

I have competed and won at all levels of roping and rodeo competition from high school to the
PRCA.

I am a Great Lakes Circuit qualifier. I won the Capitalist Roping in 2019 with partner Levi Simpson.

I live in Iowa where my family has had a horse facility for generations, but spend the winter
months in Arizona.

I am very excited to be involved in the future of horse sales as a Gold Buckle Pro.

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