Burnet residents host Australian cutting horse ambassador

Mike Crumpler, of Burnet, and Ashley Knight, of Goomeri, Australia, pose with Knight's competition horse, Just Countin' Checks, owned by Cole Eslyn, on Crumpler's land in Burnet. Crumpler was chosen as a host for Knight for the two weeks she is in town promoting the cutting horse sport as an ambassador from the Australian Cutting Horse Group (ACHG).





By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

For the past two weeks, Burnet has gotten a healthy dose of culture that may not be too different from its own, in the ranching aspect at least. The town was chosen to host an Australian ambassador who has been strengthening the relationship between the American Cutting Horse Association and the Australian Cutting Horse Group, a recently established ACHA affiliate.

Seventeen-year-old Ashley Knight, of Goomeri, Australia, has been training with local horse trainer and ACHA member Mike Crumpler since she arrived in Texas last Tuesday.

“I am hoping to get more youth involved in and promote the sport,” Knight said. “There aren't as many youth involved in cutting horse back home, so I'm hoping to have more join in the future.”


Crumpler's passion takes him to ACHA greatness

Mike Crumpler and his wife, Janie, display the trophy Mike received upon induction into the American Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame in Dec. 2017.

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Two-and-a-half minutes – that is how long Burnet resident and horse trainer Mike Crumpler has to display the blood, sweat, and tears he puts into the sport that his passion. Those 2 ½ minutes encompass months, even years, he spends training his horses in the art of cutting cattle.

In December 2017, Crumpler's efforts were recognized with one of the highest honors someone in his field could accomplish. Crumpler was inducted into into the 2017 American Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame — an achievement he credits not only to his hard work and dedication, but to the horses and clients he works with and the people he keeps close.

“Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is one of my greatest accomplishments,” Crumpler said. “I was shocked when I heard them call my name. I couldn't have done it without my clients and the best wife, who has stood beside me all the way.”

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