Michael grew up with horses and was riding, training and showing anything he could get his hands on starting at an early age. His talent and ability to understand and teach a horse was natural for him. It didn't take him long to decide to turn his passion for training and showing horses into his career. He had the privilege of training under some of the top trainers in the country for seven years before going out on his own. Michael was specializing in training and showing futurity and aged event cutting and reining cow horses when he realized the need for top quality cow bred horses in the Penning and Sorting world. He was one of the first to introduce these top quality bred and trained cutting horses to the sport of Team Penning and Ranch Sorting. Rated a #9 in RSNC~Ranch Sorting National Championships, being considered "One of the Elites" he is a leader in the fastest growing family equine sport in America. Michael is an experienced clinician, putting on clinics all over the country and his students gain unparalleled instruction by attending one of his clinics. They leave with sharpened skills of both horse and rider, better knowledge and understanding of their sport and are given tools to be successful in competition. Students who have had the opportunity to train under Michael have gone on to win not only major events but multiple world titles including high school rodeo. He is no stranger to the winner's circle being accredited with an AQHA Open World Championship title and many AQHA Top 10 finishes and multiple major wins in NCHA, NRCHA, AQHA, RSNC, USTPA, TPA, NTPC, and GLOBAL. Michael's resume proves he's a quality horseman with the experience, knowledge, and ability to take you and your horse to the next level. His motto is horsemanship, horsemanship, horsemanship. It's all about the horse.
Our Mission at Hansen Performance Horses is to
not only enhance the performance of the horse, but
to advance the abilities of the rider
Ml Hansen Performance Horses Cutting, Reined Cow Horse and Ranch Sorting
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Michael has traveled all over the United States and Canada doing what he loves. With his passion and knowledge he has for the equine athlete he is sure to take you to the next level.
Horsemanship is the key in our business. Michael takes great pride in always putting the horse first. Every horse is different. What works for one horse might not work for another. Every horse is treated as an individual giving them every opportunity to excel at the discipline that best fits them. To show them their potential and give them the confidence to try, by showing them and then letting them.
Michael is committed to feeding a quality custom feed and top quality hay. The horses are happy, healthy and fit with a shiny hair coat. All training horses are allowed daily turn out for play time to be a horse. It's ALWAYS ALL ABOUT THE HORSE!