Rodney Yost is a fourth generation South Dakota rancher who has been involved with the ranching and horse customs his entire life. He’s been on horseback since he was a baby in diapers on his family’s ranch, started training ponies at the age of 10, and trained his first horse at the age of 13. Since then, he has become one of the top horse trainers and clinicians in South Dakota and throughout the Midwest. Over the past few years, Rodney has instructed many horsemanship clinics and demonstrations for all ages and riding levels. His unique training style and sense of humor has made him a sought after horsemanship clinician throughout the United States and Canada. He is the first and only four-time champion of the Crosswinds Ranch Colt Training Challenge that is held at Michigan State University every spring, and has won multiple Ranch Horse Colt Futurity competitions. He has become known for creating a relationship with his horses to produce extremely supple, well-mannered, and responsive horses that are capable of many disciplines.
Growing up in the heart of cattle-country south of Miller, Rodney developed a love for the land and livestock at an early age. Over the years, this partnership with the ranching lifestyle has blossomed into a progressive mindset regarding his family-owned and operated Broadaxe Ranch, Gann Valley, along with its expansive commercial cattle herd, and American Quarter Horse breeding and training program.
What started out as a necessity of the Broadaxe Ranch operation, breeding and training their own horses for ranch use, Rodney Yost Horsemanship developed most naturally through many years of on-the-job learning and real life experiences of utilizing horses for everyday ranch work. For a horseman or horsewoman of any level to have the opportunity of an enjoyable and successful experience while horseback, Rodney believes it is clearly essential to have the correct tools and philosophy to enable all riders the ability to develop a horse that can pull the throttle back to sit, relax, and go slowly at times, while likewise having the ability to step down on the gas pedal when needed in the heat of the action. Horses that have the training, foundation, and ability to make that distinction easily rise to the top and become the cream of the crop in all disciplines.
Rodney Yost Horsemanship Demonstrations and Ride-Along Clinics aim to demonstrate, teach, and enable everyone to have a variation of hypothetical tools, a common-sense training mindset, combined with the most elite training techniques. Along with Rodney’s personal learning experiences over the years, Rodney Yost Horsemanship works tirelessly to give all individuals insight regarding the natural instinct, thinking process, and behavior of a horse in an effort to “help the horse to teach itself”.
Rodney Yost Horsemanship Demonstrations will be held for the first time at the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo this year on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. and Friday, Feb. 1st at 10 a.m. at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in the Barnett Arena.
For more information contact Rodney Yost at (605)-680-0004, go to to check out his family’s Broadaxe Ranch website, or search for “Broadaxe Ranch” or “Rodney Yost” on Facebook.