Jade was born and raised in Seymour, Iowa. At the age of 18 he moved to Texas to start working for Craig Cameron learning how to start colts. He then moved back to Iowa to start his own horse training facility. In 2006 Jade went to one of Craig’s clinic in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where he meet Al Dunning. Al asked Jade to come to Arizona to his ranch and help train cutting horses. Jade then packed his bags and started his journey to Scottsdale, AZ. He worked for Al for 8 years. Starting colts, showing cutting horses and working alongside him at clinics. Along the way with Al, Jade won third in the world in the 2,000 rider class, Arizona Futurity Reserve Champion, 1,500 novice horse for Arizona and the Area 2 Derby. He has also trained colts that have gone on to compete in the reined cow horse. In 2015 Jade started his own training program; Jade Keller Performance Horses. He specializes in cutting horses and reined cow horses. He recently won the AZCHA 2015 Futurity, along with Reserve World Champion in the Level 2 AQHA Junior Cutting. Jade lives in Scottsdale, AZ with his wife Tessa and two boys; Kole and Tucker.
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Leading futurity trainer 3 years in a row
Greg Olson Slot Race Champion
Classic Equine Slot Race Champion
Diamonds and Dirt Derby Champion
Barrel Futurities of America Derby World Champion
Fizz Bomb Futurity Champion
Two time VGBRA Futurity Champion
Cornhusker Futurity Champion
Lifetime Earnings $800,000+
“Many years ago, I had the privilege of having Dr. Michael Freeman adjust and balance my horses; based on that experience, I was happy to try a product he developed through his many years of treating performance horses.
Because my horses’ well being is my primary concern, Saddle Right Orthopedic Saddle Pads have been a key piece of my equipment almost from the company’s beginning thirty years ago. Through decades of use on the road as a professional barrel racer and roper, I can honestly say I’ve never had a concern over my saddle pad. Sore backs are non-existent in my world!
Saddle Right pads meet all my needs and wants—they protect my horse, allowing circulation and free movement in the muscle groups; they come in a variety of colors to suit my preference for something flashy and attractive; and, best of all, they are extremely durable. I’m still using pads bought decades ago because the inner material never compresses or loses shape.”
Associate Editor, Women’s Pro Rodeo News
-Rookie of the Year 2009 Texas Circuit
- Freedom, OK Open Rodeo Champion 2007
-Calgary Champion 2013
-New Mexico State Fair champion Albuquerque 2011 -Tri-State Fair and Rodeo Amarilo, TX 2009
- 2x Champion Pretty Prairie, KS
- 2x Champion Coffeyville, KS
- 2x Champion Monte Vista, CO
- money winner at Houston, Cheyenne, Cody, WY, and most major rodeos
When Crickets Peppy Zan, or "Zan", came into my life in the fall of 2006 I ran barrels but not seriously. I had a dream to run barrels and win but didn't feel like I had a horse to go on. God had better plans and the rest history. I can't say that I knew what I was doing, Zan was easy to train. I have no doubts that God heard my prayers early on in my life and brought Zan into my life for a reason.
Over the next few years many of my dreams have come true, due primarily to God and His goodness and a little sorrel firecracker of a horse named Zan.
I've had several different saddles and saddle pads over the years and while I liked them I found dry spots or felt like my horse wasn't moving quite as free as need be. I've had trouble with one horse in particular being bound up in her shoulders. No matter if I changed saddles or pads I never got the result I was looking for. I saw a marked difference in her movement after using the Saddle Right saddle pads so I tried it on my other horses as well. I ride a lot of different style of horses from short, wide calf roper types to tall, leggy, thoroughbred horses. I like that this pad helps my saddle fit them all. I don't get dry spots and I feel like it allows more freedom of movement.