• Welcome to Dave Lohrey Training Center


    Dave Lohrey has been a professional trainer of performance horses for over 20 years. He has worked with many equine disciplines specializing in Halter, Western Pleasure, Barrel Racing, and Cowboy Mounted Shooting. He is the former president of Central Carolina Western Horseman Association. He is the current president of the Double L Bar Shooters club in North Carolina. Dave has trained winning exhibitors and horses at the AQHA World, APHA World, and Pinto World championships. He has also trained CMSA and NBHA world qualifiers. He has gained respect of fellow trainers, riders, and shooters as a trainer and a friend. 

    The love and interest of training horses began when Dave was young helping his father with work horses in Wisconsin. His natural ability to ride lead him to over ten years competing as a professional bull rider. During this time he apprenticed as a horse trainer under Jim Fuller and Craig Johnson in Texas. Dave has been training at his own facility in Franklinton, NC since 1997. He offers individual lessons for riders and horses as well as starting, training, and fine tuning horses of all disciplines. 

    The goal at Dave Lohrey training center is to keep horse and rider safe and to maximize their ability. A horse’s ability to stop, turn, rate, and work softly with the rider are top priority. He believes in hard work to keep horses at their peak performance mentally and physically. Dave’s program is structured to fit each rider and horse based on their individual needs. His ability to adjust to the varying needs allow for a positive relationship between horse and rider. This relationship will provide long term partnership between horse and rider and a competitive edge of all disciplines.

    Dave began mounted shooting in 2009 after hearing of the sport and realizing the excitement and athletic ability involved. He quickly moved up to the highest level, level 6, in 3 years. A list of his accomplishments and benefits of sponsorship are attached for your review. Competitions are held in nearly every state and range from local levels to several national competitions held each year. This high action event creates great excitement to competitors and spectators. Contestants compete in a fast action timed event using two .45 caliber single action revolvers, each loaded with five rounds of specially prepared black power ammunition. Courses of fire are set in a variety of patterns with 10 targets. The course requires the horse and rider to stop, turn, change leads, and accelerate rapidly while shooting at the targets. Scoring is based on elapsed time plus penalties for each target missed or barrel knocked over. An average course of fire normally takes a contestant between 10-20 seconds to complete. Competing and training for this event requires great skill and ability which intrigues spectators. 

    Dave has a reputation know across the country as a consistent horseman that continually shows up at the top of the winning list. His talent and personality together lead to great respect and interest from fellow horsemen. Dave welcomes the opportunity to meet with you and discuss options for representing your business at the training facility and in arenas across the country. We look forward to working with you.

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    Dave Lohrey Training Center

    2020 Lariat Lane, Franklinton, NC 27525, US

    (540) 570-8785