Brannaman grew up on a 5000-acre horse and cattle ranch in Southwestern Montana. Working with horses, cattle and rodeoing as
trick roper was his way of life as a youngster. Upon graduating
high school, Smokie chose to serve his country in the United State
Coast Guard. Although his military
duties did not always allow much
time to spend with his horses, he never the less, rode and trained
horses of his own and others throughout his military career. Smokie
retired in 2000 from the Coast Guard and worked as a Corporate
Operations Manager for a security company.
But he soon realized that
his true enjoyment came from being around horses, training, riding and
helping others with their horses.
After working for 2 years as a
manager for a large boarding stable, Smokie hired on at Ots Sunrise
Farm to work with the young horses halter breaking, ground work and
starting horses under saddle to progress to more advanced training.
Smokie utilizes the training methods of his brother Buck Brannaman,
Jeff Griffith, Clinton Anderson and others, as well as his own
techniques learned during a lifetime of working with horses.
lives in Greenleaf Wisconsin with his sweety and partner Vickie and has
three grown children Kat, Travis, and Jason. He raises and trains registered quarter horses of his own, which
he uses as, Cavalry horses for his hobby, Civil War reenacting, and in
Wild West shows throughout the Midwest.
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