Wade Black: horse trainer and teacher extraordinaire

Wade Black, first place winner at the 2021 Road to the Horse World Championship and professor of equine science, horsemanship and horse training at TVCC. (LILIANA FRANKEL/The Enterprise)

ONTARIO – Wade Black’s grandfather trained horses and started colts. So did his father. And so does he, having started in early childhood under their guidance.

It’s a legacy he’s passing on not only to his three children, but to generations of students at Treasure Valley Community College, where he teaches equine science, horsemanship and horse training. 

Nowhere did Black’s expertise shine more than at the recent Road to the Horse World Championship, where he took first place. The championship is a colt starting competition where competitors are judged for “the effectiveness of their horsemanship methodology to communicate, educate and build a partnership with . . .