Profile: Joel Eliot

By Mike Thomas


There are a lot of horse lovers in Southern Arizona who would benefit from knowing my friend Joel Eliot and his approach to horsemanship. Joel has built up a following and really should be putting on more clinics and workshops.

Joel has spent many years around the Trinity of Horsemen and The Inner Circle of Quality Horsemanship, and has worked very long and hard at improving his horsemanship skills with each and every ride. He has also developed a great sense of feel, timing and balance with each and every horse, and each and every student.

Joel is a teacher and often does substitute teaching in the Sonoita, Arizona area schools. Being a trained teacher makes it much easier for him to organize his lesson plans and implement them in his clinics and workshops.

I am a strong believer that each area of a state needs a horseman or horsewoman that has spent years around the great Trinity of Horsemen. Joel sponsors clinics for Ray Hunt and a few others that are very close to the Inner Circle. When these great horsemen or horsewomen leave, the horse lovers in the area really need a resource and reference horseman to rely on in between. Joel more than fills the bill!


The Making of a Bridle Horse

Joel has made a few bridle horses and he really does it the right way. Each horse progresses through the snaffle bit stage, the hackamore stage, the two rein and finally into the bridle over a period of five or more years. His patience and due diligence in each stage is nothing short of phenomenal and he carefully plans and implements each phase. His horses are light, very responsive, understand their job in life and can’t wait to get to work.

Over the last 8 years I have had the opportunity to watch Joel and his horsemanship progress. There never has been a time that I have ever seen any of his horses regress and that is impressive, my friends! It is pretty hard to impress me but Joel Eliot sure as hell has impressed me.


His ranch roping skills are very good! Joel has put a lot of time and years of effort into developing these skills, and always keeps his horse in a comfortable place when working a cow. His approach is to make sure the horse wins, regardless of the move or job he might be doing. This consideration for the horse is exactly what makes a great horseman. Joel would probably say he is not one yet, he hasn’t earned the right... Folks: he has earned the right!

I am very proud to have Joel on this website; he has been very loyal in his horsemanship to the Trinity of Great Horsemen, who befriended us all.

Mike Thomas