Nearly 2,000 horses and 30 years of training experience has laid a solid foundation for proven success in the Haugen Horsemanship program. Raised in Western North Dakota, Phil grew up knowing the value of a well trained equine partner and the importance of creating a foundation built on trust and respect.  

Phil has competed in more than 1,000 rodeos during the course of his career.  He has qualified for both the PRCA Badlands Circuit Finals and the PRCA Prairie Circuit Finals.  Winning at both ends of the arena, rough stock and timed events, led to Phil winning the coveted Linderman Award in 1989.  

Phil and his family currently reside in Weatherford, Oklahoma.  He continues to compete in rodeo and roping events while maintaining a full training roster and clinic schedule.



Phil has developed a unique training style based on his experiences in and out of the competition arena.  His training program is focused on those fundamentals and his keen understanding of how to progress a horse in its training while mentally keeping that horse in a trusting, secure and confident state of mind.

Phil’s passion lies in the sincere desire for the horse and rider to be successful together.  His clients have benefited from expert colt starting, private riding lessons and training as well as the meaningful experience of his clinics.  Phil is committed to helping his clients improve their relationship with their horses through effective communication, proper techniques and good horsemanship.  

Phil’s philosophy is to train through understanding and that starts with a simple, common sense approach. Building a solid foundation to to help each horse reach it’s full potential by focusing on effective and proven techniques that help horses to understand the response you are asking for, which in turn builds their confidence and yields success.  By removing gimmics and focusing on effective, proven techniques that allow horses to be successful and confident.

This proven and beneficial approach has resulted in more than $1,000,000 in Equistat earnings, won by the horses that have been a part of the Phil Haugen Horsemanship program.  These horses are not limited by discipline or age and have excelled in major barrel racing events, tie-down roping, futurities, derbies and WNFR qualifications.   Confident, meaningful communication, and proper horsemanship  can allow any horse and rider the opportunity to achieve their optimal individual potential.

“Training Through Understanding” is the philosophy that is reinforced throughout all elements of the Phil Haugen Horsemanship program.