Katona Reining Horses

About us

Tim & Cindy Katona

Whether you want a high-quality futurity or derby prospect or are looking for a trainer to improve your non-pro career, Katona Reining Horses offer a full range of services designed to meet you and your horses’ needs, from starting your colt to finishing the show horse.
We also offer equine rehabilitation as well as a complete breeding operation for your mares and stallions.
For over 30 years Katona Reining Horses has successfully trained horses and riders to the highest levels, winning various State and World Championships in the Appaloosa Association, ARHA, Buckskin Congress, and competing successfully in NRHA Futurities and Derbies.
Successfully matching riders and horses and developing a successful partnership between them has always been one of Tim and Cindy’s great passions. "We are proud to have had over the years numerous world champion reining horses and riders, coming out of our program.” Tim & Cindy Katona work closely together in their training and showing program.

About Tim

Following his high school education, apprenticed with Shorty (OK) Russell in Texas, where he trained and showed World Champion halter, cutting, reining and rope horses. This is where the dream of Katona Reining Horses began.
With a lifetime dedication to developing the Katona training program, he works these prospects on a daily bases, developing their style and fine tuning their ability to achieve the level of excellence that Katona trained and finished horses have already represented in the show pen. Tim believes that a well-trained reining horse should be an athlete that loves his job.
The success of this philosophy is well-represented with Tim's career achievements, which include multiple MRHA Futurity and Derby championships, multiple State and World Championships, competing in NRHA Futurities and Derbies, 2 major Derby wins in 2005 and currently holding the the highest open run score to date at a Michigan Reining Horse event, captured in 2011 on Sonny Zan Olena.
Tim has had the privilege of being an NRHA approved judge and having held the first NRHA Judges Clinic on his farm in Belleville, Michigan. He participated in founding and implementation of the National Reining Horse Association Youth Program. He was also one of the founding members of the Michigan Reining Horse Association in addition to serving on the Board of Directors for both the NRHA and MRHA.

About Cindy

Cindy grew up with a love of anything horses! She started her horse career after graduating from high school, working with Hunter-Jumpers, until she discovered Reining in her late 20's.
Cindy’s focus at the ranch is on training & management. And while the rigors of starting, training, working and managing the Non Pro horses have redirected her from the show pen, her own impressive record reflects her dedication and passion to the sport. Her wins in first Rookie, then Limited Non Pro, NRHA Ladies and Limited Open benchmarked a career that would demand a dedication to excellence. She has taken various State titles during her reining career, including the prestigious Michigan State Fair Ladies Reining Championship and the Buckeye Arab Reining Championship in Columbus, OH.
She has served on the MRHA Board of Directors, ran the successful Delta Classic reinings in Belleville, Michigan and held the position of MRHA Secretary for many years.
Cindy is passionate about what she does and Katona Reining Horses. Knowing that timing is everything.