The list of successful trainers and horses that have worked with Jim Paul Sr. is
long and distinguished. Many of the top Non Pro and Open riders owe their
accomplishments to Jim's tutelage.
Born June 1,1937, in Sacramento, California, to parents Henry and Edna
Paul, Jim rode with Hall of Fame member Barbara Worth Oakford. He visited Barbara's stables often and rode anything that she would let him climb on.
At age 22, Jim began training for the public in Scottsdale, Arizona. In the
mid 1960s, he served as President of the newly formed Arizona Reined Cow Horse
Association. He was also very instrumental in starting the first Arizona Snaffle
Bit Futurity in the 1970s. Jim, along with John Hoyt, managed and hauled their
own cattle to different shows, so that they could have cow horse classes.
Jim was also present at the decision to form the Snaffle Bit Futurity in 1968.
He served as an NRCHA Board Member from 1968 to 1971.
Along with Bobby Ingersoll, Smoky Pritchett, Skip Brown, and Dema Clark-Paul, he
served on the committee for the introduction of the first NRCHA Case Book. Jim
served as the first judge's monitor at the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity in 1983,
and was actively involved with the judge's committee at the first judge's
seminar in Gridley, California.
Having judged some of the most prestigious NRCHA and stock horse events, Jim is always in high demand. He was
a Snaffle Bit Futurity judge 4 times, judged the World's Greatest Horseman 3
times, and the Magnificent 7 twice. He has also judged the NRCHA Derby, the
Hawaii Snaffle Bit Futurity, the High Desert Snaffle Bit Futurty, the Wyoming
Snaffle Bit Futurity, the Idaho Snaffle Bit Futurty, and the first All Around
Stock Horse Contest in Long Beach, California.
With Jim's sharp eye and ability to teach
others, he helped many riders emerge from the show ring victorious. Some of the successful
trainers who apprenticed under Jim include Al Dunning, Cal Cooper, Debbie Phelan
Cooper, Jimmie Paul, and Randy Paul.
Perhaps though, the rider who benefited the most from Jim's excellent teaching
was his wife, Dema Paul. In fact, Dema had never made the Open Finals at the
NRCHA Futurity until Jim helped train some nice horses with her in the 1980s.
Dema attributes all of her success since then to Jim.
Some of the successful horses Jim trained for Dema include Missy Tucker, Tuckers
Bayou, Cant Find My Sock, Missn No Chex, Shiners Dulena, Maggie Hickory, Masters
Nu Fox, and Primos Bob Acre.
His horses were also shown successfully by Bobby Ingersoll, Jane Tatum, Brenda
Brown, Jimmie Paul, Sherri Gilkerson, and Randy Paul, to mention a few.
Jim Paul Sr. is quick to credit the many people he learned from, including
Barbara Worth, Don Dodge, Harold Farren, Frank Rue, Jimmy Williams, Tony Amaral,
and Ray Hackworth.
Not only are Jim Paul Sr.'s students and horses well known in the show circuit,
his handy work can also be seen in the hardware adorning many different
champions. Jim possesses a great talent for handcrafted iron work, and his
impeccable bits and spurs are used by many top trainers.
Dema Paul & Ally McBoon