Jackson grew up in Rockland, Idaho in a ranching family. His Dad still runs the family ranch and runs around 30 broodmares. Porath Quarter Horses sends about 15 colts to the Van Norman and Friends sale in Nevada every September. Jackson's training career started at a very early age. He spent 2 years working for Charlie Van Norman in Elko, Nevada breaking colts and doing typical ranch work. He then went to work for Brian Neubert again starting colts. These two men were not only great personal mentors to Jackson, but also provided a strong foundation for his colt breaking skills. He worked a short while for Smokey Pritchett before working for Dave & Lorene Zimmerman for a year. At this time Jackson knew he wanted to learn more about how to train Reining Horses. He was looking for an opportunity to work under a trainer and learn the reining business. He chose to spend some time with Bonnie Becker, then located at King Equestrian Center, Idaho Falls, Idaho. Jackson learned a lot under Bonnie's guidance. Bonnie returned to Canada and Jason Richards was his next instructor. He worked a short time for Jason and then went to work for 2 million dollar trainer Craig Schmersal. Jackson was with Craig & Ginger Schmersal for 2 ½ years. During this time Jackson learned how to finish 3 year olds from one of the best trainer/showman in the world. When Schmersals moved their operation to Oklahoma Jackson chose to come back to Idaho. Jackson is focused on Futurity & Derby horses and has a tremendous great rookie and Non-Pro riders. Now an accomplished trainer himself, he is an NRHA Open Futurity and Derby Finalist.
Stephanie grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho as a young girl where she was around horses her whole life but she started to show reining horses in Pennsylvania. Her first time showing a reining horse, she was seven years old in Ohio on King Leo Boyd in the 13 and under. They were a partner in crime for over 6 years, they won many awards; Reserve World Champions in the 13 and under in 1998. She went on with Salt and Peppy Gal to finish her youth years out, and they accomplished to win the Saddle Smith Series in 2002
Stephanie went to College to North Idaho and preceded her degree in Nursing she came back to Idaho Falls to where she started the program of a Certified Surgical Technologist! After she graduated from Eastern Idaho Technology as a CST she went to work at Saint Patrick Hospital, soon after that Jackson Porath whom she has know for a long period of time wanted her to apart of his life! So, she moved home to Idaho Falls, Idaho and Jackson ad Stephanie became a married couple in 2009. In 2011, they had a new member to their lives Clayton Allen Porath. She currently works at Mountain View Hospital and on her down time she still rides and shows horses with her beloved husband
Before Kyle came into this world, he was riding along with his Mother, Stephanie showing Reining Horses! After Kyle was born he went along as an infant to many Reining Shows.
Every day he looks forward to going to the barn and watching his Dad, Jackson ride horses. Sometimes he gets to ride along, and that makes him so happy. He entertains us all and we are so blessed to have him in our lives. We can’t wait for the day he is riding and showing horses as well.