About Us

The HORSEMAN’s MIND is committed to offering the best information possible dedicated to achieving the optimum “partnership” relationship between horse and owner/rider. 

The HORSEMAN’s MIND offers mental toughness coaching / peak performance training for riders, teachers, trainers and their families in all equine endeavours.

The HORSEMAN’s MIND offers clinics and demonstrations on cutting; problem solving and training; based on the principles and standards inherent in what cowboys refer to as a “well broke horse’; a horse that is of sound mind and body; balanced, athletic, and capable of being used successfully in any event or endeavour.


Tracy Barton is a Hall of Fame National Cutting Horse trainer with over $2.7 million in winnings.  He is a NCHA world champion; two time NCHA reserve champion; two time APHA world champion; 27 AQHA Congress chamion; four time Augusta futurity reserve champion; 275 + Affiliation champion. 

Tracy got into the horse business through his uncle;  Jess Turner who was a cutting horse trainer. Beginning in middle school Tracy worked for his uncle;  cowboyed in Arizona; and finally ended up working for Greg Welch; son of legendary cutting horse trainer Buster Welch.

 Along the way, Tracy also worked in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, started TTB Cutting in 1997, and worked in Pierre, South Dakota for cutting horse breeder Jerry Ward.  Recently he moved his operation to the Grassy Pond Arena in Gaffney, South Carolina where he continues to train cutting horses and conduct clinics on cutting and horsemanship.  His training program is based on integrity, work ethic and an emphasis on producing well balanced athletic horses; capable of performing at a high level in any event.




Karl Avdek grew up in Iowa where his father built and managed the largest thoroughbred horse farm in the state. 

 Karl has an undergraduate degree in exercise science, multiple certifications for fitness and speed training and performance psychology. He has been consulting children and adults, students, athletes and performers in all areas of human endeavour since he was in college. 

 He has also trained horses and worked as a teacher and clinician professionally since he was fifteen.  He has coached three sports at the collegiate level; worked in professional baseball, been a college professor in equine science, travelled throughout Europe lecturing and demonstrating American Quarter Horses and western horsemanship, and has conducted “problem solving” clinics throughout the northeast.  He has been written up in every regional periodical in the northeast and been interviewed on Horse Radio and in Horse Illustrated.  Currently he consults and coaches equine and team sport athletes at every level from youth through professional throughout the United States and Canada.  He has written and had published articles on peak performance and bullying on multiple platforms and has been a guest speaker at several organizations and schools.

 Karl is also the founder of the Hawkeye Farms Foundation; a 501c3 nonprofit charity dedicated to children and animals. The foundation hasdonated time and created events for several diverse organizations such as the Humane Society, Ice Hockey in Harlem, Endeavour Therapeutic Horsemanship, the Equine Sanctuary, the New York Polo Club, Juvenile Diabetes, etc., etc.  His charity is currently raising financing for several films with proceeds going to equine charity.