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Sunday, February 21, 2010
Justin NelzenJustin Nelzen was born in the small town of McPherson, Kansas and moved to Houston at the early age of 4. Justin often likes to joke that "I may not have been born here, but I got here as quickly as I could." Those roots have kept Justin coming back his whole life. Justin enlisted in the Navy where he served with various Navy/Marine Corps Units around the world.
Honorably fulfilling his military requirements, Justin soon found his way back home to Texas where he decided to pursue a career in the equine industry. In order to maximize his knowledge, he attended and graduated from numerous schools and clinics from across the country. Some of these schools and achievements include the Oklahoma Horseshoeing School, Equissage (Equine Sports Massage Therapy), Journeyman Farrier Certification by the BWFA as well as clinics ranging in topics from hoof balance to Founder treatments.
2008 marked Justin's first year of Endurance and Competitive Trail competition. From the start he took the sport by storm, Justin as won or trained individuals in many Endurance and Competitive Trail competitions who have gone on to win countless races. Some of his achievements include two Bronze medals at the North American Endurance Race, Grand Champion Competitive Trail Horse and Rider, training Zar: the U.S. horse ridden by Elenn Rapp who represented the U.S. in the Presidents Cup. Justin has raced and trained horses overseas as well as being the first American selected to race in the Mongol Derby, the World’s Longest Endurance Race (1000-1200 km).