dan james



Born in Queensland Australia on a small cattle farm, James’ lifelong passion for horses began when he was just six weeks old. From the family milking goat to his first pony to the first colt he started in his early teens, Dan’s hunger to learn about training and understand horse’s thinking patterns has only increased. After studying at Longreach Pastoral College, Dan began traveling the world to gain a better understanding of horses. From starting colts in Hokkaido, Japan to starting over 300 horses a year at Washpool Lodge, Australia to working cutting horses for trainer, Punk Carter, to managing horses on a cattle station in Western Australia, Dan has studied with and learned from the best of the best. Dan has successfully competed in Dressage, Show Jumping, Eventing, Camp Drafting, Cutting, Reining and Colt Starting. Along the way James met his Quarter Horse stallion, Ari, Australian Stock Horse mare, Amelia, and Quarter Horse, Apollo, who were his first performance horses and remain part of the DDH Team today.

James has spent his entire career wowing audiences, pushing the bounds of equine entertainment, competing on an international stage, and educating horsemen and women around the world. Dan first learned about liberty training from world renowned movie horse trainer, Heath Harris. From there Dan went on to train liberty horses for television, movies, photoshoots, and entertainment including starting liberty horses for the hit show Heartland, doing stunts for The Walking Dead, and training horses for Cavalia.

 James is a two time international World Champion Colt Starter, a multiple time Freestyle Reining Champion, a multi-discipline Crowd Favorite several times over and a Mustang Makeover finalist. From winning the “Way of the Horse” at Equitana Asia Pacific in 2008 to winning the coveted Road to the Horse International Colt Starting World Championship in 2012 to winning the 2014 Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle Reining Championship to representing Australia in the 2018 World Equestrian Games to competing in the 2019 Run for a Million Invitation Freestyle, the richest reining event in equine sports history, James continues to wow judges, fans, and audiences alike with his incredible training techniques, elite showmanship, and unique understanding of how horses learn.


2018  QH Congress Open Freestyle Reining Champion
2018 Australia Reining Team Member World Equestrian Games
2018 World Equestrian Games Selected Performer & Presenter
2018 Jack Brainard Horsemanship Award Winner
2018 Road to the Horse Competitor
2018 KRHA Reining Open Champion
2017 NRHA Futurity Reserve Champion Freestyle Reining
2017 QH Congress Reserve Champion Freestyle Reining
2017 Open Champion, Buckeye Limited Reining
2017 Presenter & Performer at Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event
2017 Freestyle Judge RRP Thoroughbred Makeover
2016 Ram Invitational Freestyle Reining Champion
2016 Ram Invitational Freestyle People’s Choice Winner
2016 QH Congress Reserve Champion Freestyle Reining
2015 Kentucky Gold Cup Reining People Choice Award
2014 Kentucky Gold Cup Reining Freestyle Champion
2014 Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle Champion
2013 Mustang Millionaire Finalist, Top 5
2013 Featured on TV series “Mustang Millionaire”
2012 Kentucky USA – Dan begins the North American branch of Double Dan Horsemanship by setting up operations at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, KY
2012 Dan won the “2012 Road To The Horse” as a member of Team Australia
2010 Kentucky USA – World Equestrian Games – Dan Roman rode 2 Friesian horses in the opening ceremony before a worldwide crowd. Double Dan Horsemanship were also clinicians throughout the games.
2009 Dan & Dan relocated their training business to North Arm Cove, NSW
2008 Dan won the “Way of the Horse” at Equitana Asia Pacific where his horse breaking skills were recognized as world class