Reined Cow Horse Industry Supports Jim Paul Sr.

Friends and fans have raised more than $16,000 in two weeks for the injured NRCHA Hall of Famer.

From the Jim Paul Medical Expense Campaign GoFundMe

Because of his injuries, it will be a while before Jim is back to training horses. (Credit: courtesy of the Paul family)

National Reined Cow Horse Hall of Famers Jim and Dema Paul are in need of your support. Jim Paul Sr. was involved in a horse accident Friday, April 17, 2015. He went through a long surgery to restore blood flow to his arm and is now out of ICU, moved to a regular hospital room and beginning physical therapy on his arm. 

Because of these injuries, it will be a while before Jim is back to making the bits and spurs that you all love, and it will certainly be a while before he is back to training horses.

As of May 6, two weeks after the GoFundMe account was started, friends and supporters of Jim Paul had already raised $16,914 toward the $25,000 goal. To contribute the medical expense fund, visit

About Jim Paul Sr.
From the NRCHA Hall of Fame

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.

When Jim was 22, he 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. Over the year, Jim judged some of the most prestigious NRCHA and stock horse events. 

Jim Paul was not only a horse trainer – his sharp eye and ability to teach 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, NRCHA Hall of Famer Dema Paul. In fact, Dema had never made the open finals at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity until Jim helped train some nice horses with her in the 1980s. Dema attributes all of her success since then to Jim.

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.