Cliff and Julie Bailey are well known in East Texas for training and breeding performance horses.

Julie’s training focuses on starting colts and training barrel horses. She started riding at the age of 5 and was galloping her father’s Quarter Horse racehorses by 10 years old. Julie showed in western pleasure, reining and halter as a child, but began training barrel horses professionally at 18.

In 1991, she met and married Cliff Bailey and has ridden and trained many of his Thoroughbred racehorses since.

Julie has many accomplishments under her belt including the 1997 APHA Jr. Barrels World Championship where she won with Doc Mo Money. Julie has also been a finalist in several amateur rodeo associations including the UPRA and CPRA. Julie still competes locally, but mainly focuses on training and starting young horses.

Cliff Bailey is a third generation racehorse trainer and true horseman. He has been breeding and training Thoroughbred racehorses for over 30 years. He has been the head trainer for many established Thoroughbred facilities and has raced across the country.

In 1983, Cliff began to make a name for himself in the Thoroughbred industry when he purchased a filly for $20,000 at the Fasig-Tipton October Sale in Kentucky. He sold her 6 months later for $130,000 at the April Kennington 2 Year Olds in Training Sale – a very impressive pinhook during this time.

Cliff has trained several stakes winning mares including Respository for Rafter L Ranch and the stakes placed mare Go Girlfriend Go.

The Aiming High Ranch facilities include a 13-stall barn, two sand outdoor arenas, two round pens, hot walker and wash rack. They offer full stall and pasture boarding options.

Aiming High Ranch has several well-bred barrel horses for sale on a regular basis as well. It’s a special treat to ride a horse that has been trained by Julie Bailey. They exhibit excellent focus, are forward and very sensitive to the aids, as Julie believes in a proper foundation on every horse she trains.

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