TJ Clibborn

Trainer. Clinician. Advocate.

For the last 40 years TJ has worked with Colts of all breeds and have found that horses never lie - they don't comprehend this concept, unlike human beings. As such, TJ finds that the people are the hardest to contend with because they want to see results now - horses undoubtedly don't learn that way. Horses have to learn to trust first, and I say with trust anything is possible. TJ's program teaches ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

TJ Clibborn was born in Glen Innes Australia and moved to the states in 1990 where he started the True Partnership Inc way of training. He specializes in training colts for all types of competitions.

TJ has made the finals in all the Mustang challenges he has competed in since 2009. TJ’s training methods work on every horse he has had the privilege of working with over the years.

Accomplishments Include but are not limited to:

  • Several jumping championships

  • 2010 reserve trail champion in MN contest

  • 2011 colt extreme trail champion

  • 2012 trail champion in hand at Ft Worth

  • 2013 reserve champion in Madison

  • 2014 The Main Event Canada to compete in the Colt Starting where he won Reserve Champion.

  • 2016 British Columbia Main Event in Canada Colt Starting completion and won Reserve Champion. 

  • 2016 The Minnesota Horse Rescue challenge tied for reserve Champion.

  • 2017 The Minnesota Horse Rescue Challenge where he won the Halter category and was 3rd overall.

Since 2011 TJ has been starting Colts for Blue Chip Farm LLC in WallKill, New York and takes a month out of his busy schedule to make sure the Olympian horses get a great training start. TJ starts with them as weanlings and each year progresses until they are 3 years old and working under saddle. Tom Grossman, the owner, is very pleased with TJ’s ability to start these valuable colts to go on to be champions.



John Harrer and his wife Ranae host the Whoa Podcast about Horses and Horsemanship. TJ Clibborn was featured on the Whoa Podcast on February 4, 2020. As John puts it, "I caught up with TJ right after he finished with his horses on a snowy morning at his ranch in Deerfield.  Sometimes you can get a feel for a trainer by how easy and comfortable they are to talk to. TJ is one of those people generous with both his time and his knowledge."


“With trust, anything is possible.”

TJ Clibborn


True Partnership Horse Training

(765) 729-1217

1061 Hillcrest Rd Deerfield WI United States 53531

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