Born in Queensland Australia on a small cattle farm, Dan James first began his lifelong passion with horses at six weeks old. The family milking goat would suffice until he got his first pony. Starting his first colt in his early teens sparked his hunger to understand more about the horse’s thinking patterns. After studying at Longreach Pastoral College, James began traveling the world to gain a better understanding of horses. James first traveled to Hokkaido, Japan to start horses, then to Celina, Texas working for cutting horse trainer, Punk Carter, and back to Australia to work on a cattle station in Western Australia. It was on this ranch that James met his Quarter Horse stallion, Ari, and Stockhorse mare, Amelia.
In 2008, James joined his good friend, Dan Steers, in Western Australia at El Caballo Spanish Horse Centre where they performed together each weekend in the “Dan and Dan Show” developing their horsemanship techniques. In 2009, Steers and James relocated to New South Wales and Double Dan Horsemanship was born leading both young stars down the Pathway to Liberty.
In 2008, James was recognized as a world class colt trainer when he won the “Way of the Horse” at Equitana Asia Pacific. In 2012, James wowed judges again with his incredible training techniques winning the coveted Road to the Horse International Colt Starting World Champion title.
James continues to push the limits of horsemanship and entertainment with eye-opening clinics and exhilarating performances. Helping horse enthusiasts expand their knowledge and understand for the Love of the Horse.
2008 – Dan won the “Way of the Horse” at Equitana Asia Pacific where his horse breaking skills were recognized as world class.
2009 – Dan & Dan relocated their training business to North Arm Cove, NSW
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.
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
2013 – Mustang Millionaire Finalist, Top 5
2013 – Featured on TV series “Mustang Millionaire”
2014 – Kentucky Gold Cup Reining Freestyle Champion
2014 – Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle Champion
2015 – Kentucky Gold Cup Reining People Choice Award
2016 – Ram Invitational Freestyle Reining Champion and Peoples Choice