Rod Petersen has been involved with drill for almost 25 years. He started out by watching and supporting his wife, Lisa, ride. He learned the intricacies of drill patterns and how they were put together and became interested in helping out when Lisa handed him the whistle for the first time.
Rod has been an athlete all his life, playing football and basketball during his younger years. He played football at Oregon State University and went pro, playing for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian League after college. He knows all about team work and his coaching style reflects his knowledge of winning.
Coaching Mane Attraction has been a part of his life for 25 years. His other strength is his ability to judge in major competitions, giving his prospective on enhancing other drill teams to be successful. He has judged the Oregon Women’s Drill Team Association, Washington Ladies Riding Club Association, Western States Drill Competition in Reno, National Drill Competition in Texas, Idaho State Drill Competition and California State Drill Competition. Smaller competitions have been on his docket to judge, as well as conducting drill clinics throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Rod is a respected drill coach and judge and Mane Attraction is lucky to have him lead them to success. With his yellow shirt and trademark red boots, he is a friend to all riders, on Mane Attraction and others. He designs drills to be competitive and successful, inventing maneuvers that other teams have not seen but try to copy.
Rod is retired and spends his “leisure time” with horses and the other love of his life, his Harley Davidson’s. Rod has two bikes that he enjoys riding when not coaching drill. Building a new barn, the Ranch name will be “Horses and Harley’s Ranch”.
Rod and Lisa have four children and 13 grandchildren. They have been married for 44 years and love the “Thrill of Drill”.