Wilhelm is internationally known as America’s most respected
horse trainer. His unique approach to horse training enables
horse owners to train their own horses.
is the creator of Ultimate Foundation Training; equine training
techniques that combine the best of traditional, classical
and natural horsemanship into a methodology that is applicable
to every riding discipline.
His extensive background of over thirty
five years of training includes Dressage, Working Cow Horse,
Reining, Western Pleasure and Trail class. He is one of
the few clinicians of our time who is known for his superb
skills in communicating and motivating people as well as
his astounding natural abilities with the horse. He believes
that “It’s Never, Ever the Horse’s Fault” and his training
methods reflect that belief. Charles is one of the few trainers
specializing in re-schooling horses with often-severe issues.
His relaxed, warm and amusing character
has made him a great favorite at clinics and demonstrations.
We receive hundreds of letters and e-mail each year commenting
on how approachable Charles is for his audience, and how
much practical information participants took home and were
able to use with their own horses successfully – seeing
results right away. His motto “Success Through Knowledge”
reflects this training philosophy that the owner should
learn alongside the horse.
writes monthly columns for Riding Magazine, Ride! magazine,
Northwest Rider, Honest Horses and many others. He has also
had articles published in Horse & Rider and Horse
Illustrated. His book "Building Your Dream Horse" was
published in 2005 and his new book "Starting Baby Jaz" was
released in August 2006. He also offers an ongoing series of
He performs clinics and demonstrations at
national and regional venues such as Equine Affaire, Horse
World Expo, Ride the West, Equine Experience, The Mane Event,
Midwest Horse Fair and Western States Horse Expo. He has
also been on radio programs with Jim Campbell and Rick Lamb.
He has been a featured speaker at U.C. Davis Horse Days
Symposium for four years and has been a winner of the
Trainer's Challenge at the Mane Event.
His training facility in Castro Valley,
California is among the top equine educational institutions
in Northern California. With thirty to thirty five horses
in training on a regular basis the facility offers extensive
hands-on learning programs for every level of horsemanship,
from novice through trainer. He specializes in working with
beginning and returning women riders between the ages of
35 and 55, his "Women's Horse Camp is a favorite of
clients. Apprenticeships and Horsemanship programs occur
on a year-round basis as well as one to three day clinics
scheduled several times a year. After over 15 years of working
with problem horses, Charles Wilhelm Training will shift
focus to performance training, including Western Pleasure,
English Pleasure, and Ranch Versatility.
Charles will still offer colt starting, and work with problem
horses on a limited basis.
Charles Wilhelm Training Center
is located at 6496 Crow Canyon Road, Castro Valley, California
Telephone: (510) 886-9000