To say that Billy Prather has always had a love for horses is an understatement. As a child, Billy rode every horse he could. At age 13, he began taking riding lesson from legendary Camden trainer, Dale Thiel, and soon became a professional hunter/jumper rider and whip for the Camden Hunt.
Towards the end of his teens, Billy's interest in western riding led him to work with Bobby Truesdale, a cutting horse trainer as well as a brick mason. Truesdale used his knowledge of masonry in his approach to training horses. "If you build a good foundation, the whole house can fall down but you've still got a place to start over. But, if you don't have a good foundation, you've got nowhere to start over from." Creating this solid foundation is the philosophy for Billy's training.
With several AQHA Honor Rolls to his credit, Billy's use of the basics paid dividends in the show arena. These titles include a World Champion Working Cow Horse in 2000, AQHA Congress Championships, Superiors in Halter, Trail, Western Pleasure, and Heading and Heeling. He also holds titles from the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA).
Billy served as President for the South Carolina Quarter Horse Association for 6 years and is currently serving as Vice President. He was a judge with the American Ranch Horse Association (8 years), AQHA Steward, member of the Professional Horseman's Association and is currently a PHBA, NRCHA - 2A, AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse - cowhorse, roping judge.