Get to know us

Bauer Power

Bauer Cutting Horses is run by husband and wife team, Roy and Rhonda Bauer.

Accompanied by their assistant trainer and daughter Ariel Sbarra. Combined, the trio have over 60 years of cutting experience. Numerous awards accomplished between each of them.


The business is located on the family farm. This farm is now in its 9th generation on Rhonda's side. 



Roy Bauer

Roy Bauer is a long time trainer and NCHA AAAA Judge. He is also a NCHA Director and the President of WVCHA.  Roy has Lifetime Earnings in excess of over $400,000 and has World and National titles. Roy graduated from Ohio State with an associates degree in Animal Science. He has been training cutting horses for over 30 years. 

Roy grew up in Ohio. He spent years before becoming a trainer helping his family on their farm and rodeo-ing. He also spent 5 years on a ranch in Montana.   

Roy and Rhonda have been together for over 20 years. They have 3 daughters, Jess, Ariel and Alena. 

He is the proud "Poppy" of his 5 year old granddaughter Alexa, AKA Punky. 


Rhonda Bauer

Rhonda has been showing since she was 3 years old. She has competed in barrels, western pleasure, showmanship and other disciplines. 

She has been showing cutting horses for over 20 years and has NCHA Lifetimes Earning in excess of over $125,000. Rhonda has many accomplishments within the cutting industry, including placing 4th in the world. 

Like Roy, Rhonda has a degree in animal science from Fairmont State University. 


Ariel Sbarra

Like her mother, Ariel too, began riding at a young age, competing in a variety of disciplines. She started cutting at age 10. 

Ariel was Reserve Champion in the 2K Limited rider at the National Championships, at age 14. She was also Top 10 in the junior youth at that same show. She has accumulated many titles throughout her youth career.

In 2017 Ariel made the career decision to become our assistant trainer. She ended her first year winning the 25K Novice in Ohio, along with placing Top 10 in other classes in Ohio and WV.

Ariel is also the mother of Alexa, Bauer Cutting Horses trainer in waiting. Alexa is 5 and  very involved with the horses. She has her own pony named Ginger and can not wait to start showing.

We couldn't do it without them!

Gary Parkhill, Jessie Bauer & Justin Reed. 

We wouldn't be able to accomplish half of what we do without all three. Gary is a long time friend and our right hand man. We can always count on him to jump in and help in a time of need. Jessie is not only Roy's daughter, but loper extraordinaire. Working hard to secure the horses are ready to be shown. 

Last but not least is Justin, a student at West Virginia University. He helps us take care of things when we are away at shows.   


What we offer

Bauer Cutting Horses is a horse training facility located in North Central West Virginia that specializes in the development and training of cutting horses. Other services offered include, but are not limited to: beginner, youth, amateur and non-pro instruction (general riding and cutting), sales, and stallion promotion.