About Us

Mission Statement

Training for the Cross is focused on producing successful students through producing solid ranch and arena horse prospects.

Success - the achievement of something desired, planned or attempted.


Help students be successful while attending TVCC:

  • Give students hands-on experience in riding outside colts, marketing, producing, and selling horses.
  • Provide a business structure that students can follow when starting their own business.
  • Instill in students a work ethic that will allow them to be successful in any career they choose.
  • Provide students with part-time work while going to school.

Help students be successful after graduation:

  • Continue to provide resources through Training for the Cross to help students be more productive in their business and in life.

Wade and Amaia Black

Wade was born on the Stampede Ranch in Nevada, and grew up riding with the buckaroos. At a very young age he was roping, moving cows, and working with the cowboys on the ranch managed by his dad, Martin Black. At age 10, his family moved to Idaho, where they bred, raised, and trained horses for the public. Wade helped his dad start colts, and rodeoed in high school, becoming a state and national high school rodeo contender. Wade earned a rodeo scholarship in Saddle Bronc riding at Montana State University, where he received a BS in Equine Science, and a MS in Equine Nutrition. Wade also taught colt starting classes at MSU for two years.

Wade has spent time in Kentucky training racehorses, in Texas training cutting horses, and at different cow camps in Idaho and Oregon. Horsemanship is in Wade's blood. He comes from a long line of horsemen, including his dad, Martin Black, grandfather, Ray Hunt, and uncle, Bill Van Norman.

Wade directs the Equine Science program, and teaches horse production and horsemanship classes at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon.