130 rodeos a year to about 40 while working at the Polo Ranch in Cheyenne,
“It was hard to leave the arena and go into civilian life,” Nafzger said.
“When you get injured, you start looking for a transition into a life you want
to be in, and horses and animals was part of what I liked.”
In 1970, Nafzger and his wife, Wanda, along with his brothers, made a
trip to the horse racing track Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., where they pooled
their resources. With $8,000 they bought two yearling fillies. Nafzger’s
racehorse-training career had officially begun.