Wade Black was born on the Stampede Ranch in Nevada.
At a very young age he was roping, moving cows, and working with the cowboys on the ranch which was managed by his father, Martin Black. Wade grew up starting and training horses in their family business. After high school he went on to earn a rodeo scholarship in saddle bronc riding at Montana State University, where he received a BS in Equine Science, and an MS in Equine Nutrition, Behavior and Training. Wade has spent time in Kentucky training racehorses, in Texas training cutting horses, and worked at different cow camps in Idaho and Oregon.
Wade is the owner of Training for the Cross, LLC, through which he started horses for the public for 20 years. Horsemanship is in Wade’s blood. Wade is the 2019 Road to the Horse Wildcard Champion and the 2021 Road to the Horse Champion. He is the equine instructor at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon and the founder of the non-profit organization, Training Quality Assurance, which focuses on setting industry standards in the equine and ranching industry.
Wade and his wife, Amaia, live in Homedale, Idaho with their four kids-Teo, Josie, Cy and Sam. Together they run their family business, Training for the Cross, LLC, where they train and sell horses, run cows, do day work and rodeo. Wade and Amaia also have a discipleship ministry where they use horse parables to help people grow in their faith.