CW Western Training was founded by Cindy Alikaj (formerly Webster) in 1997.
Cindy who is from Yorkshire, started working with horses in 1990 and after 3 years training qualified as a BHS AI Instructor in 1993.
Show Jumping Groom
Cindy worked as a show jumping groom for Samantha Whittaker, Ronnie Easey (Aus) and the late Freddie Welch.
In 1993 Cindy went to America and certified as a CHA Western and English instructor and spent 3 years working at Camp Catherne Capers where her love for western riding, barrel racing and team penning started at CCC and Pond Hill Ranch in VT USA.
Spending a year in Australia, Cindy taught western and English riding, groomed for show jumper Ronnie Easey and was a jilleroo on a cattle and sheep station.
Cindy came back to Yorkshire in 1996 and taught Western/English riding all over Yorkshire, Humberside and Derbyshire, competed in Western shows and played polo for 7 years at Toulston Polo Club.
CW Equine Art
Cindy also is a keen artist and combines her love for horses with her painting.
She has a colection of prints available but also takes commission work
In 2002 Cindy qualified as a CHA Assistant Clinician and frequently assisted in clinics certifying western and English instructors all over the USA.
In 2002, Cindy found her main western competition horse Cee Tamulena who is an American Quarter Horse from Oklahoma who was bred for Cutting. After leasing him for a week and falling in love with him instantly, Cindy shipped CT back to the UK and since 2004 has been winning high points and all round champion trophies in showing, speed games and cattle events ever since.
Cindy's other competition horse was Dynamite PT who she'd had since 1997 and as an Argentine Criollo x tb they played polo first before competing and winning trophies in western events alongside CT until her sad passing in 2010.
Cruzin for a Bruzin
PT's son 'Cruzin for a Bruzin' who Cindy bred in 2000 is now following in his mums footsteps and competing at western events with Cindy.
In 2003 Cindy moved south to train and teach western and english riders to become more relaxed and have fun with their horse.
Cindy with her two boys Bruza and CT at the CW Western Show 2016