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2015 CHA International Conference Speakers

Thank you to all of this year’s volunteer presenters. Your willingness to share your expertise is much appreciated!  

 

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Program Text 2014
Exhibitors:
Revitavet
Schleese Saddlery
IEA
NRHA
Can’t attend now - Peggy Adams
Peggy is a CHA Master Instructor and Clinician. She is the CHA President Elect and lives in Georgia. Peggy’s horse Shawnee, won the CHA School Horse of the Year in 2013.  During her career, Peggy has been very active with Girl Scouts of America, American Camp Association and running her own equine program.
Riding Instructor Challenge – Covered Arena – Saturday at 4:30 p.m. 
Come and watch while CHA Instructors battle it out to see who can teach the best to a brand new rider!  It like the Mustang Make Over and other challenges that you see at Expos except with a CHA flair!  May the Best Instructor Win!
Patricia Bona, D.C. 
Dr. Bona received her post-graduate Doctor of Chiropractic in 1987 From Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, MO. Along with her office in Blue Bell, PA for humans, Dr. Pat has been certified in animal chiropractic by American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) since 1994.   She is an avid equestrian and horse owner who started in 4-H. Her focus has always been on good posture which must start from the feet up to efficiently thrive under unyielding force of gravity; a basic yet powerful concept. As a result of Doctor Bona’s focus, she developed the Cross Fiber grooming technique in 1997 (Posture Prep Cross Fiber Grooming). A technique of daily grooming that empowers the horse owner as they help to improve the horse's posture, performance and well-being, with a pre-ride evaluation and massage as they groom. All the while learning that "Posture is the Language of the Horse."
Assess and Address the Horse’s Myofascial and Postural Imbalances – KHP Club Lounge – Saturday at 3 p.m.
For the past few years Dr. Bona has been seriously focusing on the evaluation of aberrant posture and biomechanics due to scars/scar tissue.  Dents, dings, white hairs, areas of hair loss are areas of “healed” injuries with significant restriction that need to be released.  All too often they are completely overlooked or thought of as a blemish. This lecture provides profound observations and tools for the novice horse owner to the performance veterinarian.
Bob Coleman Ph. D., PAS, Dip.ACAN
Dr. Coleman grew up in western Canada and has had a lifelong interest in horses.   He is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture with a major in Animal Sciences and a Master’s of Science degree.  After graduating, Coleman worked in the Canadian Feed Industry as a nutritionist for two major feed companies.  In 1980, he moved to Alberta, Canada to be the Extension Horse Specialist for Alberta Agriculture.  During his time in Alberta, he completed his Ph.D. with a focus in Equine Nutrition. Dr. Coleman then moved to the University of Kentucky as the Equine Extension Specialist.  In addition to his Extension duties, Dr. Coleman teaches in the Equine Science and Management program and serves as the program’s Director of Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Coleman is a member of the AQHF research committee and is the current president of the Kentucky Quarter Horse Association.  Professionally, Dr. Coleman is a member of the Equine Science Society where he serves as the executive director, American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, and the American Society of Animal Scientists as well as a board member for CHA.
Feed Costs – KHP Club Lounge – Friday at 3 p.m. 
When managing any group of horses trying to control feed costs is always something that owners struggle with. When prices are low and who can remember when that was it is not such an issue but with the way hay and grain prices bounce around having some ideas on how to manage feeding programs to help control costs is always something worth talking about. It is not just about controlling feed intakes, but making sure the feeding programs for your horses meet their needs and do not break the bank. This presentation will discuss some ideas on maintaining costs while making sure your horses are receiving the feed they need. Krishona Martinson, PhD from the University of Minnesota, was also an author for this presentation.  
Managing Your Horse’s Weight – KHP Club Lounge – Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
For many horse owners knowing how much their horses weigh can be a great help in managing their feeding programs and administering medications. While some use an old equation that used heart girth and body length there is a newer equation that includes a few more measurements but may give a better indication of how much the horse weighs. In addition you can use some of the measurements to determine what your horse’s ideal weight should be. All in all horse owners can get an estimate of how much the horse weighs , what it should weigh and how are you doing. This all comes in an app for your smart phone. This presentation will look at is your horse fat? Well there is an app for that.
Kathy Findley 
Kathy is a licensed judge for numerous national level judging cards. She has officiated at regional and national level breed shows.  Kathy’s amateur and youth clients have achieved regional and national championships in numerous divisions including Halter, Showmanship, Equitation, Horsemanship, Hunter under Saddle, Western Pleasure, Trail, Sport Horse in Hand and Dressage.  Serving as the chair of the WSHC (WI State Horse Council) Judges Committee, she has been instrumental in improving the Judging Standards.  Kathy implemented the WSHC Judges - Evaluation Form and introduced the WSHC “Judge of the Year” Program.  Ms. Findley is the author of WI’s First Judging & Showing Guidelines.  She is a regular columnist for WI Judges Quarterly Update and has written numerous articles for other equestrian publications including “Horse Sense”.
Here Comes the Judge! – KHP Club Lounge – Friday at 1:30 p.m. 
Do you have what it takes to be a successful Judge?  What goes on in the mind of a horse show judge?  Judging horse shows is much harder work than you might think. There are some very definite skills required.  It is the judge's opinion that sets our goals for the future.  Join Kathy and learn what it takes to become a Judge and what to expect. 
Judging Hands On – Covered Arena Annex – Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to be a “Judge” at a horse show? Join us ring side and you can participate in judging a class.  We will score, evaluate and review the class and placings. You will need paper and a pen.
 
Tammi Gainer
Having grown up around horses, Tammi began her professional equine career in 1989 as a trail guide at a large ranch camp where she was first exposed to the world of equestrian vaulting and attended her first CHA Standard Instructor Certification Clinic. In the spring of 1995 Tammi joined the instructor staff at Pegasus Farm. While working at the Farm part-time and  home schooling her three children, Tammi also spent much time working under several trainers in both reining and dressage and achieved  PATH Intl. instructor certification. In 2000, she achieved CHA Master Level Instructor and clinic staff status and has since earned Clinic Instructor status in the Instructors of Riders with Disabilities (IRD) and Vaulting Coach programs as well. Since 1998 Tammi has been the head coach of the Pegasus Vaulting Club; an eighteen member recreational team that performs demonstrations and workshops at various venues throughout Ohio. In 2005 Tammi was promoted to Equestrian Director where she now manages all aspects of the equestrian program. Most recently Tammi has achieved Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning certification through PATH Intl and AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association) Professional Horseman.  In September 2007 Tammi was elected to the CHA Board of Directors and asked to chair the Education & Training Committee & in 2011 was asked to take on the position of Board Secretary.  Tammi is the 2011 CHA Volunteer of the Year. 
Teaching Tips for Working with Riders with Autism, ADD and ADHA – Marriott Hotel – Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
There are many recognized instructional methods used by schools that can be translated into the riding arena.  This workshop will look at those methods of learning and discuss in detail how they can be used to teach horsemanship to students with Autism, ADD, & ADHD.
Vaulting Exercises – Covered Annex Arena – Friday at 9 a.m.
This workshop is for anyone interested in the sport of vaulting from the very beginning to competition. This workshop will be bringing to the “barrel” how vaulting can be incorporated into a wide variety of programs. We will be covering topics such as equipment needs & use, training the vaulting horse, & the vaulting student. This will be a hands-on workshop so come in your tennis shoes & stretchy pants! 
Maureen Gallatin
Maureen is best known for providing practical and spiritual encouragement to horse lovers, equipping them make a difference through a connection with horses. Her unique brand of wisdom, humor and horsemanship is inspirational, and her warmth puts people at ease. She's the founder of Inspired by Horses, an equestrian-focused Christian leadership, consulting, and inspirational publishing project, and of Amazing Women Inspired by Horses, which celebrates horsewomen and the many ways they are making a difference in the world. Maureen is founder of the International Center for Equestrian Ministry and author of the devotional called, "An Extra Flake."  She divides her time between Lexington, KY and Tryon, NC.
Teaching from a Faith-Based Perspective without Being Preachy – Marriott Hotel Roundtable talk - Thursday at 2 p.m.
KC Henry 
KC Henry co-founded two therapeutic centers and also worked at Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center where she was the first paid staff member of what was then a small all-volunteer program.  During her 14 years at Fieldstone she moved from instructor to program director to Executive Director and under her leadership Fieldstone Farm completed a $4.5 million dollar campaign, built a state-of-the-art therapeutic riding facility, and developed a staff of 31 people that served 200 students with disabilities weekly.  In 2006 she received the James Brady professional achievement award from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl). She is now owner/principal at Transitions Unlimited, a 12 year old, rapidly growing consulting firm for nonprofit businesses.  KC works with a large variety of nonprofit programs both nationally and internationally (including Turkey and South Africa).  She specializes in project development, board development, strategic planning and start-up programs.  One of her primary clients is the Horses and Humans Research Foundation – research focused on equine assisted activities.   KC is contracted as the foundation’s executive director.
What Science is Telling Us about Horses Impact on Humans – Club Lounge – Saturday at 9 a.m.
The Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) has been funding scientific investigation on the impact of horses on humans for 8 years now – the results of these studies are remarkable.  The findings are showing us in scientific terms why, as Winston Churchill said, “Something about the outside of the horse is good for the inside of man.”  HHRF has now funded scientific studies that measure the chemical changes of saliva when children who are abused or neglected participate in equine assisted activities.  Why is that important?  Not only could an increase in oxytocin, “the bonding hormone,” result in a feeling a wellbeing – it may coincide with relationship building to encourage children with attachment disorders to bond with their foster or adoptive care-care takers!  Ability to bond changes lives. How about veterans with Post Traumatic Stress or Traumatic Brain Injuries?  Anecdotal evidence is informing facilitators at more than 400 programs around the country that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptomatology decreases after participation in these programs.  Now we are scientifically measuring participant’s experience of PTSD symptoms as well the intervention’s impact on coping skills, emotional regulation and social engagement.  The world will soon know what Winston Churchill and horse lovers have always known.  The scientific validation of the positive impact of horses on humans may change everything.
Teresa Kackert
Teresa has been CHA Clinic Instructor since 2003. She is also Chris Irwin Natural Horsemanship 'Double-Gold' Certified and a Richard Shrake Resistance Free Riding Master Level Trainer/Instructor. Teresa is the creator of the 'Soft Touch' Training Program - Classical Equitation & Natural Horsemanship and has over 20 years professional experience as a rider, competitor, trainer, instructor, clinician and personal coach. She is founder of Great Horses of America, Consignment Horse Sales Company and Co-Founder of Pink Heart Pony Kids, Inc. Teresa specializes in: confidence building in both horse and rider, horse behavior modification, motivational personal coaching and skill enhancement for riders & horses of all levels and disciplines. www.GreatHorses.org.
Jumping Exercises – Covered Arena – Saturday at 9 a.m. 
The jumping segment will encompass the different seats such as the full seat and 2-point. The next step will involve an explanation of each seat and the reason for a change of seat at the walk, trot and canter. Ground poles will follow which will prepare the riders to ride the lines to and from the jumps thru poles in the trot and canter. The x-rails will be introduced demonstrating trotting using the 2-point to jump when starting out and then using a full seat while riding the canter.  The next steps will be the verticals, then the oxer and finally negotiating the start of a course. 
How to Teach Many Riders of Different Levels the Same Exercise at the Same Time – Covered Arena – Saturday at Noon
This session will show instructors how to teach a solid group lesson even if you have a variety of levels within one class. Specific exercises will be discussed so that you can go back to your barn and use them!
Roxanne Lawrence
Roxanne is the current Executive Director of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, and she is an initial founding member of that association.  Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, her equestrian experience started in the world of hunt seat riding.  She spent several years as a trainer and instructor, and ultimately moved into horse show management with positions at The National Horse Show (Madison Square Garden), WEF, HITS, Capitol Challenge, 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and many other notable events around the country.  She is currently on the American Youth Horse Council Board of Directors. She went on to manage the Andrews School Equestrian Center for 10 years in the Cleveland, Ohio area where she currently resides.
How Can my Equine Business Get Involved with the Interscholastic Equestrian Association - Marriott Hotel Roundtable talk – Thursday at 2 p.m.
The Interscholastic Equestrian Association was founded in 2002.  Just 10 years later, it boasts over 8,000 members who participate in two primary disciplines of Hunt Seat Equitation and Western Horsemanship/Reining.  With its draw-based format, the IEA offers competitive opportunities to riders in grades 6-12 that may not own a horse, and it offers significant opportunities for growing your business and attracting new clientele to your lesson program.  What are the benefits to your business and your clients?   How do you get involved?  Come to this session to learn all about the Interscholastic Equestrian Association.
Amanda Love
Amanda is the Horsemanship Director at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. She is the coach of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Team there and also teaches numerous classes. Amanda is currently on the CHA Board of Directors and is an active rider and does cross fit.
Simple Changes of Lead – Covered Arena – Friday at 3 p.m. 
Come and learn how to get good lead changes with your students by doing these simple lead change exercises. Exercises that you can take home and start doing with your students right away will be explained.
Jim McDonald
Jim is a lifelong horseman and a lifelong learner.  In the year 2000, he started a non-profit organization dedicated to horsemanship education.  Part of its mission is to make the joy of a relationship with a horse available to people who would not ordinarily have that opportunity and that was the original motivation for founding the Graham Equestrian center (www.Grahameq.org).  They work closely with anyone who wants to advance their horsemanship skills and knowledge.  Jim is currently the CHA Board Treasurer and an AQHA Professional Horseman.
Horse Training - What Every Horse Owner Should Know – Covered Arena Annex – Saturday at 9 a.m.
Understanding the principle of operant and instrumental conditioning as it applies to our interaction with the horse will greatly enhance the relationship we have with the horse. Understanding the popular phrases like, “Make the wrong thing difficult and the right thing easy”, and “reward the lease little try” with an understanding of the scientific principles of behavior modification will improve our understanding of how the horse learns.  Your patience will expand which will lead to greater safety, effectiveness, and fun with our horses.  
Jim McGarvey
Jim McGarvey is chairman of the 14,000 member Back Country Horsemen of America.  The Back Country Horsemen, with chapters in 29 states are dedicated to “Keeping the Trails Open for All” on America’s public lands.  Previously, Jim was cofounder and CEO of BenchMark Consulting International.  His firm specialized in identifying and implementing world class best practices bank operations to major financial institutions on six continents.  At age 28, Jim was instrumental in founding and Executive Director of Auction America Corporation. Auction America, one of whose important shareholders was Russ Jackson, is now part of the historical development of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions as seen on the Speed Channel. Jim graduated from Wright State University with a degree in Political Science.
About Back Country Horsemen’s Association – Marriott Hotel Round Table Talk – Thursday at 2 p.m.
Over 40 years ago, around a campfire in the Bob Marshall Wilderness of Northern Montana, the idea of the Back Country Horsemen of America was formed.  That idea, then and now, is to keep the trails open for horses and mules and hikers – essentially, to keep the trails open for everyone.  The BCHA accomplishes this thru boots and hooves on the ground Trail Work, Education and Advocacy. The BCHA has nearly 14,000 members in 176 chapters across 29 states.  In 2013, Back Country Horsemen volunteered over 372,000 hours of work devoted to keeping the trails open in our national forests, national parks and state lands.   BCHA members conduct numerous packing and Leave No Trace clinics each year.  The BCHA works with other outdoors organization such as The Wilderness Society to advocate with public lands managers and legislators to keep our trails open – for you.
Jill Montgomery
Jill Montgomery is a CHA certified English and Western Riding Instructor, and Equine Facility Manager. She owns and operates the Arroyo Ranch in Pueblo West, CO and is the CEO of JRAM Enterprises, Inc. an Equine Consulting Business. Working in the Horse Industry for more than 30 years, her experience spans activities as diverse as managing the U.S. Army's Dude Ranch to serving as Executive Director for the American Youth Horse Council. A published author and equine welfare advocate, Montgomery works to keep equine activities accessible and enjoyable in America.
Expert Witnessing; A Look Inside the Courtroom – Marriott Hotel Round Table Talk – Thursday at 2 p.m. 
The last place most riding instructors would want to appear is a courtroom to testify about how an equine activity led to an accident.  Your reason for being involved in a civil liability suit and how you feel about participating in it would vary greatly if you were the defendant, the plaintiff, or an expert witness being paid for your testimony and expert opinions. This round table will focus on the role of expert witnesses and help participants understand how the people without law degrees in the courtroom contribute to the judge and jury’s decisions. This topic is important because the outcomes of these courts cases influence, for better and for worse, everyone’s accessibility and enjoyment of equine activities.
Darley Newman
Charismatic TV host and horsewoman Darley Newman travels the globe hosting and producing the Emmy-winning TV series "Equitrekking," which takes viewers on active horseback riding adventures with local people and is broadcast on PBS and international networks in over 84 countries. She also hosts travel series on AOL, Scripps Networks' ulive and is a contributing editor for Budget Travel magazine. With Equitrekking Darley combines her passion for horses and travel with her background in television production. Darley has worked with 48 Hours, CBS, FRONTLINE, has hosted Equitrekking segments on the Starz Networks Encore Channel, Ralph Lauren TV and reporting live news from the White House and Capitol Hill. Recently, Darley has led film crews on national and international shoots, riding with cowboys in the Canadian Rockies, interviewing HRH Princess Alia at the Royal Stables in Jordan, trekking through the world's largest inland delta in Africa and beyond–– all to help educate and excite her dedicated fans. Darley has been honored with five Daytime Emmy Award nominations, alongside media moguls Ellen DeGeneres, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, received the North American Travel Journalist Award two years in a row and been honored with the Inspiring Woman Award from Women in Philanthropy and Leadership. An entrepreneur and published author, Darley created and oversees a variety of websites with resources for travelers interested in horseback riding around the world, including Equitrekking.com, EquitrekkingTravel.com and Top20Ranches.com.
Keynote – Equitrekking – Marriott Hotel – Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Love exploring a new place on horseback? Join equestrian travel expert Darley Newman, host of the Emmy-winning PBS TV series "Equitrekking," for a video countdown of the top destinations you've got to add to your bucket list. Watch stunning behind the scenes video from global travels, as Darley tells you the best places to saddle up for all riding styles and levels, including helpful tips on how to make your dream trip come true. With personal stories of harrowing adventures from horseback riding in iconic US and international locations, including the desert in Jordan, rainforests and beaches in Costa Rica, national parks in the USA, volcanoes in Hawaii and beyond, you won't want to miss this educational and exciting keynote.
National Reining Horse Association
What horseman doesn’t love to see a smooth stopping horse that can spin on a dime and rollback in his tracks after the slightest of cues? The National Reining Horse Association promotes the sport of Reining and these athletic and maneuverable athletes. From training DVDs and entry-level classes to local shows and the NRHA Professionals program, NRHA can improve your day in the saddle – whether you’re in the show pen or on the trail. Visit www.nrha.com to find out how you can have the slide of your life in the sport of Reining.
$ Ride a Reiner – Covered Arena Annex – Saturday at Noon 
First offered in 2010 at the Alltech© FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Ky., “NRHA Ride a Reiner” has taken the country by storm by giving novice and experienced riders the opportunity to ride a reining horse. Nowhere else in the world can spectators find an option like this: the chance to receive a hands-on lesson from an NRHA Professional, to enjoy a dizzying spin and to feel the power of sliding stops on a well-trained reining horse!
Shellie Pilato
Shellie relocated to central Iowa in March of 2014 after she accepted the position of Equestrian Program Specialist at the Jester Park Equestrian Center in Granger.  While much of her time is spent designing programs, organizing events and the professional development of instructors, staff and volunteers, Shellie also balances her time in the busy program.  She facilitates the At-Risk Youth program, oversees the Department of Corrections stable hands, develops program and therapy horses and teaches multiple levels of students in the able body and therapeutic horsemanship programs.  Her philosophy is teaching the "total horse" regardless of the discipline, ability or background of her students.  Shellie lives in Johnston, Iowa with her sister, their crazy Maltise dog and her horse, Aragorn.
Riding Instructor Challenge – Covered Arena – Saturday at 4:30 p.m. 
Come and watch while CHA Instructors battle it out to see who can teach the best to a brand new rider!  It like the Mustang Make Over and other challenges that you see at Expos except with a CHA flair!  May the Best Instructor Win!
Sue Robinson
Sue has taught riding for over 40 years, as a volunteer 4-H leader, in the private industry as an instructor at Robinson Farms, as manager, instructor, and trainer at Overcup Oaks Quarter Horses and presently as Coordinator of Riding, Lecturer, and Equestrian Team coach for both Stock Seat and Hunt Seat at Murray State University.  Sue is a member of Certified Horsemanship Association, AQHA’s Professional Horseman’s Association, the National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics and advisor of MSU Horseman’s Club.  Sue has trained equestrians from local to National Competitions.
Building Rider Strength and Fitness Through Exercise – Covered Arena – Friday at 4:30 p.m.
In our society today much attention is being focused on lack of physical fitness, this lack follows through into the horse industry.  Although much emphasis is placed on having a horse in condition to perform, for a horse to achieve maximum performance the rider must also be physically fit.  When a rider is in top physical condition they will be able to continuously supply the support for the horse to perform at the highest level. This conditioning or fitness can be attained and maintained through a set of exercises designed to work on balance and softness or relaxation of the joints.  These must be achieved together as one complements the other when riding.  Through predetermined exercises both on and off the horse, a rider, from beginner to advanced, can develop a body awareness or muscle memory that allows them to feel when they are in proper alignment with the horse’s center of gravity and be able to maintain that alignment. Whether you are riding Western or English, the correct body position to achieve balance and remain soft or relaxed through your seat and joints is the same.  The body must be aligned; ear, shoulder hip heel.  This same alignment is also used in other sports such as martial arts, golf, skiing, skating, or just walking. The set of exercises presented here work on balance and softness of the riders joints, as well as rider strength.  These exercises work on the whole body or they can target specific areas where special effort is needed.  Even the most timid riders benefit from exercise as they acquire balance and strength, and gain self-confidence as they move around on their horses back in various positions.  Like all athletes, riders should warm up to prepare to ride, just as they warm up their horse. The use of an exercise routine, whatever discipline you ride will benefit both horse and rider.  The one that will benefit most from a rider that can balance, stay relaxed, and have the endurance to support throughout the ride is the horse.  A properly prepared and warmed up horse and rider become a team that can be comfortable on the trail or formidable in the arena.
Cheryl Rohnke Kronsberg
Cheryl grew up riding horses and started training professionally at the age of 16. She is now a CHA Master Instructor, CHA Clinic Instructor, CHA Region 10 Director and an AQHA Prof. Horseman with over 35 years’ experience teaching riders and training horses of all levels. At her home, CRK Training Stable, Cheryl boards, trains and teaches riding. Her students range from complete beginners to upper level show riders. You can contact Cheryl at CRK Training Stable at www.crktrainingstable.com 
Sideways - Teaching Side Pass and Pivot – Covered Arena Annex – Friday at 1:30 p.m. 
Cheryl will be teaching about those ever elusive lateral movements-Side Passing & Pivoting.  We will begin on the ground as is appropriate for weanlings or yearlings headed to the in-hand trail classes or any horse that needs a better handle on the ground. Then we will move to under saddle methods for safe, smooth and efficient movements that are helpful on the trail, in the arena or the show pen. Cheryl will also stress the best ways to teach these skills to riders new to the concepts. 
Posting, Balance Position, Half-seat and Two-Point for all Riders.  (if someone else drops out)
This demonstration will discuss the differences between each of these "seats", how they can improve your riding position, balance and strength in the saddle.  How, when and why to use these methods for riders from the first ride through advanced maneuvers. Requirements- 4 riders any level- 2 English, 2 Western. Prefer riders of all levels if possible.
  
Dale Rudin
Dale is accredited with the Certified Horsemanship Association as a Western and English instructor.  She has been training horses and teaching riders for over 30 years. She developed Unnatural Horsemanship®, a mindful approach to training and horsemanship that focuses on the instincts that drive a horse as a herd and prey animal.  Each horse is seen as an individual with a unique personality, inherent abilities, and experiential history.  She resolves problems related to behavior or performance by improving the horse's physical and emotional well-being and enhancing relationship, communication, and understanding between horse and human.  In addition to working with horses and their people, Dale shares her techniques and philosophies in articles and columns in Horse Illustrated magazine and on HorseChannel.com. She has also written for Young Rider, Paint Horse Journal, and Horses USA (now Your First Horse). Dale lives in Middle Tennessee and offers private instruction, clinics, and classes, helping all breeds of horses and levels of rider create successful partnerships and collaborative teams.  
Riding Instructor Challenge – Covered Arena – Saturday at 4:30 p.m. 
Come and watch while CHA Instructors battle it out to see who can teach the best to a brand new rider!  It like the Mustang Make Over and other challenges that you see at Expos except with a CHA flair!  May the Best Instructor Win!
Cindy Rullman 
Cindy is a lifelong advocate for animals. She spent several years in the Thoroughbred industry working at Spendthrift Farm, Ashford Stud, and on the backstretch at Keeneland racetrack. Next she moved into the office and worked several years in advertising, public relations, and marketing for equine businesses, before spending six years in fundraising and public relations at the Lexington Humane Society. Later, she worked for eight years in public relations at the Kentucky Horse Park, where she launched the park's first homeless horse adoption events and free gelding clinics, during which time she received the "Welfare Advocate of the Year" award from the Kentucky Horse Council. Most recently, Cindy joined the 1,000-member global staff of the Brooke - the largest international equine welfare organization in the world - as their only staff member in North America. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Kentucky Equine Humane Center and supports several animal protection organizations. 
Juan Valdez Had a Donkey – Enhancing the Standard of Care for the World’s Most Important and Undervalued Worker – KHP Club Lounge – Friday at 9 a.m.
This is our 80th anniversary for the Brooke, so it’s a very big year for us.  Last year we reached more than 1.1 million working equines in 11 developing countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Egypt, Jordan, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Senegal).   We provided veterinary care for the animals and a great deal of training for their owners in better animal husbandry practices.   These people and their animals are the poorest of the poor, so everything that we teach and do is sustainable in these poverty-stricken countries.  The people are utterly dependent upon their animals to provide a meagre living for their families, so as we reduce the suffering of the animals, we are also helping the owners and their families, who will have a healthier, happier animal who can continue to work for them.
Bennie Sargent
A lifelong resident of Georgetown, Kentucky, Bennie began his horse show career as a youth in 4-H and Quarter Horse competitions, graduating to the amateur ranks at the end of his youth eligibility.  He soon decided to make horse training his life’s work, turned in his amateur card and set about building his business and his reputation as a professional trainer specializing in all-around horses. Bennie has been a successful trainer for more than 35 years.  He has trained and shown horses to seven versatility championships, multiple AQHA championships, and numerous AQHA Honor Roll honors in several events, including halter, reining, working hunter, and trail.  He has also guided customers, primarily youth and amateurs, to multiple AQHA, AQHYA, Congress, APHA, IBHA and PHBA championships.  Bennie is also very involved in NRHA competition, having been an NRHA member for more than 30 years.  Several of his non-pro and youth customers have ranked in the top 10 in the nation.  He has had horses place at the Congress in the NRHA events as well as AQHA reining. A national AQHA director for the past twelve years, Bennie is active on the Professional Horsemen’s Committee.  He is on the AQHA Show Council and the Drug and Tail Task Force.  He has served on the World Show Task Force Committee and the Long Range Strategic Planning Committee for AQHA shows.  In addition to being an AQHA judge for 17 years, Bennie holds cards in APHA, PHBA, IBHA and NSBA. Bennie, his wife Cheryllee and their daughter Sydney live in Paris, KY in the heart of Bluegrass Country.  Sargent Quarter Horses has 40 stalls as well as indoor and outdoor arenas.  
Riding Squares Instead of Circles – Covered Arena – Friday at 10:30 a.m.
We are often taught to ride circles, but what about squares?  Great take home exercises for your students at all levels to be successful riding squares instead or as well as circles and becoming better horsemen by doing so.
Jochen Schleese
Jochen documented over 34 years of his experience as German Certified Master Saddler and Saddle Ergonomist in his books ‘Suffering in Silence – The Saddle Fit Link to Physical and Psychological trauma in Horses’ (2013), ‘The Silent Killer’ (2012) and DVD ’Beyond the 9 Points of Saddle Fit’.
Is your Horse Suffering in Silence? – Detailed Look at Saddle Fit – Covered Arena Annex – Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Common serious effects of ill-fitting saddles include: chipped shoulder cartilage, sore back, behavioral issues, pain and lameness. Jochen shares insights and solutions to achieve optimal saddle fit. 
Rider Issues and the Gender of Saddle Fit – Covered Arena – Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Are you struggling with an ill-fitting saddle?  Sore back, hips,  knees, pelvic discomfort, feeling ‘pulled apart’, chair seat, struggling to maintain position, fighting the saddle, feeling ‘behind’ or ‘in front of’ the motion?  Jochen explains these issues and shares solutions for the differing anatomy of women and men. 
Tom Schell, D.V.M, CVCH 
Tom is a private practicing equine veterinarian in North Carolina for the past 20 years, focusing currently on consultations regarding the impact and use of herbs and nutrition in managing chronic disorders in the horse.  In 2006, Dr. Schell started Nouvelle Research, Inc., a private research organization dedicated to investigating the impact of chronic inflammation, immune dysfunction and the use of targeted herbs in the management of many chronic conditions in horses, pets and people. Out of this research, the Cur-OST line of all natural anti-inflammatory supplements was created, being put in use in horses worldwide for the past 8 years with tremendous success.  In 2014, Dr. Schell started the Handi-Capp Equine Rehabilitation & Relocation program, putting to use the research he has gathered as well as Cur-OST product formulations to aid in the recovery of injured TB's coming off of the racetrack with the goal of restoring soundness and enhancing the chances of relocation to a new home. 
Chronic Inflammation and the Horse; Laminitis and Insulin Resistance – KHP Club Lounge – Friday at 4:30 p.m.
This lecture will help make connections with many current disease and lameness conditions in equines.  Given our research over the past 8 years, we feel we have made huge strides in helping many horses to recovery from conditions once thought to be career ending or cost prohibitive for the owners to manage.  
Mary Ann Simonds 
Mary Ann has integrated her academic degrees in equine and human behavioral psychology and ecology with her equestrian background, working professionally for over 35 years in the horse industry. She grew up in California showing jumpers, and then attended the University of California and University of Wyoming to study the social ecology, behavior, and biology of wild horses. Realizing the need for higher education in our horse industry, Mary Ann founded the Whole Horses & Equestrian Science Institute in 1985 while brokering Sport Horses to bring more science of horses as a species into the horse world.  Later, she received her master’s degree studying the interactions and relationships of horses and people helping to define the fields of Interspecies and Equestrian Psychology. She serves as scientific advisor for several equine non-profits and was an appointed member of the 1990 Federal Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. With one foot in the world of science and the other in the world of horses, Mary Ann acts a bridge and often is referred to as the “missing piece” for horsemen. She has developed a line of stress management and therapeutic products for horses including conducting research on magnetic field therapy and vibrational medicine in the late 1980s. A speaker, author, producer, equestrian, clinician, coach and horse lover, Mary Ann is passionate about educating others to better understand the real nature and culture of horses in an effort to limit stress in horses, ultimately improving performance and cooperation. Mary Ann states: “Once people understand the capacity horses have to feel, think and interact from a “horse-centric perspective”, they may change the way they train and manage horses”.
Equine Sports Coaching Skills – Covered Arena Annex – Friday at 3 p.m.
Presents an overview of the basic psychology with a little neural biology of horse and rider, and how to achieve better communication and deep connections. Exercises include body/mind techniques integrating such modalities as NLP, cognitive skills, brain waves shifts, visualizations, energy management breathing and heart coherence. The importance of thought and energy management of riders is stressed with respect to their relationship with their horse, and communication to bring about a positive relationship for various disciplines. 
Peg Smith
With 40 years’ experience working with children, youth, and families, Peg is widely recognized for her entrepreneurial work style and organizational capacity — and her ability to move people, organizations, and government agencies through significant change. As chief executive officer of the American Camp Association® (ACA), located in Martinsville, Indiana, Smith is the champion of ACA’s mission: enriching the lives of children, youth, and adults through the camp experience. In order to reach more children through critical, developmental camp experiences, Smith has set forth ACA’s 20/20 Vision — to directly impact 20 million children through the camp experience by the year 2020. The official spokesperson of ACA, Smith has appeared in publications such as USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times, and on programs such as NBC’s Today Show, Fox News, and CNN radio. She is a favorite presenter at both state and national conferences for varied professional associations and youth-serving groups. 
American Camp Association – Marriott Round Table Talk – Thursday at 2 p.m. 
The American Camp Association® (ACA) works to preserve, promote, and enhance the camp experience for children and adults. ACA-Accredited® camp programs ensure that children are provided with a diversity of educational and developmentally challenging learning opportunities. There are over 2,400 ACA-accredited camps that meet up to 290 health and safety standards. For more information, visit www.ACAcamps.org.
Keynote – Fun is Key!  - Marriott Hotel at CHA Awards Banquet – Saturday at 7 p.m.
Ward Stutz
Ward is the current CHA President and the Senior Director of Breed Integrity for the American Quarter Horse Association. He is responsible for AQHA’s animal welfare initiatives, which include the steward program to ensure all animals at AQHA events are treated humanely and exhibitor are practicing sportsmanlike conduct. In addition, he assists with AQHA’s public policy initiatives. He is the staff liaison to AQHA’s Professional Horsemen’s Council. Ward received his B.S. degree from Colorado State University in agriculture industries management and a M.S. from Oklahoma State University in animal science. His horse industry experience includes: training, judging, showing, racing, packing and teaching. Ward has been involved with many industry associations including:  American Horse Council, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Animal Welfare Council and serving as Past President of the American Youth Horse Council. 
Welcoming Keynote Address – Marriott Hotel – Thursday at 1 p.m. 
Mitzi Summers
Mitzi has been devoted to the welfare and safety of horses and their people for most of her life. The recipient of the CHA Instructor of the Year Award, Mitzi is also one of less than thirty Level IV Centered Riding Instructors in the world. Through her achievement of CHA Master Instructor and Clinician, and a Centered Riding Clinician, Mitzi has certified or updated hundreds of instructors so far in her career. She has taught and trained in many countries, including South Africa, New Zealand, and throughout Europe. Mitzi specializes in working in a very individualized basis with riders and their horses, teaching them to train their own horses in a non-abusive way. She is truly multi-talented, working with a rider in Ireland short-listed for the Olympics, to a rider who has fear issues and is afraid to trot. Horses who have been confused or traumatized are her specialty. Three of her mentors were Charles Grant, Vi Hopkins, and Sally Swift, all recipients of the USDF Hall of Fame Award. Mitzi will be interested in helping you and your horse no matter what level or discipline, she truly "Teaches the Beauty of Horses". 
$Semi Private Centered Riding Lessons – Covered Arena – Friday at 9 a.m. 
Come and ride with Mitzi for only $55 with one other person and get some specialized attention in Centered Riding.
Long Lining and Double Lunging – Covered Arena Annex – Friday at 10:30 a.m.
Ground work with horses can be invaluable in the process of either preparing a young horse to be ridden, or in further developing suppleness and strength in an older horse. Mitzi will go through the step by step process involved in teaching a horse these skills so the horse remains calm and accepts the training without fear or stress. Ground work skills for a horse can be invaluable, but are frequently used incorrectly or misunderstood. There will be an opportunity for hands -on practice for some observers.  
 
Western Dressage Defined – Covered Arena Annex - Saturday at 3 p.m. 
Western dressage is rapidly becoming more popular for western riders who are looking for an activity that will improve their horses. The true test of schooling your horse should be that you are improving his balance, strength, suppleness, and encouraging a willing and calm disposition. Correct Western Dressage accomplishes this. Mitzi completed The Western Dressage Association of America's Trainer's Course this year in North America. The standards demonstrated and discussed were clearly for the benefit of the horse. Riders in this presentation will be assisted with the effectiveness of their equitation and aids to correctly develop the athleticism of their horses.
Jody Taylor
Jody rode his first horse at about 4 years old and then learned to rope before 10 and was entering some local shows in Texas. Then he was riding bulls at 11 and entering open rodeos.  Jody was involved in Texas High School Rodeo, roping and riding bulls.  His first job was at a stable just a couple of miles down the road named Cedarwood Farm.  There he learned the daily activities and duties of a boarding stable, lesson program and running a Horse Trial.  Then he was employed at a large Arabian facility known as Bentwood Farms and rode with John Burris, out of Stephenville, Texas training roping horses. In his mid-thirties he started focusing more on horses and completed his rodeo career. Jody and his wife, Kim, purchased a horse property, Star T Ranch. Starting out they ran a cow/calf herd, horse boarding, riding lessons, training, and equine transportation facility. Eventually they narrowed this down and focused on just horse boarding, riding lessons, training and equine transportation.  They provide English and Western riding lessons, specializing in Eventing, including Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross Country. They are also involved in the North Texas Hunter Jumper Club. They incorporate natural horsemanship into Eventing and Hunter Jumpers and are members of CHA, USEA, AreaV-Eventing, NTEA, NTHJC and AQHA. Kim and Jody are both certified instructors and care for 35 horses and have 45 students.
Jumping Exercises – Covered Arena – Saturday at 9 a.m. 
The jumping segment will encompass the different seats such as the full seat and 2-point. The next step will involve an explanation of each seat and the reason for a change of seat at the walk, trot and canter. Ground poles will follow which will prepare the riders to ride the lines to and from the jumps thru poles in the trot and canter. The x-rails will be introduced demonstrating trotting using the 2-point to jump when starting out and then using a full seat while riding the canter.  The next steps will be the verticals, then the oxer and finally negotiating the start of a course. 
Flying Lead Changes – Covered Arena – Saturday at 3 p.m. 
This session will start out going through and giving examples of all the steps that it takes to enable a horse and rider to accomplish lead changes. It will also include realistic time lines depending on the horse. It will show examples of simple lead changes and move into flying lead changes and discuss young and more refined horses.  A demonstration on the process will be given starting with the steps going all the way to Tempe changes.
Mitchell L. Taylor, CJF, DipWCF 
Mitch began his farrier training in 1975 and has been an AFA Certified Journeyman Farrier since 1982. Mr. Taylor has served as the President of the Registry of Professional Farrier Educators, as a member of the AFA Equine Research Committee, served on the AFA Board of Directors and served as Chairman of the AFA Education Committee. He also serves on the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit Shoeing and Hoof Care Committee. With a BS in Biology and Chemistry, Mitch did his post graduate work in Equine Physiology at the University of Kentucky. Currently, Mitch is the director of the Kentucky Horseshoeing School in Richmond, KY where he continues to pursue his interest in equine research by continually investigating equine anatomy and biomechanics and how that is affected through various shoeing modalities. Mitch has twice been awarded the AFA's Educator of the Year award and is proud to count his many successful students Mitch is proud to count 6 members of the AFA US National Horseshoeing Team as well as students who have earned positions with various US equine teams, leading veterinary hospitals, university veterinary schools and have even shod Kentucky Derby winners. 
Taking Great Care of the Lesson Horse – Marriott Round Table Talk – Thursday at 2 p.m. 
You will learn in this talk why it is so important to have regular, competent hoof care for your sport horse and the relationship of healthy feet, sound horses and good athletes. 
An Overview of Good Hoof Care Including Basic Anatomy – KHP Club Lounge – Friday at 10:30 a.m.
In this talk you will learn the anatomy, dynamics and functions of the horses' foot. You will learn the characteristics of a healthy foot, and how to identify the difference between healthy feet and those that are not. We will talk about the physiology of normal feet, and the variations of normalcy that we see within a population.  You will learn the function of a horse shoe, the correct application and use of them, and how shoes can be helpful, in the right hands, with conformation, gaiting and therapeutic purposes.
Randi Thompson
Randi is internationally recognized for her award winning “Horse and Rider Awareness ® Educational Programs” and ” How To Market Your Horse Business”  She has been in the horse industry for 35+ years and has been coaching professionals for  20 years in horse and rider training, business and marketing.  
What Does It Really Mean to Ride From Your Seat and Legs? – Covered Arena Annex – Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Everyone talks about riding from your seat and legs, but what does that really mean?  Watch what happens as Randi takes riders through a process that you can use to teach your students.
United States Polo Association
Originally known as The Polo Association, the USPA was created in 1890 to govern polo handicaps, rules, and tournaments in America and Canada. Constantly growing and obtaining more members, the USPA has a multitude of programs designed to help American polo players improve their skills and compete in the “Game of Kings.”
$ Polo Demonstration and Lessons – Covered Arena – Friday at Noon
Come and learn more about the sport of polo and how to incorporate some of the exercises into your current riding program. Then hop on and play a mock game of polo!
Nathan Voris, DVM, MBA 
Dr. Voris serves as a senior veterinarian on the Zoetis equine technical services team.  Dr. Voris graduated from the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine and completed an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.  Prior to joining Zoetis he was an equine veterinarian for 10 years in central Missouri. 
While in practice, Dr. Voris earned his Master of Business Administration degree from William Woods University which equipped him to expand his role in practice.  As a result, Dr. Voris drove the practice’s marketing and client education initiatives by utilizing technology to enhance practice productivity and client communications with primary focus on integrating the clinic’s website with multiple social networking platforms. Dr. Voris understands the demands of busy equine professionals and has balanced the management responsibilities of business communications and social media while performing veterinary duties in a progressive, equine clinical practice.  His experiences have enabled him to assist equine veterinarians, small business owners and horsemen from across the country with practical strategies to develop and share content and tools to make the process of feeding the social media beast less burdensome. 
Social Media Defined for the Horse Industry – KHP Club Lounge – Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
You’re an expert at guiding your students and horses to the best that they can be.  Sometimes, it’s a daunting task to work ‘on’ your business instead of just ‘in’ it, from a time standpoint since you’re busy teaching!  Gain time tested and proven methods that help you develop your strategy to answer key questions about why clients should work with you and define your competitive advantage that reaches your specific target audience. Strategic Marketing Planning helps you focus your efforts on the right clients.  Using Social Media effectively and providing the most efficient way is part of that plan.  Get the right tools so your potential new clients hear your value message and recall the information. Solidify your existing clients so they recommend you.  It is important that you are communicating to the right people, at the right time.  You’ll come away with defining your competitive advantage, how to target client segments and how to save time and money using social media in a way that speaks to your strengths and engage your clients while building your own raving fan club.  
Jan Weber
Jan lives in Kentucky and has been very active with the American Vaulting Association for many years.  
American Vaulting Association – Marriott Round Table Talk - Thursday at 2 p.m.
Come and find out more about the AVA and how you can get vaulting started at your lesson program.
Mary Anna Wood
Mary Anna works for the Internal Revenue Service and in her free time competes in NATRC rides around the country. Her horse Elmer and she accumulated many miles and awards in NATRC during their career together. Mary Anna is a CHA Clinic Instructor in both Trail and English/Western.
North American Trail Ride Conference – Marriott Hotel Round Table Talk – Thursday at 2 p.m. 
The North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC) provides long distance competitive trail rides for riders of all equine breeds and from all disciplines. We promote safety, sportsmanship, education and trail horse advocacy through qualified evaluation of horse and rider by veterinary and horsemanship judges, in a fun, responsible environment for the whole family. 
Lisa Wysocky 
Lisa is a registered level PATH International instructor and also holds certifications as a mentor, and an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. In addition, she has been chosen as one of the country's Top 50 riding instructors by ARIA.  With a life balanced between books and horses, Lisa is an author, equine clinician, and motivational speaker who trains horses for and consults with therapeutic riding programs. Lisa graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in equine management, and then brought her ideas on success to the show ring. Early wins on the national Appaloosa horse show circuit took Lisa across North America, where she was asked to speak, or to write articles for national publications. Lisa's passion for writing and speaking led to a second run at college where she studied communications and journalism. Lisa is the co-author of a number of books, including My Horse, My Partner: Teamwork on the Ground, which helps horse and human partners form amazing bonds using traditional ground training, natural horsemanship, and desensitization. Lisa combines her love of horses and country music in Horse Country: A Celebration of Country Music and the Love of Horses. This beautiful coffee table book features twenty-seven of the top stars of country music talking about how horses changed their life for the better. The publication of the four-time award winning equestrian mystery, The Opium Equation, marked Lisa's debut fiction effort. The follow up, The Magnum Equation, takes place at an all-breed horse show. Both books were recently optioned for television. Learn more at http://www.lisawysocky.com
American Competitive Trail Horse Association – Marriott Hotel Round Table Talk – Thursday at 2 p.m.
Come and find out more about ACTHA and how you can get involved. 
A Riding Lesson from the Horse's Perspective – Covered Arena – Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
What the horse sees, hears, tastes, and smells during your riding lesson, and how this information impacts your lesson. Lisa brings the audience through a typical riding lesson that incorporates both western trail obstacles and English equipment such as small jumps and cavaletti poles, and explains each step pf the lesson from the horse's point of view. From your body posture and facial expression; to the color, size, and placement of your arena equipment and obstacles; to the rider's movements, this eye-opening session is a must-see for every instructor.
JoAnne Young 
JoAnne has been teaching riding and training horses for over 40 years, and is happy that she is still learning.  Every student and every horse bring fresh challenges that keep life interesting.  She has been privileged and blessed beyond her wildest dreams to study with such wonderful instructors as Walter Zettl (dressage coach to Canadian event team when they won bronze at Los Angeles Olympics), Bertin Potter in Germany,  Molly Sivewright (FEI judge and past chair of the Fellows of the British Horse Society), Carel Eijkenaar (FEI judge), Eddo Hoestra (F.E.I. Trainer) and Doris Halstead (Physical Therapist and author of "Releasing the Potential: Physical Therapy Modalities for Horse and Rider.”  Jo-Anne is the author of the M.A. thesis:  "Preparing students for riding instructor certification through college curricula."
Semi- Private Dressage Lessons – Covered Arena – Friday at 9 a.m. 
Ride with JoAnne for only $55 to r

Kim Brown

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Kim has more than 35 years of experience equine industry publishing and marketing. Currently she is the Associate Publisher/Editor of two brands for Active Interest Media (AIM) that are focused on business. EquiManagement is for equine veterinarians and Stable Management is for farm/stable owners and riding instructors. Kim’s background includes nearly 30 years at Blood-Horse Publications, the first 15 with The Blood-Horse magazine, ending up as a Contributing Editor, and the second 15 developing The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care as the Publisher/Editor. Kim retired from publishing to become Global Marketing Manager at Kentucky Equine Research, and while there lead the team that created award-winning newsletters and videos, launched a new content-driven educational website, and developed an e-commerce site. Kim then ran her own marketing/content development company for a short time before accepting a full-time position with AIM’s Equine Network. Kim and her musician husband, Ben, moved from Kentucky to Wyoming and are enjoying the outdoor life riding horses, camping, cycling, hiking, fishing, canoeing, and Kim’s favorite—rockhounding. Kim can be reached at KBrown@THINInc.com.

Luck is Where Preparation Meets Opportunity Keynote – Thursday – 3 p.m. 

 

Fred Bruce

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Fred won the CHA Distinguished Service Award in 2009.  He is a Standard, Combined, Seasonal, Trail, Driving and Equine Facility Managers Clinic Instructor for CHA. He has been a part of CHA since 1981 and has been instrumental in starting and improving many CHA certification programs. Fred has been a contributing author for many of the CHA manuals and has served on the CHA Board of Directors.  Fred currently lives in Holbrook, Arizona.

Knot Tying 101 – Trail Encampment – Friday 10:30 a.m.

This session will prepare you to try out your hand at the Markel Trail Challenge and also to get your own knots around horses and packing better. Come for a hands-on and fun experience with ropes!

Packing – Trail Encampment – Friday at 3 p.m.

This session will involve learning how to pack a horse to go into the back country. Keeping your loads safe and balanced and what types of hitches to use. 
 

Tara Gamble

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Tara has been the Past President of the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) and of the Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF), as well as the opportunity to represent Canada as Runner-Up Miss Rodeo Canada 1998.  She has served on the Equine Canada Board of Directors as a representative to recreation, and on the Strathcona County Economic Development and Advisory Committee as the agricultural representative.  It has been an honor for Tara to receive both the CHA Clinic Instructor of the year (2006), and Volunteer of the year (2013) awards. 

She is a CHA Clinic Instructor, and a designated Professional Horseman with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and was appointed to the AQHA Youth Activities Committee in 2012, where she is able to contribute to her vision of helping the industry to work collaboratively to strengthen it.  Her education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from the University of Alberta.

With over twenty three years of industry teaching experience and a background in both western and english, Tara offers weekly riding lessons at her facility east of Ardrossan, Alberta.  In addition, she judges various horsemanship competitions, presents seminars and instructs clinics.  She has been fortunate to work with many equine professionals on the provincial, national and international levels which has greatly enriched her experiences.  

Transitions to Improve Lightness – Indoor Arena - Friday at 10:30 a.m. 

This session will focus on how the use of transitions can assist in creating a more responsive and lighter horse. Through a series of exercises you will see a progression of how both the rider and horse improve their responsiveness to the aids, and discuss the benefits of this.  The ultimate goal is to achieve a true partnership; working in harmony to develop feel as a rider and in turn a more attentive, supple and lighter horse.  

 

Julie Goodnight

Julie-Goodnight.jpgJulie is the popular RFD-TV host of Horse Master airing Monday and Saturday nights. Julie travels the USA sharing her no-nonsense horsemanship training with riders of all disciplines. Whether you ride English, Western, dressage or trail ride, Julie’s “Classic Skills for a Natural Ride” teaching helps you feel more confident in the saddle and helps you understand the “whys” of horsemanship. She loves continually learning and sharing horse behavior insights and she relates that knowledge to how you should interact with your horses. She’s experienced in dressage and jumping, racing, reining, cow horse, colt-starting, and wilderness riding. You’ve probably seen her articles in Horse & Rider, The Trail Rider and many other horse publications. Julie is honored to be the International Spokesperson for the Certified Horsemanship Association and was named Equine Affaire’s Exceptional Equestrian Educator. Julie grew up on the hunter-jumper circuits in Florida, but is now at home in the west. She and her husband Rich Moorhead live in the mountains. Both love versatility ranch horse competitions and riding cow-horses. 

Working with Advanced Riders – Indoor Arena – Friday at 9 a.m. 
The Science of Cueing – Indoor Arena – Saturday at 9 a.m.
Schooling the School Horse – East Pen – Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

 

Van Hargis

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Van Hargis is known as one of today’s most versatile horsemen/clinicians. More than just a clinician who talks about horsemanship, Van is a true horseman whose clinic and seminar presentations are born out of real-world experience working with and learning from horses. Van started riding horses when he was only four years old and launched his career as a trainer at twelve when the wife of world-renowned saddle maker Billy Cook hired him to train her horse. He spent much of his youth in the saddle, working cattle at ranches around his Texas home. At the same time Van was honing his skills as a trainer and competitor, taking both his own and his clients’ horses into the show ring and the rodeo arena. Van and the horses he’s trained have excelled in show and rodeo events like ranch horse versatility (his specialty), western pleasure, trail classes, calf roping, team roping, and steer wrestling. Van’s practical experiences on the ranch and in competition, coupled with a dynamic speaking ability, have made him one of the most requested clinicians at equestrian facilities and events across the country. He moves easily across the “great divide” between the western and English riding worlds, and has worked successfully with horses from many disciplines, including both working ranch horses and show horses in western pleasure, hunter-jumper, and dressage. In horsemanship and in life, Van firmly believes there’s “nothing but the basics,” and that those basics are the same no matter what equestrian discipline appeals to you. Van uses each presentation he gives as an opportunity to share how the horse has helped him realize the important lessons in his life. He utilizes the arena and the horse to emphasize the most fundamental lesson: the need for a solid foundation, in horse training as well as everyday life. Van’s ability to use the horse to educate, motivate, inspire, and entertain will encourage you to take a long look at your life, your relationships, and your horsemanship.

Reduce Your Problems to the Ridiculous – Indoor Arena – Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Are You Focused on Success?  - Keynote – Saturday at 7 p.m. 

 

Craig Huffhines 

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Craig’s enthusiasm is contagious and his knowledge and passion for the agriculture and livestock industries is quickly recognizable. He graduated with a bachelor of science from Texas A&M University and received a master of science from Colorado State University. After college, he began working at the American Hereford Association where he was the director of feedlot and carcass programs and director of Certified Hereford Beef before he was elevated to executive vice president in 1997. 

On April 1, Craig accepted the executive vice president’s position at the world’s largest equine breed organization – the American Quarter Horse Association. Craig brings 17 years of experience with him to the Association. He has recorded success in turning around a 30-year decline in registrations and beef breed popularity, balancing budgets during lean years, developing a new branded-beef enterprise, executing and revising governance structure to meet the demands of the 21st century and reinvigorating the interest among youth, while growing the Hereford Research and Youth foundations and managing the American Hereford Association staff. 

Craig and his wife, Mary Jon, have recently relocated with their sons, Seth, Cole and Miles, to Amarillo, the home of AQHA’s international headquarters. 

Welcome to Amarillo and AQHA – Thursday Reception – AQHA Hall of Famepen

 

Jim Jennings

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Jim and his wife, Mavis, live in Amarillo, and although retired, Jim continues to write for different publications. Currently he writes the scripts for the weekly television show “Somewhere West of Wall Street.”

History of Amarillo - AQHA Hall of Fame - Thursday Reception

 

Teresa Kackert

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Teresa has been CHA Clinic Instructor since 2003. She is an AQHA Professional Horseman and member of the Wrangler Extreme Team She is also Chris Irwin Natural Horsemanship 'Double-Gold' Certified and a Richard Shrake Resistance Free Riding Master Level Trainer/Instructor. Teresa is the creator of the 'Soft Touch' Training Program - Classical Equitation & Natural Horsemanship and has over 20 years professional experience as a rider, competitor, trainer, instructor, clinician and personal coach. She is founder of Great Horses of America, Consignment Horse Sales Company and Co-Founder of Pink Heart Pony Kids, Inc. Teresa specializes in: confidence building in both horse and rider, horse behavior modification, motivational personal coaching and skill enhancement for riders & horses of all levels and disciplines. www.GreatHorses.org.

Jumping Exercises – Indoor Arena – Friday at 1:30 p.m.

This session will be great for those just starting to teach jumping as well as those that have been coaching this discipline for a while. Come and join us to see different flatwork exercises, ground pole drills and jumping gymnastics and courses to help your riders succeed. 

How to Develop Feel in Riders – East Pen – Saturday at 9 a.m. 

We all strive to achieve true feel when we ride!  Now learn how to teach feel as well. Exercises will be presented at all three gaits for a variety of levels of riders in this session.

 

Stan Loewen

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Stan won the CHA Clinic Staff of the Year Award in 2009. He is a lifetime member of CHA and has been involved since the 1970s. Stan has conducted Standard, Combined, Seasonal and Trail Clinics for CHA. He has put his heart and soul into CHA and has done over 70 clinics, so has certified at the very least over 500 riding instructors and trail guides. Stan has been on the CHA Board of Directors and very helpful in the creation of the Trail Program and the CHA Trail Guide Manual of which he is on the cover packing into the Bob Marshall wilderness.

Packing – Trail Encampment – Friday at 3 p.m.

This session will involve learning how to pack a horse to go into the back country. Keeping your loads safe and balanced and what types of hitches to use. 

Dutch Oven Cooking – Trail Encampment – Saturday at 9 a.m.

Come and eat some pastry for breakfast!  Learn how to use a Dutch oven and what you can cook in it while packing out with your horses or in your own backyard!


Amanda Love

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Amanda is the Horsemanship Director at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. She is the coach of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Team there and also teaches numerous classes. Amanda is currently on the CHA Board of Directors and is an active rider and does cross fit.

Jumping Exercises – Indoor Arena – Friday at 1:30 p.m.

This session will be great for those just starting to teach jumping as well as those that have been coaching this discipline for a while. Come and join us to see different flatwork exercises, ground pole drills and jumping gymnastics and courses to help your riders succeed.

 

Jordan Manfredi

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Jordan Manfredi, MBA joins us from Purdue University Calumet, where she spent two years as a continuing lecturer in equine business management, marketing, promotion and sales within their School of Business. Currently, Jordan is the president of Big Red Advisory Group, an equine consulting group whose clients include Intrepid International, a global equine product distributor and Horse Tack Co., a leading e-commerce retailer. Furthermore, Jordan teaches equine business management at LIU-Post in Long Island, New York. Jordan, an avid hunter/jumper rider of 26 years has consulted for various national and international equine companies and has presented at several trade shows and conferences, including the United States Pony Club National Meeting and Hoosier Horse Expo.

Marketing that Works! – Classroom – Saturday 1:30 p.m. 

Tired of marketing tactics that don't produce ROI? Are you throwing away valuable marketing dollars? Are you looking to grow your business but not sure how? Well then, let's go back to the basics to create a plan that works. This seminar will teach you how to: Outline and intimately understand your target market; develop a SWOT analysis that highlights your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats; create SMARTS goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely and Sustainable; measure success and ROI; and implement tried and true marketing tactics that won't break the bank. We will also brainstorm marketing ideas and share success stories. Furthermore, you will be given the opportunity to start a marketing plan and to discuss one on one any marketing questions you may have.

 

Jim McDonald

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Jim is a lifelong horseman and a lifelong learner.  In the year 2000, he started a non-profit organization dedicated to horsemanship education.  Part of its mission is to make the joy of a relationship with a horse available to people who would not ordinarily have that opportunity and that was the original motivation for founding the Graham Equestrian center (www.Grahameq.org).  They work closely with anyone who wants to advance their horsemanship skills and knowledge.  Jim is currently the CHA Board Treasurer and an AQHA Professional Horseman.

Horsemanship Through Principles of Behavioral Science and Learning Theory – Classroom – Friday at 1:30 p.m. 

 

Ed Montana

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From the polka dance halls of the Midwest with his father’s band at age 10, to the Alps of Europe singing songs about Texas and dang near every PRCA Rodeo in between, Ed is a busy man. Traveling with the original Coors Cowboy Band, Ed has been very lucky to have traveled all over the beautiful USA doing what he loves most… playing music.

Cowboy Welcome to Texas – Coors Cowboy Club – Thursday at 2 p.m.

 

Terry Myers

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Terry is a leading trainer, teacher and national clinician, but above all he is a true horseman. Myers has trained stock and hunter horses for state, national and world competition. But he doesn't just train the show horse. His training is for all horses regardless of the discipline. He incorporates work with both horse and rider to achieve balanced movements. His Ride-in-Sync® philosophy helps riders understand how body position affects horse performance. Through Myers’ 45 years of experience and work with thousands of horses and riders, he has developed coaching and demonstration methods which provides logical information that is easily understood and put to use. Consistent feedback from clinic attendees is confirmation that Terry’s training ideology and teaching style produces results.

How Shoulder Control Affects Performance - Indoor Arena - Friday at 3 p.m.

More than anything else, having your horse soft and square in their shoulders improves performance. A horse must be square in their shoulders in order to be able lift their back and drive with their hind end. If they are not square in their shoulders, the hind end has no place to go and they end up with their hocks out in their tail. Terry will show how the rider can lift and square the horse’s shoulders as part of softness and collection. With his instruction, this will be accomplished through rider body position and putting the horse into a correct frame. No matter what the discipline, shoulder control impacts performance. 

 

National Cutting Horse Association

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Come and ride a trained cutting horse on a flag with local professional trainers during this session. On May 1, 1946, the National Cutting Horse Association was formed by a group of cowboys and ranchers with the main goals of promoting cutting competition, standardizing contest rules, and preserving the cutting horse's western heritage. NCHA held its first cutting in Dublin, Texas, in September 1946. The ensuing decades have afforded tremendous growth for the NCHA, and today, more than 2,200 shows are held annually with total prize money exceeding $36 million.

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Ride a Cutter – Indoor Arena – Friday at Noon

 

National Reining Horse Association

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First offered in 2010 at the Alltech© FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Ky., “NRHA Ride a Reiner” has taken the country by storm by giving novice and experienced riders the opportunity to ride a reining horse. Nowhere else in the world can spectators find an option like this: the chance to receive a hands-on lesson from an NRHA Professional, to enjoy a dizzying spin and to feel the power of sliding stops on a well-trained reining horse!

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Ride a Reiner – Indoor Arena – Saturday at Noon 

 

Valerie Ormond

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Following a 25-year career leading as a naval officer, Valerie dedicated her time to promoting the horse industry and sharing lessons learned. Her two award-winning novels, “Believing In Horses” and “Believing In Horses, Too,” highlight rescues, competition, equine-assisted therapies, military families, and the healing power of horses. Valerie blended education, advocacy, and inspiration into stories that also introduce readers to real-life organizations which have since gained recognition in the form of grants, fundraisers, publicity, new volunteers, and political acknowledgement. Valerie founded Veteran Writing Services, LLC, and is a charter member of the first National Women Veterans Speakers Bureau, being named one of the Top 101 Leadership Speakers in 2015. A Certified Horsemanship Association instructor in both English and Western, she rides and competes in the National Capital Adult Equestrian League, and serves as Secretary of the Maryland Horse Council.  You can reach Valerie at http://BelievingInHorses.com/

Leading Beyond the Saddle – Classroom – Friday at 10:30 a.m.

You may be the most influential leader in your students' lives. What lessons do you want to impart in the time you are with them? And how? You have a larger impact than you realize in the horse industry beyond your individual role at a barn, within a discipline, or in a lesson program -- and communication is key. Come to this interactive session to discover ways to mentor, motivate, and lead our next generation of horse enthusiasts to help them achieve their goals.

 

John Pipkin

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John is currently the Director of the Equine Industry Program and a Regents Professor of Animal Science at West Texas A&M University where his duties include coaching the Horse Judging Team, and overseeing the Equestrian and Stock Horse Teams, in addition to teaching, research, and administrative responsibilities. He has been an approved judge for over 20 years, and currently has judge’s cards with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), American Paint Horse Association (APHA), National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA), National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA), and World Conformation Horse Association (WCHA).  He has judged over 400 total shows in 10 different countries and 33 states including 7 AQHA World, 4 APHA World, 3 International Championships, and other major AQHA, APHA, NRHA and NSBA shows.  Pipkin’s judging teams have won 120 (99 at WTAMU) National or World Champion or Reserve Champion titles including the 2013 and 2014 AQHA Collegiate World and NRHA Championships; and Equestrian Teams under his program direction have won 41 National Champion or Reserve Champion titles, including the 2013 IHSA Western National Champion team.  He has trained and shown professionally in Halter, Reining, Working Cow Horse, Western Pleasure, Western Riding, and Trail, as well as these and other classes as a youth exhibitor.  He is a National Director for AQHA, currently serves on the AQHA and WCHA Judges Committees, and has served as Chair of the AQHA Show and Professional Horsemen Committee, and the AQHA Show Council. Dr. Pipkin has been awarded the Outstanding Young Professional Award by the Equine Science Society and the Texas 4-H Alumni Award.  At WT, he has received the Magister Optimus award, the university’s highest faculty recognition.  The Texas A&M University System awarded him the Teaching Excellence Award, and named him a Regents Professor.   

West Texas A&M University Welcome – CHA Annual Meeting – Thursday 

 

Sanna Roling

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Sanna is a life member of CHA devoting her talents as a Level 3 English and Level 2 Western Instructor to horsemanship for people with disabilities and youth-at-risk.  A past or present member of several committees including the Instructor Manual, Standards, and IRD, Sanna has devoted much of her CHA life to IRD and today runs Dream Catcher Stables, Inc in Houston, TX.  A Special Olympics Equestrian Coach (1995 World Games Coach from Texas), Path Int’l Registered Instructor, Certified Texas Special Education and Math Teacher, Sanna also played an instrumental part in creating the Top Hands Horse Show (Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo) which was duplicated by Ft. Worth, TX (Chisolm Challenge) and Austin, TX (Golden Stirrup).  In 26 years her athletes (298) have brought home 264 firsts, 282 seconds, 224 thirds, 188 fourths, 148 fifths 99 sixths, 151 honorable mentions.  

Teaching Riders with Disabilities in a Recreational Riding Program – Classroom – Friday at 3 p.m. 

Share in the abilities of people with autism, traumatic brain injury, Down Syndrome, complex traumatic stress disorder, Cerebral Palsy, paraplegia, amputation and hip replacement, visual impairment, hearing impairment, mental retardation, and anxiety disorder.  Be part of a discussion including teaching strategies and challenges, reasons why these athletes chose the equestrian sport, and advantages gained.

 

Darla Ryder 

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Darla started at the age of eight with bareback and western riding and in her early twenties spent time overseas under the tillage of an instructor with the BHS (British Horse Society). Her career with horses has been varied in both breeds and disciplines. She has raised and shown Quarter, Arabian, Appaloosa, Miniatures and Gypsy Horses. Darla has successfully served as a trainer, facility/equine manager for a hunter/jumper barn, a cutting horse facility and as the Executive Director for a Therapeutic Riding Center. She currently schools horses for clients, teaches able bodied riders as well as riders with special needs and travels as a mentors for various equine programs. She has been with CHA since 1995 and is certified at the Master and Clinician level in Standard Certification, Instructors of Riders with Disabilities, Facilities Management and Vaulting Coach Certification. She is also a certified instructor with PATH. Darla has presented mounted and classroom presentation, clinics and workshops nationwide and was the first recipient in 2003 of the coveted  “CHA Clinic Instructor of the Year.” 

ABC’s of the Human/Horse Relationship – East Pen – Friday at 3 p.m. 

This workshop is a must for anyone who owns or works with horses. With over fifty years of equine experience and the mentorship as a girl of a retired cavalryman, these techniques Darla shares, work! Using the knowledge of how horses communicate with each other it will teach you, how to communicate with a horse in his own language. Gaining this knowledge and adapting it in your ground handling techniques bring about a true partnership between human and horse. Confidence and trust on both sides! This method of handling and training makes for the perfect personal or school horse.  A horse that willingly follows with the leader between the nose and shoulder on a loose lead, a horse that is quiet and willing, No special equipment is needed or used. 

 

Jochen Schleese

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Jochen documented over 34 years of his experience as German Certified Master Saddler and Saddle Ergonomist in his books ‘Suffering in Silence – The Saddle Fit Link to Physical and Psychological trauma in Horses’ (2013), ‘The Silent Killer’ (2012) and DVD ’Beyond the 9 Points of Saddle Fit’.

Saddle Fit Issue that Affect Comfort, Performance and Even Soundness – Classroom – Friday at 9 a.m.
Identifying and Correcting Saddle Fit Issues to Horse and to Rider – East Pen – Friday at 1:30 p.m. 

 

Tom Scrima 

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Tom serves as a board member of the American Competitive Trail Horse Association, a 501 c3 nonprofit. During his high school and college years Tom earned his tuition and spending money training horses and giving riding lessons. It wasn’t until meeting his future bride, while both were instructing at a summer camp, that he realized he really didn’t know much about riding so he took a back seat to her Intercollegiate Collegiate All American status and focused in on business during his later years at the University of Notre Dame. He then went on to obtain an Advanced Degree from DMAA in Direct Marketing.

How to Take Your Horse Business to the Next Level with Little to No Dollar Outlay- The Economics of Economical Marketing – Classroom – Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

We have all heard that you have about 2 seconds to capture the reader or you are out of there! In the horse industry we are all so busy with our passion and jobs that that’s probably a generous estimate! In this session find out the true cost of “free” emailing, true cost of snail mail, if digital and hard print pay off, how do you survive with a virtually zero marketing budget, and find out how to sell the sizzle. We will also discuss stories of Ed Maher…the greatest marketing genius ever and founder of the DMAA…a man who tuned pennies to hundred dollar bills…from a wheel chair and will provide you with a summary of cost free approaches to let new customers know you are ready for them.

 

Dennis Sigler 

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Dennis is a Professor and Extension Horse Specialist in the Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M University.  Dr. Sigler received a B.S. degree from Abilene Christian University, a M.S. degree from Texas Tech and his Ph.D. degree from Texas A&M.  From 1980 to 1989 he was the leader of the equine teaching and research program at Kansas State University.  For the 15 years prior to joining the faculty at Texas A&M in 2006, Dr. Sigler was employed in the livestock feed industry as a nutritionist and sales director.  He has done nutrition, formulation, sales and marketing work for a total of 6 different feed companies.    In addition to extension education activities, Dr. Sigler conducts research and trains graduate students in the area of exercise science and nutrition.  Specifically, he is interested in conditioning and management of the juvenile and mature athletic horse to maximize performance and enhance structural integrity.  Other areas of interest include nutritional strategies to enhance performance and reduce musculo-skeletal injuries.  Dr. Sigler has served as President of the Equine Science Society, has published numerous scientific and popular press articles and has served as an invited speaker at many national and state-wide meetings.  He is a member of the American Society of Animal Science and the Equine Science Society. Dr. Sigler has a lifetime of practical horse experience.  He has been an AQHA-approved judge for 33 years and has judged horse shows in nearly every state and in 5 foreign countries.  He is also an accomplished horseman, having shown and trained horses for a variety of performance events, including cutting, reining and cow horse.  He was a founding member and Past-President of the Stock Horse of Texas Association and the American Stock Horse Association.  He currently serves on the Executive Board and is Immediate Past-President of the Texas Quarter Horse Association. 

Energetics for the Performance Horse – Classroom – Saturday at 10:30 a.m. 

 

Cheryl West

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Cheryl is a Master CHA Instructor for English, Western, Therapeutic and Jumping, and a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship certified instructor and mentor.  She specializes in infusing dressage and biomechanics into all riding disciplines and developing instructors. Owns and operates West Equestrian Ranch in Sand Springs Oklahoma, teaching lessons to over 60+ riders a week at her ranch as well as Stillwater, Broken Arrow, Edmond, Stigler and more. She often travels certifying instructors, mentoring and teaching clinics. Serves on the board for Great Plains Dressage Chapter, Oklahoma Dressage Chapter board, the CHA development for Instructors for Riders with Disabilities committee, and in process of helping other groups start up.  She was the program manager for American Therapeutic Center, with 70+ riders, for 5 years. She strives to use to encourage riders and people from all walks of life that upper level equitation can be achieved no matter what discipline, horse or income. 

Connected Riding – East Pen – Friday at 10:30 a.m. 

Connected riding would focus on the rider and their ability to clearly communicate to the horse. Many times we spend a lot of energy trying to fix the horse, without realizing that what we do in the saddle, and how we ride affects much of their response. This includes fear and tension.  We use biomechanics and connection to help us be more aware of our bodies.

 

Melanie Wilhelm

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Melanie Wilhelm of Wilhelm Performance Horses is located in Nazareth, Texas. A NRHA Professional, Melanie has a current NRHA Lifetime Earnings of more than $34,400. Her accomplishments include many great accolades including a 2011 Open Derby finalist, 2012 NRHA Professional Horse Woman of the Year, and multiple AQHA World Show qualifications. From the round pen to the show pen, Wilhelm Performance Horses specializes in producing reining horses of the highest caliber as well as developing youth and non pro riders.

Getting Your Students Involved with Reining – Indoor Arena – Saturday at 10:30 a.m. 

Melanie will teach you how to implement simple reining based exercises into your lesson program to keep your beginner students involved while giving them goals for success!

 

JoAnne Young 

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JoAnne has been teaching riding and training horses for over 40 years, and is happy that she is still learning.  Every student and every horse bring fresh challenges that keep life interesting.  She has been privileged and blessed beyond her wildest dreams to study with such wonderful instructors as Walter Zettl (dressage coach to Canadian event team when they won bronze at Los Angeles Olympics), Bertin Potter in Germany,  Molly Sivewright (FEI judge and past chair of the Fellows of the British Horse Society), Carel Eijkenaar (FEI judge), Eddo Hoestra (F.E.I. Trainer) and Doris Halstead (Physical Therapist and author of "Releasing the Potential: Physical Therapy Modalities for Horse and Rider.”  Jo-Anne is the author of the M.A. thesis:  "Preparing students for riding instructor certification through college curricula."

Lateral Work Defined – East Pen – Saturday at 10:30 a.m. 




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