Clinicians

 2016 All Rights Reserved Verde Valley Equine Festival
Adam M. Trenk, Attorney Clinic Topic:  Liability in the Equine Industry Clinic Objective:  Mr. Trenk will address the fundamentals of ARS 12-553 and its practical application as a professional horseman. Adam  M. Trenk practices in the areas of land use, zoning,  public policy, community relations, equine and business law.  He is a western horsemanship enthusiast, a real estate property asset manager, and consults across multiple industries on matters of government relations and corporate development. Mr. Trenk attended Arizona State University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship from the W.P. Carey School of Business. Adam earned a Master of Real Estate Development degree and then his Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University as well. In law school Adam built his curriculum around alternative dispute resolution and real estate related courses. Adam has been active in his community, first serving as a board member for the Cave Creek Merchant’s Chamber of Commerce and sat on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee to the Town Council prior to making a run for a Council seat himself. Adam was first elected to hold a seat on the Cave Creek Council in 2009, and served as Vice Mayor from 2013 to 2015. His work in local government and his experiences practicing as an attorney and helping to develop and preserve his family’s business interests in the aviation sector give him a unique perspective and ability to navigate complex regulations and negotiate to add value to transactional matters. Mr. Trenk is a lifelong horseman, having ridden horses across the country since he was a child. Throughout high school and college he spent several summers as an apprentice to world champion Reining Cow Horse trainer Zane David. Today he lives in Cave Creek, AZ with five horses of his own. He enjoys servicing the legal needs of the equestrian industry as much as anything when he is not actually out with his ponies. He and his firm are available to help with a wide range of legal issues. Within the Equine and Agricultural domain Adam can assist with grazing leases, livestock sales contracts, liability waivers, permitting, property tax exemptions, boarding contracts, and help resolve disputes.  Contact Info:     602-402-3335  or  ATrenk@RoseLawGroup.com 
Ben Monarque, Horse Trainer, 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Competitor Clinic Topic:  Trailer Loading 101 Clinic Objective:  Learn the basic fundamentals of trailer loading and the “Do’s” and “Don’ts” Ben Monarque excels at communicating and truly understanding horse’s behavior and needs.  He practices his hallmark philosophy “Natural Common Sense Horsemanship” with an all important emphasis on safety.   From starting and developing young horses, to problem solving and fine tuning their talents, Ben’s instinct and skills in the equine world are proven and effective. Contact Info:  Monarque Equine   602-301-0439 or   602-772-7040
Bob Broyles, Horse Trainer, 2016 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Competitor Clinic Title:  Groundwork for Respect:  Part 1 and Part 2 Clinic Objective:  Demonstration techniques to improve the communication between rider and horse. I consider myself a student of the horse.  I view the horse as a simple minded creature, and therefore I find success in simple, straight forward communication.  As humans, we have a knack for making things more complex and difficult than necessary.  Pair this trait with goal oriented people focused on the end result, rather than the process, and you have what can become a negative situation for a horse.  Keep it clear and simple.  With this being said, I stick to several old, but time tested adages for training horses, such as making the right thing easy, the wrong thing difficult, and asking a little, asking a lot, rewarding the slightest try, and he who makes the other move their feet is the leader.  I firmly believe every single occurrence between us and our horses is training, everything.  Horsemanship is a journey, and mine is ever growing.  In the last few years, I have twice been featured on the Horse Master with Julie Goodnight Show, attended the 2015 Road To The Horse event to support Chris Cox, competed in a few Extreme Mustang Makeovers, and competed in the 2016 Arizona Horseman’s Challenge colt starting event at the Verde Valley Equine Festival.  I have grown and learned a lot through these experiences.  One of the things that became apparent to me was the thirst for knowledge in helping to improve the relationship between horse and rider that so many people want.  I will be the first to say that I am not the best, or the most experienced.  However, I get all horses that I work with to think more and be less reactive minded. My influences are varied, and I don’t claim to follow a particular method.  Some of my major influences are Chris Cox, Julie Goodnight, Tom Dorrance, Ray Hunt and Walter Zettl.  The truth is all good horsemen share a lot similarities, have a deep toolbox, and they do what is necessary in a given situation.  Horses are as unique as people, and I look for every opportunity to make it right by each horse.  I grew up on a farm in Oregon and had the values that come with this upbringing instilled in me at a young age.  From the late eighties through the early 2000’s, I pursued the sport of triathlon, working my way up to professional competition and a spot on the US National Triathlon Team.  Professionally, I have been involved in the management of many successful retail operations over the years.  I apply this same dedication and professionalism to the horses that I train.   My focus is primarily on mustangs, but take in other horses for training as well.  I am currently training a mustang to donate to the Heroes and Horses program, focusing on soldiers coming home.  I also regularly gentle mustangs and burros through the Mustang Heritage Foundation TIP training program.  Please contact me and see how I can help you with your current or future horse. Contact Info:   Facebook:  Broyles Horsemanship     520-256-0668 bob@broyleshorsemanship.com          www.broyleshorsemanship.com
Brian Bausch, World Champion Horseman, 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Competitor Clinic Topic:  Beyond Riding Trick Horses Brian Bausch, 2016 World Champion Horseman and 6X World Champion takes his equine companions worldwide with the incomparable techniques he creates in “Beyond Riding”, utilizing his life experiences ranching, starting colts, Cowboy Church, Trick Riding Performances, Rodeo Competitions, equestrian demonstrations, seminars, and clinics. In 2005 Brian married his wife Paula, and the pair have partnered up in different aspects of the horse industry. Their shared love of horses is demonstrated with "Beyond Riding", informing and entertaining through their appearances in horse expos, training videos, and published monthly magazine articles.  Marked among their joint accomplishments include seeing their two young performing horses fly off with Cavalia in 2006, training Arabian stallions in the Middle East in 09, sharing multiple World and National Champion success in 2003, 2008, 09, 2010 and in 2016. Brian was the first horse act to appear on America’s Got Talent in 2011 and then the following year was the Reserve Champion (Project) Cowboy in Pomona, CA.  He was the Guest Celebrity Judge, and entertainer, appearing at AQYHA 2013 World Show in Oklahoma City. Brian has shown 3 year olds that he has started in the prestigious Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, NV as well as in AQHA Jr. Cowhorse competitions.  Brian has years invested in the youth of the industry since 1997, sharing a past of bronc riding, tie-down and team roping, coaching rodeo teams in Michigan and serving as Equestrian Director at Orme School of Arizona. Performance horses are Brian's addiction and he has the talent and skill to take a horse and develop their athletic ability to the maximum level.  Brian’s energy and athleticism, along with his keen sensitivity to the horse, continues to thrill and excite audiences in every arena. Contact Info:  Beyond@brianbausch.com  602-427-8356    www.BrianBausch.com
Darlene Barry, Natural Horsemanship Trainer Clinic Topic:  Training your horse with the "Method" Clinic Objective:  Clinician will discuss timing, feel, softness, controlling the 5 body parts, how to make the right thing easy and the wrong thing difficult, always rewarding the slightest try When Darlene was 12 years old, her riding instructor told her mom “That girl is a natural with horses.  She’s going to go somewhere in the horse industry when she grows up.”  She always felt the need to keep improving her horsemanship skills.  After training her own horses for gymkhana and horse shows, bringing home ribbons and trophies, she realized she had a passion for helping others experience her rewards.  She has many mentors in the Natural Horsemanship realm, but has come to appreciate the black and white technique that Clinton Anderson calls “The Method”.  Following her instincts, she has over 30 years under her belt, showing people and their horses how to gain mutual respect and understanding from each other.  She attends clinics of all types, claiming that it “continues her education” and she always learns something new from them.   She breaks any problem down small enough so that the horse and owner always end the lesson better than they started.  “If your horse has enough energy to do the wrong thing, he’s got enough energy to do the right thing”, she says.   “When horses and people trust each other, and horses look to humans as leaders, there are no limits on what can be accomplished.”      Darlene has worked with horses of all breeds and ages.  She will take horses for 30-60 days, but says most of her clients are scheduled on a regular basis, seeing some two to three times a week.  Colt starting, developing softness, suppleness and willingness, trailer loading and reforming problem horses are just some of the skills she enjoys sharing with others.  She also has knowledge with barefoot trimming and general horse care that she is always willing to share.   On some occasions, you will find her giving a clinic on ACTHA/ETS trail obstacles, learning how and what it takes to win your class.   Darlene feels this gift from the Lord has been a blessing from all who have come into her path . . . past, present and future.  Contact Info:  480-516-9893   www.desertskyhorsetraining.com     darlene@desertskyhorsetraining.com 
JJ Anderson, Horse Trainer, 2016 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion, 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Judge Clinic Topic:  Desensitizing from Step One JJ grew up in the desert of southern Arizona to a team roping family along with his 4 brothers. From a young age JJ could be found on the back of a horse or moving the cows up the lane for his dad to rope. JJ has trained for the public for about 7 years. He recently started working as a Wild Horse Specialist at the Florence prison helping teach prisoners how to train wild mustangs. JJ draws a lot of techniques he includes in his program from Tom Dorrance, Buck Brannaman, among others. Contact Info:   520-483-6719
Jody Swink, Horse Trainer, Jody Swink’s “No Sweat” Natural Horsemanship, Director Az. Horseman’s Challenge, J & K Yearlings Clinic  Topic One:  Open Forum- Ask the Expert Clinic Objective:  Enjoy a time with training expert Jody Swink to ask any equine related question that you would like. Clinic  Topic Two: Things you Can do From Weanling to 2 Clinic Objective:  Learn all sorts of different training that you can do until you begin to ride your horse to make them a well rounded equine partner. K.I.S.S… Keep It Slow and Simple.  This has always been Jody’s philosophy in training and fostering strong, connected relationships with our horse partners.  Although there is no one training method that works for all horses, he has found that moving slowly and offering simple, yet concise communication guarantees success, time and time again.  Jody trains horses at his facility as well as traveling the state of Arizona to assist others in training their horses.   Jody, however, has become more than just an effective horse trainer; he is the creator and founder of the Arizona Horseman’s Challenge, now in its fifth year.  Jody is one of the most innovative promoters in the Arizona horse event arenas today.  From the conception of the AZ Horseman’s Challenge, to its evolving into an actual barn-buster event, this exciting competition is rapidly becoming a hit for equestrian audiences throughout Arizona.  The event he created has also served to promote good horse trainers from the different regions of the state, while advocating good horsemanship, and offering the public the opportunity to enjoy everything equestrian in one location.    Contact Info:  602-330-4917 jswinknosweat@q.com       www.jodyswink.com
Katherine Barbarite,  Horse Trainer, International Equine Presenter & Lecturer Clinic Topic One:  Posture and Position Clinic Objective:  Clinician will demonstrate correct posture on the ground and in the saddle in order to assist in the proper engagement of the horse’s safety brake and to minimize the flee instinct by regaining the mind of your partner. Clinic Topic Two:  Diagonals and “The Harley”  Clinic Objective:  Clinician will teach movement with the rider’s body, not the hands, will encourage self collection by strengthening and straightening the horse’s core and topline.  Connect with the Mind and the Feet will follow. Katherine has been a featured equine presenter/demonstrator and lecturer in multiple equine expos nationally and internationally.  She has also been a contributor to multiple equine magazines and articles.  Katherine is a certified Horse Trainer with Frank Bell and is a Certified Horseman’s Association Riding Instructor in both Western and English disciplines.   Katherine teaches a straight forward set of exercises that aide in the development of a calm confident horse and rider. No matter the skill level or discipline, these steps remove fear and resistance, elevating trust, communication and bond. Understanding the importance of herd structure and leadership to enhance safety and promote growth. Learn why bad timing and poor releases lead to unhappy and resistant horses. Most of all,”become more than a passenger, become a partner”.  “Ask… Wait… then Give for Results” “Connect with the mind and the feet will follow”— Katherine Barbarite Contact Info:  631.764.7515     www.whisperinghooves.com     Kathy@whisperinghooves.com
Lanny Leach, Professional Horseman, Clinician, 2013 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion, 2017 Az.   Horseman’s Challenge Judge Ride with the Experts Clinic Friday:  Trail/Obstacle Clinic Ride with the Experts Clinic Saturday:  Collection and Lateral Movement Preparing for Cowboy Dressage Clinic Topics:  Cowboy Dressage to Music Clinic Objective:  Discuss the movements, show how to do them and then demonstrate a Cowboy Dressage routine set to music. Lanny Leach comes from true American ranching heritage. Since his great grandfather, his family has homesteaded and managed cattle ranches in Nebraska. At age 2 Lanny started riding; he broke his first horse at 12 and won several All Around Cowboy titles during high school rodeo.  Lanny has competed in many Extreme Mustang Makeover events and has placed in the top 10 in seven finals in California, Colorado and Texas and won the prestigious George Gregory True Grit Memorial award at the Mustang Million competition in Ft. Worth.  He also was invited to compete in the Colt Starting Challenge USA program where he finished second at the National Finals in Las Vegas in 2015.  Lanny served as training advisor for the Montgomery Creek Ranch wild horse sanctuary in northern California.  More than 200 wild horses and mustangs have been settled on to the 2,000 acre facility, where he established a formal training program. Lanny Leach is a nationally known horseman and clinician.  Currently he is training in Ainsworth, Nebraska with his son Logan.  They train ranch, recreational and all performance horse disciplines.  Lanny is the 2013 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion.  He has returned each year as a judge and clinician for this event.  Lanny has been honored to be a part of the “Unbranded“documentary and book.  He trained the mustangs that Ben Masters used for this adventure.   Contact Info:  520-591-2494   kjleach2004@yahoo.com  Lannyleachhorsemanship.com
C.L. “Lee” Anderson, Living Historian, Horseman of the Old School, 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Competitor Clinic Topic:  Bridle Bits: Their Use and Abuse Clinic Objective:  Clinician will demonstrate how bits should be used and how they can be abusive Lee Anderson and his race track rescued horse, Concho, have become well-known throughout Arizona through their cowboy living history presentations and horseman’s clinics. Lee is a highly skilled horseman with well over half a century of horse training experience and research. He has successfully trained horses for pleasure, reining, games, and trail. In 1965, as manager and trainer for Trefoil Farms in Wisconsin he showed the #2 Arabian Trail Horse in the nation at the Arabian National Finals. He has also successfully competed in 50 and 100 mile endurance rides.  His specialty, however, is training what is known as a “bridle horse” using the traditional methods of the 1800 Spanish Vaqueros. Not only is Lee an accomplished horse trainer he also authored the award winning book, “Developing the Art of Equine Communication”. Contact Info:  623.221.3804   CLAinAZ@aol.com Photo by Allen Patrou 2015
Marilyn Wiley, Author, Artist Clinic Topic:  A Wagon,  A Team, A Woman and 1200 miles Clinic Objective:  The true story of a modern-day horse drawn wagon trip from central Texas to Prescott, Arizona, presented by the author of 'Buffalo Chips and Co.', Marilyn Wiley. If you were to look up the definition of a horse-a-holic in the dictionary, most likely you would find a picture of Marilyn Wiley.  She's addicted.  Horses have always been a daily part of her life. Whether it was helping out with cattle on one of the many ranches in Yavapai County, or starting a wild mustang colt she'd bought at the auction yard, or just riding out through the wilderness, Marilyn's days always included her 'fix' filled by the companionship of a horse.  In 1983 Marilyn harnessed up her team of Belgian Draft mares, hitched them to a wagon and started a 1200 mile journey across the southwest. It was an act of desperation to escape from a difficult situation.  Marilyn's life was at a point where change was necessary, and this was the only way she could make it happen.  The details are in the telling of this amazing story of hardship and determination. Contact info:   928-273-1844    thewileys@azairnet.net
Matthew Melendres, Farrier Clinic Topic 1: What is Hoof Balance and How Does It Affect My Horse? Clinic Objective:  Learn the basics of recognizing hoof balance/imbalance Clinic Topic 2:  Synthetic Shoes Clinic Objective:  Learn what is new in the horseshoeing world and how synthetic shoes may be the right choice for your horse.  Matt has been shoeing professionally since 2009 and in that time discovered that Hoof Care, Lameness Prevention and Rehabilitation is most successful when strong consideration is given to natural Hoof Function, Balance and each horses unique conformation.   His Farrier Service offers: Barefoot Trimming, custom fit hoof boots, glue- on and nail-on flexible polyurethane horseshoeing as well as traditional horseshoeing. Contact Info:  928.821.5438   matthewmelendres@ymail.com
Randy Helm, Program Manager, Wild Horse and Burro Inmate Program, Arizona State Prison Clinic title:  You and your horse, a winning partnership Clinic Objective: This clinic is designed to develop confidence in the rider and trust in the horse. Randy Helm has been training wild horses for over 20 years and is the supervisor of the wild horse inmate program at Florence State Prison in Florence Arizona. The prison has over 700 horses and provides training for the U.S. Border patrol, ranches, individuals and law enforcement agencies. Randy’s great grandfather was an Arizona pioneer settling in the Prescott area in the later 1800’s. He was raised in Cottonwood Arizona and graduated from Mingus Union High School.  After 4 years in the United States Air Force he became a police officer and undercover narcotics officer in Arlington Texas.  Randy graduated from Southwestern Assembly of God University in Waxahachie Texas and served as a pastor for 30 years. In addition to the wild horse inmate program at Arizona State Prison, Randy travels extensively with his horse doing clinics and cowboy churches at rodeo’s and equestrian events. He provides demonstrations regularly for disabled youth, veterans and community functions on the subject of “Life’s Lessons from Horses” and is an annual speaker and clinician at Country Thunder in Arizona using a horse as an illustration. Randy and the prison inmate program have been featured in local and national news and documentaries including ABC, NBC, Fox news and USA Today. Contact Info:  Randy Helm – Program Manager Wild Horse and Burro Inmate Program Arizona State Prison, Florence Az. 602-448-5019 
Sara Boland, Horse Trainer, 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Competitor Clinic Topic:  Natural Horsemanship:  A Review of the Literature Clinic Objective:  Discuss the Natural Horsemanship movement, how it has evolved and influenced some of our famous clinicians. Sara Boland is a 5th generation resident of the Verde Valley.  She grew up riding with her grandfather, Don Godard, showing in 4-H and FFA events, and competing in local gymkhanas.  In high school she had the opportunity to work for a local pleasure horse trainer and then for Trish and Rygh Westby, who along with her grandfather, are some of her most valued equine mentors.  Boland started colts to earn money for college and has continued riding as much as possible.  She competed in the Arizona Horseman’s Challenge in 2014 and was reserve champion and had the pleasure of being one of the judges at the event in both 2015 and 2016.  Boland enjoys mentoring younger riders who are interested in developing positive relationships with their horses. Boland is a school counselor at Camp Verde Middle School and is thankful for the support of her family, friends, and most of all, her loves, Martin and Colton. Contact Info:  520-730-6246      p_sara_77@hotmail.com
Matthew Smiley, Horse Trainer, Whispering Beat Horsemanship Clinic Topic:  Colt Starting Clinic Objective:  Clinician will discuss and demonstrate colt starting from the first saddling to the first ride. Matthew Smiley was destined to become a cowboy!  Growing up in Manuelito, New Mexico, Smiley was influenced by generations of ranchers.  His grandfather Jimmy Smith came from a strong ranch lifestyle, so it was no surprise.  At age 12 Smiley was inspired to become a rancher and cowboy.  From an early age he had the opportunity to spend the summers with horses on the Billy Ranch in Manuelito.  This background instilled in him a sincere appreciation for the horse as his partner.  Matthew’s desire to grow as a horseman and improve his horsemanship skills led him to start his own business The Whispering BEAT Horsemanship in 2010.  Matthew has conducted colt starting demonstrations from Canada to the four corners of the Navajo Nation to share his skills to help build a better relationship between people and horses.  He strives to build a strong foundation on young horses, ultimately seeing the results of his work on local ranches.  His mental and physical toughness gave him the staying power to see these colts through the early challenging stages and with each passing colt came a newfound confidence.  Some could say that horses are in his blood. Contact Info:   505-870-7221
Nathan Medcalf, Rockin NT Mules Clinic Topic: Basic Groundwork in Starting a Young Mule Clinic Objective:  Learn the differences between starting horses and mules-don’t train your mule like a horse. Rockin NT Mules is an Arizona based mule company that specializes in the breeding and training of high quality saddle mules and pack mules.  Our fondness for mules has developed from a life long journey with these amazing animals. With thousands of accident free miles under our belts from the borders of Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona, we have established a much respected method of training mules. Through the years, we have sought advice from numerous well respected horse and mule trainers and developed what we feel is our own training style that is specifically centered on what the mule needs and understands.  Our approach will always be centered on safety for the mule and handler, while the primary focus is helping people understand mules and how to become a better person for their mules. Contact Info:   602-525-7216
Eileen Davis, Professional Combined Driving Instructor, 2004 Reserve Champion/Singles Combined Driving, 2005 & 2006 USEF Long List Ride with the Experts Clinic:  Driving with Confidence for Combined Driving, Show Ring or Pleasure Clinic Topic: Harnessing Your Horse Clinic Objective:  Learn about choosing a driving horse and a harnessing demonstration. Eileen attended the Beery School of Horsemanship and studied Riding and Training the Saddle Horse and How to Ride and Train the Western Horse.  She has attended numerous horse shows, horse drawn carriage auctions, horse symposiums and informational seminars as well as visited and toured numerous horse operations throughout the United States and abroad.  The clinics and seminars that have influenced Eileen the most have been those of Tom Dorrance and Monty Roberts.  Eileen established and designed a complete breeding and boarding facility in Palm Springs where she purchased quality black Thoroughbred mares for breeding to various well-known stallions, including Slew The Bride, a son of Seattle Slew and Universal and was successful in getting several foals to the races. Eileen’s   interest changed to driving after two serious auto accidents in 1985. She found the best driver in the area: Anita Mellott.  Anita came to the US from Holland and helped assist the IFSHA with the USEF approval of the Friesian Horse driving rules for competitions here in the US.  “Being able to learn from her how to drive my horse was a great honor”. Eileen trains horses in both carriage driving and western pleasure and has competed in combined driving competitions across the United States.  Her trained horses have been seen in commercials as well as promotional demonstrations with Petsmart. In 1999, Eileen was an invited speaker/demonstrator at Equitana USA in Kentucky, where her daily demonstration covered how to properly harness and drive a horse. Since moving to Prescott in 1993, Eileen has been dedicated to her Combined Driving Center.  The facility includes a dressage arena, three hazards, 45' bridge and a water crossing. She is currently driving a 14 year old Friesian Sporthorse, "Pinegrove's Sailor Boy" at Intermediate level.  In 2015 they did a cross country trip to North Carolina, doing six competitions along the way there and back, for experience.    Over the past 5 years, Eileen and Sailor have attained high point champion with both the Friesian Sporthorse Registry and the Friesian Heritage Horse.   Eileen successfully trained her Morgan horse "Daniel Dawson" in combined driving and in 2004 attained Reserve Champion, Combined Driving Singles Championship.  She was long listed with the USEF for Single Drivers in 2005 & 2006. Eileen competed in the USEF driving trials for the singles driving team that went to the World Driving Singles Championships in 2006 and placed in the top 16 single drivers in the United States.  "SBF Shrimp Scampi", Eileen’s Hackney pony that she has trained and driven at intermediate level in combined driving is currently taking a year off as she has just foaled a beautiful Hackney/Dartmoor foal that will be the next driving pony. Eileen has authored several equine related books including "Harnessing & Saddling: A Step By Step Guide" to help new drivers hitch up safely and currently writes a monthly article for the Arizona Horse Connection called "Between the Shafts" that deals with all facets of driving. Contact Info: 928-778-0895   928-899-6099  horsecde@gmail.com   www.combined-driving.com 
Jeremy Cluff, Horse Trainer, J Diamond J Horse Training Clinic Topic:  More Than a Legend: The Versality of the American Mustang Clinic Objective:  Clinician will demonstrate the versality and capability of the American Mustang Stemming from his upbringing as a ranch cowhand, "Horse Tamer" Jeremy Cluff has been training versatile ranch cow horses for 23 years. He is co-owner along with his fiancée, Kelly, of J Diamond J Horse Training in Queen Creek,  Az. Together they primarily train Quarter horses and Mustangs to be working ranch horses. Along with training they hold clinics and demos to educate people on the mind and understanding of horses, and to teach the versatility and capability of the American Mustang. Jeremy's competitive credits include the 2010 Project Cowboy in Ft. Worth, 2 time money winner at the Luv Shack Ranch Rescue Trainer’s Challenge, two invitations to compete at the Arizona Horseman's Challenge, several 1st places wins at the EVSC Ranch Versatility 2016 shows, and a top 10 at the 2016 Queen Creek Extreme Mustang Makeover.  He is currently training a BLM Mustang for the upcoming EMM to be held in Reno, NV this June. To date more than 600 horses are successfully under saddle due to his program. Along with being an accomplished horseman, Jeremy works in the film industry as an actor, stunt man and technical consultant for horse productions. His credits include documentaries, a television pilot, two feature films and a lead role in a Superbowl commercial. Contact Info:  602-770-2814    jeremycluff.com
Beth Moon, Horse Trainer, JMB Oasis Ranch Clinic Topic:  Should I breed my mare? Should I geld my colt? Responsible breeding. Clinic Objective:  How to breed a quality foal, choose breeding stock and breed responsibly. Beth Moon grew up in Oregon and started riding at a young age. Horses have always been a part of everyday life, but it wasn't until she bought a 7 month old foal when she was 21 that a real love of training began  Beth has been giving riding lessons and starting young horses ever since. The philosophy at JMB Oasis Ranch is "Common Sense Horsemanship" teaching students from the ground up with a "Start with the Basics" program that puts an emphasis on safety.  In 2009 Beth purchased her AQHA stallion JMB Circuit Preacher with a goal of breeding all around Quarter horses. The first few foal crops are starting their careers, from jumping to barrel racing. "I'm really proud of the quality foals we are producing". Contact Info:  phone or text 480-247-0682      oasisranch@gmail.com     www.jmboasisranch.com
Christie Hebert, Whole Horse Connection, LLC Clinic Topic:  An Integrated Approach to Equine Bodywork Methods Clinic Objective:  Learn 5 valuable bodywork techniques that can relieve muscular pain and restriction commonly found in ridden horses.  Christie Hebert has a lifetime of experience with horses; she has raised, trained and competed with them in various disciplines and levels for the past 30 years.  During the 23 years she lived in Wyoming, caring for a herd of 30+ horses, she learned out of necessity how to take care of the many non- veterinary issues that inevitably arise in the competition horse.  These issues are what are known as the secondary or "compensation" issues that are often created by a primary issue, such as an injury, an acute lameness, or general body soreness.  Once a vet diagnoses and treats the primary issue, the compensation pattern for the injury is often still held in the horses mind and body.  These restrictions, or "braces" are often the reason behind the, "why is my horse still off?" dilemma.  Christie specializes in resealing the muscular restrictions that can be causing the horse to be girthy, short-strided, sore backed, one-leaded, broncy, irritable, and more.  Over her past 17 years of being a professional equine body worker, she has narrowed down 5 essential bodywork techniques that can be easily used by the horse owner.  These techniques focus on releasing the tension in the most commonly observed problem areas for the horse.  Christie has been a Certified Equine Therapist since 2001, a certified equine microcurrent technician since 2006 and a Masterson Method Certified Practitioner and Coach since 2010.  She combines the work of Jack Meagher, Bambi Dore, Jim Masterson, Doris Halstead and many others with the integrated approach she teaches.  Years of working on horses through the use of massage therapy, trigger point, myofacial and cranio-sacral work, joint mobilization techniques and etc. has given her the unique advantage of knowing which techniques work best for the best results.  Contact Info:   307-247-5359     chebert16@gmail.com    www.wholehorseconnection.com FB Page: Whole Horse Connection, LLC
Jill Lewers, Equine Insurance Specialist, JL Equine Insurance/Southwest General Insurance Clinic Topic One:  Everything you want to know about Equine Insurance but were afraid to ask. Clinic Topic Two:  Retirement Options for Equine Business Owners Jill Lewers has been in the insurance field since she was 15 years old.   She started out working for a State Farm agent as a file clerk and by age 18, she was running her own business as a floating secretary for State Farm Agents needing fill ins.  After two years of running her own company, she went to work for an equine insurance agency and shortly became the Vice President for the equine division of the company.   Within a few years she started her own equine insurance broker house, JL Equine Insurance and at age 33, she was offered a captive appointment by American National.   Jill is the first and only agent in history to own a broker house and a captive house in the country.  This gives her the unique opportunity to be a one stop agency for any and all insurance needs, commercial, equine, personal lines, life and retirement.  Contact info:   jl_equine@yahoo.com    602-765-8846   mobile  602-312-1650
Holly Shanahan, Horse Trainer Clinic Topic:  Buying and Evaluating a Horse 101 Clinic Objective:  Learn the ins and outs of finding the right horse for you   Holly is a 6th generation of the Verde Valley. She has been very active in the community by participating in FFA, 4-H, numerous equestrian club boards and many community projects.  She enjoys doing day work on the ranch.   Her focus is foal foundation, buying and evaluating, tune-up and behavioral correction and confidence building on the trail for horse and rider.  She thrives on bringing out the best in a horse and finding their perfect lifetime home. She uses natural horsemanship skills into her training and believes in exposing horses to many different environments. Her theory is if you don't trust your horse they won't trust you. Contact Info:  928-300-4132
Karina Cox, DVM, Large Animal Veterinarian Clinic Topic:  Hot Topics: Equine Ulcers and Issues Prevalent to the Area Dr. Karina Cox grew up in Eastern San Diego County. Growing up, she was involved in 4-H and Pony Club with her Arabian gelding, Suffix sheep, and pygmy goats. She attended college at UC Davis, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in 1999 and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She then completed a one-year general practice internship at Specifically Equine Veterinary Service in Buellton, CA. Dr. Cox joined the team at Equine Medical Associates, Inc. in 2005 as an equine ambulatory associate in a busy sport horse practice in Orange County, CA. In 2012, Dr. Cox choose to leave private practice and return to academia to pursue a three- year large animal internal medicine residency program, as well as a Master’s of Science degree, at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Upon completion of the program, she choose to take some time off and enjoy the great state of Colorado for a few months before joining the team at Prescott Animal Hospital Equine Center in November 2015. Her special interests include geriatric medicine, muscle disorders, and endurance horses. In her spare time, Dr. Cox enjoys the unique hobby of geocaching, trail-riding with her Warmblood Leo, hiking with her Vizsla Maia, and learning more about the sport of endurance riding. Completing the Tevis Cup is in her future! Why Did I Become a Veterinarian? Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to pursue a career with animals. Veterinary medicine was the natural choice with my strong interest in math and science as a youngster. Early experiences in 4-H and being a horse owner helped expose me to local veterinarians and the unique position they have in the lives of people and animals. During high school, I volunteered for the San Diego County Humane Society, Large Animal Division. I witnessed many, many large animals in unfavorable conditions and in very poor health. I knew, from that point on, I wanted to be a part of a profession that helps animals’ lives, with a special interest in prevention and education. Contact Info:   Prescott Animal Hospital and Equine Center    928-776-7669    Prescottequine.com
Mike Cissell, DVM, MS, DAVCS-LA, Large Animal Veterinarian, Board Certified Surgeon Clinic Topic:  Equine Colic Surgery Dr. Mike Cissell is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, but spent a lot of his free time growing up on his Aunt’s farm in central Kentucky.  While there he would spend as much time as possible following the local vet around and it was even at a young age the Dr. Cissell decided to dedicate his future to helping animals.  He went to Murray State University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with his Bachelor’s in Science, and then went on to Auburn University where he graduated Cum Laude in 2005 with his DVM.  Dr. Cissell then continued his training at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine where he completed both his internship and his surgical residency.  He joined the VMRCVM in 2009 at the end of his residency as a faculty member of the college and during his time there successfully sat and passed his surgery boards to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.  When not working to help his patients, Dr. Cissell enjoys spending time with his wife Emily and their three children.  He tries to find time when possible to go hiking, camping, exercise or play sports.  Why Did I Become a Veterinarian? I have always enjoyed being around and helping animals, thus I never saw myself doing anything else.  Even when I was young I appreciated science, and Veterinary Medicine allowed me to combine two things that I really loved.  I’ve always had a great respect for all animals, and thus I want to be able to do what I can to help prevent pain and suffering in them. Contact Info:  Prescott Animal Hospital and Equine Center    928-776-7669   Prescottequine.com
Jason Gifford, Horse Trainer, 2016 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Judge, 2015 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Competitor Clinic Topic:  Foundation Under Saddle/Body Control Clinic Objective:  Clinician will demonstrate how to achieve total softness in the horse, how to achieve body control under saddle and why it is important. Jason Gifford has been involved with the horse industry as a trainer and equine appraiser for more than 14 years.  After high school, Jason was fortunate enough to have worked on a few large cattle/horse ranches in Wyoming and Colorado, spending many hours in the saddle.  It did not take long for Jason to realize that training horses was the only career he wanted to focus on. After leaving the cattle ranch life, Jason went to work as an assistant trainer for a few different professional horsemen.   During the past several years, he has had experience training and working with horses in the following disciplines: reining, cutting, team sorting, trail riding, and working ranch horses.  Jason has also had the opportunity to start and work with a few Mustangs from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). In the summer of 2012, Jason was fortunate to have gone on the colt starting/horsemanship tour with Larry Nelles throughout Canada.  "I enjoy teaching horses a solid foundation and body control so they can be successful in any discipline," says Jason. Jason currently operates a horse training program for most breeds, located at Stage Line Ranch in Desert Hills, Az. and is available for you to contact for more information. Contact Info:  623-293-7487   giffssuperduty@gmail.com
Sheri Stewart, RN, Independent Bemer Distributor Clinic Topic:  Bemer Horse Blanket- The Key to Health Clinic Objective:  Demonstration of Bemer session so participants can see positive effects of increased vagal response on horse. Sheri Stewart is a registered nurse who stumbled upon a powerful medical device and was so impressed with its efficacy that she became a distributor.  The Bemer has been around for 18+ years in Europe and now in the US with clearance from the FDA for safety.  The Bemer enhances:  general blood flow, the body's nutrient and oxygen supply and waste disposal, cardiac function, physical fitness, endurance, strength and energy, concentration, mental acuity, stress reduction, relaxation and sleep.  In December, 2016, Bemer launched their veterinary pak which includes a blanket and cuff that delivers the Bemer signal to large animals.  The positive effects of the Veterinary Bemer application are: 1.  Promotes recovery and regeneration 2.  Reduces muscular damage 3.  Reduces stress (during transportation or competitions) 4.  Improves water storage in the tissue 5.  Supports recovery after an injury Contact info:  928-978-8800  sheri.stewart@bemermail.com     www.sheristewart@bemergroup.com
Rex Ward, Trigger Point Equine Sports Therapy & Thermal Imaging Clinic Topic:  Trigger Point Equine Therapy Clinic Objective:  Learn about available options in equine therapy to help improve your horse’s health and performance. Rex Ward has had 37 years in the business and is an equine behaviorist. Equine bodywork helps in preventing muscular & skeletal problems including Neck, Shoulder, Back, Rear, Leg & Hoof issues due to stress, strain & injuries. The many documented benefits of Equine Sports bodywork include:  Improves circulation and as a result, promotes more rapid healing of injuries.  Enhances muscle tone and increases range of motion.   Eases muscle spasms.  Reduces inflammation and swelling in the joints so that pain is relieved.  Relieves tension. Stimulates circulation in the lymphatic system and hastens the elimination of waste products and other toxins.  Lengthens connective tissue and so breaks down/prevents the formation of adhesions and reduces the danger of fibrosis.  Generally improves the disposition of the animal.  Increases the production of synovial fluid in the joints.   Contact Info:    480-232-1098    triggerpoint4u@yahoo.com       TriggerPointEquine.com
Tim Lawrence, Barefoot Horse Trimmer, Treadlightly Barefoot Equine Services Clinic Topic:  Barefoot Solutions Clinic Objective:  Provide trimming, booting and management options for the health of the whole horse. Tim Lawrence has been trimming barefoot equines throughout northern Arizona since 2007.  His mentors are Kirt Lander, manufacturer of Renegade Hoofboots, and Dr. Tomas Teskey, DVM.  As an endurance rider, Tim has accumulated 2500 miles, a handful of wins and Best Condition awards, and several multi-day events. Last year, he and his mare Syndee Kate received the Decade Team Award, an award which honors horse and rider teams that compete in endurance together for ten years. His horses, Katee and Guinness, have met most of these milestones while wearing Renegade hoof boots. Tim believes that keeping horses barefoot is a major cornerstone of long-term health and performance, but acknowledges that maintenance of the barefoot horse requires careful, deliberate attention and planning, especially within the environmental constraints of modern horse-keeping. When Tim first created his business Treadlightly Barefoot Equine Services, he did so with his beloved first horse in mind. Once in a Blue Moon foundered and at the time Tim was unaware of barefoot management practices.  Given the right information and strategies, Blue would have been saved. Today, Tim is passionate about sharing his experience with barefoot equine management. Contact Info:  Treadlightly   928-451-6342
Diane Lisonbee, Owner/Proprietor The Dirty Dawg Salon Clinic Title:  Turn Your Wooly Mammoth back into a Mule- Easy Clipping Tips and Techniques Clinic Objective:  Learn to clip your mule (or horse) without resorting to a full body clip. Diane Lisonbee grew up in Tempe and has clocked thousands of hours and miles on horses and mules over the years. Spending most of her adult years in the horse industry, she has accrued a lot of tricks on how to clip up the shaggy mule without totally butchering it.   Starting as a show groom on a famous Scottsdale Arabian ranch (can you say, Naborr?), she learned there was more to grooming than just roaching a mane and stripping a short tail. Moving into mules and to Alaska in her early 30’s, she had to fine tune how to spruce up a wooly mammoth without waiting til springtime rolled around…in mid-June!  The trick, this time of year, is blending.  When you go to roach the mane, or even just a bridle path; and you end up with a big gouge down the top of their neck!  So you try to blend it and end up with a bunch of chops on the side of their neck…So you think “I’ll just shave the whole head and the throat latch like they do back East for the mule auctions…And it ends up the whole head, half the neck and the chest-and then the shoulders…next thang you know-BODY CLIP!”  Don’t be that person.  Come see how to “clean up” Ol Dobbin’s head, bridle path and lower legs with just a couple different blades and a good pair of scissors.  
Joyce Tanner, Photographer Clinic Title: Horse Photography "Training your Photographic eye" Clinic Objective:  A good photographic eye will let you take great pictures even if you are working with an inexpensive camera or cell phone camera.  This workshop will discuss factors that will influence the image including: your objective, the sun, the horse or horses, condition and grooming, environment, timing, the background and foreground, camera angles, framing, cropping and composition.  Bring your camera and/or phone to this interactive workshop and let’s have some fun photographing horses. Joyce Tanner has loved photography for as long as she can remember.  She believes that great photography is not about taking great pictures; it’s about capturing great moments.  She especially loves equine photography and capturing the spirit and personality of these magnificent animals.  Ms. Tanner enjoys photographing talented horses and their human partners making connections.  She has been shooting professionally since 2009 starting with Arabian Horse shows and ranch shoots. Contact Info:     928-499-1393       j-jtanner@hotmail.com           joycetanner.zenfolio.com        
Julia Lynn-Elias, DVM, past AERC Board of Director Clinic Title:  Endurance Riding- What is it and Can my Horse and I Do It? Clinic Objective:  Learn the basics of what it takes to start in endurance from you and your horse Julia Lynn-Elias, DVM started endurance riding in 1997 and has accomplished over 17,000 miles in the sport in the last 20 years.  Julia has completed 5-day, 50 miles a day, Pioneer rides.  She has ridden several 100 mile rides, including the Western States Trail Ride, otherwise known as the Tevis. Julia has ridden individual horses for 3,000+, 4,000+, and 5,000+ career miles and has a Decade Team horse (10 years competing in 50 mile distances on the same horse).  She has been a ride manager for the Prescott Chaparral Ride and has served on the AERC Board of Directors.
Marlena Obrzut, Classical Dressage Trainer Clinic Topic: Dressage Training Scale Clinic Objective:  Learn the benefits of basic classical training for every horse and rider. Marlena Obrzut (pronounced Ob Jute) was trained in Poland with a focus on classical dressage, developing horses for the purpose of overall balance and capability, both in the dressage ring and on the trail.  She is a well disciplined rider and trainer and has worked with top level riders, mostly in the Northern area of Poland.  Marlena has extensive experience preparing horses and riders for dressage competition and shows from the beginning levels to the highest dressage levels.  Marlena’s commitment is to the overall well being of the horse.  She takes pride in building a relationship based upon trust and respect.  Each horse is different so they deserve a personalized training program.  A good trainer will find the connection to the horse’s emotional state and frame of mind.  Once that connection has been made the horse can be encouraged to develop more refined movement, self carriage, balance and impulsion.  Marlena believes that training should be a positive experience for the horse and rider-there is no place for negative reinforcement in her professional training program. Contact Info:   928-227-7260     marlenadressage.net     email: marlenadressage@gmail.com        
Sue Tipton  /  Trudy Chapman-Radley Clinic Topic:  Animal Assisted Therapy  Clinic Objective:  Could your horse be a Therapy Animal?  Learn what is involved in training and what to look for in a Therapy Animal and the benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy.   Sue Tipton Sue has been around horses for over 20 years and is a member of the Rio Verde Roverettes for the past 5+ years. She started out as a young woman learning how to observe and work with riding horses and train young horses to drive in Phoenix. Later in life, Sue began working with her own horse in Dressage, Drill and military reenactment for 6 years, with the 6th Ohio Cavalry at Gettysburg in 2009 and the First Bull Run in 2011. During this time she also rode with the Governor’s Horse Guard, an adjunct of the National Guard and their Search and Rescue in New Hampshire. After moving back to her home state of Arizona she and Johnny Lacy took up the breeding of Miniature horses and training them to drive and show. One of their horses, Phoenicia, was so laid back that Sue wanted to try animal therapy with her.  After two years of working with her and a fellow Mini owner and the Prescott Veterans Hospital she was granted permission to visit the Veteran patients. She will be discussing the why/why not, and what is expected/gained from doing this kind of work as well as the benefits to patients that receive this type of therapy. Trudy Chapman-Radley Trudy was born in Akron, Ohio and moved to Phoenix in 1965.  She was busy with gymkhanas, 4-H, Jr. Rodeo and High School Rodeo.  She served as a 4-H leader and served on the Maricopa County Horse Board in addition to belonging to the Law Enforcement Rodeo Association, the National Christian Barrel Racing Association and AZ WPRA.  After a move to Dewey in 1989, Trudy formed another 4-H group that is still active today.  In 1996 Trudy found her true passion- working with people with special needs.  She joined the North American Riding for Handicapped Association and attended her first conference where she became a certified riding instructor.  Changing their name to Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH, Intl), the mission remains to promote safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs.  Never one to rest, Trudy reorganized Horses with Heart, Inc. in 1995 and has been active with them for the past 22 years.  Over that time she has seen miracles take place in the arena; the love and bond between the horse and rider builds confidence.  Trudy believes “When our riders succeed in our arena they will succeed in the arena of life.”
Buddy Uldrikson, Professional Horseman, Nationally Recognized Clinician Clinic Topic One:  Horsemanship for Barrel Racing Clinic Objective:  Begin with the basics and work till you have a relaxed horse that pays attention as well as looking forward to the task ahead. Clinic Topic Two:  Trauma Healing Demo Clinic Objective:  Learn Hints to help you recover from mental block or fear. It seems that anyone can (and will) put out a sign that says, "HORSE TRAINER." It becomes the horse owner's job to figure out who's real and who isn't. In Arizona, you don't have to look far before you start hearing about Buddy Uldrikson – the one they call "An Uncommon Horseman." He will tell you that finding or choosing the right trainer is as important as choosing the right school, doctor, or lawyer – there's a trust and confidence between you. Horse training is a way of life as well as a science. Buddy's training is based on working as closely with the owner/rider as he does with the horse. His goal is to build a sense of confidence in both horse and rider during the training process—a win-win situation. That's one of the reason he enjoys working with beginner/novice riders and starting young horses  At 15 years old, Buddy began learning to break horses the old cowboy way -- a mini bronc-riding rodeo session with each horse -- and found he was good at it. He spent a lot of those “early years” working for large ranches in Colorado/Arizona and gained a lot of knowledge and experience from watching other cowboys who were having trouble with their own horses. He kept thinking there had to be another way of working with the horses. He found that “better way” when Ray Hunt’s “Colt Starting” video came into his life. He started applying it to each horse he worked with. Following this gentler way of dealing with horses, Buddy proceeded to hone his skills, finding he could relate easily to the style and the emotion involved. His search for knowledge led him to what many called “The Inner Circle” – Ray Hunt, Tom and Bill Dorrance, Buck Brannaman, Mike Thomas, and Bryan Nuebert – experienced trainers who believed in and developed this new approach of working with a horse instead of dominating it.   During a Ray Hunt Clinic in Wickenburg, Arizona, Buddy was invited to ride six different horses in the horsemanship class ranging from totally green, to horses with problems created by others, and more advanced-discipline horses. His personal commitment and dedication to each horse, along with his philosophy of “work from the inside out of the horse versus the outside in” was evident, and impressive to those watching him work. Buddy Uldrikson's philosophy is grounded in the methodologies of that "Inner Circle" of horsemen.  He has a natural ability to connect with a horse on a level most people spend most of their lives trying to learn, and don't even come close to. He advises his students, "You're not communicating from your head to your horse, you're communicating from your heart to his heart. That's where the connection is. And when that happens, you not only have a happy rider, but a happy horse!" On a regular basis, you will hear "discipline without violence", "watch for the TRY, and then acknowledge it," and "it's got to be a win-win situation for the horse and the rider." With that gentle yet assertive attitude, it's no surprise that he has worked with various psychological communities as a co-clinician with Trauma Healing Practitioners who specialize in treating people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As the saying goes, "The outside of a horse is often good for the inside of a person." Buddy brings years of professional challenges and awards to his work. He was chosen from 600 applicants to be part of the final competitors in the nationally televised EXTREME MUSTANG MAKEOVER in Fort Worth, Texas in 2008. Buddy and his mustang, Jackpot, brought the crowd to their feet as they demonstrated flying lead changes, cattle working, and dressage maneuvers, placing 15th out of the 200 competitors. He also qualified and participated in the 2007 World Series Team Roping Finals in Las Vegas. Buddy travels around the United States to appear at expos, conduct clinics and horsemanship demonstrations, as well as serving as a judge at many of these competitions. He can be seen at The American Trail Horse Competition & The Arizona Sun Circuit Quarter Horse Show in Scottsdale, AZ; Craig Cameron Extreme Cowboy Race, Buckeye, AZ; Rancho De Los Caballeros, Wickenburg, AZ; Arizona Dressage Association; Equifest, Prescott, AZ; Equine Extravaganza, Paso Robles, CA.   Buddy has training facilities in Scottsdale and Wickenburg and even does 'Barn Calls'. Contact Info:    928-684-7392   diamondlilyhorses@gmail.com     BuddyUldriksonHorsemanship.com
Casey Karns, Owner and Operator Behind the Barn Trailer Repair Clinic Topic:  Behind the Barn- Helpful Hints when Buying a Trailer Clinic Objective:  Learn from the trailer expert some common pitfalls and things to watch for when you are getting ready to buy a horse trailer. Behind the Barn specializes in repairs, service and renovations.  They are equipped to deal with axles, steel and aluminum welding, lighting, generators, brakes, hitches, air bags, mats and awnings.  They not only can do all the work on the outside they can do the interior, custom design a living quarter, take care of your generators or just provide detail work and wash and wax.  Casey can also install Polylast flooring and will have samples of this great, care free new flooring for your trailer.  “If it has an axle and a hitch we can fix it.”  Contact Info:      602-300-5060     BehindtheBarnllc@gmail.com         FB: Behind the Barn LLC
Kira Lauriel St. John, Classical trainer, Equine Photographer, Lavender Winter Equestrian Clinic Topic One:  Halter Fitting Clinic Objective:  Understand all types of halters and how to fit them properly to your horse Clinic Topic Two: The Importance of Bareback Riding Clinic Objective:  Understand the foundation of balance and an Independent Seat Kira St. John originally inhabited Flagstaff, Arizona from the beginning of her life, raised in a family equestrian business which solely specialized in the selection, breeding, training, promotion, and selling of top quality purebred Friesians and Friesian crosses such as the beloved Moriesian.  Kira has gained over sixteen years of experience which began to develop at a young age, including many English disciplines, professional trail riding and ponying, showing experience, reproductive handling, delivering foals, technical breeding selection; lessons and riding instruction, rescue and rehabilitation, equine photography, ground manners, facility management, marketing and sales, representing a horse professionally, and experienced with physical judgments and diagnostics. She is extremely passionate regarding tack-fitting and how equine bio-mechanics really work, as well as how the conformation and movement of a horse comes into play when choosing a particular discipline or piece of equipment.  Kira was taught how to handle all types of stallions, both good and bad, from a younger age and was personally continuing the training of their main breeding stallion at the age of thirteen. Someone who can genuinely say they put safety and common sense first and foremost above everything else; Kira represents a different view and loves to put everything into perspective. Contact Info:      928-310-6995                kiralauriel@gmail.com
Skeeter Hughes, Stitching Post Leather Clinic Topic:  Construction of a Saddle Clinic Objective:  Clinician will demonstrate and discuss how a good western saddle should be constructed. When it comes to saddle making, Skeeter Hughes has mastered the art of craftsmanship.  Born a third generation rancher, he grew up on the San Carlos Indian Reservation.  His adult life was spent managing ranches throughout Arizona.  When Skeeter retired, he was able to turn a “Cowboy’s Survival Skill” into a fulltime business.  He attended a 6-week saddle making school in Lamar, CO, and studied under world- class saddle maker Jessie Smith, where he learned the art of saddle making and improved his tooling skills.  Skeeter’s advantage in saddle making comes from the many miles he rode as a working cowboy.  And today, most of his clients are indeed working cowboys.  Contact Info:  928-713-4003
Monty Soto, Horse Trainer, Horsemanship Instructor AAEC Clinic Topic:  The Importance of Shoulder Control in Guiding the Horse Monty Soto was born and raised in Yavapai County.  At age 16, he started riding horses for his dad,  who took in a few horses to supplement his income. At the age of 20 Monty started riding outside horses while working on ranches. In 2004, after a brief stint of training race horses, he went to work for Ben Balow where he learned and refined his horsemanship skills.    He has started upwards of 200 horses. Contact Info:  928-713-6361 (cell)    928-775-3200 (work)

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Adam M. Trenk, Attorney Clinic Topic:  Liability in the Equine Industry Clinic Objective:  Mr. Trenk will address the fundamentals of ARS 12-553 and its practical application as a professional horseman. Adam  M. Trenk practices in the areas of land use, zoning,  public policy, community relations, equine and business law.  He is a western horsemanship enthusiast, a real estate property asset manager, and consults across multiple industries on matters of government relations and corporate development. Mr. Trenk attended Arizona State University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship from the W.P. Carey School of Business. Adam earned a Master of Real Estate Development degree and then his Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University as well. In law school Adam built his curriculum around alternative dispute resolution and real estate related courses. Adam has been active in his community, first serving as a board member for the Cave Creek Merchant’s Chamber of Commerce and sat on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee to the Town Council prior to making a run for a Council seat himself. Adam was first elected to hold a seat on the Cave Creek Council in 2009, and served as Vice Mayor from 2013 to 2015. His work in local government and his experiences practicing as an attorney and helping to develop and preserve his family’s business interests in the aviation sector give him a unique perspective and ability to navigate complex regulations and negotiate to add value to transactional matters. Mr. Trenk is a lifelong horseman, having ridden horses across the country since he was a child. Throughout high school and college he spent several summers as an apprentice to world champion Reining Cow Horse trainer Zane David. Today he lives in Cave Creek, AZ with five horses of his own. He enjoys servicing the legal needs of the equestrian industry as much as anything when he is not actually out with his ponies. He and his firm are available to help with a wide range of legal issues. Within the Equine and Agricultural domain Adam can assist with grazing leases, livestock sales contracts, liability waivers, permitting, property tax exemptions, boarding contracts, and help resolve disputes.  Contact Info:     602-402-3335  or  ATrenk@RoseLawGroup.com 
Ben Monarque, Horse Trainer, 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Competitor Clinic Topic:  Trailer Loading 101 Clinic Objective:  Learn the basic fundamentals of trailer loading and the “Do’s” and “Don’ts” Ben Monarque excels at communicating and truly understanding horse’s behavior and needs.  He practices his hallmark philosophy “Natural Common Sense Horsemanship” with an all important emphasis on safety.   From starting and developing young horses, to problem solving and fine tuning their talents, Ben’s instinct and skills in the equine world are proven and effective. Contact Info:  Monarque Equine   602-301-0439 or   602-772-7040
Bob Broyles, Horse Trainer, 2016 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Competitor Clinic Title:  Groundwork for Respect:  Part 1 and Part 2 Clinic Objective:  Demonstration techniques to improve the communication between rider and horse. I consider myself a student of the horse.  I view the horse as a simple minded creature, and therefore I find success in simple, straight forward communication.  As humans, we have a knack for making things more complex and difficult than necessary.  Pair this trait with goal oriented people focused on the end result, rather than the process, and you have what can become a negative situation for a horse.  Keep it clear and simple.  With this being said, I stick to several old, but time tested adages for training horses, such as making the right thing easy, the wrong thing difficult, and asking a little, asking a lot, rewarding the slightest try, and he who makes the other move their feet is the leader.  I firmly believe every single occurrence between us and our horses is training, everything.  Horsemanship is a journey, and mine is ever growing.  In the last few years, I have twice been featured on the Horse Master with Julie Goodnight Show, attended the 2015 Road To The Horse event to support Chris Cox, competed in a few Extreme Mustang Makeovers, and competed in the 2016 Arizona Horseman’s Challenge colt starting event at the Verde Valley Equine Festival.  I have grown and learned a lot through these experiences.  One of the things that became apparent to me was the thirst for knowledge in helping to improve the relationship between horse and rider that so many people want.  I will be the first to say that I am not the best, or the most experienced.  However, I get all horses that I work with to think more and be less reactive minded. My influences are varied, and I don’t claim to follow a particular method.  Some of my major influences are Chris Cox, Julie Goodnight, Tom Dorrance, Ray Hunt and Walter Zettl.  The truth is all good horsemen share a lot similarities, have a deep toolbox, and they do what is necessary in a given situation.  Horses are as unique as people, and I look for every opportunity to make it right by each horse.  I grew up on a farm in Oregon and had the values that come with this upbringing instilled in me at a young age.  From the late eighties through the early 2000’s, I pursued the sport of triathlon, working my way up to professional competition and a spot on the US National Triathlon Team.  Professionally, I have been involved in the management of many successful retail operations over the years.  I apply this same dedication and professionalism to the horses that I train.   My focus is primarily on mustangs, but take in other horses for training as well.  I am currently training a mustang to donate to the Heroes and Horses program, focusing on soldiers coming home.  I also regularly gentle mustangs and burros through the Mustang Heritage Foundation TIP training program.  Please contact me and see how I can help you with your current or future horse. Contact Info:   Facebook:  Broyles Horsemanship     520-256-0668 bob@broyleshorsemanship.com          www.broyleshorsemanship.com
Brian Bausch, World Champion Horseman, 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Competitor Clinic Topic:  Beyond Riding Trick Horses Brian Bausch, 2016 World Champion Horseman and 6X World Champion takes his equine companions worldwide with the incomparable techniques he creates in “Beyond Riding”, utilizing his life experiences ranching, starting colts, Cowboy Church, Trick Riding Performances, Rodeo Competitions, equestrian demonstrations, seminars, and clinics. In 2005 Brian married his wife Paula, and the pair have partnered up in different aspects of the horse industry. Their shared love of horses is demonstrated with "Beyond Riding", informing and entertaining through their appearances in horse expos, training videos, and published monthly magazine articles.  Marked among their joint accomplishments include seeing their two young performing horses fly off with Cavalia in 2006, training Arabian stallions in the Middle East in 09, sharing multiple World and National Champion success in 2003, 2008, 09, 2010 and in 2016. Brian was the first horse act to appear on America’s Got Talent in 2011 and then the following year was the Reserve Champion (Project) Cowboy in Pomona, CA.  He was the Guest Celebrity Judge, and entertainer, appearing at AQYHA 2013 World Show in Oklahoma City. Brian has shown 3 year olds that he has started in the prestigious Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, NV as well as in AQHA Jr. Cowhorse competitions.  Brian has years invested in the youth of the industry since 1997, sharing a past of bronc riding, tie-down and team roping, coaching rodeo teams in Michigan and serving as Equestrian Director at Orme School of Arizona. Performance horses are Brian's addiction and he has the talent and skill to take a horse and develop their athletic ability to the maximum level.  Brian’s energy and athleticism, along with his keen sensitivity to the horse, continues to thrill and excite audiences in every arena. Contact Info:  Beyond@brianbausch.com  602-427-8356    www.BrianBausch.com
Darlene Barry, Natural Horsemanship Trainer Clinic Topic:  Training your horse with the "Method" Clinic Objective:  Clinician will discuss timing, feel, softness, controlling the 5 body parts, how to make the right thing easy and the wrong thing difficult, always rewarding the slightest try When Darlene was 12 years old, her riding instructor told her mom “That girl is a natural with horses.  She’s going to go somewhere in the horse industry when she grows up.”  She always felt the need to keep improving her horsemanship skills.  After training her own horses for gymkhana and horse shows, bringing home ribbons and trophies, she realized she had a passion for helping others experience her rewards.  She has many mentors in the Natural Horsemanship realm, but has come to appreciate the black and white technique that Clinton Anderson calls “The Method”.  Following her instincts, she has over 30 years under her belt, showing people and their horses how to gain mutual respect and understanding from each other.  She attends clinics of all types, claiming that it “continues her education” and she always learns something new from them.   She breaks any problem down small enough so that the horse and owner always end the lesson better than they started.  “If your horse has enough energy to do the wrong thing, he’s got enough energy to do the right thing”, she says.   “When horses and people trust each other, and horses look to humans as leaders, there are no limits on what can be accomplished.”      Darlene has worked with horses of all breeds and ages.  She will take horses for 30-60 days, but says most of her clients are scheduled on a regular basis, seeing some two to three times a week.  Colt starting, developing softness, suppleness and willingness, trailer loading and reforming problem horses are just some of the skills she enjoys sharing with others.  She also has knowledge with barefoot trimming and general horse care that she is always willing to share.   On some occasions, you will find her giving a clinic on ACTHA/ETS trail obstacles, learning how and what it takes to win your class.   Darlene feels this gift from the Lord has been a blessing from all who have come into her path . . . past, present and future.  Contact Info:  480-516-9893   www.desertskyhorsetraining.com     darlene@desertskyhorsetraining.com 
JJ Anderson, Horse Trainer, 2016 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion, 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Judge Clinic Topic:  Desensitizing from Step One JJ grew up in the desert of southern Arizona to a team roping family along with his 4 brothers. From a young age JJ could be found on the back of a horse or moving the cows up the lane for his dad to rope. JJ has trained for the public for about 7 years. He recently started working as a Wild Horse Specialist at the Florence prison helping teach prisoners how to train wild mustangs. JJ draws a lot of techniques he includes in his program from Tom Dorrance, Buck Brannaman, among others. Contact Info:   520-483-6719
Jody Swink, Horse Trainer, Jody Swink’s “No Sweat” Natural Horsemanship, Director Az. Horseman’s Challenge, J & K Yearlings Clinic  Topic One:  Open Forum- Ask the Expert Clinic Objective:  Enjoy a time with training expert Jody Swink to ask any equine related question that you would like. Clinic  Topic Two: Things you Can do From Weanling to 2 Clinic Objective:  Learn all sorts of different training that you can do until you begin to ride your horse to make them a well rounded equine partner. K.I.S.S… Keep It Slow and Simple.  This has always been Jody’s philosophy in training and fostering strong, connected relationships with our horse partners.  Although there is no one training method that works for all horses, he has found that moving slowly and offering simple, yet concise communication guarantees success, time and time again.  Jody trains horses at his facility as well as traveling the state of Arizona to assist others in training their horses.   Jody, however, has become more than just an effective horse trainer; he is the creator and founder of the Arizona Horseman’s Challenge, now in its fifth year.  Jody is one of the most innovative promoters in the Arizona horse event arenas today.  From the conception of the AZ Horseman’s Challenge, to its evolving into an actual barn-buster event, this exciting competition is rapidly becoming a hit for equestrian audiences throughout Arizona.  The event he created has also served to promote good horse trainers from the different regions of the state, while advocating good horsemanship, and offering the public the opportunity to enjoy everything equestrian in one location.    Contact Info:  602-330-4917 jswinknosweat@q.com       www.jodyswink.com
Katherine Barbarite,  Horse Trainer, International Equine Presenter & Lecturer Clinic Topic One:  Posture and Position Clinic Objective:  Clinician will demonstrate correct posture on the ground and in the saddle in order to assist in the proper engagement of the horse’s safety brake and to minimize the flee instinct by regaining the mind of your partner. Clinic Topic Two:  Diagonals and “The Harley”  Clinic Objective:  Clinician will teach movement with the rider’s body, not the hands, will encourage self collection by strengthening and straightening the horse’s core and topline.  Connect with the Mind and the Feet will follow. Katherine has been a featured equine presenter/demonstrator and lecturer in multiple equine expos nationally and internationally.  She has also been a contributor to multiple equine magazines and articles.  Katherine is a certified Horse Trainer with Frank Bell and is a Certified Horseman’s Association Riding Instructor in both Western and English disciplines.   Katherine teaches a straight forward set of exercises that aide in the development of a calm confident horse and rider. No matter the skill level or discipline, these steps remove fear and resistance, elevating trust, communication and bond. Understanding the importance of herd structure and leadership to enhance safety and promote growth. Learn why bad timing and poor releases lead to unhappy and resistant horses. Most of all,”become more than a passenger, become a partner”.  “Ask… Wait… then Give for Results” “Connect with the mind and the feet will follow”— Katherine Barbarite Contact Info:  631.764.7515     www.whisperinghooves.com     Kathy@whisperinghooves.com
Lanny Leach, Professional Horseman, Clinician, 2013 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion, 2017 Az.   Horseman’s Challenge Judge Ride with the Experts Clinic Friday:  Trail/Obstacle Clinic Ride with the Experts Clinic Saturday:  Collection and Lateral Movement Preparing for Cowboy Dressage Clinic Topics:  Cowboy Dressage to Music Clinic Objective:  Discuss the movements, show how to do them and then demonstrate a Cowboy Dressage routine set to music. Lanny Leach comes from true American ranching heritage. Since his great grandfather, his family has homesteaded and managed cattle ranches in Nebraska. At age 2 Lanny started riding; he broke his first horse at 12 and won several All Around Cowboy titles during high school rodeo.  Lanny has competed in many Extreme Mustang Makeover events and has placed in the top 10 in seven finals in California, Colorado and Texas and won the prestigious George Gregory True Grit Memorial award at the Mustang Million competition in Ft. Worth.  He also was invited to compete in the Colt Starting Challenge USA program where he finished second at the National Finals in Las Vegas in 2015.  Lanny served as training advisor for the Montgomery Creek Ranch wild horse sanctuary in northern California.  More than 200 wild horses and mustangs have been settled on to the 2,000 acre facility, where he established a formal training program. Lanny Leach is a nationally known horseman and clinician.  Currently he is training in Ainsworth, Nebraska with his son Logan.  They train ranch, recreational and all performance horse disciplines.  Lanny is the 2013 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion.  He has returned each year as a judge and clinician for this event.  Lanny has been honored to be a part of the “Unbranded“documentary and book.  He trained the mustangs that Ben Masters used for this adventure.   Contact Info:  520-591-2494   kjleach2004@yahoo.com  Lannyleachhorsemanship.com
C.L. “Lee” Anderson, Living Historian, Horseman of the Old School, 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Competitor Clinic Topic:  Bridle Bits: Their Use and Abuse Clinic Objective:  Clinician will demonstrate how bits should be used and how they can be abusive Lee Anderson and his race track rescued horse, Concho, have become well-known throughout Arizona through their cowboy living history presentations and horseman’s clinics. Lee is a highly skilled horseman with well over half a century of horse training experience and research. He has successfully trained horses for pleasure, reining, games, and trail. In 1965, as manager and trainer for Trefoil Farms in Wisconsin he showed the #2 Arabian Trail Horse in the nation at the Arabian National Finals. He has also successfully competed in 50 and 100 mile endurance rides.  His specialty, however, is training what is known as a “bridle horse” using the traditional methods of the 1800 Spanish Vaqueros. Not only is Lee an accomplished horse trainer he also authored the award winning book, “Developing the Art of Equine Communication”. Contact Info:  623.221.3804   CLAinAZ@aol.com Photo by Allen Patrou 2015
Marilyn Wiley, Author, Artist Clinic Topic:  A Wagon,  A Team, A Woman and 1200 miles Clinic Objective:  The true story of a modern-day horse drawn wagon trip from central Texas to Prescott, Arizona, presented by the author of 'Buffalo Chips and Co.', Marilyn Wiley. If you were to look up the definition of a horse-a-holic in the dictionary, most likely you would find a picture of Marilyn Wiley.  She's addicted.  Horses have always been a daily part of her life. Whether it was helping out with cattle on one of the many ranches in Yavapai County, or starting a wild mustang colt she'd bought at the auction yard, or just riding out through the wilderness, Marilyn's days always included her 'fix' filled by the companionship of a horse.  In 1983 Marilyn harnessed up her team of Belgian Draft mares, hitched them to a wagon and started a 1200 mile journey across the southwest. It was an act of desperation to escape from a difficult situation.  Marilyn's life was at a point where change was necessary, and this was the only way she could make it happen.  The details are in the telling of this amazing story of hardship and determination. Contact info:   928-273-1844    thewileys@azairnet.net
Matthew Melendres, Farrier Clinic Topic 1: What is Hoof Balance and How Does It Affect My Horse? Clinic Objective:  Learn the basics of recognizing hoof balance/imbalance Clinic Topic 2:  Synthetic Shoes Clinic Objective:  Learn what is new in the horseshoeing world and how synthetic shoes may be the right choice for your horse.  Matt has been shoeing professionally since 2009 and in that time discovered that Hoof Care, Lameness Prevention and Rehabilitation is most successful when strong consideration is given to natural Hoof Function, Balance and each horses unique conformation.   His Farrier Service offers: Barefoot Trimming, custom fit hoof boots, glue-on and nail-on flexible polyurethane horseshoeing as well as traditional horseshoeing. Contact Info:  928.821.5438   matthewmelendres@ymail.com
Randy Helm, Program Manager, Wild Horse and Burro Inmate Program, Arizona State Prison Clinic title:  You and your horse, a winning partnership Clinic Objective: This clinic is designed to develop confidence in the rider and trust in the horse. Randy Helm has been training wild horses for over 20 years and is the supervisor of the wild horse inmate program at Florence State Prison in Florence Arizona. The prison has over 700 horses and provides training for the U.S. Border patrol, ranches, individuals and law enforcement agencies. Randy’s great grandfather was an Arizona pioneer settling in the Prescott area in the later 1800’s. He was raised in Cottonwood Arizona and graduated from Mingus Union High School.  After 4 years in the United States Air Force he became a police officer and undercover narcotics officer in Arlington Texas.  Randy graduated from Southwestern Assembly of God University in Waxahachie Texas and served as a pastor for 30 years. In addition to the wild horse inmate program at Arizona State Prison, Randy travels extensively with his horse doing clinics and cowboy churches at rodeo’s and equestrian events. He provides demonstrations regularly for disabled youth, veterans and community functions on the subject of “Life’s Lessons from Horses” and is an annual speaker and clinician at Country Thunder in Arizona using a horse as an illustration. Randy and the prison inmate program have been featured in local and national news and documentaries including ABC, NBC, Fox news and USA Today. Contact Info:  Randy Helm – Program Manager Wild Horse and Burro Inmate Program Arizona State Prison, Florence Az. 602-448-5019 
Sara Boland, Horse Trainer, 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Competitor Clinic Topic:  Natural Horsemanship:  A Review of the Literature Clinic Objective:  Discuss the Natural Horsemanship movement, how it has evolved and influenced some of our famous clinicians. Sara Boland is a 5th generation resident of the Verde Valley.  She grew up riding with her grandfather, Don Godard, showing in 4-H and FFA events, and competing in local gymkhanas.  In high school she had the opportunity to work for a local pleasure horse trainer and then for Trish and Rygh Westby, who along with her grandfather, are some of her most valued equine mentors.  Boland started colts to earn money for college and has continued riding as much as possible.  She competed in the Arizona Horseman’s Challenge in 2014 and was reserve champion and had the pleasure of being one of the judges at the event in both 2015 and 2016.  Boland enjoys mentoring younger riders who are interested in developing positive relationships with their horses. Boland is a school counselor at Camp Verde Middle School and is thankful for the support of her family, friends, and most of all, her loves, Martin and Colton. Contact Info:  520-730-6246      p_sara_77@hotmail.com
Matthew Smiley, Horse Trainer, Whispering Beat Horsemanship Clinic Topic:  Colt Starting Clinic Objective:  Clinician will discuss and demonstrate colt starting from the first saddling to the first ride. Matthew Smiley was destined to become a cowboy!  Growing up in Manuelito, New Mexico, Smiley was influenced by generations of ranchers.  His grandfather Jimmy Smith came from a strong ranch lifestyle, so it was no surprise.  At age 12 Smiley was inspired to become a rancher and cowboy.  From an early age he had the opportunity to spend the summers with horses on the Billy Ranch in Manuelito.  This background instilled in him a sincere appreciation for the horse as his partner.  Matthew’s desire to grow as a horseman and improve his horsemanship skills led him to start his own business The Whispering BEAT Horsemanship in 2010.  Matthew has conducted colt starting demonstrations from Canada to the four corners of the Navajo Nation to share his skills to help build a better relationship between people and horses.  He strives to build a strong foundation on young horses, ultimately seeing the results of his work on local ranches.  His mental and physical toughness gave him the staying power to see these colts through the early challenging stages and with each passing colt came a newfound confidence.  Some could say that horses are in his blood. Contact Info:   505-870-7221
Nathan Medcalf, Rockin NT Mules Clinic Topic: Basic Groundwork in Starting a Young Mule Clinic Objective:  Learn the differences between starting horses and mules-don’t train your mule like a horse. Rockin NT Mules is an Arizona based mule company that specializes in the breeding and training of high quality saddle mules and pack mules.  Our fondness for mules has developed from a life long journey with these amazing animals. With thousands of accident free miles under our belts from the borders of Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona, we have established a much respected method of training mules. Through the years, we have sought advice from numerous well respected horse and mule trainers and developed what we feel is our own training style that is specifically centered on what the mule needs and understands.  Our approach will always be centered on safety for the mule and handler, while the primary focus is helping people understand mules and how to become a better person for their mules. Contact Info:   602-525-7216
Eileen Davis, Professional Combined Driving Instructor, 2004 Reserve Champion/Singles Combined Driving, 2005 & 2006 USEF Long List Ride with the Experts Clinic:  Driving with Confidence for Combined Driving, Show Ring or Pleasure Clinic Topic: Harnessing Your Horse Clinic Objective:  Learn about choosing a driving horse and a harnessing demonstration. Eileen attended the Beery School of Horsemanship and studied Riding and Training the Saddle Horse and How to Ride and Train the Western Horse.  She has attended numerous horse shows, horse drawn carriage auctions, horse symposiums and informational seminars as well as visited and toured numerous horse operations throughout the United States and abroad.  The clinics and seminars that have influenced Eileen the most have been those of Tom Dorrance and Monty Roberts.  Eileen established and designed a complete breeding and boarding facility in Palm Springs where she purchased quality black Thoroughbred mares for breeding to various well-known stallions, including Slew The Bride, a son of Seattle Slew and Universal and was successful in getting several foals to the races. Eileen’s   interest changed to driving after two serious auto accidents in 1985. She found the best driver in the area: Anita Mellott.  Anita came to the US from Holland and helped assist the IFSHA with the USEF approval of the Friesian Horse driving rules for competitions here in the US.  “Being able to learn from her how to drive my horse was a great honor”. Eileen trains horses in both carriage driving and western pleasure and has competed in combined driving competitions across the United States.  Her trained horses have been seen in commercials as well as promotional demonstrations with Petsmart. In 1999, Eileen was an invited speaker/demonstrator at Equitana USA in Kentucky, where her daily demonstration covered how to properly harness and drive a horse. Since moving to Prescott in 1993, Eileen has been dedicated to her Combined Driving Center.  The facility includes a dressage arena, three hazards, 45' bridge and a water crossing. She is currently driving a 14 year old Friesian Sporthorse, "Pinegrove's Sailor Boy" at Intermediate level.  In 2015 they did a cross country trip to North Carolina, doing six competitions along the way there and back, for experience.    Over the past 5 years, Eileen and Sailor have attained high point champion with both the Friesian Sporthorse Registry and the Friesian Heritage Horse.   Eileen successfully trained her Morgan horse "Daniel Dawson" in combined driving and in 2004 attained Reserve Champion, Combined Driving Singles Championship.  She was long listed with the USEF for Single Drivers in 2005 & 2006. Eileen competed in the USEF driving trials for the singles driving team that went to the World Driving Singles Championships in 2006 and placed in the top 16 single drivers in the United States.  "SBF Shrimp Scampi", Eileen’s Hackney pony that she has trained and driven at intermediate level in combined driving is currently taking a year off as she has just foaled a beautiful Hackney/Dartmoor foal that will be the next driving pony. Eileen has authored several equine related books including "Harnessing & Saddling: A Step By Step Guide" to help new drivers hitch up safely and currently writes a monthly article for the Arizona Horse Connection called "Between the Shafts" that deals with all facets of driving. Contact Info: 928-778-0895   928-899-6099  horsecde@gmail.com   www.combined-driving.com 
Jeremy Cluff, Horse Trainer, J Diamond J Horse Training Clinic Topic:  More Than a Legend: The Versality of the American Mustang Clinic Objective:  Clinician will demonstrate the versality and capability of the American Mustang Stemming from his upbringing as a ranch cowhand, "Horse Tamer" Jeremy Cluff has been training versatile ranch cow horses for 23 years. He is co-owner along with his fiancée, Kelly, of J Diamond J Horse Training in Queen Creek,  Az. Together they primarily train Quarter horses and Mustangs to be working ranch horses. Along with training they hold clinics and demos to educate people on the mind and understanding of horses, and to teach the versatility and capability of the American Mustang. Jeremy's competitive credits include the 2010 Project Cowboy in Ft. Worth, 2 time money winner at the Luv Shack Ranch Rescue Trainer’s Challenge, two invitations to compete at the Arizona Horseman's Challenge, several 1st places wins at the EVSC Ranch Versatility 2016 shows, and a top 10 at the 2016 Queen Creek Extreme Mustang Makeover.  He is currently training a BLM Mustang for the upcoming EMM to be held in Reno, NV this June. To date more than 600 horses are successfully under saddle due to his program. Along with being an accomplished horseman, Jeremy works in the film industry as an actor, stunt man and technical consultant for horse productions. His credits include documentaries, a television pilot, two feature films and a lead role in a Superbowl commercial. Contact Info:  602-770-2814    jeremycluff.com
Beth Moon, Horse Trainer, JMB Oasis Ranch Clinic Topic:  Should I breed my mare? Should I geld my colt? Responsible breeding. Clinic Objective:  How to breed a quality foal, choose breeding stock and breed responsibly. Beth Moon grew up in Oregon and started riding at a young age. Horses have always been a part of everyday life, but it wasn't until she bought a 7 month old foal when she was 21 that a real love of training began  Beth has been giving riding lessons and starting young horses ever since. The philosophy at JMB Oasis Ranch is "Common Sense Horsemanship" teaching students from the ground up with a "Start with the Basics" program that puts an emphasis on safety.  In 2009 Beth purchased her AQHA stallion JMB Circuit Preacher with a goal of breeding all around Quarter horses. The first few foal crops are starting their careers, from jumping to barrel racing. "I'm really proud of the quality foals we are producing". Contact Info:  phone or text 480-247-0682      oasisranch@gmail.com     www.jmboasisranch.com
Christie Hebert, Whole Horse Connection, LLC Clinic Topic:  An Integrated Approach to Equine Bodywork Methods Clinic Objective:  Learn 5 valuable bodywork techniques that can relieve muscular pain and restriction commonly found in ridden horses.  Christie Hebert has a lifetime of experience with horses; she has raised, trained and competed with them in various disciplines and levels for the past 30 years.  During the 23 years she lived in Wyoming, caring for a herd of 30+ horses, she learned out of necessity how to take care of the many non-veterinary issues that inevitably arise in the competition horse.  These issues are what are known as the secondary or "compensation" issues that are often created by a primary issue, such as an injury, an acute lameness, or general body soreness.  Once a vet diagnoses and treats the primary issue, the compensation pattern for the injury is often still held in the horses mind and body.  These restrictions, or "braces" are often the reason behind the, "why is my horse still off?" dilemma.  Christie specializes in resealing the muscular restrictions that can be causing the horse to be girthy, short-strided, sore backed, one-leaded, broncy, irritable, and more.  Over her past 17 years of being a professional equine body worker, she has narrowed down 5 essential bodywork techniques that can be easily used by the horse owner.  These techniques focus on releasing the tension in the most commonly observed problem areas for the horse.  Christie has been a Certified Equine Therapist since 2001, a certified equine microcurrent technician since 2006 and a Masterson Method Certified Practitioner and Coach since 2010.  She combines the work of Jack Meagher, Bambi Dore, Jim Masterson, Doris Halstead and many others with the integrated approach she teaches.  Years of working on horses through the use of massage therapy, trigger point, myofacial and cranio-sacral work, joint mobilization techniques and etc. has given her the unique advantage of knowing which techniques work best for the best results.  Contact Info:   307-247-5359     chebert16@gmail.com    www.wholehorseconnection.com FB Page: Whole Horse Connection, LLC
Jill Lewers, Equine Insurance Specialist, JL Equine Insurance/Southwest General Insurance Clinic Topic One:  Everything you want to know about Equine Insurance but were afraid to ask. Clinic Topic Two:  Retirement Options for Equine Business Owners Jill Lewers has been in the insurance field since she was 15 years old.   She started out working for a State Farm agent as a file clerk and by age 18, she was running her own business as a floating secretary for State Farm Agents needing fill ins.  After two years of running her own company, she went to work for an equine insurance agency and shortly became the Vice President for the equine division of the company.   Within a few years she started her own equine insurance broker house, JL Equine Insurance and at age 33, she was offered a captive appointment by American National.   Jill is the first and only agent in history to own a broker house and a captive house in the country.  This gives her the unique opportunity to be a one stop agency for any and all insurance needs, commercial, equine, personal lines, life and retirement.  Contact info:   jl_equine@yahoo.com    602-765-8846   mobile  602-312- 1650
Holly Shanahan, Horse Trainer Clinic Topic:  Buying and Evaluating a Horse 101 Clinic Objective:  Learn the ins and outs of finding the right horse for you   Holly is a 6th generation of the Verde Valley. She has been very active in the community by participating in FFA, 4-H, numerous equestrian club boards and many community projects.  She enjoys doing day work on the ranch.   Her focus is foal foundation, buying and evaluating, tune-up and behavioral correction and confidence building on the trail for horse and rider.  She thrives on bringing out the best in a horse and finding their perfect lifetime home. She uses natural horsemanship skills into her training and believes in exposing horses to many different environments. Her theory is if you don't trust your horse they won't trust you. Contact Info:  928-300-4132
Karina Cox, DVM, Large Animal Veterinarian Clinic Topic:  Hot Topics: Equine Ulcers and Issues Prevalent to the Area Dr. Karina Cox grew up in Eastern San Diego County. Growing up, she was involved in 4-H and Pony Club with her Arabian gelding, Suffix sheep, and pygmy goats. She attended college at UC Davis, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in 1999 and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She then completed a one-year general practice internship at Specifically Equine Veterinary Service in Buellton, CA. Dr. Cox joined the team at Equine Medical Associates, Inc. in 2005 as an equine ambulatory associate in a busy sport horse practice in Orange County, CA. In 2012, Dr. Cox choose to leave private practice and return to academia to pursue a three-year large animal internal medicine residency program, as well as a Master’s of Science degree, at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Upon completion of the program, she choose to take some time off and enjoy the great state of Colorado for a few months before joining the team at Prescott Animal Hospital Equine Center in November 2015. Her special interests include geriatric medicine, muscle disorders, and endurance horses. In her spare time, Dr. Cox enjoys the unique hobby of geocaching, trail-riding with her Warmblood Leo, hiking with her Vizsla Maia, and learning more about the sport of endurance riding. Completing the Tevis Cup is in her future! Why Did I Become a Veterinarian? Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to pursue a career with animals. Veterinary medicine was the natural choice with my strong interest in math and science as a youngster. Early experiences in 4-H and being a horse owner helped expose me to local veterinarians and the unique position they have in the lives of people and animals. During high school, I volunteered for the San Diego County Humane Society, Large Animal Division. I witnessed many, many large animals in unfavorable conditions and in very poor health. I knew, from that point on, I wanted to be a part of a profession that helps animals’ lives, with a special interest in prevention and education. Contact Info:   Prescott Animal Hospital and Equine Center    928-776-7669    Prescottequine.com
Mike Cissell, DVM, MS, DAVCS-LA, Large Animal Veterinarian, Board Certified Surgeon Clinic Topic:  Equine Colic Surgery Dr. Mike Cissell is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, but spent a lot of his free time growing up on his Aunt’s farm in central Kentucky.  While there he would spend as much time as possible following the local vet around and it was even at a young age the Dr. Cissell decided to dedicate his future to helping animals.  He went to Murray State University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with his Bachelor’s in Science, and then went on to Auburn University where he graduated Cum Laude in 2005 with his DVM.  Dr. Cissell then continued his training at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine where he completed both his internship and his surgical residency.  He joined the VMRCVM in 2009 at the end of his residency as a faculty member of the college and during his time there successfully sat and passed his surgery boards to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.  When not working to help his patients, Dr. Cissell enjoys spending time with his wife Emily and their three children.  He tries to find time when possible to go hiking, camping, exercise or play sports.  Why Did I Become a Veterinarian? I have always enjoyed being around and helping animals, thus I never saw myself doing anything else.  Even when I was young I appreciated science, and Veterinary Medicine allowed me to combine two things that I really loved.  I’ve always had a great respect for all animals, and thus I want to be able to do what I can to help prevent pain and suffering in them. Contact Info:  Prescott Animal Hospital and Equine Center    928-776-7669   Prescottequine.com
Jason Gifford, Horse Trainer, 2016 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Judge, 2015 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Competitor Clinic Topic:  Foundation Under Saddle/Body Control Clinic Objective:  Clinician will demonstrate how to achieve total softness in the horse, how to achieve body control under saddle and why it is important. Jason Gifford has been involved with the horse industry as a trainer and equine appraiser for more than 14 years.  After high school, Jason was fortunate enough to have worked on a few large cattle/horse ranches in Wyoming and Colorado, spending many hours in the saddle.  It did not take long for Jason to realize that training horses was the only career he wanted to focus on. After leaving the cattle ranch life, Jason went to work as an assistant trainer for a few different professional horsemen.   During the past several years, he has had experience training and working with horses in the following disciplines: reining, cutting, team sorting, trail riding, and working ranch horses.  Jason has also had the opportunity to start and work with a few Mustangs from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). In the summer of 2012, Jason was fortunate to have gone on the colt starting/horsemanship tour with Larry Nelles throughout Canada.  "I enjoy teaching horses a solid foundation and body control so they can be successful in any discipline," says Jason. Jason currently operates a horse training program for most breeds, located at Stage Line Ranch in Desert Hills, Az. and is available for you to contact for more information. Contact Info:  623-293-7487   giffssuperduty@gmail.com
Rex Ward, Trigger Point Equine Sports Therapy & Thermal Imaging Clinic Topic:  Trigger Point Equine Therapy Clinic Objective:  Learn about available options in equine therapy to help improve your horse’s health and performance. Rex Ward has had 37 years in the business  and is an equine behaviorist. Equine bodywork helps in preventing muscular & skeletal problems including Neck, Shoulder, Back, Rear, Leg & Hoof issues due to stress, strain & injuries. The many documented benefits of Equine Sports bodywork include:  Improves circulation and as a result, promotes more rapid healing of injuries.  Enhances muscle tone and increases range of motion.   Eases muscle spasms.  Reduces inflammation and swelling in the joints so that pain is relieved.  Relieves tension. Stimulates circulation in the lymphatic system and hastens the elimination of waste products and other toxins.  Lengthens connective tissue and so breaks down/prevents the formation of adhesions and reduces the danger of fibrosis.  Generally improves the disposition of the animal.  Increases the production of synovial fluid in the joints.   Contact Info:    480-232-1098    triggerpoint4u@yahoo.com       TriggerPointEquine.com
Tim Lawrence, Barefoot Horse Trimmer, Treadlightly Barefoot Equine Services Clinic Topic:  Barefoot Solutions Clinic Objective:  Provide trimming, booting and management options for the health of the whole horse. Tim Lawrence has been trimming barefoot equines throughout northern Arizona since 2007.  His mentors are Kirt Lander, manufacturer of Renegade Hoofboots, and Dr. Tomas Teskey, DVM.  As an endurance rider, Tim has accumulated 2500 miles, a handful of wins and Best Condition awards, and several multi- day events. Last year, he and his mare Syndee Kate received the Decade Team Award, an award which honors horse and rider teams that compete in endurance together for ten years. His horses, Katee and Guinness, have met most of these milestones while wearing Renegade hoof boots. Tim believes that keeping horses barefoot is a major cornerstone of long-term health and performance, but acknowledges that maintenance of the barefoot horse requires careful, deliberate attention and planning, especially within the environmental constraints of modern horse-keeping. When Tim first created his business Treadlightly Barefoot Equine Services, he did so with his beloved first horse in mind. Once in a Blue Moon foundered and at the time Tim was unaware of barefoot management practices.  Given the right information and strategies, Blue would have been saved. Today, Tim is passionate about sharing his experience with barefoot equine management. Contact Info:  Treadlightly   928-451-6342
Diane Lisonbee, Owner/Proprietor The Dirty Dawg Salon Clinic Title:  Turn Your Wooly Mammoth back into a Mule- Easy Clipping Tips and Techniques Clinic Objective:  Learn to clip your mule (or horse) without resorting to a full body clip. Diane Lisonbee grew up in Tempe and has clocked thousands of hours and miles on horses and mules over the years. Spending most of her adult years in the horse industry, she has accrued a lot of tricks on how to clip up the shaggy mule without totally butchering it.   Starting as a show groom on a famous Scottsdale Arabian ranch (can you say, Naborr?), she learned there was more to grooming than just roaching a mane and stripping a short tail. Moving into mules and to Alaska in her early 30’s, she had to fine tune how to spruce up a wooly mammoth without waiting til springtime rolled around…in mid-June!  The trick, this time of year, is blending.  When you go to roach the mane, or even just a bridle path; and you end up with a big gouge down the top of their neck!  So you try to blend it and end up with a bunch of chops on the side of their neck…So you think “I’ll just shave the whole head and the throat latch like they do back East for the mule auctions…And it ends up the whole head, half the neck and the chest-and then the shoulders…next thang you know- BODY CLIP!”  Don’t be that person.  Come see how to “clean up” Ol Dobbin’s head, bridle path and lower legs with just a couple different blades and a good pair of scissors.  
Joyce Tanner, Photographer Clinic Title: Horse Photography "Training your Photographic eye" Clinic Objective:  A good photographic eye will let you take great pictures even if you are working with an inexpensive camera or cell phone camera.  This workshop will discuss factors that will influence the image including: your objective, the sun, the horse or horses, condition and grooming, environment, timing, the background and foreground, camera angles, framing, cropping and composition.  Bring your camera and/or phone to this interactive workshop and let’s have some fun photographing horses. Joyce Tanner has loved photography for as long as she can remember.  She believes that great photography is not about taking great pictures; it’s about capturing great moments.  She especially loves equine photography and capturing the spirit and personality of these magnificent animals.  Ms. Tanner enjoys photographing talented horses and their human partners making connections.  She has been shooting professionally since 2009 starting with Arabian Horse shows and ranch shoots. Contact Info:     928-499-1393       j-jtanner@hotmail.com           joycetanner.zenfolio.com        
Julia Lynn-Elias, DVM, past AERC Board of Director Clinic Title:  Endurance Riding- What is it and Can my Horse and I Do It? Clinic Objective:  Learn the basics of what it takes to start in endurance from you and your horse Julia Lynn-Elias, DVM started endurance riding in 1997 and has accomplished over 17,000 miles in the sport in the last 20 years.  Julia has completed 5-day, 50 miles a day, Pioneer rides.  She has ridden several 100 mile rides, including the Western States Trail Ride, otherwise known as the Tevis. Julia has ridden individual horses for 3,000+, 4,000+, and 5,000+ career miles and has a Decade Team horse (10 years competing in 50 mile distances on the same horse).  She has been a ride manager for the Prescott Chaparral Ride and has served on the AERC Board of Directors.
Marlena Obrzut, Classical Dressage Trainer Clinic Topic: Dressage Training Scale Clinic Objective:  Learn the benefits of basic classical training for every horse and rider. Marlena Obrzut (pronounced Ob Jute) was trained in Poland with a focus on classical dressage, developing horses for the purpose of overall balance and capability, both in the dressage ring and on the trail.  She is a well disciplined rider and trainer and has worked with top level riders, mostly in the Northern area of Poland.  Marlena has extensive experience preparing horses and riders for dressage competition and shows from the beginning levels to the highest dressage levels.  Marlena’s commitment is to the overall well being of the horse.  She takes pride in building a relationship based upon trust and respect.  Each horse is different so they deserve a personalized training program.  A good trainer will find the connection to the horse’s emotional state and frame of mind.  Once that connection has been made the horse can be encouraged to develop more refined movement, self carriage, balance and impulsion.  Marlena believes that training should be a positive experience for the horse and rider-there is no place for negative reinforcement in her professional training program. Contact Info:   928-227-7260     marlenadressage.net     email: marlenadressage@gmail.com        
Sue Tipton  /  Trudy Chapman-Radley Clinic Topic:  Animal Assisted Therapy  Clinic Objective:  Could your horse be a Therapy Animal?  Learn what is involved in training and what to look for in a Therapy Animal and the benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy.   Sue Tipton Sue has been around horses for over 20 years and is a member of the Rio Verde Roverettes for the past 5+ years. She started out as a young woman learning how to observe and work with riding horses and train young horses to drive in Phoenix. Later in life, Sue began working with her own horse in Dressage, Drill and military reenactment for 6 years, with the 6th Ohio Cavalry at Gettysburg in 2009 and the First Bull Run in 2011. During this time she also rode with the Governor’s Horse Guard, an adjunct of the National Guard and their Search and Rescue in New Hampshire. After moving back to her home state of Arizona she and Johnny Lacy took up the breeding of Miniature horses and training them to drive and show. One of their horses, Phoenicia, was so laid back that Sue wanted to try animal therapy with her.  After two years of working with her and a fellow Mini owner and the Prescott Veterans Hospital she was granted permission to visit the Veteran patients. She will be discussing the why/why not, and what is expected/gained from doing this kind of work as well as the benefits to patients that receive this type of therapy. Trudy Chapman-Radley Trudy was born in Akron, Ohio and moved to Phoenix in 1965.  She was busy with gymkhanas, 4-H, Jr. Rodeo and High School Rodeo.  She served as a 4-H leader and served on the Maricopa County Horse Board in addition to belonging to the Law Enforcement Rodeo Association, the National Christian Barrel Racing Association and AZ WPRA.  After a move to Dewey in 1989, Trudy formed another 4-H group that is still active today.  In 1996 Trudy found her true passion- working with people with special needs.  She joined the North American Riding for Handicapped Association and attended her first conference where she became a certified riding instructor.  Changing their name to Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH, Intl), the mission remains to promote safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs.  Never one to rest, Trudy reorganized Horses with Heart, Inc. in 1995 and has been active with them for the past 22 years.  Over that time she has seen miracles take place in the arena; the love and bond between the horse and rider builds confidence.  Trudy believes “When our riders succeed in our arena they will succeed in the arena of life.”
Buddy Uldrikson, Professional Horseman, Nationally Recognized Clinician Clinic Topic One:  Horsemanship for Barrel Racing Clinic Objective:  Begin with the basics and work till you have a relaxed horse that pays attention as well as looking forward to the task ahead. Clinic Topic Two:  Trauma Healing Demo Clinic Objective:  Learn Hints to help you recover from mental block or fear. It seems that anyone can (and will) put out a sign that says, "HORSE TRAINER." It becomes the horse owner's job to figure out who's real and who isn't. In Arizona, you don't have to look far before you start hearing about Buddy Uldrikson – the one they call "An Uncommon Horseman." He will tell you that finding or choosing the right trainer is as important as choosing the right school, doctor, or lawyer – there's a trust and confidence between you. Horse training is a way of life as well as a science. Buddy's training is based on working as closely with the owner/rider as he does with the horse. His goal is to build a sense of confidence in both horse and rider during the training process—a win-win situation. That's one of the reason he enjoys working with beginner/novice riders and starting young horses  At 15 years old, Buddy began learning to break horses the old cowboy way -- a mini bronc-riding rodeo session with each horse -- and found he was good at it. He spent a lot of those “early years” working for large ranches in Colorado/Arizona and gained a lot of knowledge and experience from watching other cowboys who were having trouble with their own horses. He kept thinking there had to be another way of working with the horses. He found that “better way” when Ray Hunt’s “Colt Starting” video came into his life. He started applying it to each horse he worked with. Following this gentler way of dealing with horses, Buddy proceeded to hone his skills, finding he could relate easily to the style and the emotion involved. His search for knowledge led him to what many called “The Inner Circle” – Ray Hunt, Tom and Bill Dorrance, Buck Brannaman, Mike Thomas, and Bryan Nuebert – experienced trainers who believed in and developed this new approach of working with a horse instead of dominating it.   During a Ray Hunt Clinic in Wickenburg, Arizona, Buddy was invited to ride six different horses in the horsemanship class ranging from totally green, to horses with problems created by others, and more advanced-discipline horses. His personal commitment and dedication to each horse, along with his philosophy of “work from the inside out of the horse versus the outside in” was evident, and impressive to those watching him work. Buddy Uldrikson's philosophy is grounded in the methodologies of that "Inner Circle" of horsemen.  He has a natural ability to connect with a horse on a level most people spend most of their lives trying to learn, and don't even come close to. He advises his students, "You're not communicating from your head to your horse, you're communicating from your heart to his heart. That's where the connection is. And when that happens, you not only have a happy rider, but a happy horse!" On a regular basis, you will hear "discipline without violence", "watch for the TRY, and then acknowledge it," and "it's got to be a win-win situation for the horse and the rider." With that gentle yet assertive attitude, it's no surprise that he has worked with various psychological communities as a co-clinician with Trauma Healing Practitioners who specialize in treating people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As the saying goes, "The outside of a horse is often good for the inside of a person." Buddy brings years of professional challenges and awards to his work. He was chosen from 600 applicants to be part of the final competitors in the nationally televised EXTREME MUSTANG MAKEOVER in Fort Worth, Texas in 2008. Buddy and his mustang, Jackpot, brought the crowd to their feet as they demonstrated flying lead changes, cattle working, and dressage maneuvers, placing 15th out of the 200 competitors. He also qualified and participated in the 2007 World Series Team Roping Finals in Las Vegas. Buddy travels around the United States to appear at expos, conduct clinics and horsemanship demonstrations, as well as serving as a judge at many of these competitions. He can be seen at The American Trail Horse Competition & The Arizona Sun Circuit Quarter Horse Show in Scottsdale, AZ; Craig Cameron Extreme Cowboy Race, Buckeye, AZ; Rancho De Los Caballeros, Wickenburg, AZ; Arizona Dressage Association; Equifest, Prescott, AZ; Equine Extravaganza, Paso Robles, CA.   Buddy has training facilities in Scottsdale and Wickenburg and even does 'Barn Calls'. Contact Info:    928-684-7392   diamondlilyhorses@gmail.com     BuddyUldriksonHorsemanship.com
Casey Karns, Owner and Operator Behind the Barn Trailer Repair Clinic Topic:  Behind the Barn- Helpful Hints when Buying a Trailer Clinic Objective:  Learn from the trailer expert some common pitfalls and things to watch for when you are getting ready to buy a horse trailer. Behind the Barn specializes in repairs, service and renovations.  They are equipped to deal with axles, steel and aluminum welding, lighting, generators, brakes, hitches, air bags, mats and awnings.  They not only can do all the work on the outside they can do the interior, custom design a living quarter, take care of your generators or just provide detail work and wash and wax.  Casey can also install Polylast flooring and will have samples of this great, care free new flooring for your trailer.  “If it has an axle and a hitch we can fix it.”  Contact Info:      602-300-5060     BehindtheBarnllc@gmail.com         FB: Behind the Barn LLC
Kira Lauriel St. John, Classical trainer, Equine Photographer, Lavender Winter Equestrian Clinic Topic One:  Halter Fitting Clinic Objective:  Understand all types of halters and how to fit them properly to your horse Clinic Topic Two: The Importance of Bareback Riding Clinic Objective:  Understand the foundation of balance and an Independent Seat Kira St. John originally inhabited Flagstaff, Arizona from the beginning of her life, raised in a family equestrian business which solely specialized in the selection, breeding, training, promotion, and selling of top quality purebred Friesians and Friesian crosses such as the beloved Moriesian.  Kira has gained over sixteen years of experience which began to develop at a young age, including many English disciplines, professional trail riding and ponying, showing experience, reproductive handling, delivering foals, technical breeding selection; lessons and riding instruction, rescue and rehabilitation, equine photography, ground manners, facility management, marketing and sales, representing a horse professionally, and experienced with physical judgments and diagnostics. She is extremely passionate regarding tack-fitting and how equine bio- mechanics really work, as well as how the conformation and movement of a horse comes into play when choosing a particular discipline or piece of equipment.  Kira was taught how to handle all types of stallions, both good and bad, from a younger age and was personally continuing the training of their main breeding stallion at the age of thirteen. Someone who can genuinely say they put safety and common sense first and foremost above everything else; Kira represents a different view and loves to put everything into perspective. Contact Info:      928-310-6995                kiralauriel@gmail.com
Skeeter Hughes, Stitching Post Leather Clinic Topic:  Construction of a Saddle Clinic Objective:  Clinician will demonstrate and discuss how a good western saddle should be constructed. When it comes to saddle making, Skeeter Hughes has mastered the art of craftsmanship.  Born a third generation rancher, he grew up on the San Carlos Indian Reservation.  His adult life was spent managing ranches throughout Arizona.  When Skeeter retired, he was able to turn a “Cowboy’s Survival Skill” into a fulltime business.  He attended a 6-week saddle making school in Lamar, CO, and studied under world-class saddle maker Jessie Smith, where he learned the art of saddle making and improved his tooling skills.  Skeeter’s advantage in saddle making comes from the many miles he rode as a working cowboy.  And today, most of his clients are indeed working cowboys.  Contact Info:  928-713-4003
Sheri Stewart, RN, Independent Bemer Distributor Clinic Topic:  Bemer Horse Blanket- The Key to Health Clinic Objective:  Demonstration of Bemer session so participants can see positive effects of increased vagal response on horse. Sheri Stewart is a registered nurse who stumbled upon a powerful medical device and was so impressed with its efficacy that she became a distributor.  The Bemer has been around for 18+ years in Europe and now in the US with clearance from the FDA for safety.  The Bemer enhances:  general blood flow, the body's nutrient and oxygen supply and waste disposal, cardiac function, physical fitness, endurance, strength and energy, concentration, mental acuity, stress reduction, relaxation and sleep.  In December, 2016, Bemer launched their veterinary pak which includes a blanket and cuff that delivers the Bemer signal to large animals.  The positive effects of the Veterinary Bemer application are: 1.  Promotes recovery and regeneration 2.  Reduces muscular damage 3.  Reduces stress (during transportation or competitions) 4.  Improves water storage in the tissue 5.  Supports recovery after an injury Contact info:  928-978-8800  sheri.stewart@bemermail.com     www.sheristewart@bemergroup.com
Monty Soto, Horse Trainer, Horsemanship Instructor AAEC Clinic Topic:  The Importance of Shoulder Control in Guiding the Horse Monty Soto was born and raised in Yavapai County.  At age 16, he started riding horses for his dad,  who took in a few horses to supplement his income. At the age of 20 Monty started riding outside horses while working on ranches. In 2004, after a brief stint of training race horses, he went to work for Ben Balow where he learned and refined his horsemanship skills.    He has started upwards of 200 horses. Contact Info:  928-713-6361 (cell)    928-775-3200 (work)