Competitors

 2016 All Rights Reserved Verde Valley Equine Festival
C.L. “Lee” Anderson, Living Historian, Horseman of the Old School, 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Competitor 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
Ben Monarque, Horse Trainer, 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Competitor 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
Brian Bausch, World Champion Horseman, 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Competitor 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
Travis Lyons, Horse Trainer, Farrier, Equine Dentist 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Competitor Travis Lyons was raised in the Verde Valley and currently resides in Cornville, Arizona, with his wife and children. A man of many talents, Travis grew up playing sports, was active in the Mingus Union High School FFA program, and competed in rough stock and roping events in the Arizona Junior and High school rodeos. After graduating high school, Travis pursued further education at the American School of Equine Dentistry. After spending countless hours training and learning from his mentors, Travis has effectively developed his own method and strategies for breaking colts and working with problem horses. Travis never passes up the opportunity to be in the saddle.  You will find him working on one of many ranches, competing in roping events, packing horses in the mountains, or simply going on a family trail ride.  Currently Travis works full time as a horse farrier, Equine Dental Technician, training and breaking horses in various disciplines, as well as giving horsemanship lessons. Travis is honored to represent the Verde Valley in the 2017 Arizona Horseman's Challenge, and is looking forward to the fun three day event.
Sara Boland, Horse Trainer, 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Competitor 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

Competitors

 2016 All Rights Reserved Verde Valley Equine Festival
C.L. “Lee” Anderson, Living Historian, Horseman of the Old School, 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Competitor 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
Ben Monarque, Horse Trainer, 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Competitor 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
Brian Bausch, World Champion Horseman, 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Competitor 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
Travis Lyons, Horse Trainer, Farrier, Equine Dentist 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Competitor Travis Lyons was raised in the Verde Valley and currently resides in Cornville, Arizona, with his wife and children. A man of many talents, Travis grew up playing sports, was active in the Mingus Union High School FFA program, and competed in rough stock and roping events in the Arizona Junior and High school rodeos. After graduating high school, Travis pursued further education at the American School of Equine Dentistry. After spending countless hours training and learning from his mentors, Travis has effectively developed his own method and strategies for breaking colts and working with problem horses. Travis never passes up the opportunity to be in the saddle.  You will find him working on one of many ranches, competing in roping events, packing horses in the mountains, or simply going on a family trail ride.  Currently Travis works full time as a horse farrier, Equine Dental Technician, training and breaking horses in various disciplines, as well as giving horsemanship lessons. Travis is honored to represent the Verde Valley in the 2017 Arizona Horseman's Challenge, and is looking forward to the fun three day event.
Sara Boland, Horse Trainer, 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Competitor 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