Judges

 2016 All Rights Reserved Verde Valley Equine Festival
JJ Anderson, Horse Trainer, 2016 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion, 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Judge 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
Lanny Leach, Professional Horseman, Clinician, 2013 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion, 2017 Az.   Horseman’s Challenge Judge 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
Samantha Jepson, Horse Trainer, 2015 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion, 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Judge Samantha has dedicated her life to training, riding and teaching. Over the course of her life she has had opportunities to work in almost every discipline in the horse industry, and now has a vested interest in helping horses and riders to communicate and understand each other better.  As she says, it is the most satisfying reward to see the progress of these students! Specializing in starting colts and working with problem horses, Samantha has the back ground to put a solid foundation on any horse, and the ability to help any horse work through issues it may have.  She has completed multiple apprenticeships under world class trainers in working cow horse, cutting, reining, English and western pleasure.  Recently she has begun showing in Working Equitation and is very much enjoying how well it encompasses the training already used in her program for all the performance horses, for rodeo or show! She spent a number of years in the team roping arena and working on ranches, so she fully understands what is needed in a good working horse. Samantha loves teaching riding lessons, and she herself has spent her life learning. She has a wonderful way of teaching, from the ground up with a great deal of patience. With a down to earth way of explaining how to clearly ask your horse to accomplish what you are asking of it, her students learn quickly and advance their horsemanship skills to levels she never expected to see! Contact Info:  520-591-9950  Twobraidstraining@gmail.com    www.Twobraidstraining.webs.com

Judges

 2016 All Rights Reserved Verde Valley Equine Festival
JJ Anderson, Horse Trainer, 2016 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion, 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Judge 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
Lanny Leach, Professional Horseman, Clinician, 2013 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion, 2017 Az.   Horseman’s Challenge Judge 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
Samantha Jepson, Horse Trainer, 2015 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion, 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Judge Samantha has dedicated her life to training, riding and teaching. Over the course of her life she has had opportunities to work in almost every discipline in the horse industry, and now has a vested interest in helping horses and riders to communicate and understand each other better.  As she says, it is the most satisfying reward to see the progress of these students! Specializing in starting colts and working with problem horses, Samantha has the back ground to put a solid foundation on any horse, and the ability to help any horse work through issues it may have.  She has completed multiple apprenticeships under world class trainers in working cow horse, cutting, reining, English and western pleasure.  Recently she has begun showing in Working Equitation and is very much enjoying how well it encompasses the training already used in her program for all the performance horses, for rodeo or show! She spent a number of years in the team roping arena and working on ranches, so she fully understands what is needed in a good working horse. Samantha loves teaching riding lessons, and she herself has spent her life learning. She has a wonderful way of teaching, from the ground up with a great deal of patience. With a down to earth way of explaining how to clearly ask your horse to accomplish what you are asking of it, her students learn quickly and advance their horsemanship skills to levels she never expected to see! Contact Info:  520-591-9950  Twobraidstraining@gmail.com    www.Twobraidstraining.webs.com