The Presenters at Equine Affaire®

An Exceptional Lineup of Presenters is Scheduled for Equine Affaire this November

World Champions, National Champions, Olympians, WEG and Pan Am competitors, popular equestrian TV personalities, professional equestrian performers, authors, judges, veterinarians, professors, and other top industry professionals will come together at the 2016 Equine Affaire in Massachusetts to share their expertise on a wide range of equestrian disciplines and topics and offer unparalleled learning opportunities. Plan your trip to W. Springfield to meet these top equestrians and industry leaders, attend sessions on a wide range of equestrian disciplines and topics, and hone your horse training, management, and riding skills.

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Guy McLean

General Training & Horsemanship

Guy McLean is a self-taught, Australian-born horse trainer and teacher who possesses an uncanny ability to entertain an audience with his magnetic personality, authentic bush poetry, quick wit, cracking stock whips, and almost supernatural connection with horses. Through a complete love of horses and a burning desire to “find better ways” of building relationships with horses, Mr. McLean developed his own training methods which “ask” the horse to do the job as a partner. He has won multiple colt starting championships in Australia and America, is a two-time Australian Bush Poetry Champion, and was recognized as the “Ambassador of the Outback” in 2002 and 2006. Mr. McLean grew up on the Susan River with his family running the Susan River Homestead Adventure resort and has performed and taught horsemanship throughout Australia for many years. While maintaining a home base in Australia Guy McLean now travels throughout the United States to perform and present at prominent equestrian events including the World Equestrian Games, the National Rodeo Finals, Dressage at Devon, the Washington International Horse Show, and major equine expos and fairs. He has produced an educational DVD series to share his training approaches and philosophy with riders of all disciplines.

Jonathan Field

General Training & Horsemanship

Jonathan Field is equally at home riding jumpers over fences and pushing cows at home on his ranch north of Vancouver, British Columbia. Though his initial equestrian pursuits were within the English realm, he transitioned years ago to become a working cowboy. Following an industrial accident at the age of only 19, horses played a crucial role in Mr. Field’s recovery—both physically and mentally. This tragedy cemented his dedication to horses and his desire to “give back to the world of horses” by building his career around them and sharing what he has learned from them. He now travels throughout North America sharing his “Inspired by Horses” horsemanship program and working with students of all riding levels. He is a gifted teacher who uses humor and kindness to help people elevate their horsemanship and take their horses to higher levels of accomplishment. Mr. Field and his training methods have been featured in major equestrian magazines throughout North American as well as on national television. He has documented his horsemanship teachings through various DVDs, including a recently-released DVD series produced with the legendary George Morris. He has also authored a book titled, The Art of Liberty Training for Horses.

Lynn Palm

General Training & Western Dressage

For more than 40 years Lynn Palm Pittion-Rossillon has championed the partnership of horse and rider. An international clinician, she travels extensively from her facilities at Fox Grove Farm in Ocala, FL, and Royal Palm Ranch in Bessemer, MI, to teach her Palm Partnership Training method. She is an American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) approved judge and is the only female four-time World Championship Quarter Horse Show Super Horse rider with 34 World and Reserve World Championships. Ms. Palm was a special guest performer at the 1996 Olympics and was named 2000 AQHA Female Equestrian of the Year by the Women’s Sports Foundation. In 2003 she was the recipient of Equine Affaire’s Exceptional Equestrian Educator Award, and she was titled Horsewoman of the year in 2006 and 2007 by the American Quarter Horse Association. In 2010, she presented at the World Equestrian Games as a clinician and entertainer, and in 2011, she rode Larks Home Run to an Overall High Point AQHA Dressage Horse award. Ms. Palm is a regular commentator on RFD-TV and Horse TV and frequently contributes articles to leading equine publications.

Tommie Turvey

General & Trick Training

Tommie Turvey, known to many as the Equine Extremist, grew up loving and riding horses. His unique path to training and showmanship began at the age of 10 when he was hired to present completely unknown horses in the auction ring. As an adult Mr. Turvey expanded his skill set working first for the Medieval Times Dinner Theater and then for the Arabian Nights in Florida. Adept at trick training, Roman riding, and liberty training, Tommie Turvey joined Euro Disney as a trainer and performer at the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show in Paris, France, before touring throughout Europe performing with several other shows. After being recruited and hired by the Hanaford Circus, he returned to the United States and performed with the circus for three years. In 1992 Tommie Turvey obtained his SAG card and embarked on a parallel career using his natural athletic skills as a stunt man in many movies and TV shows. Over the years Mr. Turvey has developed his own unique horse training techniques based on trust, affection, and understanding that enable him to create, with his equine partners, both family-friendly entertainment and incredible movie and TV stunts. His memorable American Paint Horses, Pokerjoe, Joker, and Ace are stars in their own right, with the first two having been immortalized as Breyer® horse models.

Sandi Simons

General Training & Horsemanship

Sandi Simons grew up in a small rural town and developed a passion for horses at a young age. Despite having a troubled upbringing, becoming a mother at a very young age, and being involved in several abusive personal relationships, she always had hope for a better life and knew horses would always be waiting for her. After meeting horseman her husband, David Simons, she was determined to regain her old skills as a rider and to overcome her fears and lack of confidence. Since then, Ms. Simons has helped thousands of women all over Australia and the United States find the strength within to overcome their perceived limitations and face their fears, both with their horses and in their lives. She has penned the books A Life Worth Riding, Creating Confidence, and Creating Confidence for Kids, as well as produced several DVDs. The Simons currently operate a private training facility in Drysdale, Victoria, Australia.

Jim Wofford

Eventing

Jimmy Wofford is a five-time Olympic medalist who is internationally renowned as a leading competitor, trainer, and coach in the field of eventing. Mr. Wofford was born and raised on a horse farm in Kansas where he first learned to ride under the experienced tutelage of his father, Col. John Wofford. Col. Wofford was a retired cavalry officer who was a member of the 1932 Olympic squad. Jimmy Wofford was a member of the USET’s Three Day Event squad from 1965 to 1985, and he rode on the 1968, 1972, and 1980 (alternate) Olympic teams. He won an individual silver medal in 1980, an individual bronze in 1970, team silver medals in 1968 and 1972, and a team bronze in 1978. He also competed on the 1970 and 1978 World Championship squads and was a five-time winner of the U.S. National Combined Training Championships. Mr. Wofford attended Rutgers University and graduated from the business school at the University of Colorado. He has served as Vice President of the United States Equestrian Team, as a member of the Board of Directors and as President of the American Horse Shows Association, and as a member of the Board of the United States Combined Training Association. He has had at least one student on every Olympic and World Championship Team since 1978.

Mette Rosencrantz

Dressage

Mette Rosencrantz was born in Sweden where she started riding and teaching at a very young age, following in her Olympic Gold Medalist grandfather’s footsteps. Ms. Rosencrantz received her teaching degree from Strömsholm, Sweden’s most prestigious school for riding instructors, where she eventually became the head instructor. Ms. Rosencrantz was a two-time member of the Swedish national dressage team and was selected to ride in the Moscow Olympics. Since becoming a United States citizen in 2000, Ms. Rosencrantz has become a five-time U.S. National Champion competitor. She is currently based at Mill Creek Equestrian Center in Topanga, CA, where she runs a dressage training stable with horses and riders of all levels and from which she campaigns her two Grand Prix horses, Cenna and Marron, among other FEI horses. In addition to her equestrian accomplishments, Mette Rosencrantz holds a Master’s degree in physical/sport education.

Julie Winkel

Hunter / Jumper

Julie Winkel has enjoyed an equestrian career which includes success as a competitor as well as a lifelong commitment to the organizations governing the sport of jumping. She has won multiple Grand Prix’s and many hunter championships, designed courses, and officiated at many prestigious events including Devon, The Hampton Classic, the ASPCA Maclay Finals, the USEF Medal Finals, and many others. In addition Ms. Winkel has served as a licensed hunter, equitation, hunter breeding and jumper judge since 1984. Julie Winkel owns and operates Maplewood, Inc. in Reno, NV, which is a training, sales, and breeding facility. In addition to conducting clinics, designing courses, and judging, Ms. Winkel writes a monthly column for Practical Horseman’s “Conformation Clinic,” and is a contributing columnist to Warmbloods Today Magazine, In Stride magazine, The Chronicle of the Horse, and the EquestrianCoach Blog.

Linda Langmeier

Hunter / Jumper

Linda Langmeier and her husband, Kenny, own and operate Kelianda Farm, Inc. in East Granby, CT, where they train top equitation, hunter, and jumper riders. Ms. Langmeier was the 1983 Maclay winner in addition to winning various other events and awards including the Sugarbush Grand Prix, the 2013 Fidelity Grand Prix, and the two-time Insilco Horse of the Year with Inconnu. As an individual, Linda Langmeier competed at the 1989 World Cup Finals in Tampa, FL. Over the years Kelianda Farm has produced many national and international champions in the pony, hunter, jumper and equitation divisions. Most notable is Linda Langmeier’s daughter, McKayla, who won the 2015 National ASPCA Maclay finals making the Langmeiers the only mother-daughter pair in history to have both won the prestigious award.

Nicholas Fyffe

Dressage

Nicholas Fyffe is a native of Australian who currently trains as part of Marcus Fyffe Dressage at Stillpoint Farm in Wellington, FL, offering a depth of experience from starting young horses to training for international competition. Mr. Fyffe began his career as an international three-day eventer, but eventually chose to focus solely on dressage. He trained intensively with top international riders in Germany where he gained a wealth of information that today guides his adaptable, goal-oriented training approach that puts the welfare of the horse first. Mr. Fyffe contributed to the Australian team’s gold medal at the 2007 Tri Nations Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa, and he has ridden on four consecutive Nations Cup Teams in Wellington, FL. Nicholas Fyffe has also qualified multiple horses for the World Young Horse Championships and has shown five horses to Grand Prix, including Fiero HGF. Mr. Fyffe is currently listed on the Australian National Dressage Future Squad.

Daniel Stewart

Equestrian Sport Psychology over Fences

Daniel Stewart has been a successful international competitor, trainer, and coach for more than 25 years. From 1999 to 2007 Mr. Stewart coached riders on several United States equestrian teams to success at many World Championships, World Equestrian Games, and Olympics. In addition to working with riders in the United States, he has trained riders throughout Europe, Canada, Mexico, and other countries around the world. Daniel Stewart holds a degree in exercise science and psychology and is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on equestrian sport psychology, athletics, and performance. He teaches clinics and seminars to thousands of riders each year and is a popular guest speaker at equestrian conventions and meetings. Daniel Stewart is the author of the equestrian sport psychology book, Pressure Proof Your Riding, the rider fitness book, Ride Right, and an equestrian fitness DVD titled “E-90-EQ.” He has served as the equestrian sport psychology expert for the USEA, USPC, and many other equestrian associations and been the subject of countless print media articles. Mr. Stewart currently resides in Naples, FL, where he teaches online instructor certification courses to riders wanting to teach his sport psychology and fitness clinics, seminars, and workshops.

Doug Leasor

Barrel Racing & Pole Bending

Doug Leasor, born and raised in Kentucky, found his niche with Quarter horses even in the midst of Thoroughbred country. Mr. Leasor grew up competing in team roping and barrel racing and has since trained horses that have gone on to excel in all disciplines. His accomplishments include training horses to become American Quarter Horse Association high point title earners, Congress champions, and AQHA World Show finalists. Mr. Leasor also has a knack for coaching youth and amateur riders who have won multiple titles at the Paint World Championships and Congress in both youth and novice youth events. In addition to his training horses for speed events at Leasor Quarter Horses located in Holland, MA, Mr. Leasor also teaches clinics across the United States and Canada and instructs others through his video series, “Starting the Speed Event Horse.” He has been featured in numerous horse publications including the AQHA Journal and Horse Illustrated with articles outlining his techniques for keeping speed event horses attentive, responsive, and easy to ride.

Sterling Graburn

Driving

Sterling Graburn is based in Paris, KY, where he specializes in teaching horses and their people to ride and drive. Mr. Graburn has been deeply immersed in the disciplines of dressage, combined training, and combined driving his entire life. He is a nationally recognized handler of sport horses who has won numerous championships including Dressage at Devon and Horse of the Year Awards from the USDF and USEF. While he presents horses for breed inspections and sport horse in-hand shows, his true love is the sport of driving. Since 1978 Sterling Graburn has competed in both pleasure and combined driving events with singles, pairs, tandems, unicorns, and four-in-hands at both the national and international levels. His competitive accomplishments are impressive and include winning three FEI Top Driver Awards, Single Horse Champion Titles at the North American Challenge in 2004, 2005, and 2008, and the USEF National Combined Driving Single Horse Champion Title in 2008 and 2012. Mr. Graburn has also represented the United States a driver or co-driver in five World Championships.

Stephanie Lynn

Hunter under Saddle, Western Pleasure

Stephanie Lynn has been training and showing horses and coaching riders for more than 35 years. She grew up showing in stock classes and, during adolescence, focused on competing with Quarter Horses. After she graduated from high school, Ms. Lynn worked for Lynn Palm for two years before moving to Texas and starting her own training business. She is a multiple World Champion and All American Quarter Horse Congress Champion whose students have won World and Congress Championships in divisions ranging from working hunter and pleasure driving to western riding and equitation. Stephanie Lynn is also an accomplished judge who most recently officiated at the 2015 Congress, the 2014 NSBA and Select World Shows, the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show, and the 2012 APHA Youth World and Novice Championship Shows. For all of her accomplishments as a competitor, coach, and judge, Stephanie Lynn was awarded the AQHA’s Professional Horsewoman of the Year award in 2015. She is the author of The Good Rider Series and A Lifetime Affair: Lessons Learned Living my Passion. Ms. Lynn currently resides in Kenosha, WI, where she continues to ride, coach, and work for the National Snaffle Bit Association.

Kevin Oliver

Ranch Horse Versatility & Reining

Kevin Oliver of Snaffle Bit Quarter Horses in Canyon, TX, teaches horses from the perspective of a working cowboy. His approach to training teaches patience and understanding to build a successful partnership between horse and rider. Mr. Oliver has placed 3rd and 4th at the National Reined Cow Horse Association World Championships and been in the top ten for the Ranch Pleasure Division at the American Quarter Horse Association World Championships. Kevin Oliver holds a Bachelor of Science in ranch management from West Texas State University, is an American Quarter Horse Association judge specializing in ranch horse versatility, an active member of the National Reining Horse Association and National Reined Cow Horse Association, and a board member of the Panhandle Golden Spread Quarter Horse Association. He is a contributor to the American Quarter Horse Association Journal, Farnam’s Life With Horses, and the “Walk in Our Boots” video program for Horse & Rider magazine.

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Sean Patrick

Trail Riding

Sean Patrick’s initial insights into trail riding and horsemanship were gathered during more than a decade of guiding high-country pack trips and mounted big game adventures through the wilderness of British Columbia, Canada. Over the course of 24 years he advanced his horsemanship by training alongside many top horsemen, attending the Oklahoma Horseshoeing School, participating in the John Lyons Certification Program, competing in the Road to the Horse Wildcard twice, and conducting riding clinics throughout North America. He has published more than 160 articles featured in Trail Blazer, Western Horseman, Equus, Horse & Rider and regional newspapers. Mr. Patrick is also the author and creator of a book and DVD series titled The Modern Horseman’s Countdown to Broke which are complete “how to” guides for horse owners who wish to train their horses from beginning to end. Sean Patrick continues teaching, training, and writing from Pioneer Trail Reserve in New Smyrna Beach, FL.

Larry Whitesell & Jennifer Bauer

Easy Gaited Horses

Larry Whitesell’s name is almost synonymous with excellence in gaited horse performance. He has been a renowned gaited horseman since 1980 and has won numerous regional, national, and grand national championships as well as Trainer of the Year honors in 2002. In addition to competing in the show ring, Larry Whitesell has held judges’ cards in several gaited breeds. Over the years, Mr. Whitesell began looking for ways to achieve correctness and lightness in gaited horses and to create mounts that riders could count on to be safe and dependable. He began studying classical dressage in the early 1990s from contemporary masters who had studied under Nuno Oliveira and at classical schools in Europe. Larry Whitesell quickly learned that horses were more consistent in their gait and could perform gaits with a wider range of speeds when classically trained. He now travels the United States and Canada appearing at clinics and equine expositions, promoting his belief that making things better for the horse creates a smoother, safer, more dependable mount.

Heidi Potter

Clicker & Positive Reinforcement Training

Heidi Potter owns and operates the New England Center for Horsemanship, an equine facility in Guilford, VT, that specializes in natural horsemanship and horse agility training and Centered Riding® instruction. Ms. Potter possesses a lifetime of experience riding and working with horses. She honed her understanding of natural horsemanship techniques working with John Lyons and other trainers in the 1990s before turning her focus to Centered Riding®. She became a Centered Riding Instructor in 1998 and is now a Level III Centered Riding® clinician who assists riders of all disciplines to find improved comfort, confidence, balance, and communication. In 2004 Heidi Potter became a Certified Master Instructor with the Certified Horsemanship Association and in 2006 she attained CHA certification as a Clinic Instructor. As a natural style trainer Heidi Potter specializes in the gentle and progressive way of working with horses. Her ability to read the horse and then progress with calmness, clarity, and consistency has proven successful in building more safe, trusting, respectful, and enjoyable partnerships between horses and their humans.

Sandy Croote

Miniature Horses

Sandy Croote is a breeder of champion Miniature Horses as well as a carded judge for the American Miniature Horse Association, the American Miniature Horse Registry, the United States Equestrian Federation for Shetlands, and many other organizations. Her experience with horses in various disciplines began in 1983. It was the high-stepping, refined action of Saddlebred-type horses and Hackneys that initially caught her eye and eventually led her to Miniature Horses. By 2000 Ms. Croote owned her first mini that went on to win several AMHR national championships the following year. From her home in Esperance, NY, Sandy Croote has worked and travelled with top industry trainers and clinicians to strengthen her training and observation skills. In addition, her success in breeding Miniature Horses earned her the title of Champion Breeder of the Year by the World Class Miniature Horse Registry in both 2006 and 2010. Sandy Croote’s Miniature Horses have been shown with much success, taking numerous national, world, futurity, Hall of Fame and Horse of the Year titles.

Bud Allen

Equine Chiropractic

Dr. Bud Allen is a veterinarian who combines traditional and alternative approaches to veterinary care in the treatment of his equine, canine, feline, and exotic animal patients. He received his formal veterinary training at Michigan State University at which he also earned a master of science in reproductive physiology. Dr. Allen is co-owner of Family Veterinary Center in Haydenville, MA, where he specializes in veterinary acupuncture and chiropractics. He is certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. His professional affiliations include the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, and the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Allen served as the chairperson for the Veterinary Chiropractic course at Tufts University College of Veterinary Medicine and frequently shares his expertise as a lecturer for clubs and associations. He enjoys helping pet owners become aware of chiropractic and acupuncture treatment options available.

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Sidesaddle

Deb Bennett, PhD

Anatomy & Biomechanics

Dr. Deb Bennett is an authority on the classification, evolution, anatomy, and biomechanics of fossil and living horses and has conducted extensive research on the history of horse domestication and individual horse breeds. A 1984 graduate of the University of Kansas and a former staff member of the Smithsonian Institution, she is the founder of the California-based Equine Studies Institute and a strong believer in the benefits of fostering higher education in horsemanship. “Dr. Deb” rides and trains and has competed in a wide variety of disciplines over a 30-year span. Practicing a system she coined “Perjustice,” she focuses on the old art and science of using the horse’s innate powers of movement to develop him as an excellent riding companion. In addition to having published four books on horse-related topics, Deb Bennett has served as a consulting editor and frequent contributor to Equus Magazine and has been published in many other major horse magazines in North America. She is a major contributor to the Elsevier World Animal Science Encyclopedia and the Smithsonian Institution’s “Seeds of Change” Columbus Quincentenary volume.

Karin Bump, PhD

Equine Colleges, Equine Rescues

Dr. Karin Bump is a Full Professor within the Division of Business and Management at Cazenovia College in Cazenovia, NY. For more than 20 years she has taught a full complement of equine and business-related courses, served as an academic advisor to a large number of students, and held leadership roles on numerous faculty committees. Dr. Bump earned her Bachelor of Science in companion animal biology and Master of Science in equine exercise physiology and nutrition from the University of Illinois and completed her doctorate in higher education and policy studies at the University of Albany in 2009. She is the Founder and Director of the National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics, the Chair of the Equine Committee for the New York Farm Bureau, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Equine Science Society. Dr. Bump is also a Certified Professional Animal Scientist who spearheads several national research projects related to horses. Her areas of special interest include horse rescue, retired racehorses, and politics and policy setting pertaining to animal care and use.

Susan Cain, PhD

Rider Skills Assessment

Dr. Susan Cain is an organizational consultant and founder of RidingStyles.com, the assessments for equestrians. Dr. Cain specializes in transferring critical concepts gleaned from the equine world to the personal and organizational development world and is the co-author of two books exploring these concepts: Life Lessons From The Man Who Listens to Horses and Horse Sense for Leaders: Building Trust-Based Relationships. Dr. Cain received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology at Elmhurst College in 1979, her Master of Arts in clinical social work at The University of Chicago in 1986, and her doctoral degree in organizational development at Argosy University Chicago in 2010. Susan Cain has owned horses since she was a teenager and currently enjoys pleasure and trail riding. As an organizational coach she has applied personality theory to horseback riding and developed the “Riding Styles Assessment,” the “Riding Instructor Styles Assessment,” and the “Riding Professional Styles Assessment” to help equestrians and coaches identify how their personality styles impact their relationships with their horses and students.

Steffany Dragon

Nutrition

Steffany Dragon is an Equine Consultant for the Cargill Equine Enterprise Team in and around the Dover, FL area. Representing Nutrena and Progressive Nutrition, she develops on-farm nutrition programs for farms with 10 or more horses. Ms. Dragon holds a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with an equine emphasis as well as a Master of Science from the University of Florida. Prior to joining Cargill, Ms. Dragon conducted research at both the University of Florida and Auburn Universit, served as a University of Florida Extension Faculty member, was a certified equine sports massage practitioner, and was employed as a territory manager for a veterinary company. In addition to her professional career focusing on equine nutrition, Ms. Dragon is an avid horse owner, trainer, and hunter/jumper competitor with more than 30 years of hands-on equine experience.

Al Fox, PhD

Abscesses, Thrush

Dr. Al Fox is the President and owner of Equine Technologies, Inc., of Sudbury, MA, which has introduced CleanTrax® Deep Penetrating Hoof Cleanser and designed and developed the functional shock absorbers, ShockTamer® Hoofpads. Throughout his professional career Dr. Fox has focused on the causes, destructive mechanisms, and treatment of hoof and skin infections and the nature, effects, and control of concussive forces on the horse. Dr. Fox earned his Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry at Tufts University and his Master of Science and doctoral degree in biological sciences and microbiology at Rutgers University. He has developed and promoted hoof-care products for the last 20 years, authored more than 30 articles in juried scientific journals, and authored or co-authored 35 U.S. patents. Dr. Fox combines his extensive scientific background with a genuine concern for the well-being of horses.

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Richard Godbee, PhD

Nutrition, Horse Management

Dr. Richard Godbee is Director of Technical Sciences for Farnam Companies, Inc. in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Godbee received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture and Master of Science in ruminant nutrition from the University of Georgia. In 1978 he completed his doctoral degree in animal nutrition and nutritional biochemistry with an emphasis in equine from Colorado State University. During his professional career, Dr. Godbee has served as a faculty or adjunct faculty member and has been a member of the graduate committees for master and doctoral candidates for several universities. He has numerous publications in both peer-reviewed journals and popular press on multiple species and has been invited to present in a variety of venues. His research interest has most recently included the effect of nutrition on immunity and inflammation. He is Board Certified in Animal Nutrition by the American College of Animal Science and has achieved Professional Animal Scientist status in the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists with a specialty in horses. Dr. Godbee is not only a nutrition specialist, but also an avid horseman and competitor in the cutting horse arena.

Liv Gude

Grooming & Clipping

Liv Gude is a professional groomer known for her expertise in grooming horses for presentation as well as daily care including early detection of illnesses, diseases, lameness, and overall health. Ms. Gude has been on the back of a horse since the age of six and her own varied equestrian career has included riding hunters, jumpers, cutters, reiners, and, ultimately, Grand Prix level dressage horses. She had the distinct honor of starting her professional grooming career with Olympic dressage rider, Guenter Seidel. After many years of grooming, Liv Gude saw the need to bring professional grooms of all disciplines together in a supportive, informative community. In 2011 she founded Professional Equine Grooms, an online community that provides resources about the grooming industry, employment, and horse care. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University and has contributed articles on grooming-related topics to Chronicle of the Horse, Practical Horseman, Dressage Today, Equine Wellness, and Horse Illustrated.

Connie Johnson Hambley

Author

Connie Johnson Hambley writes high-concept thrillers featuring remarkable women entangled in modern day crimes surrounding the horse world. Ms. Hambley grew up on a dairy farm in New York where she had plenty of space to ride the family’s six horses. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts from Manhattanville College and her law degree from Vermont Law School, she moved to Boston and engaged in a career that included writing for Bloomberg Business Week and Nature. Connie Hambley decided to forego her career in law and finance to write suspense novels that include The Charity and The Troubles as part of The Jessica Trilogy. These thrillers take equestrienne Jessica Wyeth through the high stakes world of Thoroughbred racing and on to Ireland to discover her past. The third book in The Jessica Trilogy, The Wake, will be released next year. From her home in Rowley, MA, Connie Hambley keeps horses in her life by volunteering as a horse handler at Windrush Farm, a therapeutic riding center located in North Andover.

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Melissa Haskell, DVM

Veterinary

Dr. Melissa Haskell is a large animal veterinarian who specializes in toxicology and equine reproduction. She graduated from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and completed her Large Animal Medicine Internship at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2011 Dr. Haskell was certified as a Diplomate in the American Board of Toxicology. She has taught courses in equine reproduction and equine pathology and disease at both Becker College in Leicester, MA, and Mount Ida College in Newton, MA. Dr. Haskell has presented her research findings at the annual meetings of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, the Academy of Surgical Research, and the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. In addition to relating to horses as veterinarian, Dr. Haskell is also an active equestrienne who participates in trail rides and hunter paces on her Percheron/Thoroughbred gelding and shows locally on her Warmblood cross.

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Carole Herder

Hoof Care

Carole Herder is President and founder of Cavallo Horse & Rider, Inc. a company based in Roberts Creek, British Columbia that specializes in developing and distributing innovative comfort and protection products for horses and riders. Ms. Herder holds a degree in business administration from Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, and has taken courses in hoof anatomy with an emphasis on function and physics. She possesses a true passion for the comfort of horses and believes that caring for hooves naturally and keeping horses barefoot is best. Ms. Herder developed the line of Cavallo Boots to meet the needs of horses ridden on terrain that the bare hoof is not conditioned to and also designed the Total Comfort System Saddle Pads to address the sort backs of horses ridden under saddle. She presents clinics worldwide and strives to educate horse owners while also identifying, designing, and manufacturing new products that for horses and the people who care for them. Carole Herder is the co-author of The Cavallo Barefoot Trim and the author of the recently-released book There are No Horseshoes in Heaven. In her spare time she enjoys barrel racing and trail riding on her Quarter Horse mare.

Cat Hill

Grooming & Clipping

Cat Hill is a professional groomer and the co-founder of World Class Grooming, LLC, which operates out of Corning, NY, and Aiken, SC. The company’s mission is to help elevate the level of care and understanding that all horses experience, no matter the discipline. Cat Hill has been around horses most of her life. She rode show hunters as a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Team at the University of Geneseo and worked with show jumpers and eventers at the Mullingar Equestrian Center in Ireland. After returning to the United States, Ms. Hill spent time with various notable Grand Prix dressage and show jumping riders which ultimately led her to her working for Craig Thompson to learn about top level grooming at events. She began freelancing as a groom and has worked a wide range of events from local fairs to the Pan Am Games. Ms. Hill is a member of the United States Eventing Association, the United States Equestrian Federation, and Pro Grooms, and is the co-author of the popular equestrian book World Class Grooming for Horses.

Pegg Johnson

Sewing Show Clothes

Pegg Johnson is the owner of Show Clothes Unlimited in Brown City, MI, a business is dedicated to helping home seamstresses create their own show clothing. Ms. Johnson received her first sewing machine at the age of 10, taught herself to sew, and soon began making her own western and saddle seat show clothing. When her children started competing, she sewed their show clothing and rodeo shirts and eventually took on customers. Pegg Johnson soon realized that many home seamstresses wanted to learn how to make show clothes for their own children or grandchildren. As her business expanded, she began exhibiting at expos around the country. In 2011 Ms. Johnson produced the first of several equestrian wear instructional DVDs and books which then led to the launch of sewing classes and sewing retreats. Show Clothes Unlimited has been featured in Rein Magazine, Horses of Michigan, Paint Horse Journal, Quarter Horse Journal, and various newspapers.

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Abby Keegan, MS

Nutrition

Abby Keegan is currently a member of the Cargill Animal Nutrition Equine Technology Team based in Mount Vernon, IA. In her role as the Equine Innovation & Application Lead at Cargill, Ms. Keegan connects research and development with real-world application as she assists Cargill in the creation of new products, services, and solutions that support improving horse health. Ms. Keegan received her Bachelor of Science in animal science from Iowa State University and her Master of Science in animal science from Kansas State University. She is passionate about educating horse owners and veterinarians and has guest lectured at various veterinary schools, taught continuing education courses on nutrition for equine veterinarians in several states, and has also taught equine nutrition for the Master of Equine Program at Iowa State University. She has also shared her expertise as a speaker at the American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention and the Wellington Equestrian Festival.

David Kennard

Fencing

David Kennard is the owner of Wellscroft Fence Systems, LLC in Harrisville, NH, and a specialist in designing, estimating, and distributing electric and physical horse fences suited to the northeast climate. A recipient of the prestigious Andrew L. Felker Award for distinguished achievement in fostering the economic advancement of agriculture in New Hampshire, Mr. Kennard has more than 40 years of experience providing fencing solutions. For the equine industry, he has specifically developed and implemented electric fencing alerts to warn horse owners when the fence is not working or the voltage is too low. Mr. Kennard offers training for individuals and conducts clinics and lectures at various farm conferences. He has also contributed to articles in Farming Magazine, Country Folks Newspaper, and several farm journals.

Callie King

Horse Behavior, Manners

Callie King owns and operates CRK Training and Honey Brook Stables in Honey Brook, PA, where she has been training and teaching professionally for six years. She has owned and ridden horses from a very young age in a number of disciplines including, hunters, jumpers, eventing, endurance, and competitive trail. In her evidence-based training approach, Ms. King believes that developing an understanding of the behavior of a horse and then training it in a way that is consistent with learning psychology is the most effective approach to training. She has contributed to articles in Horse Nation and CAP (a Dutch magazine) and is the recipient of the 2011 Alltech Young Scientist Award for a research paper on joint supplements. Part of Ms. Keegan’s training program features online video courses including the Balanced Riding Course, Calm & Confident Rider Program, and training journals for basic training and problem solving.

Becky McKee

Kinesiology Taping

Dr. Becky McKee is the owner and operator of Equi-Balance, a practice based in Grass Valley, CA, devoted to bringing horses (and dogs and people) into balance through a process Dr. McKee calls, “Straightening out crooked horses and riders.” Becky McKee possesses 25 years of experience of bodywork on horses focused on biomechanical balancing and she works to create effective horse-and-rider teams involved in all disciplines. Dr. McKee received her Bachelor of Science in physical education and science and a Master’s degree in sports medicine and athletic training at the University of Illinois prior to completing her doctoral degree in holistic nutrition at Clayton College. She conducts clinics in Colorado and at the Cloud Walker Healing Ranch in California and is the author of the book, Woman, Find Your Voice, Power, Vision. She is also a certified RocDoc utilizing Rocktape.

Dan Moore, DVM

Pastures, Metabolic Diseases

Dr. Dan Moore is a practicing holistic veterinarian based in Unicoi, TN, who is known as The Natural Horse Vet® - or simply “Dr. Dan.” Dan Moore received a degree in animal science from North Carolina State University prior to earning his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1980 at Auburn School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Dan is the founder of The Natural Horse Vet®, an online source of information, products, and services about natural alternatives to traditional drugs and chemicals for people, pets, and horses. He has combined more than 20 years of study in the field of herbal nutrition with completion of both professional and advanced courses in veterinary homeopathy and extensive studies in veterinary orthopedic manipulation. Dr. Dan has been featured on RFD-TV’s “At the Clinic” series as well as the Outdoor Channel and has written extensively for publications including Holistic Horse Magazine, The Natural Horse Magazine, and Equine Wellness Magazine. In addition to his professional career, Dan Moore has long been active in the Rocky Mountain Horse world where he has won numerous national championships and served in various Board positions within the breed.

Dale Myler

Bitting

Dale Myler and his brothers, Ron and Bob Myler, are third generation horsemen and three of the leading bit designers in the world. Dale Myler rode and trained horses and competed in rodeos and western riding events in the early 1980s. Through his extensive experience with horses, he discovered the need for different bits than those that were available at the time. The Mylers began designing and testing bits that horses would not resist and that would enable horses to focus on their work. Myler Bits was born after seeing the success of the first custom bits in their training and riding program. Dale Myler’s extensive research into equine dentistry and physiology has evolved our understanding of not only the mechanics of bits, but also how they can contribute to communication between horse and rider. Known for his kind and thoughtful approach, Mr. Myler regularly shares his knowledge about the horse’s mouth, how bits work, bitting and training levels, signs of resistance to the bit, and how to properly bit a horse. He has presented at seminars and bitting clinics throughout the world and is adept at bitting various disciplines including barrel racing, cutting, dressage, eventing, hunters/jumpers, reining, roping, western pleasure, and more.

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Jessica Normand

Colic, Supplements

Jessica Normand serves at the National Director of Equine Health Education at SmartPak. She is a 2003 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she earned a Bachelor of Science in animal science. In her time at SmartPak, Ms. Normand has helped develop the company’s line of SmartSupplements as well as their ColiCare colic surgery reimbursement program. She is a member of the Lippitt Morgan Club and Parelli Natural Horsemanship program, and she volunteers at Wild Hearts Horses for Heroes out of West Bridgewater, MA. A lifelong horsewoman, Ms. Normand has competed in hunter/jumper and dressage and has spent many hours trail riding in the Wyoming wilderness.

Kelly O'Brien

Safety, General Horsemanship

Kelly O’Brien is the owner/operator of Training by Kelly O’Brien and Concord Equestrian Center, a 20-stall boarding and training facility in Concord, NH. As a John and Josh Lyons Certified Trainer and a Level II Advanced Practitioner of Shamballa energies, Ms. O’Brien combines Conditioned Response with Shamballa to promote a calm horse and rider.Kelly. O’Brien is also a Therasage EMC certified Equine Massage Therapist specializing in performance horse athletic massage. Kelly O’Brien has more than 40 years of experience with horses and 25 years as an instructor and trainer with various breeds of horses from Appaloosas to Thoroughbreds in a variety of disciplines including western pleasure, reining, and hunter under saddle. Though she is no longer an active competitor, Ms. O’Brien devotes her time to training and rehabbing horses. She has received numerous year-end awards from the Granite State Appaloosa Circuit and has served on the Board of the New Hampshire Quarter Horse Association.

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Betsey Reeves

United States Pony Club

Betsey Reeves of Groton, MA, has been involved with the sport of eventing and the United States Pony Clubs since the 1960s. She is a veteran eventing trainer, competitor, judge, and organizer. In addition to being a USPC national examiner, Ms. Reeves is also a USPC instructor and judge and a member of the USPC Advisory Board. Currently she serves as the USPC’s central New England regional supervisor. The USPC has honored her with its Founder’s Award and its Legend award.

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Mark Reilly, DVM

Veterinary

Dr. Mark Reilly has spent more than 25 years caring for competitive and pleasure horses of all breeds and disciplines. After earning his 1991 Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University, he spent several years working with Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds racing at East Coast tracks. In 1995 he established a large-animal practice on Cape Cod, which later merged with a small-animal practice to become Mid-Cape Animal Hospital. In 2006 he opened his South Shore Equine Clinic and Diagnostic Center in Plympton, MA, where his interests include surgery, diagnostic imaging, preventive health care, and internal medicine, as well as lameness and respiratory disease. During his extensive career Dr. Reilly has worked with Thoroughbreds competing in the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup, Standardbreds competing in the Hambletonian Stake, and show horses throughout the Northeast and on the Florida winter circuit. In 2007 he became certified as an equine specialist by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners—making him the only Board certified equine practitioner in New England. Dr. Reilly has given presentations at local, state, and international equine conferences and published numerous articles in the AAEP Proceedings.

Stefanie Reinhold

Massage, Classical Horsemanship

Stefanie Reinhold is a certified equine massage practitioner and Masterson Method™ practitioner and former instructor who is passionate about resolving pain and trauma-related behavioral and performance issues in sport horses. Through her Path to Performance™ clinics Ms. Reinhold teaches how to recognize restrictions that lead to performance decline and helps to release these restrictions by guiding the horse through targeted exercises. The three-prong approach—relax, supple, gymnasticize—combines bodywork, behavioral approaches, and the teachings of classical German horsemanship. The result is improved performance and often an improved attitude and willingness in the horse. During the past nine years, Stefanie Reinhold has worked with well over 2,000 different horses including champion endurance horses, top breeding studs, and all kinds of pleasure horses both the United States and Germany. With her mentor, Jim Masterson, she co-authored the book Beyond Horse Massage; she has also published her English translation of the HDV12 German Cavalry Manual—the original source of the “training scale”—through Xenophon Publishing. Reinhold’s Horse Wellness is based in Madison, WI.

Sheila Ryan

Alternative Therapies, Animal Communication

Sheila Ryan began studying “hands on” healing after being drawn to understanding the needs and emotions of humans and animals 25 years ago. She became aware that, when she stood beside or touched a living being, she would “get” information about them. She receives information about all kinds of things, from a person’s childhood experiences, to their love of something, to the pain that they feel. Ms. Ryan holds a doctorate in divinity and is an ordained minister. In her pursuit of the healing arts, she has studied dowsing, bio energy analysis, nutrition and lameness reflex points, myofascial lymph work, essential oils, acupressure, fung shui, hands on energy work, herbalism, bach flower remedies, homeopathy, and other healing modalities. While integrating all of these areas into her work, she has found that her primary talent is in communication. Through her business, Holistic Hope, based in West Kingston, RI, Ms. Ryan uses “touch” to ease the mental and emotional suffering of her clients.

Jochen Schleese

Saddle Fit

In 1985 Jochen Schleese was certified as the youngest master saddler in Europe. As a Certified Master Saddler, Mr. Schleese was honored to be named the official saddler for the 1986 World Dressage Championships as well as for the 2005, 2007, and 2009 World Cup Finals. Mr. Schleese worked with the Canadian Government to develop a three-year recognized apprenticeship program in the trade of saddlery. He holds a patent on his innovative and unique AdapTree®, and his company, Schleese Saddlery, has won numerous industry and business awards over the past 30 years. Jochen Schleese established Saddlefit 4 Life® in 2006 to train and certify equine professionals using his 80-point diagnostic saddle fit evaluation. He teaches at various equine universities, conferences, and professional trainer associations in North America and Europe and is the author of the best-selling book Suffering in Silence: The Saddle Fit Link to Physical and Psychological Trauma in Horses.

UMASS 4H

Horse Hippology

Sharon Wilsie

Horse Body Language, Equine Assisted Therapy

Sharon Wilsie is the founder and owner/operator of Wilsie Way Horsemanship in Westminster, VT, where she specializes in demystifying horse body language. Ms. Wilsie has been working with horses since 1983 and has had experience in the show ring, driving, and as a professional trail riding guide and intercollegiate coach. Throughout her career she has introduced and developed the 4 G’s of Horse Speak, the Biomechanics of Body Wisdom Riding, and Equine Assisted Learning for Landmark College and the Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center. By creating a calm, safe environment no matter what the outer circumstances may be, her methods transfer insight to any training, rehabilitation, or therapeutic system. Over the years, Ms. Wilsie has also been involved with a variety of rescues including Dorcet Equine Rescue, Save Your Ass Long-Ears Rescue, Live and Let Live Rescue, and was a guest speaker at Vermont Law School regarding the status of horse rescues. Her book Horse Speak: The Equine-HumanTranslation Guide is slated for release this year.

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