The Presenters at Equine Affaire®

Learn from the Best at the 2017 Equine Affaire

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 2017 Equine Affaire in Ohio to share their expertise on a wide range of equestrian disciplines and topics and offer unparalleled learning opportunities. Plan your trip to Columbus 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.

2017 Clinic, Seminar and Demo Schedule

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.

Dan James

General Training & Horsemanship

Dan James is yet another outstanding horseman who has emerged from the horse trainer breeding grounds of Australia. Mr. James was raised on a cattle ranch near Queensland where he developed a passion for horses at a very early age and was breaking and training horses by the time he was a teenager. Dan James traveled to Japan and then the United States to gain knowledge and experience training horses. He worked under the tutelage of renowned cutting horse trainer, Punk Carter, before returning to Australia and taking a position managing up to 200 horses on a vast cattle operation. Mr. James’ aptitude for trick riding and entertaining first emerged at this ranch where he periodically performed for guests. In 2008 he left the outback to find his audience—and began training and performing at El Caballo Spanish Horse Centre. It was there that he met his performance partner, Dan Steers, with whom he has developed and promoted “Double Dan Horsemanship.” Dan James’ competitive accomplishments include being the 2012 Road to the Horse World Champion, the 2014 Freestyle Reining Champion at the Kentucky Reining Cup, a Mustang Million Finalist, and winning the “Way of the Horse” at Equitana Asia Pacific. He and Dan Steers also participated in the World Equestrian Games in 2010. Mr. James’ philosophy is to push the limits of horsemanship and entertainment while providing knowledge and understanding of our equine “mates.”

Julie Goodnight

General Training & Horsemanship

Julie Goodnight is a full-time equine professional with more than a quarter of a century of horse training experience. Her varied equestrian background ranges from dressage and jumping to racing, reining, cow horse, colt-starting, and wilderness riding. Ms. Goodnight teaches “Classic Skills for a Natural Ride” that help riders feel more confident in the saddle and understand the “why’s” of horsemanship. She travels coast-to coast to work with riders of all disciplines at horse expos, conferences, and clinics and film her award-winning RFD-TV show, Horse Master. Ms. Goodnight’s no-nonsense horsemanship training techniques are also frequently shared through her articles in Horse Illustrated, The Trail Rider, and other publications. She is the International Spokesperson for the Certified Horsemanship Association and in 2008 she was named Equine Affaire’s Exceptional Equestrian Educator. Julie Goodnight resides with her husband on their ranch near Salida, CO, where they enjoy versatility ranch horse competitions and riding cow horses in their free time.

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 the fundamentals of Palm Partnership Training. 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 to her credit. 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. Most recently she rode Lark's Home Run to seven Western Dressage Association of America World Championships. Ms. Palm frequently contributes articles to leading equine publications along with her online Palm Partners Club.

Brandi Lyons

General Training & Horsemanship

To say that Brandi Lyons has completed the John Lyons certification program would be an understatement. Brandi Lyons grew up under the daily tutelage of her father on the family’s cattle ranch in Colorado and accompanied him on many of his cross country trips to symposia and expos. She now continues the Lyons legacy teaching a new generation of riders and trainers the natural horsemanship training methods she acquired and continued to develop. For the past 18 years, she has been growing and developing her own business in the equine industry and spent many years traveling coast to coast to teach clinics. In 2008, Ms. Lyons took a hiatus from her cross-country travels to raise her daughters. However, it was not long before she started to train horses again and started her own business, No Limits Horsemanship, at her ranch in Rio Verde, AZ. Since then, Ms. Lyons has worked with many riders and horses through clinics, lessons, and a certification program for other trainers hosted at her ranch. She has also resumed her nationwide clinic travels, where she educates horses and riders on horsemanship; ranch sorting; conquering trails and obstacles; performance; and trick training.

Steve Lantvit

General Training

Steve Lantvit is a multiple World Champion and Reserve title winner in ranch horse competition who believes in training versatile, well-rounded, and capable horses and riders through confidence, mutual respect, and solid communication. As an award winning clinician and trainer he builds confidence in horses and riders through cross-training and exposure to a variety of situations, improving their performance and attitude whether on the trail or in the show ring. Mr. Lantvit has used his decades of experience in the horse industry to create his own line of training aids for the every-day horseperson, including training DVDs, tack, and other equipment. He travels the country teaching clinics in addition to training horses teaching lessons, and hosting clinics at his ranch in LaPorte, IN. Steve Lantvit’s shares his incite through a weekly television series, “Sure in the Saddle”, on RFD-TV.

Sandi Simons

General Training & Overcoming Fear

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 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 Simonses currently operate a private training facility in Drysdale, Victoria, Australia.

John Pearce


John Pearce has been competing at the Grand Prix level of show jumping for almost 30 years. He began riding at 11 years of age and spent many years competing in the amateur/owner jumper divisions. In 1990 Mr. Pearce embarked on his career in the Grand Prix ring and quickly rose to the top of the sport. Just two years later he represented Canada on the country’s World Cup Final Team, and in 1998 he was Canada’s top finisher in show jumping at the World Equestrian Games. Mr. Pearce represented Canada again at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games aboard Vagabond. In recent years John Pearce has been a member of the Canadian Equestrian Team for multiple World Cups Finals, World Championships, and Nations Cup competitions. In addition to competing, he enjoys teaching horses and riders to unlock their potential while making training fun. When not travelling for shows or clinics, he and his wife run his training operation, Forest View Farm, in Southern California.

Dick Pieper


Dick Pieper is a nationally-recognized trainer, judge, breeder and authority on conformation as it relates to performance. In the reining horse realm Mr. Pieper’s extensive competition highlights include winning an NRHA Open World Championship and winning or placing at every major reining event in North America and several in Europe. Dick Pieper also has an extensive resume in the cutting arena where he has been a finalist at many events and has won at the Augusta Cutting Horse Futurity and at the Bonanza Cutting Horse Show. He has served as President of the National Reining Horse Association for five years and is a National Reining Horse Association Hall of Fame inductee. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Ranch Horse Association of America. Mr. Pieper has been an approved judge for the American Quarter Horse Association, the National Cutting Horse Association, the National Reined Cow Horse Association, the National Reining Horse Association, and the Ranch Horse Association of America. His judging highlights include The All American Quarter Horse Congress, the AQHA World Show, the AQHA Youth World Show, and the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. Mr. Pieper now focuses his attentions exclusively on personal and client horses, ranching operations, and extensive consulting and clinic services from Circle Bar Ranch in Truscott, TX.

Nicholas Fyffe


Nicholas Fyffe is a native of Australia 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 six horses to Grand Prix, including Fiero HGF. Mr. Fyffe is currently listed on the Australian National Dressage Future Squad.

Chad Crider

Barrel Racing

Chad Crider of Huntingdon, TN, has more than 30 years of experience in the equine industry. He began showing horses at the age of 12 and is now recognized as one of the foremost competitors in barrel racing and pole bending competition. During his stellar career Mr. Crider has received numerous honors, which include being the 2013 AQHA Sr. Barrel Racing World Champion and arena record holder, as well as two previous World Champion titles, four Reserve World Champion titles, five Congress wins, and five AQHA High Point wins. He was also a member of the winning United States team at the Barrel Racing World Cup in Verona, Italy, from 2006-2008 and Barretos, Brazil in 2010. Mr. Crider is a highly sought after clinician who has given presentations in both the United States and internationally. Clinics conducted by Mr. Crider are known for their relaxed atmosphere and abundance of individual attention as he not only strives to help his students become better competitors, but better all-around horsemen as well.

Holly Hudspeth


Holly Hudspeth is an accomplished three-day eventer with more than 20 years of experience training and competing horses in the discipline. Ms. Hudspeth grew up in Minnesota where she spent her early riding years in various English and western disciplines. By the time she was a teenager, her interests and focus turned to eventing. After graduating from college, Ms. Hudspeth spent a couple of years operating her own training business before transitioning to working for several prominent eventers including Phillip Dutton and Karen & David O’Connor. Holly Hudspeth has competed in numerous national and international competitions including the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and the Pan American Games. In addition to competing and bringing horses up through the levels, Ms. Hudspeth also enjoys teaching other riders. She is a United States Eventing Association Level 4 Certified Instructor and has coached the Area 8 Young Rider Team for seven years. She now trains out of Equiventure Farm in Rougemont, NC.

Casi Gilliam

Hunter Under Saddle

Casi Gilliam owns and operates Gilliam Quarter Horses, a training and sales business located in Chesterland, OH. Ms. Gilliam has more than 25 years of experience training horses and riders to compete at the national level. A frequent competitor at many national and world championship events, Ms. Gilliam believes in individual attention and progressing horses and riders at a healthy rate for both. Ms. Gilliam’s path to becoming a nationally-recognized trainer has not been perfectly straight. Her parents, once thinking she would grow out of the horse phase, acquired a series of young Quarter Horses for Ms. Gilliam to bring up under the watch of a trainer. She also trained young Thoroughbreds for the racetrack. Ms. Gilliam went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in clinical psychology from Ursuline University and a Master of Arts degree in psychology and computer science from John Carroll University. She then went to work in information technology at University Hospital in Cleveland, but never stopped training horses. Ms. Gilliam is an American Quarter Horse Association Professional Horseman and hopes to get her AQHA judge’s card in the future. In addition to her profession as a horse trainer, Casi Gilliam also runs her own photography and advertising business in Acclaimed Photography.

Matt Mclaughlin


Matt McLaughlin is an accomplished Grand Prix dressage rider and trainer who has earned his Bronze, Silver, and Gold rider medals through the United States Dressage Federation and completed the USDF’s “L” education program for judges. In addition to his time in the dressage world, Mr. McLaughlin spent several years training horses and riders for the Royal Lipizzaner Stallion Show and the Arabian Nights Dinner Theatre in Florida. Through these venues, Mr. McLaughlin not only trained horses and riders in classical dressage, but also developed them for western, liberty, and trick-training acts. Through these experiences Mr. McLaughlin developed his training philosophies and methods which combine the classical principles of dressage, the requirements of today’s competitive dressage, and Natural Horsemanship techniques to build the relationship between horse and rider. Matt McLaughlin currently travels nationally and internationally from his training facility in Saint Cloud, FL, teaching clinics and competing in dressage. He also shares his performance and entertainment talents on the road, performing his La Garrocha act and a classical dressage act at venues across North America.

Randy Wilson

Western Pleasure

Randy Wilson has been training horses through his business, Randy Wilson Quarter Horses, for more than 30 years. In that time, Mr. Wilson has won many championships with his western pleasure and all-around horses at shows such as the National Snaffle Bit Association and American Quarter Horse Association World Shows and the All-American Quarter Horse Congress. He is a recognized judge with the American Quarter Horse Association, National Snaffle Bit Association, and the National Paint Horse Association. Mr. Wilson serves the Quarter Horse industry as a Director of the Ohio Quarter Horse Association and National Director of the National Snaffle Bit Association. In 2008 he was inducted into the National Snaffle Bit Association’s Hall of Fame and Quarter Million Dollar Club in recognition of his career earnings and promotion of the pleasure horse. Today Randy Wilson continues his training and showing enterprise out of Zanesville, OH.

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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.

Dana Bright


Dana Bright is an accomplished equestrian both on and off the driving carriage. Ms. Bright began her equestrian career by riding eventers and show hunters and working for several prominent riders including Olympian Bruce Davidson. In 1982 Ms. Bright began her adventures in carriage driving when she hooked up her event horse’s companion pony to a cart. Since then Ms. Bright has been heavily involved in the sport of driving. Dana Bright has served as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for the American Driving Society for 10 years, as a three-term chair of the American Driving Society’s Licensed Officials Committee, and sat on the Driving Technical Committee and Licensed Officials Committee of US Equestrian. She holds multiple Combined Driving, Driven Dressage and Pleasure Driving licenses with the American Driving Society and US Equestrian. Ms. Bright has judged major pleasure shows such as Lorenzo and Walnut Hill and the 2016 USEF National Pairs Championship. In addition to judging, Ms. Bright teaches clinics to all levels of drivers. She believes that good driving is educated driving, whether in a competition situation or enjoying a recreational drive with friends. For her contributions to the sport, Ms. Bright received the American Driving Society’s President’s Award in 2006.

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Wendy Murdoch

Equine & Human Biomechanics

Wendy Murdoch of Washington, VA, is an internationally-recognized equestrian instructor and clinician and the creator of Ride Like A Natural® and the SURE FOOT Equine Stability Program. Ms. Murdoch earned a Bachelor of Science in animal science at the University of New Hampshire in 1979 and completed a Master of Science in equine reproductive physiology at the University of Kentucky in 1986. While pursuing her master’s degree, Ms. Murdoch suffered a severe riding accident which abruptly changed her graduate studies from theoretical to applied. Her self-rehabilitation initiated a quest to understand how to ride pain free, using the body as it was designed. She utilized her scientific knowledge to break down larger concepts of riding into simple, easy-to-do exercises for students of all ages, abilities, and disciplines. While developing her Ride Like A Natural program, Wendy Murdoch apprenticed with Sally Swift, Linda Tellington-Jones, Dr. Joyce Harman, and numerous other trainers and became a certified Feldenkrais® practitioner. She is the author of Simplify Your Riding and the producer of a DVD series devoted to improving riding skills.

Anita Howe

Easy Gaited Horses

Anita Howe is dedicated to educating and promoting release-based training to achieve authentic movements with all gaited horses. By combining the biomechanics of gait with a love of natural horsemanship, she has developed consistent solutions for gaited horses that reliably correct and improve balance, gait, and athleticism. She has experience working with all naturally gaited breeds including Tennessee Walking Horses, Missouri Fox Trotters, Rocky Mountain Horses, Paso Finos, and Plantation Horses. Ms. Howe is the author of Freedom to Gait and is the producer of an instructional DVD titled “The Running Walk and Intermediate Gaits.” She has also had produced articles for Horse Illustrated, Friends of Sound Horses, and Rocky Mountain Horse Newsletter. From her home in Eclectic, AL, Ms. Howe produces horses that are softer, more consistent, happier, and more correct in their movement and teaches riders to better understand these biomechanics as the natural tools to help their horses release their inherent gait potential.

Duane Esser

English Pleasure & Hunter Pleasure

Duane Esser of Esser Valley Arabians in Cleves, OH, began his impressive career in the Arabian horse industry winning the 1978 Arabian Horse Association Region 14 Open English Pleasure Championship on a horse he trained. During his extensive amateur and professional careers, Mr. Esser has earned multiple regional and national championship titles in Open and Amateur classes in halter, English, hunter, western, and driving while handling and riding Arabians, Half Arabians, and National Show Horses. Mr. Esser has a knack for creating great horse and rider partnerships, training outstanding show horses, and coaching amateur riders to wins in all disciplines and at all levels of Arabian horse competition. He is a regional and national level Arabian horse judge with experience adjudicating not only in the United States, but also in South Africa and Canada. Mr. Esser has served as president of the Kentucky Arabian Riders & Breeders Society, as well as on the Board of Directors of the National Show Horse Association and the Show Horse Alliance. He and his wife also breed and show Dutch Harness horses.

Kellie & Sam Rettinger

Draft Horses

Kellie and Sam Rettinger, owners of Whispery Pines Percherons in Kingsville, OH, have been involved in the equine industry for their entire lives. Sam Rettinger grew up with draft horses and began driving and showing them at a young age. In addition to showing, Sam currently trains their horses to work at the couple’s farm and complete logging projects. Kellie Rettinger grew up riding and showing Quarter Horses in hunt seat, western pleasure, gaming, and cutting. After meeting Sam more than 10 years ago, she began to drive, ride, and show draft horses in saddle seat, western pleasure, and Roman riding classes. The Rettingers bring their horses to several events each year to show in different hitch and riding classes. They also provide carriage rides with their Percherons for a variety of events including weddings, birthdays, hay rides, and winter sleigh rides.

Andre Picou

Retraining Ex-racehorses

Andre Picou is a lifelong horse man with more than 30 years of experience in starting and training horses of many breeds and instructing riders for a variety of disciplines. Mr. Picou began his professional career in the racehorse world in which he spent countless hours galloping racehorses—and then retraining track horses for recreational use. He now specializes in building a solid foundation in the horses he trains and teaching healthy parameters for maintaining good relationships between horses and their riders. He promotes a “common sense” approach to working with horses and helps riders and horse handlers enhance their basic skills. Mr. Picou operates his horse training and instruction business in Gahanna, OH.

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Susan Albright, DVM

Essential Oils, Chiropractic

Dr. Susan Albright has been working with traditional and alternative veterinary methods for more than 30 years. After earning her Doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Illinois’ College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985, Dr. Albright moved to central Illinois to practice at the Chenoa Veterinary Clinic. She became the sole proprietor of the practice in 1996. A few years later, Dr. Albright pursued two important avenues of alternative medicine completing her chiropractic training through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association and then her acupuncture training through the Chi Institute. In 2011 she added to her range of veterinary skills by finishing all four levels of training in Healing Touch for Animals. In addition to her veterinary career, Dr. Albright has served as the Animal Control Administrator for Livingston County, IL, for five years and was involved in numerous equine investigations. In her free time, she enjoys trail riding, team penning, and spending time with her dog, five cats, and four horses.

Cathy (Newlon) Augur

Equine Massage

Cathy Augur, owner of Equine Physical Therapies, has been doing equine massage and body work in the Central Ohio area for more than 20 years. Her clients range from national and world champion horses to the beloved backyard pet. Ms. Augur is certified in equine massage, alternative therapies, and essential oils. She uses a hands-on technique involving many aspects of massage on the horse, with a precise sequence of movements that will allow the horse's muscles to release and relax. She works closely with her patient’s owners, trainers, veterinarians, farriers and other caretakers to provide the best treatment possible. Ms. Augur is passionate about educating horse enthusiasts about the importance of her work, and has taught her methods everywhere from college classrooms to one-on-one sessions.

Karin Bump, PhD

Equine Colleges, Business

Dr. Karin Bump is a 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.

Paul Duff, DVM


Dr. Paul Duff is a veterinarian who serves the central Ohio horse community from Bella Vista Equine Veterinary Services in Blacklick, OH. Dr. Duff is a native of Columbus who became interested in horses when he began ridingas an undergraduate student at Miami University in Oxford, OH. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University and then completed an equine surgical, medical, and ambulatory internship at the Littleton Equine Medical Center in Colorado. After returning to Ohio, Dr. Duff began to work for Bella Vista where he practices all aspects of equine veterinary medicine. His areas of special interest include lameness, surgery, dentistry, diagnostics, and integrative medicine. He is certified in both veterinary medical acupuncture and animal chiropractic care.

Larry Garner

Insect Control

Larry Garner is a life-long equestrian and former race horse trainer who is no stranger to the seemingly impossible task of fly control. He is the Event and Partner Director for Spalding Fly Predators, a company that provides fly and odor control products for nearly any two- or four-legged animal. Mr. Garner began working for the company more than a decade ago, bringing almost a half a century of experience in marketing and advertising to the role. Based out of Oak Point, Texas, Mr. Garner has traveled throughout the United States to educate everyone from backyard horse owners to large stable managers about various fly and odor control methods. In his spare time, Mr. Garner, passionate about Walking Horses and bird dogs, competes in horseback bird dog field trials as an amateur handler and acts as a field trial judge.

Richard Godbee, PhD

Equine Nutrition & Health

Dr. Richard Godbee is Director of Technical Services 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 at 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.

Steve Hebrock

Navicular Syndrome & Natural Hoof Care

Steve Hebrock, a Certified Master Hoof Care Professional, began his hoof care odyssey in 1993 after acquiring his first horse. He soon became frustrated by what he perceived to be illogical ideas and practices that dominate traditional hoof care and his engineering background prompted him to begin an intense study of trimming, shoeing, and movement theory. Mr. Hebrock spent many years as a member of the faculty at The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, where he taught hoof care and farriery; equine marketing and facilities management; and a number of engineering and technical classes. Mr. Hebrock now focuses his time and energy on his hoof care practice, on-going hoof research, and his educational outreach efforts via “Enlightened Equine”, a blog dedicated to bringing science to horse management and hoof care. Mr. Hebrock is a certified hoof care professional and booting specialist in the Association for the Advancement of Horse Care Practices (AAHCP) and in Liberated Horsemanship. He was also a certification exam instructor, workshop leader, and field instructor for the AANHCP, and is currently an advanced trimming instructor and field instructor for Liberated Horsemanship.

Margret Henkels

Fascia Fitness

Margret Henkels is an avid equestrian who has used her own struggles with injury and fascia balancing to help other riders and horses. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism, with a minor in science, and is certified in Matrix Energetics with Dr. Richard Bartlett and Equine Natural Movement through Joseph Freeman. Her techniques for conformation balancing were developed through working on horses with unexplained athletic limits, and she now incorporates structural integration, fascia release, head and poll release, and soma emotional recall in her work. Ms. Henkels is based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, but has traveled throughout the United States and abroad, providing services in private rebalancing sessions, workshops, seminars, and certification programs for her method of conformation balancing. Ms. Henkel’s new book, “Is Your Horse 100%?,” is expected to be published in April 2017 and will provide a hands-on guide to her method of conformation balancing and how it can help your horse.

Carole Herder

Barefoot 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.

Diane Holmes


Diane Holmes has spent the past 30 years creating a career that combines her two passions: horses and helping others. She is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH International) Therapeutic Riding Instructor who runs her therapy programs out of Shooting Star Ranch in Darby, Montana. The Ranch regularly hosts clinics that focus on the benefits of Therapeutic Riding for children with physical or cognitive impairments. Ms. Holmes also travels the country to with her mustang, Nevada Joe, the Official Horse Ambassador for PATH International, and Doc Holliday, a miniature horse, to visit schools and hospitals and participate in other outreach programs relating to therapeutic riding. Ms. Holmes is also a longtime member of Wahl Clipper’s X-Treme Team, a group of industry experts who travel the country to educate other horse enthusiasts about proper clipping and grooming techniques.

Apryle Horbal, DVM

Dynamic Endoscope

Apryle Horbal is an expert in equine dentistry and airway surgeries. She earned her Veterinary Medicine Doctoris from the University of Pennsylvania and then travelled to Scotland, where she completed a Master’s and residency in equine dentistry at the University of Edinburgh. After returning to the United States, Dr. Horbal founded University Veterinary Specialists in Pittsburgh, PA, to provide specialty treatment in routine and advanced equine dentistry and soft issue surgeries. Dr Horbal is one of only three equine dental and airway surgeons practicing in Ohio and Pennsylvania. She develops techniques for tooth extraction and minimally invasive sinus surgery and has been published her findings in the Equine Veterinary Journal, Equine Veterinary Education, and the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry.

Pam Jeffers

Equine Facilitated Learning

Pam Jeffers, the Co-Founder and Program Director for Natural Freedom Wellness Center, has more than 40 years of experience working with horses, including training, coaching, instructing, hosting clinics, and competing. She holds a Bachelor of Science in therapeutic recreation and a Master of Science in recreation management from Ohio University. She is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH International) Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and an Equine Specialist for Mental Health and Learning, who also holds a certificate in Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Ms. Jeffers is also on the Advisory Board for Hocking College Equine Studies and Ohio University Recreation and Sports Pedagogy. She combined her educational background with her interest to explore the mind, body and spirit connection with the horse when she opened Natural Freedom Wellness Center in Albany, OH, in 2006. In addition to overseeing the programs at Natural Freedom Wellness Center, Ms. Jeffers has also presented at numerous organizations and seminars, including at the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence. She has co-authored a chapter in one of the first professional resource books for equine assisted counseling, “Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling: Adding Animal Assisted Therapy to Your Practice”, and recently completed her own book, “Stand Up! A Journey of Looking Within Leads to “C” Within”.

Pegg Johnson

Show Clothing

Pegg Johnson is the owner of Show Clothes Unlimited in Brown City, MI, a business 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.

Eleanor Kellon, DVM


Dr. Eleanor Kellon is a renowned expert on equine nutrition and related health issues. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s veterinary school, she completed her internship and residency in large animal medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania’s famed New Bolton Center. Today, Dr. Kellon is a Staff Veterinarian for Uckele Health and Nutrition, Inc. in Blissfield, MI. Dr. Kellon is also the owner of Equine Nutritional Solutions, a nutritional consulting firm that aims to educate equine caretakers and health professionals alike. The firm hosts online courses on nutrition and horse care that can be completed by nearly any equine enthusiast. Dr. Kellon has published countless scientific articles and authored eight books. She has also been published in magazines such as The Chronicle of The Horse, Hoofbeats, Practical Horseman, Equus, and Horse Journal.

Jocelyn Metzger

Equestrian Stretching & Breathing

Jocelyn Metzger is a horsewoman and experienced occupational therapist who believes that myofascial release stands out as the “missing link” in therapy and the key to achieving perfect carriage when aboard a horse. Ms. Metzger’s formal education includes Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in psychology as well as a Master of Occupational therapy from St. Ambrose University in Iowa completed in 2001. Additionally, she has extensive training and certification in biomechanics; Myofascial Release; Kinesiotaping I & II; Reiki levels I & II; therapeutic touch; and Daniel Stewart Ride Right Sports Psychology and Rider Fitness. Through Sunshine Therapeutics in Waynesville, OH, Ms. Metzger provides occupational therapy services and works with horses and riders from the ground to develop balanced, fit, and flexible horse and rider teams. She achieves results by working with her clients on postural alignment and attending to muscle symmetry, nutrition, and mental clarity. Ms. Metzger has produced two instructional DVDs titled “The Inner Guide to Stretching - Advanced Healing Using Myofascial Release” and “Myofascial Release Stretching for Beginners.”

Dan Moore, DVM

Natural Horse Care

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.

Margaret Mudge, VMD


Dr. Margaret Mudge is an equine surgeon and emergency clinician who specializes in surgical emergencies such as colic, lacerations, and respiratory issues at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University in 1996, her Veterinary Medical Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000, and completed an internship at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and a residency in equine surgery at the University of California Davis. Dr. Mudge’s work as a veterinarian focuses on performance horses and their recovery from illness and injury. She is the recipient of the Faculty Clinical Teaching Award at The Ohio State University and the Bud and Marilynn Jenne Endowed Professor in Equine Emergency and Critical Care. She has authored chapters in textbooks such as: Equine Surgery, Veterinary Hematology, Equine Fluid Therapy, Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, and Blackwell’s Five Minute Veterinary Consult. Dr. Mudge is also a contributor to numerous scientific papers.

Beth Powers

Riding Instructor Tips & Basic Horsemanship Skills

Beth Powers is a teacher at heart who has worked with people of all ages in the content areas of biological and general sciences and equestrian sports. She was the Equestrian Director at a large, year-round YMCA camp for more than 20 years where she developed the curriculum and taught riding, environmental sciences, and camp crafts. Ms. Powers is currently serving as the Board President for the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA), an organization which promotes safety and education in the equine industry. Articles by Beth Powers have been published in the magazine Camping and in the American Youth Horse Council’s magazine. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the American Youth Horse Council and is an American Quarter Horse Association Professional Horseman. Ms. Powers currently resides in Bellefontaine, OH, where, in addition to teaching, she operates both a pet sitting business and a tack cleaning and repair business.

Kim Ross

Trail Riding & Camping

Kim Ross is a lifelong equestrian with a passion for camping with her horses. She has shown and won national titles at Racking Horse, Tennessee Walking Horse, and Miniature Horse shows and has competed in obstacle and trail classes as well. Ms. Ross has been heavily involved in the horse camping community in her home state of Michigan and has completed the Shore-to-Shore trail, a 250-mile ride, 16 times. Kim Ross serves on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Trail Riders Association and is a Director of Backcountry Horsemen Pigeon River and Beyond, the Michigan chapter of Backcountry Horsemen of America. She is also a rider with the Iosco County Mounted Unit, a group of riders who assist police with crowd control and security at parades, fairs, and other events. Kim Ross has produced educational materials on camping with horses and loves to help people learn about and feel comfortable camping with their horses.

Matt Savage

Limb Length Disparity

Matt Savage is a graduate of the Oklahoma Farrier College and an Accredited Professional Farrier thru the American Association of Professional Farriers who has been serving the Ohio equine community as a farrier for more than a decade. Mr. Savage owns and operates his business, Savage Farrier Services, out of Fayetteville, OH. Matt Savage believes that, to be an effective farrier, you need to consider the whole horse before performing work on it. He has a particular interest in working with horses with limb length disparity, founder or laminitis, and also with sport horses. Mr. Savage is heavily involved with the American Association of Professional Farriers and serves on their Online Education and Social Media Committees. He has also given presentations and talks about various farrier-related topics including limb length disparity to educate both horse owners and other farriers.

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Rachael Schindler

Drill Teams

Rachael Schindler began her equestrian adventures at the tender age of five and has been a horse lover ever since. She is an advocate for the Haflinger breed, having fallen in love with them when she was given one of her own as a teenager. Ms. Schindler currently works as an instructor at Walnut Ridge Farm, a Haflinger breeding, training, and showing stable located in Medina, OH. She organizes two drill teams: the High Flying Haflingers and the Golden Pony Express. The High Flying Haflingers is a jumping drill team that has performed at numerous venues and events including at the Kentucky Horse Park and Equine Affaire. The Golden Pony Express has also performed at Equine Affaire. When she is not spending time with her horses, Rachael Schindler is working toward her doctorate in experimental and clinical psychology at Case Western Reserve University.

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Jochen Schleese

English & Western 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.

Michael Schmall, DVM


Dr. Michael Schmall of Schmall Veterinary Services, LLC in Columbus, OH, has accumulated more than 30 years of equine veterinary experience. After completing his undergraduate degree at Iowa State University, he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1975. Upon graduation, Dr. Schmall worked in a private equine practice for two years. He then returned to Iowa State University for graduate work and research before accepting a research position at the National Animal Disease Center. After nearly three decades with The Ohio State University as an Associate Professor and veterinarian in the equine field sciences, Dr. Schmall retired in 2013. He has written three book chapters and is a co-author for more than 20 scientific manuscripts. Equine Affaire is honored to have Dr. Schmall serving both as our show vet and as a presenter at the event.

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Chrissie Schneider, DVM


Dr. Chrissie Schneider grew up riding horses. She quickly discovered that she enjoyed caring for horses as much as she enjoyed riding them, and this led to her decision to become a veterinarian. After earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University, Dr. Schneider moved to Wisconsin to complete an internship in equine medical, surgical, reproductive, and ambulatory care at the Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital. She soon moved back to Columbus to complete a residency program at The Ohio State University where she became certified with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners as an equine specialist. Dr. Schneider further enhanced her diagnostic and treatment skills by receiving certification in equine acupuncture. Currently, Dr. Schneider works for Bella Vista Equine Veterinary Services in Blacklick, OH, where she provides a wide variety of veterinary services including preventative and emergency care and diagnosing and treating various equine diseases.

Vitor Silva

Classical Riding & Training

Vitor Silva’s passion for horses, horsemanship, and especially classical dressage dates back to his childhood growing up in Portugal. His studies over the years helped him develop a remarkable ability and finesse in communicating with his equine partners with the goal of developing living art in motion. Prompted by the need for a riding school in the eastern United States, Vitor Silva established Sons of the Wind, School of Equestrian Arts in Merrimac, MA, in 1997. This full-service training facility provides riders—from recreational to competitive—a venue in which to expand their abilities in a progressive manner on Lusitano schoolmasters trained by Vitor Silva--many of which perform to the Grand Prix level. Vitor Silva’s training philosophy is that the best teachers are horses and that, while coaches can share their knowledge and explain the technical aspects of riding, each rider must be open to feeling the horse’s movements, responses, and needs. In addition to his work at Sons of the Wind, Vitor Silva maintains an active schedule of clinics and performances with his remarkable Lusitanos at venues from coast to coast.

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Brandy Snedden, DVM

Veterinary & Senior Horse Care

Dr. Brandy Snedden is an equine ambulatory veterinarian who has been practicing veterinary medicine for more than a decade. A native of Ohio, Dr. Snedden grew up with horses and participated in both Pony Club and 4-H. After earning her Bachelor’s degree from Otterbein University, Brandy Snedden went on to receive her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University. After earning here degree, Dr. Snedden moved to Maryland to work for an equine ambulatory practice and advanced her training to become a certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. In 2010, Dr. Snedden returned to Ohio and began her own business, Flying Horse Veterinary Practice, based in Thornville. She offers a full range of services for her patients covering all aspects of equine health care including preventative medicine, lameness evaluation, reproduction, dentistry, and acupuncture.

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Teresa Spencer

Emergencies & First Aid

Teresa Spencer is a lifelong horsewoman and entrepreneur who has turned her passion for horses into a successful vocation as the owner and manager of California Horse Barns in Acton, CA. Ms. Spencer works with clients to develop custom barn designs by taking into account their vision and needs as well as local parameters. When plans are complete, she manages the construction process from inception to completion while giving personal attention to important details on behalf of her clients. Teresa Spencer received her formal education in general agriculture at Antelope Valley College and Los Angeles Pierce College and gained valuable business experience working for more than 20 years as an escrow officer and manager of a real estate office. She is the author of two books on equine barn construction titled, Building Your Horse Barn and Your Barn Investment – Make It Last a Lifetime, and has contributed articles on the subject to various equine publications and Web sites. Ms. Spencer is also the owner of EquestiSafe, a California based company which is devoted to the development of equine safety products including a fetlock ID band and an evacuation ID collar.

Walter Varcoe

Equine Anatomy

Walter Varcoe is an equine skeleton specialist and farrier from Port Jervis, NY, with more than 40 years of experience with horses. He was the head farrier and equine manager for the New York State Department of Corrections, where he not only attended to all aspects of care for the Department’s horses, but also instructed inmates in the proper care of horses and farrier work. During his tenure with the Department of Corrections, Mr. Varcoe processed and mounted his first equine skeleton at the Otisville Correctional Facility’s commercial composting operation. After retiring from the Department, Walter Varcoe began a new career as a farrier. His knowledge of horses and equine anatomy soon led to him presenting educational seminars using real equine skeletons. Today he continues his work as a farrier while producing equine skeletal mounts for museums, universities, and veterinary practices. He also uses skeletons from his own collection for educational purposes at events around the country.