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 2018 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.

2018 Clinic, Seminar & Demo Schedule

Clinton Anderson

General Training & Horsemanship

Clinton Anderson was born and raised in Australia where he began riding at six years of age. At fifteen, he obtained a full-time apprenticeship with a well-known trainer in Queensland, Australia, where he trained more 600 horses over his two-year tenure. It was here that he began to develop his own philosophy on horse training. Mr. Anderson then went on to work for another Australian trainer before opening his own training operation and becoming involved in reining. In the fall of 1997, Mr. Anderson moved to the United States and launched his Downunder Horsemanship program a few months later. He began training, touring, and conducting horsemanship clinics, as well as creating at-home study courses for horsemen. In 2001, he launched a “made-for-TV” program that is still broadcast regularly on RFD-TV. Through his programs and clinics, Mr. Anderson strives to gives horse owners the knowledge needed to become skilled horsemen and train their horses to be consistent and willing partners. He continues to conduct clinics and tour the United States while still breeding, training and competing on his performance horses at the top levels in reining and cow horse events. He currently resides in Stephenville, TX.

Mark Rashid

General Training & Horsemanship

Mark Rashid is an internationally-acclaimed horseman known for his ability to understand the horse’s point of view and solve difficult horse behavior problems with communication rather than force. He began working with horses at the age of 10 and, for many years, worked on ranches gathering herds, managing livestock, and training horses. Over 20 ago he turned to the martial art of aikido for insights that might apply to horsemanship. He has earned his third degree black belt and now trains and teaches the discipline. Mark continues to use and teach the principles of aikido and softness when working with people and horses at the clinics he teaches around the world. He shows students how to stay centered and to look for quiet and effective ways to blend with the horse’s energy to help the horse understand what is being asked of it. Mr. Rashid has been a guest on NPR’s “The Horse Show” and was featured in the PBS “Nature” series. He is the author of fourteen books, including the novel “Out of the Wild,” which was recently made into a movie that he wrote and produced.

Brandi Lyons

General Training & Ranch Sorting

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.

Warwick Schiller

General Training & Reining

Though he grew up riding Quarter Horses in Australia, Warwick Schiller has called the United States home for almost thirty years. An accomplished reining competitor, Mr. Schiller has multiple championship titles in the United States and Australia, including being a member of the 2010 and 2018 Australian Reining Teams at the World Equestrian Games. In addition to training his own horses, Mr. Schiller is passionate about working with riders from all disciplines to help them improve their communication and relationship with their horse. In 2012, he began to record his training methods for everything from starting young horses to retraining problem horses. Originally started on a YouTube channel, the Warwick Schiller Performance Horsemanship Online Video Library now hosts more than 500 videos and 300 hours of training footage. Though his home base is in Hollister, CA, Mr. Schiller spends a lot of time on the road, as he conducts clinics throughout North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.

Tik Maynard

General Training & Horsemanship

Eventer and natural horsemanship advocate Tik Maynard is a fifth generation equestrian from Vancouver, Canada. He spent his youth riding in Pony Club, where he got involved in Tetrathlon, a sport that incorporates running, swimming, shooting, and riding. He eventually found his way to Modern Pentathlon competitions, which include all of the sports that make up Tetrathlons, plus fencing. He spent six years competing in the Modern Pentathlon on the Canadian National Team, and was a member of the Canadian team at the 2007 Pan American Games, three World Championships, and eleven World Cups before focusing his competitive sights on eventing. He was long-listed for the Canadian eventing team for the 2012 London Olympics and is currently long-listed for the national eventing team. In addition to training and competing his own horses, Mr. Maynard conducts eventing and natural horsemanship clinics throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Married to fellow eventer Sinead Halpin and a proud new father as of September 2018, the family spends summers in Long Valley, NJ, and winters near Ocala, FL.

Jan Ebeling


Jan Ebeling, a native of Germany, has been a major American dressage competitor since he began riding as a U.S. citizen in 1998. Before coming to the United States in 1984, Mr. Ebeling worked as an apprentice under the late German master Herbert Rehbein and earned his berreiter, a German license to train horses. Aboard several different horses, Mr. Ebeling has collected numerous championship titles including a 2003 gold medal at the Pan-American Games and several USET Festival of Champions wins. Mr. Ebeling has also competed in the 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2012 World Cups. In 2011, Mr. Ebeling and his talented mount Rafalca were the highest-ranked combination from the United States at the World Cup in Leipzig, Germany. Later that year, Mr. Ebeling was a member of the U.S. Team for Aachen, and in 2012, he and Rafalca were awarded a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team. Fulfilling a life-long dream, he achieved a score of over 70% in the Grand Prix while competing in London. Mr. Ebeling has also been a USDF Young Rider Clinician, Chef d’Equipe for Region 7, and a member of the High Performance Dressage Eligible Athlete Committee. He currently conducts clinics internationally while also operating his training and sales facility, The Acres, in Moorpark, CA.

Lynn Symansky


Lynn Symansky is a highly-successful eventer with 30 years of competition experience that includes almost 20 years of international competition. She has been competing at the advanced level of eventing since she was 18, and her extensive accomplishments in the eventing arena include being a member of the gold-medal winning 2011 Pan American Games Team; competing at the 2014 World Equestrian Games and the 2015 Nation Cup; and traveling as a reserve member for the 2016 Olympic Games. She has completed 10 CCI**** events including Rolex (now the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event), Badminton, Burghley, and Pau. Ms. Symansky currently rides and trains out of Handlen Farm in Middleburg, VA. In 2017 and 2018 she was named to the USEF High Performance Elite Training Lists with her 14-year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding, Donner. In addition to training and competing, Ms. Symansky has extensive teaching experience in coaching amateurs, top junior riders, and advanced competitors. She is a U. S. Eventing Association Certified Instructor and has coached US Pony Club eventing and show jumping teams at regional and national championships for several years.

Jeff Cook


Jeff Cook, of Sisters, OR, is a veteran of the Grand Prix show jumping circuit who has successfully trained hunters and jumpers for 40 years. Throughout his career, he has coached, ridden, and trained horses and riders for all divisions from low hunters to Grand Prix jumpers. Mr. Cook has worked for some of the sport’s greats, including as an assistant trainer for the United States Equestrian Team Coach, George Morris, from 1986 to 1991 and again from 1998 to 2003. Over the years, Mr. Cook’s horses and riders have won classes and championships at major shows throughout the United States, as well as at international competitions in Canada, Italy, and Mexico. In addition to his accomplishments in the ring, Mr. Cook has written numerous articles for equine publications, including a 28-month series for Practical Horseman. Though he currently lives in Oregon with his wife and children, Mr. Cook also continues to travel throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada to teach clinics and train at horse shows.

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Silke Rembacz


In 1986, Silke Rembacz came to the United States as an exchange student from Germany to work at Disney World’s Medieval Times Dinner and Theatre. Though she had originally planned on studying industrial geology in the States, her plans changed when she met Lendon Gray, a U.S. Dressage Federation Hall of Fame inductee. Ms. Rembacz had ridden horses in Germany, and as head trainer at Medieval Times, she was already a skilled rider; however, Ms. Gray helped Ms. Rembacz grow her skills as a rider and competitor and offered guidance as she developed her own training and coaching program, “Silke Rembacz Dressage.” Ms. Rembacz is a dedicated coach to her equine and human students, with her riders having won at dressage competitions around the United States and her horses known for their athleticism and willingness to perform. In addition to teaching out of her home bases in Ringoes, NJ, and Wellington, FL, Ms. Rembacz travels throughout the United States, conducting clinics to help each horse and rider pair maximize their dressage performance.

Paul Humphrey

Barrel Racing

Paul Humphrey, of Rhome, TX, has been running barrels for more than forty years and has plenty of accomplishments to show for it. After getting his start in barrel racing at the age of ten, Mr. Humphrey spent many years competing through 4-H and rodeo events before moving abroad to further his barrel racing education. He spent several years training in Italy and became a ten-time European barrel-racing champion. All of these experiences led to Mr. Humphrey developing his signature “Breaking the Mold” training program more than twenty years ago. The program aims to increase horse and rider body control to improve their barrel patterns and overall horsemanship. He has produced educational DVDs, a book series, and a line of bits to help riders better connect with their horses and improve their barrel patterns. Mr. Humphrey currently travels throughout the United States to teach clinics and regularly contributes to “Barrel Horse News.”

Muffy Seaton


Muffy Seaton has a passion for carriage driving and breeding driving ponies. An internationally known carriage clinician and trainer, her resume includes being four-time National Champion in Carriage Driving and training the pony that won the Gold Medal at the 2005 World Pony Championship in England. In addition to showing and training driving ponies, she runs a robust program breeding the endangered Dartmoor pony and a busy clinic schedule. She has also developed professional carriage driving instructional videos and products, including the “Bending the Driving Horse” DVD and book, “Combined Driving 101,” and “An Introduction to Turnout and Presentation.” When she is not busy showing or conducting clinics, Ms. Seaton enjoys traveling with family and friends and spending a lot of quiet time at her farm, Shepherd’s Purse, located in Williston, SC.

Tom Chown

Western Horsemanship, Showmanship

Tom Chown has spent his entire life observing, training, breeding, and showing horses. During his impressive career Mr. Chown has accumulated more than 30 World and Reserve World Championship titles in AQHA, APHA, and PBHA shows and championships in pleasure, western riding, reining, and trail classes at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. He is one of the founding individuals of the National Snaffle Bit Association and was inducted into the National Snaffle Bit Hall of Fame in 2006.
Tom Chown was the owner and trainer of the legendary sire Hotrodders Jet Set, who was also a Hall of Fame inductee in 1993. Students trained by Tom Chown have carried on his winning tradition earning numerous World and Reserve World Championships. Tom Chown Horsemanship is devoted to “finding the champion in you” and is based at Concord Ridge Equestrian Center in Saint Joseph, MI.

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Marcie Morey

Easy Gaited Horses

Though Marcie Morey, of Eustis, FL, grew up riding all breeds and disciplines, she now focuses primarily on gaited horses. She has competed in virtually all facets of the gaited world, including model, pleasure show classes, versatility and trail. With a background in natural horsemanship and dressage, her approach to training gaited horses is quite different than most gaited horse trainers. She is known for helping gaited horses and their owners develop and improve gait without the typical, conventional aids commonly used in the Walking horse world. Ms. Morey focuses on foundation training principles to properly develop a horse’s frame, natural way of going, and headset. In addition to training, she also judges gaited open shows and trail challenges and contributes to “Trail Rider” magazine.

Mark Bolender

Mountain Trail

Mark Bolender’s name has quickly become synonymous with the disciplines of mountain trail, extreme trail, and trail challenge--competitive sports in which he earned national titles in 2008, 2009, and 2010 and which he has been championing for almost a decade. Prior to his involvement in mountain trail, Mr. Bolender developed a solid foundation of experience in breeding Quarter Horses and training and showing horses in open, Quarter Horse, and reining competitions. With Lee Bolender he founded the International Mountain Trail Challenge Association to promote the sport of mountain trail. Mark Bolender contributes articles for a number of magazines and is the author of Bolender’s Guide to Mastering Mountain Trail and the producer of five DVDs about training for mountain trail and bridle-less riding. He designs and builds mountain trail courses throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, and is active in both judging mountain trail competitions and certifying judges for the sport. He promotes his training philosophy called “Unique Horsemanship” at Bolender Horse Park in Silver Creek, WA.

Christine Smith

Sport Horses In-Hand

Christine Smith knows how important good ground manners are for horses. Though she started showing horse astride, she has now been exclusively showing horses in-hand for more than twenty years. Out of her Wildest Expectations Farm in Stephens City, VA, Ms. Smith breeds and sells Selle Francais, Oldenburg, and Danish Warmblood sport horses. She is a firm believer that starting her young horses out showing in-hand makes them better riding horses, as they’re already used to things like bathing, grooming, trailering, and showing by the time they go to a riding home. A winner of multiple breeding championships with the U.S. Dressage Federation, Ms. Smith was named Dressage at Devon Handler of the Year in 2013 and 2015. She also won the event’s John “JP” Perry Memorial Perpetual Trophy in 2015 for her outstanding sportsmanship and contribution to equestrian sport. Additionally, she has contributed to publications including the “Kentucky Dressage Association Newsletter,” “Winchester Start Newspaper,” and “Northern Virginia Daily.”

Steve Edwards


Steve Edwards has been training horses, mules, and donkeys for about 40 years and has focused almost exclusively on mule and donkey training for the past two decades. He began pleasure packing with mules in the 1970s and in the 1990s began packing for the United States Forest Service. Mr. Edwards has developed and produced a variety of training videos and a unique line of saddles and tack designed to fit mules and donkeys. He also developed the first of its kind Mule Training Certification Program at Pierce College in California. Steve Edwards and his students have won numerous driving, western pleasure, trail, and packing championships. He currently travels throughout the United States and internationally presenting donkey and mule training clinics, symposia, and lectures in addition to operating a working ranch in Queen Valley, AZ.

Janice Dulak

Rider Biomechanics and Pilates

Janice Dulak is an accomplished dancer as well as the creator of the unique Pilates for Dressage program. Ms. Dulak began her career as a dancer and completed a dance degree from the State University of New York- Brockport. After graduation, she traveled the world performing and teaching workshops before becoming the chair of the dance department at Stephens College in Missouri. While at Stephens College Ms. Dulak developed an interest in Pilates and became a certified Master Instructor Trainer. In addition to her love of dance and Pilates, Ms. Dulak is also an accomplished dressage rider who earned her USDF Bronze Medal in 2015. To combine her passion for teaching with her experience in dressage and Pilates, Janice Dulak created her Pilates for Dressage® program which helps equestrians improve their riding and offers a certification program for Pilates instructors. Ms. Dulak has written the book, “Pilates for the Dressage Rider,” and created the companion DVDs, “Pilates for the Dressage Rider” and “Pilates: Nine Essentials for the Balanced Rider.” She has also contributed to magazines like Dressage Today, Pilates Style, and USDF Connections. Ms. Dulak’s online course, “Ridermanship®,” a rider training program launches twice yearly and is approved for credit by the United States Dressage Association for the USDF University. Janice Dulak currently teaches out of the Dulak Pilates Center in Champaign, IL, and, during the winter, at her Ruby Rose Farm in Reddick, FL.

Christine Drentwett


Christine Drentwett grew up in New York competing in jumpers and hunter-seat equitation. Her family moved to Florida when she was in her teens, and her equestrian pursuits shifted to breeding racehorses and riding in the Arabian Nights dinner show in Orlando. During her six-year tenure with the show, she learned trick and circus riding and stunt work while also training in dressage. In 1997 Ms. Drentwett joined Europe’s largest traveling equestrian show, Der Zauberwald, where she had the opportunity to ride and work with many Friesians and Andalusians. She returned to the United States in 2005 and opened Paradise Farms, a boarding, training, and exhibition facility in Clermont, FL. A year later she became the head trainer at the renowned Arabian Nights, an organization for which she continues to train horses and personnel for special events.

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Scott Seymour

Draft Horses

Scott Seymour is the equine manager at Morrisville State College in Morrisville, NY, where he is also the instructor for the draft and driving horse-management area. His responsibilities include supervision of the college’s six-horse hitch, the only one of its kind in North America. Morrisville’s six-horse hitch has earned the high-point hitch award at the New York State Fair four times, and Mr. Seymour himself is a two-time New York State Fair top reinsman. Scott Seymour is an experienced judge who has officiated at numerous draft-horse shows. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Belgian Corporation of America Youth and Education Fund, the North American Six Horse Hitch Classic Series, and is currently president of the Belgian Draft Horse Alliance, Inc.

Suzanne Marshall

Working Equitation

Like many equestrians, Suzanne Marshall’s love of horses started when she was a young girl in California. After learning to ride on Arabians without instruction, Ms. Marshall began formal dressage lessons when she was in her twenties and never looked back. She went on to work with numerous trainers with French classical and German dressage backgrounds, and eventually went to Spain to learn more about the discipline. While in Spain, she also learned about working equitation and fell in love with the Andalusian and Lusitano breeds native to the region. Though she has a soft spot for the Iberian breeds, Ms. Marshall has worked with many breeds of horses, from Connemaras to Saddlebreds, at all levels of training. In 2000, Ms. Marshall opened Patewood Farm in Blairstown, NJ, where she breeds, trains, and competes Lusitanos. In addition to breeding and training her own horses, Ms. Marshall teaches clinics at home and around the United States on dressage and working equitation.

Heidi McLaughlin

Fearless Riding

Heidi McLaughlin is a freelance writer, published author, public speaker, and clinician. She is a former fearful rider who shares her inspirational story with others to help those who are missing out on the joy of horsemanship because of their fear. After a horse ran away with her when she was a child, Ms. McLaughlin developed a fear of horses, but still felt drawn to them. When she eventually began searching for a horse of her own, she found it difficult to find the perfect partner and eventually realized that no horse on earth would ever be right for her until she first dealt with her fear; thus, beginning the long and frustrating journey into fearless horsemanship. This journey led her to develop her “K.I.C.K. Your Fear of Horses” method, which she uses to help other riders break down fear and build confidence with her books, DVDs, lectures and clinics both at her home base in Bonsall, CA, and around the country.

Copper Hills Vaulting Team


Kristen Soto of Copper Hill Equestrian Center in West Suffield, CT, is founder, coach and trainer of the state’s only competitive vaulting team. Originally from California where vaulting is a popular and well-regarded equestrian sport, Ms. Soto has been vaulting professionally for more than 20 years. In 2015 she and her husband, Brent Soto, established the Copper Hill Vaulting Team. During the past two years the team has been competing throughout New England, showing off their skills at Equine Affaire and the Eastern States Exposition and this year, for the first time, has qualified as a team for the American Vaulting Association’s Region 9 Championships. Kristen Soto maintains that, when it comes to improving horsemanship, sometimes being backwards with your hands out helps. She believes all disciplines can benefit from adding vaulting to a training regimen to regain confidence, improve balance and find harmony with their horses.

US Mounted Games Association

Mounted Games

Joyleen Seymour of Brentwood, NH, is a USEA judge and Certified Chief Referee with the International Mounted Games Association. Ms. Seymour uses her 1981 British Horse Society Assistant Instructor degree from Fulmer International and her 1993 Bachelor of Arts in English from Plymouth College to eloquently explain the high-energy discipline and joy behind the sport of mounted games. She possesses more than 45 years of experience in the equine industry that includes eventing four horses through Preliminary level. In 2001 Joyleen Seymour opened Four Corners Farm where she has been instructing students in dressage, eventing, and mounted games ever since. She believes that basic dressage can be used to improve almost any discipline including mounted games and often describes mounted games as “dressage at speed”. In her free time, Ms. Seymour campaigns her Connemara in the Over 25 division at Mounted Games competitions.

Jean Abernethy

Drawing Horses

Jean Abernathy is a widely-appreciated award-winning artist/author from Waterloo, Ontario, who has been creating equine illustrations and cartoons for almost 40 years. Ms. Abernathy grew up on a farm where she received her first pony at the age of seven and quickly became infatuated with horses. She originally went to a community college to pursue equine studies, but, with the growing number of doodles and cartoons in the margins of her notebooks, she soon realized that she wanted to pursue art. In 1987 she earned her Bachelor of Art in illustration from the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. Ms. Abernathy’s illustrations range from humorous to clinical and have been featured in numerous books and publications such as the Quarter Horse Journal, Young Rider, Horse Illustrated, and Horse Canada. One of her most famous creations is the cartoon equid, Fergus the Horse. Though Ms. Abernathy created Fergus in 2000, he gained widespread notoriety when she began posting his cartoons to Facebook. To date he has more than 300,000 followers. In 2015, Trafalgar Square Books published Ms. Abernathy’s first book, The Essential Fergus The Horse. A second and third book quickly followed, and a fourth on Fergus’ continuing adventures is currently in production.

Gus Abuja, DVM, DACVS


Gustavo Abuja, DVM, is an equine surgery and lameness specialist at Rhineback Equine in Rhineback, NY. Dr. Abuja began his practice of veterinary medicine more than 20 years ago in his home country of Spain. After earning his doctorate from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, he completed a veterinary internship in Belgium and then worked for equine referral hospitals in Madrid and the United Arab Emirates. He eventually moved to the United States where he completed a surgical residency at Tufts University and worked in private veterinary practices in New York and Virginia before joining the Rhineback Equine team. His research interests include minimally invasive surgical techniques and implants. In 2013, Dr. Abuja became certified in large animal surgery by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. In addition to his interests in surgery, he also enjoys working with sports medicine and lameness diagnoses.

Helen Aceto, VMD


Dr. Helen Aceto is an Associate Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. She is also Director of Biosecurity at the University of Pennsylvania’s famed equine and large animal hospital, the New Bolton Center. Originally coming from the United Kingdom, Dr. Aceto completed her bachelor’s degree in pharmacology from the University of Dundee, an hour and a half north of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1977. She then immigrated to the United State and completed a doctoral degree in pharmacology in 1993 before earning her Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. She soon joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and has since focused her research on antimicrobial drug treatment, biosecurity, zoonotic diseases, and salmonella, especially as they affect large animals like horses and cattle.

Karl Avdek

Sport Psychology

Karl Avdek is the founder and current CEO of the Hawkeye Farms Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to raise awareness and funds to support animal rescues and children in youth sports. Mr. Avdek is a lifelong equestrian and athlete, who has worked as a clinician and trainer in various western and English disciplines. After completing a bachelor’s degree in exercise science at the University of Wisconsin, Mr. Avdek became an adjunct professor in equine science at Pace University and coached students on the equestrian team. Through his clinics and coaching, Mr. Avdek developed a passion for counseling athletes on mental toughness and peak performance. In 2014, Mr. Avdek turned his passion for coaching and sports accessibility into the Hawkeye Farms Foundation, where he and others in the organization focus on selling art and producing entertainment events to raise money for the animal rescue and youth sports charities they support.

Patricia Bona, DC

Equine Posture & Conformation

Patricia Bona of Blue Bell, PA, is a Doctor of Chiropractic. She is also the founder of Posture Prep, a grooming system based on her philosophy that “posture is the language of the horse.” Dr. Bona received her post-graduate Doctor of Chiropractic in 1987 from Logan College of Chiropractic and was certified in animal chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in 1994. Her diverse equestrian background in dressage, sidesaddle and long-lining has helped her become an expert on the evaluation of poor posture and movement resulting from to scars and scar tissue. Her simple grooming techniques release the “Dents and Dings” signaled by dimples, white hairs and hair loss that reflect healed injuries where restriction of movement needs release. The cross fiber system improves circulation and lymphatic drainage while stimulating acupuncture points to release adhesions and scar tissue between skin and muscle.

Karin Bump, PhD

College & Career Fair

Dr. Karin Bump currently works as the Executive Director of Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension in Madison County, NY. Prior to assuming this role, she retired from her previous position as a Full Professor at Cazenovia College, where she taught and studied topics within the equine discipline. Dr. Bump is the Founder and Director of the National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics, an organization that focuses on increasing collaboration between colleges and universities with equine undergraduate programs. Recently, she has used her knowledge of equine academic programs to launch Equine Academics, an online resource for students, parents, and guidance counselors, with a free database of equine academic offerings in the United States. 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. She later completed her doctorate in higher education and policy studies at the University of Albany. She is also a certified Professional Animal Scientist through the American Registry of Professionals in Animal Science.

Kat Chrysostom

Equine Business, Ceramic Therapy

Kat Chrysostom, of Ocala, FL, is the President and Chief Designer of BeneFab® Products, a company that makes therapeutic, ceramic-infused products for horses and riders. Born into a horse-loving family, she began riding at the age of four, developed a foundation in dressage, and then excelled competing on hunter ponies and horses. After surviving a severe riding injury in 2011, Ms. Chrysostom became intrigued by the healing power of the far-infrared light therapy recommended by her doctors. She soon began studying how electromagnetism aids in healing joint and muscle stiffness, as well as edema and circulatory disorders, in humans and horses. Combining her passion for horses with her newfound interest in health and wellness, Ms. Chrysostom worked to create technical fabrics that incorporated therapeutic properties, such as ceramics, which became the first BeneFab® prototypes. She now works closely with professional riders, trainers, and veterinarians to design and test products to enhance the comfort of horses. Using her personal background, Ms. Chrysostom also gives talks to schools and community groups about entrepreneurship and goal setting as a way to inspire others to overcome adversity and chase their dreams. Ms. Chrysostom has been able to return to the saddle and rides whenever she has free time.

Karen Downie

Equine Assisted Learning

Karen Downie, of Ravenna, OH, is the Founder and a Certified Facilitator at Equi-Steps, an equine assisted learning program. A life-long equestrian, Ms. Downie got her start with horses in 4-H competing in western and contesting disciplines. Always having a passion for helping people, Ms. Downie became involved in equine assisted learning to combine that passion with her love of horses. Her program utilizes the building blocks curriculum, a published, respected program that can be used with virtually anyone interested in engaging in equine assisted leaning to develop and enhance life skills. Ms. Downie is also a certified Life Coach and is passionate about helping people become the best version of themselves.

Cathy Drumm

Western Dressage

Cathy Drumm was raised and educated in England where she graduated from Reading University. She received a classical equestrian background while working her way through the British Pony Club ratings, hunting, eventing, and showing. She moved to the United States in 1979 where she resumed her equestrian career and began providing instruction at several local farms. With more than 30 years of experience as a trainer and instructor, Ms. Drumm has coached students to countless wins on both the local and national show circuits. Her students vary in age from 6 to 80 and appreciate her stress-free approach to teaching. She currently focuses on western dressage and is a founding member of the Western New England Professional Horseman’s Assocaition dressage series, and founder of the Northeast Western Dressage Championships. Ms. Drumm is a USHJA Certified Trainer, a Massachusetts Licensed Instructor, graduate of the Western Dressage Association of America’s “Train the Trainers” program, and an active member of the USEF and WDAA.

Colleen Elliott


Colleen Elliot is the President and co-founder of Acuswede, a company that provides acupressure products to help people and equine athletes maintain flexibility and relief from pain through intense muscle recovery tools. Ms. Elliott earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a master’s in business from Miami University in Ohio. She has more than two decades of experience creating strategy, new programs, and teams in the health care space. She also has a deep love for horses and their well-being, and wanted to provide simple, effective tools to reduce their soreness and pain. In 2014, she jumped on the opportunity to start Acuswede and bring equine acupressure products to the U.S., aligning her passions and experience to provide products that can truly make a difference for the well-being of a horse. Based in Boulder, CO, Ms. Elliott travels the United States to demonstrate Acuswede’s products and speak on the benefits of acupressure for both equine and humans.

Cliff Faver, DVM


Passionate about helping and healing horses and pets, Dr. Cliff Faver is the founder of a grooming and veterinary practice in Cave Creek, AZ. Dr. Faver earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 1987 and opened Animal Care Services in 1994. A full-service veterinary hospital, Animal Care Services offers emergency, diagnostic, surgical, and alternative treatment options for its patients. In 2006, Dr. Faver expanded his practice by opening Tender Paw Day Spa, a dermatological wellness and grooming center located within his animal hospital. In 2011, Dr. Faver became a US distributer of Iv San Bernard, an animal care product manufacturer from Italy. He is currently a member of several national and regional associations, including the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), Arizona Veterinary Medical Association (AzVMA), and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Currently, Dr. Faver spends most of his time as an international speaker on numerous animal care topics and teaching the Iv San Bernard Pet Aesthetician Certification program.

Emma Ford

Clipping and Leather Care

Emma Ford is a lifelong equestrian who has become one of the most well-known grooms United States. Growing up in southwest England, Ms. Ford hunted and obtained her Pony Club B rating as a child. One year after earning her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wales in 1997, Ms. Ford came to the United States to groom for eventer Adrian Iorio in Boston, MA. In 2005 she moved on to manage Phillip Dutton’s barn in West Grove, PA, where she still works today. While working for Mr. Dutton, Ms. Ford has attended three Olympic Games, two Pan American Games, and multiple four-star events throughout the United State and Europe. She was named the United States Eventing Association’s Groom of the Year in 2007 and the PRO Groom of the Year in 2012. In 2015 her book, World Class Grooming for the Competition Horse, co-authored with Cat Hill, was released. Ms. Ford also regularly contributes articles relating to competition and basic grooming to Practical Horseman and Carolinas Equestrians.

Richard Godbee, PhD

Equine Health Care

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.

Jessica Gonzalez

Positive Reinforcement & Clicker Training

Jessica Gonzalez, of York, ME, is the founder of Empowering Equines, a non-profit organization that focuses on incorporating positive training techniques and on rescuing horses, donkeys, and other farm animals. Ms. Gonzalez has been riding her entire life, but found herself always searching for a way to create a more positive relationship with her horses. She has worked as a carriage driver, barn manager, and trainer for hunter-jumper and dressage disciplines, but found her true calling in working with rescue horses. After traditional training methods proved unsuccessful in working with the first horse she could call her own, she discovered clicker training. Clicker training transformed their relationship, and Ms. Gonzalez soon started using it and other positive reinforcement methods on all her rescue animals. She speaks locally on positive reinforcement training methods and is working on expanding the Empowered Equines organization.

Lydia Gray, DVM

Veterinary & Equine Health Care

As Medical Director and Staff Veterinarian for SmartPak Equine Dr. Lydia Gray directs the research and development of products; educates horse owners and her fellow SmartPakers; and works closely with veterinarians on programs such as ColiCare. Dr. Gray earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994 and also holds a Master of Arts in interpersonal and organizational communication from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Prior to SmartPak, Dr. Gray practiced veterinary medicine, coordinated programs at a University, and served as Director of Owner Education for the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and as Executive Director of the Hooved Animal Humane Society. She is an active member of multiple veterinary organizations, serving on committees, the board of directors, and as president. Dr. Gray is also an active horsewoman, competing her Trakehner gelding “Newman” in dressage, carriage driving, and sidesaddle.

Bob Grisel, DVM

Equine Lameness

Bob Grisel, DVM, knew he wanted to be an equine veterinarian at the age of thirteen, when he worked for a racetrack trainer near his childhood home in South Florida and discovered a passion for solving the problems that can affect performance horses. After graduating from the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Grisel completed a residency in equine surgery in California before joining the teaching staff at Oregon State University. After working the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Dr. Grisel relocated to Georgia and opened Atlanta Equine Clinic, a full-service diagnostic, surgical, and emergency facility in Hoschton. Still passionate about working with performance horses, Dr. Grisel teaches clinics and authors publications to help owners better spot potential issues with their horses. In July 2018 his most recent book, “Equine Lameness for the Layman: Tools for Prompt Recognition, Accurate Assessment, and Proactive Management” was published by Trafalgar Square Books.

Liv Gude

Clipping & Grooming

Liv Gude is a professional groom 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 her knowledge of grooming to horse owners everywhere. In 2011 she founded Professional Equine Grooms, an online community that provides resources about horse care, horse health, and employment in the horse industry. 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.

Masoud Hashemi

Pasture & Mud Management

Dr. Masoud Hashemi is an Extension Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, who splits his time between extension activities, research, and teaching. His extension work is widely varied, and includes serving as the “Crops, Dairy, Livestock, Equine” team leader for UMass Extension and the state contact person for nutrient and manure management, pasture management, and agronomic crop production. He is also editor of the “Crops, Dairy, Livestock, and Equine” newsletter, which is published four times a year. His other major outreach activities include conducting statewide presentations and workshops on various topics and acting as State Coordinator and State Host of New England Green Pastures. Dr. Hashemi also teaches courses on pasture management, and his research focuses on sustainable food and farming systems, with an emphasis on the use of cover crops to promote soil and environmental health.

Melissa Haskell, DVM

Reproduction & Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome

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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Heather Jaquay


Heather Jaquay has been selling equine feed in the Hamilton, NY, area for more than twenty years as an equine nutrition consultant for Cargill Animal Nutrition. She joined the company after earning a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Cornell University and currently travels throughout New York and New England to speak on a variety of equine nutrition topics. When she is not traveling, Ms. Jaquay runs her own farm at home and rides her horses in English and western events.

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Laura Javsicas, MVD, DACVIM


Dr. Laura Javsicas, an internal medicine specialist at Rhineback Equine in Rhineback, NY, has always been interested in horses. She grew up riding hunters and jumpers outside of Philadelphia, PA, and was the co-captain of the equestrian team while pursuing her undergraduate degree in biology at Cornell University. Following the completion of her Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004, Dr. Javsicas completed a one-year internship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, KY. She then moved to Florida, where she did a three-year residency in equine internal medicine at the University of Florida before joining the University’s faculty. In 2009, Dr. Javsicas moved back north and took a job at an equine clinic near Saratoga Springs before joining Rhineback Equine in 2013. Dr. Javsicas is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in large animal medicine and has special interests in neonatology, cardiology, gastrointestinal diseases, and emergency/critical care medicine.

Paula Josa-Jones

Conscious Touch

Paula Josa-Jones, of Kent, CT, is a dance artist, choreographer, author, visual artist, and movement educator and therapist. She has long included horses in her work, starting twenty years ago when she created an equine-human dance company. A student of dressage, Ms. Josa-Jones also studies clicker training and is a certified Tellington T-Touch practitioner. The creator of Embodied Equine Experiencing and Embodied Horsemanship, Ms. Josa-Jones teaches an intuitive, improvisational approach to the human-horse bond through movement and touch. Last year, Ms. Josa-Jones’ book “Our Horses, Ourselves: Discovering the Common Body,” was published by Trafalgar Square Books. She also writes the blog, “Ride Dance Write,” and has contributed to publications like “Dressage Today” and “Contact Quarterly.”

Richard Kennedy


Richard Kennedy is an equine Nutritional Consultant with Nutrena Feeds/Cargill, Inc. in Albany, NY, who received his degree in agricultural business and animal science in 1990 from SUNY-Cobleskill. Mr. Kennedy began his horse career at age 14, training Standardbred harness racing horses for Landmark Farms and later worked for Tal-Blick Clydesdales showing a six-horse hitch whose national appearances included Madison Square Garden. Richard Kennedy is an expert in equine nutrition, body condition scoring and top line evaluation who has balanced 27 years of involvement in the equine nutrition industry with raising and training American Quarter Horses and American Paint Horses for barrel racing, pole bending, team roping and tie down competition. He is an active member of the AQHA, the APHA, the Jockey Club and the Montgomery County Equine Club, as well as the New York State Saddle Horse, New York State High School Rodeo, and New York State Thoroughbred Breeders Associations.

Danny Kroetch

Saddle Fit

Danny Kroetch is a master saddle fitter with more than 20 years of experience who travels worldwide fitting saddles and lecturing about the importance of correct saddle fit. After studying the anatomy and biomechanics of the horse, Mr. Kroetch’s research led him to develop his own line of innovative, fully-adjustable saddles. His company, DK Saddlery, is currently the largest exporter of English saddles to Europe and Asia, and his saddles are used by some of the world’s top riders. In 2003 Danny Kroetch took part in a 15-month study with Utrecht Veterinary University in the Netherlands which focused on how incorrectly-fitted saddles affect horses. The findings of this study were published in the Veterinary Journal. Mr. Kroetch has also been featured in two Dutch magazines and has had articles in California Riding Magazine, Dressage Today, Warmbloods Today, and other industry publications. In addition to his career in saddle fitting and development, Danny Kroetch runs Carousel Stables, a busy boarding and training facility in Calgary, Alberta.

Pamela Allen-LeBlanc

Reiki, Animal Communication, Essential Oils

An avid supporter of natural horsemanship, Pamela Allen-LeBlanc got her start with horses as a young child riding in Pony Club. Wanting to develop a deeper relationship with her horses, she began studying natural horsemanship and worked with several prolific trainers in the industry. Eventually she opened her own operation, Hidden Brook Farm in Durham Bridge, New Brunswick, Canada, where she works with horses and horse lovers on natural horsemanship, animal communication, and Reiki. She also developed her own line of essential oils for horses and humans. Ms. Allen-LeBlanc is a member of the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association, a centered riding instructor, and an International Center for Reiki Training professional member. In addition to teaching out of Hidden Brook Farm, Ms. Allen-LeBlanc travels throughout North America to teach horse enthusiasts about the benefits of animal communication, Reiki, and essential oil use, and how these methods can improve their relationship with their horses.

Rhonda Levinson

Equine Law

A member attorney at Perry & Trent, LLC in Bonner Springs, KS, Rhonda Levinson has focused her legal practice on construction and equine law for more than twenty years. A 1993 graduate of the University of Kansas’ School of Law, Ms. Levinson helps all of her clients, from individuals to larger organizations, in a number of legal matters that range from simple releases to complex litigation. She is currently President of the Middle of the Trail Distance Riders, board member of the North American Trail Ride Conference, and member of the American Endurance Ride Conference. She is also a contributing author to “Better Horses Magazine” and “Barrel Horse World.” When not practicing law, Ms. Levinson competes in distance events with her Paint mare, Maxie, and her Arabian gelding, Tenacity.

Leah Limone, DVM

Equine Dentistry

Leah Limone, DVM, has been practicing veterinary medicine for more than a decade, with a special interest in equine dentistry. A Massachusetts native, Dr. Limone attended Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine before moving back to New England to complete an internship in medicine and surgery at New England Equine Medical and Surgical Center in Dover, NH. She then joined a practice in Connecticut that focused on advanced dentistry, sparking her interest in the specialty. Dr. Limone now runs North East Veterinary Dental Services out of Topsfield, MA, and is working to complete her board certification in equine dentistry with the American Veterinary Dental College. She is also a member or the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS), which works to promote veterinary dentistry and to establish the field as a recognized practice specialty.

Lori Macuilewicz

Safety & Horsemanship

Though she has owned and ridden horses for fifty years, Lori Macuilewicz did not start formal riding lessons until her thirties. A former backyard rider, she enjoyed learning about proper riding position and horsemanship, and quickly developed an interest in passing on her knowledge to others. After hearing about the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) at the 1999 Equine Affaire, Ms. Macuilewicz decided to become involved in the organization. She became a CHA-certified instructor in 2001, and is now a Level Three English instructor at Hideaway Farm in Berkley, MA. Enjoying introducing riders of all ages to the world of horses, Ms. Macuilewicz focuses on providing a relaxed atmosphere and teaching riding for pleasure. In addition to teaching, Ms. Macuilewicz is the Region 6 Director of the CHA, overseeing the organization’s activities in New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, and Newfoundland.

Olivia Martin


Olivia Martin is the manager of Performance Feeding Inc., an independent equine nutrition consulting firm located in Brewster, NY. A lifelong equestrian, she spent time managing and riding professionally for a large show stable before turning her interests elsewhere. After earning her bachelor’s degree in animal science and pathobiology at the University of Connecticut, she took a position at the Connecticut Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, where she was involved in testing for diseases such as Lyme and West Nile Virus. Ms. Martin then moved on to work for another veterinary practice, where she supported veterinarians who specialized in working with elite equine athletes. While there, Ms. Martin worked with resident veterinarian Christopher Miller to develop Performance Feeding. She now focuses her efforts on helping owners feed their horses as effectively as possible.

Gillian O'Brien

Equine Massage

Gillian O’Brien, of South Hadley, MA, has been riding, training, and showing hunter-jumper horses and ponies for more than ten years. With experience working with a wide variety of horses, Ms. O’Brien started her own equine massage therapy business. Like most horsewomen, Ms. O’Brien wants her horses to feel and perform their best, and in 2016, decided to pursue education in equine massage therapy. After several hundred hours of in-class and hands-on training, she completed her Equine Massage Therapist certification from the Bancroft School of Massage in August 2017. Since then, she has been helping her own and client horses feel their best through her Goliath Equine Massage services.

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Kelly O'Brien

Retraining Rescue Horses

Kelly O’Brien has more than forty years of experience with horses and twenty-five years as an instructor and trainer of various breeds in a variety of disciplines including western pleasure, reining, and hunter under saddle. Though most of her professional training career has been in the New England area, she has also lived and trained in Tennessee, Virginia and Colorado. Ms. O’Brien now works out of Thunder K Enterprises in Concord, NH, where she trains and shows competitive reining horses and does multi-discipline training for clients. Ms. O’Brien is the only John and Josh Lyons Certified and Accredited Trainer in the New England states and is a Level II Shamballa Energies Advanced Practitioner, a program that is the basis of Reiki work. She is also a certified Therasage Equine Massage Therapist specializing in performance horse athletic massage. In addition to training out of Thunder K Enterprises and conducting clinics, she is currently working on developing a training manual and DVD series.

Mike Pilato

Equestrian Concussions

Mike Pilato is a National Athletic Trainers Association certified athletic trainer and medical researcher with thirty years of experience in keeping all levels of athletes healthy, active, and involved in their sports. In 2003, with the help of Drusilla Malavase, Mr. Pilato began researching and developing the concept of the “equestrian as athlete”, seeking to minimize equestrian-related injuries and maximize rider performance. Mr. Pilato is currently self-employed as an athletic trainer and is the part-time Assistant Athletic Trainer at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. He has written numerous articles for both the scientific and lay audience and hosts educational seminars on Vimeo. His latest published scientific articles explored injuries in the collegiate equestrian athlete and associations between orthopedic injuries, weight/body mass index, and concussions.

Judith Rathbone

Kinesiology Taping

An accomplished horsewoman, Judith Rathbone uses her knowledge of competing at the highest levels of equestrian sport to help her clients’ horses perform at their best. In 2014, she earned certifications in equine kinesiology taping and bodywork from Equi-Bow and Equi-Tape Canada. In 2018, she earned an Advanced Standing Equi-Tape certification. As managing director of Starline Equine Bodywork in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Ms. Rathbone works with equine athletes to help them reach their athletic potential through improving movement, balance, and core strength. She is the creator of foundation exercises, which prolong bodywork sessions and help equine athletes be more prepared for sport. She also launched the DME’s Challenge, an online training program to help horse owners increase their horse’s dynamic mobility, range of motion, and core strength in only five minutes a day.

Debra Tranberg, DC

Equine Chiropractics, Laser Therapy

Debra Tranberg
Dr. Debra Tranberg is a licensed chiropractor who has been providing chiropractic care and laser therapy for companion animals, equines, and riders for thirty years. Not only is she a member of the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA) and the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA), she is also one of only 1,500 doctors worldwide to obtain a certification in animal chiropractic care through these organizations. Out of her Tranberg Animal Chiropractic & Health Solutions in Pembroke, MA, Dr. Tranberg works with all breeds of horses, who range from companion animals to high-level performance horses in all disciplines. In addition to working with her clients, Dr. Tranberg gives seminars and demonstrations on how chiropractic care and laser therapy can improve both you and your animal’s quality of life. She has also contributed articles to “Dressage Today” magazine and “Local Equestrian Lifestyle.”

Trixie Chicks Trick Riders

Trick Riding

While pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Missouri State University, Kelsey Temmen’s life changed when she saw the Trixie Chicks Trick Riders perform for the first time. An avid equestrian, she immediately became hooked on the discipline and started training with the Trixie Chicks in 2012. Just four years later, she began to pursue trick riding performances, clinics, and lessons full-time with the group. Ms. Temmen has already won numerous trick-riding awards, including being named the 2016 International Trick Riding Open Champion. In addition to performing and teaching others, Ms. Temmen and the Trixie Chicks have worked with top saddle makers to re-deign and improve trick riding saddles. Out of her home base in Westphalia, MO, Ms. Temmen and the Trixie Chicks travel to performances and host clinics throughout the United States and Canada. When she is not riding, Ms. Temmen is pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from William Woods University.

Cathy Woods

Yoga and Horsemanship

Cathy Woods has been teaching yoga to horse lovers and non-equestrians for almost thirty years. From her home base in the Smoky Mountains, NC, Ms. Woods teaches yoga classes and plans workshops and retreats around the country. With her background in horses, Ms. Woods was able to combine her passions of yoga and horsemanship to create her Body, Mind, Equine program. Held at ranches around the country, this program uses yoga principles to improve horsemanship and help riders become a more aware and conscious of their riding. Ms. Woods teaches yoga both on and off the mat, and in the case of her equestrian programs, even from the back of a horse.