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 2019 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.

2019 Clinic, Seminar & Demo Schedule

Chris Cox

General Training & Horsemanship

Chris Cox is an accomplished horseman and teacher who has conducted clinics and demonstrations, including in-depth horsemanship courses, for more than two decades. Raised on a cattle ranch in the wilds of Australia, Mr. Cox learned at an early age how to appreciate the abilities and traditions of the great men and horses around him. His training techniques have been influenced by both English and western traditions and they can be applied universally across disciplines. From his Diamond Double C Ranch near Mineral Wells, TX, Chris Cox is a successful trainer, breeder, and competitor in the cutting horse world who also competes in reined cow horse and team roping events as his schedule permits. He is a three-time undefeated Road to the Horse World Champion who has touched the lives of many a horse enthusiast and showed them straight forward, authentic, and practical ways to gain a better relationship with their horses. Mr. Cox regularly demonstrates his talent as a horseman and shares his knowledge of horse training through his television show, Chris Cox Horsemanship, on RFD-TV.

Julie Goodnight

General Training & Horsemanship

Julie Goodnight established a connection with horses at a young age, and after a successful run as a youth rider on jumping horses, she galloped her way through college riding racehorses. For nearly four decades, she has been at home in the Colorado Rockies, pursuing wilderness sports and riding cow horses. Founding her training business in 1985, Ms. Goodnight’s reputation as a horse trainer grew far and wide. In 2008, she began producing “Horse Master with Julie Goodnight”, a popular how-to horse training series that has aired weekly on RFD-TV for more than a decade, with 260 episodes. She now travels the world to produce compelling horse TV and educates horse owners everywhere through her online training programs at JulieGoodnight.com.

Dan James

General Training, Reining

Born in Queensland, Australia on a small cattle farm, Dan James’ lifelong passion for horses began when he was just six weeks old. From his first pony to the first horse he started in his early teens, Mr. James’ hunger to learn about training has only increased. After studying at Longreach Pastoral College, Mr. James began traveling the world to gain a better understanding of horses. He learned from the best through experiences like starting colts in Hokkaido, Japan and managing horses on a cattle station in Western Australia. Mr. 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, winning the “Way of the Horse” at Equitana Asia Pacific, and representing Australia at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in reining. As a trainer, Mr. James first learned about liberty training from world-renowned movie horse trainer, Heath Harris. From there, Mr. James’ quickly developed his own skills and trained liberty horses for television, movies, and photo shoots, including training the liberty horses used in the show Heartland and stunt horses for The Walking Dead. Mr. James continues to travel the world, wowing judges, fans, and audiences alike with his incredible training techniques, elite showmanship, and unique understanding of how horses learn.

Steve Lantvit

General Horsemanship, Ranch Horse

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 everyday horse person, 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. Mr. Lantvit also shares his training insights through a weekly television series, Sure in the Saddle, on RFD-TV.

Jason Irwin

General Training & Horsemanship

Jason Irwin is a lifelong equestrian who grew up on his family’s farm in Southampton, Ontario breeding, training, and selling Quarter Horses. It was there that Mr. Irwin got his first taste of horse training through colt starting and fixing problem horses. He has since moved on to include advanced and liberty training in his repertoire. Mr. Irwin runs his training business, Jason and Bronwyn Irwin Horsemanship, with his wife. He currently conducts 25-30 clinics a year in Ontario and Eastern Canada and is working to expand his range to Western Canada and the United States. Mr. Irwin works with both western and English riders of all skill levels and with various problem areas. He is looking into starting a DVD training series this fall, but regularly posts training demonstrations and videos on a variety of topics to his social media accounts.

Charlotte Bredahl-Baker

Dressage

Charlotte Bredahl, of Solvang, CA, is an Olympic competitor and international judge with decades of experience riding and training dressage. After getting her start riding in her home country, Denmark, Ms. Bredahl moved to Southern California at just twenty years old to work at the Bell Canyon Equestrian Center. In 1983, Ms. Bredahl began training horses and riders independently, and two years later, she obtained her National Judge’s License. Ms. Bredahl quickly moved up the ranks in dressage and was part of the bronze medal-winning United States team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Five years later, she again represented the United States on the silver medal-winning team at the North American Championships in Maryland. As a judge, Ms. Bredahl has worked in various roles, including as a U.S. selector for the 2010 World Equestrian Games and judging the U.S. final selection for the 2014World Equestrian Games. She was also appointed U.S. Assistant Youth Coach for Dressage and awarded the USDF Honorary Instructor title and USEF Gold Medal of Distinction in 2014. In 2019, Ms. Bredahl was appointed as the U.S. Dressage Development Coach, helping to steer the direction of the dressage system and produce combinations capable of representing the United States in the future.

Sinead Halpin

Eventing

An internationally recognized eventer and trainer, Sinead Halpin has been riding at the advanced level for more than 20 years. After getting her start in eventing in Young Rider competitions, Ms. Halpin competed in her first CCI3* event at just 19 years old. She has trained with some of the most well-known eventers in the world, including Karen and David O’Connor, Mark Phillips, and William Fox-Pitt. Her career highlights include a third-place finish at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in 2011, a second-place finish at the Burghley CCI4* in 2012, and competing on the United States Equestrian Team at the 2014 World Equestrian Games. Outside of competing, Ms. Halpin focuses on establishing and building confidence in promising young horses and riders. She has coached the Area 2 Young Rider’s eventing team since 2013 and has contributed articles to many publications, including The Chronicle of the Horse, Practical Horsemen, Warmbloods Today, and U.S. Eventing Association. She has also partnered with Prestige Italia to create the Sinead Monoflap Saddle and eventing Neck Strap. Ms. Halperin currently works out her Copperline Farm in Citra, FL, with her husband and fellow eventer, Tik Maynard.

Jane Melby

Barrel Racing

Jane Melby is no stranger to seeing herself listed first on the barrel racing leader board. Her career started with 4-H youth events and high school rodeos, where she won the Minnesota High School Rodeo Association State Championship all 4 years she participated, and still holds the record for most consecutive wins. Ms. Melby is a multiple World Champion in barrel racing, and her accomplishments include winning the International Professional Rodeo Association World Championship in 1993 and the National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) 1D World Championship in 1999. She also qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2011 and 2013, and finished those seasons ranked 6th and 9th in the world, respectively. Ms. Melby has also been a Canadian Finals Rodeo Qualifier and round winner. Outside of competing, Ms. Melby has collaborated with G Bar G Saddles and saddle maker Dennis George on designed a better barrel saddle. Also passionate about teaching, Ms. Melby enjoys spending most of her time giving clinics throughout the United States and Canada.

Candice King

Hunter/Jumper

Candice King is an accomplished Grand Prix show jumper who has won multiple FEI titles and awards over the past two decades. She got her start riding her family’s Quarter Horses and showing in in-hand and horsemanship classes before switching over to the hunter/jumper ring. By the time she was 19 years old, Ms. King made her debut on the American Grand Prix Association circuit. In 2001, she was the top-ranked U.S. rider at the World Cup Final in Gothenburg and became the first American in more than 30 years to win the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Cup in England. Since then, she has continued to have much success on the show circuit, including being a member of two winning FEI Nations Cup teams in 2015 and winning the Venice Grand Prix and Princeton Grand Prix in 2018. Currently, Ms. King is co-owner of Alamar Equine, located in Carlisle, PA and Wellington, FL, where she develops young jumpers and students. Ms. King also has a busy show and clinic schedule that sends her traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Liz Austin

Dressage

Liz Austin has been competing in dressage since she was just five years old. She got her start riding horses through her mother, Madeline Austin, and eventually began riding and training sales horses for her. Ms. Austin competed in her first Prix St. Georges at sixteen, and by twenty-two, she was competing in Europe on a horse she trained herself. Her career highlights include being an individual silver medalist at the North American Young Rider Championships, winning the U.S. Equestrian “Brentina Cup” National Championship two times, and being named the reserve rider for the 2011 FEI World Cup Final. In addition to competing and training her own horses, Ms. Austin enjoys working with other dressage riders through lessons, clinics, and expositions. Outside of the arena, Ms. Austin has contributed articles to numerous publications, including The Chronicle of the Horse, Dressage Today, Dressage Daily, and Dressage Unlimited. She also helped develop the FITS clothing line, a collection of equestrian competition and training attire.

Dana Bright

Driving

Dana Bright is an accomplished equestrian both on and off the driving carriage. Mrs. Bright began her equestrian career by riding eventers and show hunters and working for several prominent riders including Olympian Bruce Davidson. In 1982 Mrs. Bright began her adventures in carriage driving when she hooked up her event horse’s companion pony to a cart. Since then Mrs. 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. Mrs. Bright has judged major pleasure shows such as Lorenzo and Walnut Hill and the 2016 USEF National Pairs Championship. In addition to judging, Mrs. 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. Ms. Bright is currently the Vice President of the American Driving Society as well as the Chair of the Education Committee, and a member of the Driven Dressage and Pleasure Driving Committees.

Kristen Whittaker

Western Dressage, Garrocha

Kristen Whittaker is an accomplished rider, trainer, and clinician who works out of Whit Acres Farm in Norwell, MA. Ms. Whittaker started her show career at just 11 years old on Arabians. As a junior and amateur exhibitor, she won numerous awards and titles in English and western pleasure at U.S. and Canadian national finals competitions. She then transitioned to a focus on western dressage, a discipline she continues to train, teach, and compete in today. A Western Dressage Association of America National Champion herself, Ms. Whittaker has trained and coached many junior and amateur riders and their horses to WDAA Regional and World Championships. As a trainer, Ms. Whittaker uses western dressage to increase effective horsemanship and communication of riders to enhance their skills and strengthen their bond with their horse. In addition to lessons and training out of Whit Acres Farm, Ms. Whittaker also conducts clinics in western dressage, versatility and obstacle challenges, and garrocha.

Rick Christy

Hunter Under Saddle

Rick Christy, and his wife Kelley, own and operate Christy Quarter Horses in Reddick, FL, where they specialize in breeding, training, and showing American Quarter Horses in hunter under saddle and western competitions. Mr. Christy began his training career with reining horses, quickly earning numerous titles in the sport, but his heart was always with the pleasure horse industry. He has shown numerous horses to Honor Roll titles and trained many horses and riders to multiple World Championships and Honor Roll titles in hunter, western pleasure, and hunter under saddle classes. Mr. Christy has been an approved American Quarter Horse Association and National Snaffle Bit Association judge for 19 years, adding his American Paint Horse Association card three years ago. He has judged the All American Quarter Horse Congress, AQHA World Show, NSBA World Show, APHA Youth World, as well as most major weekend circuits. Mr. Christy has also taken his skills abroad through judging national championships in Australia, Sweden, Mexico, and Germany.

Gary Lane

Easy Gaited Horses

From his home at Windswept Stables in Brodhead, KY, Gary Lane specializes in helping the owners of easy gaited horses "find the magic" in their horses. During the course of his extensive career, Mr. Lane has worked with virtually all easy gaited breeds from Tennessee Walkers and Missouri Fox Trotters to Paso Finos and lcelandics. His definition of horse training is "the art of influencing and directing your horse to obtain his willing obedience in the accomplishment of a task," and he works with both novice and professional gaited horse riders to develop free going horses with smooth easy-going gaits. As a result of his experience as a military commander in Desert Storm and a Kentucky police detective, Mr. Lane believes that leadership has an important role in training any horse and that step-by-step structure is an important teaching tool for both horses and riders. He shares his training program through a best-selling book titled Training the Gaited Horse, From the Trail to the Rail, and three training videos/DVDs on understanding and training gaited horses.

Kelly Hulse

Saddleseat

Kelly Hulse has 25 years of experience as an owner, trainer, breed, instructor, and operator of her and her husband’s Mark Hulse Stables in New Bloomfield, MO. She started riding at nine and began competing on the national level at just 12 years old in saddle seat competitions. Throughout her career, Ms. Hulse has worked with Arabians, Morgans, Saddlebreds, Hackneys, and Friesians, producing multiple world and national champions. She is a U.S. Equestrian Federation “R” judge for saddle seat, Hackney, and saddle seat equitation classes. For the past six years, Ms. Hulse has worked as an assistant professor of equestrian studies at Stephen’s College, where among other activities, she oversees the saddle seat department. Her students have seen great success in the show ring, including being named the Missouri Horse Shows Association Saddle Seat Medallion Finals Champion and United Professional Horseman’s Association Exceptional Challenge Cup National Champion.

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Heidi Potter

Trail Obstacles, Centered Riding

Heidi Potter is an internationally known and respected trainer, instructor, clinician, and author who has more than 50 years of experience with horses. She learned about Centered Riding directly from its founder, her friend and mentor, the late Sally Swift. As a martial artist, Ms. Potter was inspired by Centered Riding’s inclusion of traditional eastern philosophies to help riders of all levels and disciplines improve self-awareness, balance, comfort, confidence, and communication. In her holistic horsemanship training program, Ms. Potter is committed to addressing the horse’s needs first by sharing the concept of doing things “with” the horse, rather than “to” the horse, thus creating calmer, safer, and more enjoyable experiences. In 2016, Ms. Potter began studying equine behavior ad body language with Horse Speaker founder Sharon Wilsie. As a Senior Horse Speaker Instructor, Ms. Potter finds great joy in helping to bridge the gap in understanding between horses and their humans. Ms. Potter owns the New England Center for Horsemanship, in Guilford, VT, and enjoys competing in western dressage with her Cheval Canadian Horse, Riley.

Simon Cocozza

Core Strengthening & Yoga for Horses

Simon Cocozza is an experienced horseman with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. After growing up in Italy, Mr. Cocozza traveled to England to receive formal instruction in equine training. He first obtained his British Horse Society Assistant Instructor qualification before earning an Advanced National Certificate in Equine Business Management at Warwickshire College of Equine Studies. After spending several years as a trainer in England, Mr. Cocozza moved back to mainland Europe and became increasingly interested in studying the biomechanics of horses and how to utilize it as a basis for training. After setting up a stable in Normandy, France, Mr. Cocozza became the first non-French national to earn the Brevet Professionnel title, a French program that certifies equestrian trainers and coaches. Mr. Cocozza now works as a trainer and examiner for the French Riding Federation. Outside of training, Mr. Cocozza wrote the book Core Conditioning for Horses, which was published in 2019. He has also contributed articles on training and coaching to numerous magazines, including The Equine Chronicle and The American Trakehner Magazine.

Jim Masterson

Masteron Method in Motion

Jim Masterson is an equine bodywork therapist and the developer of the Masterson Method of Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork®. Over the years his equine clientele has included the USEF Endurance Team, competitors in USEF Medal and Maclay events, the Nation's Cup, and the Pan American and World Equestrian Games as well as members of various USEF driving and jumping teams. Mr. Masterson first became interested in equine massage in 1997 and quickly recognized that a horse exhibits certain neurological responses to touch as it releases tension in the body. Using this response to guide his work, he developed the Masterson Method in which the horse participates in the process by showing the practitioner where tension has accumulated, how much pressure is needed, and when the tension is released. Mr. Masterson has been teaching The Masterson Method "hands on" workshops and courses to horse owners in the United States, Europe, and Australia since 2005. The interactive and easily-learned Masterson Method is also explained in Mr. Masterson's books, Beyond Horse Massage, and Dressage Movements Revealed, and in instructional DVDs he has produced.

Maggie Herlensky

Sidesaddle

Maggie Herlensky is the President of the American Sidesaddle Association, an organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of riding aside in the United States. The Association has more than 250 members and 18 regional clubs throughout the country. Ms. Herlensky has been riding for more than 40 years in many disciplines, including competitive trail, hunt seat, western, and sidesaddle. She became a sidesaddle instructor thirty years ago and became involved in the American Sidesaddle Association from its beginning in 2008. In addition to instructing students in sidesaddle riding out of her home base in Bainbridge, OH, Ms. Herlensky also travels throughout the United States hosting clinics and participating in other educational programs to promote aside riding.

BINA Farm Center

Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies

BINA Farm Center brings together individuals with and without special needs by offering a variety of inclusive enrichment programs that help them to both thrive personally and make their best contribution towards the communities in which they live. BINA provides a comprehensive therapeutic and recreational environment utilizing Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies, Vocational Training Programs and Creative and Complementary Therapies for children and adults with physical, developmental and emotional challenges.

Austin Anderson

Western Performing Arts

Austin Anderson has been performing with horses for his entire life. Getting his start in his family’s “The Texas White Horse Troupe” show, Mr. Anderson has travelled throughout the United State and Canada performing trick riding and equine action shows at a variety of venues. His abilities as an all-around horseman have also led to work in the television and film industries not only as a stunt rider, but also by providing trained cast and stunt horses. In 2004, Mr. Anderson created “The Texas Trick Riders” show, a fast-paced equine action show featuring trick and Roman riding with some western action sprinkled in, which he still runs today out of Troup, TX. Outside of running the Texas Trick Riders, Mr. Anderson is an accomplished trick riding competitor and coach. He won the Texas Open Trick Riding contest in 2015 and trained the winner of that competition in 2017. Mr. Anderson continues to work as director for the Texas Open and coaches riders involved in competitions throughout North America.

Janet Barrett

Author

As an author, public speaker, and owner of publishing company Tall Cedar Books in Chester, CT, Janet Barrett is skilled in combining her passion for horses with her talent for writing. Her first book, On the Fence: A Parent’s Handbook of Horseback Riding, came out in 2006. Since then, Ms. Barrett has become increasingly interested in telling the stories of horses in areas of combat, using her years of horse experience to bring life to the relationships between warhorses and their human compatriots. In 2013, her book They Called Her Reckless: A True Story of War, Love and One Extraordinary Horse was published, telling the tale of the famed warhorse Reckless and her fellow Marines in the Korean War. After that book came out, Ms. Barrett began giving hundreds of talks about the story to historical societies, libraries, and military venues around New England. She is now working on the story of the warhorse Comanche, a survivor of the Battle of Little Big Horn, and his owner, Captain Myles Keogh.

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Lauren Berardi

Horse Insurance

Lauren Berardi is a Managing Partner at The Saren Group, an insurance agency based out of Rochester, NY that specializes in equine and farm insurance. Ms. Berardi has been involved with horses for more than 30 years, riding Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, Paints, and Warmbloods. She also has a degree in business from the University of Buffalo. Out of her farm Honeoye Falls, NY, Ms. Berardi has been breeding hunter jumper horses for more than 10 years and is a member of U.S. Equestrian and the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association. She has also volunteered with the Heritage Christian Stables Therapeutic Riding Center. In 2019, Ms. Berardi partnered with her long-time friend and fellow horse owner Sara Scialo to form The Saren Group. At the company, Ms. Berardi is able to help horse and farm owners find insurance policies that work for them, which can tackle liability, property, equine mortality, and equine medical insurance needs, to name a few.

Stephanie Brown-Beamer

Bits & Bitting

As a FEI-level dressage rider and trainer, Stephanie Brown-Beamer has a deep understanding of how a horse’s tack fit affects its way of going. Owner of Hampton Dressage on Long Island, NY, Ms. Brown-Beamer is a U.S. Dressage Federation Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalist and USDF “L” judges graduate. After trying a Neue Schule bit and seeing the change that one action had on her horse’s movement under saddle, Ms. Brown-Beamer became more interested in studying the impact tack can have on a horse’s performance. Having the desire to gain more extensive education in bits and bit fitting, Ms. Brown-Beamer enrolled in a selective Lantra Certified Course in the United Kingdom, and was awarded the Lantra “Bit and Bridle Fitter” Certification in 2018, becoming the only North American and one of only 13 certified individuals in the world. Ms. Brown-Beamer recently founded her own bit and tack fitting consultation company, Horse by Horse LLC, through which she works one-on-one with horse owners and conducts clinics to help assist in bit and bridle fitting needs.

Karin Bump, PhD

Horse Behavior, 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.

Stacey Buzzell, DVM

Veterinary Care

Stacey Buzzell, DVM, is a Research and Development Services Veterinarian at Nutramax Laboratories, a company that creates nutritional supplements for humans, cats, dogs, and horses, in Lancaster, SC. An avid equestrian, Dr. Buzzell has been riding for almost 30 years and has competed in everything from western horsemanship to hunter jumper classes. She also competed in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association in hunt seat and western in college and has spent time galloping racehorses at the track. After earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, Dr. Buzzell worked for as an associate veterinarian in a private practice and then with the Maryland Veterinary Group. She also spent several years as the State Veterinarian for the Maryland Racing Commission. Dr. Buzzell joined Nutramax Laboratories in 2012 as an Equine Product Manager and has worked her way up to her current position.

Brittany Cacossa

Equestrian Fitness

A lifelong equestrian and competitive powerlifter, Brittany Cacossa has been able to combine her two passions into one through her online strength training business, based out of Old Brookville, NY. Ms. Cacossa grew up riding hunter jumper horses at local and major competitions along the East coast. After becoming interested in strength training at 16, Ms. Cacossa worked as a personal trainer during college. She soon earned her CrossFit certification, which led to an interest in powerlifting. Ms. Cacossa competed in and won many USA Powerlifting competitions and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Along with her fitness endeavors, Ms. Cacossa began teaching and showing professionally at Aureliano Equestrian after graduating college. Her experience in riding and fitness training led her to create The Equestrian Strength Coach, which allows her to work directly with riders throughout the country to increase their strength and effectiveness in the saddle.

Linda Cimetti, DVM

Acupuncture

Linda Cimetti, DVM, is a veterinarian at the South Shore Equine Clinic and Diagnostic Center in Plympton, MA. A Massachusetts native, Dr. Cimetti earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 2001. After graduation, she worked at a performance horse practice for four years, focusing on preventative health, lameness and diagnostics, before joining the South Shore Equine Clinic in 2005. Dr. Cimetti also worked as a clinical instructor at Tufts University from 2001-2011, teaching Large Animal Gross Anatomy to first year veterinary students. In 2011, Dr. Cimetti completed her certification in Equine Acupuncture at the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL. Following completion of this certification, she took the first equine-only veterinary spinal manipulation course at the Pasteur Equine Learning Institute in Ocala, FL. Here she mastered equine spinal manipulation, also called chiropractic therapy, which complements the acupuncture treatments in managing her equine patients.

Sarah E.J. Collier, JD

Estate Planning

A lifelong horsewoman who has competed in everything from dressage to western classes, Sarah Collier has been able to work her passion for horses into a professional career. As an associate advisor at John G. Ullman & Associates, a wealth management firm in Horseheads, NY, Ms. Collier works directly with people involved in equine and agricultural-related industries to create financial plans for their businesses. Ms. Collier also holds a Juris Doctor degree from Albany Law School, which she earned in 2018 with a concentration in Equine, Racing, and Gaming law. She has contributed to articles relating to the legal aspects of equine business management and has created an equine business basics guide to assist farm owners and operators. Outside of the office, Ms. Collier serves on the Executive Board of the New York State Horse Council and is a member of the Chemung County Farm Bureau.

Ben Collins

Trail Building

An avid outdoorsman and adventurer, Ben Collins is the owner of The Trail Building Company located in Mansfield, CT. After getting his start professionally trail building in Vermont, Mr. Collins obtained a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sustainability Science from Lyndon State College. He then moved his business to Connecticut, where he has been working for the past three years. Mr. Collins has installed several hundred miles of trails for both private clients and municipal areas. He also provides education courses to help people and municipal governments plan their trail networks. Specializing in developing trails that drain properly and require minimal maintenance, Mr. Collins has built everything from equestrian to biking to multi-use trails for his clients. He is also a member of the Connecticut Parks and Recreation Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and developing outdoor spaces in the state.

Jenny Cournoyer

Magnawave Therapy, Draft Horses

Jenny Cournoyer is a certified magna wave practitioner and owner of Grey Mare Magna Wave in Jefferson, MA. A lifelong equestrian, Ms. Cournoyer grew up riding and showing draft horses, primarily Shires and Belgians, with her family. She continues to show Belgians professionally for Rock Bottom Farms in Stow, MA, and breeds and shows Shires through her family’s Squantum Shires business. Ms. Cournoyer became certified to treat humans, horses, and small animals using the Magna Wave Maxx, a Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy device that performs high performance physiotherapy, and started her own practice, Grey Mare Magna Wave, in January 2019. Through this company, Ms. Cournoyer works on horses with all sorts of backgrounds to help them feel their best through magna wave technology.

Lisa Dufresne

Trick Training

Lisa Dufresne is a trick-trainer extraordinaire with more than 30 years of experience training animal acts that have included everything from horses and zebras to camels, llamas, pigs, and sea lions. Her liberty and trick training performances have delighted audiences around the world. Her performance horses have waltzed their way into Japan, danced in the Main Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, appeared on stage at Lincoln Center during the Lincoln Center Theatre Festival, and circled the United States for stage shows, fairs, horse theatres, and circuses —including Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey. Ms. Dufresne’s work with a variety of animals has been featured in a number of television programs as well as print media nationwide. She holds a degree in animal and public policy from Tuft’s University and is also a USDF silver and gold medalist who has won numerous regional and national awards competing in dressage with her Danish Warmblood and Oldenburg horses. Lisa Dufresne currently owns and operates the performing horse show,” Horses, Horses, Horses!,” that travels seven months of the year. Though she grew up in Worcester, MA, she now makes her home in Sarasota, FL.

Terry Golson

Equine Behavior

Terry Golson of York, ME, is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy Professional Trainers Course, the country’s foremost positive reinforcement program. This lifelong horsewoman and founder of The Cooperative Horse specializes in problem-solving issues, using ethology and behavioral science to foster a kind, safe and effective option to handling and riding horses. Her program offers a non-confrontational approach to finding horse/rider solutions, whether it’s a flowing dressage test or a pleasurable ride on the trails. Ms. Golson earned her B Pony Club rating in England as a teenager before going on to train with Olympic-level dressage and three-day instructors. Today she competes on Tonka, her 14.3-hand American Paint Horse, in dressage where they have earned the USDF All-Breeds Award for highest-scoring Paint Horse in the Vintage Cup division. Terry Golson is a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, as well as New England Dressage Association, the United States Dressage Association, and the United States Equestrian Federation.

Amanda Gosson

Nutrition

Amanda Gosson is a certified Professional Animal Scientist, specializing in equine nutrition with the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists. Growing up on a family farm in Ohio, Ms. Gosson has experience working in numerous disciplines and with horses in a variety of life stages, sparking her interest to work in some professional capacity with animals. A graduate of Ashland University, Ms. Gosson also pursued continuing education from The Ohio State University in animal and equine sciences. After pursuing her education, Ms. Gosson decided to settle in the Syracuse, NY area. She joined Cargill Nutrition in 2018, and now works as a field representative with clients in the New York and Vermont areas.

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."

George Gullikson

Saddle Fit

George Gullikson has turned his background as a mechanical engineer into a career making saddles a better fit for horses and riders. Mr. Gullikson was introduced to horses while growing up on his family’s dairy farm in Wisconsin. He eventually became interested in dressage and has operated a dressage training facility with his wife for almost 30 years. While working as a mechanical engineer at Bell Labs, Mr. Gullikson specialized in Ergonomics and made workstations for operators and office staff to help prevent common workplace injuries. Out of Aiken, SC, Mr. Gullikson operates his saddle making business, Equine Inspired, LLC, where he specializes in fitting female riders and hard to fit horses to prevent pain, injury, and asymmetrical muscle development. In addition to servicing the Midwest and East Coast, Mr. Gullikson posts educational videos about saddle fit on his website, EquineInspired.info.

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Carole Herder

Hoof Care

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

Cat Hill

Clipping

Cat Hill is a professional groomer and the co-founder of World Class Grooming, a company that aims to help elevate the level of care and understanding that all horses experience, no matter the discipline. Ms. Hill grew up on a farm in upstate New York and learned to ride on a pony she got for one birthday, followed by several Arabian show horses. She started riding show hunters as a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Team at the University of Geneseo. After receiving her degree, she moved to Ireland and worked with show jumpers and eventers at the Mullingar Equestrian Center. After returning to the United States, Ms. Hill spent time with various notable Grand Prix dressage and show jumping riders, which ultimately led her to her learning about top level grooming at events. When Ms. Hill moved again to be closer to family, she began freelancing as a groom and working for clients at a wide range of events including the Pan American Games. Ms. Hill is a member of the United States Eventing Association, the United States Equestrian Federation, and Pro Grooms, and is the co-author of the popular equestrian book World Class Grooming for Horses. She is also an Andis Grooming Educator who travels to expositions throughout the country to demonstrate grooming techniques and offer advice for all horse owners.

Brianne Hingley

Equine Assisted Learning

Brianne Hingley is a Certified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator with Equine Connection in Alberta, Canada. Although she didn’t have the opportunity to grow up with horses, Ms. Hingley became interested in horses as an adult and has since spent more than 10 years learning all she can about them. After becoming interested in equine assisted learning a few years ago, Ms. Hingley pursued a certification in the field through Equine Connection. She now works as a facilitator, assistant instructor, and trade show coordinator for Equine Connection. She also runs Force Action in Development, an equine assisted learning organization that offers programming in personal development for women and children. Ms. Hingley also contracts with social service organizations, including the Society for Community Living in British Colombia, which serves adults who have diverse needs.

Paula Josa-Jones

Embodied Horsemanship

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. In 2001 she premiered RIDE, a groundbreaking work of equestrian dance theater. Her work with horses includes live performances, film, and humanitarian work with rescued and abused horses. As the creator of Embodied Equine Experiencing and Conscious Touch, Conscious Movement with Horses, she teaches an intuitive, improvisational approach to the human-horse bond through movement and touch, using body-mind exercises designed to improve feel and connection. Ms. Josa-Jones' book Our Horses, Ourselves: Discovering the Common Body, was published by Trafalgar Square Books in 2017. She also writes the blog, Ride Dance Write, and has contributed to publications like Dressage Today and Contact Quarterly.

Cynthia Keating

Arena Footing

Cynthia Keating, the national account manager for Polysols GGT Footing, grew up in Wellesley, MA, but has traveled and lived throughout the country. Her numerous accomplishments include running her own riding school and camps in New Hampshire; managing and training at Princess Anne Farms in Virginia Beach, Virginia; being secretary to the Pennsylvania Jumper Association, treasurer for the New Hampshire horse council, and co-committee chairperson for the New Hampshire Hunter Jumper Association (NHHJA) Medal Finals and Hunter Invitational horse show. She also earned her colors and led second flight as field master for the Wentworth Hunt Club. To top it all off, she has achieved a Level Two riding instructor certification with the American Riding Instructor’s Association. Before becoming the National Account Manager for GGT Footing™, Cynthia worked for Sidelines magazine for two and a half years, and she also worked for Phelps Media Group. Residing in Aiken, SC, Cynthia is keen on sharing her knowledge about the benefits of good footing with equestrians of all disciplines.

Richard Kennedy

Nutrition

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.

Jillian Kreinbring

Anatomy & Biomechanics

Jillian Kreinbring is a life-long equestrian who got her start riding Quarter Horses and Paints in breed and stock horse competitions. After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from Clarke University, she became a head trainer at Circle L Ranch in Germany and began training and showing halter and pleasure horses. While in Germany, Jillian Kreinbring also studied equine osteopathy at the Vluggen Institute which allowed her to learn more about the intricacies of the equine spine and lower limbs. In the late 1990s she returned to the United States and entered a Master’s degree program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied equine movement, posture, and muscular development. She soon discovered a passion for involving her knowledge of equine biomechanics with horsemanship and training for both horses and riders. Ms. Kreinbring now offers lessons, clinics, and training opportunities to improve rider technique and connectedness with the horse out of Hy Court Farm in Cedar Creek, TX. As a Senior Connected Riding instructor, she offers lessons and training programs tailored utilizing the Connected Riding program and travels extensively teaching clinics and speaking on her lecture series, Understanding Equine Movement to Realize Your Horse’s Potential.

Yvonne Litza

Essential Oils

Yvonne Litza specializes in working with and teaching horse owners how to help their animals safely and effectively through holistic methods. She is the owner of Spirits Whisper Acres in Crete, IL, where she utilizes essential oils along with acupressure and massage in the rehabilitation of horses. Ms. Litza has studied and received certification in aromatherapy and raindrop therapy and traveled extensively both in the United States and abroad to learn about and teach how essential oils can affect the lives and health of animals and humans. Yvonne Litza is also an experienced horse person who has been involved with horses professionally for more than 20 years. Her varied background includes working as an exercise rider at thoroughbred racetracks, as a vet tech, and in the management of a thoroughbred breeding and training facility.

Nancy Loving, DVM

Veterinary & Horse Management

Dr. Nancy Loving received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 1985. She has practiced equine medicine and surgery exclusively and currently owns and operates Loving Equine Clinic in Boulder, CO. An avid equestrian, Dr. Loving has competed in dressage and distance competitions. She has also been involved in the endurance world as an FEl-sanctioned veterinarian and as team vet for the United States Equestrian Federation national endurance squad. Dr. Loving is the author of five books, including All Horse Systems Go: The Horse Owner's Full-Color Veterinary Care and Conditioning Resource for Modern Performance, Sport, and Pleasure Horses. Her other books include "Go the Distance: The Complete Resource for Endurance Horses," "Conformation and Performance," "First Aid for Horse and Rider," and "Veterinary Manual for the Performance Horse." She is also a regular contributor to "The Horse" and "Horse Illustrated" magazines.

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Mark Meyers

Donkeys

Mark Meyers is the founder and Executive Director of the world’s largest donkey rescue organization, located on almost 200 acres in San Angelo, TX. Along with his wife, Ann, Mr. Meyers started the Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue as a backyard hobby more than a decade ago. He was introduced to the idea of donkey rescue after purchasing a donkey as a pet and becoming interested in the plight of donkeys in their community. After rescuing more than 20 donkeys, they officially founded Peaceful Valley as a non-profit rescue more than 18 years ago. Since then, Mr. Meyers has overseen the rescue of more than 10,000 donkeys from around the contiguous United States, Hawaii, and the Caribbean. Mr. Meyers also works with the federal government on several of their wild burro programs. Outside of running the rescue, Mr. Meyers has been featured on several television and radio programs; participates in many public speaking engagements; and has authored several books, including his Talking with Donkeys series.

Clay Nelson

Eco-Friendly Horsekeeping

Clay Nelson is as savvy about the environment as he is about horses and horse keeping. Through his business, Sustainable Stables, LLC based in Durham, NC, Mr. Nelson advises clients on horse farm planning, design, and management with a focus both on environmentally friendly practices and horse health. Clay Nelson has designed horse farms ranging in size from five to 1500 acres in all corners of the United States as well as Panama. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Dartmouth College and earned a Masters in environmental management and environmental health from Duke University in 2008. Mr. Nelson has contributed articles on horse farm planning and design to Equine Wellness, Holistic Horse, Stable Management, and other publications. As the owner of two horses that he rides purely for pleasure, he has first-hand experience with horses and their management needs.

Abigail Nemec

Hoof Care, Equine Business

As Program Chair of Equine Studies, Abby Nemec has been teaching courses in the field of equine business management at Post University in Waterbury, CT, since 2008. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire prior to earning her Masters of Education at Post University. Ms. Nemec’s experience with horses and in the horse industry is both diverse and deep. Prior to beginning her career at Post she worked as a farrier and had an equine consulting business for several years teaching hoof care and horse care clinics. Ms. Nemec’s graduate degree in teaching and learning and Level III ARICP certification, combined with many years of teaching and developing curriculum for higher education and riding programs, makes her teaching interesting, helpful, and entertaining.

Anna Pesta, PhD

Nutrition

As a lifelong equestrian, Anna Pesta, PhD, is passionate about educating horse owners so they can feel confident in making nutritional decisions for their animals. Ms. Pesta was involved in a variety of equine activities throughout her childhood and college, including eventing and being a member of the horse judging team at her undergraduate institution, Kansas State University. After graduating, Ms. Pesta went to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, where she received her Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Animal Science in 2011 and 2015, respectively, studying ruminant nutrition. While at the University of Nebraska, Ms. Pesta coached the horse judging team and taught upper-level undergraduate courses in horse evaluation. Ms. Pesta joined Purina as an equine nutritionist in 2016, and works remotely out of Aiken, SC. For Purina, Ms. Pesta spends a significant amount of time at equine operations, consulting with owners on their feed programs, and speaking with veterinarians on the latest in equine nutrition research.

Frank Reilly, DVM

COPD, Insulin Resistance

Dr. Frank Reilly has practiced exclusively equine medicine and surgery for more than 30 years. He received Bachelor of Science degrees in both biology and veterinary science in 1983 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 from the University of Illinois. During his veterinary career Dr. Reilly has worked at multiple racehorse tracks in Florida, Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, and his patients have included six world-record holders and multiple track-record holders. He is a member of the AAEP, AVMA, NEAEP, and a board member of the American Association of Professional Farriers. He is also a board member of Ryerss Farm, the oldest horse retirement farm in the USA since 1888. Dr. Reilly currently serves as the senior veterinarian at Equine Medical & Surgical Associates, Inc. in West Chester, PA. His primary research interests include insulin resistance, COPD, laminitis, joint problems, canker, and vitamin D.

Mark Reilly, DVM

Acupuncture, Pre-Purchase Exams

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

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, hayrides, and winter sleigh rides.

Jochen Schleese

Saddle Fit

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

Sara Scialo

Insurance

Sara Scialo is a Managing Partner at The Saren Group, an insurance agency based out of Rochester, NY that specializes in equine and farm insurance. Ms. Scialo has been riding since the age of five, and has competed in hunter jumper shows, as well as barrel racing. In 2000, she completed a degree in marketing, with a minor in communication, from Arizona State University. Ms. Scialo has worked as a committee member for Heritage Christian Stables Boots and Barrels Fundraiser and managed the benefit horse show for the Heritage Christian Stables Therapeutic Riding Center for several years. She formed The Saren Group in 2019 with Lauren Berardi to stay connected to the equine industry and be able to help her fellow horse and farm owners. At the company, Ms. Scialo works to provide assistance to people during times of stress and hardship through The Saren Group’s insurance coverage offerings.

Jill Esz Smith, DC

Chiropractic

Having grown up riding horses, Dr. Jill Esz Smith spent several years as a hunter jumper trainer at barns in California, where she was first introduced to equine chiropractic care. After leaving the horse industry professionally, Dr. Smith worked a “regular” office job for a number of years, and when she was pregnant, developed back pain and leg weakness. When nothing else was working, Dr. Smith decided to try a chiropractor and saw quick relief from her symptoms. After returning from maternity leave, Dr. Smith became unsatisfied in her current position and pursued her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at the New York Chiropractic College, which she obtained in 2010. She also became certified in animal chiropractic care from Parker University in 2010. Dr. Smith now works for Well Adjusted Equine, an equine and companion animal chiropractic company based in Easthampton, MA. In her practice, Dr. Smith specializes in working with gait abnormalities and non-specific lameness by treating the pain that results from these abnormalities or unbalances and creating a plan with the animal’s owner to address the underlying causes.

Kristen Soto

Vaulting

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.

Valerie Taylor

Rescues

Valerie Taylor is Executive Director for The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), headquartered in Phoenix, AZ. GFAS is an international organization whose mission is to improve the quality of care for animals in need by accrediting sanctuaries based on worldwide standards of excellence; facilitating operational and financial support; and enhancing effectiveness, recognition, and collaboration. Prior to joining GFAS in 2016, Ms. Taylor managed humane education programs for an animal shelter, where she presented education and outreach opportunities to more than 20,000 people annually. Ms. Taylor’s educational background includes a degree in Equine Studies, as well as two certificates in the Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies field. For more than 15 years, Ms. Taylor worked for and oversaw numerous organizations that provided equine assisted activities and therapies. She also served as the State Director for an equine rescue in Oklahoma for many years.

Dayrl Tropea, PhD

Rescues

Daryl Tropea, PhD, is the Program Director of Equine and Farm for The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). With a lifelong interest in all things equine, Dr. Tropea completed the University of Guelph’s equine science degree with advanced courses in nutrition, physiology and functional anatomy. She has studied and taught natural horsemanship techniques and competed on the hunter-jumper circuit for many years. In terms of non-profit work, Dr. Tropea assisted in turning a fledgling equine rescue organization to a successful and sustainable resource for at-risk horses in Florida. Prior to coming to GFSA, Dr. Tropea was a member of the ASPCA Equine Fund team, through which she presented at more than 20 workshops on risk management for equine organizations. Now based in North Carolina, Dr. Tropea is able to continue working in equine welfare outside of GFAS through an equine education program called REINS (Regional Equine Information Network Systems).

Jessica Upham

Nutrition

Jessica Upham is a certified Professional Animal Scientist (PAS) with the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, who has more than 20 years of experience in the equine industry and specializes in equine nutrition. Ms. Upham is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with majors in Animal Science and Agriculture and Natural Resources, with a focus in Equine Business Management. After getting her degree, Ms. Upham became PAS certified and began working for Cargill Nutrition, through which she helps formulate diets for horses in New England. She is also the owner of Magnolia Run Equestrian Center, a hunter-jumper lesson and boarding barn in Willington, CT.

Lori Vogel

Horse Properties & Real Estate

As a real estate agent and owner of Ridgeland Farm, a boarding barn in Middlefield, CT, Lori Vogel prides herself on knowing how to help equestrian enthusiasts with their real estate needs. Buying and selling equestrian properties is a niche market and requires special skills and creative marketing that Ms. Vogel has honed over the years. She became a real estate agent in 1984, and quickly realized it was the profession for her. After two years in the business, Ms. Vogel obtained her Real Estate Brokers license and opened her own company, Advanced Real Estate. About 20 years ago, Ms. Vogel’s company was purchased by William Raveis Real Estate, and she has continued to grow her business with them ever since. Ms. Vogel is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Connecticut Association of Realtors, and the Greater Hartford Association of Realtors, as well as the Connecticut Horse Council and Connecticut Farm Bureau.

Andrea Waldo

Sports Psychology

With almost 30 years of experience as an eventer and riding instructor, and 18 years as a psychotherapist, Andrea Waldo is able to draw on unique experiences to assist her clients in the ring and through performance psychotherapy. After earning her Master of Science degree in counseling from the University of Vermont, Ms. Waldo worked with worked with adults and teens who were coping with depression, anxiety, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in her practice. She also continued competing and teaching riding on the side, quickly finding that she was able to use her counseling skills to help adult amateurs gain confidence in their abilities in the tack by tackling their fears and anxieties through psychotherapy. In 2006, Ms. Waldo co-purchased Triple Combination Farm in Ferrisburgh, VT, where she teaches lessons and trains horses. She also runs StressLess Riding, a performance psychotherapy program for riders and trainers. Through this business, Ms. Waldo offers individual coaching and group clinics to riders of all skill levels. Ms. Waldo’s book, "Brain Training for Riding," was published in 2006 and provides another avenue to assist riders in overcoming their mental roadblocks and increasing their confidence in their riding.

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