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 2021 Equine Affaire in Massachusetts to share their expertise on a wide range of equestrian disciplines and topics and offer unparalleled learning opportunities. Plan your trip to W. Springfield to meet these top equestrians and industry leaders, attend sessions on a wide range of equestrian disciplines and topics, and hone your horse training, management, and riding skills.

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Ken McNabb

General Horsemanship

Ken McNabb is the all-American image of what a cowboy should be, a modern day Roy Rogers. With his wife and young sons he continues the traditional ranching family lifestyle of his youth and trains horses on the McNabb ranch in the mountains of Wyoming. As a boy, Ken McNabb knew that he wanted to help improve the lives of others—and at the first horsemanship clinic he attended, he knew immediately that being a clinician was his life’s calling. For more than 20 years Ken McNabb has helped thousands of riders regain their childhood confidence with his easy to follow step-by-step methods and gentle communication style. He shares his vast experience and knowledge of horses through clinics conducted across the country and his weekly show on RFD-TV titled “Discovering the Horseman Within”—now in its 12th year. He is also a partner in the annual Diamond-McNabb Ranch Horse sale in Douglas, WY.

Lynn Palm

General Horsemanship & Western Dressage

For 50 years, Lynn Palm has championed the partnership of horse and rider. An international clinician, she travels extensively from her facilities at Fox Grove Farm in Ocala, FL, where she and her husband, Cyril Pittion-Rossillon, teach the fundamentals of their Palm Equestrian Academy. She is an American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) judge and holds her USEF “R” Western Dressage judges license. Continuing to compete in both United States Dressage Federation and Western Dressage Association of America shows, her competition record is second to none. Palm was a special guest performer at the 1996 Olympics and was named 2000 AQHA Female Equestrian of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation. In 2003, she received Equine Affaire's Exceptional Equestrian Educator Award, and in 2007, she became AQHA Horsewoman of the Year. In 2010, she presented at the World Equestrian Games as a clinician and entertainer, and di the same at the 2017 FEI World Cup Finals in Omaha, NE. Ms. Palm frequently contributes articles to leading equine publications along with maintaining an active online community. Her extensive educational library of DVDs and books can be found online at lynnpalm.com.

Dan James

General Training & Liberty

Born in Queensland, Australia, Dan James’ lifelong passion for horses began when he was just six weeks old and his hunger to learn about training has only increased. After studying at Longreach Pastoral College, Mr. James travelled 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 the 2012 Road to the Horse World Champion, the Kentucky Reining Cup 2014 Freestyle Reining Champion, a Mustang Million Finalist, the “Way of the Horse” at Equitana Asia-Pacific champion, and competing the 2018 World Equestrian Games in reining for Australia. 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 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.

JR Robles

General Horsemanship

Like many trainers, Jonath Robles grew up with a passion for horses and horse training. Though he put that on hold to attend the University of Oregon and earn a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, his education ultimately influenced his training methods. Robles researched why certain people were more successful in life than others—namely due to opportunity, education and having the right connections—and implemented those ideas in the world of horses. Out of J. R. Horse Training in Newberg, OR, Robles specializes in colt starting, western dressage, reining and working with “problem” horses. After being exposed to horse trainers that used a lot of old school cowboy training methods while growing up, Robles became fascinated with natural horsemanship, and uses it as the driving teaching method in his training. When he’s not training or teaching clinics, Robles enjoys competing in colt starting competitions. He has seen great success in that arena, including being named Colt Starting Reserve Champion during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2016.

Jim Wofford

Eventing

Jim Wofford is a five-time Olympic medalist who is internationally renowned as a leading competitor, trainer, and coach in the field of eventing. Mr. Wofford was born and raised on a horse farm in Kansas where he first learned to ride under the experienced tutelage of his father, Col. John Wofford. Col. Wofford was a retired cavalry officer who was a member of the 1932 Olympic squad. Jimmy Wofford was a member of the USET’s Three Day Event squad from 1965 to 1985, and he rode on the 1968, 1972, and 1980 (alternate) Olympic teams. He won an individual silver medal in 1980, an individual bronze in 1970, team silver medals in 1968 and 1972, and a team bronze in 1978. He also competed on the 1970 and 1978 World Championship squads and was a five-time winner of the U.S. National Combined Training Championships. Mr. Wofford attended Rutgers University and graduated from the business school at the University of Colorado. He has served as Vice President of the United States Equestrian Team, as a member of the Board of Directors and as President of the American Horse Shows Association, and as a member of the Board of the United States Combined Training Association. He has had at least one student on every Olympic and World Championship Team since 1978. A renowned author, his latest book “Still Horse Crazy After All These Years,” was released in 2021.

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Lendon Gray

Dressage

Lendon Gray’s name is synonymous both with “dressage” and with “teaching.” Ms. Gray began her dressage career in the 1970s and quickly advanced in the dressage community aboard a 14.2 “pony” named Seldom Seen that was national champion competing at all levels from 3rd through Grand Prix. By 1978 Ms. Gray was riding warmbloods on which she competed at Aachen and the World Championships. In 1980 and 1988 she rode as a member of the United States Olympic teams, and in 1991 she represented the United States at the World Cup in Paris. She has served and continues to serve on numerous boards and committees of the United States Equestrian Team, the United States Pony Club, the United States Equestrian Federation, and, of course the United States Dressage Federation. She is an ARIA Master Instructor, the founder of the Youth Dressage Festival, and the CEO of the Dressage Foundation. Ms. Gray is the author of “Lessons with Lendon,” and she shares her expertise through articles in Practical Horseman and The Chronicle of the Horse. Lendon Gray was the recipient of the Equine Affaire Exceptional Equestrian Educator award in 2002 as well as the United States Pony Club Legend award in 2004, inducted into the USDF Hall of Fame in 2011, and awarded The Dressage Foundation Volunteer of the Year as well as the Most Influential Trainer by Young/Youngish Equine Professionals Group in 2020.

Bryan Penquite

Reining & Ranch Horse

A National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) professional of more than 17 years, Bryan Penquite is an accomplished trainer and competitor in reining. He has multiple top ten finishes at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, multiple champion and reserve champion placings in numerous reining association classes, and is the Carolina Classic Derby Champion. After beginning his competitive career at 12 years old, Mr. Penquite attended the University of Findlay in Ohio, where he studied equine training and business management. After graduating, he spent five and a half years working for NRHA professional Jeffrey Colem and two and a half years working for NRHA Hall of Fame and Million Dollar Rider Rocky Dare before striking out on his own. Out of his Bryan Penquite Reining Horses in Enfield, CT, Mr. Penquite specializes in starting and finishing horses, coaching riders, and competing on his own horses.

Rita Timpanaro

Hunter/Jumper

Rita Timpanaro has been involved in equestrian activities since the 1960’s. As a junior rider she qualified for the National ASPCA and AHSA (now USEF) Medal Finals
for five years, won a Junior Hunter class at Madison Square Garden, was ASPCA National Equitation Reserve Championship, and won the AHSA National Hunter Seat Medal Championship. For the past 45+ years she has been a professional trainer and riding instructor and has qualified over 30 riders for the National Equitation Finals. She holds a USEF “R” judges’ license in the hunter, hunter seat equitation, jumper and hunter breeding disciplines and has officiated at USEF “A” rated
shows throughout the United States and Canada. In 2021 she judged the IEA and NCEA
Championships. Throughout her career she has conducted riding clinics throughout the
nation. In 2011-2016 Ms. Timpanaro served as a USHJA Certified Trainer and Clinician. She is a Certified Senior Equine Appraiser and
has served as an equine expert/consultant. She has been featured in Sports Illustrated, The Chronicle of the Horse, Horse Show, and The
Plaid Horse.

Bob Giles

Driving

Bob Giles is an accomplished driving horse trainer, competitor, and clinician who has been deeply involved in the sport of driving for more than 60 years. Mr. Giles trains and teaches safe harnessing, hitching, and driving at Winter Hill Driving Center in Morriston, FL, and is recognized in the world of combined driving both for his enthusiasm and determination. In addition to his stature as a driving competitor, Mr. Giles is a veteran of the Vietnam War who received not one, but two, purple hearts and has dedicated his life to remembering the thousands of men and women who did not make it back from the war. Through his military service in Vietnam, Mr. Giles lost 90% of his hearing and has a fused elbow and only partial use of his right hand. Not one to let physical challenges stop him, in 2014 Mr. Giles competed in the World Driving Championships in Sandringham, England as part of the USEF Para-Equestrian Driving Team, where he drove to a second place finish. In addition to competing and teaching clinics on a regular basis, Mr. Giles judges several draft, carriage, and driven dressage shows each year.

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Stephen Hayes

Dressage

British dressage rider Stephen Hayes is based at Perfect Harmony Dressage in Wellington, Florida, in the winter and The Hamptons, New York, in the summer where he competes and trains riders and horses of all levels and imports upper-level horses from Europe. Mr. Hayes was born in Britain and dabbled in numerous equine disciplines including working as an exercise rider of Thoroughbred racehorses. He eventually narrowed his focus on dressage and began riding at Two Mills Sport Horses. Mr. Hayes transitioned to a position at Villa Equus in Spain, where he trained under the tutelage of three-time Olympian Beatriz Ferrer-Salat. Known for his enthusiastic and positive teaching style Stephen holds clinics throughout the world including the United States, Europe, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and even Cape Town South Africa. Not only does he connect with the adult amateur with his simplistic and effective methods, but he also is known for being the trainer of many trainers. He has a very large following of over 100,000 followers across many social media platforms (Stephen Hayes Dressage) including Tiktok, Facebook, and Instagram.

Ed Dabney

Trail and General Horsemanship

Ed Dabney is an internationally acclaimed clinician, presenting horsemanship and riding clinics throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Based in Mansfield, GA, Mr. Dabney is a fifth-generation horseman who has been involved in the ranching, motion picture, and horse training industries. As an instructor of classical riding at his Dabney Riding Academy, Mr. Dabney has drawn the attention of riders searching for the lightest touch and the deepest connection with their horses, irrespective of breed or discipline. He has conducted clinics and training for the King of Sweden’s Royal Mounted Palace Guard, the Mounted Forest Guard of Sicily, and mounted police units in Rome, Italy, Mamo, Sweden, and Atlanta, GA. Mr. Dabney has produced a series of instructional DVDs, and his television show, “Ed Dabney Gentle Horsemanship,” has been broadcast by two national television networks. In addition, his training articles have been published by numerous equestrian magazines.

Shaina Humphrey

Hunter Under Saddle

Shaina Humphrey of Lucky Horse Farm in Granby, MA, is a respected judge, trainer, competitor, and show manager in the sport of show jumping. Ms. Humphrey has competed on hunters and jumpers throughout most of her life. As a young rider she was an individual silver medalist in show jumping, and, as an adult, she has won numerous Grand Prix show jumping competitions in North America and represented the United States in international competitions as well. Ms. Humphrey is a registered hunter and jumper judge for the United States Equestrian Federation, the American Quarter Horse Association, and the United States Hunter and Jumper Association. She has served on the Trainers Committee for the USHJA and also contributes articles to hunter and jumper trade magazines and journals including the Chronicle of the Horse. Thoroughbreds have always been a mainstay of Ms. Humphrey's competitive success, and she has taken horses off of the track and retrained them for disciplines ranging from dressage, eventing, and field hunting to trail riding and polo. She has worked breezing horses at the race track and served as a whip for the Woodbrook Hunt Club in Washington.

Anita Howe

Easy Gaited Horses

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

Karen Rohlf

Biomechanics

A professional dressage trainer for more than 35 years, Karen Rohlf uses her background in dressage and experience in natural horsemanship to inform her teaching. She got her start in dressage early and represented the Unites States at the Young Riders Dressage Championships four times. She has passed the United States Dressage Federation’s “L” judge program with distinction, and her students have won championships at every level. In the late 1990s, she immersed herself in natural horsemanship and used this experience to create Dressage Naturally, a holistic and comprehensive system for riders who want to enjoy the process of creating stronger partnerships and healthy biomechanics with their horse. Based out of Ocala, FL, Ms. Rohlf offers online programs for riders and travels throughout the United States and Canada teaching clinics. Outside of teaching, Ms. Rohlf has created training equipment, hosts a podcast, and wrote the book “Dressage Naturally Results in Harmony: A Guide to the Basics of Dressage from a Natural Horsemanship Perspective.”

Luke Reinbold

Trail Obstacles

Luke Reinbold is a professional horse trainer who specializes in starting colts, working with troubled horses, and helping people gain confidence. Getting his riding start in his grandfather’s backyard, Mr. Reinbold has competed in wide variety of disciplines, including obstacle challenges, mustang makeovers, colt starting competitions, extreme cowboy races, ranch horse, and versatility competitions. When teaching, Mr. Reinbold aims to create opportunities for horses and humans to work together by encouraging people to learn how horses naturally communicate. He then teaches riders how to break down their desired goals into steps to make learning easier on horse and rider. Mr. Reinbold’s unique teaching style developed after years of learning from the horse and formal training as an instructor in law enforcement academies. He hosts clinics and operates his business, Luke Reinbold Horsemanship, out of Painted Horse Ranch in Canisteo, NY.

Stephanie Lockhart-Hayes

Working Equitation

Stephanie Lockhart-Hayes is a dressage and working equitation clinician, trainer, and competitor who has spent more than two decades teaching dressage fundamentals, jumping, and natural horsemanship principles throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Though she got her start in the equine industry in dressage and eventing, Ms. Lockhart-Hayes shifted focus in 2000 to the sport of working equitation, which combined her interests in the principles of natural horsemanship with classical dressage. She is the only licensed Working Equitation Professional through the Confederation for Working Equitation in the eastern part of the country. Out of her home base in Johnston, VT, Ms. Lockhart-Hayes founded two equine-related nonprofits, including New England Working Equitation, which works to promote working equitation in the Northeastern United States. In addition to running her nonprofits, teaching, and training horses, she contributes to the digital publishing platform “Horse Network.”

Wendy Murdoch

Surefoot & The Murdoch Method

Wendy Murdoch is an internationally recognized riding instructor, author, and clinician, with a career spanning more than 30 years using novel approaches to help all riders do what great riders do naturally. Wendy created SURE FOOT Equine Balance Pads after a simple experiment lead to an amazing discovery. By standing on a Pad, horses calm down, improve their own posture, find greater confidence and move more freely. More astounding, SURE FOOT deepens the bond between the horse and human in minutes. Wendy first demonstrated SURE FOOT at Equine Affaire in 2017 and it has grown ever since! SURE FOOT is now used around the world and acknowledged by veterinarians, farriers, trainers and of course, horse lovers who can, by using SURE FOOT Pads, make their horse happy, too. In 1984 Ms. Murdoch was in a severe riding accident while studying for her master’s degree in equine reproductive physiology. Her self-rehabilitation initiated a quest to understand and answer the question of how to ride pain free, using the body as it was designed. She used her scientific knowledge to break down larger concepts of riding into simple, easy-to-do exercises for students of all ages, abilities, and disciplines. While developing her Ride Like A Natural program, Wendy Murdoch apprenticed with Sally Swift, Linda Tellington-Jones, Dr. Joyce Harman, and numerous other trainers and became a certified Feldenkrais® practitioner. Ms. Murdoch has authored several books written articles for a variety of magazines.

Steven Stevens

General Horsemanship

Growing up in Los Angeles, CA, Steven Stevens was immersed in the motion picture industry and fascinated by cowboy movies. So much so that he decided to chase his dream of riding bucking horses all over the country and was able to learn from many horsemen and horsewomen. Mr. Stevens soon realized what he truly enjoyed was helping horses, so he and his wife, Amanda, moved to Texas and spent 15 years teaching natural horsemanship through clinics, lessons, and training horses. In 2019, they decided to move to Honeoye Falls, NY, and started EquiCenter, a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International-certified therapeutic riding facility that offers the Mission Mustang and Mustang Strong initiatives. Mission Mustang focuses on serving veterans, while the Mustang Strong program serves individuals currently undergoing cancer treatment and cancer survivors. Outside of running the equine-assisted therapy programs, Mr. Stevens continues to give lessons, train horses, and give natural horsemanship clinics across the country.

Sharon Wilsie

Horse Speak

Sharon Wilsie, is an international author and the creator of “Horse Speak® the Equine Human Translation Guide,” and “Horses in Translation, Essential Horse Speak” to be released in 2022. Ms. Wilsie is a has enjoyed a professional career as a horse trainer/rehabilitation specialist, intercollegiate coach, and riding instructor. Her love of horses starting at a young age and her passion which turned into a mission is to find a better way to be with horses and help humans along the way. She has developed and implemented several programs over the last decade, including volunteer training groups for horse rescues and therapeutic riding centers, created an Equine Assisted Learning course at Landmark College, as well as workshops, seminars, and speaking engagements in a variety of topics about Equine Facilitated Therapies, alternative training and rehabilitation methods for difficult horses and horses with PTSD. She worked with students of all ages, including at-risk youth programs. Ms. Wilsie’s passion has always been to create a two – way street of mutual healing, awareness, and betterment for both horses and people. Ms. Wilsie is also a Reiki Master/Teacher. Based in Westminster, VT, she takes pride in demystifying horse body language.

Fred Win

Para Riders

An attorney from Clifton, NJ, and a passionate equestrian, Fred Win is a model for amateur and para-equestrian riders everywhere. Originally from Myanmar, Mr. Win was born with only part of his right leg. He never let that hold him back though, as he won championships in ancient combat mounted technique, show jumping, and riot control mounted parade competitions. In his early twenties Mr. Win decided to pursue a legal career and moved to the United States, where he discovered a passion for reining. He has won multiple freestyle reining championships at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, The Run for a Million invitational, and the National Reining Horse Association’s futurity invitational. An undefeated U.S. Equestrian national champion in reining, Mr. Win is also an International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) and U.S. Dressage Federation dressage champion. Outside of reining and dressage competition, Mr. Win practices liberty, polo, and the art of Spanish dressage.

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Diamond D Cowgirls

Drill Teams

The expert riders of the Diamond D Cowgirls are followed by many fans as they perform at rodeos, competitions, and events across the United States. The fun-loving, energetic group has won multiple state and regional drill team competition titles and are multi-time National Drill Team Champions. Based out of the Dabney Riding Academy near Atlanta, GA, Diamond D Cowgirls has teams for all ages and disciplines, including junior varsity, varsity, Rusty Spurs, Legacy, and the traveling Professional Drill Team. With their flashy horses and costumes, these friendly, patriotic cowgirls will entertain you with their spectacular, high speed, precision drill performance.

Kelley McCarty

Sidesaddle

Kelley McCarty is a certified American Sidesaddle Association (ASA) Instructor and Level I Centered Riding Instructor. She has been involved in Centered Riding since 1998 and has been a Centered Riding Instructor since 2006, being one of the youngest to complete the Centered Riding Instructors’ Clinic. As president of the Northeast Women’s Sidesaddle Chapter of the ASA, Ms. McCarty enjoys helping people learn about the sport of sidesaddle and its importance in the history of women in the saddle. She teaches lessons, clinics, and seminars out of Hill Croft Stables in Schenectady, NY. Ms. McCarty is also experienced in the art of sidesaddle fitting and assists riders in finding the best sidesaddle for themselves and their horse. She continues to further her equine education to move up the levels of Centered Riding instructors and is working to become an equine massage therapist.

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Linda Crabtree

Reiki, Acupressure

Linda Crabtree is a Reiki teacher/practitioner and a nationally certified equine acupressure practitioner. She studied with Frans Stiene of
the International House of Reiki and with Kathleen Prasad of Animal Reiki Source for Animal Reiki and received her equine acupressure certification through Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute. Ms. Crabtree follows and teaches Kathleen Prasad’s “Let Animals Lead®” method through which
animals are given respect, honor, and choice during their Reiki sessions. Using these
holistic, non-invasive, gentle techniques, Ms. Crabtree is devoted to helping animals feel
better. She is eager to share and teach these methods to individuals who desire to support their well-being and that of the equines in their life so they can relax, connect, and renew, together. As a retired therapeutic riding instructor, Ms. Crabtree has passionately presented, demonstrated, and taught Reiki, Equine Acupressure Basics, Grooming with Gratitude for Veterans, and meditation at PATH National and Regional Conferences and Equine Assisted Activities Therapies Centers. Her Grooming with Gratitude curriculum is currently being used in sessions with clients in
complex trauma at an EAAT center.

Sally Batton

Riding in College

A lifelong horsewoman, Sally Batton, of Hanover, NH, coached riders at the intercollegiate level for more than 35 years. She was the Head Coach of the Dartmouth College Varsity Equestrian Team for three decades, leading the team to five Ivy League titles and sending numerous riders to the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Championships during her tenure. Ms. Batton was named the American Riding Instructors Association’s Instructor of the Year in 2008; received the IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013; and was inducted into IHSA’s Hall of Fame in 2020. In 2010, she founded the Athletic Equestrian League (AEL), which organizes English and Western competitions for riders in 4th through 12th grade, as well as adults. Competitors in the AEL are judged in flat classes, over fences or patterns, and on an unmounted practicum. Ms. Batton’s book, “Athletic Equestrian: Ride Like a Varsity Athlete” will be released by Horse and Rider Books in January 2022.

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,” was published 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. Ms. Barrett’s story became popular with libraries, historical societies, and military groups throughout New England. With that success, the author knew it was time to bring another great warhorse story forward. Now, with “Comanche and His Captain—The Warhorse and The Soldier of Fortune,” she has gone back to an earlier era to tell the whole story of the horse that brought fame to himself and his rider, and a renewed sense of pride to the U.S. Seventh Cavalry.

Karin Bump, PhD

Equine Business, Horse Care, Conformation

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.

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Michael Canfield

Roping, Horse Vacations

With more than 25 years of experience working with horses, Mr. Canfield founded Lucky Star Horsemanship after starting a horsemanship study group, which gained national attention and was featured on RFD-TV. The work started in the study group led to Mr. Canfield developing his Cooperative Horsemanship Program. He now runs an extensive clinic, lesson, and training program where he helps horses and humans develop lasting and successful partnerships in Kerhonkson, NY. Mr. Canfield is the author of three books: “Raising Juniper: Taking A Young Horse from Unruly to Under Saddle,” “The Pyramid of Pressure: How to Enhance Communication, Control and Confidence,” and “Cooperative Horsemanship: An Approach to Improving the Partnership between Horse and Human.”

Jenn Cournoyer

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy

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.

Kate Echeverria, DVM

Veterinary Care

Dr. Kate Echeverria owns and operates KE Equine, an ambulatory equine internal medicine specialty practice based in Attleboro, MA. She graduated from North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010 before working at private equine practices in North and South Carolina. After changing her focus from lameness and sports medicine to internal medicine, Dr. Echeverria pursued a three-year equine internal medicine residency at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where she also earned a Master of Science in Veterinary Clinical Medicine. After completing her residency, Dr. Echeverria returned to New England as an associate veterinarian at Ocean State Equine Associates. In May 2021, she founded KE Equine and provides services to southern New England. Dr. Echeverria is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association. She is also a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Large Animal Internal Medicine and is a certified International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) veterinarian.

Amelia Evans-Brown

Horsemanship & Horse Care

Born in Florida on her family's small farm, Amelia Evans-Brown established a connection with
horses at very young age. She competed in her first horse show at just three and got her first pony at five. Beginning college at 16, Ms. Evans-Brown majored in Zoology, Equine Science, and Agricultural Management with a minor in Archaeology. Currently, she competes in barrel racing and cowboy shooting; hosts clinics across New Hampshire and Maine; and offers riding lessons and training at her Tender Touch Horse Training facility in Stafford County, NH. Ms. Evans-Brown focuses on natural horsemanship, in-hand training for horse and rider, and aromatherapy. She also runs a rescue and rehabilitation program that she began in 2001 after rehabbing her first mustang. When not training horses and riders, she can be found writing for various magazines or working on her first book.

Calsey Grant, DVM

Chiropractics and Acupuncture

Dr. Calsey Grant grew up riding and competing in dressage throughout her childhood and then through college with the University of Vermont’s Dressage Team. After receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri in 2013, she completed a year-long internship at the Equine Clinic at OakenCroft in Ravena, NY. She is now an associate veterinarian at the practice, focusing on general equine ambulatory care. Dr. Grant has since pursued further education in equine chiropractic and acupuncture, both areas in which she is now certified. She also writes articles for the Clinic’s website on complementary therapies, including exercises clients can perform with their horses in between visits. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her pets: a dog, two cats, and two horses.

Ashley Harkins

Responsible Horse Ownership

Growing up riding hunter jumpers in Massachusetts, Ashley Harkins became passionate about helping horses, especially those in need of rehabilitation. After earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont, she worked for the Animal Rescue League of Boston for 10 years, supporting rescued horses in need of care and retraining after experiencing abuse or neglect. In 2019, Ms. Harkins joined the United Horse Coalition (UHC), based out of Washington, D.C, as their program director. The UHC is a program of the American Horse Council that works to inform equine enthusiasts and the public on adoption, care, and alternative careers for at-risk or transitioning horses. At UHC, Ms. Harkins researches and develops resources to provide owners in need, at-risk equines, and equine welfare organizations with the tools they need to assist equines in their community. She also developed an equine resource database to track safety net and assistance programs available nationwide to assist horse owners in need.

Joyce Harman, DVM

Alternative Therapies

Dr. Joyce Harman, owner of Harmany Equine Clinic in Flint Hill, VA, has focused her career on educating the equine industry about holistic and integrative veterinary medicine. After graduating from the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984, Dr. Harman traveled to the British Isles to study equine exercise physiology and sports medicine. While overseas, she became a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Upon returning to the United States, Dr. Harman worked for a large veterinary practice in New Jersey and quickly began using holistic methods on her patients, when conventional methods did not work. In 1990 Dr. Harman became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and moved to Virginia to open her own practice. Four years later Dr. Harman completed an advanced homeopathic course for veterinarians and became a Certified Veterinary Chiropractor. Dr. Joyce Harman has published numerous books including two books about saddle fitting: The Horse's Pain Free Back and the Saddle Fit Book. She has also published The First Aid Guide to Homeopathy for Horses to provide horse owners with an introduction to homeopathic practices. In addition, she has produced more than 60 articles for professional journals and has penned many more for lay magazines.

Brenton Harris

Barn & Fire Safety

Brenton Harris has nearly 20 years of international and domestic sales experience in the fire alarm and special hazards industries. After growing his career in Asia with both a large multi-national company and his own business, Mr. Harris returned to the Boston area to join the Protectowire Firesystems, a privately-owned manufacturer of high-quality linear heat detectors for special hazard industries. He currently serves as vice president of sales and marketing, overseeing all aspects of sales and marketing at Protectowire. Mr. Harris has a master’s degree from Brandeis International Business School and a bachelor’s degree in economics and international business. With his decades of experience in the industry, Mr. Harris presents to industry leaders throughout the country and contributes to “The Big Red Guide”, a news, analysis, and information platform serving the firefighting and protection industry, and “International Fire Protection”, the only international journal dedicated to fire safety, prevention, and protection.

Janet Jones, PhD

Neuroscience

Janet Jones, an accomplished researcher and rider, applies brain research to the training of horses and riders. She has schooled hundreds of green or difficult horses and competed in hunter jumper, halter, reining, and western pleasure disciplines. Following a head injury, Ms. Jones became interested in studying brains and earned a Ph.D. in cognitive science from the University of California Los Angeles. After 23 years of teaching the neuroscience of perception, language, memory, and thought, Ms. Jones began publishing articles in EQUUS magazine on brain-based horsemanship. This soon led to her leaving her faculty position and starting her own training business, Brainworks LLC, for horse-and-human teams. Based out of Durango, CO, Brainworks LLC allows Ms. Jones to study how to best apply the detailed principles of brain function to the mutual interaction between horses and riders. These findings led to her book, “Horse Brain Human Brain,” being published in 2020 by Trafalgar Square Books.

Carlin Jones, DVM

Veterinary Care, Reproduction

Dr. Carlin Jones is Associate Veterinarian at The Equine Clinic at Oakencroft in Ravena, NY, where she provides general/preventative care and equine reproduction services. She began her long association with horses begging for riding lessons at age seven and, as a member of the United States Pony Clubs, competed in four national rallies. In 1996 she attained her HA rating. Pony Club’s emphasis on management and health care sparked her interest in keeping horses feeling their best. While working towards her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Lake Erie College she was introduced to equine reproduction. She later enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine. Dr. Jones still maintains her first horse, Dotty, and her interest in keeping geriatric horses feeling their best through dentistry, management of endocrine disorders and proper nutrition. She is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and American Veterinary Medical Association and an enthusiastic dressage and combined training rider.

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.

Kristen Kolenda

Yoga for Equestrians

With her degree in equestrian studies from Lake Erie College and extensive yoga therapy training, Kristen Kolenda helps equestrians develop flexibility, stamina, focus, and symmetry. Born from her desire to help ease the suffering of horses and inspire riders to treat themselves like the athletes they are, Ms. Kolenda’s students learn to develop control and use their body to its fullest potential on the mat and in the saddle. She has completed certifications through Yoga Alliance and recently obtained her Professional Yoga Therapist Certification from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Running her yoga studio out of Pittsburgh, PA, Ms. Kolenda’s instruction focuses on longevity, decreasing pain, and improving connection while decreasing tension through awareness and breath. She offers online and in person group and private classes, as well as special membership classes for equestrians.

Tara Mahoney

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy

Tara Mahoney is a licensed professional counselor, certified clinical trauma professional, an Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association Mental Health Specialist with Military Designation, and a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International Equine Specialist in Mental Health Learning. She graduated from Boston College with a bachelor’s in psychology and neuroscience and holds a master’s in counseling with concentrations in forensic psychology and veteran’s behavioral health. For the past 10 years, Ms. Mahoney has combined her professional calling with her lifetime passion for horses. She has focused her education, experience, and energy into the field of animal-assisted alternative therapies and has presented nationally regarding the tremendous benefits and outcomes. Based out of Lyndeborough, NH, Ms. Mahoney founded and now leads the Equine Immersion Project, an organization dedicated to providing equine-assisted services to veterans, active-duty service members, law enforcement, and first responders, as well as their families and supports.

Amanda Morris

Nutrition

Amanda Morris is a sales specialist with Purina Animal Nutrition, based out of West Granby, CT. She grew up on her family’s farm in Wethersfield, CT, and competed locally on the hunter jumper circuit. During college at the University of Connecticut, she was introduced to centered riding and dressage. Ms. Morris holds a bachelor’s degree in pathobiology, a master’s degree in animal science, and a certificate from Cornell University in women in leadership. Ms. Morris began her career at Purina in 2017 and assists horse owners throughout the New England area on providing the best nutrition for their horses. In addition to working with people one-on-one, Ms. Morris collaborates with feed stores and other organizations on video presentations and panel discussions on a variety of equine nutrition topics.

Grant Myhre, DVM

Lameness and Imaging

Dr. Grant Myhre established his general knowledge of horses while growing up on his family’s farm in the Midwest. After graduating from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1975, he completed a large-animal/surgery internship at the College of Veterinary Medicine in Colorado and a two-year residency in large-animal surgery at Cornell University. Dr. Myhre launched his career as a surgeon, leading the Rochester Equine Clinic in Rochester, NH, to the forefront of veterinary medicine. The state-of-the-art clinic now rightfully carries the name Myhre Equine Clinic, offers advanced imaging services, and is the only nuclear-medicine center in northern New England. Dr. Myhre has provided more than three decades of quality service to his clients and continues to serve as the clinic’s senior surgeon and hospital director. He is also an avid equestrian who enjoys foxhunting, hunter-pacing, and trail riding.

Bryan Owen

Light Therapy

Based in Ocala, FL, Bryan Owen has more than 25 years of experience in the equine industry as a horse owner and competitor. Using experiences gained from working with his own horses, Mr. Owen started exploring alternative therapies to help horses that have chronic, ongoing lameness and body issues that have not been resolved using other methods. He specializes in energy work to balance the body through several channels, including the acupoint meridians, muscle and fascia connection, and emotional relief. In addition to bodywork, Mr. Owen is an applied equine podiatrist and incorporates proper foot balance for optimal health into his work. In 2009, he co-founded Photonic Health, LLC, a light emitting frequency technology company dedicated to making health and healing easy for horse owners. He developed the standard handheld light, multi light, Pro Gen II Light, and the Pain Free Pad System. Mr. Owen is also co-author of three books: “Light Therapy for Horses,” “Red Light Therapy for Dogs,” and “Light Therapy for People.”

Frank Reillly, 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 E.

Dawn Samuelson

Equine Behavior

Dawn Samuelson is a lifelong horsewoman who has first-hand experienced the positive benefits of equine assisted therapy. She has degrees in animal husbandry and animal science, as well as numerous certifications through O.K. Corral’s Equine Assisted Learning/Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association, and as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. Almost 20 years ago, she started the National Equine Institute of Growth through Healing, Inc. (N.E.I.G.H.), a not-for-profit organization that provides equine-assisted therapy and learning in Bemus Point, NY. Ms. Samuelson has developed several programs that have helped hundreds of veterans and first responders heal from trauma, including her Emotional Coat Curriculum, which utilizes working with horses to help those with mental health issues. She has developed a therapy vest and wrote a book, “Stewart’s Emotional Coat: One Boy’s Journey from Secondary PTSD to Post Traumatic Growth Through Equine Assisted Therapy,” based on this curriculum.

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.

Erica Secor, DVM

Veterinary

Horses have always been a passion for Dr. Erica Secor, and her interest in the equine industry and science drew her to veterinary medicine. She received both her undergraduate and veterinary degrees from Cornell University before completing an internship at the New England Equine Medical and Surgical Center, followed by an equine surgical residency and receiving her master’s degree from the University of Illinois. She achieved her diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2018 and spent four years in private practice, working with a wide variety of horses, including sport horses, racehorses, and pleasure horses. Recently, Dr. Secor decided to pursue opportunities to widen her reach on improving equine welfare. She started a PhD program in order to benefit horses directly in a clinical setting and to broaden our ability to improve their health through furthering research related to equine joint health.

Jennifer Seymour

Mounted Archery

Jennifer Seymour is a certified resistance free trainer and mounted archery instructor with more than 50 years of experience in the horse industry. She began riding Quarter Horses at a young age and has competed in American Quarter Horse Association events, sorting, team penning, and trail competitions. Ms. Seymour trained with Tom Kelner in the Kassai method of mounted archery, named after Lajos Kassai, who created the competitive rule system of horse archery in the late 1980s and drove interest in the new sport. Ms. Seymour founded Horse Archers of Fletcher Hill, the oldest and largest Mounted Archery Association of the Americas chapter in New England. The group practices at her farm, Round Tuit Ranch, in Enfield, Connecticut. A former cowboy shooter, she is passionate about sharing mounted archery and helping people and their horses get started on their exciting mounted archery journey.

Ashley Wagner, PhD

Nutrition

Ashley Wagner is the chief executive officer, founder, and head nutritionist at Equinutrix Nutrition Solutions, based in Cheriton, VA. After growing up riding on the hunter jumper and Arabian circuits, Ms. Wagner pursued an animal science bachelor’s and master’s degree at Virginia Tech University, followed by a Ph.D. in equine nutrition from the University of Kentucky. Her publication history consists of more than 45 co-authored abstracts, presentations at regional and national conferences, and 11 peer-reviewed, co-authored publications in journals like the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science and the Journal of Animal Science. Ms. Wagner’s love for horses and the industry is what led her to create Equinutrix Nutrition Solutions to meet the needs of the horse and their owners in a safe and scientifically proven way. In addition to developing her own supplement line, Ms. Wagner consults for veterinarians on nutrition cases and is an approved provider of continuing education content in nutrition for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

Wayne Williams

Equine Trivia

Wayne Williams has a long background in the radio and television industries as a disc jockey and newscaster, as well as in the equine industry. He got involved with horses as a young boy and has appeared in many parades, including the Indianapolis 500 and Rose Bowl parades, and has competed in Open and Palomino shows. He also pays tribute to Roy Rogers and Dale Evans with his wife, Pat, on horseback with silver saddles and costumes of the era. In 1985, he combined his announcing background with horses as the “Voice of Many Horse Fairs.” Mr. Williams has emceed at expos throughout the United States and some of the largest events in the country, including the 2010 World Equestrian Games and Breyerfest. Out of his home base in Whitewater, WI, Mr. Williams currently hosts “Speaking of Horses,” a television and radio show that features horses and horse people from all corners of the industry.

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