John Lyons is one of the most respected trainers around the world. He is known as “America’s Most Trusted Horseman” and he has earned that title through 30 years of dedication to horses and horse owners. His ideas and concepts in horse training have influenced every level of performance, every style of riding and every breed of horse throughout the world. His ideas and work have directly changed thousands of lives. John’s sincere regard for people and the horses they love has remained unchanged throughout his career.
John has been honored by many facets of the horse industry, including universities, breed associations, horse clubs, magazines, cities and states for his contributions and dedication to the horse and the industry. John has touched the lives of millions of people throughout the years.
John continues to be one of the most sought after trainers, speakers, demonstrators and clinicians in the United States and abroad. There is hardly an expo in the country or around the world where you will not find John, his children Josh, Brandi, and Michael or one of their certified trainers as a guest clinician.
Fourteen years ago John developed his certified trainer program that has graduated almost 300 trainers. This program had grown to be one of the top programs in the country for producing great clinicians, trainers and teachers. Today, this training program is taught by one of the top trainers in the world, John’s son, Josh Lyons.
One of the sweetest girls in the world (according to John) and his love is his wife Jody. They live and work in Parachute, Colorado, on “Our Dream Ranch.” Their door is always open to everyone and you are invited to stop by anytime.
Josh grew up on a cattle ranch in western Colorado. Training horses was not the family focus at the time; rather, it was earning a living from livestock. Soon his dad switched gears from working cattle to training horses. When John decided to share his training methods with others, Josh was there with him traveling the country and riding in the clinics. At age 16, Josh gave weekend clinics, trained horses and conducted private instruction at a facility in Minnesota. It was then he realized that he too had a passion for training horses and a gift for teaching people. After graduating high school, Josh worked full time with his dad. Some years more than 30 weeks were spent on the road conducting symposiums, clinics and expos. At home, Josh assisted with the John Lyons Certification Program, a program he now conducts, manages and owns. The Lyons’ Legacy had begun.
In addition to the Colorado facility, the John and Josh Lyons certification program has since expanded and as a result, Josh and his wife and partner, Jana, as well as their sons, have relocated in order to establish a training facility in the greater Nashville, TN area, where they now reside. Whether it be for clinics, the John and Josh Lyons Certification Program, or performance training, Josh and Jana are in constant demand. Currently, the certification program, one of the world’s most sought after equine educational schools, has produced hundreds of certified trainers spread across 43 states and 6 countries.
“The most rewarding part of running this school is to see the positive impact our trainers are having on the equine industry.” Josh is a regular guest at all the major horse expos, such as: Equues America, Equine Affaire, and Equitana. In 2002, he won the highly celebrated “In a Whisper” challenge. In addition to developing his own equine educational products, Josh appears on TV, and contributes articles for various horse publications.
It is a rare person whose life goal is to help others with their horses. His understanding of the horse’s mind and ability to bring out the best in both riders and horses is unrivaled; still, Josh strives to develop new and better training methods. Behind the barrier in a roping box or changing leads in a reining pattern, Josh demonstrates confidence, knowledge and style with a contagious smile. It is through years of dedicated work that Josh Lyons is one of the most talented horse trainers and clinicians in the world.
Since his first seminar in 1982, Pat Parelli has revolutionized the horse world by introducing a philosophy, a concept and a program called Natural Horsemanship. Pat Parelli has presented in front of over 2 million people in 27 countries, has been in over 1,000 magazine articles and has presented privately for the Queen of England, President Reagan, Tony Robbins, Gene Autry and Tom Selleck.
Pat Parelli has over 200,000 students in his long distance online learning program, called the Savvy Club. With 400 instructors world wide in his Professionals Program Pat is set out to help make the world a better place for horses and the humans who love them.
Pat Parelli’s focus on preserving real horsemanship and to help you become the person you have always wanted to be with your horse, is what his program is all about. Pat invites YOU to come see for yourself why he has become the world’s Horseologist and the number one Success Coach for millions of horse lovers worldwide.
With his practical, straightforward approach, Chris teaches horse people how to get results. Influenced in his early years by both the English and Western traditions, he has implemented a proven style and technique that can be applied universally across all disciplines.
Chris has been conducting clinics and demonstrations for over 28 years. While teaching the principles and methods behind his authentic horsemanship, Chris has also become a successful trainer/breeder and major competitor in the cutting horse world and also competes in Reined Cow Horse events and team roping when his schedule allows. As a four time undefeated Road to the Horse World Champion he continues to travel the world spreading his message. In 2015, Chris had the honor of being inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. Chris has dedicated his life to teaching horsemen and women in the hope that they will come to understand and appreciate horses in their lives. Chris Cox demonstrates, with dedication and a mutual respect, to achieve a versatile and willing partnership between horse and human.
“Charles Wilhelm’s Ultimate Super Horse Challenge”
A “Super Horse” can do extraordinary things – participate in a parade one day, work cows the next, compete in a cowboy dressage show the following day, and more! This versatility challenge is open to all disciplines and is designed to showcase the rider’s communication and the relaxation, lightness, and responsiveness of the horse throughout the events.
Compete with your Super Horse to win a custom saddle, championship buckle, cash, sponsor products, & other great prizes or come and cheer on your favorite competitor.
Web site: http://www.charleswilhelm.com
Julie is now best known for her award-winning television show airing weekly on RFD-TV—Horse Master with Julie Goodnight. Through the show, Julie hopes to help all riders master their equestrian dreams and skills. As “The Horse Master,” Julie shares the wisdom she’s gained by reaching her master-level CHA status and encourages all horse people to become the leaders/masters their horses want and deserve. Natural horsemanship is founded on understanding horse behavior and the idea that horses look for leadership, direction and assurance that they’re safe and acting appropriately. Julie strives to teach you how to master that ideal and emphasizes the importance of life-long learning. On television and in her clinics, Julie has an upbeat and logical style of teaching. She has a unique ability to bridge natural horsemanship techniques with the principles of classical riding. Her training and teaching techniques are frequent features of The Trail Rider, America’s Horse, Horse & Rider, Perfect Horse, Certified Horsemanship Association’s The Instructor and many other excellent equine publications and websites. Sponsored by Nutramax.
Though he grew up showing Quarter Horses in Australia, Warwick Schiller moved to the United States 25 years ago to pursue his professional horse training career. Initially focusing on training all-around horses, he turned his focus to the sport of reining. Mr. Schiller holds multiple champion titles in reining in the US and Australia including a Reserve World Championship and was on the first Australian World Equestrian Reining Team in 2010. During the past decade, he has been developing Warwick Schiller Performance Horsemanship located in Hollister, CA. He conducts clinics here in the United States as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and throughout Europe. For the past few years Mr. Schiller has been producing an online video library, and his popular Youtube channel features more than 200 training videos applicable to all disciplines.
For more about Warwick Schiller, www.warwickschiller.com/
Charlotte Bredahl has represented the US on many occasions and in 1992 Charlotte and Monsieur was on the Olympic Bronze medal winning dressage Team in Barcelona. She was also on the Silver medal winning US team in 1997 riding Lugano. Both horses she trained from start to Grand Prix. Charlotte is an International Dressage judge (4*) and have judged all over the world. In 2014 she judged the US National Dressage Finals and Team selection for the World Games. This year she has judged in France and Australia. She was also named Honorary Instructor by USDF and received the Gold Medal of distinction awarded by USEF. In 2014 Charlotte was appointed US Assistant Youth Coach. This past year she has travelled the country teaching Youth Clinics. In 2015 Jan Ebeling and Charlotte won Grand Prix Pas De Deux during World Cup in Las Vegas. Charlotte was a Selector for the Olympics in Rio. This year she is being honored by the Humane Society of the United States with their Horse Hero award for 2016 for the work she does with Young Equestrians.
For more about Charlotte Bredahl, http://www.dressageretreats.com/
Steve Edwards (AKA “The Mule Guy”!) has been training horses, mules, and donkeys for about 40 years. The last 20 of those years have been devoted almost exclusively to mules and donkeys because Steve notes that they have unique training needs. Covering over 20 states and traveling internationally to Canada, Brazil, and Egypt, Steve loves teaching about anything “long ears”.
Among Steve’s notable accomplishments are:
- Development of mule and horse program for the Phoenix Zoo Development of first of its kind Mule Training Certification Program at Pierce College in California
- Numerous championships in Western Pleasure, Trail Class, Driving Classes, and Pack Events
- The production of numerous mule and donkey educational videos and articles
- The release of his own saddle and tack line of equipment with designs specifically for the mule and donkey.
Steve offers clinics, symposiums, and lectures for audiences of all sizes and skill levels and always ends his presentations with an open invitation to “give him a holler” to talk about concerns, questions, or training needs. Please welcome Steve Edwards – “The Mule Guy”!
For more about Steve Edwards, https://www.muleranch.com/
Born and raised in a small Midwestern town in Illinois, Kalley Krickeberg grew up honing her horse training, horsemanship, and stockmanship skills on large farm that raised and trained young polo prospects, sheep, and beef cattle. Kalley was lucky enough to be a child that was riding before she could walk, but got her formal start at a young age in a small hunters and jumpers barn. She dabbled a bit in dressage and eventing, but her love for the game of polo drew her back into that sport, developing young prospects off the race track into competent, well-educated polo horses. Since then Kalley has worked hard at becoming a well-diversified and balanced trainer, not only spending time in the performance horse industry in the sports of polo, reining, and dressage, but also in the recreational horse industry, working for approximately 10 years in the natural horsemanship sector of that industry. Kalley is a highly accomplished trainer and clinician, with a small training operation open to the public in her home state of California. She also travels the country giving highly successful horse training clinics. Her accomplishments include co-founding the Horse Education Company, which sells equipment and educational products from multiple trainers and clinicians. She also has multiple highly produced training DVD’s of her own which cover topics ranging from educating the pre-riding- age horse on the ground, to colt starting, and liberty work. She’s co-produced a DVD on training the young reining horse with world champion and multiple individual and team gold medalist in the sport of reining; the great Shawn Flarida. Kalley is also the professional equine columnist for the stunning Chrome Magazine; the official publication of the American Paint Horse Association. She is well recognized as a forward-thinking, yet practical, horse trainer and has a strong desire to share her unique, balanced, and exquisitely thoughtful horse training and horsemanship philosophies, developed over decades of training experience and diverse exposure.
For more about Kalley, http://www.kalleykrickeberg.com/
Dr. Lydia Gray DVM MA
Dr. Lydia Gray has earned a Bachelor of Science in agriculture, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and a Master of Arts degree focusing on interpersonal and organizational communication. As Medical Director and Staff Veterinarian for SmartPak Equine in Plymouth, MA, she directs the research and development of products and provides horse health and nutrition training to a wide variety of audiences. Dr. Gray’s work has appeared in more than a dozen general and trade publications and she speaks frequently around the country. She is the proud owner of a Trakehner gelding named “Newman” that she competes in dressage and combined driving, recently adding hunters to the mix.
Jeff Moore BS, ESMT, CEKT, CETP
Jeff Moore BS, ESMT, CEKT, CETP is an internationally known clinician, lecturer and practitioner. He has been helping horses and running Equine Rehab & Therapy, Inc for over 25 years. Originally a research biologist, he has trained with Sharon Willowby DC, Don Manuel DO, Ken Eva CJF, Chris Hoffman Trainer, Academy of the Horse, and Tom Dorrance and Ray Hunt. Over the years Jeff has woven biomechanics, structural bodywork, farriery, kinesiology taping, proprioceptive repatterning, exercise physiology and true horsemanship, into an innovative and unique therapeutic fabric that addresses the larger picture of physical, mental and emotional connection between horse and rider. Jeff’s work ranges from NFR barrel horses, and grand prix dressage horses, to Rolex and Tevis competitors, to the horses of the troupe Cavalia. When Jeff is not teaching, lecturing or working on horses, he lives with his family near the Snake River Canyon of Eastern Oregon.
Dr. Deb Bennett, Ph.D
DEB: Deb Bennett, Ph.D., is a 1984 graduate of the University of Kansas, and until 1992 was with the Smithsonian Institution. She is known as an authority on the classification, evolution, anatomy, and biomechanics of fossil and living horses. Her research interests include the history of domestication and world bloodlines and breeds. She teaches unique anatomy short-courses and horsemanship clinics designed to be enjoyable to riders of all breeds and disciplines, and all levels of skill.
Internationally known for her scientific approach to conformation analysis, "Dr. Deb" has made a career out of conveying a kind of “X-ray vision” for bone structure to breeders and buyers. Her background in biomechanics helps her clearly explain how conformation relates to performance ability. Dr. Deb’s clinics often feature real bones and interesting biomechanical models.
Dr. Deb doesn’t confine her work to the chalkboard, but rides and trains, having participated over a 30-year span in nearly every form of horse competition. She is a universalist, constantly reminding students that the cut of a person's hat or the style of their saddle matters not one whit to a horse. Riding clubs and organizations everywhere have enjoyed and benefited from Dr. Deb's expertise and insight: Arabians, sporthorses, enduro, Morgans, gaited breeds, Warmbloods, Quarter Horses — you name it — for she is remarkably conversant with the needs and problems of many breeds. Practical problem-solving is always a focus, and “play” that develops the horse’s mind is a top priority. Dr. Deb’s goals for your horse are the same as for her own horses, who are athletically competent, happy, confident, long-lived and free-moving.
Dr. Deb’s horsemanship philosophy is based on the belief that horses and humans have potentially equal intelligence. She encourages riders to increase their ability to perceive what the horse is thinking and feeling. Dr. Deb’s horses are educated — not “trained”. She believes that all work with horses should consider both the physical body and the “inner life”. Dr. Deb coined the term “Perjustice” to describe the very old art and science of using the horse’s innate powers of movement to develop him as an excellent riding companion. She also invented “Birdie Theory”, a way of putting yourself in your horse’s shoes and a great aid to understanding what makes him “tick” on the inside.
Jim Masterson, Equine Massage Therapist for the 2006 through 2014 USEF Endurance Teams, and for equine clientele competing in FEI World Cup, Pan American and World Games competitions, teaches a unique method of equine bodywork, The Masterson Method® for equine massage therapists and horse owners in which the practitioner recognizes and follows the responses of the horse to touch to release tension in key junctions of the body that most affect performance.
When he first became interested in equine massage in 1997, Jim recognized that the horse exhibits certain neurological responses to touch as it releases tension in the body. Using those responses to guide his work, he developed a system in which the horse participates in the process by showing the practitioner where tension has accumulated, precisely how much pressure is needed to release it, and when it has been released. The result is an effective method of bodywork that anyone can learn to use, to improve performance while at the same time opening new levels of communication and trust with the horse.
In 2005, Jim created Masterson Method “hands-on” Seminar-Workshops for horse owners in the United States, Australia and Europe. By popular demand, in 2008 he developed a Certification Path for those who wanted to deepen their knowledge of the Masterson Method® and become Masterson Method Certified Practitioners (MMCP)
Jim is the author of the bestselling books Beyond Horse Massage and The Dressage Horse Optimized and four DVDs: Light to the Core; Beyond Horse Massage; Dressage Movements Revealed, and Equine Massage for Performance Horses. Masterson Method Seminar-Workshops and Advanced Courses leading to Certification in the Masterson Method are taught world wide to horse owners, trainers, and therapists.
Without local gaited experts to become proficient she studied many hours of videos and read books from the Brenda Imus, Larry Whitesell, and Gary Lane., demo riding for the latter two at Expos. At the urging of Gary Lane she became a gaited horse clinician to specifically help trail riders and novices with their horses. Her goal is to simplify the process of understanding gait and provide simple achievable steps for success.
Every year Jochen witnesses thousands of horses suffer the effects of ill-fitting saddles – sore backs, resistance, chipped shoulder cartilage, lameness. Fueling his determination to educate the industry he established Saddlefit 4 Life ® in 2005. Based on his 80 point ergonomic and biomechanical analysis of horse, rider and saddle, Jochen teaches Saddlefit 4 Life Seminars and Courses worldwide to a growing network of professionals who are certified to diagnose and analyze saddle fit issues.
Saddle fit pioneer Jochen teaches “Horses should not suffer for the ignorance of the rider, nor should they be farmed out, or put down, because of severe, irreparable damage caused by poor saddle fit.”
Nick and his family are one of the cornerstones of the West Coast Horse Show Industry.
Their Far West Farms is one of the oldest and most successful Hunter/Jumper businesses on the West Coast. Nick with his brother Kost, sister in law Jenny, daughter Cassandra have consistently had Far West riders and horses win PCHA, Zone 10 and USEF Year end awards over the last 35 years. Far West riders have also won every major Equitation Finals on the West Coast as well as having strong finishes and wins in National Finals.
Nick is a USEF R judge and has held his judges card for over 3 decades. He also has given clinics throughout the United States for over 25 years. Some of the places he presently has on his clinic schedule are places that he has given annual clinics for the last 20 years. One of the places he goes to “Springdown Equestrian Center”; in Northern California, where he has given 3 clinics a year for the last 20.
When he is not judging, giving clinics, training or attending shows with Far West clients: Nick is busy donating his time with the governance of the sport. He is presently on the CPHA and PCHA board of directors as well as being on the USHJA Zone 10 Hunter Committee.
Nationally Nick is on the USHJA Official’s Education Committee, the USHJA Equitation Task Force and is also on it’s the USEF’s Continuing Education Committee. Nick’s latest contribution to the sport is organizing, producing and writing the “Get Connected DVD” which is one of the main clinic tools used for all USEF Hunter/Equitation Clinics. This Non for Profit DVD will be available at the event and all proceeds go to future educational projects.
As a former fearful rider, Heidi McLaughlin wrote her book, K.I.C.K. Your Fear of Horses, as a guide to help others who are struggling with confidence in the saddle. Not only does she tell her personal story of how she got over her own fear, but she cites the advice of many experts including Chris Cox, Stacy Westfall, Mike Kevil, Richard Winters and many more!
Heidi’s work has helped countless people, who love horses but are plagued with fear, find the confidence they need to recapture the joy of confident horsemanship! Fearless riding! She helps people design their own program for success with her book and her DVD as well as giving lectures and clinics all over the country.
Visit her website at: www.fearlessrider.com
A leading expert on core training, Jim earned his degree in Exercise Science at the University of Colorado. A high school football coach for 15 years, Jim also holds the distinction of having been the first, ever, in home personal trainer in the busy resort town of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Always involving himself in cutting edge technology, Jim has made an intense study of balance and proprioception, along with the development of human core strength.
Married to a lifetime horsewoman, Jim conceived the idea for The Balance Rider to specifically target––from a unique seated position––the core muscles, proprioceptors and balance that are so vital to the equestrian athlete.
“Core strength, good balance, and proprioceptor acuity” Jim says, “are not always recognized as an essential component of fitness. But the simple fact is that every form of physical activity –– even just walking, sitting upright or getting in and out of a chair––are all affected by these elements.”
Dr. David Ramey
Dr. David Ramey is a 1983 graduate of the Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, Dr. Ramey completed an internship in Equine Medicine and Surgery at Iowa State University. He entered private equine practice in Southern California in 1984 and has been caring for equids—from backyard mini donks to FEI sport horses—ever since.
In addition to working full time in clinical practice for 32 years, Dr. Ramey has stayed active in professional activities. His contributions to the equine veterinary profession and the knowledge base of equine medicine are nearlyunprecedented for a solo practitioner. As an internationally recognized advocate for the application of science to medicine, Dr. Ramey has been a frequent critic of practices that lack good evidence, such as the diverse therapies collectively known as “alternative” medicine, needless nutritional supplementation, as well as “conventional” therapies that lack scientific support. He has conducted scientific studies on various topics and has researched and published extensively. In total, Dr. Ramey has had over 70 submissions published in peer-reviewed professional journals, both in human and veterinary medicine. He has lectured at universities and professional conventions around the United States, as well as Canada, Australia, and the UK, and he has presented at 11 of the annual conventions of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP).
As a result of his passion for educating the public about horses, Dr. Ramey has published 13 books and has written dozens of articles for national magazines. His blog, DoctorRamey.com, has gained the attention of the online horse world, with an average of 25,000 unique visitors monthly. By providing reliable, scientific information, he hopes to empower horse owners to hold the equine industry to high ethical standards, and to help them make sound decisions for themselves and their horses.
Dr. Katie Flynn, BVMS
Dr. Katie Flynn was raised on a Standardbred racehorse farm in South Grafton, Massachusetts. She received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from University of Massachusetts. In 2001, she received her veterinary degree from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. In 2002, Dr. Flynn joined the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Animal Health Branch (AHB) where she is currently the Equine Staff Veterinarian. In this position Dr. Flynn provides oversight to all equine regulatory disease programs and acts as the manager of the Equine Medication Monitoring Program (EMMP). Since 2011, Dr. Flynn has investigated seventeen Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy incidents in California. These experiences highlighted the need for increased biosecurity, particularly at equine events. To address the lack of available biosecurity resources targeting equine events, Dr. Flynn’s developed biosecurity educational materials for event organizers, specifically the Biosecurity Toolkit for Equine Events which has been distributed to all 50 states and 12 countries. As an equine event biosecurity expert, Dr. Flynn participated in the World Animal Health Organization (OIE) Ad Hoc Expert Group on Biosecurity in Paris, France in July 2015 and spoke at the Federation Equestrian International’s (FEI) National Veterinary Delegate Conference in Athens Greece in May 2016.
In 2001 Janet Peterson retired from a career of 30years in the foodservice industry and moved to Colfax, CA, where she intended to spend her time riding the hundreds of miles of trail in the Sierra Nevada. Coming from southern California where most trails were wide, hills were moderate and the line of sight was generally good she experienced a form of trail-culture-shock on the mountainous trails of northern California. It became a matter of personal responsibility to risk (or not) riding on narrow the winding trails that were carved out during the mining days for mules and wagon with little or no line of sight and severe cross slopes. Room to pass oncoming traffic was problematic and compounded by the approach of swifter moving traffic coming from ahead and behind.
Then Ms Peterson learned that equestrians were considered a “dying breed” because their presence on public trails was dwindling. Equestrians weren’t dwindling, they were being displaced. Trails that were once safe for horses had become so risky that the danger out weighted the pleasure and they stopped riding those trails.
In 2006 an incident at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area involving 2 horses and 3 motorcycles on a horse/hiking trail moved Ms Peterson from trail rider to trail advocate and in 2014 to software entrepreneur. At first the incident at Folsom Lake was considered a matter of trail conflict but a thorough review of the circumstances determined that a lack of communication between trail users and park management on maintenance issues was the bottom line cause.
In direct response to this need for better communication, ParkWatchReport as a website was first launched in 2008 and provided trail users with a way to report trail conditions and experiences to park management. In 2014, Ms Peterson formed Park Watch Report, LLC, revised the software, added a free phone app and now promotes the use of ParkWatchReport around the country as a universal way for trail users to quickly and easily inform park management of safety concerns, environmental issues and trail conditions.