- Drafted & competed for the Denver Stars Rodeo Team (1980)
- Most Valuable Player for Team Rodeo (1980)
- WPRA World Champion Barrel Racer (1983)
- Number one draft choice and first woman drafted for PRCA Pro Tour Rodeo (1985)
- 2X Olympic Gold Medal winner at Calgary Winter Olympics (1988)
- 4X Reserve World Champion Barrel Racer (1986-89)
- 2X National Finals Rodeo Champion Barrel Racer (1983, 1988)
- 3X Reserve National Finals Rodeo Champion Barrel Racer (1984, 1987, 1990)
- 2X Arena record, fastest time at National Finals Rodeo (1983, 1991)
- 10X National Finals Rodeo qualifier (1983-91, 2000)
- 5X Calgary Stampede Champion Barrel Racer
- 5X Mountain States Circuit Champion Barrel Racer
- 2X Reserve Champion at Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo (1988, 1989,
- Elected to Board of Directors of the Women’s Professional Rodeo Assn. 1990 and 2016
- Inducted into Cowgirl Hall of Fame (1995)
- Will conduct over 500 clinics (1980-2017)
Sharing Our Trails
Jim Meyer is the Founder & Executive Director of Trails4All and past vice president of Back Country Horsemen of California/Santa Ana River Unit. He has been a member of multiple organizations all of which incorporate creating, maintaining and supporting recreational shared trails for equestrians, mountain bicyclists and hikers. His topic focuses on keeping our trails safer and more enjoyable for all.
Lightweight Packing & Riding
Gail Van Velzer is a member of BCHC-Santa Ana River Unit. Gail has taken her 48 years of experience in lightweight backpacking and outdoor skills to a new level and applied it to horse packing. She and her husband rode over 500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. This class will help you learn how much your horse can safely pack, what you need to pack and the planning involved in using your riding animal as your pack animal.
Leave What You Find
Elaine Bailey has been involved in the horse world since she was a child. She has a great love for horses and the beauty of the outdoors. She is the Education Chair for BCHC-San Diego Unit. Her presentation identifies what it means to leave what you find and how crucial it is not only to our generation but for generations to come.
Being Considerate of Others on the Trail
Ray Spence is a lifelong horseman from Texas. He grew up living the ranch life and worked ranches all over the West. His recent love is for packing mules in the Southern California area. He puts on horsemanship clinics as well. He is the 2018 Vice President for BCHC-San Diego Unit.
Seven Principles of Leave No Trace.
Paul Van Velzer is the past president of the Santa Ana River Unit of Back Country Horsemen of California. He has ridden over 500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. He is a certified “B” sawyer with the National Forest Service and recently completed the “Leave No Trace” Master Educator course. He volunteers with San Bernardino County Sherriff’s Dept. as a Rancho Cucamonga Equestrian Patrol member.
Marcy Watton is President of the Antelope Valley Unit of Back Country Horsemen of California. She is a lifelong equestrian, originally from San Diego and for the last 22 years has resided in the Antelope Valley. She’s been mapping trails for over 10 years and will share what she knows about the basics of how GPS works, hand held receivers, the use of cell phone and tablet apps and a variety of other devices one can use in the back country. Participants are encouraged to bring their own GPS receivers to the lecture.
Greg Bruce, Susan and Ali Blankfeld are members of the Redshank Riders Unit of BCHC and live on their horse ranch in Aguanga, CA. They enjoy their horses to the fullest from Mounted Shooting and Gymkahanas to eventing trails. In 2016 they added to their interests by attending a Leave No Trace, Train the Trainers class, taught by Back Country Horsemen of California. This training was a great asset to their outdoor experience and they now teach the principles at every opportunity.
David (Roy) Chevallier retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2007 after 32 years of service with the rank of Colonel. He has been employed since then as the ranch manager for TAR Farms in San Juan Capistrano, CA, a 220 horse boarding facility. When he is not on the job he spends his time exploring the mountain wilderness and deserts of Southern California with his wife Pamela, his friends and his horses. Roy is a member of the Back Country Horsemen of California – San Diego Unit. He completed the Back Country Horsemen of California Wilderness Rider Training Program in September of 2017 and became a certified Leave No Trace Instructor.
Ed Puett has enjoyed horses since his childhood. Ed is an experienced horseman having built and operated a horse business, Puett Paint and Quarter Horses in the San Diego and Riverside areas since 1994. He has been an active participant in Team Penning, Team Sorting, Cutting, Roping and also enjoyed participating in Cowboy Mounted Shooting. He has been an equine trainer for over 24 years. He spent time two summers as a packer leading vacationers up into the mountains outside of Bishop, CA. Ed is a certified Wilderness Rider, expert trainer of Leave No Trace Principles and a level B Sawyer for the Forest Service. Ed is a member of BCHC Redshank Riders and is currently co-chair of the Public Lands committee and helps out with other of the unit’s activities and events.
Plan & Prepare: The Miracle on Spitzler Peak
Thomas Firth is an outdoor humor writer and author of three books. He has been a regular columnist for Western Mule Magazine and the High Country Journal, and his outdoor humor stories have also appeared in publications ranging from Cowboys and Indians Magazine, to Western Horsemen. Thomas is a Master of Leave No Trace Educator specializing on stock in the back country, as well as the Co-Chairman of Education for Back Country Horsemen of California. A volunteer packer for the USFS on the San Jacinto District and for The Pacific Crest Trail Association, Thomas lives in Anza, California. Tom will speak about his harrowing ordeal on Spitzler Peak.
Michael Lewis – Pack Mule Live!
Mike Lewis is a lifelong horseman, muleskinner and packer of 40+ years who resides in Anza, CA. He has logged thousands of hours packing in the mountains and deserts of southern California for the National Forest Service, California State Parks, National Park Service, Pacific Crest Trail Association as well as many other organizations. Besides the packing and the transportation of gear, he spends hundreds of hours working on and clearing trails in the San Jacinto Mountains. He is the 2018 president of the Redshank Riders unit of BCHC. Mike will demonstrate packing options on a live mule and be available to answer questions during this presentation. He will explain the importance of preparation, balanced loads and demonstrate different tie-down hitches and when to use them.
Katie Strickland has 23 years of Barn Management experience; including travelling the world for competitions like the 2015 Pan-American Games and working for the US Olympic Team. She currently lives and works in Georgia where she manages the barn at Spring Creek Farm. In addition to grooming, Strickland has specialized in nutrition, physical therapy, strength and conditioning, as well as rider athletic training. She has worked with greats like Mara DePuy, Bruce “Buck” Davidson and Will Coleman.
Integrated Equine Therapies, Clinician. Tom’s specialty is noninvasive, highly effective approach to Equine Therapy that addresses the core causes of lameness, metabolic and emotional dysfunction. He integrates cutting edge proven modalities such as: Osteopathy, CranioSacral, Applied Kinesiology, Acupressure TCM, and Medical Intuition to resolve acute and chronic issues at their deepest level; thereby restoring normal function. Tom is Founder & Owner of Integrated Equine Therapies, Offering Educational Hands On Clinics.
For more about Tom Mayes, www.TomMayes.net
Jill and John Dingle
Jill and John Dingle, owners of Dreamcatcher Meadows Sporthorse Breeding and Training center in the mountain valley of Pemberton British Columbia are honored to be invited to present a three part presentation originating from their experience with wildfire evacuation, sharing the lessons learned about emergency preparation , and the launch of the firefighting products they inspired, for sale to the public for the first time at Western States Horse Expo Pomona, Anyone who enjoys the responsibility of caring for others, particularly horse and animal lovers, will be more prepared in the event of an emergency with this series offering general advice learned not only from their own experience but from collating lessons from extensive emergency response research, including discovery of the practical answer to the threat of fire. They discovered the family owned and operated manufacturer of the firefighting gear used by first responders to stop any inferno; from firemen putting out blazes in the city to the brave volunteers and professionals flown in to deal with wildfires, Scotty Firefighter has been relied on for decades. Responding to the market need, Scotty used the same premium materials to create easy to use, light-weight versions of the professional’s gear with the general public in mind. Available for sale to the public for the first time at the Western States Expo in Pomona California is what the equipment every animal lover or home guardian should have – like the light weight yet durable Bravo Backpack extinguishing fire via a foam cartridge dispensed from what looks much like a paintball gun. Accompanied by photographs and video, Lloyd Rees who manages Scotty Firefighter’s manufacturing plant on Vancouver Island, Canada will be explaining and demonstrate the amazing firefighting products that mean you will never be unprepared for barn fires or home emergencies again.
Dr. Nancy Loving, DVM
Dr. Loving has served as an FEI (International Equestrian Federation) sanctioned veterinarian both as veterinary judge and treatment veterinarian at international endurance competitions as well as serving as Team Veterinarian for the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Endurance Squad. She was also actively involved in judging NATRC competitions for many years. She has brought to these pursuits her knowledge gleaned from many miles and years spent in the saddle training and competing her own horses in addition to decades working in a veterinary capacity at top-tier endurance events. She regularly writes for The Horse and Horse Illustrated magazines.
Dr. Loving has authored five books on equine health care, including:
- All Horse Systems Go: The Horse Owner’s Full-Color Veterinary Care and Conditioning Resource for Modern Performance, Sport and Pleasure Horses.
- Go the Distance: The Complete Resource for Endurance Horses
- First Aid for Horse & Rider
- Conformation and Performance
- Veterinary Manual for the Performance Horse
Win Wolcott is a pioneer in modern day equine nutrition. From the development of the first higher fat, low starch commercial feed for horses in the 1980’s, to the use of unique ingredients like food grade coconut meal in his current state of the art formulations, Win has changed the way serious horse people feed their horses. Long an advocate of limiting or replacing high starch feeds in the equine diet; Win’s approach to designing healthier feeding programs has benefited both the horse and rider with simple straight forward solutions to feeding questions. If you would like more focus, a more even temperament and an opportunity for your horse to reach its genetic potential, this is your chance to see a better path to proper feeding.