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Holly Shanahan, Horse Trainer
Clinic Topic:  Snazzy’s Progression-Year 3

Holly Shanahan is a fifth generation from the Verde Valley.   She rode in her first parade at the age of 2 and has been deeply involved in the horse world since. 
Holly is currently enjoying being a stay at home mom and working with her equestrian clients part-time.  She can help you with foal foundation, tune-up, rehabilitating abused horses, helping owners find suitable homes for their horses and helping people find horses that match their riding style.  She is a strong believer in building a good relationship with the horse on the ground first, and incorporates natural horsemanship skills into her training as well as exposing horses to every environment possible.  She is a strong believer in that, “if you don’t trust your horse they will not trust you”.            

Contact Info:   928.300.4132      Hollyshanahan@live.com   


Ned Leigh, Horse Trainer
Clinic Topic:  Square Pen Reasoning

Ned and his wife Rita moved to the Prescott area in 1977. Drawing on memories of his youth and his father’s gentle way with horses, he started a newly purchased colt with longe lines and slowly progressed to saddling. He observed methods of using the nature of the horse to accomplish in a short time what had been taking him a month or two. This pinnacle moment sparked a desire to learn all he could about the nature of a horse and the way a horse learns. Ned’s business focuses on Colt Starting, Behavior Modification, Horsemanship Education through private classes, clinics and seminars and Horse Transportation with specialized handling.

Contact Info: www.nedleighequinefocus.com


Lizz Blaum, Horse Trainer
Clinic Topic:  Dressage for the Casual Rider

Lizz grew up in New York riding hunter/jumper horses and eventers. Deciding to make horses her career, Lizz chose to attend the University of Findlay in Ohio.  Trainers at the college were able to send Lizz to Germany for a summer to ride for Tim and Helena Stormanns, international show jumpers.  In her senior year she joined the Intercollegiate Dressage Association and qualified for Nationals as both an individual and team rider.  The University of Findlay placed 5th as a team and Lizz was the reserve champion in her division. 

Now, Lizz travels to clients properties in Chino Valley and Prescott, sharing her experience and helping clients with green horses. The majority of riders she works with are recreational and simply want to enjoy the time they spend with their horses.  Clear communication is the goal of Lizz’s training, regardless of the saddle the horse wears. Lizz strives to help her riders understand what they are actually ‘saying’ to their horse and ‘listen’ to what their horse is trying to tell them. Lizz also starts horses under saddle preparing them for life as a partner.

Contact info:  928.848.7033      zz.training.llc@gmail.com


Beth Moon, Horse Trainer
Clinic Topic:  Common Sense Horsemanship in a One Size Fits all World

"One of the most rewarding things I do is to be able to help people and horses come together and work in harmony." 

Beth Moon grew up in Oregon and started riding at a young age. Horses have always been a part of everyday life, but it wasn't until she bought a 7 month old foal when she was 21 that a real love of training began.  She has been giving riding lessons and starting young horses ever since.  The philosophies at JMB Oasis Ranch are "Common Sense Horsemanship" and "Start with the Basics" with an emphasis on safety.   In 2009 Beth purchased her stallion JMB Circuit Preacher with a goal of breeding all around Quarter Horses that can be used in many disciplines.  With three breeding seasons behind them 2015 is "the year of the 2 year old" and Preacher's first foal "Pixie" is getting her start under saddle.   Beth lives with her husband Jim in San Tan Valley, AZ on their mini ranch. 

Contact Info:  480.247.0682    oasisranch@gmail.com     www.jmboasisranch.com


Jody Swink, Horse Trainer, Jody Swink’s “No Sweat” Natural Horsemanship

Clinic Topic:  Colt Starting/Overview of Az. Horseman’s Challenge Rules


K.I.S.S… Keep It Slow and Simple.  This has always been Jody’s philosophy in training and fostering strong, connected relationships with our horse partners.  Although there is no one training method that works for all horses, he has found that moving slowly and offering simple, yet concise communication guarantees success, time and time again.  Jody trains horses at his facility as well as traveling the state of Arizona to assist others in training their horses.   

Jody, however, has become more than just an effective horse trainer; he is the creator and founder of the Arizona Horseman’s Challenge, now in its third year.  Jody is one of the most innovative promoters in the Arizona horse event arenas today.  From the conception of the AZ Horseman’s Challenge, to its evolving into an actual barn-buster event, this exciting competition is rapidly becoming a hit for equestrian audiences throughout Arizona.  The event he created has also served to promote good horse trainers from the different regions of the state, while advocating good horsemanship, and offering the public the opportunity to enjoy everything equestrian in one location.    

Contact Info:  602.330.4917 jswinknosweat@q.com or www.jodyswink.com


Sara Boland, Horse Trainer
Clinic Topic:  Developing Mind and Body in a Young Horse

Sara Boland is a 5th generation Verde Valley Arizonan. She grew up riding horses with her grandpa, riding on the ranch and going on pack trips and other adventures. Sara harbored an interest in training horses early on and at age 12, started her first colt under the supervision of her grandpa and inspiration, Don Godard. The mare’s name was Chili, and Godard still rides the mare to this day. In high school, Sara had the opportunity to work for local trainers Trish and Rygh Westby while continuing to ride with her grandpa and show in local 4-H events. “The Westby’s are excellent horse people and opened my eyes to different techniques”, remarks Boland.
Sara attended the University of Arizona where she started colts, tutored students with learning disabilities, and worked in a meat processing plant in order to earn a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology. She works as a School Counselor at Camp Verde Elementary School and starts colts as a side job. Sara’s philosophy when working with horses is to: 1) seek help from experts (there are a lot of good horse men and women here in the Verde Valley) 2) never stop learning and trying new things 3) keep your ego out of it (which is easier said than done).
Sara currently resides in Cottonwood with husband Martin and son Colton. She is inspired by many local trainers, including sister Holly Shanahan. Boland’s pipe dream? “ …to start colts and train and show horses In Ranch Versatility.”
Contact Info:   520.730.6246   p_sara_77@hotmail.com


C.L. “Lee” Anderson, Living Historian, Horseman of the Old School
Clinic Topic:  Developing the Art of Equine Communication 

Lee Anderson and his race track rescued horse, Concho, are well-known throughout Arizona through their living cowboy history presentations and horseman’s clinics. Lee's skills have been acquired through well over half a century of horse training experience and research. Among his accomplishments have been pleasure horses, reining horses, game horses, and trail horses. In 1965, as manager and trainer for Trefoil Farms in Wisconsin he showed the #2 Arabian Trail Horse in the nation at the Arabian National Finals. He has competed successfully in 50 and 100 mile endurance rides.  His specialty, however, is training what are known as “bridle horses”.   Not only is Lee an accomplished horse trainer, he also authored the award winning book, “Developing the Art of Equine Communication”.

Contact Info:  CLAinAZ@aol.com    http://historicaloldwest.org/index.html


Jeremy Cluff, Horse Trainer
Clinic Topic:  Teaching a Friesian Stallion How to be a Cow Horse 

Jeremy Cluff is a great Arizona horseman known as the Horse Tamer. He received that name when he trained his Mustang "Widowmaker", a horse known for putting 2 other trainers in the hospital.  

He has over 20 years as a professional trainer and more than 500 horses under saddle to his credit. His clinics are always full of people wanting insight to his knowledge of horses and how they think.

As a competitive trainer Jeremy has participated in horsemanship contests throughout the west. His record includes being a two time money winner at the Luv Shack Trainers Challenge and two invitations to the Arizona Horseman's Challenge.

Recently Jeremy has taken on the adventure of working in the movies, working as a Technical Consultant, Stunt Rider, and Actor. Credited in "A Horse For Summer"(2014) and "Deadly Sanctuary"(2015).

Contact Info:  602.770.2814    horse.tamer@ymail.com


Chance Stone, Farrier, 2015 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Competitor

Clinic Topic:  Making Your Problem Horse a Farrier Friendly Citizen

Chance and his family were always involved with horses.  His love for horses started at a very young age while being raised in the ranching and rodeo lifestyle.  In the beginning, most of Chance’s involvement with horses consisted of participating in rodeo events including team roping and saddle bronc riding.  During his high school years he rode a few colts for a trainer or friend who had young horses that needed ridden.  While furthering his education at Central Arizona College he shoed horses under Charlie Hill.  To this day he still shoes for Charlie as well as himself in the East Valley area.

It was during this time, while working alongside Charlie that Chance really became aware of how to understand different horses and their needs.  As well as gaining a vast amount of insight in the shoeing aspect of the horse, he was very fortunate to have opportunities to start young colts with Charlie Hill’s guidance.  “He gave me help and insight when I needed it but he allowed me to struggle through certain areas to find the best way to fill in for these young horses.  Starting colts is not just learning how to start a green horse, but teaches me as a horseman, how to fill in for the naïve horse and how I can use this in all of my horsemanship activities.”

Chance does not consider himself a horse trainer and has no intentions at this time to make a living starting colts, his career as a farrier and continuous efforts in the rodeo arena are the most important.  “However, I consider myself a young man who has knowledge of how to bring these young horses along in a favorable fashion.  My hope is that there is at least one person that can use what I have learned and apply it in their own horsemanship practices.”

Jason Gifford, Horse Trainer
Clinic Topic:  Foundation Under Saddle

Jason Gifford has been involved with the horse industry as a rider, trainer, showman and student of the horse for more than 14 years.  After high school, Jason was fortunate enough to have worked for a few large cattle/horse ranches in Wyoming and Colorado, spending many hours in the saddle.  It didn't take long for Jason to realize that starting colts and training horses was the only career he wanted to focus on. 

After leaving the cattle ranch life, Jason went to work as an assistant trainer for a few different professional horsemen.   During the past several years, Jason has had experience training and working with horses in the following disciplines: reining, cutting, team sorting, trail riding, and working ranch horses.  Jason has also had the opportunity to start and work with a few Mustangs from the BLM.

In the summer of 2012, Jason was fortunate to have gone on the colt starting/horsemanship tour with Larry Nelles throughout Canada.  "I enjoy teaching horses a solid foundation so they can go on to be successful in any discipline," says Jason. 

Jason currently operates a horse training program for most breeds and is available for you to contact for more information.

Contact Info:  623.293.7487 www.giffordequine.com


Ty Jones, Horse Trainer
Clinic Topic:  Circle Drills 

Ty spent a lifetime molding together an understanding of Horsemanship. For the love of horses and despite a long list of failures he kept the learning desire alive. His idea was to watch others, pick their brains, and apply what he saw, “At first, I thought they didn’t want to lend a hand, and then I realized that they didn’t know anything about horses.  That’s when I took the Horse Journey.” 

 The journey followed years of attending various professional clinics, private lessons, and what he calls, “Distant Learning.”  Today, most of what Ty applies towards horsemanship involves a straightforward, common sense approach that allows a connection which opens a path to partnership.  Knowledge, patience, persistence, and the willingness to learn are what he finds effective, "It’s their mind we want to motivate.  Once you get their mind, you can supple their body.” 

In addition to conducting clinics and demonstrations, Ty starts colts, works with troubled horses, and helps youth horsemanship programs. Ty’s horsemanship philosophy involves a combination of principles, values, and knowledge, and the respect for horses to develop a partnership. 

Ty is a native descendent of the Dine/Paiute and grew up in various adoption homes.  He now resides in Flagstaff, AZ.

Contact Info:  928.310.6432   ty.jones@nau.edu   http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~tj4/


Samantha Jepson, Horse Trainer
Clinic Topic:  Obstacle Trail Demo

Samantha began her riding career at the age of six, riding three day eventing horses. Over the course of her life she has drifted from a career in the show ring to working with problem horses, confidence challenged riders, and colt starting. As she says, it is the most satisfying reward to see the progress of these students!

Specializing in starting colts and working with problem horses, she has the back ground to put a solid foundation on any horse, and the ability to help any horse work through issues it may have.  She has completed multiple apprenticeships under world class trainers in working cow horse, cutting, reining, english and western pleasure.

 She spent a number of years in the team roping arena and working on ranches, so she fully understands what is needed in a good working horse.

 Samantha loves teaching riding lessons, and she herself has spent her life learning. She has a wonderful way of teaching, from the ground up with a great deal of patience. With a down to earth way of explaining how to clearly ask your horse to accomplish what you are asking of it, her students learn quickly and advance their horsemanship skills to levels she never expected to see!

Contact Info:  520.591.9950  Twobraidstraining@gmail.com  www.Twobraidstraining.web.com


Brian Bausch, 5 Time World Champion
Clinic Topic:  “Beyond Riding” 

Brian Bausch takes his equine companions worldwide with the incomparable techniques he creates in “Beyond Riding”. His unique training methods serve to challenge bothrider and horse, building character and adding new life and exuberance, focusing on everything except merely sitting in the saddle. His exclusive insight allows Brian to take any horse and develop its athletic ability to go beyond the abilities of the average rider. 

 In 2005, Brian married Paula, and the two are happily partnered in all their different aspects of the horse industry. They share their love of horses so evident in "Beyond Riding", informing and entertaining through appearances in horse expos, training videos, and horse magazine features. Witnessing the two young horses they personally trained fly off to perform with the international production Cavalia in 2006 added great excitement and accomplishment. The couple have shared multiple World and National Champion success, and also had the opportunity to train Arabian stallions in the Middle East.  

Brian was the first horse act to appear on America’s Got Talent and in 2012 became Reserve Champion (Project) Cowboy in Pomona, California. The Guest Celebrity Judge, and entertainer, appearing at AQYHA 2013 World Show in Oklahoma City, Brian has years invested in the youth. He shares his history of bronc riding, tie-down and team roping, coaching rodeo teams in Michigan, to presently serving with his wife as Equestrian Director at Orme School of Arizona. Brian’s energy, athleticism, along with his keen sensitivity to the horse, continues to thrill and excite audiences in every arena.

Contact Info:  www.BrianBausch.com


Jacqueline Kruglick, Horse/Rider Trainer
Clinic Topic:  Art of Riding-Learn 5 New Things with Your Horse

Jacqueline’s equestrian expertise was acquired after years of serious training.  She rode for Arizona State University, trained in Ireland, England and Germany competing in Show Jumping.  After becoming British Qualified, she returned to the U.S. and rode with Olympic coaches and riders.  Jacqueline has competed successfully in Eventing, Dressage, Show Jumping and Competitive Trail Riding.  She has trained and showed all horse breeds in all disciplines, including Western Pleasure and Side Saddle.   As a Quarter Horse World Qualifier, Jacqueline enjoyed two years as State Champion.  Her favorite winning Buckle, however, was acquired in the celebrated 100-mile Tevis Cup in one day.  She started the first Saddle and Rodeo Club at Scottsdale Community College and has taught and trained in Scottsdale and Cave Creek for years under Twin Acres School of Riding.  Jacqueline now resides full time at her ranch in Cornville where she teaches private and group lessons.

Contact information:  480-250-9700, 450 S. Merritt Ranch Rd.  Cornville, AZ  86325.  

                                         For pictures, go to www twinacresriding.com 

Ben Monarque, Horse Trainer, Az. Horseman’s Challenge Competitor 2013
Clinic Topic:  Ground Manners/Safety Tips

Ben Monarque practices a special brand of horse training:  Common Sense Horsemanship.   Working with young horses of all breeds and disciplines for well over 25 years, Ben has developed a certain quality that allows him to excel at communicating and understanding each particular horse’s behavior and needs.

At the ripe old age of 7, Ben Monarque began riding and working with horses, eventually maturing into a lifestyle he was destined to live and to love.

He has worked with cutting and reining horses, as well as English pleasure, fine harness and gaited horses too.

He excels at communicating and truly understanding a horse’s behavior and needs, practicing Natural Common Sense Horsemanship, Ben’s hallmark philosophy, with an all-important emphasis on safety.

From starting and developing young horses, to problem solving and fine tuning their talents, Ben’s unequivocal instinct and skills in the equine world are effective and amazing.

Contact Info:     602.301.0439         bdmonarque@yahoo.com

Bruce Germain, Farrier,  G4 Farrier Service

Clinic Topics:  Balanced Basics of the Equine Foot

Balanced Basics of the Equine Foot put into Practice

Not unlike a lot of people I meet, my family and I started our horse ownership with little to no horse savvy, this got us in over our heads with the purchase of a foundered, severely laminitic horse.  This was recognized by the trainer we hired a couple of weeks later. At the time we were unable to find a farrier willing to tackle her feet, so with a thirst for knowledge and an unwillingness to give up on our little paint mare I dove in head first.  From this grew a passion for hoof care and a career with unlimited learning possibilities. After graduating from the Tucson School of Horseshoeing and certification through the Brotherhood of Working  Farriers Association, my passion for knowledge and quantity hoof care grows stronger with every hoof.

Contact Info:   928.713.2667     brucegermain@gmail.com

Greg Robinson, Horse Trainer/Clinician/Working Cowboy

Participation Clinic:  Training for Ultimate Versatility

Clinic Topics: Training in the Triangle for Correct Horsemanship

                        Advancing your Horse out of the Snaffle

                        Suppling Your Horse to Achieve Master Horsemanship

I believe great horsemanship is universal.  It applies to every breed, every discipline and every rider.  In 2013 I took a mustang to Ft. Worth, Texas for the Mustang Million and rode him in Dressage, Free Style, Cow Work, Trail and Reining.  The smallest class had 49 entries.  We won money in every class including Reserve Champion in both Trail and Reining, with earnings of nearly $10,000.  The more important part of the story is that I put the 23rd ride on that horse at the show.  So, with less than 30 days of riding, this horse shined in every event.  I believe this shows that if you stick with a program focused on building softness and confidence in your horse that they will excel in everything.  My program is easy for horses and riders to understand.  Keeping patience as your best training tool you can achieve master horsemanship in a short amount of time.

Contact Info:  FaceBook sites:  Robinson Horsemanship or Greg Robinson 

                          Phone  619.438.4069

Jay Begaye, Artist, Drummer, Singer, Horseman

Clinic Topics:  The Importance of the Horse in Navajo Culture through Drawing and Song

                         Navajo Traditional Horse Training through Singing

Jay Begaye, who is Tabaaha (Water Edge clan) and born for Tsenjikini (Honey Combed Rock People/Cliff Dwellers People clan), is most known for his award-winning musical talents as a singer, drummer and songwriter.  Jay has won many awards for his music including NAMMYS, Indian Summer Music Awards, AFIM INDIE Awards and even a Grammy nomination.  He is a true innovator of traditional music sung in his own Navajo language.  He’s also an accomplished painter and sculptor.  He studied art at Yavapai College and won the Who’s Who Award for American Junior Colleges.  Jay has also at one point competed in rodeos.  Those closest to him know him as a horseman. 

When Jay was a little boy, maybe two or three years old, his mother, Glennabah Begaye, found him sitting quietly under one of her horses.  He was holding the horse’s back hoof by its hair.  Glennabah saw that little Jay was one of those people who knows horses and who is recognized by horses.  Glennabah was one of those who knew because horses surrounded her.  People in the area knew her for her breeding of Appaloosas.  Jay grew up riding horses with his mother and herding sheep on horseback.

“Back then I thought of horses as just horses but now I know they are like medicine, they are good blessings to all Indian Nations.” Dine’ warriors and medicine men always have sung to their horses.  Jay carries on this tradition passed down from his mother and uncle.

Jay said he sees how horses are treated today and it makes him think that Native people, including Navajo people, have forgotten how horses helped them move their camps, hunt, go to war, herd sheep, round up cattle and kept them alive.  Jay sees that people are not teaching the younger generation about horses.  Jay’s goal has been to teach and inspire young people to never be ashamed of whom they are, to never lose sight of their culture and the importance of the horse in the Native culture.

Contact Info:    JJB Horsemanship/Entertainment, AQHA Member/Breeder

                            505.977.4598      Jaybegaye@yahoo.com

Jennifer Nicolella, ARIA Instructor, Trainer, Reiki Master, Equine Massage Therapist, Animal Communicator

Clinic Topics:  Buying and Selling Horses with Success

                         Responsibility of Horse Ownership-Beyond the Basics

Jennifer Nicolella, owner of Bay Blue Farm, has been in the Verde Valley for 20 years. She is a certified ARIA Instructor, Trainer, Veterinary Technician, Equine Massage Therapist and Reiki Practitioner. Through her lesson and training programs, students gain a solid foundation in horsemanship and riding.
Learn to mentally, physically and emotionally evaluate your horse, so they can be the best they can be! Evaluating your horse will also assist you in seeing if your horse is at their peak performance and if they are in the best discipline for them and you!
Through communication we can connect with the horse to create a true partnership.
Bay Blue Farm offers: Lessons, Training, Sales, Clinics and Workshops
ALL services are available online as well as in-person. Check out our VIRTUAL programs today!

Barn: 928.634.0673

Cell:  928.301.1345

Linda Clark, RN, CNHP, Professional Bowen Practitioner - Bowenwork Naturally        

Clinic Topic:  A Holistic Approach to Balance & Harmony 

Linda has advanced training in Animal Bowen and has accumulated over 150 course hours in Equine Body Work.  She has seen firsthand the incredible benefits of Bowen for people and horses. The Bowen Technique uses a series of gentle, yet powerful moves, which accelerate healing by balancing and stimulating energy flow and circulation.  Bowen is beneficial in alleviating both acute and chronic pain and stress patterns by reducing chronic muscle tension, improving circulation, soothing joints, increasing flexibility, and relaxing the entire body, bringing it back into balance.  Linda is a Professional Bowen Practitioner with an office in Prescott.

Contact Info:  928.713.6406   www.bowenworknaturally.com

Paula Bausch, Horse Trainer, World Champion Mounted Shooter, Award Winning Barrel Racer
Participation  Clinic:  Barrel Racing Horsemanship                                     Learning Tools to give you and your horse a “tough” advantage 

Paula Bausch and her husband Brian train horses for a living, specializing in starting colts, training for rodeo events, reining, cow horse, mounted shooting and trick horses.   

Paula was a little girl competing in gymnastics in Wisconsin, before she pommelled into the saddle of a real horse by the age of 9. Not only did Paula spend all her time at the local horse boarding and training facility she began competing in Little Britches Rodeo, 4-H and horse shows.  Paula  started hauling her own horses to High School Rodeos, placing 5th overall in barrels and top ten in Breakaway Roping her first year.  Competing was now in Paula's blood.  Paula rode fast and competed on up to three personal horses a day, dodging the "age of boys" and achieving the title of Rodeo Queen.  Horses did more than achieve royalty for Paula, driving her through college where she earned her degree in Graphic Design. Her favorite horse is in her business name sake, Narley Art.  This gifted and highly educated woman is a free-lance artist and graphic designer. She continues to compete in roping, mounted shooting, trail, cow horse, barrel racing and has done trick riding in shows with her husband.  Paula holds numerous state, regional and world championships in mounted shooting, breakaway roping, EXCA and barrel racing.

Paula currently works with her husband Brian in Arizona, as High School Rodeo Coaches at Orme School. There they spend all their time Co-Directing the large horse facility and college prep classes, giving daily seminars in the school's professional rodeo facility.

Give Paula a call if you want to enjoy time with her in the arena learning her experience with horses, she is wonderfully willing to share with anybody in spite of her busy schedule of throwing around two kids of her own, 3 & 5 years old, over #800 of hay and instructing young horses and riders.
Contact Info:  602.427.8176      paulabausch@yahoo.com

Dr. Rich Fisher, D.V.M., Licensed Equine Dentist, Member AVMA, IAED, AAEP      

Clinic Topic:  Equine Dentistry 

Rich Fisher, D.V.M., grew up in Montana.  Thirty years ago he was floating teeth without sedation, using hand tools.  Horse’s teeth have always fascinated him.  In 1985, Rich graduated from CSU Veterinary School and worked as a small animal veterinarian in Arizona and Montana. 

Five years ago Dr. Fisher began studying the advances in knowledge and equipment which have allowed more effective care of the horse’s mouth.  He continually learns from the horses he treats, from dental technicians and veterinarians, from members of the International Association of Equine Dentistry (IAED), the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and from conferences, workshops and books.  He enjoys gaining and sharing knowledge which in turn benefits the horse. 

Dr. Fisher’s dental equine practice is mobile throughout Arizona from the town of New River as well as continuing to work in Montana.

Contact Info:  Fisher Equine Dentistry     928.710.8811     www.Fischerequinedentistry.com

Ron McLoughlin, Owner/Clinician, McLoughlin Horse Handling Clinics

                                Head Instructor Classical Stock Seat School of Arizona

Clinic Topics: Understanding and Using Bits

                        Benefits of Hind End Work-Work on 360’s, Roll-Aways, Same & Outs

                        Hard Mouthed and Heavy Handed-What to Do?

                        The Balanced Stop

                        Working in Hand-Turn on the Forehand, Leg Yields and Lateral Maneuvers

Ron McLoughlin is a widely-respected international clinician who has conducted over 885 clinics and worked with thousands of students in the United States and Europe.  He teaches a humane and versatile lateral system of training, the Foreman-McLoughlin system, focusing on the horse’s footwork and using the maneuvers of the Basic Handle.  This is accomplished with a classical approach to riding instruction and horse training.  Ron has been passionate about horses and about working with people who handle horses, for over 50 years.  He has imparted the skills necessary to becoming a rider to each student, and is enjoyed by many for his insightful instruction and witty teaching style.  In addition to his 3 day clinics for riders of all skill levels and disciplines, he conducts regional workshops, resident short courses and educational demonstrations and seminars.  He has worked with many organizations such as the US Border Patrol mounted division, regional mounted patrol and search & rescue teams, and schools with equestrian programs.  He has produced a series of educational equine DVDs and audio work-out CDs for horse and rider, and writes horse articles for publications.  He currently runs a 501 C 3 riding school as head instructor, aimed at students wishing to become top riding instructors and trainers.

Classical Stock Seat School of Arizona (CSSSA)

P.O. Box 599 Pearce, Arizona 85625

Contact Info:    email: csssa@ClassicalStockSeat.org    Phone: (520) 384-3889

Julia Lynn-Elias, DVM, Southwest Regional Director of AERC    
Clinic Topics:  Endurance Riding-Can You and Your Horse Go the Distance?                          How to Get Ready for an Endurance Ride

Dr. Lynn-Elias attended the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine and practiced in several areas before joining Kachina Animal Hospital, then acquired the practice in 2003.  Always a horse lover, and a long time rider, Julia began endurance riding.  She has ridden 16,000 miles in competition, including nine 100 mile rides, one of which was the famous Tevis Cup Endurance Ride.  Of those 100 mile rides, she has one first place finish and a Best in Condition—a coveted honor among endurance riders.  Julia currently serves as a Southwest Regional Director of the American Endurance Ride Conference and the Chair of the Welfare of the horse Committee. 

Contact Info:   azendurancerider@gmail.com or www.aerc.org 

Bob Grant, Professional Horseman, Trainer
Clinic Topic: Introduction to Versatility Ranch Horse

Bob was raised in Evergreen Colorado, upon graduation he moved to Nevada for a cowboy job. Bob worked on several ranches in Nevada, California and Oregon, (including the famous ZX Ranch) before ending up at Babbitt Ranches north of Flagstaff where he managed the Well Camp for several years. Love of the cowboy culture and lifestyle was ingrained in him as a youth, being a working cowboy solidified his appreciation for a solid, well conformed, all around horse that excels at any task asked of him. This background and experience has naturally lead to the love and appreciation of all cow horse events, Bob professionally trains and shows Versatility Ranch Horses, Reined Cow Horses and Cutting horses.

Bob and his wife Becky now own and operate Anchor Cross Ranch, a 60 acre full service training and boarding facility nestled next to the Verde River in Camp Verde, AZ. The emphasis of our training program is to promote horsemanship to riders of all levels through fun and education of Versatility Ranch Horse. Our program is for riders of all abilities, from beginner to advanced.  The common element is a love for horses, and the desire to improve horsemanship and showmanship.

Bob and Becky introduced Versatility Ranch Horse Clinics and Competitions to Arizona in 2008 by producing 3-4 NVRHA events per year and ultimately formed Arizona Versatility Ranch Horse Association in 2010. Due to the ever increasing popularity of “Ranch Horse” classes and events, in 2014 Arizona Versatility Ranch Horse Association joined forces with Golden State Versatility Ranch Horse Association (CA) to form a new “parent” organization, Western States Versatility Ranch Horse Association. Information concerning Versatility Ranch Horse Events in Arizona can be found at www.AzVRHA.org and www.WSVRHA.com.

We invite people to come to ACR for a lesson, bring the horse they have, and just start having fun… but be warned working cows can be addictive.

Contact Info:    www.AnchorCrossRanch.com        928.853.6183

Vicki Hawkins, Certified Infrared Thermographer

Clinic Topic:  Thermscan Thermal Imaging Demonstration/Discussion 

Vicki Hawkins has been involved with horses for over a decade and involved with Thermal Imaging for five years.  Her interest in Thermal Imaging began when her reining horse had an injury that was difficult to identify and diagnose.  She has attended multiple Equine Thermal Imaging courses and is on-course to become a Certified Infrared Thermographer in March 2015.   She lives in the Litchfield Park, Arizona, with her husband, dog, and two horses. Vicki rides horses for pleasure and competes locally and nationally in Reining and Ranch Horse Pleasure.   

Clinic Topic:  Thermal Imaging, or Infrared imaging as it is commonly referred to, has many uses for both the competitive and pleasure rider.  It is a non-invasive visual tool to verify saddle fit and rider balance, view hoof balance and identify abscess location, as well as a host of other applications.  Thermal Imaging is a tool for a wide variety of situations including preventative maintenance; monitoring recovery processes, and isolate problems to prevent serious issues.  The imaging process uses special cameras to measure thermal energy emitted from an object and map the energy or temperature to colors representing different temperatures.  Temperatures are reviewed and asymmetrical “hot” and “cold” areas can be identified.  Temperature differences can indicate an issue long before the horse indicates there is a problem.  Thermal Imaging is not a substitute for Veterinary care and can be used alone or in conjunction with Veterinary care as a complementary modality.

Contact Info:    Hawkins Thermal Imaging (Thermscan affiliate)

                            arizonaequine@cox.net        602.741.6961

Dave Rowland- Rio Verde Saddlery           
Clinic Topic:  How to Recognize the Quality and Safety in a Saddle 

Dave is the owner of Rio Verde Saddlery in Camp Verde.  Renowned for his beautiful and solid custom leather craftsmanship, Dave creates quality leather goods, tack and saddles.  Dave is also an expert in his field for meticulously fitting saddles to the horse.   

Contact Info:  928.567.0427

Kijla Hardesty,  Professional Horsewoman

Clinic Topic:  Hackamore Basics 

Kijla Hardesty has been making a living riding horses for the past seventeen years.  She has spent time working on ranches, starting colts and running a pack string in the wilderness.  Kijla is a current member of the California Bridle Horse Association, as well as the Arizona Ranch Roping Association. The focus has been on using traditional methods of horsemanship to preserve sensitivity and softness.   To communicate clearly with your horse, you should look first at yourself and find how to better present your ideas. 

Contact Info:  719.349.0165

Lisa Ross-Williams, Natural Horse Care Consultant, Author, Publisher/Editor in Chief

Clinic Topic:  What is a Holistic Approach to Horse Care  

Just as many people have turned to a more holistic and healthy lifestyle for themselves, their horses too are benefiting from this balanced awareness. Horses today are viewed more as companions or members of the family rather than beasts of burden, and horse guardians/caretakers are realizing it’s important to allow horses to be “horses”. It is essential to fulfill their basic biological and psychological needs as a whole or holistically; the way they are kept, fed, cared for, worked with, and related to needs to align with their equine nature as much as possible. 

Lisa will briefly outline the main principles of a holistic horse care approach.

Lisa Ross-Williams is a natural horse care consultant and host of the If Your Horse Could Talk webcast available at www.naturalhorsetalk.com. She has completed the Basic Veterinary Homeopathy course through the British Institute of Homeopathy, holds a degree in Environmental Plant Science, and is an Equine Iridology Technician. Lisa is the Publisher/Editor-In-Chief of Natural Horse Magazine and the author of the award winning book, Down-To-Earth Natural Horse Care available at www.down-to-earthnhc.com. Lisa is also the co-creator of Equi-Spirit Toys & Tools, www.equi-spirit-toys.com www.naturalhorse.com www.naturalhorsetalk.com 

Contact info:  lisa@naturalhorsetalk.com

Lanny Leach, Professional Horseman, Clinician, 2015 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Judge, 2013 Az.   Horseman’s Challenge Champion

Participation Clinic:  Demystifying Lateral Movement, Leg Yields and Side Passing


Clinic Topics:  How to Ride Better

                          Buying the Right Horse and Hiring the Right Trainer

Lanny Leach comes from true American ranching stock. His great grandfather, grandfather and father all homesteaded and managed cattle ranches in Nebraska. At age 2 Lanny started riding, he broke his first horse at 12, and won several All Around Cowboy titles during high school rodeo.

In his early 20’s Lanny already owned and managed his own cattle ranch. Along with cattle ranching full time, he was starting and training his horses for cattle work and wagon team work. 

Lanny’s style of horsemanship involves 7 principles: knowledge, patience, preparation, planning, consistency, repetition, and change. He credits his Dad, Wilford, as his mentor.

A move to Arizona in 2003 shifted more of Lanny’s time to working with horses; at one point he managed more than 5 dozen horses. His success starting young horses and resolving issues with “problematic” horses led to the growth of his horse training business. His son Logan, would later join him based out of the Tanque Verde Stables in Tucson. Soon after, they added clinics and seminars to their services.

It was at this time Lanny and Logan began competing in the Extreme Mustang Makeover events. Lanny has qualified for 7 EMM finals across the USA. 

In 2011 Lanny relocated to Texas while Logan launched his own business in Colorado (then Nebraska). Lanny continued offering clinics throughout the Southwest and began to concentrate on “difficult to train” horses and starting horses that had never been under saddle.

In 2013 he competed in the Arizona Horsemanship Challenge, a colt starting competition at which he received the first place buckle. He also received the prestigious George Gregory True Grit Memorial award at the 2013 Mustang Million competition in Fort Worth.

Lanny spent 2014 based in southern Arizona where he trained horses, gave lessons and conducted clinics. He also served as a judge in the 2014 Arizona Horsemanship Challenge. Throughout the year he participated in the Colt Starting Challenge USA program, finishing 2nd at the National Finals held in Las Vegas in December.                                   

In late 2014 Lanny was contacted about serving as the training advisor for nearly 200 horses at the Montgomery Creek Ranch wild horse sanctuary in northern California.  He will spend the first part of 2015 at the 2,000 acre facility, establishing a formal training program and training several of the wild horses for adoption.

In addition to horse training, Lanny is a noted cow dog trainer.  He guarantees his dogs will always show up on time and sober!

Contact Info:  520.591.2494   kjleach2004@yahoo.com  Lannyleachhorsemanship.com

Thomas Clover, Horse Trainer, 2014 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion, 2015 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Judge

Clinic Topic:  Key Components for a Solid Foundation 

Thomas Clover was born and raised in the mountains of Wyoming.  His family has been involved in the outfitting business in and around Jackson Hole for more than three generations.  Being in a packing family is much more than going on trial rides.  This is where Thomas first started getting on green and unbroken horses.  It was very common to hear “we got a couple new ones; not sure their story but you should jump on them and see if they are going to fit in with the outfit.”  On the same note, taking care of a large heard of horses that spends most of its time wondering around open country will quickly teach a person how to work with their stock to accomplish their tasks.  It was this early backcountry horsemanship experience that truly instilled a love of horses.  It is purely just you and your horses.

After graduating from college with a degree in wildlife ecology, Thomas decided to pursue training colts and see where that would go.  The seasonal changes in Wyoming make this a difficult thing to do year round; so after several years Thomas found himself drifting to Tucson to find work for the winter riding.  He has now been in southern Arizona for three years working for himself as well as for the Bandalero Ranch, a breeding/training facility that specializes in reined cow horses. 

His horsemanship centers itself around the understanding of communication between the human and the horse.  If a horse understands what the person wants, most often he will do exactly what we want.  On the other hand if we understand how our actions and energy are perceived by the horse we will be able understand how the horse will respond to our work with them.  These principles are necessary weather we are starting performance horses or pleasure horses; Quarter Horses or Clydesdales; western or English disciplines.  With this foundation a horse has the potential to go any direction because the basis for understanding is there. 

Contact Info:  307.231.0126

Chelsie Kallestad, Natural Horsemanship Clinician/Instructor

Clinic Topics:  Obstacle Training and Desensitizing for ACTHA Using Gypsy Horses

                          Obstacle Demonstration and Training Techniques for ACTHA Using Gypsy Horses

                          Demonstration and Training for Liberty and Bridleless Riding with Obstacles Using Gypsy Horses

Hi!  My name is Chelsie Kallestad.  I am a Natural Horsemanship Clinician and Instructor, and I appear internationally offering Natural Horsemanship Clinics, Private Lessons, and Training.  I can even come to your home! 

I have developed a gentle Natural Horsemanship program called “Chelsie Natural Horsemanship.”  The principles of my program are based on 5 Components: Lightness, Politeness, Patience, Consistency, and Confidence in Both People and Horses." 

1:   Lightness:  Be as light as possible and never fight the horse.

2:  Politeness:  Always try to be polite so as to never make your horse feel wrong, insulted, or unwilling.

3:  Patience:   Always have patience so as not to get angry or frustrated when working with horses.

4:   Consistency:   Consistency is Key.

5:  Confidence:   You need confidence to learn, and you need to build confidence in your horse.

I have developed this program because I believe that horses are wonderful creatures that are often misunderstood.  It has been my lifelong passion to play with horses, learn how to communicate with them, and help other humans improve their relationships with their own horses.  It is my sincere hope that we can, through our dedication to this cause, make the world a better place for horses, and the people who love them.  The bases for these methods are love, trust, confidence, fun, and mutual respect and understanding.

In addition to extensive horsemanship studies, I have also learned how to effectively teach and communicate with humans.  I love to help people overcome their own obstacles, such as low self-esteem, physical limitations, or lack of confidence.  This is why I always work to create a learning environment in which my students feel safe, relaxed, and free to express themselves.  I never pressure my students to do anything they are not comfortable with.  I have also learned that one method does not work for every horse or every human.  Patience and imagination are key. 

My ideal students are passionate about horses, want to learn a better way, want to develop a relationship with their horse, build confidence, and. have fun! 

Contact Info:   info@ChelsieNaturalHorsemanship.com      928.713.3468





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