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ARIZONA HORSEMAN’S CHALLENGE

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April 19, 20, and 21, 2019

2017 All Rights Reserved Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo
Jessica Leifson, Show N Color Performance Horses Clinic Title: Confidence Building for the Trail: Getting your horse trail ready by showing them they can succeed. Having been on a horse since before I could walk, sitting a horse just came natural to me. I started my riding career in the Western Pleasure world learning equitation and trail class. I then transitioned some to the roping world, working the horses before and after for the cowboys. After that I started training for people and giving riding lessons. In college I carried flags for the local PRCA rodeo. Over the years I have done some adventurous trail rides, including taking a week to cross the Mojave Desert when I was 8! I have recently been really starting to explore the Superstition Mountains and am loving it. I also barrel race with my 5year old daughter for fun! Contact information: 760-617-5057 also on Facebook
Randy Helm, Horse Trainer, Helm Horsemanship, 2019 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Judge Ride with the Expert Participation Clinic: Confident Safe Riding (for you and your horse) Clinic Objective: In this clinic you will learn: The importance of ground work Being the leader Knowledge is power Communicating effectively The huge difference between "riding" and "sitting on a horse going places" Routines to help you develop consistency and bond with your horse Knowing when and when not to push your horse How to relax and have fun. Randy Helm has been training wild horses for over 20 years and is the supervisor of the wild horse inmate program at Florence State Prison in Florence Arizona. The prison has over 700 horses and provides training for the U.S. Border patrol, ranches, individuals and law enforcement agencies. Randy’s great grandfather was an Arizona pioneer settling in the Prescott area in the later 1800’s. He was raised in Cottonwood Arizona and graduated from Mingus Union High School. After 4 years in the United States Air Force he became a police officer and undercover narcotics officer in Arlington Texas. Randy graduated from Southwestern Assembly of God University in Waxahachie Texas and served as a pastor for 30 years. In addition to the wild horse inmate program at Arizona State Prison, Randy travels extensively with his horse doing clinics and cowboy churches at rodeo’s and equestrian events. He provides demonstrations regularly for disabled youth, veterans and community functions on the subject of “Life’s Lessons from Horses” and is an annual speaker and clinician at Country Thunder in Arizona using a horse as an illustration. Randy and the prison inmate program have been featured in local and national news and documentaries including ABC, NBC, Fox news and USA Today. Contact Information: Randy Helm – Program Manager Wild Horse and Burro Inmate Program Arizona State Prison, Florence Az. 602-448-5019
Travis Lyons, Horse Trainer, 2017/2018 Az. HC Champion, 2019 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Judge Karson Jackson, Horse Trainer, KJackson Horses Clinic Title: In the Practice Pen with Barrel Horses Clinic Objective: it’s not always speed that makes a horse consistent, in this clinic I will demonstrate what I do to keep my finished horses consistent, and what drills I do to start a green horse on the pattern. Travis Lyons Travis Lyons grew up in the Verde Valley and currently lives in Cornville, AZ. with his wife and three children. A man of many talents; Travis grew up playing sports, hunting AZ Big Game species, active in the Mingus Union FFA program, and competing in rough stock and roping events in the Arizona Junior and High school rodeos. After graduating high school, Travis pursed further education at the American School of Equine Dentistry. Travis has spent countless hours training and learning from his mentors, developing his own method and strategies for breaking colts and working with problem horses. Travis never passes up the opportunity to be in the saddle, whether he is working on one of many ranches, competing in roping and rodeo events, packing horses in the mountains, or simply going on a family trail ride. Currently Travis works full time as a hunting guide, horse farrier, Equine Dental Technician, Curicyn Ambassador, trains and breaks working and performance horses, as well as gives horsemanship lessons. Travis is also the President of the Verde Valley Fair Arena Board where he donates his time to produce local rodeo events and promote youth involvement in rodeo. Travis first competed in the 2013 Arizona Horseman's Challenge and received Reserve Champion, and again in 2017 winning the Champion title. He went on to compete in the 2018 Az. Horseman’s Challenge of the Champions and was able to secure the champion title. We are honored to have Travis join us in 2019 as an Az. Horseman’s Challenge judge. Karsen Jackson I am the owner of KJackson Horses, a business that tunes up, exercises, and starts horses for myself as well as other people. I also buy, sell, or trade horses that I feel have the potential to become good stock for myself with the confidence that they will be well trained for potential buyers. I started riding when I was 5 years old in local events. At 10 years of age I competed in and won the title of Verde Valley Fair Arena Queen and the consecutive year. My main barrel horse, Cooper and I have won numerous competitions in open races and rodeos in the 1D and 2D placings. I do my own training and groundwork, up to the first ride, to finishing them in a variety of disciplines. Currently, I own 3 of my own horses. One I made from a yearling, and the other two I compete on. I’m also training and working with a handful of horses that belong to clients. Contact Information: 928-821-0332 KJacksonhorses@gmail.com FB: KJackson Horses
Beth Moon, Horse Trainer, JMB Oasis Ranch Clinic Title: Common Sense Horsemanship: Obstacles and Desensitization Clinic Objective: Learn to use obstacles and desensitization to build a better relationship with your horse 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. Beth has been giving riding lessons and starting young horses ever since. The philosophy at JMB Oasis Ranch is "Common Sense Horsemanship" teaching students from the ground up with a "Start with the Basics" program that puts an emphasis on safety. JMB Oasis Ranch also proudly stands JMB Circuit Preacher an AQHA/FQHA cremello stallion. Contact Information: phone or text 480-247-0682 oasisranch@gmail.com www.jmboasisranch.com
Adam M. Trenk, Attorney Clinic Title: Liability in the Equine Industry Clinic Objective: Mr. Trenk will address the fundamentals of ARS 12-553 and its practical application as a professional horseman. Adam M. Trenk practices in the areas of public policy, zoning, aviation, equine and business law, and works as a strategist consulting across multiple industries on matters of government relations and corporate development. Mr. Trenk attended Arizona State University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship from the W.P. Carey School of Business (2005). After graduating he launched a career in real estate, working for the real estate investment firm and then branched out on his own as a real estate property asset consultant, while investing in and managing his own investment properties and pursuing his education. Adam went on to earn a Master of Real Estate Development (2007) and then his Juris Doctorate (2010) from Arizona State University. In law school, Adam built his curriculum around alternative dispute resolution and real property law. Adam has been active in his community, serving as a board member for the Cave Creek Merchant’s Chamber of Commerce and sitting on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee to the Town Council prior to making a run for a Council seat himself. Adam was first elected to hold a seat on the Cave Creek Council while he was in law school in 2009 and served as Vice Mayor from 2013 to 2015. In 2014, recognizing a threat to the helicopter tourism industry in the Greater New York City area, Adam worked to establish the Helicopters Tourism & Jobs Council (http://helicoptertourism.com), organizing industry stakeholders and coordinating a lobbying effort and public relations campaign to ensure the continued viability of the helicopter operators in and around New York City. Adam continues to serve as the executive director of the HTJC today. Trenk’s work in local government, his experiences practicing as an attorney, and his efforts to develop and preserve business interests in the aviation sector give him a unique perspective. He is able to navigate complex regulatory schemes and negotiate to add value in legislative affairs and transactional matters. Adam recognizes the importance of giving back to his community. He has been active with the Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex- Racehorses (https://www.canterusa.org/), a 501c3 that rehabilitates and rehomes horses off the track. Furthermore, recognizing the importance of education and supporting the industry that helped him develop his work ethic, Trenk serves on the Advisory Board for the Scottsdale Community College Equine Science Program (https://www.scottsdalecc.edu/programs/equine-science). Adam Trenk has been a lifelong western horsemanship enthusiast. Throughout high school and college, he spent several summers as an apprentice horse trainer in Montana and Idaho. Today he lives in Cave Creek, AZ on his own small horse ranch. His equine law practice includes servicing the wide- ranging legal needs of the equestrian industry, giving him an opportunity to blend the subject matters of his personal passions with his profession. Adam has been with the Rose Law Group since 2010 and was named partner in 2018. Contact Information: Adam M. Trenk, Esq., Rose Law Group 7144 E Stetson Drive, Suite 300, Scottsdale Arizona 85251 Direct: 480.240.5647 Mobile: 602.402.3335 roselawgroup.com
Brandy Stevenson, Horse Trainer, 2019 Arizona Horseman’s Challenge Competitor Clinic Title: Effective Leadership Brandy was born and raised in the last frontier: Alaska. Hard work and self-sufficiency were not just values, but a way of life. Her parents, Bill and Kelly, operate a tourist business at the Matanuska Glacier. Her younger years were spent helping with the family business and playing hockey. Brandy graduated valedictorian of her senior class. She played hockey internationally culminating in her team wining the Arctic Winter Games. Surrounded by horses her whole life it wasn't until a horse named Briscoe that her journey with horsemanship began. Bucked off, bit, and dragged Brandy started attending clinics with the big, thoroughbred gelding. As her knowledge grew so did her passion for horses. This lead her to pursue a job with 4-time Road to the Horse world champion Chris Cox. Brandy was selected from hundreds of applicants to travel to Texas with 10 other candidates to battle for an apprenticeship with the renowned horseman. After 4 years of dedication and hard work Brandy is the only person to have ever graduated from Chris's apprenticeship program. She is a Chris Cox certified instructor. She now travels the country sharing her knowledge of horsemanship.
Rene Noriega, Founder and Owner of EquiStride Integrative Therapy Clinic Title (Friday): Muscle and Skeleton Working in Harmony Clinic Objective: To introduce the Wilson-Meagher Institute’s Sports Massage methodology. Clinic Title (Saturday): Whole Body Balance and Neurological Effect on the Muscle. Clinic Objective: Observe and palpate your horse to locate, identify and address issues that are out of/or in need of balancing in order to maximize the overall performance ability, health and quality of life for your horse. As an Equine Bodyworker for the last 16 years, I have attended a number of schools, seminars and certification courses to help keep me current and proficient in this line of work. I’ve worked on a myriad of horses, from the smallest pygmy mini to some of the largest draft and warmblood horses. My experience has afforded me the opportunity to work on horses from all walks of life. From your retired “backyard” horse to some of the most elite competition horses in the Rodeo world to the Dressage and Hunter Jumper world. My work has taken me to numerous places throughout the United States and internationally throughout Latin America and Canada. My primary focus in working on your horse is in identifying the cause (source) of pain or discomfort and applying hands on techniques through mild hands on applications, Range of Motion Exercises, Flexion and Mild Traction. Locating and addressing the pain allows for me to alleviate stress and pressure on the horse, thus restoring it back to its normal state of balance and performance ability. Pain causes anxiety, anxiety causes a fight or flight response. And all of this causes issues in the horse’s willingness to perform the tasks you ask of it. As a practitioner, my responsibility is to the horse, first and foremost and then naturally to the owner. My training and experience give me the opportunity as a practitioner to give a horse the greatest opportunity to regain its confidence and to perform at its peak levels. One should keep in mind that when you notice changes that are not “normal” for your horse, such as attitude, performance and/or physical changes, then chances are good your horse will need some attention by a trained and certified professional. Equine Massage Therapy (Equinology, Inc.) Petaluma, CA Advanced Equine Massage Techniques (Equinology, Inc.) Petaluma, CA Certified Equine Body Worker (Equinology, Inc.) Petaluma, CA Equine Sports Medicine and Science (Cal Poly) Pomona, CA Understanding Farrier Science & Current Trends (University of Pennsylvania-Bolton Center) Philadelphia, PA Understanding Equine Dentistry and Balance in the Mouth (Equinology, Inc.) Petaluma, CA Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine (Cal Poly) Pomona, CA Clinical Reasoning for the Equine Health Care Professional (Dr. Kerry Ridgway) Petaluma, CA Equine Dissection and Anatomy (Michigan State University) Equine Biomechanics/Movement of the Horse (Michigan State University) Equine Body Balance (Dr. Kerry Ridgway) Aiken, SC Equine Saddle Fit (Dr. Kerry Ridgway) Aiken, SC Equine Kinetic Tape Practitioner (Kinesio University) Albuquerque, NM Myofascial Release and Cranio Sacral Mobilization (Ruth Mitchell-Golladay) Roanoke, VA Equine Kinetic Tape Practitioner (Rock Tape) Sacramento, CA Equine Neuro Kinetic Therapy (Dr. David Wienstock) San Rafael, CA Wilson-Meagher Institute, Camden, Maine Insured through Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (Practitioner) Registered with the Arizona Corporation Commission Incorporated in the State of Arizona Tax ID and DUNS/SAM Registration Numbers available upon request Contact Information: 520-490-8125 e-mail: equistride@yahoo.com
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Jody Swink, Jody Swink’s No Sweat Natural Horsemanship, Founder/Director Az. Horseman’s Challenge Clinic Title: (Friday) Colt Starting Hour 1 Clinic Title: (Saturday) Colt Starting Hour 2 Clinic Title: (Sunday) Colt Starting Hour 3 Clinic Objective: Jody will break down how to build a solid foundation in an easy and simple way. 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 seventh 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 Information: 602-330-4917 jswinknosweat@q.com
Petra Christensen, Red Horse Solutions, LLC Clinic Title (Friday): Understanding Your Horse Clinic Objective: It's the little details we often overlook in our daily interactions that make all the difference! Learn how to read your horse's body language so you AND your horse can be happy, safe & have fun TOGETHER! Take my WholeHearted Communication Guide home for free to continue your learning at home. Clinic Title (Sunday): Creating a Clean Slate Clinic Objective: Discover the 4 Stumbling Blocks that keep you from creating Genuine Connection with your horse - and learn 12 Solutions everybody can apply to create instant, positive change! Take my WholeHearted Communication Guide home for free to continue your learning at home. Horses can be our teachers when we are willing to listen. Horses can help us grow and prosper - and we can do the same for them, by putting GENUINE CONNECTIONS above all, with our Horse, our Self and Others. I grew up in Germany as a horse crazy kid in a non-horsey family. Even at an early age I realized that traditional horsemanship was in general about control and dominance instead of finding understanding and lightness in communication. I turned to alternative training methods and founded a natural boarding facility while learning vital success strategies in my parents’ business. In my late 20’s I came to the US because I had a dream: I wanted to make a positive difference for horses and humans. I also wanted to live closer to nature and in a less crowded environment… Along the journey, life threw in a few boulders and mountains to climb… at one point, we lost everything we had. We brushed off our scraped knees and started from scratch. While the new business grew exponentially, my health failed. I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis, an autoimmune dis-ease where the lining of the bladder dissolves. My health issues sent me on a quest to fix what needed to be fixed, to learn how to say NO, to find my wholistic balance and, in the end, happiness. Relationships that no longer served dissolved, and new ones were found. My horses were my teachers, and I fulfilled my dream of becoming a certified Natural Horsemanship Instructor and Insight Inventory™ Coach. Then my mom had a stroke, and I spent the last 4 weeks of her life at her bedside. While doing so, I took another hard look at what I wanted to achieve in my life. What was it that I wanted to do and be? What was working for myself and my horses, and what was not? I concluded that I just wanted to be “me”. No strings attached. Nobody - except my horses to tell me what I could or could not teach. I resigned and created my own program, GENUINE CONNECTIONS. It is my love for life and creatures of all kind, including humans, that brought me to wanting to make a difference for horses and humans alike. It’s my story that has enabled me to become a solution finder & puzzle solver. GENUINE CONNECTIONS has four Building Blocks: Provide: Natural Horse Habitat™ Create: Healthy Physiology Refine: WholeHearted Communication Understand: Fearless Insight These 4 Building Blocks of GENUINE CONNECTIONS create the solid foundation for a relationship built on trust, honor and confidence between horse and human. A foundation that will allow us to experience lasting harmony in our lives. Life isn’t always easy, but it’s always what we make of it. I am here to support YOU and YOUR HORSE on your journey to your optimal potential - in HorseManShip as well as EveryDayLife! Contact Information: 520-600-8110 Email: magic@petrachristensen.com Website: www.PetraChristensen.com
Dawnna Ybarra, Equine Gestalt Practitioner, Hatahlii Connection, LLC Clinic Title: Unlocking Your Potential Clinic Objective: Clinician will demonstrate how the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method helps individuals unlock their unhealthy painful patterns and step into awareness of their true authentic self. I am a fifth generation Arizonan who lives in Winslow. Growing up around horses, I didn't develop my horsemanship skills until I was an adult with horses of my own. I studied with mentors such as Ed Thornton (John Lyons), Linda Green (Pat Parelli), Mike Bridges (Vaquero style) as well as learned techniques from Pete Ramey and Jaime Jackson. Through these invaluable resources, I became passionate about having a partnership with the whole horse in a natural way. With the help of a wild mustang named Little Man, I was able to develop my horsemanship skills into what they are today. I currently help horse owners learn how to better communicate and understand their equine partners. I also founded the Equine Gestalt Coaching business "Hatahlii Connection, LLC” where my horses and I work together to help individuals find peace with the wounds of their heart so they can be the person they were meant to be. I work with agencies such as Veterans Choice Connection, HeartMath Institute, Lifeline Christian Mission, Alice's Place, and the local First Responders in reaching individuals who can benefit from my services. My horses and I also enjoy giving demonstrations, facilitating workshops, and giving talks about the importance of horses in the healing process. Contact Information: 928-587-0948 dawnna@hatahliiconnection.com www.hatahliiconnection.com
Art of Horsemanship: Clinicians: Tessa Nicolet and Rudy Lara Clinic Title: Creating Awareness, Harmony and Lightness for a Refined and Versatile Horse and Rider Clinic Objective: Clinicians will teach staying creative and interesting in our horsemanship creating awareness and Intension for refined horsemanship. Tessa Nicolet focuses on building relationships between horses and humans on the ground and in the saddle. Tessa uses natural horsemanship philosophies and concepts to build a strong foundation in horses and people that can be applied to any discipline. Tessa has studied and worked with Eitan Beth-Halachmy and Linda Parelli. In 2018 Tessa earned open High Point Grand Champion on the Challenge court at Cowboy Dressage World Finals as well as open Reserve Grand Champion in Walk Jog, Partnership, and Liberty divisions. Tessa is also a Level 1 Cowboy Dressage clinician. Rudy Lara combines classical riding and traditions of vaquero horsemanship to develop a versatile, talented, confident, trusting horse. Rudy’s horsemanship is centered on benefiting the horse from the ground up using concepts of biomechanics to properly develop horses mentally, emotionally, and physically for any discipline. Rudy focuses on putting the relationship with the horse first. Rudy has trained and worked with Jack Brainard, Eitan Beth-Halachmy, Dennis Reis, and Buck Brannaman. He has competed in Cowboy Dressage World Finals showcasing freestyle to music working with La Garrocha and earned 7th in 2015 and 4th in 2018 in Top Hand. Contact Information: artofhorsemanshipAZ@gmail.com
Jay Begaye, JJB Horsemanship and Entertainment Clinic Title: Traditional Navajo Horse Healing and Training Clinic Objective: Jay will discuss the use of traditional medicinal healing herbs as well as the use of song and dance in the healing and training of horses in the Navajo tradition. 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 Information: 505-977-4598 Jaybegaye@yahoo.com
Dr. Debra Freiberg, DVM, Healing Hands Equine Services Clinic Title: How Do I Know my Horse is in Pain Before He Goes Lame? Clinic Title: Beyond Basic Chiropractic Dr. Debra Freiberg graduated from Ohio State University Veterinary Medical College and started exploring holistic therapies in 1993. In her current practice, Healing Hands Equine, Dr. Debra's Mission is to Help Animals Live Healthier Lives through a Holistic Approach That Addresses the Physical, Mental, and Emotional Root Causes of Problems. She utilizes medical manipulation therapies, nutritional therapy, acupuncture and horsemanship dentistry. Her passion at home is also horses. She and her husband, Walt, compete in endurance competitions. Dr. Debra and her Missouri Fox Trotter, Playboy’s Desert Reign are the 2018 AERC National Limited Distance champions as well as receiving several other national awards for their accomplishments. Contact Information: 480-788-1617 www.healinghandsequine.com
Cliff Schadt Jr., Professional Horseman, Clinician Ride with the Experts Participation Clinic: Bending Your Horse to Straightness and Balance Clinic Objective: Learn to use bending and body control to help horses gain a better sense of balance as well ad straightness while utilizing simple drills. Born and raised in the farmland of eastern Long Island, Cliff’s earliest memories are of horses, “they’ve always been a part of my life and at some point, the lines between life and horses just seemed to merge”. As a second-generation horseman in his family, Cliff has made a lifelong career with horses. He knew as young as 4 years of age that he wanted to be a cowboy, this passion drove Cliff to make the decision to home school his last two years of high school in order to head west and further his education both with horses and ranching. Over the next fifteen years Cliff made his way throughout the west cowboying in Oregon, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, Texas, Missouri and Florida. It was on this journey that Cliff met and worked with many great cowboys and horseman from which he took the many lessons they shared and used them to hone his craft and style of horsemanship. Cliff’s approach to horsemanship is based on leadership, empathy and common sense; his goal with each horse regardless of breed or discipline is for the horse to possess self-carriage, balance, collection and confidence. Cliff believes that by developing the mind as well as the body, one can create a willing partnership, this all begins with trust through leadership. Currently, Cliff Schadt is co-owner of Alamar Equine along with legendary Grand Prix jumper rider Candice King. This unique mix of western principles and tradition coupled with modern showjumping makes for a program capable of taking a young house from its first ride to attaining success at the top of the showjumping sport. Besides developing young jumpers, Cliff has a busy clinic schedule as well as developing and showing Cowhorses. In Cliff’s own words he sums up his life long career and passion for horses “I’m truly blessed to be able to wake up every day and make a living doing what I love, for all I do for horses they give back to me tenfold”.
Monique "Wylde" Williams, Arizona Burro Racing Lead, Wylde (\,,/) Arizona Burros & DonkEventures Clinic Title: Introducing the Sport of Pack Burro Racing & DonkeyCross to Arizona Clinic Objective: The Clinician will discuss PBR and DonkeyCross training and handling tips geared toward preparing for the upcoming Arizona Inaugural Burro Race in Superior, AZ on October 12th As an Equine Ecologist and Arizona Native; with a deep appreciation for the Sonoran Desert and the history of our state; Monique was born to eventually discover her love of Arizona's burros. From the day she brought BLM Burro Luna Blue (Black Mountain HMA) home from the BLM Florence Holding Facility, she has been on the journey of a lifetime with a little blue burro as her guide and mentor. Burros (Equus assinus) originated in the deserts of North Africa. They were brought to the New World originally by Spanish Missionaries and used widely by miners and ranchers in the early days of Arizona statehood. As a desert-adapted animal, burros have thrived in the Sonoran Desert, making Arizona the largest producer of wild burros in the US. Through their Wild Horse & Burro Management Program, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) periodically gathers wild burros that are made available for adoption by the public. Monique is certified as a wild burro trainer by the Mustang Heritage Foundation (Trainer Incentive Program). She specializes in gentling and starting burros only (no mustangs). She continues to develop her own unique approach to gentling and training that relies on a close one-on-one relationship, communication, and education, rather than on the traditional approach of applying force, pressure, or repetition. The burros she gentles and starts are in demand and available for adoption to approved homes, preferably homes that are able to provide burro companionship, freedom of movement, and purposeful activity. As a former marathon runner and current Endurance Rider, Monique became interested in the unique equine endurance trail sport of Pack Burro Racing, which has been a Colorado tradition for the past 70 years. She is currently leading the effort to bring the sport to Arizona, with the Arizona addition of DonkeyCross, a term she coined to describe pack less cross-country trail-running with a burro. The Inaugural Arizona Burro Running Event (both Pack and DonkeyCross) will be in the Town of Superior, AZ on October 12, 2019, hosted by the Superior Chamber of Commerce. This is going to be an incredibly fun and nostalgic family-oriented event that will bring back the burros that once roamed the streets of Superior. It will be highly entertaining for both participants and spectators alike. Key members of the Arizona Burro Running team include Lynn & Linda, experienced Colorado Pack Burro Racers and Members of the Western Pack Burro Ass-ociation who winter in Benson, AZ; and John & Tish Hiestand, donkey advocates and Founders of Forever Home Donkey Rescue & Sanctuary of Benson, AZ. Contact Information: azburros@gmail.com
Lisa Barnes, Certified Equine Dental Technician Clinic Title: Understanding Your Horse’s Teeth Clinic Objective: Clinician will explain the importance of Equine Dentistry for longevity of health and performance. Lisa Barnes has been a dental technician for 22 years. She is a graduate of The Academy of Equine Dentistry in Idaho. She is a member and certified through the International Association of Equine Dentist, where she also served on the board of directors. Lisa works for several Veterinarians throughout the State and enjoys educating horse owners on the importance of dental care. Throughout the years she has given lectures to 4-H groups, horse clubs and associations. Horses have always been her life; as a young girl she worked on a pony ride and petting zoo in southern California, worked as a farrier for 19 years, transported horses to Alaska, where she also lived. And while up North she managed a rodeo grounds and was also was an outfitter. For fun Lisa enjoys; working and training her border collies on livestock, team roping and trail riding. Contact Information: 602-583-4003 email: lisasequine@yahoo.com
Betsy Greene, Ph.D., Professor and Extension Horse Specialist, University of Arizona Clinic Title: What is Normal in Your Horse: Refresher and Learning Clinic Objective: When you know “what’s normal” for your horse, you will be quicker to catch illness or problems…come get a refresher on Body Condition Score, taking vital signs, and other observations. Dr. Greene is a Professor and Extension Horse Specialist at the University of Arizona. Her educational programming focuses on preventative care and maintenance for horse health, biosecurity, safety, and identifying and addressing problems pertinent to Arizona horses and owners. She has been active in the national horse extension specialist group Extension Horses, Inc. (http://www.extensionhorses.org/) and has secured extramural funding for her research/outreach in biosecurity, pasture management, youth safety, and more. Dr. Greene’s extension program has a heavy emphasis on working with agricultural agents, 4-H leaders and youth, and partnering with industry professionals to develop strong educational programming and creating and disseminating research-based information to address statewide industry issues. Contact Information: betsygreene@email.arizona.edu or 520-626-3673 and check out https://extension.arizona.edu/horse

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2017 All Rights Reserved Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo
Jessica Leifson, Show N Color Performance Horses Clinic Title: Confidence Building for the Trail: Getting your horse trail ready by showing them they can succeed. Having been on a horse since before I could walk, sitting a horse just came natural to me. I started my riding career in the Western Pleasure world learning equitation and trail class. I then transitioned some to the roping world, working the horses before and after for the cowboys. After that I started training for people and giving riding lessons. In college I carried flags for the local PRCA rodeo. Over the years I have done some adventurous trail rides, including taking a week to cross the Mojave Desert when I was 8! I have recently been really starting to explore the Superstition Mountains and am loving it. I also barrel race with my 5year old daughter for fun! Contact information: 760-617-5057 also on Facebook
Randy Helm, Horse Trainer, Helm Horsemanship, 2019 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Judge Ride with the Expert Participation Clinic: Confident Safe Riding (for you and your horse) Clinic Objective: In this clinic you will learn: The importance of ground work Being the leader Knowledge is power Communicating effectively The huge difference between "riding" and "sitting on a horse going places" Routines to help you develop consistency and bond with your horse Knowing when and when not to push your horse How to relax and have fun. Randy Helm has been training wild horses for over 20 years and is the supervisor of the wild horse inmate program at Florence State Prison in Florence Arizona. The prison has over 700 horses and provides training for the U.S. Border patrol, ranches, individuals and law enforcement agencies. Randy’s great grandfather was an Arizona pioneer settling in the Prescott area in the later 1800’s. He was raised in Cottonwood Arizona and graduated from Mingus Union High School. After 4 years in the United States Air Force he became a police officer and undercover narcotics officer in Arlington Texas. Randy graduated from Southwestern Assembly of God University in Waxahachie Texas and served as a pastor for 30 years. In addition to the wild horse inmate program at Arizona State Prison, Randy travels extensively with his horse doing clinics and cowboy churches at rodeo’s and equestrian events. He provides demonstrations regularly for disabled youth, veterans and community functions on the subject of “Life’s Lessons from Horses” and is an annual speaker and clinician at Country Thunder in Arizona using a horse as an illustration. Randy and the prison inmate program have been featured in local and national news and documentaries including ABC, NBC, Fox news and USA Today. Contact Information: Randy Helm – Program Manager Wild Horse and Burro Inmate Program Arizona State Prison, Florence Az. 602-448-5019
Travis Lyons, Horse Trainer, 2017/2018 Az. HC Champion, 2019 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Judge Karson Jackson, Horse Trainer, KJackson Horses Clinic Title: In the Practice Pen with Barrel Horses Clinic Objective: it’s not always speed that makes a horse consistent, in this clinic I will demonstrate what I do to keep my finished horses consistent, and what drills I do to start a green horse on the pattern. Travis Lyons Travis Lyons grew up in the Verde Valley and currently lives in Cornville, AZ. with his wife and three children. A man of many talents; Travis grew up playing sports, hunting AZ Big Game species, active in the Mingus Union FFA program, and competing in rough stock and roping events in the Arizona Junior and High school rodeos. After graduating high school, Travis pursed further education at the American School of Equine Dentistry. Travis has spent countless hours training and learning from his mentors, developing his own method and strategies for breaking colts and working with problem horses. Travis never passes up the opportunity to be in the saddle, whether he is working on one of many ranches, competing in roping and rodeo events, packing horses in the mountains, or simply going on a family trail ride. Currently Travis works full time as a hunting guide, horse farrier, Equine Dental Technician, Curicyn Ambassador, trains and breaks working and performance horses, as well as gives horsemanship lessons. Travis is also the President of the Verde Valley Fair Arena Board where he donates his time to produce local rodeo events and promote youth involvement in rodeo. Travis first competed in the 2013 Arizona Horseman's Challenge and received Reserve Champion, and again in 2017 winning the Champion title. He went on to compete in the 2018 Az. Horseman’s Challenge of the Champions and was able to secure the champion title. We are honored to have Travis join us in 2019 as an Az. Horseman’s Challenge judge. Karsen Jackson I am the owner of KJackson Horses, a business that tunes up, exercises, and starts horses for myself as well as other people. I also buy, sell, or trade horses that I feel have the potential to become good stock for myself with the confidence that they will be well trained for potential buyers. I started riding when I was 5 years old in local events. At 10 years of age I competed in and won the title of Verde Valley Fair Arena Queen and the consecutive year. My main barrel horse, Cooper and I have won numerous competitions in open races and rodeos in the 1D and 2D placings. I do my own training and groundwork, up to the first ride, to finishing them in a variety of disciplines. Currently, I own 3 of my own horses. One I made from a yearling, and the other two I compete on. I’m also training and working with a handful of horses that belong to clients. Contact Information: 928-821-0332 KJacksonhorses@gmail.com FB: KJackson Horses
Beth Moon, Horse Trainer, JMB Oasis Ranch Clinic Title: Common Sense Horsemanship: Obstacles and Desensitization Clinic Objective: Learn to use obstacles and desensitization to build a better relationship with your horse 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. Beth has been giving riding lessons and starting young horses ever since. The philosophy at JMB Oasis Ranch is "Common Sense Horsemanship" teaching students from the ground up with a "Start with the Basics" program that puts an emphasis on safety. JMB Oasis Ranch also proudly stands JMB Circuit Preacher an AQHA/FQHA cremello stallion. Contact Information: phone or text 480-247-0682 oasisranch@gmail.com www.jmboasisranch.com
Adam M. Trenk, Attorney Clinic Title: Liability in the Equine Industry Clinic Objective: Mr. Trenk will address the fundamentals of ARS 12-553 and its practical application as a professional horseman. Adam M. Trenk practices in the areas of public policy, zoning, aviation, equine and business law, and works as a strategist consulting across multiple industries on matters of government relations and corporate development. Mr. Trenk attended Arizona State University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship from the W.P. Carey School of Business (2005). After graduating he launched a career in real estate, working for the real estate investment firm and then branched out on his own as a real estate property asset consultant, while investing in and managing his own investment properties and pursuing his education. Adam went on to earn a Master of Real Estate Development (2007) and then his Juris Doctorate (2010) from Arizona State University. In law school, Adam built his curriculum around alternative dispute resolution and real property law. Adam has been active in his community, serving as a board member for the Cave Creek Merchant’s Chamber of Commerce and sitting on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee to the Town Council prior to making a run for a Council seat himself. Adam was first elected to hold a seat on the Cave Creek Council while he was in law school in 2009 and served as Vice Mayor from 2013 to 2015. In 2014, recognizing a threat to the helicopter tourism industry in the Greater New York City area, Adam worked to establish the Helicopters Tourism & Jobs Council (http://helicoptertourism.com), organizing industry stakeholders and coordinating a lobbying effort and public relations campaign to ensure the continued viability of the helicopter operators in and around New York City. Adam continues to serve as the executive director of the HTJC today. Trenk’s work in local government, his experiences practicing as an attorney, and his efforts to develop and preserve business interests in the aviation sector give him a unique perspective. He is able to navigate complex regulatory schemes and negotiate to add value in legislative affairs and transactional matters. Adam recognizes the importance of giving back to his community. He has been active with the Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (https://www.canterusa.org/), a 501c3 that rehabilitates and rehomes horses off the track. Furthermore, recognizing the importance of education and supporting the industry that helped him develop his work ethic, Trenk serves on the Advisory Board for the Scottsdale Community College Equine Science Program (https://www.scottsdalecc.edu/programs/equine-science). Adam Trenk has been a lifelong western horsemanship enthusiast. Throughout high school and college, he spent several summers as an apprentice horse trainer in Montana and Idaho. Today he lives in Cave Creek, AZ on his own small horse ranch. His equine law practice includes servicing the wide-ranging legal needs of the equestrian industry, giving him an opportunity to blend the subject matters of his personal passions with his profession. Adam has been with the Rose Law Group since 2010 and was named partner in 2018. Contact Information: Adam M. Trenk, Esq., Rose Law Group 7144 E Stetson Drive, Suite 300, Scottsdale Arizona 85251 Direct: 480.240.5647 Mobile: 602.402.3335 roselawgroup.com
Brandy Stevenson, Horse Trainer, 2019 Arizona Horseman’s Challenge Competitor Clinic Title: Effective Leadership Brandy was born and raised in the last frontier: Alaska. Hard work and self- sufficiency were not just values, but a way of life. Her parents, Bill and Kelly, operate a tourist business at the Matanuska Glacier. Her younger years were spent helping with the family business and playing hockey. Brandy graduated valedictorian of her senior class. She played hockey internationally culminating in her team wining the Arctic Winter Games. Surrounded by horses her whole life it wasn't until a horse named Briscoe that her journey with horsemanship began. Bucked off, bit, and dragged Brandy started attending clinics with the big, thoroughbred gelding. As her knowledge grew so did her passion for horses. This lead her to pursue a job with 4-time Road to the Horse world champion Chris Cox. Brandy was selected from hundreds of applicants to travel to Texas with 10 other candidates to battle for an apprenticeship with the renowned horseman. After 4 years of dedication and hard work Brandy is the only person to have ever graduated from Chris's apprenticeship program. She is a Chris Cox certified instructor. She now travels the country sharing her knowledge of horsemanship.
Rene Noriega, Founder and Owner of EquiStride Integrative Therapy Clinic Title (Friday): Muscle and Skeleton Working in Harmony Clinic Objective: To introduce the Wilson- Meagher Institute’s Sports Massage methodology. Clinic Title (Saturday): Whole Body Balance and Neurological Effect on the Muscle. Clinic Objective: Observe and palpate your horse to locate, identify and address issues that are out of/or in need of balancing in order to maximize the overall performance ability, health and quality of life for your horse. As an Equine Bodyworker for the last 16 years, I have attended a number of schools, seminars and certification courses to help keep me current and proficient in this line of work. I’ve worked on a myriad of horses, from the smallest pygmy mini to some of the largest draft and warmblood horses. My experience has afforded me the opportunity to work on horses from all walks of life. From your retired “backyard” horse to some of the most elite competition horses in the Rodeo world to the Dressage and Hunter Jumper world. My work has taken me to numerous places throughout the United States and internationally throughout Latin America and Canada. My primary focus in working on your horse is in identifying the cause (source) of pain or discomfort and applying hands on techniques through mild hands on applications, Range of Motion Exercises, Flexion and Mild Traction. Locating and addressing the pain allows for me to alleviate stress and pressure on the horse, thus restoring it back to its normal state of balance and performance ability. Pain causes anxiety, anxiety causes a fight or flight response. And all of this causes issues in the horse’s willingness to perform the tasks you ask of it. As a practitioner, my responsibility is to the horse, first and foremost and then naturally to the owner. My training and experience give me the opportunity as a practitioner to give a horse the greatest opportunity to regain its confidence and to perform at its peak levels. One should keep in mind that when you notice changes that are not “normal” for your horse, such as attitude, performance and/or physical changes, then chances are good your horse will need some attention by a trained and certified professional. Equine Massage Therapy (Equinology, Inc.) Petaluma, CA Advanced Equine Massage Techniques (Equinology, Inc.) Petaluma, CA Certified Equine Body Worker (Equinology, Inc.) Petaluma, CA Equine Sports Medicine and Science (Cal Poly) Pomona, CA Understanding Farrier Science & Current Trends (University of Pennsylvania-Bolton Center) Philadelphia, PA Understanding Equine Dentistry and Balance in the Mouth (Equinology, Inc.) Petaluma, CA Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine (Cal Poly) Pomona, CA Clinical Reasoning for the Equine Health Care Professional (Dr. Kerry Ridgway) Petaluma, CA Equine Dissection and Anatomy (Michigan State University) Equine Biomechanics/Movement of the Horse (Michigan State University) Equine Body Balance (Dr. Kerry Ridgway) Aiken, SC Equine Saddle Fit (Dr. Kerry Ridgway) Aiken, SC Equine Kinetic Tape Practitioner (Kinesio University) Albuquerque, NM Myofascial Release and Cranio Sacral Mobilization (Ruth Mitchell- Golladay) Roanoke, VA Equine Kinetic Tape Practitioner (Rock Tape) Sacramento, CA Equine Neuro Kinetic Therapy (Dr. David Wienstock) San Rafael, CA Wilson-Meagher Institute, Camden, Maine Insured through Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (Practitioner) Registered with the Arizona Corporation Commission Incorporated in the State of Arizona Tax ID and DUNS/SAM Registration Numbers available upon request Contact Information: 520-490-8125 e-mail: equistride@yahoo.com
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Jody Swink, Jody Swink’s No Sweat Natural Horsemanship, Founder/Director Az. Horseman’s Challenge Clinic Title: (Friday) Colt Starting Hour 1 Clinic Title: (Saturday) Colt Starting Hour 2 Clinic Title: (Sunday) Colt Starting Hour 3 Clinic Objective: Jody will break down how to build a solid foundation in an easy and simple way. 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 seventh 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 Information: 602-330-4917 jswinknosweat@q.com
Petra Christensen, Red Horse Solutions, LLC Clinic Title (Friday): Understanding Your Horse Clinic Objective: It's the little details we often overlook in our daily interactions that make all the difference! Learn how to read your horse's body language so you AND your horse can be happy, safe & have fun TOGETHER! Take my WholeHearted Communication Guide home for free to continue your learning at home. Clinic Title (Sunday): Creating a Clean Slate Clinic Objective: Discover the 4 Stumbling Blocks that keep you from creating Genuine Connection with your horse - and learn 12 Solutions everybody can apply to create instant, positive change! Take my WholeHearted Communication Guide home for free to continue your learning at home. Horses can be our teachers when we are willing to listen. Horses can help us grow and prosper - and we can do the same for them, by putting GENUINE CONNECTIONS above all, with our Horse, our Self and Others. I grew up in Germany as a horse crazy kid in a non-horsey family. Even at an early age I realized that traditional horsemanship was in general about control and dominance instead of finding understanding and lightness in communication. I turned to alternative training methods and founded a natural boarding facility while learning vital success strategies in my parents’ business. In my late 20’s I came to the US because I had a dream: I wanted to make a positive difference for horses and humans. I also wanted to live closer to nature and in a less crowded environment… Along the journey, life threw in a few boulders and mountains to climb… at one point, we lost everything we had. We brushed off our scraped knees and started from scratch. While the new business grew exponentially, my health failed. I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis, an autoimmune dis-ease where the lining of the bladder dissolves. My health issues sent me on a quest to fix what needed to be fixed, to learn how to say NO, to find my wholistic balance and, in the end, happiness. Relationships that no longer served dissolved, and new ones were found. My horses were my teachers, and I fulfilled my dream of becoming a certified Natural Horsemanship Instructor and Insight Inventory™ Coach. Then my mom had a stroke, and I spent the last 4 weeks of her life at her bedside. While doing so, I took another hard look at what I wanted to achieve in my life. What was it that I wanted to do and be? What was working for myself and my horses, and what was not? I concluded that I just wanted to be “me”. No strings attached. Nobody - except my horses to tell me what I could or could not teach. I resigned and created my own program, GENUINE CONNECTIONS. It is my love for life and creatures of all kind, including humans, that brought me to wanting to make a difference for horses and humans alike. It’s my story that has enabled me to become a solution finder & puzzle solver. GENUINE CONNECTIONS has four Building Blocks: Provide: Natural Horse Habitat™ Create: Healthy Physiology Refine: WholeHearted Communication Understand: Fearless Insight These 4 Building Blocks of GENUINE CONNECTIONS create the solid foundation for a relationship built on trust, honor and confidence between horse and human. A foundation that will allow us to experience lasting harmony in our lives. Life isn’t always easy, but it’s always what we make of it. I am here to support YOU and YOUR HORSE on your journey to your optimal potential - in HorseManShip as well as EveryDayLife! Contact Information: 520-600-8110 Email: magic@petrachristensen.com Website: www.PetraChristensen.com
Dawnna Ybarra, Equine Gestalt Practitioner, Hatahlii Connection, LLC Clinic Title: Unlocking Your Potential Clinic Objective: Clinician will demonstrate how the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method helps individuals unlock their unhealthy painful patterns and step into awareness of their true authentic self. I am a fifth generation Arizonan who lives in Winslow. Growing up around horses, I didn't develop my horsemanship skills until I was an adult with horses of my own. I studied with mentors such as Ed Thornton (John Lyons), Linda Green (Pat Parelli), Mike Bridges (Vaquero style) as well as learned techniques from Pete Ramey and Jaime Jackson. Through these invaluable resources, I became passionate about having a partnership with the whole horse in a natural way. With the help of a wild mustang named Little Man, I was able to develop my horsemanship skills into what they are today. I currently help horse owners learn how to better communicate and understand their equine partners. I also founded the Equine Gestalt Coaching business "Hatahlii Connection, LLC” where my horses and I work together to help individuals find peace with the wounds of their heart so they can be the person they were meant to be. I work with agencies such as Veterans Choice Connection, HeartMath Institute, Lifeline Christian Mission, Alice's Place, and the local First Responders in reaching individuals who can benefit from my services. My horses and I also enjoy giving demonstrations, facilitating workshops, and giving talks about the importance of horses in the healing process. Contact Information: 928-587-0948 dawnna@hatahliiconnection.com www.hatahliiconnection.com
Art of Horsemanship: Clinicians: Tessa Nicolet and Rudy Lara Clinic Title: Creating Awareness, Harmony and Lightness for a Refined and Versatile Horse and Rider Clinic Objective: Clinicians will teach staying creative and interesting in our horsemanship creating awareness and Intension for refined horsemanship. Tessa Nicolet focuses on building relationships between horses and humans on the ground and in the saddle. Tessa uses natural horsemanship philosophies and concepts to build a strong foundation in horses and people that can be applied to any discipline. Tessa has studied and worked with Eitan Beth-Halachmy and Linda Parelli. In 2018 Tessa earned open High Point Grand Champion on the Challenge court at Cowboy Dressage World Finals as well as open Reserve Grand Champion in Walk Jog, Partnership, and Liberty divisions. Tessa is also a Level 1 Cowboy Dressage clinician. Rudy Lara combines classical riding and traditions of vaquero horsemanship to develop a versatile, talented, confident, trusting horse. Rudy’s horsemanship is centered on benefiting the horse from the ground up using concepts of biomechanics to properly develop horses mentally, emotionally, and physically for any discipline. Rudy focuses on putting the relationship with the horse first. Rudy has trained and worked with Jack Brainard, Eitan Beth-Halachmy, Dennis Reis, and Buck Brannaman. He has competed in Cowboy Dressage World Finals showcasing freestyle to music working with La Garrocha and earned 7th in 2015 and 4th in 2018 in Top Hand. Contact Information: artofhorsemanshipAZ@gmail.com
Jay Begaye, JJB Horsemanship and Entertainment Clinic Title: Traditional Navajo Horse Healing and Training Clinic Objective: Jay will discuss the use of traditional medicinal healing herbs as well as the use of song and dance in the healing and training of horses in the Navajo tradition. 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 Information: 505-977-4598 Jaybegaye@yahoo.com
Dr. Debra Freiberg, DVM, Healing Hands Equine Services Clinic Title: How Do I Know my Horse is in Pain Before He Goes Lame? Clinic Title: Beyond Basic Chiropractic Dr. Debra Freiberg graduated from Ohio State University Veterinary Medical College and started exploring holistic therapies in 1993. In her current practice, Healing Hands Equine, Dr. Debra's Mission is to Help Animals Live Healthier Lives through a Holistic Approach That Addresses the Physical, Mental, and Emotional Root Causes of Problems. She utilizes medical manipulation therapies, nutritional therapy, acupuncture and horsemanship dentistry. Her passion at home is also horses. She and her husband, Walt, compete in endurance competitions. Dr. Debra and her Missouri Fox Trotter, Playboy’s Desert Reign are the 2018 AERC National Limited Distance champions as well as receiving several other national awards for their accomplishments. Contact Information: 480-788-1617 www.healinghandsequine.com
Cliff Schadt Jr., Professional Horseman, Clinician Ride with the Experts Participation Clinic: Bending Your Horse to Straightness and Balance Clinic Objective: Learn to use bending and body control to help horses gain a better sense of balance as well ad straightness while utilizing simple drills. Born and raised in the farmland of eastern Long Island, Cliff’s earliest memories are of horses, “they’ve always been a part of my life and at some point, the lines between life and horses just seemed to merge”. As a second-generation horseman in his family, Cliff has made a lifelong career with horses. He knew as young as 4 years of age that he wanted to be a cowboy, this passion drove Cliff to make the decision to home school his last two years of high school in order to head west and further his education both with horses and ranching. Over the next fifteen years Cliff made his way throughout the west cowboying in Oregon, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, Texas, Missouri and Florida. It was on this journey that Cliff met and worked with many great cowboys and horseman from which he took the many lessons they shared and used them to hone his craft and style of horsemanship. Cliff’s approach to horsemanship is based on leadership, empathy and common sense; his goal with each horse regardless of breed or discipline is for the horse to possess self-carriage, balance, collection and confidence. Cliff believes that by developing the mind as well as the body, one can create a willing partnership, this all begins with trust through leadership. Currently, Cliff Schadt is co-owner of Alamar Equine along with legendary Grand Prix jumper rider Candice King. This unique mix of western principles and tradition coupled with modern showjumping makes for a program capable of taking a young house from its first ride to attaining success at the top of the showjumping sport. Besides developing young jumpers, Cliff has a busy clinic schedule as well as developing and showing Cowhorses. In Cliff’s own words he sums up his life long career and passion for horses “I’m truly blessed to be able to wake up every day and make a living doing what I love, for all I do for horses they give back to me tenfold”.
Monique "Wylde" Williams, Arizona Burro Racing Lead, Wylde (\,,/) Arizona Burros & DonkEventures Clinic Title: Introducing the Sport of Pack Burro Racing & DonkeyCross to Arizona Clinic Objective: The Clinician will discuss PBR and DonkeyCross training and handling tips geared toward preparing for the upcoming Arizona Inaugural Burro Race in Superior, AZ on October 12th As an Equine Ecologist and Arizona Native; with a deep appreciation for the Sonoran Desert and the history of our state; Monique was born to eventually discover her love of Arizona's burros. From the day she brought BLM Burro Luna Blue (Black Mountain HMA) home from the BLM Florence Holding Facility, she has been on the journey of a lifetime with a little blue burro as her guide and mentor. Burros (Equus assinus) originated in the deserts of North Africa. They were brought to the New World originally by Spanish Missionaries and used widely by miners and ranchers in the early days of Arizona statehood. As a desert-adapted animal, burros have thrived in the Sonoran Desert, making Arizona the largest producer of wild burros in the US. Through their Wild Horse & Burro Management Program, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) periodically gathers wild burros that are made available for adoption by the public. Monique is certified as a wild burro trainer by the Mustang Heritage Foundation (Trainer Incentive Program). She specializes in gentling and starting burros only (no mustangs). She continues to develop her own unique approach to gentling and training that relies on a close one-on-one relationship, communication, and education, rather than on the traditional approach of applying force, pressure, or repetition. The burros she gentles and starts are in demand and available for adoption to approved homes, preferably homes that are able to provide burro companionship, freedom of movement, and purposeful activity. As a former marathon runner and current Endurance Rider, Monique became interested in the unique equine endurance trail sport of Pack Burro Racing, which has been a Colorado tradition for the past 70 years. She is currently leading the effort to bring the sport to Arizona, with the Arizona addition of DonkeyCross, a term she coined to describe pack less cross-country trail-running with a burro. The Inaugural Arizona Burro Running Event (both Pack and DonkeyCross) will be in the Town of Superior, AZ on October 12, 2019, hosted by the Superior Chamber of Commerce. This is going to be an incredibly fun and nostalgic family-oriented event that will bring back the burros that once roamed the streets of Superior. It will be highly entertaining for both participants and spectators alike. Key members of the Arizona Burro Running team include Lynn & Linda, experienced Colorado Pack Burro Racers and Members of the Western Pack Burro Ass-ociation who winter in Benson, AZ; and John & Tish Hiestand, donkey advocates and Founders of Forever Home Donkey Rescue & Sanctuary of Benson, AZ. Contact Information: azburros@gmail.com
Lisa Barnes, Certified Equine Dental Technician Clinic Title: Understanding Your Horse’s Teeth Clinic Objective: Clinician will explain the importance of Equine Dentistry for longevity of health and performance. Lisa Barnes has been a dental technician for 22 years. She is a graduate of The Academy of Equine Dentistry in Idaho. She is a member and certified through the International Association of Equine Dentist, where she also served on the board of directors. Lisa works for several Veterinarians throughout the State and enjoys educating horse owners on the importance of dental care. Throughout the years she has given lectures to 4-H groups, horse clubs and associations. Horses have always been her life; as a young girl she worked on a pony ride and petting zoo in southern California, worked as a farrier for 19 years, transported horses to Alaska, where she also lived. And while up North she managed a rodeo grounds and was also was an outfitter. For fun Lisa enjoys; working and training her border collies on livestock, team roping and trail riding. Contact Information: 602-583-4003 email: lisasequine@yahoo.com
Betsy Greene, Ph.D., Professor and Extension Horse Specialist, University of Arizona Clinic Title: What is Normal in Your Horse: Refresher and Learning Clinic Objective: When you know “what’s normal” for your horse, you will be quicker to catch illness or problems…come get a refresher on Body Condition Score, taking vital signs, and other observations. Dr. Greene is a Professor and Extension Horse Specialist at the University of Arizona. Her educational programming focuses on preventative care and maintenance for horse health, biosecurity, safety, and identifying and addressing problems pertinent to Arizona horses and owners. She has been active in the national horse extension specialist group Extension Horses, Inc. (http://www.extensionhorses.org/) and has secured extramural funding for her research/outreach in biosecurity, pasture management, youth safety, and more. Dr. Greene’s extension program has a heavy emphasis on working with agricultural agents, 4-H leaders and youth, and partnering with industry professionals to develop strong educational programming and creating and disseminating research-based information to address statewide industry issues. Contact Information: betsygreene@email.arizona.edu or 520-626-3673 and check out https://extension.arizona.edu/horse