Clinicians

ARIZONA HORSEMAN’S CHALLENGE

& EXPO

May 11, 12, and 13, 2018

 2017 All Rights Reserved Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo
Adam M. Trenk, Attorney Clinic Topic:  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 land use, zoning,  public policy, community relations, equine and business law.  He is a western horsemanship enthusiast, a real estate property asset manager, and consults 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. Adam earned a Master of Real Estate Development degree and then his Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University as well. In law school Adam built his curriculum around alternative dispute resolution and real estate related courses. Adam has been active in his community, first serving as a board member for the Cave Creek Merchant’s Chamber of Commerce and sat 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 in 2009, and served as Vice Mayor from 2013 to 2015. His work in local government and his experiences practicing as an attorney and helping to develop and preserve his family’s business interests in the aviation sector give him a unique perspective and ability to navigate complex regulations and negotiate to add value to transactional matters. Mr. Trenk is a lifelong horseman, having ridden horses across the country since he was a child. Throughout high school and college he spent several summers as an apprentice to world champion Reining Cow Horse trainer Zane David. Today he lives in Cave Creek, AZ with five horses of his own. He enjoys servicing the legal needs of the equestrian industry as much as anything when he is not actually out with his ponies. He and his firm are available to help with a wide range of legal issues. Within the Equine and Agricultural domain Adam can assist with grazing leases, livestock sales contracts, liability waivers, permitting, property tax exemptions, boarding contracts, and help resolve disputes.   Contact Information:     602-402-3335     ATrenk@RoseLawGroup.com 
Amy Star-Arizona Working Equitation Club Clinic Title:  Fun with the Sport of Working Equitation Clinic Objective:  Working Equitation is a new horse sport from Europe, it is fun and challenging and open to all breeds and disciplines.   Come see why this is one of the fastest growing horse sports today! Amy Star is an "R" Judge and licensed Technical Delegate with the Confederation for Working Equitation.  Amy lives in Marana, AZ.  Amy has trained 6 of her own horses up through the levels of working equitation over the past 10 years, as well has taught clinics all over the USA.  She is happy to inspire riders of all backgrounds to develop a better partnership with their horse. Contact Information:   Amy Star:  www.amystarlusitanos.com Arizona Working Equitation Club:  www.azwec.org
Buddy Uldrikson, Professional Horseman, Clinician Ride with the Expert Participation Clinic (Friday):  Horsemanship for Barrel Racing Clinic Objective: Begin with the basics and work until you have a relaxed horse that pays attention as well as looking forward to the task ahead. Clinic Title (Saturday): Trauma Healing Demo Clinic Objective: Learn hints to help recover from mental block or fear.  Buddy Uldrikson grew up in Colorado and then moved to Arizona to continue starting colts and working for local ranches. Buddy had the opportunity to work with top horsemen and cowboys and developed a great sense of feel for both horses and cattle.  Buddy realized the importance of timing for the horse. As he continued in his pursuit of excellence, he found the balance that would bring it all together. Buddy is willing to share his knowledge and experience with anyone interested in improving themselves, and their horses. He has helped everyone from recreational riders, to top horse-trainers in sorting, reining, barrel racing, cow-horse competitors, ropers, show-jumpers, and eventers. Everyone can improve their horsemanship, by learning to be more effective presenting themselves to their horse, and learning to understand how the horse perceives them as an individual. Buddy will build confidence in the horse and rider, and take you to the next level. Buddy brings years of professional challenges and awards to his work.   He was chosen from 600 applicants to be part of the final competitors in the nationally televised EXTREME MUSTANG MAKEOVER in Fort Worth, Texas in 2008. Buddy and his mustang, Jackpot, brought the crowd to their feet as they demonstrated flying lead changes, working cattle, and dressage maneuvers. Buddy and Jackpot placed 15th out of the 200 competitors. He also qualified and participated in the 2007 World Series Team Roping Finals in Las Vegas. Buddy travels around the United States to appear at expos, conduct clinics, give horsemanship demonstrations, as well as judge at many of these competitions. He can be seen at The American Trail Horse Competition & The Arizona Sun Circuit Quarter Horse Show in Scottsdale, AZ; Craig Cameron Extreme Cowboy Race, Buckeye, AZ; Rancho De Los Caballeros, Wickenburg, AZ; Arizona Dressage Association; Equifest, Prescott, Az; Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo; Equine Extravaganza, Paso Robles, CA. & Mane Event Buddy’s Ranch and Training facility is near Wickenburg Az. Rancho Rio Bonita Contact Information: Barn:    928-684-7392   diamondlilyhorses@gmail.com     BuddyUldriksonHorsemanship.com Cell:     928-231-3053
Chris Clark, Lead Mule Packer Grand Canyon National Park Clinic Title (Friday, Sunday):  Packing for all types of terrain Clinic Objective: Find out how to properly saddle & pack your mule or horse with a box hitch for all types of terrain. Clinic Title (Saturday):  Properly Fit Tack for your Pack Animal Clinic Objective:  Clinician will cover kinds of tack and saddles and the adjustments of your equipment to fit your pack animal. Chris Clark is currently the lead mule packer for the Grand Canyon National Park.  Chris is a native Arizonan, born and raised in Williams.  He has done many things on horseback including stable manager for Mountain Ranch Stables and Wrangler for Apache Stables at the Grand Canyon which is where he met his mentor and friend Ron Clayton.  It was Ron who brought Chris on with Xanterra as a Wrangler for the dude operation on the South Rim.  He later moved over to the pack barn where he found his niche.  This is what led him to his career in packing.  Chris is the proud father of three daughters, a grandson and granddaughter on the way.  Chris currently lives at the South Rim of the Canyon with the love of his life, Marisa. They enjoy all the Canyon has to offer from riding bikes around the park, beautiful scenery, back road driving, taking in all of the wildlife and of course, riding mules!!  Chris has a deep passion for packing and mules and is looking forward to sharing his knowledge with you.
Clay Harper, Professional Horse Trainer Clinic Topic:  Question and Answer Session with Clay Clinic Objective:  Ask Clay about any problem you have had or someone else has had with a horse or mule.  Clay specializes in fixing problem horses, has trained mules for the Grand Canyon and trained all types of horses for ranch work to dressage so he has a wealth of experience to draw from to answer any of your questions. Clay has worked and played with horses for over 50 years. He is the founder of the American Horse Trainers Group. He has worked with, and learned from, most of today's great horse trainers.  Clay graduated from the John & Josh Lyons Certification Program in 2001.   He specializes in fixing problem horses of all breeds and disciplines. He has toured around the world helping people to be better with their horses and helping horses to be better with their people. Clay conducts clinics, fixes problem horses, speaks and demonstrates at Equine Expo's.  He has written monthly & featured articles for numerous horse magazines.  He has also been featured in and referred to in several books related to horses.  Clay has had two successful Radio Shows (go to Podcasts to listen to some of his shows).  Clay is currently a spokesperson for Nutrena, Circle Y Saddles and Source.  He is also sponsored by many of the horse industries best companies. Clay's motto is "Hold Your Heart in Your Hand".  This is very apparent to anyone who has watched him work with horses.  "I truly believe, God has put me on this earth to help horses".
Eric Lynn, Donkey Expert Ride with the Experts Participation Clinic (Saturday):  Communicating with your Donkey Clinic Objectives:  Participants will learn the basics of halter training and get a better understanding of how to communicate with their donkeys to build trust and enhance ground skills.  Clinic Title:  Donkeys are not horses with long ears Clinic Objective:  The goal is to explore the unique needs of donkeys. Attendees will take part in a lively discussion on various donkey specific topics.  Topics may include: diet, physical fitness, hoof care, proper tack, general habits and more. Eric Lynn is a donkey wrangler and trainer that utilizes these wonderful critters in a multitude of ways most folks only dream of. Using donkeys exclusively, he rides, packs, drives and even burro races in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.  Not only is he an accomplished trainer, Eric's knowledge of the unique needs of donkeys has enabled him to design and manufacture donkey and mule specific tack, trail and packing gear.  Contact Information:  719-367-7190   eric@mountainridgegear.com
Greg Robinson, Professional Horse Trainer, Clinician Ride with the Expert Participation Clinic (Friday):  Great Horsemanship Made Easy Ride with the Expert Participation Clinic (Saturday):  Training for the Ultimate Versatility Clinic Title (Friday):  Taking Confusion out of Collection Clinic Title (Sunday):  Ride all Your Horse with All of You Originally from Idaho, Greg has a strong background in the Buckaroo, vaquero style of horsemanship.  Decades ago he began training full time, showing performance horses in reining, reined cowhorse, team roping, steer stopping and all aspects of ranch versatility.  For decades Greg has been conducting Horsemanship Clinics nationwide from California to New York, North Dakota to Texas.  He has been called in to work with some of the highest-powered warmblood stallions in the jumper industry along with ranch clinics across the nation. Greg is now based in Texas where he trains and shows performance horses and hosts specialized clinics.  His theory in Horsemanship is to keep thing simple and stress free to build confident, top of the line equine partners. Contact Information:  619-438-4069        Facebook:  Robinson Horsemanship
Jason Gifford, Horse Trainer Clinic Title:  Foundation Under Saddle/Body Control Clinic Objective:  Clinician will demonstrate how to achieve total softness in the horse, how to achieve body control under saddle and why it is important. Jason Gifford has been involved with the horse industry as a trainer and equine appraiser for more than 14 years.  After high school, Jason was fortunate enough to have worked on a few large cattle/horse ranches in Wyoming and Colorado, spending many hours in the saddle.  It did not take long for Jason to realize that 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, he 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 Bureau of Land Management (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 and body control so they can be successful in any discipline," says Jason. Jason currently operates a horse training program for most breeds, located at Stage Line Ranch in Desert Hills, Az. and is available for you to contact for more information. Contact Information:  623-293-7487   giffssuperduty@gmail.com
Jeff Cook, Horse Trainer Clinic Title (Friday):  Creating better communication through groundwork  Clinic Objective: Learn important facts about how horses think and ways of communicating more effectively. Clinic Title (Saturday):  Incorporating ground work into saddle training the green horse Clinic Objective: Taking the groundwork you've learned and putting it to use in your saddle training will make you a much more effective leader and rider. Clinic Title (Sunday): Put Finish on Turns and Stops Clinic Objective: Learn to sharpen your horses turning and stopping skills and create much less resistance in your training. Jeff’s life has always revolved around horses; since he was a child running around in a ranching community in Colorado where early on in his childhood, he found that he had a gift with horses. Jeff has developed a strong love and passion for horses. His bond with horses and natural talent as a horseman led him to showing Paints and Quarter horses which was a big part of his life from the 80’s & 90’s. Mustangs entered his life in 2014 and will always be a quest and passion to show the world their capabilities. Jeff now is a successful TIP trainer in Tucson, Arizona and has competed in 2 Extreme Mustang Makeovers. Ft. Worth, TX in 2016 and won the Seniors Division and Reno, NV in 2017 and took Grand Champion Reserve and Fan Favorite.  In January of 2018, he competed in a Trainer Invitation Only "Magic" makeover. Jeff and his wife own Dream Horse AZ where they train, show and sell great horses to wonderful clients and love every minute of it. Contact Information:   520-460-8474      www.Dreamhorseaz.com       Facebook:   Dream Horse Az
JJ Anderson, 2016 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion Clinic Title:  Return of a Champion Clinic Objective:  JJ adopted the mare that he trained when he won the Az. Horseman’s Challenge in 2016.  Follow the journey of this remarkable horse from unhandled to finished.  JJ grew up in the desert of southern Arizona to a team roping family along with his 4 brothers. From a young age JJ could be found on the back of a horse or moving the cows up the lane for his dad to rope. JJ has trained for the public for about 7 years. He recently started working as a Wild Horse Specialist at the Florence prison helping teach prisoners how to train wild mustangs. JJ draws a lot of techniques he includes in his program from Tom Dorrance, Buck Brannaman, among others. Contact Information:   520-526-8560   doublejhorsemanship@gmail.com
Joyce Tanner, Photographer Clinic Title: Horse Photography "Training your Photographic eye" Clinic Objective:  A good photographic eye will let you take great pictures even if you are working with an inexpensive camera or cell phone camera.  This workshop will discuss factors that will influence the image including: your objective, the sun, the horse or horses, condition and grooming, environment, timing, the background and foreground, camera angles, framing, cropping and composition.  Bring your camera and/or phone to this interactive workshop and let’s have some fun photographing horses. Joyce Tanner has loved photography for as long as she can remember.  She believes that great photography is not about taking great pictures; it’s about capturing great moments.  She especially loves equine photography and capturing the spirit and personality of these magnificent animals.  Ms. Tanner enjoys photographing talented horses and their human partners making connections.  She has been shooting professionally since 2009 starting with Arabian Horse shows and ranch shoots. Contact Info:     928-499-1393       tannerphotography@outlook.com           www.joycetanner.zenfolio.com        
Katherine Calkins, Owner-Head Instructor J6 Ranch Equestrian Center Ride with the Expert Participation Clinic (Sunday):  EQUILibrium: What is “The Seat”? Clinic Objective:  The basic principles of biomechanics and how physics applies to your riding and seat. What is your seat, and what are your aids? What is the difference between riding and training.  Beginning work on the three foundation movements of the seat, how to ask for engagement, bend, and direction without the reins. Clinic Title (Friday):  EQUILibrium:  Biomechanics Basics Clinic Objective:  During my EQUILibrium clinics my goal is for riders to learn to understand the science behind, how to position, and gain control of their lumbosacral movements to be in the best balance with their horse. In addition, many riders will discover the root of their left-right unbalances and how to improve their health and balance in their day-to-day life. Katherine Calkins is the owner and head instructor at the J6 Ranch Equestrian Center in Benson, Arizona. Katherine’s initial Classical Dressage training was received from her mother, a certified BHS instructor and graduate of Porlock Vale. In her teenage years Katherine sought instruction across the country in competitive Dressage, colt starting, gaited horses, over fences, western ranch riding, saddle seat, equine rehabilitation, equine bodywork, and endurance. Through her 15 years of teaching and training experience she has sought the connection between all disciplines from Barrel Racing to Dressage and from the ground up. The connection she found is physics, and how the biomechanics of muscle, both equine and rider, combine to create a synchronized and seemingly effortless balance in motion. Katherine’s approach to riding is focused on setting achievable goals and tasks to help rider and horse become more aware of each other’s locomotive capabilities, more relaxed in increasingly difficult situations both on the ground and under saddle. Riders are expected to accept their position not always as leader, but as coach and caretaker for both their horse’s and their own fitness and health. In Katherine’s philosophy there are no excuses and no mistakes, only new opportunities to learn new skills. Samantha Jepson, 2015 Az Horseman's Challenge Champion, take on the EQUI-Librium clinic series: "what I love about Katherine's work is that she has taken that skillset of top riders and discovered a way to break it down into smaller pieces that everyone can learn". Contact Information: 520-975-2822    email: wickedgoodsaddleclub@gmail.com
Lanny Leach, 2013 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion Ride with the Expert Participation Clinic (Friday):  Problem Solving: Horse and Rider Clinic Objective:  Bring your problem you are having with your horse and Lanny will help you find the answer. Ride with the Expert Participation Clinic (Saturday):  Purpose of Riding with Legs Clinic Objective:  By using your legs you will learn to stop, turn, backup, walk, trot and lope with leg pressure. Lanny Leach comes from true American ranching heritage. Since his great grandfather, his family has 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.  Lanny has competed in many Extreme Mustang Makeover events and has placed in the top 10 in seven finals in California, Colorado and Texas and won the prestigious George Gregory True Grit Memorial award at the Mustang Million competition in Ft. Worth.  He also was invited to compete in the Colt Starting Challenge USA program where he finished second at the National Finals in Las Vegas in 2015.  Lanny served as training advisor for the Montgomery Creek Ranch wild horse sanctuary in northern California.  More than 200 wild horses and mustangs have been settled on to the 2,000 acre facility, where he established a formal training program. Lanny Leach is a nationally known horseman and clinician.  Currently he is training in Ainsworth, Nebraska with his son Logan.  They train ranch, recreational and all performance horse disciplines.  Lanny is the 2013 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion.  He has returned each year as a judge and clinician for this event.  Lanny has been honored to be a part of the “Unbranded“documentary and book.  He trained the mustangs that Ben Masters used for this adventure.   Contact Info:  520-591-2494   kjleach2004@yahoo.com  www.Lannyleachhorsemanship.com
Larry Nelles, Master Horseman Clinic Topic:  Get in Time with Your Horse’s Feet Clinic Objective:  Learn the importance of knowing where your horse’s feet are always and how to time your training with their feet. Larry Nelles got his start in the horse industry at the early age of 11 years old when he moved away from home onto a working ranch in Alberta.  After being bucked off one of the horses everyday he worked, the owner took away Larry’s reins and gave him a thin cotton string and the instruction that if he pulled too hard it would break and he would be left with no reins of any kind.  Hard earned lessons like this started Larry at a young age to learn how to use light hands and launched him into a lifetime of learning and developing skills that he has based his career upon.  Larry trains year-round at his ranch in Cave Creek as well as teaching clinics across the United States, Canada and includes teaching in France and Austria.  He recalls that in one year he started 755 horses across North America.  He has worked with all types of horses and riders.  Horses he has trained have had success in a wide variety of disciplines including 3-day eventing, U.S. Equestrian Team, Cutting, Mounted Shooting, barrels and cattle work.  The tenets of his training include: don’t use force, ask don’t tell, get your horse ready to do something and in the right frame of balance using your seat first then legs and hands and develop lateral movement from the withers back.  Larry teaches that horsemanship basics are the same no matter what discipline they are used.  Back when he was 11 he thought he knew everything, now at 80 he admits that horses are his passion.  “If I can show someone how to do something and they are successful, it makes me feel really good.” Contact Information:  480-213-1839

Clinicians

Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo

May 11, 12, and 13, 2018

 2017 All Rights Reserved Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo
Adam M. Trenk, Attorney Clinic Topic:  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 land use, zoning,  public policy, community relations, equine and business law.  He is a western horsemanship enthusiast, a real estate property asset manager, and consults 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. Adam earned a Master of Real Estate Development degree and then his Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University as well. In law school Adam built his curriculum around alternative dispute resolution and real estate related courses. Adam has been active in his community, first serving as a board member for the Cave Creek Merchant’s Chamber of Commerce and sat 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 in 2009, and served as Vice Mayor from 2013 to 2015. His work in local government and his experiences practicing as an attorney and helping to develop and preserve his family’s business interests in the aviation sector give him a unique perspective and ability to navigate complex regulations and negotiate to add value to transactional matters. Mr. Trenk is a lifelong horseman, having ridden horses across the country since he was a child. Throughout high school and college he spent several summers as an apprentice to world champion Reining Cow Horse trainer Zane David. Today he lives in Cave Creek, AZ with five horses of his own. He enjoys servicing the legal needs of the equestrian industry as much as anything when he is not actually out with his ponies. He and his firm are available to help with a wide range of legal issues. Within the Equine and Agricultural domain Adam can assist with grazing leases, livestock sales contracts, liability waivers, permitting, property tax exemptions, boarding contracts, and help resolve disputes.   Contact Information:     602-402-3335     ATrenk@RoseLawGroup.com 
Amy Star-Arizona Working Equitation Club Clinic Title:  Fun with the Sport of Working Equitation Clinic Objective:  Working Equitation is a new horse sport from Europe, it is fun and challenging and open to all breeds and disciplines.   Come see why this is one of the fastest growing horse sports today! Amy Star is an "R" Judge and licensed Technical Delegate with the Confederation for Working Equitation.  Amy lives in Marana, AZ.  Amy has trained 6 of her own horses up through the levels of working equitation over the past 10 years, as well has taught clinics all over the USA.  She is happy to inspire riders of all backgrounds to develop a better partnership with their horse. Contact Information:   Amy Star:  www.amystarlusitanos.com Arizona Working Equitation Club:  www.azwec.org
Buddy Uldrikson, Professional Horseman, Clinician Ride with the Expert Participation Clinic (Friday):  Horsemanship for Barrel Racing Clinic Objective: Begin with the basics and work until you have a relaxed horse that pays attention as well as looking forward to the task ahead. Clinic Title (Saturday): Trauma Healing Demo Clinic Objective: Learn hints to help recover from mental block or fear.  Buddy Uldrikson grew up in Colorado and then moved to Arizona to continue starting colts and working for local ranches. Buddy had the opportunity to work with top horsemen and cowboys and developed a great sense of feel for both horses and cattle.  Buddy realized the importance of timing for the horse. As he continued in his pursuit of excellence, he found the balance that would bring it all together. Buddy is willing to share his knowledge and experience with anyone interested in improving themselves, and their horses. He has helped everyone from recreational riders, to top horse-trainers in sorting, reining, barrel racing, cow-horse competitors, ropers, show-jumpers, and eventers. Everyone can improve their horsemanship, by learning to be more effective presenting themselves to their horse, and learning to understand how the horse perceives them as an individual. Buddy will build confidence in the horse and rider, and take you to the next level. Buddy brings years of professional challenges and awards to his work.   He was chosen from 600 applicants to be part of the final competitors in the nationally televised EXTREME MUSTANG MAKEOVER in Fort Worth, Texas in 2008. Buddy and his mustang, Jackpot, brought the crowd to their feet as they demonstrated flying lead changes, working cattle, and dressage maneuvers. Buddy and Jackpot placed 15th out of the 200 competitors. He also qualified and participated in the 2007 World Series Team Roping Finals in Las Vegas. Buddy travels around the United States to appear at expos, conduct clinics, give horsemanship demonstrations, as well as judge at many of these competitions. He can be seen at The American Trail Horse Competition & The Arizona Sun Circuit Quarter Horse Show in Scottsdale, AZ; Craig Cameron Extreme Cowboy Race, Buckeye, AZ; Rancho De Los Caballeros, Wickenburg, AZ; Arizona Dressage Association; Equifest, Prescott, Az; Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo; Equine Extravaganza, Paso Robles, CA. & Mane Event Buddy’s Ranch and Training facility is near Wickenburg Az. Rancho Rio Bonita Contact Information: Barn:    928-684-7392   diamondlilyhorses@gmail.com     BuddyUldriksonHorsemanship.com Cell:     928-231-3053
Chris Clark, Lead Mule Packer Grand Canyon National Park Clinic Title (Friday, Sunday):  Packing for all types of terrain Clinic Objective: Find out how to properly saddle & pack your mule or horse with a box hitch for all types of terrain. Clinic Title (Saturday):  Properly Fit Tack for your Pack Animal Clinic Objective:  Clinician will cover kinds of tack and saddles and the adjustments of your equipment to fit your pack animal. Chris Clark is currently the lead mule packer for the Grand Canyon National Park.  Chris is a native Arizonan, born and raised in Williams.  He has done many things on horseback including stable manager for Mountain Ranch Stables and Wrangler for Apache Stables at the Grand Canyon which is where he met his mentor and friend Ron Clayton.  It was Ron who brought Chris on with Xanterra as a Wrangler for the dude operation on the South Rim.  He later moved over to the pack barn where he found his niche.  This is what led him to his career in packing.  Chris is the proud father of three daughters, a grandson and granddaughter on the way.  Chris currently lives at the South Rim of the Canyon with the love of his life, Marisa. They enjoy all the Canyon has to offer from riding bikes around the park, beautiful scenery, back road driving, taking in all of the wildlife and of course, riding mules!!  Chris has a deep passion for packing and mules and is looking forward to sharing his knowledge with you.
Clay Harper, Professional Horse Trainer Clinic Topic:  Question and Answer Session with Clay Clinic Objective:  Ask Clay about any problem you have had or someone else has had with a horse or mule.  Clay specializes in fixing problem horses, has trained mules for the Grand Canyon and trained all types of horses for ranch work to dressage so he has a wealth of experience to draw from to answer any of your questions. Clay has worked and played with horses for over 50 years. He is the founder of the American Horse Trainers Group. He has worked with, and learned from, most of today's great horse trainers.  Clay graduated from the John & Josh Lyons Certification Program in 2001.   He specializes in fixing problem horses of all breeds and disciplines. He has toured around the world helping people to be better with their horses and helping horses to be better with their people. Clay conducts clinics, fixes problem horses, speaks and demonstrates at Equine Expo's.  He has written monthly & featured articles for numerous horse magazines.  He has also been featured in and referred to in several books related to horses.  Clay has had two successful Radio Shows (go to Podcasts to listen to some of his shows).  Clay is currently a spokesperson for Nutrena, Circle Y Saddles and Source.  He is also sponsored by many of the horse industries best companies. Clay's motto is "Hold Your Heart in Your Hand".  This is very apparent to anyone who has watched him work with horses.  "I truly believe, God has put me on this earth to help horses".
Eric Lynn, Donkey Expert Ride with the Experts Participation Clinic (Saturday):  Communicating with your Donkey Clinic Objectives:  Participants will learn the basics of halter training and get a better understanding of how to communicate with their donkeys to build trust and enhance ground skills.  Clinic Title:  Donkeys are not horses with long ears Clinic Objective:  The goal is to explore the unique needs of donkeys. Attendees will take part in a lively discussion on various donkey specific topics.  Topics may include: diet, physical fitness, hoof care, proper tack, general habits and more. Eric Lynn is a donkey wrangler and trainer that utilizes these wonderful critters in a multitude of ways most folks only dream of. Using donkeys exclusively, he rides, packs, drives and even burro races in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.  Not only is he an accomplished trainer, Eric's knowledge of the unique needs of donkeys has enabled him to design and manufacture donkey and mule specific tack, trail and packing gear.  Contact Information:  719-367-7190   eric@mountainridgegear.com
Greg Robinson, Professional Horse Trainer, Clinician Ride with the Expert Participation Clinic (Friday):  Great Horsemanship Made Easy Ride with the Expert Participation Clinic (Saturday):  Training for the Ultimate Versatility Clinic Title (Friday):  Taking Confusion out of Collection Clinic Title (Sunday):  Ride all Your Horse with All of You Originally from Idaho, Greg has a strong background in the Buckaroo, vaquero style of horsemanship.  Decades ago he began training full time, showing performance horses in reining, reined cowhorse, team roping, steer stopping and all aspects of ranch versatility.  For decades Greg has been conducting Horsemanship Clinics nationwide from California to New York, North Dakota to Texas.  He has been called in to work with some of the highest-powered warmblood stallions in the jumper industry along with ranch clinics across the nation. Greg is now based in Texas where he trains and shows performance horses and hosts specialized clinics.  His theory in Horsemanship is to keep thing simple and stress free to build confident, top of the line equine partners. Contact Information:  619-438-4069        Facebook:  Robinson Horsemanship
Jason Gifford, Horse Trainer Clinic Title:  Foundation Under Saddle/Body Control Clinic Objective:  Clinician will demonstrate how to achieve total softness in the horse, how to achieve body control under saddle and why it is important. Jason Gifford has been involved with the horse industry as a trainer and equine appraiser for more than 14 years.  After high school, Jason was fortunate enough to have worked on a few large cattle/horse ranches in Wyoming and Colorado, spending many hours in the saddle.  It did not take long for Jason to realize that 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, he 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 Bureau of Land Management (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 and body control so they can be successful in any discipline," says Jason. Jason currently operates a horse training program for most breeds, located at Stage Line Ranch in Desert Hills, Az. and is available for you to contact for more information. Contact Information:  623-293-7487   giffssuperduty@gmail.com
Jeff Cook, Horse Trainer Clinic Title (Friday):  Creating better communication through groundwork  Clinic Objective: Learn important facts about how horses think and ways of communicating more effectively. Clinic Title (Saturday):  Incorporating ground work into saddle training the green horse Clinic Objective: Taking the groundwork you've learned and putting it to use in your saddle training will make you a much more effective leader and rider. Clinic Title (Sunday): Put Finish on Turns and Stops Clinic Objective: Learn to sharpen your horses turning and stopping skills and create much less resistance in your training. Jeff’s life has always revolved around horses; since he was a child running around in a ranching community in Colorado where early on in his childhood, he found that he had a gift with horses. Jeff has developed a strong love and passion for horses. His bond with horses and natural talent as a horseman led him to showing Paints and Quarter horses which was a big part of his life from the 80’s & 90’s. Mustangs entered his life in 2014 and will always be a quest and passion to show the world their capabilities. Jeff now is a successful TIP trainer in Tucson, Arizona and has competed in 2 Extreme Mustang Makeovers. Ft. Worth, TX in 2016 and won the Seniors Division and Reno, NV in 2017 and took Grand Champion Reserve and Fan Favorite.  In January of 2018, he competed in a Trainer Invitation Only "Magic" makeover. Jeff and his wife own Dream Horse AZ where they train, show and sell great horses to wonderful clients and love every minute of it. Contact Information:   520-460-8474      www.Dreamhorseaz.com       Facebook:   Dream Horse Az
JJ Anderson, 2016 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion Clinic Title:  Return of a Champion Clinic Objective:  JJ adopted the mare that he trained when he won the Az. Horseman’s Challenge in 2016.  Follow the journey of this remarkable horse from unhandled to finished.  JJ grew up in the desert of southern Arizona to a team roping family along with his 4 brothers. From a young age JJ could be found on the back of a horse or moving the cows up the lane for his dad to rope. JJ has trained for the public for about 7 years. He recently started working as a Wild Horse Specialist at the Florence prison helping teach prisoners how to train wild mustangs. JJ draws a lot of techniques he includes in his program from Tom Dorrance, Buck Brannaman, among others. Contact Information:   520-526-8560   doublejhorsemanship@gmail.com
Joyce Tanner, Photographer Clinic Title: Horse Photography "Training your Photographic eye" Clinic Objective:  A good photographic eye will let you take great pictures even if you are working with an inexpensive camera or cell phone camera.  This workshop will discuss factors that will influence the image including: your objective, the sun, the horse or horses, condition and grooming, environment, timing, the background and foreground, camera angles, framing, cropping and composition.  Bring your camera and/or phone to this interactive workshop and let’s have some fun photographing horses. Joyce Tanner has loved photography for as long as she can remember.  She believes that great photography is not about taking great pictures; it’s about capturing great moments.  She especially loves equine photography and capturing the spirit and personality of these magnificent animals.  Ms. Tanner enjoys photographing talented horses and their human partners making connections.  She has been shooting professionally since 2009 starting with Arabian Horse shows and ranch shoots. Contact Info:     928-499-1393       tannerphotography@outlook.com           www.joycetanner.zenfolio.com        
Katherine Calkins, Owner-Head Instructor J6 Ranch Equestrian Center Ride with the Expert Participation Clinic (Sunday):  EQUILibrium: What is “The Seat”? Clinic Objective:  The basic principles of biomechanics and how physics applies to your riding and seat. What is your seat, and what are your aids? What is the difference between riding and training.  Beginning work on the three foundation movements of the seat, how to ask for engagement, bend, and direction without the reins. Clinic Title (Friday):  EQUILibrium:  Biomechanics Basics Clinic Objective:  During my EQUILibrium clinics my goal is for riders to learn to understand the science behind, how to position, and gain control of their lumbosacral movements to be in the best balance with their horse. In addition, many riders will discover the root of their left-right unbalances and how to improve their health and balance in their day-to- day life. Katherine Calkins is the owner and head instructor at the J6 Ranch Equestrian Center in Benson, Arizona. Katherine’s initial Classical Dressage training was received from her mother, a certified BHS instructor and graduate of Porlock Vale. In her teenage years Katherine sought instruction across the country in competitive Dressage, colt starting, gaited horses, over fences, western ranch riding, saddle seat, equine rehabilitation, equine bodywork, and endurance. Through her 15 years of teaching and training experience she has sought the connection between all disciplines from Barrel Racing to Dressage and from the ground up. The connection she found is physics, and how the biomechanics of muscle, both equine and rider, combine to create a synchronized and seemingly effortless balance in motion. Katherine’s approach to riding is focused on setting achievable goals and tasks to help rider and horse become more aware of each other’s locomotive capabilities, more relaxed in increasingly difficult situations both on the ground and under saddle. Riders are expected to accept their position not always as leader, but as coach and caretaker for both their horse’s and their own fitness and health. In Katherine’s philosophy there are no excuses and no mistakes, only new opportunities to learn new skills. Samantha Jepson, 2015 Az Horseman's Challenge Champion, take on the EQUI-Librium clinic series: "what I love about Katherine's work is that she has taken that skillset of top riders and discovered a way to break it down into smaller pieces that everyone can learn". Contact Information: 520-975-2822    email: wickedgoodsaddleclub@gmail.com
Lanny Leach, 2013 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion Ride with the Expert Participation Clinic (Friday):  Problem Solving: Horse and Rider Clinic Objective:  Bring your problem you are having with your horse and Lanny will help you find the answer. Ride with the Expert Participation Clinic (Saturday):  Purpose of Riding with Legs Clinic Objective:  By using your legs you will learn to stop, turn, backup, walk, trot and lope with leg pressure. Lanny Leach comes from true American ranching heritage. Since his great grandfather, his family has 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.  Lanny has competed in many Extreme Mustang Makeover events and has placed in the top 10 in seven finals in California, Colorado and Texas and won the prestigious George Gregory True Grit Memorial award at the Mustang Million competition in Ft. Worth.  He also was invited to compete in the Colt Starting Challenge USA program where he finished second at the National Finals in Las Vegas in 2015.  Lanny served as training advisor for the Montgomery Creek Ranch wild horse sanctuary in northern California.  More than 200 wild horses and mustangs have been settled on to the 2,000 acre facility, where he established a formal training program. Lanny Leach is a nationally known horseman and clinician.  Currently he is training in Ainsworth, Nebraska with his son Logan.  They train ranch, recreational and all performance horse disciplines.  Lanny is the 2013 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion.  He has returned each year as a judge and clinician for this event.  Lanny has been honored to be a part of the “Unbranded“documentary and book.  He trained the mustangs that Ben Masters used for this adventure.   Contact Info:  520-591-2494   kjleach2004@yahoo.com  www.Lannyleachhorsemanship.com
Larry Nelles, Master Horseman Clinic Topic:  Get in Time with Your Horse’s Feet Clinic Objective:  Learn the importance of knowing where your horse’s feet are always and how to time your training with their feet. Larry Nelles got his start in the horse industry at the early age of 11 years old when he moved away from home onto a working ranch in Alberta.  After being bucked off one of the horses everyday he worked, the owner took away Larry’s reins and gave him a thin cotton string and the instruction that if he pulled too hard it would break and he would be left with no reins of any kind.  Hard earned lessons like this started Larry at a young age to learn how to use light hands and launched him into a lifetime of learning and developing skills that he has based his career upon.  Larry trains year-round at his ranch in Cave Creek as well as teaching clinics across the United States, Canada and includes teaching in France and Austria.  He recalls that in one year he started 755 horses across North America.  He has worked with all types of horses and riders.  Horses he has trained have had success in a wide variety of disciplines including 3-day eventing, U.S. Equestrian Team, Cutting, Mounted Shooting, barrels and cattle work.  The tenets of his training include: don’t use force, ask don’t tell, get your horse ready to do something and in the right frame of balance using your seat first then legs and hands and develop lateral movement from the withers back.  Larry teaches that horsemanship basics are the same no matter what discipline they are used.  Back when he was 11 he thought he knew everything, now at 80 he admits that horses are his passion.  “If I can show someone how to do something and they are successful, it makes me feel really good.” Contact Information:  480-213-1839