Competitors

ARIZONA HORSEMAN’S CHALLENGE

& EXPO

May 11, 12, and 13, 2018

 2017 All Rights Reserved Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo
2018 Challenge of the Champions
Lanny Leach, 2013 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion 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  Lannyleachhorsemanship.com
Thomas Clover,  2014 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion Thomas Clover was born and raised in the mountains of Wyoming.  His family has been involved in the outfitting business in and around Jackson Hole for more than three generations.  Being in a packing family is much more than going on trial rides.  This is where Thomas first started getting on green and unbroken horses.  It was very common to hear “we got a couple new ones; not sure their story but you should jump on them and see if they are going to fit in with the outfit.”  On the same note, taking care of a large herd of horses that spends most of its time wondering around open country will quickly teach a person how to work with their stock to accomplish their tasks.  It was this early backcountry horsemanship experience that truly instilled a love of horses.  It is purely just you and your horses. After graduating from college with a degree in wildlife ecology, Thomas decided to pursue training colts and see where that would go.  The seasonal changes in Wyoming make this a difficult thing to do year round; so after several years Thomas found himself drifting to Tucson to find work for the winter riding.  He has been in southern Arizona for three years working for himself as well as for the Bandalero Ranch, a breeding/training facility that specializes in reined cow horses.  Thomas is in the process of relocating to Idaho for a fantastic new opportunity. His horsemanship centers itself around the understanding of communication between the human and the horse.  If a horse understands what the person wants, most often he will do exactly what we want.  On the other hand if we understand how our actions and energy are perceived by the horse we will be able understand how the horse will respond to our work with them.  These principles are necessary weather we are starting performance horses or pleasure horses; Quarter Horses or Clydesdales; western or English disciplines.  With this foundation a horse has the potential to go any direction because the basis for understanding is there.  Contact Info:  307-231-0126
Samantha Jepson,  2015 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion Samantha has dedicated her life to training, riding and teaching. Over the course of her life she has had opportunities to work in almost every discipline in the horse industry, and now has a vested interest in helping horses and riders to communicate and understand each other better.  As she says, it is the most satisfying reward to see the progress of these students! Specializing in starting colts and working with problem horses, Samantha has the back ground to put a solid foundation on any horse, and the ability to help any horse work through issues it may have.  She has completed multiple apprenticeships under world class trainers in working cow horse, cutting, reining, English and western pleasure.  Recently she has begun showing in Working Equitation and is very much enjoying how well it encompasses the training already used in her program for all the performance horses, for rodeo or show! She spent a number of years in the team roping arena and working on ranches, so she fully understands what is needed in a good working horse. Samantha loves teaching riding lessons, and she herself has spent her life learning. She has a wonderful way of teaching, from the ground up with a great deal of patience. With a down to earth way of explaining how to clearly ask your horse to accomplish what you are asking of it, her students learn quickly and advance their horsemanship skills to levels she never expected to see! Contact Info:  520-591-9950  Twobraidstraining@gmail.com    www.Twobraidstraining.webs.com
JJ Anderson,  2016 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion 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 Info:   520-483-6719
Travis Lyons, 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion Travis Lyons grew up in the Verde Valley and currently lives in Cornville, AZ, with his wife and two sons. 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, training and breaking horses in various disciplines, as well as giving horsemanship lessons. Travis represented the Verde Valley in the 2013 Arizona Horseman's Challenge and received Reserve Champion, second only to the prestigious Lanny Leach.  He is proud to return to the Arizona Horseman’s Challenge as the 2017 Champion and looks forward to the 2018 Challenge of the Champions.

Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo

May 11, 12, and 13, 2018

 2017 All Rights Reserved Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo

Competitors

2018 Challenge of the Champions
Lanny Leach, 2013 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion 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  Lannyleachhorsemanship.com
Thomas Clover,  2014 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion Thomas Clover was born and raised in the mountains of Wyoming.  His family has been involved in the outfitting business in and around Jackson Hole for more than three generations.  Being in a packing family is much more than going on trial rides.  This is where Thomas first started getting on green and unbroken horses.  It was very common to hear “we got a couple new ones; not sure their story but you should jump on them and see if they are going to fit in with the outfit.”  On the same note, taking care of a large herd of horses that spends most of its time wondering around open country will quickly teach a person how to work with their stock to accomplish their tasks.  It was this early backcountry horsemanship experience that truly instilled a love of horses.  It is purely just you and your horses. After graduating from college with a degree in wildlife ecology, Thomas decided to pursue training colts and see where that would go.  The seasonal changes in Wyoming make this a difficult thing to do year round; so after several years Thomas found himself drifting to Tucson to find work for the winter riding.  He has been in southern Arizona for three years working for himself as well as for the Bandalero Ranch, a breeding/training facility that specializes in reined cow horses.  Thomas is in the process of relocating to Idaho for a fantastic new opportunity. His horsemanship centers itself around the understanding of communication between the human and the horse.  If a horse understands what the person wants, most often he will do exactly what we want.  On the other hand if we understand how our actions and energy are perceived by the horse we will be able understand how the horse will respond to our work with them.  These principles are necessary weather we are starting performance horses or pleasure horses; Quarter Horses or Clydesdales; western or English disciplines.  With this foundation a horse has the potential to go any direction because the basis for understanding is there.  Contact Info:  307-231-0126
Samantha Jepson,  2015 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion Samantha has dedicated her life to training, riding and teaching. Over the course of her life she has had opportunities to work in almost every discipline in the horse industry, and now has a vested interest in helping horses and riders to communicate and understand each other better.  As she says, it is the most satisfying reward to see the progress of these students! Specializing in starting colts and working with problem horses, Samantha has the back ground to put a solid foundation on any horse, and the ability to help any horse work through issues it may have.  She has completed multiple apprenticeships under world class trainers in working cow horse, cutting, reining, English and western pleasure.  Recently she has begun showing in Working Equitation and is very much enjoying how well it encompasses the training already used in her program for all the performance horses, for rodeo or show! She spent a number of years in the team roping arena and working on ranches, so she fully understands what is needed in a good working horse. Samantha loves teaching riding lessons, and she herself has spent her life learning. She has a wonderful way of teaching, from the ground up with a great deal of patience. With a down to earth way of explaining how to clearly ask your horse to accomplish what you are asking of it, her students learn quickly and advance their horsemanship skills to levels she never expected to see! Contact Info:  520-591-9950  Twobraidstraining@gmail.com    www.Twobraidstraining.webs.com
JJ Anderson,  2016 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion 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 Info:   520-483-6719
Travis Lyons, 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion Travis Lyons grew up in the Verde Valley and currently lives in Cornville, AZ, with his wife and two sons. 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, training and breaking horses in various disciplines, as well as giving horsemanship lessons. Travis represented the Verde Valley in the 2013 Arizona Horseman's Challenge and received Reserve Champion, second only to the prestigious Lanny Leach.  He is proud to return to the Arizona Horseman’s Challenge as the 2017 Champion and looks forward to the 2018 Challenge of the Champions.