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
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:   520-526-8560   doublejhorsemanship@gmail.com
Travis Lyons, 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion Travis Lyons, 30, 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. Travis is excited about the success and growth of the Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo thus far, and is looking forward to participating in this year’s event, and in future years to come.
Thomas Clover,  2014 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion Thomas was born and raised in Wyoming where he received his start with horses at a very young age.  Growing up around the lifestyle, he started working for his families’ backcountry outfitting business in high school and continued to do so through college.  After receiving a degree in wildlife ecology from Washington State University Thomas started learning to train horses and start colts professionally.  After several seasons he moved to Tucson Arizona to pursue more knowledge and the ability to train year around.  While in Tucson Thomas had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of horses involved in many different disciplines.  He focused on reined cow horse at Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch, but also worked with many other young/problem horses throughout the area.  In 2017 Thomas moved to Star Idaho to continue learning more about horsemanship and be closer to family.  He currently is pursuing a career in the reined cow horse industry working with Jeremy Meador Performance Horses, as well as working with all the young horses and babies from breeder Redtail Ranch.   Contact Information:  307-231-0126     tclover23@gmail.com

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 
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
Thomas Clover,  2014 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion Thomas was born and raised in Wyoming where he received his start with horses at a very young age.  Growing up around the lifestyle, he started working for his families’ backcountry outfitting business in high school and continued to do so through college.  After receiving a degree in wildlife ecology from Washington State University Thomas started learning to train horses and start colts professionally.  After several seasons he moved to Tucson Arizona to pursue more knowledge and the ability to train year around.  While in Tucson Thomas had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of horses involved in many different disciplines.  He focused on reined cow horse at Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch, but also worked with many other young/problem horses throughout the area.  In 2017 Thomas moved to Star Idaho to continue learning more about horsemanship and be closer to family.  He currently is pursuing a career in the reined cow horse industry working with Jeremy Meador Performance Horses, as well as working with all the young horses and babies from breeder Redtail Ranch.   Contact Information:  307-231-0126     tclover23@gmail.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:   520-526-8560   doublejhorsemanship@gmail.com
Travis Lyons, 2017 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Champion Travis Lyons, 30, 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. Travis is excited about the success and growth of the Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo thus far, and is looking forward to participating in this year’s event, and in future years to come.