Judges

ARIZONA HORSEMAN’S CHALLENGE

& EXPO

April 19, 20, and 21, 2019

 2017 All Rights Reserved Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo
Clay Harper, 2018 Arizona Horseman’s Challenge Judge 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).  He and his wife Jacquie are the creators of the Southern Arizona Horse Expo which is held every year in Tucson, Arizona.  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".
Larry Nelles, 2018 Arizona Horseman’s Challenge Judge 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
Greg Robinson, 2018 Arizona Horseman’s Challenge Judge 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        FB:  Robinson Horsemanship
Jody Swink, 2018 Arizona Horseman’s Challenge Judge 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 sixth 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       www.jodyswink.com

Judges

Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo

April 19, 20, and 21, 2019

 2017 All Rights Reserved Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo
Clay Harper, 2018 Arizona Horseman’s Challenge Judge 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).  He and his wife Jacquie are the creators of the Southern Arizona Horse Expo which is held every year in Tucson, Arizona.  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".
Larry Nelles, 2018 Arizona Horseman’s Challenge Judge 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
Greg Robinson, 2018 Arizona Horseman’s Challenge Judge 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        FB:  Robinson Horsemanship
Jody Swink, 2018 Arizona Horseman’s Challenge Judge 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 sixth 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       www.jodyswink.com