Thanks to our Advisory Board Members for helping us create this amazing event for horse lovers everywhere!

John and Jody Lyons, Advisory Board Members, EQUITANA USA

John And Jody Lyons

John Lyons is an American horse trainer in the field of natural horsemanship. Lyons has been presenting training clinics and horsemanship symposia since 1980. He has written several books on horses and horse training, and is the founder of John Lyons’ Perfect Horse magazine. He lives and works out of Parachute, Colorado.

Jody and John have been sharing their life together since 2000. Jody is an emergency room nurse and has a great heart for helping and loving others. She has a profound faith for God in her life and is highly devoted to John and their family. A good family friend, Chris Williams was a professional football player and is a very big, strong and mild mannered person. He has a saying that he refers to when someone of his size and disposition finds themselves getting mad or upset. Chris’s saying is “Don’t poke the bear”. Well that saying fits Jody very well when it comes to protecting her kids, grand kids or John. She is the mama bear and she loves them all very much.

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John Lyons Horse Training Website
Nina Molledos-Mitchell EQUITANA USA Advisory Board Member

Nina Molledos-Mitchell, DVM

Dr. Nina Mouledous joined the AVMA PLIT Professional Liability Insurance team as a Trust Representative in 2008. Dr. Mouledous speaks to AVMA members insured through the PLIT-sponsored programs, answering questions related to malpractice allegations and practice situations. She reviews professional liability claims, assists in the defense by identifying experts and appraisers, and advises the insurance broker and underwriters about new developments in veterinary medicine. Additionally, Dr. Mouledous visits several colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States, represents the PLIT at various veterinary conventions and speaking engagements each year, and contributes to PLIT publications.

Before joining the PLIT, Dr. Mouledous was the owner and sole practitioner for nineteen years of Equine Veterinary Services, Ltd, a mobile clinic that specialized in thoroughbred race horses at Hawthorne Race Course (Chicago, Illinois) and Arlington Park (Arlington Heights, Illinois). In addition to her practice, Dr. Mouledous developed a trap-neuter-release program at the race tracks to help control the feral cat population. She also mentored pre-veterinary students during the summer.

Dr. Mouledous is a 1985 graduate of Louisiana State University, School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Richard Godbee - Farnum

Dr. Richard G. Godbee

Dr. Godbee is a Director of Technical Services – Equine for Farnam, Horse Health and Vita Flex. He has served as a faculty or adjunct faculty member at several universities. He has also served on the graduate committees for Master and Ph.D. candidates at numerous universities. Dr. Godbee’s research interest has included the effect of nutrition on immunity and inflammation. He is Board Certified in Animal Nutrition by the American College of Animal Science and has achieved Professional Animal Scientist status in the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists with a specialty in Horses. He is also a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition, American Society of Animal Science, American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, and Equine Science Society. He is a member of Gamma Sigma Delta, Alpha Zeta, and Sigma Xi honor societies. He owns and shows cutting horses at local and national events.

Dr. Richard G. Godbee received a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture and Masters of Science in Ruminant Nutrition from the University of Georgia. He received his Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition/Nutritional Biochemistry with an emphasis in equine from Colorado State University. He has numerous publications in peer reviewed journals and popular press on multiple species. He has presented papers and given invited talks throughout the United States Japan, Ireland, England, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Australia, Mexico, and Canada.

Dr. Richard Godbee Farnum
Tara Potempa EQUITANA USA Advisory Board Member

Tara Potempa Sladek

Tara comes to us from Horse Powered Equestrian where she is owner of this full-service boarding and training facility, specializing in personal & comprehensive instruction, training coaching for beginner through advanced students.

Tara has had success in showing, training and teaching not only well schooled hunters, jumpers and riders, but green horses and riders who do not yet have show ring confidence. Her ability to size up a horse and adapt her riding to each mount’s preference is a talent to envy. Tara has been able to transfer this ability to helping students pick the appropriate horse for their ability and personality, creating lasting horse and rider bonds. Tara’s finesse as a trainer and competitive edge as a rider, have earned her awards and respect alike.

Horse Powered Equestrian Website
Lindsey Williamson, Tribute, Advisory Board Member for EQUITANA USA

Lindsey Williamson

Lindsey Williamson is an Equine Specialist for Tribute Equine Nutrition. Growing up on her family’s training and boarding facility in Virginia, Lindsey fell in love with the science behind retraining and re-feeding off-the-track thoroughbreds for fox hunting and the show hunter ring. After seizing every opportunity the university offered to become more involved in the equine community, Lindsey graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with an Animal & Poultry Sciences degree in 2009.

Lindsey was the captain of the Virginia Tech Intercollegiate Horse Show Association team and loved travelling around the country with the hunter, dressage and western competition teams. She also enjoyed her experiences competing with the Virginia Tech Horse Judging Team and the opportunity to become more involved in different aspects of the industry including 4H, FFA, the AQHA and the NRHA through horse judging and hippology on the state and national level.

In order to learn more about the international equine industry Lindsey spent a year training warmblood Show Jumpers in Austria after graduating from university. When she returned to the United States she started working with Tribute Equine Nutrition making diet recommendations for her client’s sport horses on the east coast. She loves having hands-on involvement with her clients success as they use the latest nutritional advancements to keep their horses as happy and healthy as possible!

Lindsey has continued enjoying her work with the young horses in her family’s training program as they discover the careers they were meant to have, whether that is in the hunt field, the show ring, or as three day eventers. To learn more about Tribute Equine Nutrition, please check out their website.

Lindsey Williamson from Tribute Equine Nutrition


Susan Masaus

Susan Masaus is Owner of The Riding Store In Woodridge, Illinois. Susan has a wealth of knowledge about the equestrian industry having been an avid rider and equestrian enthusiast for most of her life.
Susan Masaus The Riding Store, Advisory Board Member EQUITANA USA
The Riding Store Website

John Berkos EQUITANA USA ADVISORY Board Member

John Berkos

John is currently a trainer at the Legacy River Equestrian Center in Sugar Grove, Illinois.

John grew up riding at Primrose Farm in St. Charles, IL and at the age of 15 was able to travel the country showing in Wellington, Kentucky, Chicago, Harrisburg, Washington, and Detroit. John competed in his first Grand Prix at age 17 and he also received numerous year-end awards with NIHJA, IHJA, Zone 5 and in 1997 and 1998 he won the IHJA Junior Medal Finals.

Later on in 1998 he was selected to the represent the USA in an International Competition for Young Riders. In January of 1999, he competed in Bombay, India at the CSI Young Riders event. Team USA won the Bronze medal, and John won the individual silver medal. Later on in 1999 he was chosen to represent the USA once again, this time at an Amateur Nations Cup in Ireland.

In 2000 John had the honor of working/riding with Olympian Anne Kursinski at her own Market Street Farm in New Jersey. John has received numerous Grand Prix ribbons and in the past few years has received his “R” judges licenses in the Hunter, Jumper & Equitation divisions.

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Legacy River Equestrian Center Website
Joanna L Robson EQUITANA USA Advisory Board

Joanna L. Robson, DVM, CVSMT, CMP, CVA, SFT, CIT

Joanna Robson is a doctor of veterinary medicine, author and a member of the American Association Of Equine Practitioners. She is the owner of Inspiritus Equine, Inc. and the founder of Integrated Soundness Solutions™ – a philosophy and practice of combining the best methods from Eastern and Western veterinary medicine, with top equine professionals working together, for the best diagnostic and healing approach for the patient. She is the only veterinarian certified in the above combined modalities, and is a global leader in the whole horse approach.

Dr. Robson is a graduate of the Washington State University Honors Veterinary Medicine Program, and completed an internship in medicine and surgery at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Canada. She then completed certifications in Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy from the Nationally Accredited Healing Oasis Wellness Center in Sturtevant, WI, and Veterinary Acupuncture from the renowned Chi Institute of TCVM in Gainesville, Florida. Dr. Robson is also a certified massage practitioner (Pacific School of Massage and Bodywork), and Certified Saddle-Fitting Technician (Saddlefit4Life®). She obtained her certification in Infared Thermography through the Infraspection Institute™. Dr. Robson also employs Chinese Herbal Medicine and infrared thermography in her daily practice.

Dr. Robson has spoken nationally and internationally. She works very closely with world-class Certified Master Saddlers, industry-leading farriers, top trainers in dressage and hunter-jumpers, and academic leaders in alternative medicine programs. Dr. Robson is the Veterinary Technical Director of EquineIR™ – major sponsor of the 2010 World Equestrian Games, and is a veterinary partner in Saddlefit4Life®. She is a long-time member of the AAEP, AQHA, and USEF.

In September 2009 Dr. Robson published “Recognizing the Horse in Pain, and What You Can Do About It!”

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Kelly Smith EQUITANA USA Advisory Board Member

Kelly Smith-Remming

Kelly has owned, shown, and bred countless horses of her own since she was 7 years old. She was active in 4H programs and competed in many horseshows and gymkhanas. She has lived on two breeding farms and assisted in the delivery of countless foals.
Kelly has worked in the polo industry for 30 plus years. She has worked as a polo horse trainer/groom for 15 years providing her with lots of hands on experience with sport horse care. Polo ponies are real athletes and it takes a lot of specialized care and conditioning to keep them playing and Kelly has worked with hundreds of different horses over the years. She has also worked closely with many veterinarians over the years. She has worked with many different polo professionals as well and each of them taught her something different.
Kelly has worked at the largest polo tack store on the west coast for 25 years, with locations at the 3 largest polo clubs in the west. Eldorado Polo Club, Santa Barbara Polo Club and San Diego Polo Club. She started as a salesperson and has been helping the owner manage operations for the last 10 years. Customers include major trainers in the polo, hunter-jumper, quarter horse, and thoroughbred racehorse industries.
Kelly has lived in Southern California for 40 years and is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the horse industry on the west coast.

Kelly Smith Jackson Hole Horse Emporium

Sandi Simons EQUITANA USA Advisory Board Member

Sandi Simons

Sandi works out of Australia and has worked with EQUITANA Melbourne for many years. Sandi offers horse training for all ladies that have lost their confidence giving them the help, encouragement and support they need to ensure that their journey with riding can become easier, enjoyable and more fulfilling.

No matter what discipline, age or what riding level, it is never too late to get to where you want to be and do what you want to do with your riding and with your life!

Sandi has devised a unique program brought about by her own battle with self-doubt and defeat and she understands the courage it takes to rise above that. It is her life’s passion to help others find that same courage. Sandi believes that everyone has the capacity within themselves to do more and go further than they ever thought possible. She helps women find the strength they hold within to overcome their perceived limitations and return to empowerment, both with their horse and in their life. Her aim is for everyone she meets to become a stronger more complete person with their horse, their relationships and within themselves.

Sandi Simons Horse Training In Australia

Robert Kellerhouse EQUITANA USA Advisory Board Member

Robert Kellerhouse

Event Organizer at Galway Downs Equestrian Center



EQUITANA USA Conference Program

Four Conferences held June-July, 2017.

equitana use open air festivalA continuing educational conference program hosted in conference center hotels throughout the US in four cities each year. The Conference Program will provide a scientific focus on equestrian wellness and breeding of the horse.


EQUITANA USA Open Air Festival
Temecula, CA - October 20-22, 2017

A family festival filled with lots of fun and excitement!

equitana use open air festivalEQUITANA USA Open Air festival combines everything that makes the recreational rider’s pulse quicken: a celebration of riding as a leisure activity, a fun family event and a chance for horse enthusiasts to gather and celebrate at a unique showcase for their beloved horses.


EQUITANA USA, The Equine Sports World Fair
Atlanta, GA - October 4-7, 2018

A consumer and trade show extravaganza anticipated to be the single largest within North America.

little image of horses at EQUITANA USA Open AirHeld entirely indoors and featuring the full range of horse breeds and every riding discipline. Multiple arenas, huge exhibition hall, educational clinics, seminars and demonstrations from world-renown riders, trainers and wellness professionals.


Nightly Entertainment

little image of horses at EQUITANA USA Open AirHOP TOP Show: A theatrical presentation with the most beautiful horses and best-in-class acrobatic performers from around the globe.

little image of horses at EQUITANA USA Open AirSTALLIONS USA: Discover experienced sport stallions, promising youngsters and popular trademark stallions in one show! See extraordinary jumping abilities, excellent movement and dynamic vitality in the saddle.


Bob Keegan, General Manager

phone:     630-453-5529
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