We are grateful to our 2020 Kentucky Horse Park presenters, many of whom will participate in year-round virtual experiences.
Stay tuned for updates and the 2021 lineup
We are grateful to our 2020 Kentucky Horse Park presenters, many of whom will participate in year-round virtual experiences.
Discipline: Collegiate Riding
Sally was the Director of Riding and Varsity Equestrian Head Coach at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH for twenty-nine years. Sally was on the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association Board from 1984-2017, including serving as the National Steward from 2001-2017 and was recognized in 2013 with the IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2019 Sally was honored among the first class inducted into the IHSA Hall of Fame. In addition to her years coaching at Dartmouth, Sally is the Founder and President of the Athletic Equestrian League and is a sought-after clinician all over the US, including Alaska and Hawai'i.
Sally is a Level III certified instructor with the American Riding Instructor’s Association (ARIA), and in 2008 was awarded with the ARIA Instructor of the Year. Sally is the author of Polocrosse: Australian Made, Internationally Played and her next book Athletic Equestrian: Ride Like a Varsity Athlete will be published in '22.
- Riding in College: Saddles, Studies & Showing
- The Athletic Equestrian: Ride Like a Varsity Athlete
Sandra Beaulieu is a creative equestrian that specializes in dressage, liberty, musical freestyle, and equine art. She incorporates her unique sense of artistry to all aspects of her work with horses. She combines her riding and art skills together for Art on Horseback, a process in which she creates a painting while riding Rovandio, a Lipizzan/Andalusian gelding. She has been a featured presenter at the Equine Affaire and was invited to perform at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, NC. Her art style is loose and flowing, inspired by calligraphy art and design.
Sandra is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist, a USDF “L” Graduate with distinction, and a USDF Freestyle Bronze Bar recipient. Sandra’s new book ‘FREESTYLE: the Ultimate Guide to Riding, Training, and Competing to Music’ was released this year and she is passionate about inspiring riders to have fun and be creative with their horses. Sandra is currently the head trainer at Little River Friesians in Havana, FL where they breed and sell Friesians, Andalusians, and Warlanders.
- Art on Horseback
Photo credit: Road to the Horse
Cole Cameron was raised in the cowboy and western way of life. Born in Arizona, raised in Texas and son to world champion and Hall of Fame cowboy Craig Cameron. Cole has spent his life on family ranches in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona and was always a top student, as well as a highly gifted athlete. Cole was a standout 3-sport athlete in High school, earning all-district honors in football, winning a state championship and earning a scholarship to play college football at Texas A&M University. Upon graduating with his bachelors in Agriculture at Texas A&M, Cole decided to pursue Graduate school earning a rodeo scholarship and a spot on the Texas A & M rodeo team. Cole competed two years for the Texas A&M Rodeo team and competed twice at the College National Finals in Casper, Wyoming.
After finishing his college rodeo career, Cole continued to follow his rodeo dream on the pro circuit. In 2011, he won the Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association in Steer Wrestling. Cole, who is now a highly competitive team roper, lives and works at the family Double Horn Ranch, near Stephenville, Texas, with his parents Craig and Dalene.
Cole has worked with some of the top horse trainers over the years and has competed in multiple disciplines including, cutting, team roping, and reined cow horse, and will compete in this year’s RTTH Wild Card.
Cole teaches alongside his Dad at many Horse Expos and Clinics and this past year traveled to five countries and sixteen States conducting horsemanship clinics on his own. 2020 proves to be even busier for Cole as he again travels Nationally and Internationally teaching the Ride Smart method that has been passed down the Cameron family from father to son. Cole is following in his father’s footsteps, helping people worldwide to develop great horses and horsemanship, while keeping the western and cowboy way of life alive and well.
- Colt Starting
- Extreme Cowboy Racing
In 2011, at age 19, Kat Chrysostom was riding her horse back to the barn when he suddenly stumbled and fell. After Kat regained consciousness, she discovered that her horse was dying, and she was paralyzed. Having grown up on a farm, in a family full of medical professionals, Kat was always passionate about animal wellness. But she had no idea that it would take a tragic accident to turn her passion into a successful business. After a long and difficult struggle, Kat found a holistic therapy that helped her regain her mobility. Soon after recovery, Kat began exploring the possibilities of using the same life-changing therapy to reduce pain and suffering on the creatures she loved most. And so Benefab®, a company specializing in wearable therapeutic pet products, was born.
Since then, Benefab® has partnered with the ASPCA, a non-profit organization whose mission is to save the lives of animals.In addition to running Benefab®, Kat loves to help people channel their passion into profit. Her newly released book, Broken to Branded, is full of true business stories and real-world strategies designed to help entrepreneurs build a successful business without losing sight of their purpose.
- Broken to Branded
Sydney Collier is 22 years old originally from Ann Arbor Michigan. Sydney is a one time United States Paralympic Equestrian working towards her second games at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo with her mount “All in One” and help from sponsor and horse owner Georgina Bloomberg. Sydney represented the USA in the World Equestrian games in 2014 in Normandie France as well as the Paralympics Rio 2016, where she finished 7th overall in her grade. “I am so excited to share my experiences as a Paralympic equestrian with each and every one of you at EQUITANA USA 2020 this September!”
- Training for Para-Dressage
- Panelist on “Young Equestrian Success Stories”
ENDO THE BLIND & MORGAN WAGNER
Morgan Wagner and her horse Endo the Blind are known throughout the world for their amazing relationship that enables the pair to exceed the preconceived limitations of blind horses.
Several years ago, Endo had to have his eyes removed due to pain and blindness from the disease equine recurrent uveitis. Endo learned to use his other senses to navigate his new dark world with the help and guidance from his loving owner, Morgan.
The pair now competes at masters level in working equitation and give demonstrations all over the US and Canada.
Liberty work is also a favorite with only Morgan’s voice to keep the connection between them without the need of ropes and reins. They are traveling to the KYH from Eugene, Oregon.
The pair will have daily displays showing their ability to navigate obstacles such as jumps, liberty work showing their bond and choreographed musical performances.
Discipline: Virtual Show Judging, North American Western Dressage
In addition to her NAWD Judges' License, Alece holds judging cards for multiple gaited breeds (IJA, IJA Gaited Dressage, RMHA (Senior), UMH, MFTHBA). Alece believes correct use of the training pyramid is important for any breed or discipline and is committed to building a solid foundation of rhythm and relaxation. She teaches riders the importance of equine biomechanics and how to assist the horse to become balanced and supple with the use of this knowledge in their ground and under-saddle work. Alece says "the relationship between form, function and gait is my passion" and to that end works to helps riders and their horses develop a relaxed, soft and unified relationship. Alece is from east Tennessee where she lives with her 2 Rocky Mountain Horses and 1 Tennessee Walker. She often scribes for USEF Judges (from L-S) at local to national championship level shows, which has enhanced her eye for correct dressage riding in any breed.
- Virtual Shows: What, Why & How
Laura Graves is an American dressage rider who represented the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics where she won a bronze medal in the team dressage competition. After winning double silver medals at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, NC, Laura became the first American dressage rider to be ranked No. 1 in FEI World rankings, aboard her longtime partner Verdades.
- Single-Day Dressage Clinic
- Panelist on “Tokyo 2021 Olympics”
Katie Hawkins is the owner of Unbridled Equine LLC – an equine massage business that focuses on professional treatment and exceptional care. She is a Certified Equine Massage Therapist and FEI Permitted Equine Therapist with 25+ years horse experience. Unbridled Equine was birthed from Katie’s own health issues, which gave her insight into the need for integrative health solutions for horses. Each massage she performs utilizes researched-based, holistic modalities to tailor the session to the evolving performance horse. Muscles never lie and that's the reason equine massage give owners, trainers and riders a deep understanding of the horse's physical health. One massage session shows areas of tension or weakness that might be causing training issues. Since riding is a team sport, Unbridled Equine educates owners, riders, and other horse care professionals through hands-on and virtual platforms. We show equestrians the correlation between rider’s muscle limitations and their horse’s performance. Unbridled Equine is a leader in the equine massage industry and travels throughout the United States working on all levels and disciplines of horses. Katie is also an amateur rider and shows in the Adult Jumper divisions with her horse, Centamiro.
- Common Muscle Issues with the Horse & Rider & How They Affect Performance
- 10 Massage Methods for Every Horse Owner
Discipline: Virtual Shows, North American Western
Jen Johnson has owned and loved horses since she was 10 and keeps her horses on her farm in Maple Lake MN. With a full time job and a family to care for, she was unable to carve out the time and money to build a show career. She loves the precision of dressage but prefers a Western Saddle so when Western Dressage was introduced to her in 2010, she jumped at the chance to create an organization that would combine the best of both worlds. Shortly afterwards, she created a virtual show system so that riders everywhere would have a chance to participate.
- Virtual Shows: What, Why & How
Discipline: Positive Reinforcement
Shawna is a pioneer in the use of positive reinforcement training with horses. Her powerful and humane behavioral training techniques are an eye-opening experience for equine professionals, competitors, and amateurs alike. She has produced books and videos and traveled worldwide to teach the concepts of bridge conditioning and positive reinforcement for horses.
Shawna began her training career far outside the equestrian world, working with large marine mammals. Animals such as dolphins, sea lions and orcas cannot be coerced. Only positive reinforcement methods can be used to ask these magnificent creatures to participate voluntarily in activities with human trainers. (You may be able to force a horse onto a trailer, but just try it with a walrus!)
When introduced to the world of top equestrian competition, Shawna saw immediately how reward-based training could be used to engage the horse’s willingness in equestrian pursuits. A number of years ago, top trainer John Madden was so impressed with Shawna’s early results that the world-renowned training facility at the Madden farm became the testing ground for adapting positive reinforcement training for horses.
By using Shawna’s positive reinforcement training methods, Olympian Beezie Madden taught her famous show jumper Judgment (now Judgment ISF) to overcome his fear of water and go on to win many international show-jumping victories. Beezie’s spectacular success over decades as a top international competitor on a series of great horses is a testament not only to her extraordinary talent and skill as a rider and trainer, but also in part to the reward-based training system that Shawna first developed on the Madden farm.
Shawna’s infectious enthusiasm, sense of humor, years of training experience and rapport with animals and humans makes her one of the finest positive-reinforcement trainers in North America.
- Moving Forward Under Saddle Using Positive Reinforcement, presented by Terra Nova Equestrian
- Why Your Horse Does What He Does & What To Do About It, presented by Terra Nova Equestrian
- Free Jumping, presented by Terra Nova Equestrian
Discipline: Horse & Rider Biomechanics
Jillian has been working with horses her entire life. In her early years, she competed horses in the AQHA, APHA, and Open Stock Horse Association; trained with J.R. Reichert, and trained for Kintzel Paint Horses. In college, she trained and showed for AQHA judge, Jim Dudley. Throughout these early years, she won numerous year-end high-point awards and futurity classes.
After graduating with her undergraduate degree, Jillian accepted the head training position at Circle L Ranch in Germany, where over the course of two years, she trained client horses; started young stock, and exhibited halter and pleasure horses. While abroad, she won three European National Halter Championships, the Circle L Western Pleasure Futurity, and High Point DQHA Horse of the Year, and trained AQHA World Qualifiers.
On her return to the United States from Germany, Jillian stopped competing horses and entered the Masters program in the school of Agricultural Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Here she studied equine movement, posture, and muscle development, as well as adult vocational education. Jillian’s research was guided in part by Dr. Hillary Clayton, Dr. Nancy Nicholson, and Dr. Sara Wyche. With their support, Jillian completed her Masters Thesis entitled “Desired Muscular Development in the Neck of the Horse: An Equine Observational Communication Tool and Study”. Additionally Jillian has spent time with Dr. Deb Bennett studying gross anatomy through the school of Equinology.
Jillian’s deep concern for the health of horses fuels her ongoing study of classical riding and its relationship to sound biomechanics, functional anatomy, posture, and mental wellbeing. She continues her riding and in hand education with Manolo Mendez, Stephanie Millham, and Peggy Cummings. Prior to his death in 2016, Jillian also studied intensively with Mark Russell and she recently authored a chapter in Mark’s newly revised book, “Lessons in Lightness, Expanded Edition.”
Jillian has also participated in equine osteopathy courses at the Vluggen Institute. This body of knowledge offers a different perspective aiding Jillian in her approach to horsemanship. It is her conviction that helping riders learn how the horse’s mind and all physical systems of the body work in concert, promotes healthy riding and training habits. The benefit of which is freedom of movement. To further that end, Jillian developed her lecture series; Understanding Equine Movement to Realize Your Horse’s Potential.
- Is Your Free Walk Really Free?
Christy Landwehr has been active in the horse industry for over 35 years. Hunter/jumper, dressage, side saddle, western pleasure, hunter pleasure, barrel racing, endurance riding and saddle seat equitation are just some of the disciplines Christy has competed in at the local, regional and national levels in multiple breeds. She has been teaching children and adults how to ride for over 30 years. Christy is a Master Level Riding Instructor and Equine Facility Manager through the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) www.CHA.horse and has taught students in 4-H and Pony Club. She is Past President of the American Youth Horse Council and past board member for the Colorado Horse Council. She also founded, competed on and coached the University of Colorado at Boulder Intercollegiate Horse Show Association equestrian team. Christy is an AQHA and APHA Professional Horseman and on the AQHA National Marketing Committee. Christy sits on the Colorado State University Equine Sciences Advisory Council and the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Board.
- Risk Management in Riding Programs
- Teaching Techniques for Riding Instructors
- Types of Lunging
Discipline: Integrated Equine Body Work
Jim Masterson teaches a unique method of equine body work in which the horse participates in the process by showing the practitioner where tension has accumulated and when it has been released.
The result is an effective method anyone can learn which will improve performance as well as open new levels of communication and trust with the horse. Jim has been the Equine Bodywork Therapist for the 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 USEF Endurance Teams, and has worked on thousands of horses competing on the AA Hunter-Jumper level in the United States, and in FEI Nations Cup and Pan American equestrian competitions. He now teaches his methods to horse owners and therapists around the world. He is the author of several books, stars in his own educational DVDs, and certifies hundreds of students in The Masterson Method® per year. More can be learned about Jim and his work at www.mastersonmethod.com.
- 3-Day Body Work Clinic
Discipline: Rider Biomechanics
With more than a dozen certifications and accolades to her name, Karin Miles’ combination of rider biomechanics training and riding instruction knowledge is plentiful! Karin’s resume includes:
- German Certified Riding Instructor Trainer C and Trainer B.
- Certified by the German FN for “Bodies in Motion”
- Certified Franklin Method Equestrian Balls with Dynamic Neuro-Cognitive Imagery International Certified Riding Instructor – Level II
- USDF Certified Associate Instructor
- USDF -L-Judge Program Candidate
- Junior Bronze Achievement Award Riding - FN Germany Bronze Achievement Award Work in Hand - FN Germany Silver Achievement Award Riding- FN Germany Bronze & Silver Medal Award *Lounging* - FN Germany
- Certified Equine Massage Therapist
- Straightness Training Mastery student and frequent ST workshop host
- How to Improve Your Dialogue With Your Horse
HILARY RUBICAM MERRILL
Discipline: Mounted Archery
Hilary Rubicam Merrill is an internationally successful competitor in the burgeoning sport of Horseback Archery and runs a rapidly growing training program with an all-Mustang fleet based in Northern California.
As a young rider, competing in Hunter/Jumper gave Hilary a deep respect for rhythm and composure, while her ensuing passion for Three Day Eventing taught her the importance of versatility and perseverance. She studied under BHS Instructors, Olympic Team members from around the world, USEA Instructors, and graduates of France’s Ecole Nationale at Saumur, all of whose influences now shape Hilary’s training program.
In 2014, director, author, and historical weapons expert Mike Loades introduced Hilary to Horseback Archery (HBA) and they created California’s first club, the California Centaurs. Hilary sought out training with world champion Polish horseback archer Wojtek Osiecki (Stajnia Grom, Wojtek Osiecki Horseback Archery), whose mentoring in the physiological, psychological, and philosophical aspects of HBA has been integral to Hilary’s growth and her own innovations. Balance (in many senses) has come to be the foundation of Hilary's training philosophy; to develop that foundation, she voraciously seeks out education in equine/human biomechanics and a variety of energy work methods. Simultaneously, Hilary has been studying a variety of horsemanship methods to help her students understand their equine partners more fully, thereby training the ideal team built on trust and respect.
Hilary’s current mission is emphasizing the equestrian element of the sport and helping both riders and horses enhance communication and optimize physical potential.
- Daily mounted archery demonstrations
Discipline: Horse & Rider Biomechanics
Wendy has a world-wide reputation as a riding instructor, clinician and author by teaching riders of all disciplines how to improve their function and thereby the horse’s performance for over 30 years. She is an innovator in the field by utilizing the Feldenkrais Method® She continually evaluates riding concepts from her scientific background making sure that the instruction adheres to the laws of scientific since “gravity is not discipline specific”. In 2012 Wendy created the SURE FOOT® Equine Stability Program and SURE FOOT Equine Pads, a variety of controlled unstable surfaces for horses to temporarily stand on. SURE FOOT creates equine self-awareness and allows the horse to explore his own balance, posture and movement. The horse chooses whether or not to stand on the pads, with which hoof and for how long, therefore it is not training. The Program has shown that most behavior problems stem from balance issues. SURE FOOT was acknowledged as a therapy at the American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention in 2019 and may be used by horse owners, equine professionals and veterinarians to improve the wellbeing of any horse.
- SURE FOOT® ESP: Are Your Horse’s Bad Behaviors Based on Balance?
- Fix Your Most Common Riding Problems in Five Minutes!
Discipline: Western Dressage
For 50 years Lynn Palm has championed the partnership of horse and rider. An international clinician, she travels extensively from Fox Grove Farm in Ocala, FL, where she and her husband, Cyril Pittion-Rossillon teach the fundamentals of their Palm Equestrian Academy.
Palm is an American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) judge and holds her USEF R Western Dressage Judge’s License. Continuing to compete in both United States Dressage Federation and Western Dressage Association of America shows, her competition record is second to none.
Ms. Palm was a special guest performer at the 1996 Olympics and was named 2000 AQHA Female Equestrian of the Year by the Women’s Sports Foundation. In 2003 she was the recipient of Equine Affaire’s Exceptional Equestrian Educator Award, and she was titled Horsewoman of the year in 2007 by the American Quarter Horse Association. In 2010, she presented at the World Equestrian Games as a clinician and entertainer and did the same at the 2017 FEI World Cup Finals in Omaha. Ms. Palm has also had the pleasure of presenting at Equitana Australia in the past.
- Finding the Right Fit: The Right Horse Trainer, Plan for YOU
- How to Cross Train Your Western Horse with Classic Dressage Principles
- How Dressage Can Improve Riders from All Disciplines
- The Equestrian Mental Edge
- Freestyle Routine
Discipline: All-Around Horse Trainer
Lindsey Partridge is a 3-time discipline champion at the Thoroughbred Makeover, Mustang Makeover Champion, EXCA Reserve Champion at Worlds, Versatility Challenge Reserve Champion at Equine Affaire, Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor, Freestyle judge, horse trainer for feature films, and founder of Harmony Horsemanship.
- Starting from Scratch: Training the Young Horse
- Confidence Building
- Liberty Without Tools
PATRICK THE MINI HORSE
Discipline: Mini Horse Extraordinaire
Although he only stands at 33.5 inches tall, GTR Patricks Vindicator is nothing short of a giant when it comes to his talent and personality. Patrick, as he is known to his friends and fans, is a 1994 American Miniature Horse gelding, owned, trained and shown by his friend of 21 years, Sarah Schaaf.
Patrick is best known for his incredible jumping abilities, having reached heights of up to 4 feet! Patrick’s work as an ambassador to the miniature horse breed, as well as his work as a registered therapy horse has earned him multiple awards including induction into the 2015 KVMA Animal Heroes Hall of Fame, the 2017 USEF/EQUUS Foundation horse Stars Hall of Fame and in 2019 he was released as a Breyer Model Horse.
Discipline: Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
Mary Poupon is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 30 years experience working with children, adolescents and adults. Born and raised in New York she completed her studies at Columbia University. She spent over 20 years working with people living with HIV/AIDS seize the day and have their life goals come to fruition.
Living in Newtown, CT life as she new it was changed forever after a gunman opened fire at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twenty children and six teachers and administrators lost their lives. Mary became certified in 2013 as an equine assisted psychotherapist and is the Executive Director of Embrace Hope Sandy Hook Equine Assisted Therapy Program. She has been providing treatment to the children and adults directly impacted by the tragedy at the school. Her work with the horses has been life changing and magical for herself and for the victims of trauma. Mary is published in her field and is a TED X Speaker. Mary is excited to share her experience with the healing power of work with horses through the non-profit organization Embrace Hope.
- How Horses Help Heal Victims of Trauma
Mikhail Proctor has won three national titles in 2012, 2016 and 2019 in the sport of Equestrian Vaulting. Combined with his background in the horse industry and gymnastics history, the sport of Equestrian Vaulting came naturally to Mikhail. He is known as the ‘Jack-of-all-trades' when it comes to horses, having experience in many disciplines in addition to vaulting including Dressage, Eventing, Show Jumping, Thoroughbred racing, and Thoroughbred retraining. Mikhail is a self-trained equestrian who learned from watching on the sidelines versus rising up in a traditional riding program. After completing a clinic with Vaulting Hall of Famer Devon Maitozo in 2012, Mikhail focused all his efforts on the sport of vaulting.
His equine partner, Goliath, was adopted from the Kentucky Equine Adoption Center. Similar to Mikhail, vaulting seemed to come naturally for the beautiful American Warmblood gelding. Goliath is a horse that loves to perform and has carried vaulters from all over the country and a few others from around the world including Germany and Australia. He was named Region X High Point horse in 2018 and 2019 and also High Point horse for the Bronze division and A-Team division in 2019 by the American Vaulting Association (AVA).
In 2017, Mikhail Proctor and Makayla Clyne founded Fleur De Lis Vaulters; a non-profit vaulting program based in Lexington, KY. Makayla Clyne was brought up in Mount Eden Vaulting Club, one of the oldest and most established vaulting programs in the USA based in Saratoga, CA. Through these coaches' combined expertise, Fleur De Lis Vaulters found success in the competition arena as well as in demonstration performances, acting as ambassadors for the sport of vaulting. The vaulting community acts as one family and has something to offer everyone with any interest.
- Educational vaulting demonstrations presented by the American Vaulting Association
- Panelist on “Young Equestrians”
RETIRED RACEHORSE PROJECT
Discipline: Thoroughbred Re-Training
The Retired Racehorse Project’s mission centers around increasing demand for Thoroughbreds after racing in the equestrian world. The organization is best-known for the annual Thoroughbred Makeover, the world’s largest racehorse retraining competition. Each year hundreds of Thoroughbreds, all in their first year of retraining after racing, come from around the U. S. and Canada to compete for their share of more than $135,000 in prize money.
In addition to the Makeover, the RRP also puts on off-track Thoroughbred retraining clinics throughout the country aimed at showcasing the various ways Thoroughbreds can be transitioned from racehorses into riding horses, show horses, polo ponies and more. Emceed by the RRP’s executive director Jen Roytz, each RRP Master Class features several horses from reputable aftercare organizations that have recently retired from racing and have not yet started the retraining process. The horses are paired with professional trainers, each from a different equestrian discipline and all with a strong reputation for bringing along young horses to the upper levels of their sport. The goal is to not only showcase all of the different “right ways” to approach the early rides off the track, but to also offer spectators a comprehensive look on what to consider when evaluating prospects.
- RRP Masterclass
- Selecting the OTTB That’s Right for YOU
Discipline: Show Jumping
Ronny is an accomplished Grand Prix and Championship rider with over 20 years experience in the sport horse industry. Riding for names like Franke Sloothaak and Paul Schockemöhle, Ronny made a name for himself as a rider and trainer, not just in Germany but also in other parts of Europe and North America. Knowing the difference between the European and American way of riding, Ronny combines the best of both styles to individually suit both horse and rider.
- 2-day Jumpers Clinic
- Panelist on “The Lost Art of Horsemanship”
Skye Simpson is an accomplished Dressage trainer whose story begins in Region 9, but has since flourished in Region 7. Simpson strived to be successful in dressage, and took the initiative to move across the country at 15 years old to become an apprentice at top dressage facilities. Simpson’s time spent as an apprentice was filled with accomplishments: she represented Region 9 at The North American Youth Championships where Region 9 took home the team bronze medal! Simpson ranked 9th in North America, earned her USDF Bronze medal and USDF Silver medal. At 18 years old Simpson became a head trainer in Region 7 and started her Dressage business at Mctalley Manor Warmbloods. Simpson continues to grow her business and is training for the Under 25 Grand Prix on her young horse. Although the road to success was an uphill battle for Simpson she owes her career to her years spent as a working student. Simpson hopes to shed a light on young riders to take leaps, and never give up on their dreams.
- Panelist on “Young Equestrian Success Stories”
Dr. Ashley Wagner received her BS and MS from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Animal and Poultry Sciences with an emphasis in nonruminant nutrition. She then earned a PhD from the University of Kentucky in Animal and Food Sciences with an emphasis in equine nutrition through the completion of her dissertation, titled “Factors affecting skeletal muscle protein synthesis in the horse.” She stayed at UK to complete post-doctoral training in the department of Physiology with a research emphasis in metabolism and skeletal muscle chronobiology. Upon completion of her post-doctoral training, Dr. Ashley moved back to Virginia as the Research Manager for Cooperative Research Farms. During the three years she spent with CRF, Dr. Wagner managed research trials and co-authored 50 internal publications. In 2014, she left CRF to start a consultation firm whose cliental base stretches from individual horse owners and veterinarians to supplement and feed additive companies. This was the launch pad for Equinutrix, a supplement line founded and backed by scientific research. Because research is at the center of Equinutrix, Dr. Wagner is still very active in partnering with universities to investigate new ingredients and products, and is a member of a number of professional associations including the Equine Science Society and the American Society of Animal Sciences. Her publication history consists of over 45 co-authored abstracts, presented at regional or national conferences, and 11 peer-reviewed co-authored publicatio
In her spare time, Dr. Ashley enjoys spending time at the barn with her daughter, and showing in the open hunters and at Arabian breed shows.
DANI G. WALDMAN
Discipline: Show Jumping
Dani declared her professional status in 2012 after 15 years of riding, training, and winning at the top of the showjumping sport as an amateur and junior competitor in the USA. Her equestrian career thrived under the tutelage of Olympians Frank Chapot, Norman Dello Joio, and Todd Minikus. She competed in her first Grand Prix at the age of 16 and won both Individual and Team Gold Medals in the North American Young Rider Championships that same year.
After graduating from Duke University, she took over the management of Starwyn Farms. She developed several innovative programs that contributed to the educational needs of the equestrian community and raised the bar on integrity and professionalism in the sport.
In 2010, she acquired her Israeli citizenship and began competing under the Israeli flag. She has represented Israel in four European Championships and two World Championships. In 2017, she finished 9th overall at the European Championships and was the only female athlete in the top 12. She has won multiple five stars Grand Prix competitions, among them 2 Rolex Grand Prix in Wellington, and two legs of the 2019 season of the prestigious Global Champions Tour series. She was the only woman at the LGCT playoffs final in Prague.
Dani is a significant member of the Israeli show jumping team and was the anchor who secured the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifying spot in Moscow in 2019.
- Panelist on “Traditions & Changes in the Equestrian World”
- Panelist on “2021 Tokyo Olympics Recap”
Discipline: Yoga for Equestrians
Cathy Woods, long-time Yoga Teacher/ Retreat Leader, Author of Yoga for Riders, Equine enthusiast, and avid Trail rider leads Body, Mind, Equine TM retreats and clinics around the country at ranches, resorts, expos and equine centers. Cathy has been leading yoga programs to horse lovers and non- equestrians for nearly thirty years. Her Yoga & Equine programs teach the parallels of the two practices. Body, Mind, Equine is not about doing yoga on the back of a horse, but rather how to use yoga principles (not just yoga postures) to improve horsemanship from ground to saddle and become a more aware, conscious rider. In addition, Cathy teaches, good stretches for riders. Combining her passions of yoga, horsemanship and travel, her one of a kind programs has reached national acclaim, featured in Forbes.com, Horscity.com, Equitrekking, Western Horse & Gun Magazine, Yoga Digest, and others. Cathy does not claim to be a riding instructor or horse trainer but offers a more conscious approach to horsemanship and life in general.
- Yoga Stretches in the Saddle & Meditation in Motion
- Yoga Stretches for Equestrians
- VIP Yoga Class
Discipline: All-Around Horse Trainer
Colton is an evolving horseman who is dedicated to teaching his students a progressive horsemanship approach built on practical application and understanding of the horse on a mental, physical, emotional and spiritual level. To Colton, horsemanship is not just a way to train a horse, but it is everything we do with our horses and in our own lives.
Colton and his wife, Maredith, own and operate Colton Woods Horsemanship based in Lexington, Kentucky. They serve the their clients through their online educational opportunities, the Heart of Horsemanship Podcast, teaching clinics around the United States, training horses and teaching lessons.
His own horse journey started in equine rescue where he saw the drastic need for horses to have a strong foundation and the adverse results for those who had not received that education. He pursued his own education building the skills to teach horses’ fundamental groundwork and under-saddle skills, which has led him today to be one of the most sought after young horse development specialists on the East Coast. While Colton's personal horses are more along the lines of Western Dressage, Reined Cow and Ranch Reining horses, much of his time is spent developing Hunter, Jumper and Dressage horses, as well as coaching riders in each of those respective disciplines.
Colton has a deep passion for bringing together the similarities and uniqueness, which both Dressage and the Vaquero Bridle Horse traditions have to offer. He is continually pushing himself personally and professionally to develop his own understandings, insights, and skillsets to help better serve the horses and humans that he is blessed to work with. Whether he’s working a green colt or coaching a seasoned professional, Colton's dynamic, introspective, holistic, and consistently evolving approach to horse and human education is sure to leave you inspired, more knowledgeable and wanting more.
- Progressive Horsemanship: From Cow Work to Grand Prix