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Sally is the Founder and President of Athletic Equestrian and is a sought-after clinician all over the US, including Alaska and Hawai'i. Athletic Equestrian also includes the Athletic Equestrian League, the Athletic Equestrian: Riding in College Podcast and in January '22 her book The Athletic Equestrian will be published by Horse & Rider Books. Sally was the Director of Riding and Varsity Equestrian Head Coach at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH for twenty-nine years and was on the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association Board for over 30 years and was recognized with the 2013 IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2019 was honored among the first class inducted into the IHSA Hall of Fame.  

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 teaches polocrosse clinics in addition to her regular clinics.


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.


 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.


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!”


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.


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.


Shawna Karrasch is a pioneer in the use of Positive Reinforcement Training with horses and has been instrumental in helping thousands of horses learn to love working with their humans. She began her career far outside the equestrian world, working with marine mammals at Sea World where she learned to perfect her training expertise. Since animals such as dolphins, sea lions, and orcas cannot be coerced, only Positive Reinforcement methods were used to ask these magnificent creatures to participate voluntarily in activities with humans.


When she was later introduced to the world of top equestrian competition, Shawna saw immediately how reward-based training could be used to engage the horse’s willingness by changing the way the brain processed information through positive interactions, thereby limiting its exposure to damaging stress hormones such as cortisol. This science was about to be put to the test in the equestrian world where it had not yet been utilized. 


As she was just entering the equine world, Shawna was introduced to top trainer, John Madden who 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, Judgement to overcome his fear of water and go on to win the $1,000,000 CN International at Spruce Meadows, among many other international show-jumping victories. 


Shawna has produced books, instructional videos, podcasts, and has traveled the world over to teach the concepts of bridge conditioning and Positive Reinforcement for horses. Her infectious enthusiasm, sense of humor, years of training experience and rapport with animals and humans makes her one of the most sought-after Positive Reinforcement Trainers in North America.


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.


With an undergraduate degree in public relations and speech communication from California State University Fullerton and a graduate degree in mass communication and journalism from University of Colorado at Boulder, Christy has vast experience in marketing and business. She was the Sponsorship and Youth Programs Manager for the Arabian Horse Association, a trainer for Skill Path Seminars, and the Development Director for The Urban Farm that works with at-risk youth in Denver. Currently, she is the Chief Executive Officer for the Certified Horsemanship Association, a non-profit 501(c)3 association whose purpose is to promote excellence in safety throughout the equine industry. She is also a certifier and site accreditor for the organization. Christy does facilitation and mediation through her company CJL Training, Inc. for organizations and is a Real Colors Personality Trainer. Christy has spoken at numerous equine events, breed and discipline conventions throughout her career.  You can reach Christy at clandwehr@CHA.horse


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.


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


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.


Pat Parelli is the world’s Horseologist and Renowned Success Coach for Horse Lovers! Since his first seminar on March 1st 1982, Pat has presented his philosophy of Love, Language & Leadership to over 1 Million people, including the Queen of England, Anthony Robbins, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Tom Sellek. He has had over 200,000 students in 57 countries enrolled in his long-distance study program. More than 1,000 episodes of his educational & inspirational program have been broadcasted on several different TV stations in three continents. Magazine articles have been published in over a dozen different languages. Pat Parelli not only created the term Natural Horsemanship, he is also the founding President of the American Mule Association and founded the Parelli Foundation which supports Parelli students on their journey of becoming a Parelli Professional, Youth Horsemanship, Therapeutic Horsemanship and Horse Welfare. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


Rising Starr Horse Rescue saves, rehabilitates, retrains and rehomes abandoned, neglected or abused horses. We educate the public about at-risk horses and the importance of protecting them. Our educational programs include: Adoptions, Boarding and training of adopted horses Lessons, Leasing, Team Building, School and Youth Programs, Life Coaching, and Equine Yoga. By giving America's horses a second chance at life we give the community the chance to experience the love, patience, and compassion horses have for humans.

We are proud to have our Junior board presenting the reality and responsibility of horse ownership.


Chanel is a first generation African American English/Western rider and third generation entrepreneur. She has had a passion for horses her entire life. Her mother encouraged her to live her life with passion and pursue her dreams and worked very hard to purchase her riding lessons. Although Chanel did not ride consistently, she never lost sight of her dreams of riding and owning horses.


"At the age of 20 years old I conducted research on how to obtain and maintain a horse with little to no money. I spoke to a man over the phone who gave me some great advice after scanning through Craigslist. He told me to become a working student to pay for lessons. I took his advice and found a trainer in Long Beach named Cliff Salter. I became a working student for him and worked with him for 7 years. Through him I obtained my first horse with my mother’s help. Fourteen years later I am now a business owner, stunt rider, and a working student for a Hunter/Jumper Program called Mountain View Farms South with trainer, Jasmine Wheatley. I now have 2 amazing horses (one belonging to my mother, who I inspired to ride). I have a Tobiano “Lady” paint and OTTB “Gabriel” that I ride in both English and Western riding styles. I compete in Hunter/Jumpers, barrel races, and Gymkhanas. Lady and I have also participated in few productions and photoshoots together. I consider English riding to be a solid foundation for my Western riding."


In 2019 during Black History Month, Chanel was inspired by the many creative social media posts from other African American Equestrians. She decided to get a little creative with her Tobiano’s "sad and limp mane" and created a false mane prototype that matched her mane colors. Unfortunately, the prototype did not work on the day of her video and photo shoot with fiancé, Andrew Garces.


"Andrew suggested to film me installing my loose leftover braiding hair from scratch. He edited and released the project the very next day. I named this project “Afrocentric Pony.” Shortly after I released Afrocentric Pony on Social Media I was contacted by Abriana Johnson and Caitlin Gooch from the Young Black Equestrian’s Podcast to record an episode.  During the podcast they encouraged me to create a sellable item. Afterwards I started developing my horse extensions. I have been blessed with some wonderful opportunities and open doors."


Chanel's business is now Mane Tresses, where customers can get “A Tress Above the Rest.” She has created synthetic lightweight, easy-to-install, colorful/natural-colored wigs for horses. Mane Tresses launched on January 25, 2021.


"My target market is equestrians, specialty horse shows, production companies, movie studios, photographers, and theme parks. I am thankful for the many opportunities that arose for me and I look forward to more open doors."


Photo courtesy of Andy Graces.


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.


Karen Rohlf of Dressage Naturally helps equestrians of every level and discipline achieve stronger partnerships and healthy movement with their horses. Karen Rohlf founded DN in 2004. Karen has been a leader in her industry by combining principles of partnership-based training with the art of dressage. A primary focus of DN is to empower students to become independent problem-solvers through transformative learning experiences and access to supportive, non-judgmental community.


Fueled by talent, charisma and passion, Nic Roldan is the present leading American polo player with an impressive 8-goal handicap rating. He is the youngest polo player in the world to win the prestigious U.S. Open Polo title at the age of 15 and has captained Team USA. Winning victoriously on all 5 continents at every level, Nic attracts worldwide acclaim. 2018 was a particular highlight seeing him win one of Europe’s top accolades: the Queen’s Cup and participating in the sports highest level event: the Argentine Open. Teams continue to benefit from his skills, as do an ever-increasing number of Beach Polo, Snow Polo and Charity events. His philanthropic involvement is widely recognized, as is his distinct modelling career. His presence at EQUITANA USA highlights his commitment to increase awareness and participation for the sport he loves to a wider audience of all ages, reflecting his passionate dedication to Polo. He aims to highlight the intense athletic nature of the sport for horse and man. As a tastemaker, Nic thrives on using the sport as a way to connect people and brands. www.NicRoldan.com

*Photo courtesy of Jaquie Porcaro Photography


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 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.


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.


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.

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