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
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: 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
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.
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”
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: 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