Horse World Expo

PA Speaker Information

Speaker Details and Biographies – 2018

Great NEW Line Up of Guest Speakers


Rhiannon Barry
Rhiannon Barry
Penn State University booth 215, 216

– Friday, 1:00-2:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Mustang Adventures; What It’s Really Like to Own One


Rhiannon Barry – is a lifelong animal lover but did not discover her passion for horses until college when she worked at the Penn State horse barns while completing her BS in Animal Science and minor in Equine Science. After graduation, she continued to pursue her passion of horsemanship and trained with Dr. Suzanne Myers of Next Level Horsemanship. Here, Rhiannon was first introduced to gentling wild mustangs. Since then, she has competed and placed in the top ten in two Extreme Mustang Makeovers where competitors take untouched wild mustangs and have 100 days to gentle and prepare them to compete in a series of challenges both on the ground and under saddle. After her first Mustang Makeover 8 years ago, Rhiannon adopted her competition horse, Kerwin. Over the years, she has had the pleasure of working with many other Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustangs for various adoption programs. In her “spare” time, Rhiannon works at the Penn State University Animal Diagnostic Lab as the virology services manager.

Joyce Belcher
Joyce Belcher
Herbs for Life, Inc. booth 317

– Thursday, 2:00-3:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
The Power of Detox in Horses (with Margaret Stewart)
Every horse is in contact with compromising toxins daily creating stagnation and dis-ease. This seminar will explain what these toxins are and how to remove them before they do damage. You’ll receive a chart to take home and use with your horse in his stall showing acupressure points that support the natural detoxification of the organs along with specific herbs and superfoods that assist this process, as nature intended.
– Friday, 4:00-5:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
Bringing Balance with Acupressure & Herbs (with Margaret Stewart)
In this seminar you will learn how to determine the individual, the “type” your horse is and how acupressure along with herbs can bring it all into balance. You will walk away with a new-found freedom and understanding for how best to move forward improving your relationship with and overall health of your horse using synergistic techniques.
– Sunday, 1:00-2:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Anaplasma; It’s NOT Lyme (with Margaret Stewart)
Understand the difference…in this seminar we will break down the variables, explain options for best preventing or treating via holistic and/or conventional protocols. This will include herbs, acupressure points and nutrition. You will learn how to support your horses physical and enteric body for optimal wellness by reinforcing access to the immune system.


Joyce Belcher (Natural Health Care) – Joyce Belcher is a certified herbalist-formulator specializing in organic medicinal formulations for animals. She resides in York, ME and is the founder of Herbs for Life, Inc., manufacturer of the Pet Wellness Blends™ and Veterinary Botanicals™ product lines. Ms. Belcher has spent years advancing her herbal studies, mentoring with several highly-respected experts in the field of veterinary herbalism. Her areas of expertise include immune balance, the prevention and treatment of Lyme disease in dogs and horses, and custom medicinals in veterinary herbalism. In her practice, Joyce Belcher formulates herbal medicine and supplements for holistic and integrative veterinarians and educates animal owners to be proactive in caring for the health of their animals. She helps owners make informed decisions by speaking to groups through equine and canine symposia and working dog foundations and is a columnist for Dog’s Naturally Magazine. She also teaches western herbs for animals to herbal apprentices at herbal schools in New England.

Susan Berger
Susan Berger
Camp Hebron booth 521

– Saturday, 10:00-11:00AM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
Rainy Day Activities & Ground Lessons for Your Riding Program


Susan Berger (Novice Rider Programs for Rider & Instructor) – is a CHA Certified Master Instructor and All Discipline Standard Clinician. She has been teaching group, semi-private, and private riding lessons for over 30 years. She comes from a competitive show background with Arabians, and has also provided the platform for youth and adult showing on the local level. Susan has worked at Camp Hebron Meadowview Stables for the past 20 years. Camp Hebron has a year-round program that provides quality horsemanship through summer camps, multi-discipline riding lessons for competitive and recreational riders, and guided trail rides for novice and beginner riders. An educational program that provides Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts an opportunity to work on merit badges is also a popular program. Susan has pioneered a program of bringing in “throw away” horses that are no longer considered valuable, rehabilitating them physically and emotionally, teaching them how to work through their trust issues, and then connecting them with children and youth through “at-risk” youth programs such as Yellow Breeches, YMCA and private organizations. One of her projects is a horse named “Matthew” who is the CHA Stone School Horse of the Year for 2017. Susan brings a fresh perspective on how to provide a safe, fun, and effective riding lesson to riders that is both interactive and educational.

Bethany L. Bickel
Bethany L. Bickel
Penn State University booth 215, 216

– Thursday, 4:00-5:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Parenting the Horse Crazy Kid (with Andrea Kocher)


Bethany L. Bickel – is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Extension Education. She is the Equine Extension Associate in the Department of Animal Science at The Pennsylvania State University. In her spare time she enjoys showing horses, as well as assisting 4-H and FFA youth with their horse and market livestock projects. She believes in the 4-H and FFA mottos of “Head, Heart, Hands, Health and “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn”.

Jackie Burke
Last Chance Ranch booth S3

– Sunday, 10:00-11:00AM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Create a Safety Net; Equine Freeze Branding & Microchipping


Jackie Burke (Equine Identification) – is the Equine Health Manager of Last Chance Ranch Animal Rescue. She graduated from Delaware Valley University with a degree in Equine Science. She has been involved with Last Chance Ranch for over 15 years, starting when she was just a young girl. Developing a love of horses, Jackie is passionate about equine rescue. In her spare time, she can be found driving her Haflinger gelding, Boomer!

Randy Byers
Hybrid Horsemanship booth 425

– Thursday, 3:00-4:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
What is Working Equitation?
In this classroom session, Randy will briefly cover the four phases of the sport of Working Equitation as well as the expectations of each level in the USA. Highlights include videos and a power point presentation.
– Friday, 2:00-3:00PM, Large Arena (2nd Floor)
Introduction to Working Equitation
This arena demonstration is sure to be lots of fun with riders performing Working Equitation including obstacles. Randy will explain the general fundamentals of the sport and the expectations in each level.
– Saturday, 11:00AM-12:00PM, Equine Arena (2nd Floor)
Practical Application to Dressage Training
Working Equitation uses movements like pirouettes, side passes, leg yields, flying changes, transitions to accomplish its goals.  While using common WE obstacles, Randy will show you how these Dressage movements are practically apply to a real world working horses.
– Sunday, 3:00-4:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Advanced Working Equitation
Using a few of the major obstacles in Working Equitation, Randy will show how advanced riders approach and train their horse with one hand. He will be explaining how to correctly use and coordinate aids to cue the horse to move around these obstacles soft and supple.


Randy Byers of Hybrid Horsemanship (Working Equitation, Trail Champions Challenge Course Designer) – is a Master’s level Working Equitation competitor and travels nationwide showing and instructing. He lives and trains in Aubrey, TX in the heart of horse country. Randy has won several Regional titles as well as a US National Championship in WE. His latest accomplishment has been the development of an innovative online educational resource. Working Equitation University (WEU) was launched in December of 2016 and has had tremendous success. Randy’s greatest passion is the development and expansion of WE in the US and hopes to inspire fellow enthusiasts. Come join Randy in 2018.

Dr. Juan M. Castillo

Dr. Juan M. Castillo
Cornell University Hospital for Animals,
Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists booth 223

– Friday, 3:00-4:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
The Foaling Mare & Newborn; the First Hours of Life
This presentation will cover the basic concepts of foaling mares, highlighting the importance for this process to be fully monitored, to guarantee that the parturition is witnessed. Although the mare is unlikely to need help, when problems arise, the attention must be immediate.


Dr. Juan M. Castillo (Foaling) – received his DVM degree from the National University of Colombia in 2014. His main area of interest and focus has always been on Reproductive Medicine and he is currently working towards special board certification in the field through his residency at Cornell University Hospital for Animals. He has experience treating multiple animal species with a primary concentration on equine reproduction. After achieving his DVM degree he worked for 2 breeding/foaling seasons in northern Texas with an equine private practice prior to being accepted into the residency program at Cornell.

Julie Cyra

Julie Cyra
West 20 Saddle Company booth 1701-1714

– Thursday, 4:00-5:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
Simplifying Saddle Fitting
– Sunday, 1:00-2:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
Selecting a Saddle that Fits Me, My Horse & My Budget


Julie Cyra (Saddle Fit) – is the owner and proprietor of one of the country’s largest saddle shops, West 20 Ranch & Saddle Co., in East Troy, Wisconsin. The facility and retail store, which were designed specifically with saddle fitting in mind, have become a destination point for people and their horses. Cyra started the business in 1990, after working for several years with other saddlers in the area.Julie works closely with many saddle manufacturers to determine what is missing in the industry and to help them build affordable products needed to fit today’s modern and varied breed standards. Cyra has done countless private saddle fittings and hundreds of clinics over the years in Wisconsin and other states. She has a simple and unique way of educating the horse owner and uses facts, rather than opinions, to clarify the confusion people feel when they discuss saddle fitting.

Brian Egan, MS
Brian Egan, MS
Penn State University booth 215, 216

– Saturday, 3:00-4:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Marketing Concepts That Work (with Penn State Students)


Brian Egan, MS – is an Instructor of Equine Science in the Department of Animal Science at Penn State University and serves as coordinator of the Penn State Horse Barn. Brian earned his BS in Animal Production and his MS in Animal Science from Penn State.
During his 30-plus years at Penn State as a student, staff, and faculty member, Brian has worked closely with broodmares and has assisted with the observation and foaling of over 200 mares. Additionally, Brian’s research efforts during his Master’s study revolved around the changes in late gestation mares.

Brian teaches Penn State’s Introduction to Horse Production and Management, Horse Handling and Training, Equine Marketing, and Horse Judging and Selection classes, and coaches Penn State’s Intercollegiate Horse Judging Team. Additionally, Brian works with Penn State students on handling techniques used with yearling and two-year-old Quarter Horses. The main emphasis of the Handling and Training classes is teaching students proper techniques involved with starting two-year-olds under saddle with a primary emphasis on ground manners. The primary emphasis of the Equine Marketing class is working students through the marketing process while planning and coordinating the annual Penn State Quarter Horse Sale.

Melanie Ferrio-Wise
Modern Teacher of Classical Wisdom booth 424

Special Appearances With Brendan Wise


Melanie Ferrio-Wise (Bridleless Jumping) – will be featured as a guest rider with Brendan Wise. She has gained international recognition as the first amateur rider in history to compete bridleless at the Washington International Horse Show in 2017. Her commitment to going against the grain to do what she feels is best for her horse has become an inspiration for many around the globe. Melanie’s horse, Vlad (known as “Wings” on the show circuit), came to her as a very troubled, emotional, and hot horse. Having just lost her main bridleless horse, Melanie thought she would never again have the relationship close enough to trust a horse to go bridleless full time again. Through hard work, patience, and perseverance Melanie and Vlad have achieved what was thought of as impossible!  Melanie will be joining Brendan Wise in demos showing how to teach and ride bridleless with several different systems, on several different horses. Don’t miss this opportunity to watch Melanie and Vlad display the communication and trust it takes to compete bridleless on the biggest stages in showjumping!

Jennifer Fetter, MSJennifer Fetter, MS
Penn State University booth 215, 216

– Thursday, 2:00-3:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Manure Management Laws; Inspection & Impact (with Leon Ressler)


Jennifer Fetter, MS – is a water resources educator based in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. She holds bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biology from Villanova University.

Her programs focus on water quality education that helps to protect and restore Pennsylvania’s abundant waterways and groundwater supplies. Programming includes collaborative watershed restoration efforts, agricultural and urban stormwater management education, and safe drinking water clinics.

Jennifer specializes in developing timely and critical water education programming specifically for youth audiences. She also has an interest in programming that engages Pennsylvania’s citizens as water conservation volunteers.

Jennifer is the steering committee chair for the Dive Deeper Summit, a biennial conference on youth water education that is designed for educators and volunteers who teach in formal and informal settings.

Tim Finley
Captain, USAF, Colorado Springs, CO booth 1120

– Friday, 11:00AM-12:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
The Sport of Endurance; Where to Start
– Saturday, 5:00-6:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
In the Arena; a Tale of Triumph Conquering the Mongol Derby 
(reference to T. Roosevelt’s Man in the Arena speech) tells a harrowing tale of triumph over inner and outward adversity while conquering the world’s longest, toughest horse race, the Mongol Derby. More than just a veteran’s story and more than just a horse story, the message of “being comfortable with being uncomfortable”.  Tim ubiquitously engages audience members of all ages and walks (and gaits). By carrying the audience along on a 626 mile death-defying adventure.The audience sees adversity at its worst, courage at its best, and how the heart of a man, carried by the heart of a horse, can achieve the unimaginable.


Tim Finley (Endurance, Inspirational Tales) – is a 17-year combat-decorated Air Force Captain who leads the Air Force’s elite Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) airmen into the most contested battlefields and engages the enemy directly with air strikes. Billed as “Warrior. Writer. Dragon tamer,” Captain Finley’s harrowing story through the Mongol Derby was featured across the globe in international news. He is the author of the upcoming book, “To Live With Honor” and spreads his message of courage and perseverance to audiences all across the US. Captain Finley continually fund raises for his charity of choice, Heroes and Horses, in Montana, an equine assisted therapy program set on reforging our nation’s warriors hardest hit by combat.

Donna Foulk, MSDonna Foulk, MS
Penn State University booth 215, 216

– Saturday, 11:00AM-12:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Parasites; Resistance is Real
– Saturday, 2:00-3:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Hay Quality; Its Importance in Nutrition


Donna Foulk, MS – is an Equine Extension Educator for Penn State University. Her areas of expertise include hay and forage nutrition, pasture and nutrient management practices, manure management, equine health and parasites, and pasture weed identification.

Donna is a lifelong horse person. She serves on the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Equine Council and currently chairs the Educational Grant committee. In addition, she owns and manages a stable in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

Sonny Garguilo
Sonny Garguilo Natural Horsemanship booth 420, 421

– Thursday, 6:00-7:00PM, Large Arena (2nd Floor)
One Circle at a Time; Develop Balance & Speed Control
– Friday, 12:00-1:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Develop the Horse You Want
– Saturday, 4:00-5:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Let Your Passion Destroy Fear; Help for the Fearful Rider
– Sunday, 9:10-10:00AM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
When a Good Horse Goes Bad


Sonny Garguilo (Natural Horsemanship) –  was born in Brooklyn, NY, the furthest place from a horse. At an early age he discovered a true love and respect for the horse. Being influenced by some of the greatest horseman such as Ray Hunt, Bill and Tom Dorrance, John and Josh Lyons, and Tommie Mack Turvey.

Sonny Garguilo spends most of his time training horses and helping to build a bridge between horse and rider. He will be the first to tell you that his greatest teacher is the horse. His ability to communicate with the horse in a gentle, non-aggressive way is what makes his training so effective and sought after. Sonny has been a featured clinician at some of the largest expos in the U.S. such as Horse World Expo, Equine Affair and also the Mane Event in Canada.

Sonny has also been a chosen competitor in three Extreme Mustang Challenges in which trainers were given 100 days to saddle and eventually compete with that horse. In 2012 Sonny Placed 1st out of 43 horseman, winning the trail class! In 2013 Sonny also placed 2nd in the compulsory and placing fourth overall out of 38 horseman!

Sonny Garguilo is the only Natural Horseman in the thirty three-year history of the prestigious Hampton Classic to be invited to do an opening day demonstration, not once, but twice. Today Sonny Garguilo travels the United States as a guest speaker, demonstrator and featured clinician for some of the largest expos in the country.

Sonny also spends time holding teaching clinics to help the horse and human build a lasting relationship. Sonny is the Author of his top selling book, “SONNYISMS, The horse Lovers Guide to Common Sense”. For three years, Sonny hosted the number one Horse talk radio show in NY, “Horsin’ Around Naturally”. This past October, Sonny represented the United States in an international colt starting competition. Given 3 hours to start a young colt under saddle and ride through an obstacle course against Glen Stewart from Canada and David Simons from Australia.

Along with his partner the “Amazin Sis”, Sonny will continue to educate and inspire to make the world a better place for the horse.

Patti GillenPatti Gillen
County Saddlery, Master Saddle Fitter
Penn State University booth 215, 216

– Saturday, 12:00-1:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Does Your Saddle Fit? How to Know & What to Do


Patti Gillen – is a master saddle fitter trained by the Master Saddlers Association. She helps fit saddles to both horse and rider. A properly fitted saddle allows more freedom of movement and can prevent a multitude of lameness problems.  Patti is the exclusive Pennsylvania County Saddle representative. She is a lifelong horse person and owner of Sycamore Knoll Farm in Kirkwood, PA.

Linda GoldenLinda Golden
Pennsylvania Equine Council booth 212-214, 234-23

– Saturday, 1:00-2:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Boarding Blues; Responsibility, Liability & the Law


Linda Golden – got her first horse when she was 10 and the horse was 15. He died 27 years later on the farm where Linda now lives. In between those years she married her farrier and had 2 children. Linda and her husband, Lee, own and operate Anvil Farm where they stood an Arabian stallion and raised beef cattle and Holstein heifers. Their herd is now down to 3 horses and 4 Longhorn cows. Linda was a 4-H Horse and Pony leader for 38 years and she developed the driving program at the Franklin County Therapeutic Riding Center. She worked for the Pennsylvania Legislature and is the Legislative Chairman of the Pennsylvania Equine Council. In that capacity, the most frequent issue she receives concerns boarding problems. The second is anti-horse neighbors and ordinances.

Julie Goodnight
Goodnight Horsemanship  booth 612, 613

– Friday, 1:00-2:00PM, Large Arena (2nd Floor)
Riding to the Next Level; Use Reins & Leg to Affect Stride
This is a more advanced presentation on total body control and more articulate communication to the horse through the rein aids and leg aids. Julie demonstrates and explains the use of riders’ leg aids in concert with the rein aids, when to use them, and what effect they have on the horse’s body and movement. The audience, as well as those riding with Julie, learn the important reining principles of lightness, release and subtle movement, and clever ways that the reins and legs control different parts of the horse’s body. 
– Friday, 5:00-6:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
Riding Later in Life
Many people who are fifty and over are coming back to horse sports after decades away, or they’re just getting started with horses. Riders look for help on the issues important to this age group. As a Baby Boomer herself, Julie relates to the audience and gives them guidance and inspiration to keep riding through life.
– Saturday, 2:00-3:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
The Natural Horse; Equine Behavior
Horse behavior is fascinating! The more you learn about their instinctive, communicative and social behaviors, the more you can “read” the horse. A deeper level of understanding of your horse will bring your relationship to a new level and allow you to have better communication and control.
– Saturday, 4:00-5:00PM, Large Arena (2nd Floor)
Master the Canter; Troubleshooting Leads & Lead Changes
Everything you ever wanted to know about canter, from A to Z. Julie demonstrates the canter gait and how to ride it using a cross-discipline approach that is demonstrated and explained as Julie works with mounted riders. Learn about riding the canter, cueing, setting up for the correct lead, techniques for improving the gait and smoothing out transitions.
– Sunday, 12:00-1:00PM, Large Arena (2nd Floor)
Avoid & Solve the Worst Riding Problems
Some of the most common problems people have with their horses are addressed: won’t go, won’t stop, too slow, too fast, jigging, bucking, spooking, bending, moving off the rider’s leg, won’t give to pressure, and so on. Julie demonstrates specific techniques and exercises that address these issues, and explains how such problems develop and how the rider can prevent them in the first place. Julie works with mounted riders and whatever issues they are having with their horses.
– Sunday, 2:00-3:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
Life Lessons That Horses Teach
Examine the life lessons to be learned from horses and be open to the possibility that humans are not always right. Horses truly mirror human emotions and actions, so they teach us a lot about ourselves. Horses never lie and never have hidden agendas. Horses understand only horse behavior, which is clear, consistent, and based on leadership, respect, relationships, and survival.


Julie Goodnight (Western & English Horsemanship) – is the popular RFD-TV host of Horse Master airing Monday nights and Sunday Mornings. Julie travels the US sharing her no-nonsense horsemanship training with riders of all disciplines. Whether you ride English, Western, dressage or trail ride, Julie’s teaching helps you feel more confident in the saddle and helps you understand the “whys” of horsemanship. You’ll get horse training help, when you need it. She loves continually learning and sharing horse behavior insights and she relates that knowledge to how you should interact with your horses.

She’s experienced in dressage and jumping, racing, reining, cow horse, colt-starting, and wilderness riding. You’ve probably seen her regular series in Horse Illustrated, The Trail Rider and many other horse publications. Julie is honored to be the International Spokesperson for the Certified Horsemanship Association and was named Equine Affaire’s Exceptional Equestrian Educator.

Julie grew up on the hunter-jumper circuits in Florida, but is now at home in the west. She and her husband Rich Moorhead live in the mountains in Salida, Colorado. Both love versatility ranch horse competitions and riding cow-horses.

Kenny Harlow
Kenny Harlow
Training with Trust booth 315, 316

– Thursday, 1:00-2:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Face your Fears; Teach Your Horse to Spook in Place
– Friday, 2:00-3:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Gotcha! Teach Your Horse to Be Caught
– Saturday, 5:00-6:00PM, Large Arena (2nd Floor)
Get Fit; Exercises to Build Your Horse’s Fitness Level
– Sunday, 2:00-3:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Steady & Calm; Improving the Trail Horse


Kenny Harlow (General Training, Problem Solving) – is a true horseman sharing his “Training with Trust” methods and gaining astounding results with horses and students alike. Kenny is a graduate of John Lyons’ very first certification program and he has continued his education and training under top trainers in the disciplines of dressage, hunter/jumper, eventing and reining. He has been featured on national television shows including Hard Copy, and the NBC weekend Today show. Many newspapers and horse publications, such as Horse World Magazine, Equine Journal, and Chronicle of the Horse, have featured articles on Kenny’s training methods. His specialty is working with problem horses and starting unbrokes. He proves that clear communication and patience is the key to solving the most difficult of problems.

Kenny resides in Cumberland VA, and continues to teach a yearlong certification program, apprenticeship programs, horses and rider training vacations, as well as traveling the east coast teaching 5 day riding clinics. Together with his new paint gelding “Justin” they continue to encourage horses and students alike to become partners through safe, effective techniques that bear results. His revamped exercises make training faster and allow a solid understanding of a firm training foundation.

Sandy Hart-LongSandy Hart-Long
FICS of Maryland. Inc. booth 422, 423

– Thursday, 12:10-1:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
Arena Construction & Footing


Sandy Hart-Long (Arena Solutions) – With extensive experience as a rider and judge, along with over 15 years in the footing industry, Sandy Hart Long brings a comprehensive perspective to the topic of Arena Footing. She has personally advised hundreds of clients on arena construction, footing selection, and arena maintenance, ranging from backyard enthusiasts and beginner riders to large-scale commercial facilities and Olympic champions.

Tara Jones
Tara Jones
Pieceful Solutions booth 308

– Thursday, 1:00-2:00PM, Equine Arena (2nd Floor)
Shave Away the Seconds; Strategies for Consistent Barrel Runs
– Friday, 1:00-2:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Body Mechanics; Secrets to Secure Your Ride
– Saturday, 2:00-3:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Classic Cavesson Training


Tara Jones (General Training, Barrel Racing) – has trained and started horses for 10 years. Tara is a certified Kenny Harlow Trainer, has worked under many other trainers, and has traveled to Australia to assist Jose Mendez. She started her own Intensive course with 4 levels of training for students to become certified under her training methods and teaches clinics on the East Coast, specializing in the rider’s body position and the horse’s fine tuning to bring together the whole package. Tara has written four training manuals and is currently working on her own book on riding positions due to be out in the Fall of 2012. She rides all disciplines from western trail to upper level dressage and jumping and is currently coached by 1984 Olympic alternate Kim Walnes. While Tara assisted Kenny Harlow for many years at the horse world expos, she also participated in most of his demos. She has developed her own teaching and training style since being her own. Tara has performed demos at several area horse expos for the past two years and participated in the all women’s trainer challenge in Doswell, Va.


Laura Kelland-May
Thistle Ridge Equestrian booth 520

– Thursday, 6:00-7:00PM, Equine Arena (2nd Floor)
From the Judge’s Box; How to Win at Equitation
– Friday, 12:00-1:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
From the Judge’s Box; What the Hunter Judge is Looking For
– Saturday, 5:00-6:00PM, Equine Arena (2nd Floor)
Have Control Over Your Horse’s Stride; Fix Those Chips
– Sunday, 10:00-11:00AM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
Design Your Training Program; Goal Setting to Goal Getting
– Sunday, 1:00-2:00PM, Equine Arena (2nd Floor)
Exercises to Advance Your Equitation & Improve Form Over Fences


Laura Kelland-May (Hunter, Jumper, Equitation) –  is very active in the horse industry and is a USEF “R” Judge (Hunter, Jumper and Equitation) as well as Equestrian Canada “S” Judge (Hunter, Jumper, Equitation and Hack) and Senior Steward. She continues to develop horses and riders and is the founder of “Equestrian Skill Builders series of Horse Show Clinics”.  Laura is moderator of the monthly Jumping Instructors Webinar and Dressage Instructors Webinar and is a freelance coach, working with horse professionals incorporating many breeds and disciplines.

Laura Kenny, MSLaura Kenny, MS
Penn State University booth 215, 216

– Friday, 5:00-6:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
What a Quick Walk Can Tell You About Your Pastures


Laura Kenny, MS – is an Equine Natural Resources Educator for Penn State Extension. She works with horse farm owners and managers to improve pasture and manure management, which benefits the horses and the environment. Laura is a New Jersey native who got the horse bug at age 8 and never lost it! She grew up riding hunter/jumper with a little dressage training thrown in for good measure. She received her BS from Rutgers University in Equine Science and worked for Rutgers Cooperative Extension for several years before starting a MS in Plant Biology, also at Rutgers. She is thrilled to combine her love of horses with her love of science for a rewarding job where she can help people every day.

The Keystone CowboysKeystone Cowboys with Dave Billotte
booth 409 and special appearances during Equi-Tainment daily

– Sunday, 11:00AM-12:00PM, Large Arena (2nd Floor)
Mounted Shooting


The Keystone Cowboys – are the premiere mounted shooting club in Pennsylvania. The first successful CMSA affiliate was founded in 2011 by Dave and Liz Billotte. We have grown to have memberships from all over the state. From humble beginnings the club has flourished and now hosts events centrally located in the state once a month May through August at Clinton Co. Fairgrounds. We have hosted the PA State CMSA Championship every October at the fabulous Grange Fairgrounds Equestrian Facility. We are a family friendly organization that encourages the western “cowboy code” of ethics.

Andrea Kocher, MPSAndrea Kocher, MPS
Penn State University booth 215, 216

– Thursday, 4:00-5:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Parenting the Horse Crazy Kid (with Bethany Bickel)


Andrea Kocher, MPS – is an Equine Extension Specialist and Instructor of Equine Science in the Department of Animal Science at Penn State University. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Penn State in Animal Science with a concentration in Equine Science.

Andrea works closely with youth extension programs, focusing on supporting the PA 4-H Horse Program through curriculum development and programmatic implementation. She also develops state 4-H horse curricula and reference materials for youth, leaders, and county staff. Andrea assists with development and coordination of educational programs, horse shows, judging contests, clinics, and seminars.

Andrea teaches Penn State undergraduate courses in introductory equine production and management. She advises and assists students in academic and career planning and job placement as well as recruits prospective students and promotes the university’s equine programs.

Brooke Leininger
Wilson College booth 312

– Saturday, 11:00AM-12:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Equine Colleges; Out of the Classroom, Into the Barn, Ring & Trail


Brooke Leininger (College Equine Programs) –  is an Assistant Professor of Equestrian Studies at Wilson College. She has been actively involved in the equine industry for over 25 years, including over a decade of teaching in higher education. She holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Leadership and a Bachelor of Science in Equine Sciences. She has a wealth of experience in dressage, hunters, jumpers, equitation, western dressage, colt starting, re-training and problem horses.

Brooke holds her USDF Bronze and Silver medals on horses she developed and trained. She has won numerous regional awards and national awards. In addition, she has coached many collegiate riders to regional, zone and national championships.  Currently in the USDF “L” education program, Brooke is always striving to learn and develop her knowledge and skills. She mostly recently has trained with George Williams, Janet Foy, Susanne von Dietze, Nicole Uphoff and Barbara Strawson.  She is writing her first book on re-training methods and strategies.

Nettie Liburt, PhD, PAS
BUCKEYE Nutrition booth 1426

– Saturday, 9:10-10:00AM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
Feeding the Senior Horse
In this seminar, Dr. Liburt discusses some of the challenges of feeding horses as they age, including Equine Cushing’s Syndrome, Metabolic Syndrome, Weight Loss, Poor Dentition, and more.


Dr. Nettie Liburt, PAS (Equine Nutrition) – is the Senior Equine Nutrition Manager at Mars Horsecare US/BUCKEYE® Nutrition where she helps develop new products, trains associates in equine nutrition, and works with the company’s UK-based team at the WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition on developing and implementing research protocols. She holds a Master’s and PhD in Animal Science from Rutgers University. Dr. Liburt is a member of the Equine Science Society, is a registered Professional Animal Scientist (PAS), and has an Appendix gelding named “ET” that she occasionally competes in the hunter divisions.

Rob & Donna Martin
Rob & Donna Martin
Blue Ridge Trailers – Ruckersville, VA booth Q

– Sunday, 12:00-1:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Road Trip Safety & Check List

Rob & Donna Martin (Trailers & Tow Vehicles) – Rob Martin owned and managed his family’s six Redi-Mix Concrete and Concrete Block plants on the west coast of Florida for some 25 years. This business was sold in 1998. His experience with management, heavy equipment and construction trailers contributes to his ability to manage the Service Department at Blue Ridge Trailers.Donna Martin spent 15 years in the mortgage banking business and 13 years appraising residential real estate. Her business background and a lifetime with horses contributes to her ability to manage the corporation and the Sales Department at Blue Ridge Trailers.In January 1999 the Martin’s went to work with Shen Valley Trailers, Warrenton, VA in order to learn the trailer business. While learning, they purchased and developed the 5.5acre site currently the home of Blue Ridge Trailers. Shen Valley Ruckersville, Virginia was opened October 2000, as a franchise operation of Shen Valley. In January 2002, the Martin’s sold all of their interest in Shen Valley, changed the location name to Blue Ridge Trailers and officially opened as a sole proprietorship January 4, 2002.Today Blue Ridge Trailers employs 9 full time employees, including 2 full time sales associates. They carry a wide variety of aluminum, aluminum skin and steel horse trailers as well as dump trailers and utility trailers. They are a Virginia State Inspection Station and their Fabrication Department welds steel and aluminum, allowing them to repair, modify and fabricate almost anything a horse owner might need or want. Rob and their other 2 Virginia State Inspectors have a combined 85 years of experience with trailers, repairs, hitches and understand what constitutes a safe and adequate tow vehicle.

Guy McLean
Guy McLean
Horsemanship with Guy McLean booth 110-112
Theatre Equus Performer

– Thursday, 2:00-3:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Complete Body Control; on the Ground & Under Saddle
– Thursday, 4:00-5:00PM, Large Arena (2nd Floor)
Starting the Young Horse; The First Ride
– Friday, 12:00-1:00PM, Large Arena (2nd Floor)
Skills of the Australian Stockman; How They Help Your Goals
– Friday, 4:00-5:00PM, Large Arena (2nd Floor)
Starting the Young Horse; Growing the Young Mind
– Saturday, 10:00-11:00PM, Large Arena (2nd Floor)
Advanced Horsemanship & Liberty Work
– Saturday, 2:00-3:00PM, Large Arena (2nd Floor)
Starting the Young Horse; Qualities of the Lead Horse
– Sunday, 10:00-11:00AM, Large Arena (2nd Floor)
Advancing the Young Horse; Time to Go to Work
– Sunday, 12:00-1:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Lasting Impressions


Guy McLean (General Training, Theatre Equus Performer) – is a self-taught Australian Horseman who has entertained, inspired and educated thousands of Australians from all walks of life. Guy arrived in the USA in June 2010 with his four Australian bred Horses and commenced his USA-wide tour.

Since 1999, Guy and his equine team led by Nugget (the father of Guy’s 3 Dun Horses) have been featured in many Australian events including: Royal shows, Equitana Asia Pacific, major equestrian festivals, international rodeos and Australia’s famous “Man from Snowy River Festival”. One of Guy’s talents is bush poetry and he has twice been crowned Australian Bush Poet Champion.

In 2002 and 2006 Guy received the great honor of being named an official ‘Ambassador of the Outback’ and through his performances of horsemanship, bush poetry and whip cracking he has helped to keep the traditions of the bush and the true Aussie Stockman alive. In 2005 Guy was the inaugural winner of Equitana’s, ‘Way of the Horse’ young horse starting competition and it was the methods he learned in the Queensland bush under the watchful eye of many a young horse that brought him victory.

Since being in the USA, Guy and his equine team have had the honor of performing at the World Equestrian Games 2010 held in Lexington, KY, as a nightly pre-show performer at the National Finals Rodeo 2010 in Las Vegas and at many other events near his home base of Allen, Texas.

Cal Middleton
Cal Middleton Performance Horses booth 410

– Thursday, 3:00-4:00PM, Large Arena (2nd Floor)
Make Every Ride Meaningful
Riding with real intent and purpose. Simple habits that can help us ride in a way that gives clear guidance and helps the horse. Let Cal uncover for you the basic, but largely missed, techniques of universal horsemanship. Ways to communicate that every horse understands and will help you in every interaction you have with your horse. Specific
details about ways to improve balance and centered movement for horse and rider is included and all level of riders and disciplines can benefit from this topic.
– Saturday, 10:00-11:00AM, Round Pen Arena (2nd Floor)
Improving the Lost Horse; Methods for the Troubled Horse
Having more understanding of what can make a horse unsafe is valuable information for any rider/owner of horses. The objective in this clinic is to help attendees understand why a horse bucks, rears, bolts, kicks out, runs off, or pushes through the bridle etc. Cal will use a problem horse to demonstrate practical solutions for these issues. As a result, those who watch can apply these principles and guidelines to help them avoid problems with their own horses.
– Sunday, 3:00-4:00PM, Large Arena (2nd Floor)
Good to Great; Transitioning to Advanced Riding
Achieve higher performance and learn what is going to set that up. Refine your riding, create balance and the foundation for future success. Cal will answer attendee’s questions but also get them thinking about new questions and new ways to look at how they ride. Perfect for anyone wanting to get to the next level.


Cal Middleton (Western Performance, Reining, Working Cow Horse)  – has ridden and worked with some of the best horsemen in the country today. Because of hard work, passion, and perseverance, he is now one of them. Cal competes at the top shows in the country where he has won a world title in reining as well as placing top 5 in working cow horse. He has competed and won titles in dressage, cutting, roping, ranch pleasure, western dressage, and many other events.  Cal is an Author, NRHA Judge and Top Clinician who knows how to reach horses and people. His brand of teaching helps students learn how to get more out of their riding, gain confidence and understand what is really going on with their horses.  Cal Middleton also works with children with behavioral needs, and much of what he’s learned with horses he translates into helping those children improve their lives.

Dr. Dan Moore
Dr. Dan Moore
The Natural Vet booth booth 248

– Friday, 10:10-11:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
Probiotics; Myths to Miracles
– Sunday, 12:00-1:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
Med Less, Well More, Naturally


Dr. Dan Moore (Natural Equine Healthcare) – graduated with honors from Auburn School of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. He completed the Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy and the Advanced Course in Veterinary Homeopathy and is currently completing requirements for certification in the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy.Dr. Moore is a practicing holistic veterinarian known as the Natural Horse Vet or simply “Dr. Dan” by most. He has been featured on RFD TV’s “Ask Dr. Dan” series as well as the Outdoor Channel. He is founder of The Natural Horse Vet, an online source of information, products, and services about natural alternatives. He has formulated dozens of products for people, pets and horses. His mission in life is to find alternatives to drugs and chemicals for people, pets, and horses. Controversial yet cutting edge information that you don’t want to miss.

Jennifer Moshier
Jennifer Moshier
New Horizon Equine booth 419

– Thursday, 1:00-2:00PM, Large Arena (2nd Floor)
Riled Up for Ranch Horse Classes
How “tos” on how to stay penalty free, “plus” your scores and ride your way to the top of the judge’s card in the hottest class in working Ranch today. How to know “the right pace, rein length, head carriage” and how to ride those illusive transitions. Watch and listen to live scored runs.
– Friday, 11:00AM-12:00PM, Equine Arena (2nd Floor)
Tips & Techniques for Top Scores in Trail & Ranch Trail Classes
Master the illusive log drag, gate, ground work and grid work. Learn how to avoid the penalty box, train for smooth performance and trouble shoot problems. This is a must see session for both the Trail Class rider and the Ranch Trail competitor
– Saturday, 3:00-4:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Winning in Showmanship
Learn the secrets to success in the granddaddy of all pattern classes for all breeds and seats, Showmanship. Trouble shooting on turns, backing, alignment and posture as well as live scored runs will be covered.
– Saturday, 6:00-7:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
What’s Hot & What’s Not; Your 2018 Show Season
Join Jennifer for a group discussion and Q & A for all levels of exhibitors from the novice and the 4H member to the world level competitor. Fresh info from the judges’ seminars, Jennifer will share what judges agree they want to see and what to avoid. This is your chance to ask questions pertaining to rules, legal attire and equipment and how classes are judged.
– Sunday, 9:10-10:00AM, Equine Arena (2nd Floor)
Ranch Riding; Mastering the Patterns


Jennifer Moshier (Western/English Performance) – Jennifer is a career horsewoman with more than 30 years of experience as a competitor, trainer, clinician and judge. During her career she has trained and shown a great variety of breeds from Arabians, Morgans, Saddlbreds and Tennessee Walking Horses to Quarter Horses, Appaloosas and Hunters. She holds judges cards with 6 different national organizations (PtHA, USEF, POAC, ABRA, GVHS, and NWHA), is an approved 4-H judge in more than 10 states (Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York and the New England States) and has judged more than 500 shows ranging from 4-H and schooling hunter shows to world level competition. Jennifer holds an AAS degree in Saddlehorse Management and Production at The State University of New York at Morrisville.

As a youth, she participated for many years in 4-H and, as an adult, she has been an active supporter of this worthwhile youth organization at both the local and state levels. She serves on the Ohio State 4-H Judges Committee and aides in the development of clinics to educate youth as well as the state’s 4-H judges. As a 4H Judge, she is well known in the Maryland area as a repeat judge for the Maryland State Fair 4H Horse Show. Jennifer is an internationally recognized clinician having served as a featured presenter at various expos, POA National Convention, as well as numerous clinics from day long 4H events to breed club hosted weekends. She is known for her “Show and Tell” style which is a judged show with personal critique over the PA system, as well as the “Ready Set Show” format, styled for beginner to intermediate level exhibitors in a variety of topics from showmanship to pattern classes such as equitation, horsemanship, trail, western riding and over fences classes. Between judging commitments, Jennifer coaches a select group of clients in central Ohio from 4H level to AQHA Congress Finalists.

Joe & Penny Most
Joe & Penny Most
Perfect Partners Equine
Fleenor Gates, Inc. booth 516

– Thursday, 12:10-1:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Communicating to Four Hooves With Two Reins
This demonstration explains how riders use their reins to move the front end, rear end and even one foot. The difference in guiding your horse’s front end and disengaging your horse’s rear end. Just a simple change in your rein says something different to your horse.
– Friday, 10:10-11:00AM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Controlled Catastrophe; Prepare Your Trail Horse
For this demonstration we show you skills to practice at home before you get out on the trail. Be prepared when your horse is frightened on the trail or something pops out unexpectedly that spooks your horse.


Joe Most – has spent over 30 years working in the Horse Industry. His experience began as a young man riding rough stock and bulls, guiding trail rides as a wrangler on a working ranch to riding polo ponies and even mentoring under an upper level dressage rider.

Penny Most – was fortunate to have been born into a horse family. She was riding a horse before she could walk. Growing up with horses and riding her whole life is where her passion for the Horse comes from. Starting her first horse at the age of 12 was just the beginning of a lifetime of owning, showing, breeding and training her own horses.

For the last 15 years Joe along with his wife Penny have focused on educating themselves about the horse. They have dedicated their time to understanding how a horse thinks, feels and communicates as well as how they move and what affects movement. Gaining all of this additional understanding of the horse along with their already many years of education has enabled them to be able to look at things from the horse’s point of view.

They began hosting horsemanship clinics in 2003 and continue today hosting several types of events for the Trail Rider on the east coast including competitions, clinics/workshops & educational retreats and excursions to amazing locations.

Mounted Games Across America
Booth 501 

– Friday, 4:00-5:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Developing the Skills For Games Classes
– Saturday, 12:00-1:00PM, Large Arena (2nd Floor)
Speed Games Demonstration


Mounted Games Across America (Demonstrations and Clinics) – is a branch of equestrian sport, which, at its highest level, displays a variety of very fast relay races performed by excellent riders on well- trained ponies. This is exciting for participants and spectators alike. It is geared to riders of all ages and skill levels, from the very youngest (or oldest!) beginner to the very experienced.  Mounted Games riders develop a high degree of athletic ability, instinctive riding skills, and hand-to-eye coordination. They possess a general determination to see things through to the end no matter what, and a competitive spirit which nevertheless requires an ability to work together with other riders and a willingness to help one another. At the top level, Mounted Games is a prime example of the ultimate extreme equestrian sport. MGAA is open to equestrians who would like to play mounted games with others who share the love of the sport. Equestrians of all ages and skills are welcome to come join us for the most fun you can have on horseback. Check out our MGAA membership details and join today! If you would like to know more about us, please contact us at

Suzanne Myers
Suzanne Myers
Next Level Horsemanship booth 1002, 1003

– Friday, 3:00-4:00PM, Large Arena (2nd Floor)
Discover Reining; Learn the Basics of Patterns & Maneuvers
– Saturday, 12:00-1:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
Strategies for Running a Successful Boarding Operation
– Saturday, 3:00-4:00PM, Large Arena (2nd Floor)
Improve Your Reining Scores & Move to the Next Level
– Sunday, 10:00-11:00AM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Advanced Reining Maneuvers; On the Ground & Under Saddle


Suzanne Myers (Natural Horsemanship) – With combined experience in academia and horsemanship, including over 25 years of professional experience training horses, Suzanne is a unique talent in the equine industry today. She is the founder of Next Level Horsemanship™ in Port Matilda, PA, a horsemanship company steeped in the principles of natural and classical horsemanship. Suzanne and her NLHTM Team train horses in a variety of disciplines from reining to dressage, and have extensive experience in colt starting, problem solving, gentling wild breeds and trick training.In 2008 Suzanne became the first woman to win the Midwest Mustang Challenge, Madison, WI, riding Jazz. Since then, three of her protégées have placed in the top 10 in additional Mustang Challenges including her assistant trainer Lauren Ross, and her daughter Brooke, who won Reserve Grand Champion at the 2009 Extreme Mustang Makeover, Eastern Stampede, competition in Murfreesboro, TN.

Suzanne has a Doctorate Degree in Pathobiology, a Master’s Degree in Veterinary Science, a B.S. in Animal Production and has worked extensively in applied diagnostics and research with an emphasis on equine immunology and infectious diseases. Suzanne has published several peer-reviewed articles, is a contributing author for equine publications, presents educational information and performs training demonstrations at Clinics and Expos across the country.

Ann O’Shallie
Wilson College booth 312

– Friday, 3:00-4:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Therapeutic Riding 101


Ann O’Shallie (Therapeutic Riding) – is a Professor at Wilson College where she is the Equestrian Studies Department Chair and Chair of the Equine and Animal Studies Division. Ann holds a Bachelor’s degree in Animal and Equine Science and a Master’s degree in Education and is a Master-level Instructor and Faculty member for HETI, CECTH, and PATHIntl.

Over the past 40 years, Ann has designed and tested therapeutic riding curricula for HETI, CECTH, and PATHIntl; served on the Board of Trustees for each of these organizations; and designed the cutting-edge curriculum for Wilson College’s Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Facilitated Therapeutics (EFT). This work has allowed her to combine her educational background with her passion for horses, people and teaching into a lifelong career of teaching riding, horsemanship and equine stewardship. In 2014, Ann co-designed the curriculum for Wilson College’s new Animal Studies major that focuses on how animals learn, how they perceive their world, animal behavior, and, of course, combining these studies with an understanding of the animal-human bond.

Summers and school breaks find Ann travelling around the world helping start-up programs and training instructors – most recently she has been to Japan, Taiwan, Greece, Indonesia, Portugal, Turkey and Malaysia. She will be attending the HETI International Congress in Ireland this summer.

Steve & Suzy Perrine
Bear Hill Horse Logging

– Saturday, 2:45-3:00PM, Equine Arena (2nd Fl)
Horse Logging Exhibition


Steve and Suzy Perrine / Bear Hill Horse Logging – have been logging with horses for fifteen years, focusing on low impact logging and restorative forestry with their horses. While being a full time logging operation they have done demos, and seminars at several events together for the past six years. Based in Clearfield County, Pa, their log skidding demos are geared to help educate people about logging with horses, narrated by Suzy with question and answer.

Curtis Pierce
Curtis Pierce
Deep Creek Farm Fjords booth S8

– Thursday, 5:00-6:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
Preparing Your Horse For Long Distance Driving & Marathons


Curtis Pierce (Driving) – For over 30 years Curtis has worked with many trainers, instructors and breeds. During this time he developed a great foundation for training horses to drive and ride. As a professional technical instructor, he can apply the right techniques to better relate the information and skills needed to drive and ride. Curtis has trained, coached and competed in pleasure and combined driving competitions. He has also judged pleasure driving shows and combination schooling shows.

Scott Purdum

Scott Purdum
Advantage Horsemanship booth 318-320

– Friday, 11:00AM-12:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Getting Collection & Balance
– Friday, 1:00-2:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
Build Your Self Image; Grow Your Horsemanship Naturally
– Saturday, 12:00-1:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Motivate the Mind & the Body Will Follow
– Sunday, 11:00AM-12:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
What to Do When the “Stuff” Hits the Fan
– Sunday, 1:00-2:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Gaining Leadership From the Ground


Scott Purdum (General Training) – has owned, ridden, and worked around horses all his life. He started riding at age 3 and immediately his parents recognized his love and natural abilities towards these animals. A few months after he had been taking lessons under the guidance of his trainer Jill Price, Scott became anxious to get his own horse. After a brief search Scott picked out his first horse which his parents purchased for him. Scott began his show career at age 6 and has continued riding and showing hunters and pleasure horses since. He attended the University of MD for 1 year as a student in their Equine Management Program. He also worked as an intern with a top rated Quarter Horse trainer, Ken Adkins, in West Virginia, whom he also assisted at the AQHA Congress in Ohio. Scott has dedicated himself recently.

Sarah Reitz-Bates
American Driving Society booth 513

– Friday, 5:00-6:00PM, Large Arena (2nd Floor)
Combined Driving; Getting Started
– Saturday, 11:00AM-12:00PM, Large Arena (2nd Floor)
Driving Techniques; Polishing the Stone


Sarah Reitz-Bates (Competitive Driving) – Her experience working and competing with driving horses is unmatched. A full time competitor, trainer, instructor and clinician, Driving is her only business and her passion.  Sarah is a regular subject of discussion and photos in national carriage driving publications.  She is an actual carriage driving covergirl, an example to the rest of us of “how it is done” in the horse driving world. The results speak for themselves in her domination of the east coast Combined Driving Event circuit as well as her clients results in their own personal competition or recreational driving endeavors.  Sarah has trained with practically every breed of horses and ponies. Her methods are solid and permanent. She welcomes everyone from the beginner, to the recreational driver, to the ambitious competitor. Sarah’s philosophy is that the bonding between driver and animal is essential to the safety, success of the driver, and his or her animal, and should be done with positive reinforcement to gain the animal’s trust and respect.  Her Training Facility, High Hopes Farm LLC in Honeoye Falls, NY is “The Training Hub” of Western New York and the Northeastern United States for carriage driving.

Leon Ressler, MSLeon Ressler, MS
Penn State University booth 215, 216

– Thursday, 2:00-3:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Manure Management Laws; Inspection & Impact (with Jennifer Fetter)


Leon Ressler, MS – is an Extension Educator serving on the agronomy team based in Lancaster County. He holds a BS in Agronomy and Plant Science from Penn State and an MS from Penn State Harrisburg in Environmental Pollution Control.

After serving 16 years in several Extension Director roles, Leon transitioned back to an Extension Educator role in 2017. Leon’s focus includes working with small farms to assist them in nutrient management planning and improving environmental quality. He has extensive experience in Nutrient Management, On-Farm Composting, Managing Agricultural Odors and Flies and the Manure Hauler Certification Program. Leon’s programing experience also includes Water Quality and Water Rights, Groundwater Policy Education, Precision Agriculture Technology and Sustainable Agriculture.

In his roles as County Extension Director in Lancaster County, Interim Regional Director, and District Director for Lancaster, Chester, and Lebanon Counties, he managed finances, developed budgets and managed office technology. In that capacity he worked closed with the Commissioners in those counties in budget development and managing county grants such as the Mosquito Borne Disease grants.

Retired Racehorse Project
Retired Racehorse Project booth S13

– Thursday, 2:00-3:00PM, Large Arena (2nd Floor)
Essential Flatwork for All OTTBs
– Friday, 6:00-7:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Evaluating Off Track Prospects
– Saturday, 6:00-7:00PM, Equine Arena (2nd Floor)
Starting Your OTTB Over Fences
– Sunday, 3:00-4:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Common Racing Injuries; What You Can Live With


RRP exists to facilitate placement of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses in second careers by increasing demand for them in equestrian sports and serving the farms, trainers, and organizations that transition them.

Retired Racehorse Training Project was formed in 2010 by a small group of friends, including Steuart Pittman, who felt strongly that Thoroughbred ex-racehorses were in need of advocates and educators in the sport and recreation riding world. They had conducted the Retired Racehorse Training Symposium in 2009 and were overwhelmed by the attendance and demand for more, both by nonprofit placement organizations and individuals who work to transition these horses to second careers.

Their first web site was launched at the end of 2011 with the announcement of the popular Trainer Challenge that drew thousands of fans to the Maryland and Pennsylvania Horse World Expos. The following year the 100-Day Thoroughbred Challenge provided a similar online and in-person educational experience, with the involvement of four top Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred farms.

RRP became a membership organization during 2015. While generous donors from both inside and outside the racing industry have launched the organization, its future depends on the willingness of Thoroughbred owners and fans to pay an annual membership that comes with a subscription to Off-Track Thoroughbred magazine and various discounts and benefits.

The work is paying off. The army of good people providing these horses with the educations they need after racing is growing, and the value of an off-track Thoroughbred is rising. The 2 million horse owners in America are learning about the trainability and talent of these horses, and the 150,000 OTTB owners now have a vehicle through which they can promote what they love.

Ivy Schexnayder
Ivy’s Glide Gait booth 614

– Thursday, 1:00-2:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
How to Identify Different Gaits in the Naturally Gaited Horse
– Friday, 12:00-1:00PM, Equine Arena (2nd Floor)
Teaching the Gaited Horse to Relax for Improved Gait
– Saturday, 1:00-2:00PM, Large Arena (2nd Floor)
Improve Gait in the Trotty or Pacey Horse
– Sunday, 10:00-11:00AM, Equine Arena (2nd Floor)
Teaching the Canter in the Gaited Horse


Ivy Schexnayder (Gaited Horses Naturally) – lives in Winslow, Illinois.  Her dream has always been to help gaited horse owners get a smooth gait with their horses.  Ivy has been training gaited horses for over 12 years. She started out with the idea that you could train any gaited horse to gait on a loose rein, preferably with a snaffle, simple bitless bridle or hackamore. She traveled around the country and was able to work with over 90 different horses! That experience taught her so much. She learned that most horses respond the same way, no matter what the breed, but some need just a little bit of something extra to get the smooth natural gait.  That something extra?  Lateral work and relaxation!  Most horses will start gaiting in as little as 3 one hour lessons!   Ivy combines trick training, natural dressage, classical dressage, endotapping, and clicker training to work with her horses. The tricks are fun to teach and they help develop your relationship with your horse. The dressage methods can help strengthen, supple, and improve your horse’s movement and balance. Clicker training has made it fun for her and the horses to go out and work together.  Let Ivy show you how to get your Gait, Naturally. 

Linda Schrader
Leigha Schrader
Days End Farm Horse Rescue booth S16

– Friday, 5:00-6:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Unbridled; Discover Potential in the Companion Horse


Leigha Schrader (Rescue Horses) – In 2009, Leigha started volunteering at Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR), in Howard County, Maryland, the nationally-recognized, 58-acre facility for abused and neglected horses. At 12 years old, she had no horse experience, but a desire to learn and big goals to achieve. In 2013, she started interning under DEFHR head trainer, Sara Strauss. Under Sara’s guidance and wealth of experience, she started training and working with rescue horses. In 2016, Leigha was hired on as Assistant Horse Trainer.  Leigha has experience with starting horses, working with problem horses, and she also enjoys developing horses at liberty and incorporating tricks into her training program. In addition to working under Sara Strauss, Leigha has also worked with well-regarded trainers Tara Jones, Scott Purdum, and Trevor Carter. Leigha has been an active member of plan4progress (forever foundation) as a part of the Humane Society of the United States. In her current role at DEFHR, Leigha also assists with adoptions, the emergency response team, and showcasing horses at shows/events. Aside from horses, Leigha is currently a full-time student and senior at the University of Maryland University College where she will be earning her bachelor of arts degree in business administration.

Dom Schramm
Dom Schramm
Don Schramm Equestrian

– Friday, 2:00-3:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
What to Look for in an Event Horse
– Friday, 4:00-5:00PM, Equine Arena (2nd Floor)
Gymnastics to Improve the Horse’s Jump
– Saturday, 11:00AM-12:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
“Making” a Horse; Tips for Producing a Young Event Horse
– Saturday, 1:00-2:00PM, Equine Arena (2nd Floor)
Hints & Tips to Create a Smoother Jumping Round


Dom Schramm (Eventing) – At 27, Australian eventing rider Dominic Schramm already has international riding experience that sets him apart from many of his peers. A dedicated and determined athlete, Schramm has demonstrated that he is prepared to do what it takes to improve his skills and fulfill his desire to reach the top of his sport.

Hailing from the small outback town of Charleville, Australia, Dom developed an affinity with horses from a very early age. This ‘country’ influence is evident in his training approach and horsemanship today. Building on this background, Dom’s passion for eventing has taken him all over Australia as well as to equestrian hubs around the globe, including the United States, England and Germany. He has already been recognized by national selectors and was a member of the 2006 Australian Young Rider Eventing Squad as well as having experience at the three star level. Dom developed as a rider under the guidance of recent WEG competitor Christopher Burton for whom he worked as a working student for 2 years. A brave and hungry competitor, Schramm also possesses the patience, experience and knowledge to very competently start horses from the ground up.

Seeking a more internationally competitive atmosphere, Dom made the decision to relocate to the US in late 2010. Since then, he has already begun making an impression in US eventing circles for his riding ability as well as his enthusiastic and fresh teaching style. Aboard his new ride, experienced eventer Cold Harbor, Dom successfully campaigned him through 2013 and achieved a noteworthy result at the Fair Hill CCI** in the fall. 2014 has seen Dom return to the 3 star level and his main priority is to navigate Cold Harbor to Rolex 2015 and strengthen his string of competition horses.

Rick Shaffer
Mason Dixon Paso Fino Horse Assoc. booth B11

– Thursday, 6:00-7:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
– Saturday, 6:00-7:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Trail Horse Training for Safety & Confidence


Rick Shaffer (Trail Horse Test Program)is the full time trainer at R&S Paso Fino Stables. Rick is a unique horse trainer who brings out the best in horse and rider.  Horses respond to Rick’s compassionate, patient and consistent training methods. Owners feel very comfortable with Rick’s unhurried, individualized instructions.  Rick’s teaching ensures that owners have the skills and confidence to build and maintain the all-important bond with their horses which will serve them well in all equine pursuits. Rick is a recorded USEF judge, certified judge for the Paso Fino Horse Assoc., equine clinician who tailors clinics for clients, Paso Fino professional trainer and 4-H Leader.

Dr. Danielle Smarsh, PhD, PASDanielle Smarsh, PhD, PAS
Penn State University booth 215, 216

– Friday, 6:00-7:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
The Horse is a Great Athlete; Exercise Physiology Explains It


Danielle Smarsh, PhD, PAS – is Assistant Professor of Equine Science and Equine Extension Specialist in the Department of Animal Science at Penn State University. She recently moved back to the Northeast after spending 4.5 years teaching in the Animal Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Dr. Smarsh grew up riding horses in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. She received her BS in Animal Science from the University of Delaware and her PhD in Equine Exercise Physiology from Rutgers University. Her equine research involved looking at the effects of age and training on antioxidants and oxidative stress in Standardbreds.

Daniel SmuckerDaniel Smucker
American Driving Society booth 513

– Saturday, 9:10-10:00AM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Fitting a Horse To Harness


Daniel Smucker (Harness Fitting)– s a third generation leather crafter and has been making harnesses since the age of 15. Working with the finest Wicket & Craig leathers, Daniel specializes in custom show harnesses for all levels ranging from everyday use through world class competitive needs. Daniel provides products for singles, pairs and multiples – mini’s through draft and can custom fit any horse with either leather or synthetics. Working out of the same shop for the past 46 years, Smucker’s Harness is known for its outstanding quality and workmanship which is highly regarded amongst drivers around the world.

Rachel SnoddyRachel Snoddy
Penn State University booth 215, 216

– Thursday, 1:00-2:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Introducing the Young Rider to the Care of Horses


Rachel Snoddy – first started riding when she was six at summer camps with riding lessons soon to follow. She immersed herself as much as she could in horses by volunteering for therapeutic riding, joining 4-H, showing locally, and trail riding. During high school she started teaching summer camps and giving riding lessons. She attended The Pennsylvania State University earning her bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences and minor in Equine Science. Rachel’s resume includes herd health manager at a large equine breeding farm, loan officer, small animal veterinary technician and is currently employed at Feather Hill Stables utilizing her passion of teaching lessons and introducing people to the wonderful world of horses.  Rachel is married with a son, enjoys spending time with him as well as two horses, one dog, and multiple goats and sheep.

Amy SnoverAmy Snover
Chair 4-H State Development Committee
World Champion Percheron Ladies Team driver
Pennsylvania Equine Council booth 212-214, 234-236

– Thursday, 6:00-7:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Driving & Youth; the 4-H Horsemanship Skills Experience


Amy Snover – is a 30 year Horse Leader and the owner of WAE Up Farms. She is distinguished as the current World Champion Percheron Ladies Team driver and is the trainer of multiple youth world and reserve world champions, state 4-H draft driving champions, KILE and Farm Show youth champions. Amy supports the equine industry by introducing audiences to the Driving Horsemanship Skills program and shows horse owners how the skills experience can effectively expand the educational and recognition opportunities for youth drivers.

Dr. Burt Staniar, PhDBurt Staniar, PhD
Penn State University booth 215, 216

– Saturday, 10:00-11:00AM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Questions & Answers on Equine Nutrition; Your Questions Answered
– Saturday, 4:00-5:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Anatomy of the Gastrointestinal Tract & Its Nutritional Effects


Burt Staniar, PhD – joined the Department of Animal Science at Penn State in the Fall of 2007. He completed his PhD and a post-doc at Virginia Tech studying nutrition’s influence on cartilage and skeletal development in Thoroughbred horses. In his first 5 years at Penn State, Burt continued research in this area by investigating how different dietary energy sources influence insulin-like growth factor I and growth hormone. During the past 5 years, the focus of his research has shifted to gastrointestinal health of the equine athlete. Equine athletes suffer from a wide range of health concerns that are associated perturbations to gastrointestinal health. These include gastric ulcers, enteritis, colitis, colic, and even laminitis. Dr. Staniar has focused on assessing aspects of the luminal environment, assessing gut permeability, and investigating inflammation associated with particular diets. Dr. Staniar is particularly interested in potential parallels between human and equine athletes and the potential for research to benefit both. In addition to his research, Dr. Staniar teaches a range of courses from freshman seminar to Equine Nutrition and Equine Exercise Physiology.

Margaret Stewart
Herbs for Life, Inc. booth 317

– Thursday, 2:00-3:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
The Power of Detox in Horses (with Joyce Belcher)
Every horse is in contact with compromising toxins daily creating stagnation and dis-ease. This seminar will explain what these toxins are and how to remove them before they do damage. You’ll receive a chart to take home and use with your horse in his stall showing acupressure points that support the natural detoxification of the organs along with specific herbs and superfoods that assist this process, as nature intended.
– Friday, 4:00-5:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
Bringing Balance with Acupressure & Herbs (with Joyce Belcher)
In this seminar you will learn how to determine the individual, the “type” your horse is and how acupressure along with herbs can bring it all into balance. You will walk away with a new-found freedom and understanding for how best to move forward improving your relationship with and overall health of your horse using synergistic techniques.
– Sunday, 1:00-2:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Anaplasma; It’s NOT Lyme (with Joyce Belcher)
Understand the difference…in this seminar we will break down the variables, explain options for best preventing or treating via holistic and/or conventional protocols. This will include herbs, acupressure points and nutrition. You will learn how to support your horses physical and enteric body for optimal wellness by reinforcing access to the immune system.


Margaret Stewart (Holistic Equine Health Care) – is a Certified Animal Acupressure Practitioner (CAAP) in all levels for both large and small animals, a Certified Equine Massage Therapist (CEMP), a Certified Equine Craniosacral Therapist (ECST) and a Medical Qi Gong Instructor and Practitioner. She has also completed study in Bach Flower Essences, The Masterson Method, Spiritual Response Therapy and several Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) modalities. Margaret lives in Connecticut where she has an animal practice, doing both hands-on and distance work.

Capri Stiles-Mikesell
Capri Stiles-Mikesell
Penn State University booth 215, 216

– Thursday, 12:10-1:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Erase the Risk; Your Horse & the Dangers You Can’t See
– Saturday, 6:00-7:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
So Little Time! Get Out of the Rut & Get on Your Horse


Capri Stiles-Mikesell – is a member of the Penn State Extension Agricultural Science team. She serves Western Pennsylvania as a Biosecurity and Animal Well-Being Educator. Capri also serves on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Equine Council (PEC) and is editor for the PEC online newsletter. Capri is an accomplished equestrian who has competed at the National level in multiple breeds and disciplines. She has an appreciation for all things equine and is well versed in the challenges of horse selection and horse ownership. She has successfully matched over 400 horses and equestrians in her lifetime and continues to help new and experienced horse enthusiasts find the right mount.

Sara Strauss
Sara Strauss
Days End Farm Horse Rescue booth S16

– Thursday, 3:00-4:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Enjoying Your Horse’s Senior Years


Sara Strauss (Rescue Horse Training) – In 2008, Sara joined Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR), in Howard County, Maryland, the nationally-recognized, 58-acre facility for abused and neglected horses. Having earned her B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Maryland, she came to DEFHR already an accomplished rider and trainer with a background in Dressage and Natural Horsemanship. She brought to DEFHR a wealth of knowledge using a variety of training techniques and from her experiences under several trainers.

Sara’s presence was felt almost immediately at DEFHR as she works with the 50-70 horses that are under the farm’s care at any given time. All horses progress well under Sara’s improved program and adoption numbers have steadily increased. In early 2009, Sara broadened her experience by completing an apprenticeship with Kenny. In addition to working with Harlow, Sara has also worked with well-regarded trainers Tara Jones, Scott Purdum, David Beard, Charlie Powers, Craig Cameron, and Julio Mendoza. She continues to interact with these and other experienced trainers to ensure her professional development and the quality of DEFHR’s rehabilitation program.

Dr. Ann Swinker, PhD
Ann Swinker, PhD
Penn State University booth 215, 216

– Friday, 4:00-5:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
BLM Horses in the West, Feral Horses in the East; What’s one to do?


Ann Swinker, PhD – recently retired as Associate Professor in Equine Sciences and Horse Extension Specialist at Penn State University. She has been involved in the horse business for over 42 years. Ann began her career managing Arabian Horse Stables in southwestern Pennsylvania. During that time she was involved in breeding, training, marketing, importing and showing purebred Arabian horses. From 1990 to 2001, Dr. Swinker was a professor of Equine Science and served as the Extension Horse Specialist at Colorado State University.

Dr. Swinker has received several awards from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents and American Society of Animal Science. She was named “Horse Person of the Year” in 2001 by the Colorado Equine Council and received the Van Ness Award, the American Horse Council’s highest honor. Most recently, she received the Distinguished Service Award in Equine Science from the Equine Science Society, an honor documenting her lifelong contributions. She serves on the Pennsylvania Equine Council board of directors, PA Farm Bureau, American Horse Council’s Unwanted Horse Coalition, and is a member in several other equine related organizations. In addition, Dr. Swinker has served on numerous graduate research committees. Her research activities have addressed management and environmental issues such as stable air quality, small acreage management, composting and manure management, water quality, behavior, horse identification, and reproductive issues. She has served on many extension, university and professional society committees.

Dr. Swinker has authored numerous research papers, abstracts/proceedings and popular press articles. She also has conducted many workshops, presentations and clinics. Today she and her husband, Dr. Dan Kniffen, own and breed Arabian and Trakehner horses and raise Hereford cattle in Spring Mills, PA.

Dr. Deepanker Tewari, BVSc, PhD
Deepanker Tewari, BVSc, PhD
Penn State University booth 215, 216

– Friday, 2:00-3:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Anaplasmosis & Piroplasmosis: Symptoms,Tests & Treatment


Deepanker Tewari, BVSc, PhD – is a Veterinarian and Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists

Randi Thompson
Horse and Rider Awareness booth 519

– Thursday, 12:10-1:00PM, Equine Arena (2nd Floor)
Three Amazing Riding Position Fixes That You Can Do Yourself
– Thursday, 4:00-5:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Riding Perfect Circles; As Easy As 1, 2, 3
– Friday, 11:00AM-12:00PM, Large Arena (2nd Floor)
Contact; the Steps to Connection
– Sunday, 11:00AM-12:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Keeping Your Friends & Family Safe Around Your Horses
– Sunday, 2:00-3:00PM, Large Arena (2nd Floor)
Dancing with Your Horses; Metronome Magic


Randi Thompson (Dressage, Equine Business) – is the CEO of the “Horse and Rider Awareness Educational Programs,” which include, “How to Market Your Horse Business”, “Jumping Instructors”, “Dressage Instructors”, and “Movers and Shakers of the Horse World”. She has been coaching professionals in the horse industry for over 25 years in horse and rider training, business, and marketing. Randi has worked with many breeds of horses and styles of riding in her career and has produced national winners in the worlds of dressage, hunter/jumper, western pleasure and flat shod Walking Horses. Randi is a Certified Horsemanship Assn. Master Instructor and Clinician and is available to come to your location for clinics and instructor training. For more information on how Randi can make a difference for you, go to

Lew Trumble
Lew Trumble
Pennsylvania 4-H Horse Program booth 233, 234

– Thursday, 3:00-4:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Finding Success in Mini-Horse Jumping


Lew Trumble – is a native of New York State and a Penn State Equine Extension Associate working specifically with the PA State 4-H horse program. Lew has been a professional in the equine industry for 30-plus years and has participated in a variety of disciplines extensively, across the country. Lew works with county, district, and state level 4-H horse activities, offering educational opportunities to both youth and adult volunteers in an effort to develop knowledgeable and passionate horse people.

Tommie Turvey
Booth 114-116
Theatre Equus Performer

– Thursday, 3:00-4:00PM, Equine Arena (2nd Floor)
The Art of Liberty
– Thursday, 5:00-6:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Problem Solving
– Friday, 3:00-4:00PM, Equine Arena (2nd Floor)
Dally Up; Teach Your Horse to Pull Anything
– Saturday, 12:00-1:00PM, Equine Arena (2nd Floor)
Tommie’s Tools; No Gimmicks, Just Effective Tools
– Saturday, 3:00-4:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
Training Horses for Film Work
– Sunday, 11:00AM-12:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Basic Behaviors; Using Trick Training for Better Control
– Sunday, 3:00-4:00PM, Equine Arena (2nd Floor)
Advanced Tricks


Tommie Turvey Jr. (Trick Horse Training, Theatre Equus Performer) – is a life-long hands-on horseman. He travels the world performing in front of hundreds of thousands of people each year with his unique style of horsemanship. Tommie performs his signature acts to sold out crowds at hundreds of the biggest shows in North America.  His bay and white American Paint Horse, “Pokerjoe” is the star of the outfit. He is well known for his comedy antics as the “upside-down horse” and is the most memorable and requested equine act in the business. In 2009, Pokerjoe was immortalized as a Breyer® Horse model. Tommie’s black and white Paint Horse, Joker who is the work horse of the bunch was cast as the Breyer® Celebration Model Horse in 2006. Joker’s younger brother, Ace is the lover of the group who will steal your heart with his soft gentle eyes. “Blade” is a rescued red roan Mustang which Tommie has partnered with his faithful dog, Maverick a Red Queensland Heeler.

In addition to being a top entertainer, Tommie puts his methods into practice as an exciting and entertaining clinician with his no-nonsense training ideals. He is the most versatile horseman in the industry and you can see the results of his training every time he performs with his horses. He gets the most out of them through consistency, discipline and respect. Tommie says “The key in getting your horse to doing anything correctly is consistency in training and day to day contact. It’s not magic like most people want you to believe. It is understanding and the quality, not quantity of training. People think I train my horse for hours on end and it’s quite the opposite. I train people to think in small steps and how to get on the horse’s level.” As a professional stuntman and stunt coordinator, Tommie appears with his horses in the upcoming movies “Jonah Hex” and “the Greening of Whitney Brown” and the can be seen in the recent blockbusters “Batman: Dark Night”, Larry the Cable Guy’s “Witless Protection” and HBO’s award winning mini-series “John Adams”.  Tommie’s horses have made many appearances on the hit TV series “The Walking Dead” as well.

As an owner of over 20 horses from Paints, Pintos, Quarter Horses, Haflingers, Trakehner, Rocky Mountain Horses, an American Cream Draft, and Mustangs, Tommie enjoys working with them all. He has dedicated his life to bringing the power and beauty of the horse to the forefront through entertainment and inspiring demonstrations. In addition, Tommie helps teach people how to create a special partnership with their horses with real world exercises and training programs. “It’s not about the tricks, it’s about getting you and your horse to a higher level and having fun while doing it.” Tommie knows that the average person doesn’t have all day or years to train their horses. They want to start enjoying them now.


Tracy Wagner
Tracy Wagner Training,

– Saturday, 5:00-6:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Training in the Early Years; What You Can Do With the Babies
– Sunday, 3:00-4:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
Raising & Training for Horses Under Five


Tracy Wagner (General Training) – is a life-long hands-on horsewoman and highly respected professional horse trainer, specializing in helping horse people with real everyday issues through a back to basics approach that is often missed. Her holistic approach to riding and training is based on her deep intuitive understanding of the multi-faceted relationship between the mind and body of both horse and rider and her unique ability to communicate that understanding to her students.

She encourages her students to “think outside the box.” She teaches horses to be calm, confident, and workmanlike, while also addressing the horse’s questions of motion, balance, resistance, momentum and friction while attempting to carry a rider. Tracy uses a combination of natural horsemanship, classical dressage, trick training, bridle-less riding, liberty work and more to create willing partnerships with her horses.

As a certified master instructor she currently gives clinics and instruction to a variety of students from different back grounds – from the weekend trail warrior, to the competitor with a nervous horse; riders of all ages, interests and ability levels. Her lessons are built on the concept of confidence building and keeping things “interesting” to achieve not only safer riding, but also for better performance in the competition arena.

Danny Warrington
LandSafe Equestrian booth 620

– Thursday, 5:00-6:00PM, Equine Arena (2nd Floor)
– Friday, 5:00-6:00PM, Equine Arena (2nd Floor)
Become an Effective Rider; 101 Jump Positions
– Saturday, 4:00-5:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
LandSafe; Take the Fear Out of Falling
– Sunday, 12:00-1:00PM, Equine Arena (2nd Floor)
Become an Effective Rider; Rider Dexterity & Proper Heels
– Sunday, 2:00-3:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
LandSafe; Take the Fear Out of Falling


Danny Warrington (Eventing, LandSafe Method) – was born in 1969 at the Camp LeJeune Marine Base in Jacksonville, North Carolina. A unique and well respected character, Danny has a refreshing outlook on his education.  Danny has spent much of his life trying to learn from the best. In his racing years he spent time with hall of fame trainers Jonathan Sheppard and Mikey Smithwick as well as Janet Elliot. When it came to eventing the same approach was taken riding only with the best, Bruce Davidson and Karen O’Connor , Jimmy Wofford and Phillip Dutton they were all very helpful in his transition from jockey to 3-day eventer. Having known Danny from his racing days they were very enthusiastic to help him make the change. The long list of dressage help that he has encountered rings such names as Linda Zang, Todd Flettrich, Mara DePuy, and Donnan Sharp. All of the above have too many credits to list. Danny has been very fortunate to gain what he calls an Ivy League education over the past several decades.

Following on from a comprehensive education and becoming not a ‘Jockey’ or an ‘Event Rider’ but a Horseman, Danny started to specialize in the discipline of Eventing. It was in this sphere that Danny achieved what is his career highlight. He won the Amanda Warrington Cup at Groton House which is held in memorial of his late wife. Danny had left the world of horses for a few years, and upon deciding to return he bought a horse called Discover The Power as a re-sale project. He started to ride him at the prelim level, and subconsciously set himself the aim of winning that particular event. Against the odds, he claimed the emotional victory as his own, and believes that it is and always will be his single greatest achievement. Not only in horsemanship, but personally, it was far more than a competition win, it was an emotional victory.

From national championships and FEI competitions all the way to beginner novice, Danny has not only ridden himself, he has helped every level of rider, from D rated pony clubbers all the way to helping them achieve their AA, adult amateurs and Pros as well. From educating two year olds for hall of famer Allen Jerkins as well as the legendry Jim Lewis, to starting dressage horses, most notably a four year old by Gribaldi sire of the great Moorlands Totilas.  Danny has also helped top trainers like JJ Tate and Kentucky Derby winning trainer Michael Matz.  Warrington Eventing has produced and imported top eventers, hunters, and thoroughbreds for some of the best names in equestrian sports.  Not only was Danny a top steeplechase jockey in the U.S. he has also become a top level eventer and trainer of not only horses but riders; all winning and competing in multiple disciplines of the equestrian world.

When not in the barn, teaching, riding, doing a clinic or fixing a problem horse, you will most likely find him on the water.  Danny has his captain’s license; he was a saltwater guide and spent some time as a dive instructor in the islands. One way or another he is enjoying life and the outdoors with his wife Keli and friends. Often in the summer his students not only learn to ride and all around horsemanship, most of them will learn to wakeboard and fish, he wants everyone to share his passions!

Dr. Lauren M. Weiss, DVM
Lauren M. Weiss, DVM
Division Chief of Regulations and Compliance, Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Services
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Penn State University booth 215, 216

– Friday, 10:10-11:00AM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Neurologic Equine Herpesvirus; After Exposure or Diagnosis


Lauren M. Weiss, DVM – is a 1997 graduate of University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She is currently the Division Chief of Regulations and Compliance with the Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Services, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Dr. Weiss manages regulations and compliance within the Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Services. She oversees all operations of the statewide domestic animal regulatory programs for the prevention and control of diseases of domestic animals in the Commonwealth. She also has worked with the State Horse Racing Commission at Standardbred races supervising the test barn activities, along with blood collection for both pre-and post-race blood gas testing procedures.

Dr. Weiss was drawn to horses at a young age. While completing an Associate’s Degree in Equine Studies, she learned English equitation and eventing at the Radnor Hunt Club in Chester County, PA. She also completed a six-month practicum in Chester County while living on a Trakehner breeding facility where she gained hands on experience in breeding management through participating in artificial breeding techniques, mare and stallion management and managing the pregnant mare. She also spent several summers while in college working as a wrangler on a dude ranch nestled in the foothills of the Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming. After completing her Associate’s degree, Dr. Weiss worked as a veterinary technician for an equine practitioner, who focused on performance/sport horses and racing thoroughbreds before returning to college to pursue her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree.</p

Dr. Weiss has a diverse background, which includes a significant interest in public health and regulatory veterinary medicine. She has worked in equine practice, for the USDA, hospital research facilities overseeing the clinical veterinary care of research animals, as well as the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Nicky Wetzelberger
Nicky Wetzelberger
Days End Farm Horse Rescue booth S16

– Saturday, 1:00-2:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
All About Horses for Kids; An Activity Session


Nicky Wetzelberger (Youth Rider Activities) – was born on a small farm in Maryland and grew up in an animal-loving family. From a young age, she learned the importance of opening her home and her heart to animals in need. After college, she lived abroad, where she saw countless animals in distress, and set a goal of going into animal rescue when she returned to the U.S. During her time overseas, she taught at international schools and also spent time teaching children in afterschool centers. She worked as the volunteer and outreach coordinator at a humane society in Maryland before finding her way to DEFHR where she works today as the Community Outreach Director. She is passionate about being part of the solution to a problem through teaching, animal welfare and volunteerism.

Bud and Gwen Wills
Bud & Gwen Wills
Pennsylvania Equine Council booth 212-214, 235-237

– Thursday, 5:00-6:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Trail Smart
– Friday, 11:00AM-12:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Weight! Is Your Truck & Trailer Legal (with Pennsylvania State Police)
– Saturday, 5:00-6:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Working With Land Management Agencies on Trails


Bud and Gwen Wills (Horse Camping and Trail Riding) – Bud and Gwen grew up on the back of a horse. Bud spent about 20 years raising, training and showing Arabian horses. He also judged various breed shows and was active in 4 H work in Pennsylvania. In recent years, Bud worked as a licensed horseback big game hunting guide in the northern mountains of New Mexico.

Becoming concerned about the loss of public lands to the equine user across the country, Bud and Gwen got involved with the Pennsylvania Equine Council, PEC. The PEC is a grass roots volunteer organization that represents the equine owners in Pennsylvania. Bud serves as the State Trail Chair for the PEC and Gwen as the Trail Stewardship Program Director.

No longer involved in showing they have enjoyed trail riding throughout the country. They ride and pack mules using their mules as part of educational programs and to do trail maintenance by packing gravel, tools and materials for a more land friendly approach to trail work. Both Bud and Gwen are Leave No Trace, LNT masters. Traveling throughout Pennsylvania, surrounding states as well as national Trail Conferences they present LNT/ Ride Smart land ethics and out door skills programs.

Through the PEC they have developed a Trail Stewardship Program. The various educational programs are being accepted by the State and Federal agencies as one means of keeping Public Lands open to the public. This involves trainings for both volunteers and agency personal.

By combining years of experience Bud and Gwen also present trail user programs, which suggests a common sense approach to the use of equine in the trail setting. From planning your excursion to tack and equipment suggestions to make your ride a good experience for you, your equine of choice as well as others you may meet on the trail.

Brendan Wise
Modern Teacher of Classical Wisdom booth 424

– Thursday, 5:00-6:00PM, Large Arena (2nd Floor)
Help for the Nervous or Tense Sport Horse
– Thursday, 6:00-7:00PM, Seminar Hall A (Expo Hall)
The Art of Classical Dressage
– Friday, 6:00-7:00PM, Equine Arena (2nd Floor)
Advanced Bridleless Riding & Jumping
– Saturday, 1:00-2:00PM, Round Pen Arena (Expo Hall)
Long Lining & Classical Long Rein Work
– Sunday, 1:00-2:00PM, Large Arena (2nd Floor)
Lateral Work for Strength & Flexibility


Brendan Wise (Classical Dressage) – has been playing with horses ever since he was old enough to pull his boots on, and has always had a love for the horse greater than anything else in this world. He has devoted his life to the study and the teaching of Horsemanship in the Classical Tradition. Brendan has spent his entire life learning from many disciplines including Natural Horsemanship, Dressage, Reining, Show Jumping and Racing. He has combined his experiences and successes in all of these disciplines, as well as a constant intense study of the Classical Masters, in order to develop his skills as a horseman and teacher. Brendan has had the honor of studying under many of the greatest mentors and teachers of our time; including having two of America’s greatest horsemen, John and Josh Lyons, give him his start as a young clinician. Brendan always says that he owes much of his ability as a teacher and communicator to spending years with John and Josh Lyons. His desire is to share the knowledge that he has gained from his personal experiences, and the wisdom of other great masters that he studies under (including Jean-Claude Barry of Le Cadre Noir de Saumar), in the hopes that he may make an impact on the lives of many horses and riders. Brendan seeks to follow the wisdom and principles of the Classical Masters, handed down from teachers like Nuno Olivera, Xenophon, Baucher, La Gueriniere, Dr. Klimke, Steinbrecht, Podhajski, Anja Beran, and Phillipe Karl.

Natural Horsemanship and French Classical Dressage are at the very core of Brendan’s personal horsemanship. Brendan has a passion for the proper training, conditioning, and maintaining of the integrity of the horse’s mind and body from beginning to end. A great reverence, respect and admiration for the horse guides every thought that Brendan has in regards to the horse. It is his hope that he may bring a refreshing and much needed breath of air to the training of high level horses, with a commitment to putting the horse first. Engaged in modern competitions and teaching modern horses, it is the proven work of the Classical masters that guides what Brendan teaches from beginning to end, always striving to learn more with each ride.

Also joining him at the Expo with be his wife, Melanie Ferrio-Wise, who just recently made history and has gained international recognition by being the first rider to compete bridleless in Show Jumping at the 2017 Washington International Horse Show. Melanie and her horse, Wings (Vlad around the barn), are now competing exclusively bridleless in all competition, breaking down the barriers of what is “normal”, and making history as they go. Come watch this incredible pair!

Dr. David R. Wolfgang, VMD, MPH, Diplomate ABVP-Dairy
David R. Wolfgang, VMD, MPH, Diplomate ABVP-Dairy
Director, Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Services
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Penn State University booth 215, 216

– Friday, 3:00-4:00PM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Diagnosing Feed Related Toxins


David R. Wolfgang, VMD, MPH, Diplomate ABVP-Dairy – is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He earned his Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree from the Penn State College of Medicine-Hershey. He was in private veterinary practice with an emphasis on large animals from June 1982 through October 1995. From October 1995 through July 2016 he was Director of Field Investigations and an Extension Veterinarian in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at Penn State. In August 2016 he accepted the position as Pennsylvania State Veterinarian.

Dr. Wolfgang has been active in local and state veterinary organizations. He served as president of the Pennsylvania State Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) 2006. He was Chair of the National Mastitis Council-Residue Avoidance Committee (2005-2009). He currently serves as chair of the PA State Board of Veterinary Medicine. His primary areas of professional emphasis include cost effective preventative health and diagnostic programs for livestock species, on-farm food safety and quality, emerging and zoonotic diseases, animal well-being, and continuing education programs for veterinarians.

John Zanella
John Zanella
Victory Therapeutic Horsemanship
Penn State University booth 215, 216

– Saturday, 9:10-10:00AM, Seminar Hall B (Expo Hall)
Horses Helping Veterans


John Zanella – is the founder and director of Victory Therapeutic Horsemanship. John is a retired Army Sergeant First Class with multiple combat tours and a long history of horse experience. He brings his unique background and his training as a PATH International instructor to provide an unparalleled perspective on how equine therapy treats veterans.

Victory Therapeutic Horsemanship is one of the few therapeutic riding programs serving veterans exclusively. It’s a non-profit organization that provides veterans from all branches and generations of the military with much needed equine therapy at no cost. Studies have shown repeatedly that therapeutic riding has a massive positive effect on veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), and coping with physical injuries. Through working with horses Victory Therapeutic Horsemanship aims to empower service members and offer a gratifying outlet in which to work through their ailments.

As a veteran John understands the distinct needs of those who have served in the military. Combined with his horse experience, he is able to offer strong programs to help those who have served our nation.