PA Speaker Information

Speaker Details and Biographies – 2017

(Please check back in January for our ALL NEW line up of great speakers)



Yvonne Barteau
KYB Dressage booth 501

– Thursday, 1:00 – 2:00PM, Equine Arena
Dressage Through the Levels

– Friday, 11:00AM – 12:00PM, Large Arena
English & Western Dressage Freestyles

– Friday, 3:00 – 4:00PM, Seminar Hall A
Equine Personalities & How They Affect Rider Relationships

– Saturday, 4:00 – 5:00PM, Seminar Hall A
Dressage; a Q & A Session, Bring Your Topics

– Sunday, 2:00 – 3:00PM, Large Arena
Connection, Half Halts & Shoulder Control for Dressage


Yvonne Barteau (Dressage) – Yvonne Barteau grew up in Toronto, Canada without nearly enough access to her passion, which from childhood, was for horses.

She is one of this nation’s most celebrated riders and a lifelong horse trainer. She worked in equine theater starting as Principle Trainer eventually becoming a Featured Performer and The Director of Entertainment Operations for the Arabian Nights Dinner Theater in Florida, where she met and married her husband and business partner, Kim Barteau.

Since then, she has earned her United States Dressage Federation Gold, Silver and Bronze medals as well as her Gold, Silver and Bronze freestyle bars. Her Business, KYB Dressage, has trained over a dozen horses to the Grand Prix Level and over 50 to Prix St George’s. Yvonne has qualified horses and riders for World Championships and World Cups and earned dozens of National and Regional titles. In 2015 her long time training project and friend GP Raymeister was named Most Winning Horse in USDF History.

Yvonne has published two award winning books. The Dressage Horse Manifesto is the second of two books she has authored on horses. Her book, Ride the Right Horse, examines the impact of human and horse personalities and how they work together. She has also authored multiple screenplays, including The Spirit of the Horse, All the Kings Horsemen, and Dream Upon A Horse.

Yvonne and her husband Kim are KYB Dressage and they are based out of Maple Park Illinois. In order to share their knowledge with in so many avenues of Horsemanship they have recently opened KYB Connected which is an online interactive and learning site with information on everything from grooming and ground control to finishing a Grand Prix horse! This will be KYB Dressage’s first trip to the Horse Expo!

“I love my life, my family and the horses I get to work with and am blessed to have the people in my life who believe in me.” ~ Yvonne Barteau

Laura Batts
Horse Hippie booth 1120, 1121

– Thursday, 4:00 – 5:00PM, Seminar Hall A
Five Common Mistakes Made When Feeding Horses

– Friday, 12:00 – 1:00PM, Seminar Hall A
Model Farm for Environmentally Conscious Horse Keeping

– Saturday, 6:00 – 7:00PM, Seminar Hall A
Rider Yoga
– Sunday, 3:00 – 4:00PM, Seminar Hall B
DIY Ideas for the Horse & Farm Owner


Laura Batts (Horse Rider Yoga / Eco-Friendly Horse Care) – is the founder Horse Hippie and The Equine Nutrition Nerd, companies with a focus on the ultimate health of the rider, the horse and our planet. Laura grew up living a holistic, natural lifestyle and teaches others to do this through her presentations and blogs. She holds a FeedMaster™ and Professional Animal Scientist certification in equine nutrition. Combining her lifestyle with her interest in equine care she obtained a Masters of Environmental Science with a focus on the equine sector. She helps horse owners use eco-friendly practices in their horse and farm care.

Joyce Belcher

Joyce Belcher
Herbs For Life, Inc. / Pet Wellness Blends Booth 323, 324

– Friday, 4:00 – 5:00PM, Seminar Hall A
Balance Your Horse’s Immune System & Optimize Digestion

– Sunday, 1:00 – 2:00PM, Seminar Hall B
Understanding Inflammation in the GI Tract & Throughout the Body

Joyce Belcher (Natural Equine Healthcare) – 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.

Bethany Bickel

Bethany L. Bickel
PA 4-H Horse Program booth 232

– Thursday, 1:00 – 2:00PM, Seminar Hall B
Benefits of Equine Education Programs & Youth Contests (with Lew Trumble)

Bethany L. Bickel (Horsemanship) – is a graduate of Penn State University in Agricultural Extension Education and is currently employed by Penn State Extension. In her spare time she enjoys showing on the IBHA/ABRA circuits as well as helping 4-H and FFA youth with their horse and market livestock projects. She believes you “learn by doing”.

Randy Byers
Brendan Wise Horsemanship booth 419

– Thursday, 5:00 – 6:00PM, Large Arena
What is working Equitation (with Brendan Wise)

– Friday, 6:00 – 7:00PM, Seminar Hall A
What is Working Equitation (with Brendan Wise)

– Saturday, 3:00 – 4:00PM, Large Arena
Developing Skills for Working Equitation (with Brendan Wise)
– Sunday, 10:00 – 11:00AM, Seminar Hall B
Working Equitation Explained (with Brendan Wise)

Randy Byers (Working Equitation) – is a top level American Working Equitation competitor. 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. He and his wife, Lisa Harding, make up the team at Hybrid Performance Horses developing WE horses. 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 2017.

Montie Eagle
Montie Eagle
Eagle-Glenn Farm

– Thursday, 12:10 – 1:00PM, Seminar Hall A
Building Blocks for Show Ring Success

– Friday, 10:10 – 11:00AM, Seminar Hall A
Concerns for the Older Rider

– Saturday, 9:10 – 10:00AM, Round Pen Arena
Those Darn Diagonals
– Sunday, 11:00AM – 12:00PM, Seminar Hall A
Concerns for the Older Rider


Montie Eagle (Horse Selection, Senior Riding) – has been a student of classical dressage since the early 1980’s. When she met Jack Brainard in 2006 things took a decidedly western turn. Brainard, a producer of ten world champions, is famous in the reining horse world and travels the country yearly to teach western dressage. When Montie started in dressage, she was fortunate to work with Pat Smeltzer and her mentor Karl Mikolka. Karl is a former head rider from the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. What Karl taught her was to ride and cue the horse depending on where the horse’s feet were. When she first spoke with Jack, she realized that he taught on the same principles and felt right at home. Today, after numerous clinics with Jack, Montie considers him her mentor.

Montie teaches students from all disciplines at her Carlisle PA facility, where each student works on his or her specific goals. Her specialty is teaching the adult rider, and finds her niche market is the returning rider and the adult just starting to ride. These are the students who eagerly rejoin the riding community or discover a love for horses in their adult years. “Quite often my students have an established career and have raised a family. They have waited to ride and they now realize this is their time to pursue getting to know about horses and riding. I like to teach everyone how horses think and react through ground work and how this translates to success in the saddle when they ride.”

“I have been blessed with great teachers,” says Montie. On the classical dressage side these include clinics with Erik Herbermann, Lendon Gray, and Karen Ramsing. Western teachers include John Lyons, Richard Shrake, Lori Beth Morris and Eitan Beth-Halachmy, the founder of cowboy dressage. Montie’s core belief is that dressage is for everyone and that each horse and rider, regardless of chosen discipline, can gain from work in dressage. “You want your horse to be a joyous ride and a sound, athletic lifelong companion.”

Brian Egan
Brian Egan
Penn State Equine Science booth 215, 216

– Saturday, 6:00 – 7:00PM, Seminar Hall B
Understanding Your Horse’s Behavior



Brian Egan (Equine Behavior) – is an Instructor of Equine Science at Penn State University in the Department of Animal Science and is 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 25 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 is the instructor of Penn State’s Introduction to Horse Production and Management, Horse Handling and Training, Horse 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.

Donna Foulk
Donna Foulk
Penn State booth 215, 216

– Friday, 11:00AM – 12:00PM, Seminar Hall B
Parasites; a Whole Farm Approach

Donna Foulk (Pasture Management, Hay Selection) – is employed as an Equine Natural Resource and 4-H Extension Educator for Penn State Cooperative Extension and provides short courses and workshops on a variety of equine environmental and nutritional issues including forage quality, and pasture and nutrient management. She also provides on-farm assistance to farm owners and serves as a resource for veterinarians, extension agents and agricultural professionals that deal with horses. She is currently involved in collecting pasture management data as part of a team working under a Chesapeake Bay targeted watershed grant.


Sonny Garguilo
Sonny Garguilo Natural Horsemanship booth 321, 322

– Thursday, 2:00 – 3:00PM, Round Pen
Liberty & Tricks; Opening the Line of Communication

– Thursday, 6:00 – 7:00PM, Large Arena
Cross Training the Hunter/Jumper
– Friday, 11:00AM – 12:00PM, Equine Arena
Hurry Up, Slow Down; Teaching Speed Control

– Friday, 6:00 – 7:00PM, Round Pen Arena
Starting the Young Horse; the Next Steps

– Saturday, 4:00 – 5:00PM, Round Pen Arena
Overcome the Angry or Nervous Horse
– Sunday, 3:00 – 4:00PM, Large Arena
Using Cavalettis in a Whole New Way


Sonny Garguilo 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.


Dan Grunewald
Dan Grunewald’s Versatile Training

– Friday, 5:00 – 6:00PM, Large Arena
Looking Through the Judge’s Eyes; Ranch Horse Classes
– Saturday, 5:00 – 6:00PM, Large Arena
Beginning Western & English Horsemanship & Equitation
– Saturday, 1:00 – 2:00PM, Round Pen Arena
Choose the Correct Equipment for Horse & Rider
– Sunday, 3:00 – 4:00PM, Large Arena
Advanced Horsemanship; Flying Changes & More


Dan Grunewald (Western Horsemanship/Versatility) – has been involved in the horse industry his entire life. Dan offers a vast amount of knowledge and expertise in the show world, whether it has been through his experience as an exhibitor, clinician or judge.

Dan is an advocate for getting our future horsemen and women involved in the horse industry. He puts his energy, knowledge, expertise, and love of the industry into all of his clinics, judging and in training horses. Most recently, Dan is a four (4) time top ten finisher in the Extreme Mustang Challenge.
Dan was a featured clinician at the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky. He was named 2008 WSHC Judge of the Year and won the 2009 WSHC Special Achievement Award for his work in founding the Wisconsin Interscholastic Horsemanship Association (WIHA).

Dan holds ABRA, ARHA, WSHC, and other judges cards. He has also trained and shown several Local, State, National, and World Champion horses throughout his career.


Kenny Harlow
Kenny Harlow
Training with Trust booth 315, 316
Trail Champions Challenge Host & Course Designer

– Thursday, 12:10 – 1:00PM, Round Pen
Restarting the Older Horse

– Thursday, 5:00 – 6:00PM, Equine Arena
Perfection in Riding; Make Your Cues Invisible
– Friday, 2:00AM – 3:00PM, Round Pen Arena
Get Back in the Saddle; Exercises to Rebuild Rider Confidence

– Friday, 5:00 – 6:00PM, Equine Arena
Get Lateral; Teaching the Leg Yield, Side-Pass & Half Pass

– Saturday, 12:00 – 1:00PM, Equine Arena
Having Fun With Your Horse; Make Performance Exercises Fun
– Saturday, 5:00 – 6:00PM, Round Pen Arena
Teach Your Horse to Stand at the Mounting Block

– Sunday, 12:00 – 1:00PM, Round Pen Arena
Who’s In Charge; Being a Proactive vs. Reactive Rider
– Sunday, 2:00 – 3:00PM, Round Pen Arena
Stop the Freight Train; Slow Down Without Hard Equipment


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.

Tara Jones
Tara Jones
Pieceful Solutions booth 307

– Thursday, 12:10 – 1:00PM, Equine Arena
Improve Your Barrel Runs & Better Your Times

– Friday, 3:00AM – 4:00PM, Round Pen Arena
Body Balance for Horse & Rider

– Saturday, 2:00 – 3:00PM, Round Pen Arena
Learn to Listen to Your Horse
– Sunday, 1:00 – 2:00PM, Round Pen Arena
Use Ground Work to Create a Great Connection

Tara Jones (General Horsemanship, Problem Solving) – 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.


Nick Karazissis
Far West Farms

– Friday, 1:00 – 2:00PM, Seminar Hall A
What, Why, How; 19 Tests Judges Use in Equitation Divisions

– Friday, 3:00 – 4:00PM, Equine Arena
Hunter Seat Equitation; the US System of Riding

– Saturday, 12:00 – 1:00PM, Seminar Hall A
Improve Form to Achieve a Balanced H/J Course
– Saturday, 2:00 – 3:00PM, Equine Arena
The Formula to Achieve a Balanced Jumping Horse

– Sunday, 10:00 – 11:00AM, Seminar Hall A
The Four Cornerstones for Success in Hunter Equitation
– Sunday, 12:00 – 1:00PM, Equine Arena
The Cornerstones of Success for the Hunter/Jumper


Nick Karazissis (Hunter, Jumper & Equitation) – is one of the most successful trainers on the West Coast. Along with his brother Kost, his sister-in-law Jenny and his daughter Cassandra, Far West Farms has been owned and operated in Calabasas, California for over 40 years. Far West Farms has been synonymous with quality, tradition and blue ribbons. Two of Nick’s children: Cassandra and Nick Karazissis Jr., in addition to many successful professionals on the West Coast have had their training at Far West Farms. The Far West Farms team is responsible for many “A” Pacific Coast Horse Show Association (PCHA) year-end championships, and is always consistent in its yearly wins and multiple placing in Medal Finals.

Nick’s success in the show ring throughout the last 40 years has made him one of the most sought after judges and clinicians in the United States. His personal focus and passion in governance is currently, and has historically been, focused in the area of education and the discipline of the equitation division. Nick was actively involved in the creation and coordination of an educational DVD for PCHA and USHJA called “Get Connected”. The DVD has served to help standardize judging by covering the main principles of Hunter Seat Equitation flatwork and demonstrating the proper way to perform the USEF Hunter Seat Equitation Tests 1 – 19.

Nick was honored to receive from USHJA, the 2008 President’s Distinguished Service Award, for his work and contribution to the hunter-Jumper sport. In 2013 at the USHJA convention, Nick was honored to receive the Jane Dillon Award which honors trainers who “have been instrumental in building future horsemen by instructing their students in proper horsemanship, training and riding while instilling in them the principles of integrity, empathy for the horse and a strong work ethic”.

Laura Kenney
Penn State Equine Science booth 215, 216

– Friday, 2:00 – 3:00PM, Seminar Hall B
Reducing Mud on Horse Farms

– Friday, 4:00 – 5:00PM, Seminar Hall B
Reduce Feed Costs With Rotational Grazing



Russ Krachun
Kozak Horsemanship booth 1034

– Thursday, 6:00 – 7:00PM, Seminar Hall A
Innovative Foundation; Guiding Exercises

– Saturday, 6:00 – 7:00PM, Round Pen Arena
Innovative Foundation; Round Pen Methodology


Russ Krachun (General Training) strives to achieve cooperation respect and harmony between people and their horses using his own philosophy and methodology. Kozak Horsemanship is an educational program that brings people and their horse to a new level of communication using philosophy that makes sense along with easy to follow step by step methodology. You will learn the true meaning of horsemanship without using aggression and without using harsh tools. Kozak Horsemanship is a revolutionary program designed for any discipline and any level of performance, this program develops a mutual understanding between you and your horse and ultimately the rewards of true horsemanship.

David Lichman
Gaited Horses, Naturally! booth 1113

– Thursday, 5:00 – 6:00PM, Seminar Hall A
Gaited Horses; What Makes Them Different, a Q & A Session

– Friday, 3:00 – 4:00PM, Large Arena
Gait Identification; What Are Those Legs Doing

– Friday, 5:00 – 6:00PM, Seminar Hall A
Understanding & Feeling the Smooth Gaits, a Q & A Session

– Saturday, 1:00 – 2:00PM, Large Arena
Maintaining a Smooth Gait On a Loose Rein
– Saturday, 5:00 – 6:00PM, Seminar Hall A
Help a Pacey Horse Find a Smooth Gait, a Q & A Session
– Sunday, 11:00AM – 12:00PM, Seminar Hall B
Help a Trotty Horse Find a Smooth Gait, a Q & A Session


David Lichman (Gaited Horses) – is a 5-Star Master Parelli Professional with a specialty in the gaited breeds. He teaches all over the world helping students find a better relationship with their horses, and the relaxation and posture that are fundamental to all riding, but especially with gaited horses.

Following a World Grand Championship win in the Pleasure Tennessee Walking Horse division, David has spent the last 25 years working with horses from every gaited breed. He has a series of best-selling educational products, Gaited Horses, Naturally!, that show how to have great success with a more natural approach.

David also has a specialty in Liberty Horses, having performed in shows all across the country with his three-horse act, which includes bridle-less riding and riding to music. He is the creator of Liberty Outside the Round Pen, a Parelli Mastery Series release. In this 4-DVD set, David gives step-by-step instructions on building a connection that resists distractions, enabling students to play at Liberty with exuberance in large open areas. David lives in California with his wife, two children, nine horses, four dogs, four cats and dozens of chickens, pigeons and canaries. David is a strong supporter of Equine Therapy for all humans, but especially for veterans returning from service.

John Lyons
Josh & John Lyons booth 1133

– Thursday, 3:00 – 5:00PM, Large Arena
Control Your Horse’s Emotions; Build a Safe & Confident Horse (with Josh Lyons)

– Friday, 1:00 – 3:00PM, Large Arena
Build a “Want To” Attitude in Your Horse (with Josh Lyons)

– Saturday, 11:00AM – 1:00PM, Large Arena
Speed Control & Transitions (with Josh Lyons)

– Sunday, 11:00AM – 1:00PM, Large Arena
Engagement in Every Maneuvers (with Josh Lyons)


John Lyons (Horsemanship) – is one of the most respected trainers around the world. He is known as “America’s Most Trusted Horseman” and he has earned that title through 30 years of dedication to horses and horse owners. His ideas and concepts in horse training have influenced every level of performance, every style of riding and every breed of horse throughout the world. His ideas and work have directly changed thousands of lives. John’s sincere regard for people and the horses they love has remained unchanged throughout his career.

John has been honored by many facets of the horse industry, including universities, breed associations, horse clubs, magazines, cities and states for his contributions and dedication to the horse and the industry. John has touched the lives of millions of people throughout the years.

John continues to be one of the most sought after trainers, speakers, demonstrators and clinicians in the United States and abroad. There is hardly an expo in the country or around the world where you will not find John, his children Josh, Brandi, and Michael or one of their certified trainers as a guest clinician.

Fourteen years ago John developed his certified trainer program that has graduated almost 300 trainers. This program had grown to be one of the top programs in the country for producing great clinicians, trainers and teachers. Today, this training program is taught by one of the top trainers in the world, John’s son, Josh Lyons.

One of the sweetest girls in the world (according to John) and his love is his wife Jody. They live and work in Parachute, Colorado, on “Our Dream Ranch.” Their door is always open to everyone and you are invited to stop by anytime.

Josh Lyons
Josh & John Lyons booth 1133
Theatre Equus Performer

– Thursday, 3:00 – 5:00PM, Large Arena
Control Your Horse’s Emotions; Build a Safe & Confident Horse (with John Lyons)

– Friday, 1:00 – 3:00PM, Large Arena
Build a “Want To” Attitude in Your Horse (with John Lyons)

– Saturday, 11:00AM – 1:00PM, Large Arena
Speed Control & Transitions (with John Lyons)

– Sunday, 11:00AM – 1:00PM, Large Arena
Engagement in Every Maneuvers (with John Lyons)


Josh Lyons (Reining & Western Performance) – Josh grew up on a cattle ranch in western Colorado. Training horses was not the family focus at the time; rather, it was earning a living from livestock. Soon his dad switched gears from working cattle to training horses. When John decided to share his training methods with others, Josh was there with him traveling the country and riding in the clinics. At age 16, Josh gave weekend clinics, trained horses and conducted private instruction at a facility in Minnesota. It was then he realized that he too had a passion for training horses and a gift for teaching people. After graduating high school, Josh worked full time with his dad. Some years more than 30 weeks were spent on the road conducting symposiums, clinics and expos. At home, Josh assisted with the John Lyons Certification Program, a program he now conducts, manages and owns. The Lyons’ Legacy had begun.

In addition to the Colorado facility, the John and Josh Lyons certification program has since expanded and as a result, Josh and his wife and partner, Jana, as well as their sons, have relocated in order to establish a training facility in the greater Nashville, TN area, where they now reside. Whether it be for clinics, the John and Josh Lyons Certification Program, or performance training, Josh and Jana are in constant demand. Currently, the certification program, one of the world’s most sought after equine educational schools, has produced hundreds of certified trainers spread across 43 states and 6 countries.

“The most rewarding part of running this school is to see the positive impact our trainers are having on the equine industry.” says Josh.

Josh is a regular guest at all the major horse expos, such as: Horse World Expo, Equues America, Equine Affaire, and Equitana. In 2002, he won the highly celebrated “In a Whisper” challenge. In addition to developing his own equine educational products, Josh appears on TV, and contributes articles for various horse publications.

It is a rare person whose life goal is to help others with their horses. His understanding of the horse’s mind and ability to bring out the best in both riders and horses is unrivaled; still, Josh strives to develop new and better training methods. Behind the barrier in a roping box or changing leads in a reining pattern, Josh demonstrates confidence, knowledge and style with a contagious smile. It is through years of dedicated work that Josh Lyons is one of the most talented horse trainers and clinicians in the world.

Dr. Ann Macrina
Dr. Ann Macrina
Penn State Equine Science booth 215, 216

– Saturday, 11:00AM – 12:00PM, Seminar Hall B
How Horses Help Humans; Therapeutic Riding

Ann Macrina, PhD (Equine College Programs) – is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Animal Science at Penn State University. Dr. Macrina’s research focuses on lactation and milk composition in all species including the horse. She teaches senior/graduate level courses in Lactation Biology, Animal Welfare, and Equine Facilitated Therapy. She also advises students and coordinates the Equine Science minor. Dr. Macrina is actively involved in student recruiting and spends many hours meeting with prospective students and their families. In addition, she serves as the faculty advisor for the Penn State Equestrian Team. Dr. Macrina is a lifelong equestrian and has competed in the Adult Amateur Hunters on her Thoroughbred gelding Tantalus.

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

– Saturday, 3:00 – 4:00PM, Seminar Hall A
Trailers & Tow Vehicles; Myth vs Reality
– Sunday, 12:00 – 1:00PM, Seminar Hall B
Trailers & Tow Vehicles; Myth vs Reality


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.

Lori McCutcheon
Last Chance Ranch booth S3

– Saturday, 10:00 – 11:00AM, Seminar Hall A
Equine Freeze Branding; Create a Safety Net
– Saturday, 11:00AM – 12:00PM, Seminar Hall A
Preparing for Emergencies

Lori McCutcheon (Horse Rescue) – graduated from Delaware Valley College in 1988 with a BS degree in Animal Science/Husbandry. Working along the way in many aspects of animal care from veterinary clinics to rehab facilities, to stable hand and training of all types of horses. In 1989, Lori moved to Quakertown, PA and began Last Chance Ranch Animal Rescue. Lori is well versed in equine training and animal rescue and is an appointed Humane Police Officer of Pennsylvania.

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

– Thursday, 2:00 – 3:00PM, Large Arena
Starting the Young Horse; The First Ride
– Thursday, 4:00 – 5:00PM, Round Pen
Complete Body Control; Under Tack & at Liberty

– Friday, 12:00 – 1:00PM, Large Arena
Starting the Young Horse; Growing the Young Mind
– Friday, 4:00 – 5:00PM, Large Arena
Create the All Around Horse
– Saturday, 10:00 – 11:00AM, Large Arena
Starting the Young Horse; Qualities of a Lead Horse
– Saturday, 2:00 – 3:00PM, Large Arena
Inspire to Educate

– Sunday, 10:00 – 11:00AM, Large Arena
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.

Jeff Michael
Split Creek Equine Solutions booth 417

– Thursday, 2:00 – 3:00PM, Seminar Hall A
How Rescue Horses Have Changed My Perspective As a Horseman
– Thursday, 6:00 – 7:00PM, Round Pen Arena
Roping 101; Let’s Get Started
– Friday, 10:10 – 11:00AM, Round Pen Arena
Preparing Your Horse for the Vet, Farrier & Dentist

– Saturday, 9:10 – 10:00AM, Seminar Hall A
Learn to Read a Horse’s Age Through Teeth

– Sunday, 9:10 – 10:00AM, Round Pen Arena
Create Control Through Softness, Collection & Flexion
– Sunday, 3:00 – 4:00PM, Seminar Hall A
The Importance of Balance in the Mouth; Equine Dentistry

Jeff Michael (General Training) – Is a trainer and equine dentist based out of Hagerstown Maryland.  

Capri Stiles-Mikesell
Penn State Equine Science booth 215, 216

– Thursday, 12:10 – 1:00PM, Seminar Hall B
Selecting the Right Breed of Horse for You (with Rachel Snoody)

– Friday, 5:00 – 6:00PM, Seminar Hall B
Hands on Manure Management

Capri Stiles-Mikesell (Penn State Equine Science) – is a member of the Penn State Extension Agricultural Science team. She serves Western Pennsylvania as a Biosecurity and Animal Well-being Educator. Capri serves on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Equine Council (PEC) and is the 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 life time and continues to help new and experienced horse enthusiasts find the right mount. 


Catherine Nunnery DVM
Catherine Nunnery
University of Penn., College of Veterinary Medicine

– Saturday, 2:00 – 3:00PM, Seminar Hall B
The Equine Eye; Corneal Disease

Catherine Nunnery DVM (Equine Ophthalmology) – Dr. Nunnery is the head of large animal ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania, College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and was trained in ophthalmology at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine. An experienced equestrian who has managed two large sports horse farms, Dr. Nunnery has spoken extensively on equine ophthalmologic issues at seminars across the country.

Terry Peiper
Terry Peiper
Fit Right Saddle Solutions booth 717

– Friday, 12:00 – 1:00PM, Seminar Hall B
Does Your Saddle Turn Your Horse Into a Bear

– Saturday, 12:00 – 1:00PM, Seminar Hall B
Equine Anatomy Relative to Saddle Fit

– Sunday, 12:00 – 1:00PM, Seminar Hall A
How Saddle Fit Affects Your Horse’s Behavior


Terry Peiper (Saddle Ergonomics) – Terry Peiper has been “Helping Horses With Their People” in south central PA for over 30 years as an accredited Richard Shrake Resistance Free ® Trainer/Instructor and certified American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA) Instructor. She has more than 45 years horse showing experience in several disciplines ranging from 4-H, Hunters, Appaloosa breed shows, barrel racing, dressage and side-saddle, as well as several years of fox hunting, hunter paces and open show judging. You could say she has been there and done that.

Studying saddle ergonomics started out as just another way for Terry to help her students. However, it quickly took over her life when she discovered that her own horse, Easy, had a condition called kissing spine which was likely caused by many years of riding in poor fitting saddles. “I can’t go back and undo what I have done, but I can spread the word about proper saddle fit to prevent other horses from needless suffering” says Terry. Recognizing the huge need for proper saddle fit, Terry joined the Saddlefit 4 Life professionals and started the FIT RIGHT SADDLE SOLUTIONS. She passionately pursues her mission to educate as many riders as possible in the south central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland area the importance of proper saddle fit, how it affects the horse’s performance, behavior and ultimately horse and rider health through lectures and saddle fit evaluation/consultations.

Curtis Pierce
Curtis Pierce
Deep Creek Farm Fjords booth S8

– Thursday, 1:00 – 2:00PM, Large Arena
Negotiating Driven Obstacles

– Friday, 12:00AM – 1:00PM, Round Pen Arena
Harnessing a Horse & Ground Driving

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.


Steuart Pittman, Jr.
Retired Racehorse Project booth S13

– Thursday, 3:00 – 4:00PM, Equine Arena
Finding the Right Horse for You

– Friday, 12:00 – 1:00PM, Equine Arena
Retraining; From Racing to Riding

– Saturday, 5:00 – 6:00PM, Equine Arena
Thoroughbred Makeover Rematch
– Sunday, 2:00 – 3:00PM, Seminar Hall A
Trainer’s Forum


Steuart Pittman, Jr. (Eventing, Retired Racehorse Training Project) – operates Dodon Farm Training Center in Davidsonville, Maryland, where he trains horses and riders primarily for eventing, but also for other English riding disciplines. The farm maintains a stable of 25 horses in training.

Steuart evented through the advanced and CCI*** levels, showed dressage through fourth level, spent many years in the show ring and hunt field, and is Maryland’s first U.S. Eventing Association certified instructor. After having served as president of the Maryland Horse Council and as the national campaigns director for a grassroots network of community organizations, Steuart was well-prepared to launch the nonprofit Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) in 2009.

RRP organizes the annual $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover at Kentucky Horse Park, manages a website that features horse listings, bloodline brag, how-to articles and videos, and maintains a directory of 300 farms and organizations that work with these horses. RRP is a membership organization that offers Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine, discounts from sponsors, and other benefits.

Scott Purdum

Scott Purdum
Advantage Horsemanship booth 325-327

– Thursday, 5:00 – 6:00PM, Round Pen Arena
Despooking the Fearful Horse

– Friday, 10:10 – 11:00AM, Equine Arena
The Next Steps for the Green Horse

– Saturday, 10:00 – 11:00AM, Round Pen Arena
Calm the Fire Breathing Dragon in Your Horse
– Sunday, 11:00AM – 12:00PM, Round Pen Arena
Restarting the Older Horse
– Sunday, 1:00 – 2:00PM, Equine Arena
Speed Control for the Speedy Horse


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.

Frank K. Reilly, DVM
Equine Medical & Surgical booth 505

– Saturday, 2:00 – 3:00PM, Seminar Hall A
The Link Between Insulin Resistance & COPD


Frank K. Reilly, DVM (Equine Health) – is the Senior Doctor at Equine Medical & Surgical Associates, Inc., in West Chester, PA. He has been in equine practice for 29 years and has worked on 6 world-record racehorses. He is a member of the AVMA, AAEP, and the newly formed AAPF professional farrier group. Dr. Reilly lectures at multiple events throughout the United States on Equine Cushings, Insulin problems, Summer Eczema, Vitamin E Deficiencies, and Horse COPD/Asthma.


Racehorse Retrain
Retired Racehorse Project and Stars of the Thoroughbred Makeover
Retired Racehorse Project booth S13

Meet some of the top horses and trainers who traveled to Kentucky for the Retired Racehorse Project’s $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover. They all began life as racehorses but have launched new careers in ten english and western riding disciplines. Each day of the expo they will showcase a different part of their extraordinary journeys. With 15,000 Thoroughbreds retiring from American racetracks each year you may find yourself inspired to train your own horse for the Thoroughbred Makeover held annually in Kentucky. Steuart Pittman of Dodon Farm Training Center will provide commentary and interview the trainers as they perform.

– Saturday, 5:00 – 6:00PM, Equine Arena
Thoroughbred Makeover Rematch


Retired Racehorse Project – RRP (Racehorse Retraining) – is a charitable organization created in 2010 to facilitate placement of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses in second careers by increasing demand for them and serving the farms, organizations and individuals that transition them from racing. The organization also serves as a resource and a voice for the 150,000 owners of over 650,000 off-the-track Thoroughbreds in America. RRP programs include the $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover, Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine, Retired Racehorse Resource Directory, and a menu of online and live educational offerings described at

RRP is led by its founder, Steuart Pittman of Dodon Farm Training Center, and a board of directors from inside and outside of the racing industry. The trainers and horses participating at Horse World Expo were selected from among the most successful contestants at the 2015 Thoroughbred Makeover in Kentucky.

Edna Riddell
Penn State Equine Science booth 215, 216

– Saturday, 4:00 – 5:00PM, Seminar Hall B
Diversity of Therapeutic Riding


Edna Riddell – Edna’s passion for horses dates back to early childhood. She received her first horse as a teen and has never forgotten what is was like to love but not have horses. Today she has a successful Therapeutic Riding program and teaches many young people and adults to ride. Her great joy is to help give fulfillment to the love of horses in others’ lives. Her program is home for the Lycoming County Special Olympic Equestrians, as well as having a year round Therapeutic program.

In 1988 she began her journey in Therapeutic Riding with her affiliation in the Easter Seals Program at Williamsport, Pa. Edna began her education by becoming a certified Instructor with the Pennsylvania Council on Therapeutic Horseback Riding. In 1993 she incorporated her current program SunnyBrook Meadows Therapeutic Riding. Edna has studied under Sally Swift (Centered Riding). She sat on the Pennsylvania Council for a number of years as well as obtaining the status of Qualified Evaluator for the organization.

Dr. Essie Rogers
Penn State Equine Science booth 215, 216

– Friday, 6:00 – 7:00PM, Seminar Hall B
What to Do Before the Vet Arrives


Dr. Essie Rogers – is a 2015 graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a general equine surgical and medical internship at Tennessee Equine Hospital in 2016 and is an Associate Veterinarian at Hess Equine Veterinary Services in Stewartstown, PA.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Equine Studies, Dr. Rogers previously worked in the central Kentucky equine industry first as the Equine Center Director for Life Adventure Center of the Bluegrass and later as the Director of Education and Welfare for the Kentucky Horse Council.

Dr. Rogers has a diverse equine background which includes a significant interest in education. In her role with the Horse Council, Dr. Rogers developed and conducted training for peace and animal control officers on the investigation of livestock cases, developed educational materials for horse owners, and taught a variety of equine seminars. In 2008 HorseSmarts: Essential Advice for Today’s Horse Owner, an award winning educational video geared toward new and potential horse owners, was developed under the direction of Dr. Rogers.

Dave Rohrbach

Dave & Susie Rohrbach
Bee Tree Trail

– Saturday, 5:00 – 6:00PM, Seminar Hall B
The Big Idea on Draft Horse Ownership


Dave & Susie Rohrbach (Driving & Harness) – Dave is the owner of Bee Tree Trail Carriage & Wagon Tours along side his wife Susie. Dave has worked with horses for over 30 yrs from showing saddle horses such as cutting, team penning, racing Thoroughbreds, and starting young horses. In 1999 he went for a carriage ride in Allentown PA and fell in love with these large horses. The sound of the shoes going down the road is so relaxing it will put you to sleep. Talk about slowing things down and seeing what you have been missing. So he bought a team of draft horses to have a little fun, well one thing led to another.

Seeing how much fun it was to have other people enjoy these beautiful, relaxing rides he decided to start his own business.Decades of involvement with horses from many disciplines including pleasure, speed events, cattle work, team penning and cutting, training race horses and starting young horses of all breeds, prepared Dave for his ongoing adventure in understanding the mind and body of draft horses. His vast knowledge of horses, hitching techniques, understanding of harness and the mechanical dynamics of carriages and various driving vehicles makes Dave the “go to ” person for questions from horse people far and wide.

Since beginning his draft horse carriage business over 15 years ago and mastering the art of driving multiple hitch teams including unicorn, 4’s, 6’s, 8’s and 10’s, 3,4 & 5 abreast, 10 & 15 horse pyramids, tandem, random, quondam and “suicide” (5 horses in line) the rest is history. Dave and Susie, his wife, Bee Tree Trail and The Boys (a herd if gray, almost white, 17.2 hand Percheron geldings) are known worldwide. Bee Tree Trail carriages and exhibition hitches are featured at Expo’s and fairs, throughout the country, on television (Extreme Home Makeover, Say Yes to The Dress, My Fat American Gypsy Wedding, TLC, MTV, RFD) in movies, special events, specialty weddings, and parades. Dave’s hands on teaching style, information packed clinics and workshops always leave participants eager to learn more.

Bee Tree Trail Carriage & Wagon Tours is located in the base of the Blue Mountains just north of Shartlesville Pa. Dave does most of his business on the road traveling from state to state such as New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Ohio competing with his teams and conducting tours.

Leigha Schrader
Days End Farm Horse Rescue booth S16

– Friday, 5:00 – 6:00PM, Round Pen Arena
Playing With a Purpose; The Real Benefits of Trick Training

Leigha Schrader (Rescue Retraining) – Pending

Guy Seifert
Guy Seifert
Pennsylvania Equine Council booth 212-214, 234-236

– Thursday, 2:00 – 3:00PM, Seminar Hall B
Trip Planning; Keeping Your Horse Safe

Guy Seifert (Pennsylvania Equine Council) – lives in Kunkletown, PA. He and his wife, Susy, are owners of Structural Metal Fabricators (SMF) in Palmerton, PA. SMF supports the heavy truck equipment industry through fabrication, sales and service of unique application equipment. He rides and drives Haflingers and is active with Pennsylvania Equine Council trail projects. Guy has two sons; Zach, an aspiring farrier and Colton, a U S Marine. Guy is a Marine veteran himself.

Bob Sneed
Pennsylvania Equine Council booth 212-214, 234-236

– Saturday, 1:00 – 2:00PM, Seminar Hall B
Bits & Bitting


Bob Sneed – owner of Sneed’s Quarter Horses LLC of Harrisburg, PA, Bob is a well know trainer in the Mid- Atlantic region. Over the years, Bob has been successfully training, showing and breeding IBHA, AQHA, and PHBA horses.  Bob has won 5 World Championships. Several of his students have also won World Championships and several of his riders and horses have won World Championships in Snaffle Bit Western Pleasure and more. Bob was introduced to the world of Buckskin horses through his AQHA stallion, a dun.  His stallion, GPS Sweet Version, started producing more duns and buckskins, and Bob found the IBHA shows to be a natural place to showcase his stock. He is always willing to share his equine knowledge with others and has been very active in several equine industry associations such as the PA Equine Council, PAQHA, 4H Youth Program, United Horsemen Association and many more.  Horse training is his second job, Bob’s full time job as a Television Master Control Operator at ABC 27 News, in Harrisburg, PA for 41 years (now retired) did take most of his time, but he now makes time for his passion—his horses.

Rachel Snoddy
Penn State Equine Sciences booth 215, 216

Thursday, 12:10 – 1:00PM, Seminary Hall B
Selecting the Right Breed of Horse for You (with Capri Stiles-Mikesell)
– Thursday, 4:00 – 5:00PM, Seminary Hall B
Safety First, Then FUN

Rachel Snoddy – first started riding when she was 6 yrs. old 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 of course trail riding. During high school she started teaching summer camps, giving riding lessons and was asked to start training young horses and offering training rides to “problem” horses. She attended The Pennsylvania State University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences, business option and a minor in Equine Science. Rachel’s resume includes herd health manager at Nandi Veterinary Associates, a Standardbred breeding farm, credit analyst for Ag. Choice Farm Credit, and small animal veterinary technician. Rachel’s passion for teaching and training is currently being utilized as barn manager at Feather Hill Stables in New Columbia PA where she focuses on getting beginner riders safely started and helping more advanced riders problem solve equine behavior issues.

Dr. W. Burton Staniar
Dr. W. Burton Staniar
Penn State Equine Sciences booth 215, 216

– Saturday, 10:00 – 11:00AM, Seminar Hall B
Latest Research, Ulcers, Colic & Laminitis


Burt Staniar, PhD (Penn State Equine Sciences) – is a faculty member in the Department of Animal Science at Penn State. Dr. Staniar’s research at Penn State focuses on how nutrition influences healthy growth and metabolism of the horse. Dr. Staniar’s research has focused on the metabolic implications of feeding horses diets with different dietary energy sources. He is particularly interested in the chemical communication that occurs between different tissues and cells that allow them to respond appropriately or inappropriately to the nutritional environment. In this context, he studies the somatotropic and gonadotropic axes, he investigates the patterns of glucose, insulin, non-esterified fatty acids, growth hormone, insulin-like growth factor I, and a host of other factors. Ultimately, Dr. Staniar hopes that his research helps to improve the health and performance of horses.

He and graduate students in his lab are now working to understand how different feeding management strategies impact metabolic health, skeletal development and growth, and gastrointestinal integrity. The objective of this work is to identify nutritional strategies that can be used to reduce the risk of health problems that are a serious concern to the equine industry including gastric ulcers, laminitis, and colic. In addition, Dr. Staniar teaches and advises undergraduate students at Penn State’s University Park campus. He particularly enjoys his work with the Penn State Equine Research Team, a group of approximately 50 undergraduate students that participate in many of his research trials.

Sara Strauss
Sara Strauss
Days End Farm Horse Rescue booth S16

– Saturday, 3:00 – 4:00PM, Round Pen Arena
Developing the Adoptable Horse


Sara Strauss (Horse Rescue) – 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.

Ann Swinker, PhD
Ann Swinker, PhD
Extension Horse Specialist
Penn State University booth 215, 216

– Friday, 1:00 – 2:00PM, Seminar Hall B
Riding Arena Surfaces & Dust Control


Dr. Ann Swinker (General Horse Care) – Associate Professor in Equine Sciences, Penn State University and Horse Extension Specialist, has been involved in the horse business for over 35 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 served as the Extension Horse Specialist at Colorado State University and professor of Equine Science.

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. 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. Dr. Swinker has served on several graduate research committees. Her research activities have addressed several management and environmental issues such as stable air quality, small acreage management, composting and manure management, water quality, behavior and reproductive issues. She has served on numerous extension, university and professional society committees.

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

Suzette Truax
Suzette Truax
Pennsylvania Equine Council booth 212-214, 234-236

– Thursday, 3:00 – 4:00PM, Seminar Hall B
Fencing; Opportunities From Natural Resources Conservation Services

Suzette Truax – was born and raised on a small training and boarding equine operation in central California. She received her B.S. in Large Animal Science from Delaware Valley College where she was a member of the livestock judging team and field hockey team. Suzette is employed as a Natural Resource/Grazing Specialist with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service. She provides on farm assistance to farm owners and operators on environmental resource concerns and how to implement practices to improve those issues on their operation. Prior to employment with NRCS she worked as a farm hand on a large equine and cattle breeding operation in Fulton County Pa., where she was in charge of pasture management.

Lew Trumble
Lew Trumble
Pennsylvania 4-H Horse Program booth 232

– Thursday, 1:00 – 2:00PM, Seminar Hall B
Benefits of Equine Education Programs & Youth Contests (with Bethany Bickel)

Lew Trumble – is employed by Penn State Extension, has been a professional in the hunter industry for over 25 years, and has shown extensively across the country. Lew also helps with local 4-H horse clubs and Pony Club, believing education is the key to good horse people.


Tracy Wagner
Tracy Wagner Training

– Thursday, 1:00 – 2:00PM, Seminar Hall A
So You Want to Buy a Horse
– Thursday, 3:00 – 4:00PM, Round Pen
To Bit or Not to Bit

– Friday, 11:00AM – 12:00PM, Round Pen Arena
The Long Lining Makeover

– Sunday, 2:00 – 3:00PM, Seminar Hall B
How to Be a Successful Student & How to Be a Successful Instructor


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.

Nicky Wetzelberger
Nicky Wetzelberger
Days End Farm Horse Rescue booth S16

– Saturday, 1:00 – 2:00PM, Seminar Hall A
All About Horses; an Interactive Activity for Kids

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.

Jeannie Whited

Jeannie Whited
International Side Saddle Organization (ISSO) booth B5

– Sunday, 10:00 – 11:00AM, Round Pen Arena
Side-Saddle Equitation
– Sunday, 1:00 – 2:00PM, Seminar Hall A
Mythbusting; Riding Aside, Myths & Facts


Jeannie Whited (Side Saddle Riding) – has been riding aside for over 20 years. Sidesaddle riding, far from being a thing of the past, is growing in popularity. Today’s riders, men as well as women, are attracted to the sidesaddle for its history, versatility, novelty and security.

Jeannie is an International Side-Saddle Organization (ISSO) certified instructor. In 2005, she was awarded Regional Representative of the Year for her work in Northern Virginia. Her students include show-bound juniors as well as adults on the USEF A-circuit, but primarily those riding just for the joy of it. Jeannie’s first loves are Hunters and Dressage, but she also learned Western and Saddleseat aside. Jeannie teaches both English and Western riders, on the flat and over fences, her specialty being beginning sidesaddle riders. While emphasizing safety for horse and rider, ISSO helps you discover the fun and art of riding aside.

Bud and Gwen Wills
Bud and Gwen Wills
Pennsylvania Equine Council booth 212-214, 234-236

– Thursday, 5:00 – 6:00PM, Seminar Hall B
Trail Riding Smart

– Friday, 1:00AM – 2:00PM, Round Pen Arena
Packing With Your Horse; the Basics

– Friday, 3:00AM -4:00PM, Seminar Hall B
Trucks & Trailer Regulations (with PA State Police)

– Saturday, 11:00AM – 12:00PM, Round Pen Arena
Ride Smart; Trail Riding
– Saturday, 3:00 – 4:00PM, Seminar Hall B
Working With Land Management Agencies on Trails
– Sunday, 3:00 – 4:00PM, Round Pen Arena
Become a Trail Rider; Trail Riding Basics & Safety


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
Brendan Wise
Brendan Wise Horsemanship booth 419

– Thursday, 1:00 – 2:00PM, Round Pen Arena
Work in Hand; Starting the Dance
– Thursday, 3:00 – 4:00PM, Seminar Hall A
What is Classical; a Review of the Art of Riding
– Thursday, 5:00 – 6:00PM, Large Arena
What is Working Equitation (with Randy Byers)

– Friday, 4:00AM – 5:00PM, Round Pen Arena
Round Pen 101; Trust & Communication

– Friday, 6:00AM – 7:00PM, Seminar Hall A
What is Working Equitation (with Randy Byers)

– Saturday, 3:00 – 4:00PM, Large Arena
Developing Skills for Working Equitation (with Randy Byers)
– Saturday, 12:00 – 1:00PM, Round Pen Arena
Ground to Saddle; Bridle Work on the Ground to Improve Riding
– Sunday, 10:00 – 11:00AM, Seminar Hall B
Working Equitation Explained (with Randy Byers)
– Sunday, 4:00 – 5:00PM, Large Arena
Lateral Flexibility; From Ground to Saddle


Brendan Wise (Classical Dressage, Working Equitation) – has been playing with horses since a young child 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 years learning from many disciplines including Natural Horsemanship, Dressage, Reining, and Racing. He has combined his experiences and successes in all of these disciplines, as well as a constant intense study of the old Masters, in order to develop his skills as a horseman.

Though still a young man, Brendan has had the honor of studying under many of the greatest mentors and teachers of our time. His desire is to share the knowledge that he has gained from his personal experiences, and the wisdom of other great horseman and horsewomen with everyone that he can, 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, Xenophon, Baucher, La Gueriniere 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 and conditioning and maintaining the integrity of the horse’s mind and body. Though Reining has always been a passion for Brendan, more recently his heart has fallen in love with Working Equitation. For Brendan, it is the perfect practical application of Classical Dressage at its finest. He also enjoys training and perfecting the art of bridleless riding. Don1t miss the opportunity to watch one of the greatest young horsemen of our time. Come join us as we dance!

Jim Wofford
Fox Covert Farm

– Friday, 2:00 – 3:00PM, Seminar Hall A
Perfect Positions & Unicorns

– Friday, 4:00 – 5:00PM, Equine Arena
Jumping Gymnastics for Horse & Rider

– Saturday, 11:00AM – 12:00PM, Seminar Hall A
Eventing; Past, Present & Future
– Saturday, 1:00 – 2:00PM, Equine Arena
Make Big Horses Little & Little Horses Big


Jim Wofford (Eventing) – was born and raised on a horse farm in Milford, Kansas. He is a graduate of Culver Military Academy and the School of Business at the University of Colorado (B.S. ’69). Wofford, a 3-time Olympian, has spent his life with horses and is one of the best-known Eventing trainers in the world today. A member of both the USEA and the Culver Military Academy Hall’s of Fame, Wofford trains at his farm in Upperville, VA and travels extensively teaching and conducting clinics.

He has had at least one student on every U.S. Olympic, World Championship and Pan-American team since 1978. All four members of the U.S.Bronze medal team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, as well as the Individual Gold medal winner, were graduates of Wofford’s program. In addition, 3 out of the 4 members of the 2002 Gold Medal team at the World Equestrian Games were his former students. Kim Severson, the Individual Silver Medal winner at the Athens Olympics, is another graduate of Wofford’s program.

Jim was named USOC Developmental Coach of the Year in both 1998 and 1999. He recently served as the coach for the Canadian Team for the 2002 World Championships, for the Silver Medal Team at the 2003 Pan American Championships and the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Widely sought after as a clinician and coach, Wofford is equally well known as an author. His first book, Training the 3-Day Event Horse and Rider, was sold out and scheduled for re-publication in April of 2005, while his new book, Gymnastics: Systematic Training of the Jumping Horse has been met with wide spread approval.

Wofford has maintained a lifelong involvement in the administration of his sport, both nationally and internationally. This continues a family tradition, since his father was a founding member and the first President of the U.S. Equestrian team. He has served as president of the AHSA (now USEF), 1st vice-president of the United States Equestrian Team and Secretary of the USCTA (now USEA). He served two terms as a member of the FEI Eventing Committee, including 2 years as Vice Chairman. In addition, he has served on numerous other committees during his career.

Wofford was a successful competitor until his retirement in 1986. He was on the 1968 and 1972 Olympic teams and named to the Olympic team in 1980, winning 2 Team Silver medals and 1 individual Silver medal. He also competed in the 1970 and 1978 World championships, winning Bronze individual and team medals. He won the U.S. National championships 5 times, on 5 different horses and won or placed at many competitions abroad between 1959 and 1986.

He has followed in the footsteps of his family as a competitor. His father, Col. John W. Wofford, was on the 1932 Olympic Show Jumping team, his oldest brother J.E.B., was on the 1952 Olympic Bronze medal 3-Day Event team, his sister-in law, Dawn Palethorpe Wofford, was on the British Olympic Show Jumping team in 1960 and his middle brother, Warren, was 1st reserve to the U.S. Show Jumping team at the Olympics in 1956.

In addition to his Eventing achievements, Wofford was an active competitor in steeplechase races, rode in numerous horse shows and fox hunted for over 20 years. Wofford and his wife of 38 years, Gail. live at their farm in Upperville, VA. The Woffords have two daughters, Mrs. Timothy l. (Hillary) Jones, and Mrs. Charles K. (Jennifer) Ince, and 3 grand-sons, James Walker Jones, Hudson Wofford Jones and Lewis Kitchell Ince. The entire family still rides.