Austin Anderson started his career performing with his family as part of their show “The Texas White Horse Troupe.” Austin’s parents, Don and Jo-Ann Anderson, founded The Texas White Horse Troup in 1963. They performed at many venues such as rodeos, Wild West shows, state fairs, expos, and circuses. Eventually, Austin went out on his own and continued to present quality acts at shows and events around the USA and Canada. His abilities as an all-around horseman soon led to work in TV and film not only as a stuntman but also providing cast and stunt horses. Austin and his father continue to find enjoyment doing this type of work together.
Austin enjoys the shows and performing most, and chooses a select group of riders to perform with him at shows. When not on the road performing, Austin works at the family ranch. Training horses and with selected interns, he coaches the competitive trick riders on his team in what he calls the Competitive Edge trick riding program geared toward preparing a rider for competition. Much emphasis is placed on fundamentals.
In his spare time, he has enjoyed other equine related activities such as team roping, extreme cowboy challenges, hunting, trick training horses and film work whenever the opportunity presents itself. Austin is a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and the Screen Actors Guild.
Laura Stopper Batts, MS PAS
Laura is the founder of Horse Hippie and The Equine Nutrition Nerd, companies with a focus on the ultimate health of the rider, the horse and our planet. She lives a holistic, natural lifestyle and teaches others to do this with their horses through nutrition and care, and for themselves through meditation and yoga. Combining her lifestyle with her interest in the environment she obtained a Master’s of Environmental Science with a focus on the equine sector. As the Horse Hippie, she helps horse owners use eco-friendly practices in their horse and farm care through her blog, Eco-Equine.
Lisa Beckwith is from Hanover, Virginia and has been a lifelong lover of anything horse related. Lisa has experience in many disciplines including dressage, hunters, western, driving and minis. She Grew up in 4-H and continues to serve in 4-H as the leader of the Caroline Triple Crown Equine Club. Lisa is honored to have received many awards from the Open Horse Show Association of America including 2012 & 2013 national dressage champion, 2013 & 2016 national stallion handler champion, 2014 national yearling handler champion, 2014, 2015, 2016 OHSA Top Ten Driver. Lisa has also been awarded the VMHC 2011 Best Braider as well as Best Turned Out Driving Horse in 2014. Lisa is also a certified judge with the Open Horse Show Association, North Carolina State University, and Pennsylvania State University.
With lifelong experience and 30 years of being an equine veterinarian, Dr. Ada Caruthers will bring you insightful information.
Dr. Caruthers treats horses in all disciplines and also uses chiropractic and acupuncture modalities.
She is the owner of Rappahannock Equine Veterinary Clinic with two locations to serve you in Locust Grove and Milford, Virginia. In addition to being licensed in Virginia, Dr. Caruthers is also licensed to practice in Maryland.
Clinton Anderson Method Ambassador Emily Hunter
Emily became a Certified Clinton Anderson Method Ambassador after graduating from the Academy Program at Clinton’s Downunder Horsemanship Ranch in the spring of 2017. After completing the Academy, she was given the opportunity to stay at the Ranch and continue her education of The Method, training multiple horses a day and getting personal instruction from Clinton. She is now located in Spotsylvania Virginia, where she takes in training horses and teaches small clinics and private lessons.
Surrounded by horses his entire life, James’ love and passion for horses developed at an early age. In the early 90’s, James’ family began studying the techniques of teachers Tom Dorrance, Ray Hunt, Buck Brannaman, John Lyons, and Pat Parelli, incorporating the approaches that fit them best and merging them with their own strategies.
In refining their horsemanship, James’ dad, Don, began Cooler Horsemanship, developing an approach to horsemanship called the ATRUM method, representing five elements needed for a true partnership between horse and human: Attention, Trust, Respect, Understanding, and Motivation.
In 2004, Don passed away from cancer, and James made the decision to continue on with the teachings of Cooler Horsemanship. Today, he and his wife, Kate, carry on the legacy. They share their love of horses through demonstrations, lessons and clinics, as well as in their Online Video Library.
The spirit of Don’s philosophy continues to infuse Cooler Horsemanship. “Everything we do and teach is what my father was all about: embracing challenges and overcoming them. If you can do that, you can get to the point where you live life with no regrets —whether it’s what you’ve done with your horse or with your life.”
Specializing in starting horses under saddle, ranch versatility, ranch riding & ranch pleasure, trail challenge, and stock horses. Offering monthly training, lessons, clinics, and showing. Multiple time AQHA World Show Qualifiers. Multiple ARHA World and Reserve World Championships.
1st Virginia CMSA is celebrating its 10th anniversary as Virginia’s club for Cowboy Mounted Shooting, the fastest growing equine sport in the nation!
Mounted shooters ride one of 60+ courses of fire while shooting five balloons of one color, changing guns and shooting five remaining balloons. This is a timed sport with penalties for missing balloons, knocking over barrels, and failure to follow the course of fire. Shooters are also assessed penalties for failure to follow the dress code of western attire either traditional or in the old time style of the late 1800’s.
Sonya is a Canadian hunter/jumper trainer who lives in Bluemont, Virginia. She successfully competes hunters in all divisions, jumpers to grand prix, and even.ng through the CCCI**** level. She was long and short listed for the Canadian Equestrian Team for ten years. She has coached two medal winning Young Riders Teams at the North American Young Riders Championships. Over the years, Sonya has qualified several horses for the Olympics, the World Championships, and the Pan Am Games. Her students have also been short listed on the Canadian Equestrian Team and qualified for the Olympics.
Ken Davis has been teaching horsemanship, starting horses, working and training horses and their riders for over 20 years.
Ken is unique amongst those in his line of work. He has the skills and ability to teach all disciplines – from Western pleasure to English equitation. Ken has a firm belief in the core significance of training both horse and rider together, rather than as separate components to be joined later.
Horsemanship is a never-ending learning process. As a student of Ray Hunt, Buck Brannaman and Dr. Bill Barnes, Ken constantly works to improve his skills and knowledge.
Ken holds monthly clinics at Shokota’ Equestrian on topics such as From The Ground To The Saddle, Importance of Managing the Horse’s Feet and Equisology – Communicating Effectively with Your Horse, among others
The Draft Horse Educational Foundation
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose goal is to offer educational programs and clinics specifically for youth, individuals, organizations, and professionals interested in the preservation of draft horse breeds; their uses, their equipment, and heritage. To promote, including sponsoring events dedicated exclusively to draft horses, whether clinics, conformation shows, pulls, fairs, or other events.
Sonny Garguilo is known for his unshaken patience with horses,. He travels the country working with horse and owners to understand better the horse human relationship. Sonny has not only had thousands of interactions with troubled horses but has worked extensively with the human to build a bridge between the two. Sonny has been a competitor in three separate Extreme Mustang Challenges placing 2nd and 4th and winning the trail class in 2012. In 2016 Sonny Garguilo represented the USA in a colt starting challenge in BC Canada, starting a colt in less than 3 hours and riding him through an obstacle course. Sonny also was the host of hos radio show “Horsin Around Naturally” and is the author of his best seller “SONNYIMS The horse lovers guide to common sense”
Brock Griffith has extensive experience in the horse industry. He has won six colt starting competitions since 2008 and has successfully helped many horse and riders achieve their dreams of better communication. Fifteen years ago Brock traded a bull riding career to pursue his dream of working with horses and now concentrates on natural horsemanship. His philosophy is that communication, not domination, develop a well-trained horse.
The team is Jackie Turnbull, Trent Rhea and Odell Grose, a team of 3 professional clinicians dedicated to sharing their love and knowledge of horses and horsemanship. They offer a positive and encouraging approach to training, as well as building the confidence you need to open the lines of communication between you and your horse.
Jackie, Trent and Odell have decades of training and showing experience in multiple disciplines. From AQHA, APHA,and ApHA, to NCHA, NRHA and Ranch Horse Competitions. They have successfully trained, ridden and shown National and World Champions as well as AQHA Top Ten.
Did you know that there are key techniques and tools that you can apply today to reduce your risk of injury?
Introducing LandSafe – a revolutionary new training program designed to teach the best practices of fall prevention and response. Join the sport’s top equestrian safety experts Danny and Keli Warrington for this life-changing opportunity to learn and apply key fall safety techniques for using a one-of-a-kind proprietary fall simulator.
Michael made the decision to dedicate his life to learning the ways of horsemanship after working and seeing the impact his family made on the equine industry. Since leaving home and moving to Tennessee, Michael has spent many hours in training with his father, John Lyons, and brother, Josh Lyons, so that he could be in a position to help others reach their horsemanship goals. Michael is also an Equine Massage Practitioner and enjoys incorporating equine massage into his training program. With a solid foundation under his belt, Michael now resides in North Carolina with his wife Julia Lyons training horses and their owners locally, as well as traveling to other locations nationwide. Him and his wife have a big year set up for 2017 where they will officially be hitting the road teaching clinics, private lessons, and programs full time. Michael’s father, John Lyons “America’s Most Trusted Horseman,” has proven himself in the training industry for many years and is passing his legacy onto the future generations through his children and other certified John & Josh Lyons Certified Trainers. Michael is also ranked one of the Top 10 Trainers in NC.
A true blue American cowboy with a boyish enthusiasm for life and strong family values, Ken McNabb grew up in a traditional ranching family in the mountains of Wyoming . This modern day Roy Rogers knew from a young age that he wanted to help others gain knowledge and confidence to achieve a new level of horsemanship. Ken creates a unique environment where each horse is trained using gentle methods and the rider is coached to become their personal best. Ken’s faith in Christ, along with his commitment to strong family values and patriotism, help make him the kind of speaker/trainer people enjoy.
Donna & Rob Martin of Blue Ridge Trailers
Donna & Rob Martin have owned and operated Blue Ridge Trailers since 2000. Rob , Service Manager, has extensive experience trailers, tow vehicles and trailer repairs, as a result of managing his family’s Redi-Mix Concrete Company for 25 years. Donna, General Manager, a lifelong horsewoman, has been pulling horse trailers for some 45 years. The Martins developed Blue Ridge Trailers with a Mission Statement that emphasizes the education of customers, to insure that he or she makes the correct purchasing decision based on clear knowledge of individual needs and trailer choices available.
Steve Meadows is a fourth generation horseman that’s been a professional horseman for over 25 years. For the last 5 years, Steve has been specializing in the Ranch events in AQHA. He is a multiple AQHA World Champion, AQHA Hi Point Champion, and All American Quarter Horse Congress Champion most recently placing 1st and 2nd there in the Senior Ranch Riding out of 83 entries.
Steve has done clinics throughout the US and Internationally including the official Ranch Riding demo at the 2017 Congress and will be doing the Ranch Riding Clinic at the 2018 AQHYA Youth World Cup in Texas in July. Steve is from Staunton, Va. where he and his wife Becky own and operate Meadows Quarter Horses. They specialize in AQHA Ranch events and quality Hunters. Steve has been an AQHA judge for over 15 years judging such prestigious shows as the AQHYA World Championships, the All American Quarter Horse Congress, the Australian National Championships, and the New Zealand National Championships. Steve is currently serving as National director representing Virginia at the American Quarter Horse Association.
Dr. Scott Pleasent
Dr. Scott Pleasant is a Professor in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VMCVM), Virginia Tech. Dr. Pleasant has been a faculty member at the VMCVM since 1991. He is board certified in surgery by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and currently serves as Director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s (VTH’s) Equine Podiatry Service, as a member of the VTH’s Equine Field Service Section, and as the College’s Equine Extension liaison.
In 2005, Dr. Pleasant received the National Teaching Excellence Award – Clinical Sciences, from the American Veterinary Medical Association. He has authored or co – authored over 75 manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters. He has given more than 250 presentations to professional and lay groups in Virginia as well as other states and internationally. His clinical and research interests include equine podiatry, lameness, and nutrition.
Dr. Bridgett McIntosh
Dr. Bridgett McIntosh is the Equine Extension Specialist for Virginia Tech and is headquartered at the Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center (M.A.R.E. Center) in Middleburg, VA. While she works in many areas of equine research and education, her main focus is on pasture and grazing management to improve horse health and environmental stewardship. Bridgett received her Ph.D. (2006) in Animal Science with a concentration in equine nutrition from Virginia Tech. She was awarded the John Lee Pratt Fellowship in Animal Nutrition to study carbohydrate profiles in feeds and forages, and the avoidance of equine laminitis. She graduated with her M.S. (2003) in Animal Science with a concentration in equine nutrition, also from Virginia Tech, where she studied feed intake and digestibility in horses. Her B.A. in Biology is from Hollins College (1997) where she was a member of the I.H.S.A. team and competed in the hunters and equitation. Bridgett has been involved with the horse industry throughout her life. She grew up on a horse farm in upstate New York where she began showing at 7 years old and her family ran a small boarding stable. Bridgett currently competes in the hunters and she and her husband are avid foxhunters.
We are a 501c3, non-profit organization that promotes equestrian mounted games in the USA. We offer regional, national and international opportunities for riders of all ages, levels, and from different backgrounds. Equestrian Mounted Games is played in at least 24 different countries. It is truly a sport, where athleticism, horsemanship, and teamwork are what define the winners. Riders are sorted into teams, with four riders and four ponies taking part in each race. A competition consists of teams, riding head to head through approximately 10 races in a session. Teams are arranged in lanes, relay race style, with a start/finish line, and often “handoff” a flag, batton, or other object to signify the next rider’s portion of the race. The first team to successfully complete a race receives the highest amount of points. Races may require riders to dismount, collect an object and remount. Other races may require riders to collect something from the top of a barrel, cone or pole, drop something into a bucket, weave through poles, pop a balloon, or “joust” down a target. Some riders perform these skills at a walk or trot, aided or unaided, while the highest level performs these skills at a full gallop, athletically vaulting on and off their pony without checking up. Possibly one of the most exciting spectator equestrian sports, cheering loudly is encouraged!
Hillary Rapier, based out of Mineral, VA, is a leading trainer and rider in the country in Western Dressage. Her most recent accomplishments include winning National Champion Western Dressage Basic Level, National Reserve Champion Western Dressage Level One, and National Top Ten Western Dressage Level Two at the 2017 Sport Horse Nationals. In addition to her National Championship award, Hillary was also awarded the Triple Crown Award of Excellence. This award was presented to her for demonstrating exceptional horsemanship on a fit and healthy mount. Adding to her list of accomplishments are her students that have won local, regional, and national titles in western dressage and other disciplines.
Hillary is dedicated to helping horses and their riders to succeed both in and out of the show ring. Starting with the correct basics and fundamentals, she instills confidence in both the horse and the rider so that they can be successful in every aspect of their partnership. Hillary enjoys teaching the youth of today so that the equine industry will have a brighter future tomorrow.
The Rappahannock Hunt is Spectacularly situated in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s roots stretch back two centuries and it’s sporting traditions still thrill riders in an area known as “the cradle of the American foxhound”.
The Rappahannock Hunt offers something for everyone. Check them out on Saturday!
Retired Racehorse Project
Retired Racehorse Training Project was formed in 2010 by a small group of friends and me who felt strongly that Thoroughbred ex-racehorses were in need of advocates and educators in the sport and recreation riding world. We 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.
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.
Abby Sage, VMD, DACVIM
Dr. Abby Sage is a veterinarian in the Office of Veterinary Services with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. She heads the Animal Import Export Service, coordinates the Contagious Equine Metritis Quarantine Program for Imported Horses and is a subject matter expert in equine health. Prior to her current position she has been in veterinary private practice, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine and a professor and section head at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine.
The Virginia Region of the United States Pony Clubs consists of 10 local Pony Clubs and 2 Riding Centers. We have over 250 members from as far north as Arlington, west into West Virginia, and south to Richmond. Our members participate in all of the pony club disciplines: Dressage, Show Jumping, Eventing, Quiz (knowledge), Tetrathlon, Mounted Games, Polocross and Hunt Seat Equitation. The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. develops character, leadership, confidence and a sense of community through a program that teaches the care of horses and ponies, riding and mounted sports.
Nicole Carswell Tolle has been a professional in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry for 27 years, and has trained numerous International and World Champions. She currently resides in Fountain, Colorado with her husband Tracy, where they farm 900 acres of hay and raise Tennessee Walking Horses.
Nicole’s passion is training the Tennessee Walking Horse and teaching the art of riding and how rider effectiveness applies to horse training. She is a strong advocate for youth as they are the foundation of tomorrow. She also strongly encourages adult riders to achieve their greatest potential regardless of age.
Holist Support for Horses with BEMER
Dr. Marlice Vonck is a holistic veterinarian who utilizes natural healing methods to restore optimal Health and Wellbeing. Her focus is on resolving the root causes of disease and preventing health issues naturally so to maximize the body’s own ability to heal, recover and perform optimally. Dr Marlice will be presenting BEMER Technology. The BEMER signal has a positive influence on the horse’s entire body, and effectively stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, providing stress relief, faster recovery, regeneration of muscle tissue, and more. BEMER helps the horse go from ‘Fight & Flight’ mode to “Rest and Digest” mode where effective healing of the body occurs. The application of BEMER before and after training, competitive riding, or transportation helps the horse to be more comfortable, balanced and focused during these experiences. BEMER is beneficial for EVERY-BODY: horses, people and pet. Please come for a FREE session to the BEMER booth. Free sessions for horses can be booked at appointment.
In this class Holistic Veterinarian Dr Marlice Vonck will explain why and how BEMER Therapy has a positive influence on the horse’s entire body, providing stress relief, faster recovery, regeneration of muscle tissue, and better focus. This science-based and unique therapy which is proven, safe and effective is also available for people & pets and promotes healthy bloodflow, which provides optimal conditions for the body to heal itself, as it should! Bemer technology represents a new Era in Medicine and you better know about it first so you can use it to your advantage! Please also come for a FREE session to the BEMER booth. Free sessions for horses can be booked at appointment. A public horse demo session will be held on Friday at 1pm at the ring in the exhibit hall.
Dr. Stacy Gravelle with Four Seasons Equine Veterinary Service
Dr. Stacy Gravelle is the founder and owner of Four Seasons Equine Veterinary Service. She received her veterinary degree at the University of Sydney in Australia. Her practice encompasses all aspects of equine care, but focuses on acupuncture, spinal manipulation and Chinese herbal medicine. The mission of the practice is to provide exceptional equine care while promoting health and well-being through integrative medicine. Caring for all horses – the athlete, the companion, and the friend, is of the utmost importance. A holistic approach is taken, which means including and assessing physical, nutritional, environmental, and emotional needs. Dr. Gravelle is certified in acupuncture and spinal manipulation and plans on continuing her studies in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) to advance her knowledge in diagnosing and treating various equine diseases.