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Pat Parelli

patparelliSince his first seminar in 1982, Pat Parelli has revolutionized the horse world by introducing a philosophy, a concept and a program called Natural Horsemanship. Pat Parelli has presented in front of over 2 million people in 27 countries, has been in over 1,000 magazine articles and has presented privately for the Queen of England, President Reagan, Tony Robbins, Gene Autry and Tom Selleck.

Pat Parelli has over 200,000 students in his long distance online learning program, called the Savvy Club. With 400 instructors world wide in his Professionals Program Pat is set out to help make the world a better place for horses and the humans who love them.

Pat Parelli’s focus on preserving real horsemanship and to help you become the person you have always wanted to be with your horse, is what his program is all about. Pat invites YOU to come see for yourself why he has become the world’s Horseologist and the number one Success Coach for millions of horse lovers worldwide.

Web site: http://www.parelli.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pat-Parelli/


John Lyons

John Lyons 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.

website: http://www.worldsbesthorsetrainer.com/


Josh Lyons

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.” Josh is a regular guest at all the major horse expos, such as: 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.

website: http://www.joshlyons.com/


Charles Wilhelm

“Charles Wilhelm’s Ultimate Super Horse Challenge”
A “Super Horse” can do extraordinary things – participate in a parade one day, work cows the next, compete in a cowboy dressage show the following day, and more! This versatility challenge is open to all disciplines and is designed to showcase the rider’s communication and the relaxation, lightness, and responsiveness of the horse throughout the events.

Compete with your Super Horse to win a custom saddle, championship buckle, cash, sponsor products, & other great prizes or come and cheer on your favorite competitor.

Web site: http://www.charleswilhelm.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ultimatesuperhorse


Jerry Heitzler

jerryheitzlerJerry brings 35+ years of experience working with horses and mules using gentle, natural methods, and riding in the back country.  As a USFS certified sawyer, Jerry has been volunteering in the El Dorado National Forest and the Desolation Wilderness since 2005, including more than five years with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association.

As a member of the BCH Mother Lode Unit and a BCHC Wilderness Rider, Jerry is a Trainer for the Leave No Trace Seven Principles as promoted and taught by the Center for Outdoor Ethics.

In his capacity as a Wilderness Rider, Jerry speaks at various venues in an effort to help educate his fellow horse and mule enthusiasts about the need to leave a smaller footprint on the public lands, with an eye on preserving the legacy of backcountry stock use for future generations.

George Archer

georgearcherAbout fifty years ago, while in the Boy Scouts, George Archer was hiking up a mountain with a pack on his back thinking “there has to be a better way to get my bed to the top of this mountain”.   The result was the purchase of his first horse packing book.  Ten years later George was on his first horse packing trip and was hooked on packing.

1999, George called on an Ad in the local paper asking for a horse packing instructor for Shasta College.  Mainly interested to know who was teaching the class, he asked for the requirements and found he was qualified to teach the class.  The next thing you know, George is the new horse packing instructor.  After Shasta College, George taught horse packing at Kidder Creek Camp for several years.  In 2011, he enrolled in the BCHC Wilderness Riders, Leave No Trace, week-long training.

Now retired,  George is the lead packer for Trailhead Youth Ranch out of Millville, CA, a Tehama County 4-H horse leader, and an apprentice teamster.  He works with adults and kids teaching, planning, and leading horse packing trips.

Debra Mason

debramasonDebra was born and raised in the Southern part of Humboldt County by ranching parents and grandparents. Wood cook stoves and cast iron pots & pans were standard fare.  Debra left Humboldt County for work in the Central Valley where she joined BCHC Mid Valley Unit in Modesto in 1996.

Thru BCHC, Debra was re-introduced to Dutch Oven cooking and began to compete in Dutch Oven competitions in the local area. After losing some Dutch Oven competitions at BCHC Rendezvous’ to judges and cooks with no loyalty to back country travel and cooking challenges, she volunteered to host Dutch Oven competitions at Rendezvous’ with back country issues in mind.

Debra initiated Dutch Oven Gatherings (DOG’s) in the Mid Valley Unit where members gather at different member’s places to practice Dutch Oven cooking for both the front and back country with great success.  Debra likes to teach Dutch Oven 101 from a very basic and logical perspective, so people with no experience whatsoever, and seasoned veterans alike, can predict with confidence how their recipes will turn out under the most primitive conditions.

Carolyn Gilmore

carolyngilmoreCarolyn Gilmore has ridden horses since she was four and owned horses since 1972. She has had her stock at her residence since 1986 and is now breeding quality Haflingers, Haflinger mules and Registered Half Arabians out of her Haflinger stallion. With 17 equines presently residing on her ranch, a disaster plan is mandatory. Being the Principal of a Middle School for 13 years also helped Carolyn realize to be successful you need to prepare for the unexpected BEFORE it happens! A member of Backcountry Horseman of California for at least a decade, she became a Wilderness Rider in 2009. She loves to camp with her horses and ride and explore new trails every year. She is a docent for the Deer Creek Preserve in Sacramento County and a volunteer for the El Dorado National Forest Desolation Wilderness Area. She is also a member of the California Division of the National Pony Express Association and participates in the reride from Sacramento to St Joseph, Missouri each year. An advocate for equestrian trails her entire life; she hopes to help insure continued equestrian use through her participation in the BCHC Wilderness Rider Program. Without a good horse and a trail to ride, what’s the point?

Warwick Schiller

SchillerEditThough he grew up showing Quarter Horses in Australia, Warwick Schiller moved to the United States 25 years ago to pursue his professional horse training career.  Initially focusing on training all-around horses, he turned his focus to the sport of reining.  Mr. Schiller holds multiple champion titles in reining in the US and Australia including a Reserve World Championship and was on the first Australian World Equestrian Reining Team in 2010.   During the past decade, he has been developing Warwick Schiller Performance Horsemanship located in Hollister, CA.  He conducts clinics here in the United States as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and throughout Europe.  For the past few years Mr. Schiller has been producing an online video library, and his popular Youtube channel features more than 200 training videos applicable to all disciplines.

For more about Warwick Schiller, www.warwickschiller.com/


Heidi McLaughlin

As a former fearful rider, Heidi McLaughlin wrote her book, K.I.C.K. Your Fear of Horses, as a guide to help others who are struggling with confidence in the saddle. Not only does she tell her personal story of how she got over her own fear, but she cites the advice of many experts including Chris Cox, Stacy Westfall, Mike Kevil, Richard Winters and many more!

Heidi’s work has helped countless people, who love horses but are plagued with fear, find the confidence they need to recapture the joy of confident horsemanship! Fearless riding! She helps people design their own program for success with her book and her DVD as well as giving lectures and clinics all over the country.

Visit her website at: www.fearlessrider.com

Samantha Szesciorka

Samantha Szesciorka has a passion for long distance trail riding. She completed a nearly 500 mile ride in 2013 and a 1,100 mile ride in 2016 as part of her Nevada Discovery Ride project, which aims to encourage wild horse adoption through challenging long rides in the Silver State. Samantha is a member of the Long Riders’ Guild – an international association for equestrian explorers. She loves to share stories from the trail and help other people begin to plan their own long riding adventures. Samantha lives in Reno, Nevada and when she’s not out conquering the trail she works as a curator and historian at a local museum.



Jeff Moore BS, ESMT, CEKT, CETP is an internationally known clinician, lecturer and practitioner. He has been helping horses and running Equine Rehab & Therapy, Inc for over 25 years. Originally a research biologist, he has trained with Sharon Willowby DC, Don Manuel DO, Ken Eva CJF, Chris Hoffman Trainer, Academy of the Horse, and Tom Dorrance and Ray Hunt. Over the years Jeff has woven biomechanics, structural bodywork, farriery, kinesiology taping, proprioceptive repatterning, exercise physiology and true horsemanship, into an innovative and unique therapeutic fabric that addresses the larger picture of physical, mental and emotional connection between horse and rider. Jeff’s work ranges from NFR barrel horses, and grand prix dressage horses, to Rolex and Tevis competitors, to the horses of the troupe Cavalia. When Jeff is not teaching, lecturing or working on horses, he lives with his family near the Snake River Canyon of Eastern Oregon.

Website: http://www.equinerehab.com/


Dr. Deb Bennett, Ph.D

DEB: Deb Bennett, Ph.D., is a 1984 graduate of the University of Kansas, and until 1992 was with the Smithsonian Institution. She is known as an authority on the classification, evolution, anatomy, and biomechanics of fossil and living horses. Her research interests include the history of domestication and world bloodlines and breeds. She teaches unique anatomy short-courses and horsemanship clinics designed to be enjoyable to riders of all breeds and disciplines, and all levels of skill.

Internationally known for her scientific approach to conformation analysis, "Dr. Deb" has made a career out of conveying a kind of “X-ray vision” for bone structure to breeders and buyers. Her background in biomechanics helps her clearly explain how conformation relates to performance ability. Dr. Deb’s clinics often feature real bones and interesting biomechanical models.

Dr. Deb doesn’t confine her work to the chalkboard, but rides and trains, having participated over a 30-year span in nearly every form of horse competition. She is a universalist, constantly reminding students that the cut of a person's hat or the style of their saddle matters not one whit to a horse. Riding clubs and organizations everywhere have enjoyed and benefited from Dr. Deb's expertise and insight: Arabians, sporthorses, enduro, Morgans, gaited breeds, Warmbloods, Quarter Horses — you name it — for she is remarkably conversant with the needs and problems of many breeds. Practical problem-solving is always a focus, and “play” that develops the horse’s mind is a top priority. Dr. Deb’s goals for your horse are the same as for her own horses, who are athletically competent, happy, confident, long-lived and free-moving.

Dr. Deb’s horsemanship philosophy is based on the belief that horses and humans have potentially equal intelligence. She encourages riders to increase their ability to perceive what the horse is thinking and feeling. Dr. Deb’s horses are educated — not “trained”. She believes that all work with horses should consider both the physical body and the “inner life”. Dr. Deb coined the term “Perjustice” to describe the very old art and science of using the horse’s innate powers of movement to develop him as an excellent riding companion. She also invented “Birdie Theory”, a way of putting yourself in your horse’s shoes and a great aid to understanding what makes him “tick” on the inside.

Website: http://www.equinestudies.org/

Jochen Schleese

Certified Master Saddler Saddle Ergonomist
In 1984 after qualifying for European Championships, Jochen Schleese had to retire his horse due to lameness, and his riding career came to an end. This was the start of his life-long mission to prevent this from happening to all horses. Jochen graduated from Passier as the youngest ever Certified Master Saddler, and came to Canada in 1986 as Official Saddler at the World Dressage Championships. He registered the trade of Saddlery in Ontario, and operates a training facility – also the home of Schleese Saddlery. Jochen patented the innovative Adap Tree which flexes with horse and rider movement and adjusts to the horse’s changing conformation. His research on the differences in male and female anatomy, confirms that issues common to female riders are frequently caused from riding in a male saddle. This led to his specializing in female saddle design to prevent rider back, hip and pelvic issues. In 2005, 7 and 9 Schleese was the Official Saddler for the World Cup Finals in Las Vegas.

Every year Jochen witnesses thousands of horses suffer the effects of ill-fitting saddles – sore backs, resistance, chipped shoulder cartilage, lameness. Fueling his determination to educate the industry he established Saddlefit 4 Life ® in 2005. Based on his 80 point ergonomic and biomechanical analysis of horse, rider and saddle, Jochen teaches Saddlefit 4 Life Seminars and Courses worldwide to a growing network of professionals who are certified to diagnose and analyze saddle fit issues.

Saddle fit pioneer Jochen teaches “Horses should not suffer for the ignorance of the rider, nor should they be farmed out, or put down, because of severe, irreparable damage caused by poor saddle fit.”