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Dr. Nancy Loving, DVM
Dr. Nancy Loving’s intense interest in horses began at an early age and continues to figure prominently in both her professional and personal life. She discovered the unique challenges of distance riding in 1983 and has also competed in dressage and Eventing. Dr. Loving graduated from Colorado State University’s veterinary school in 1985 and has practiced exclusively equine medicine and surgery. Owner of Loving Equine Clinic in Boulder, Colorado, Dr. Loving works to actively include her clients in an educated decision-making process regarding their horses’ health.
Dr. Loving has served as an FEI (International Equestrian Federation) sanctioned veterinarian both as veterinary judge and treatment veterinarian at international endurance competitions as well as serving as Team Veterinarian for the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Endurance Squad. She was also actively involved in judging NATRC competitions for many years. She has brought to these pursuits her knowledge gleaned from many miles and years spent in the saddle training and competing her own horses in addition to decades working in a veterinary capacity at top-tier endurance events. She regularly writes for The Horse and Horse Illustrated magazines.
Dr. Loving has authored five books on equine health care, including:
- All Horse Systems Go: The Horse Owner’s Full-Color Veterinary Care and Conditioning Resource for Modern Performance, Sport and Pleasure Horses.
- Go the Distance: The Complete Resource for Endurance Horses
- First Aid for Horse & Rider
- Conformation and Performance
- Veterinary Manual for the Performance Horse
Jim Masterson, Equine Massage Therapist for the 2006 through 2014 USET Endurance Teams, and for equine clientele competing in FEI World Cup, Pan American and World Games competitions, teaches a unique method of equine bodywork for equine massage therapists and horse owners in which the practitioner recognizes and follows the responses of the horse to touch to release tension in key junctions of the body that most affect performance. When he first became interested in equine massage in 1997, Jim recognized that the horse exhibits certain neurological responses to touch as it releases tension in the body.
Darrell Nephew-Vice President-Sales Circle Y Saddles, Inc.
Darrell had many roles throughout the growth of Circle Y/Tucker Saddlery including: acquiring Master Craftsman status, managing and developing the core Tucker Line of Saddles and Products, the core trainer and spokesperson for saddle fit and design, developing and assisting in the current tree line for comfortable saddle fit and much more. Working for the company for 35 years; Circle Y, Tucker Saddlery and Reinsman has become the premier supplier for the equine industry in multiple disciplines such as; Trail Ridings, Barrel Racing, Team Roping, Western Pleasure and more…
Bryan Owen is the developer and co-Founder of Photonic Health, LLC. A light therapy company dedicated to making health and healing easy for horse owners. Bryan specializes in energy work to balance the body through several channels including acupoint meridians, muscle & fascia connection and emotional release. In addition to bodywork, Bryan is an applied Equine Podiatrist and incorporates proper foot balance for optimal health. He specializes in horses that have chronic, ongoing lameness and body issues that have not been resolved using other methods.
Kat Chrysostom is a native of South Carolina with a lifelong passion for horses. Through powerful keynotes and her book, Broken to Branded, she shares the lessons she learned through her journey from paralysis due to a severe riding accident to restored health to establishing and building a highly successful company. Kat relays how her path led her around the world in search of products that would help not only heal herself but her beloved horses, and how she “stumbled” upon the fabrics that inspired the research and development of her company, Benefab® by Sore No-More®. From education to inspiration, Kat shows her audiences how she made the transition from tragedy to triumph in life and in business in an ever-changing world. She now inspires individuals nationwide to do the same. Kat lives in Ocala, Florida, and still enjoys riding in her spare time. Learn more about Kat at katchrysostom.com and see her products at benefabproducts.com.
Zachary Rhodes, EqD IAED/C
My name is Zach Rhodes, I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. Horses and rodeo have been a passion of mine for nearly all my life. I have competed at all levels from Jr Rodeo to college all the way up to Professional Rodeo. I never truly knew the importance of getting routine dental maintenance done for my horses whether I competed on them or they were retired and living pasture life, until I went to equine dental school. Since then I have devoted much of my life to educating the public and helping horses all over the west coast. I started my equine dental career in 2011. I completed school and my certification at Texas Institute of Equine Dentistry in 2012, taught by renown Master Certified Equine Dentist, Randy Riedinger. Randy works for some of the top horsemen and women in the world like Bob Avila, Charmayne James, and Chris Cox. In 2017 I completed my certification through the International Association of Equine Dentistry. I currently sit on the Board of Directors of the IAED as well as the government relations committee. Collectively I have over 350 hours of education. I have floated over 1500 horses and still work with Randy occasionally and attend IAED workshops and conventions to further my knowledge and career in Equine Dentistry.
Dr. Bray, Ph.D.
Dr. Bray is a professor, scientist and lifelong horseman. His passion for equine nutrition led him to develop the Integrity line of horse feeds in 2004. He received his Ph.D. in animal nutrition from the University of Maryland and conducted his Ph.D. research at US Department of Agriculture. Dr. Bray began working with horses in his early teens. In addition to his professorial and consulting work, he has managed horse farms, bred, raised and shown horses, tracked and conducted research with wild horses, and packed with horses in the High Sierras. Dr. Bray is well published in the sciences for horses and zoo animals, frequently an invited speaker, and has written three manuals on equine care and nutritional management. He has served on several animal industry boards including research advisor to the Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board. Dr. Bray’s numerous articles and Q&A on equine care can be found in Dr. Bray’s Corner at starmilling.com.
Joe Misner, R3C Ranch Manager
Joe has been working with horses for more than 30 years. He has owned, trained, and shown several breeds in his life. For the past decade, he has worked with the wild ones. He competed in 15 Extreme Mustang Makeovers (EMM) and placed in the top ten nine times. He was the champion of the 2014 EMM in Norco and was invited to the Mustang Magic competition five times. Since 2008, Joe has been a Trainer Incentive Program (TIP) trainer for the Mustang Heritage Foundation. He participated in a wounded warrior program where veterans came out to work with mustangs adopted by the program’s sponsor. He also worked with high-risk teenagers training them how to train horses. In 2014, Sacramento Sheriff’s Department hired Joe to train inmates to be horse trainers for their new Wild Horse Program at Rio Cosumnes Correctional Facility. Joe uses natural horsemanship techniques based on approach and retreat to gentle and train the wild horses. He teaches the trainers, many of whom have never been around horses, these techniques and how to be a leader for the horses. Joe is dedicated to helping find BLM mustang’s forever homes.
Katie Strickland has 23 years of Barn Management experience; including travelling the world for competitions like the 2015 Pan-American Games and working for the US Olympic Team. She currently lives and works in Georgia where she manages the barn at Spring Creek Farm. In addition to grooming, Strickland has specialized in nutrition, physical therapy, strength and conditioning, as well as rider athletic training. She has worked with greats like Mara DePuy, Bruce “Buck” Davidson and Will Coleman.