The Westerns States Horse Expo is proud to continue bringing the very best Clinicians and Trainers in the nation, sharing knowledge and thoughts on the many different aspects of the equine industry and its diverse disciplines. You will want to bring your notebook and camera to these great learning opportunities which will enrich your relationship with your horse as you improve your horsemanship and riding skills and knowledge.

Want to be part of the action in the arena? Want to have a Clinician work with your horse in their demonstration? Click on the link provided and fill out the “2019 Clinic Participant Application” to get started.

This incredible line-up will continue to grow so please, check back often!


Julie Goodnight




Jonathan Field




Warwick Schiller




Curt Pate




Gina Miles




Scott Purdum




Robert Gage




Jochen Schleese




Amberley Snyder

Amberley fell in love with horses at a young age and began barrel racing when her family moved to Utah at her age of 7. She competed in junior rodeos and up into high school, winning multiple titles and awards. Her senior year she finished as the National Little Britches Finals and World All Around Cowgirl. Amberley was also serving as the Utah FFA State President in 2009. In January of 2010, Amberley was involved in a rollover truck accident, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. Eighteen months after that day, with a seatbelt on her saddle, she returned to competing in rodeo. She now competes in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association in the barrel racing. Amberley has earned her place competing amongst professional barrel racers and has won multiple awards with the Cowboy and Cowgirl Hall of Fames. She shares her story of triumph over tragedy hoping she can motivate others to believe in themselves and get back on the horse.

Sponsored by PuriShield & Farnam Companies. Come meet her Sunday June 10th in the PuriShield booth in building C near Sheldon Feed!




Darrell Nephew

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…

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

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.


Gaye DeRusso

Gaye DeRusso is a natural horsemanship trainer who specializes in Gaited Horses. She grew up showing hunters and jumpers but after she moved to California in 2000, she fell in love with the Gaited breeds. She has been working with Gaited Horses for the past 18 years. She loves to share her knowledge and teach others how to correctly ride and get the best out of their Gaited horse. She trains the Gaited Horses using natural horsemanship techniques and basic dressage. She runs her business out of Summit Ranch in Alamo, CA.


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.

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Tom Mayes

Integrated Equine Therapies, Clinician. Tom’s specialty is noninvasive, highly effective approach to Equine Therapy that addresses the core causes of lameness, metabolic and emotional dysfunction.                                                                              He integrates cutting edge proven modalities such as: Osteopathy, CranioSacral, Applied Kinesiology, Acupressure TCM, and Medical Intuition to resolve acute and chronic issues at their deepest level; thereby restoring normal function. Tom is Founder & Owner of Integrated Equine Therapies, Offering Educational Hands On Clinics.

For more about Tom Mayes,