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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/

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.

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.”

Ron McLoughlin

Ron McLoughlin is a widely-respected international clinician who has conducted over 911 clinics and worked with thousands of students in the United States and Europe.

He teaches a humane and versatile lateral system of training, the Foreman-McLoughlin system, focusing on the horse’s footwork and using the maneuvers of the Basic Handle. This is accomplished with a classical approach to riding instruction and horse training.

Ron has been passionate about horses and about working with people who handle horses, for over 50 years. He has imparted the skills necessary to becoming a rider to each student, and is enjoyed by many for his insightful instruction and witty teaching style. In addition to his 3 day clinics for riders of all skill levels and disciplines, he conducts regional workshops, resident short courses and educational demonstrations and seminars.

He has worked with many organizations such as the US Border Patrol mounted division, regional mounted patrol and search & rescue teams, and schools with equestrian programs.

He has produced a series of educational equine DVDs and audio work-out CDs for horse and rider, and writes horse articles for publications. In 2008 RFD TV interviewed him when they aired the story and history of Monte Foreman on Rick Lamb’s Horse Show Program, stating that Ron McLoughlin was the foremost instructor carrying on the legacy of Monte Foreman in today’s world. He currently runs a 501 C 3 riding school as head instructor, which is aimed at students wishing to become top riding instructors and trainers, including conducting short courses to help non-pro riders improve their riding and horse handling.

Website: http://ClassicalStockSeat.org

Lyn Ringrose Moe

Lyn Ringrose Moe has more than 40 years of experience as a trainer and instructor and is a nationally and internationally known clinician. Lyn is also a founding partner of Cowboy Dressage World, the governing body of Cowboy Dressage, one of the fastest growing equestrian disciplines in the world. She mentors and teaches the judges for Cowboy Dressage, teaches many of the Cowboy Dressage Professional Workshops as well as training, teaching, and coaching for her own business LRM Equestrian Services.

She particularly enjoys “Keeping the Horse Dream alive after age 45” as she brings years of experience in both training horses and educating older riders. Lyn also has participated in 11 Horse Expos in the US and Canada including 5 Western States Horse Expos in Sacramento and Pomona [2014, 2015 (Sacramento only), and 2016.

Joan E. Denton

Joan E. Denton is a student of Lyn’s and has been riding over six years. She began riding in her sixties after a successful career as a professional scientist administrator. She retired from the State of California where she worked for 14 years as the Director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, a department within the California Environmental Protection Agency, with 130 employees and a $16 million budget. She has numerous advanced degrees, none of which matter to her horse Jesse. She and Jesse enjoy arena work, trail riding, Cowboy Dressage Gatherings, and just being together.

Bryan Owen

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.

Website: http://www.photonichealth.com/

Kristin Stephens

Kristin Stephens, B.S.

  • 2009 Graduate: California State University, Fresno
    • Cum Laude B.S. Animal Science: Production Management, Equine Emphasis
    • Member: Golden Key Honor Society
  • Development of on farm nutrition programs for large equine accounts
  • Present equine nutrition seminars in CA, OR, WA, ID, NV, AZ, HI, AK
  • Participate in equine research and development for Cargill
  • Member of AQHA, WCBRA, NBHA
  • Competitor at national level barrel racing events
  • Raised on and still an active part of family cattle ranch in central California
  • Competitive athlete: distance running

Website: http://www.cargill.com/

Jim Masterson

Jim Masterson, Equine Massage Therapist for the 2006 through 2014 USEF Endurance Teams, and for equine clientele competing in FEI World Cup, Pan American and World Games competitions, teaches a unique method of equine bodywork, The Masterson Method® 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. Using those responses to guide his work, he developed a system in which the horse participates in the process by showing the practitioner where tension has accumulated, precisely how much pressure is needed to release it, and when it has been released. The result is an effective method of bodywork that anyone can learn to use, to improve performance while at the same time opening new levels of communication and trust with the horse.

In 2005, Jim created Masterson Method “hands-on” Seminar-Workshops for horse owners in the United States, Australia and Europe. By popular demand, in 2008 he developed a Certification Path for those who wanted to deepen their knowledge of the Masterson Method® and become Masterson Method Certified Practitioners (MMCP)

Jim is the author of the bestselling books Beyond Horse Massage and The Dressage Horse Optimized and four DVDs: Light to the Core; Beyond Horse Massage; Dressage Movements Revealed, and Equine Massage for Performance Horses. Masterson Method Seminar-Workshops and Advanced Courses leading to Certification in the Masterson Method are taught world wide to horse owners, trainers, and therapists.

Website: www.mastersonmethod.com



Kalley Krickeberg

Born and raised in a small Midwestern town in Illinois, Kalley Krickeberg grew up honing her horse training, horsemanship, and stockmanship skills on large farm that raised and trained young polo prospects, sheep, and beef cattle. Kalley was lucky enough to be a child that was riding before she could walk, but got her formal start at a young age in a small hunters and jumpers barn. She dabbled a bit in dressage and eventing, but her love for the game of polo drew her back into that sport, developing young prospects off the race track into competent, well-educated polo horses. Since then Kalley has worked hard at becoming a well-diversified and balanced trainer, not only spending time in the performance horse industry in the sports of polo, reining, and dressage, but also in the recreational horse industry, working for approximately 10 years in the natural horsemanship sector of that industry. Kalley is a highly accomplished trainer and clinician, with a small training operation open to the public in her home state of California. She also travels the country giving highly successful horse training clinics. Her accomplishments include co-founding the Horse Education Company, which sells equipment and educational products from multiple trainers and clinicians. She also has multiple highly produced training DVD’s of her own which cover topics ranging from educating the pre-riding- age horse on the ground, to colt starting, and liberty work. She’s co-produced a DVD on training the young reining horse with world champion and multiple individual and team gold medalist in the sport of reining; the great Shawn Flarida. Kalley is also the professional equine columnist for the stunning Chrome Magazine; the official publication of the American Paint Horse Association. She is well recognized as a forward-thinking, yet practical, horse trainer and has a strong desire to share her unique, balanced, and exquisitely thoughtful horse training and horsemanship philosophies, developed over decades of training experience and diverse exposure.

For more about Kalley, http://www.kalleykrickeberg.com/

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Dr. Richard Godbee

Dr. Richard Godbee is Director Research & Development for Farnam Companies, Inc. in Phoenix, AZ.

Dr. Godbee received a bachelor of science in agriculture and master of science in ruminant nutrition from the University of Georgia. In 1978 he completed his doctoral degree in animal nutrition and nutritional biochemistry with an emphasis in equine from Colorado State University. During his professional career, Dr. Godbee has served as a faculty or adjunct faculty member and has been a member of the graduate committees for master and doctoral candidates for several universities. He has numerous publications in both peer-reviewed journals and popular press on multiple species and has been invited to present in a variety of venues. His research interest has most recently included the effect of nutrition on immunity and inflammation. He is Board Certified in Animal Nutrition by the American College of Animal Science and has achieved Professional Animal Scientist status in the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists with a specialty in horses. Dr. Godbee is not only a nutrition specialist, but also an avid horseman and competitor in the cutting horse arena.

For more about Richard, http://www.farnam.com/

Brandi Lyons

“I meet each person right where they are on their journey with their horse, and that’s where we begin together,” says Brandi Lyons. From the time she was a child, Brandi grew up absorbing lessons from her father John, and applied those lessons to her own riding, and eventually to 20 years experience as an expert rider, trainer of horses, and then as a teacher of riders, trainers and clinicians.

The decades of skills and knowledge she gathered are secondary to what she believes made her father stand out as such a trusted teacher: he put people first. And that is the part of the Lyons legacy she most proudly continues. “I learned a thousand lessons from my father before it dawned on me what his gift to me is as a teacher: love and respect the riders first. The horses are the easy part.”

Brandi’s “No Limits” philosophy focuses on the fundamentals, building confidence and control from the ground up. All the while, continually strengthening the bonds of trust between rider and horse through clear, consistent communication. “There are no limits to what you can achieve when you measure your success by the satisfaction you get from spending time with your horse and your chosen horse community,” says Brandi. “But, there are also no limits to what you can achieve in terms of skills and performance with your horse, should you choose to strive, step-by-step, in that direction.”

“I think there are things people witness at horse shows that entertain them, impress them, but that give them a sinking feeling that they don’t ‘measure up’ to the performers they see,” says Brandi. “I try to communicate my conviction that they already measure up. Sometimes it just takes a little first hand experience methodically working through your fears, and then the moment comes when the light goes on. The confidence turns on. It’s beautiful to witness.”

For more about Brandi, http://www.lyonsnolimits.com/

Rick Roncka

Rick has worked with veterinarians from coast to coast for well over 3 decades, selling and marketing the leading equine pharmaceuticals, medical diagnostics, therapeutic equipment, and regenerative medicine.

For more about Rick, http://www.platinumperformance.com



Carole Herder

Carole Herder is the Author of the #1 International Bestseller “There Are No Horseshoes in Heaven”. Carole has been involved in horse health since 1993. Her Company, Cavallo Horse & Rider Inc. develops, manufactures and distributes horse products in 26 countries worldwide. Carole designed and developed Cavallo Hoof Boots and Total Comfort System Saddle Pads. Providing comfort for horses is Carole’s passion. She presents educational trainings around the world on the benefits of keeping horses in their natural state and trains on successful barefoot programs. Ms. Herder is the proud recipient of the Royal Bank of Canada Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She is a Trail Blazer and a proud member of the Women’s Presidents Organization, supporting female Entrepreneurs in every industry.

For more about Carole, http://www.cavallo-inc.com/


Teresa Spencer

Teresa Spencer, author, speaker, horse owner, Owner of EquestriSafe a company dedicated to horse safety, as well as owner of California Horse Barns. Proud member of CSHA(California State Horseman’s Association), Equestrian Trails – Corral 138, AQHA, American Equestrian Trade Association, Equestrian Professionals, WHIN (Women’s Horse Industry Network) and American Horseman’s Challenge Association as well as being a director in the Acton Chamber of Commerce.

Scott Purdum

Scott Purdum is an internationally recognized who strives to educate, empower, and entertain. He has created his very own training program that allows horsemen to be the best they can be for their horse. The Advantage Horsemanship Program allows you to take your training to the next level with taking short, simple steps. Scott resides on the east coast where he trains, teaches, and offers clinics for horseman to attend.

You can follow Scott and his training program through his TV show on RFD TV and through his Leadership Club that has a hundreds of videos including step-by-step instruction throughout his Program.

Website: http://www.advantagehorsemanship.com/

Eitan Beth-Halachmy

Eitan Beth-Halachmy (known to his friends simply as “8”) followed his heart and the seeming intervention of mystical destiny not only to multiple world championships, but also to a spiritual cross-species bond with his equine companions. Eitan was born in Israel, where a Hungarian Cavalry Officer was to instill in him as a young boy a regard for horses and horsemanship that is still the foundation of this training methods and philosophy.

After attending the University of Vienna in pre-veterinary medicine he came to the United States to peruse his studies at the University of California at Davis. While in Vienna much time was spent observing at the Spanish Riding School.  There he watched, listened and absorbed. Although is early training was classical it was his love of the American Cowboy that led him on his western journey.

Eitan has won many World and National Titles in the Morgan Show Horse Industry. It was an inspiring victory pass that founded his trademark “Cowboy Dressage.” From a victory pass in 1993 to a new and exciting western movement and competition in the US and abroad Cowboy Dressage has taken on a life of its own. Eitan retired from the show ring in 2008 but continues on promoting and sharing his horsemanship through clinics and expos.

In September of 2006 Eitan and his Multiple Western World Champion Santa Fe Renegade had the great honor of being asked to represent the US in the closing ceremony of the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. The pair were asked to return to open the World Equestrian Games in the Opening Ceremony in Kentucky in 2010.

Eitan now has dedicated his time to sharing his knowledge and unique style of horsemanship through is very popular Cowboy Dressage, now not just a style of horsemanship but a very popular western competition. His goal is always to refine, inspire and elevate by combining traditional western and classical dressage. The very best of both worlds.


Chip Herzig

A long-time PCTA member and volunteer, Chip is a past president of his local Backcountry Horsemen of California (BCHC) chapter, and has also been involved in the State Board for BCHC, including serving as statewide president for three years. Through his involvement with BCHC, he has generated much support for volunteer packing in general and for PCT packing projects. Chip is retired from the U.S. Navy and, until recently, taught computer science at Riverside Community College. He also served as the computer science department chair for three years. After moving to Nevada, Chip now serves as President of the Carson Valley Chapter of Backcountry Horsemen of Nevada.

Janet Peterson

In 2001 Janet Peterson retired from a career of 30years in the foodservice industry and moved to Colfax, CA, where she intended to spend her time riding the hundreds of miles of trail in the Sierra Nevada.  Coming from southern California where most trails were wide, hills were moderate and the line of sight was generally good she experienced a form of trail-culture-shock on the mountainous trails of northern California.  It became a matter of personal responsibility to risk (or not) riding on narrow the winding trails that were carved out during the mining days for mules and wagon with little or no line of sight and severe cross slopes. Room to pass oncoming traffic was problematic and compounded by the approach of swifter moving traffic coming from ahead and behind.

Then Ms Peterson learned that equestrians were considered a “dying breed” because their presence on public trails was dwindling.  Equestrians weren’t dwindling, they were being displaced.  Trails that were once safe for horses had become so risky that the danger out weighted the pleasure and they stopped riding those trails.

In 2006 an incident at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area involving 2 horses and 3 motorcycles on a horse/hiking trail moved Ms Peterson from trail rider to trail advocate and in 2014 to software entrepreneur.  At first the incident at Folsom Lake was considered a matter of trail conflict but a thorough review of the circumstances determined that a lack of communication between trail users and park management on maintenance issues was the bottom line cause.

In direct response to this need for better communication, ParkWatchReport as a website was first launched in 2008 and provided trail users with a way to report trail conditions and experiences to park management.  In 2014, Ms Peterson formed Park Watch Report, LLC, revised the software, added a free phone app and now promotes the use of ParkWatchReport around the country as a universal way for trail users to quickly and easily inform park management of safety concerns, environmental issues and trail conditions.


Denise Zavat

Growing up both camping and riding horses, Denise Zavat has enjoyed camping with her horse for about 15 years. With horse camping comes outdoor cooking, and she developed an interest in Dutch Oven (DO) cooking. About 10 years ago, Denise purchased her first 12” oven, and, as they say, ‘the rest is history’. Denise enjoys DO cooking for friends and family, at brandings and at the BCHC Rendezvous, as well as demonstrations for the Horse Expo.

Stop by the BCHC Gentle Use Camp in the Trail Symposium to watch Denise and other DO Cooks work their magic. There will be demonstrations twice a day, showing how DO cooking works, DO cooking tips, and tasty receipes.


Kim Bauer

Kim Bauer is a well-known expert and educator in the field of animal acupressure and massage. She has been practicing acupressure for close to twenty years and is highly regarded here in the U.S. and internationally. She is nationally certified by the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage (NBCAAM) and is an Instructor for the Northwest School of Animal Massage (NWSAM). She is a Certified Equi-Tape practitioner.

Kim’s work with horses integrates kinesiology taping with acupressure, massage and Tui-Na. When not teaching classes, Kim can be found working on horses (and dogs) near her home outside of Hood River, Oregon.

Website: http://www.nwsam.com/


Carolyn Gilmore

Carolyn Gilmore has ridden horses since she was four and owned horses since 1972. A member of Backcountry Horseman 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 also raises Haflinger horses and Haflinger mules. 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 the Vice President 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?

Also member of:

  • American Endurance Ride Conference since 1980
  • Foothill Riders Association
  • American Haflinger Registry
  • Arabian Horse Association
  • American Mule Association
  • North American Miniature Donkey Association

Past Experience

  • Midpeninsula Open Space District Trail Council 1980-1988
  • President MPOSD Trail Council 1985-88


Carrie Johnen

Carrie Johnen will be teaching the basics of Gentle Use principles in the back country. The major focus will be on the principle of “Plan ahead and prepare” as the foundation for any successful trip. She will also cover “Planning for a disaster”. Her day job is as a teacher.

  • Master Educator with Center for Outdoor Ethics 2015
  • Amador County Animal Response Team 2009
  • Sand Fire 2014
  • Butte Fire 2015
  • Wilderness Rider 2007
  • Backcountry Horsemen -Mother Lode Unit 2005


Charles de Kunffy

Charles de Kunffy is a sought-after international dressage judge and clinician who zealously passes on his vast knowledge to further generations. His previous books include “The Athletic Development of the Horse” and “Training Strategies for Dressage Riders,” He makes his home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Charles de Kunffy’s equestrian credentials are too numerous to abbreviate and impossible to duplicate. His expertise is much-appreciated and he is a popular clinician, a sought after dressage judge and a prolific writer. Six of his books, his scholastic articles, and several poignant essays had been published. He is a popular lecturer and a source of inspiration. Charles contributed significantly to equestrian knowledge.




Bob Magee

Born and raised in Montana. Spent 4.5 years with the US Navy during the Vietnam war. Retired after 40 years with United Technologies Corp., working in many positions from Service Supervisor to Regional Operations Manager. Past Vice President of Public Lands for Backcountry Horsemen of California, currently Public Lands Liaison for Mid Valley Unit of Backcountry Horsemen of California.