Robert Beene - Robert didn't start riding until he was eight years old, but was rarely seen off a horse's back after that. At nine, his father gave him a two year old grandson of three bars and that horse was to be his first introduction to training. While in school he occasionally rode outside horses for extra money. At Twenty-one he went to work on a Nebraska sand hills ranch and then to a couple of ranches in Oklahoma where part of his job was to start horses on their career as working ranch horses. While attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University he assisted in the equine program and helped instruct beginning western riding classes. For the last eighteen years he has made his living as a professional farrier and trained mostly for himself or with his wife Vicki. Although it may sound a bit simple, Robert believes that time, patients, common sense and a solid working knowledge of how a horse thinks and reacts to his surroundings is vital in working with a horse to receive positive results. Contact Information: 918-441-6555 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Vicki Beene - Vicki has been riding horses from the tender age of 5. Born to a middle class family, she learned to train the horses she competed on in rodeos. Starting at age 15, she trained her first pole bending horse and went on to win many state titles. Twenty-five years later she is now, not only training her own horses, but has started training professionally. She married in 2011, has a 12 month old son and is also working on being a certified equine therapist. Training is her passion, she finds it to be rewarding and loves to watch a horse learn through communication and trust of the rider or for a rider to learn and become confident in his/her abilities. Vicki feels very blessed in life and with her God given talents to teach. Contact Information: 405-826-5531 or email@example.com
Christa Caho - I started training horses when I was 12 and made a business out of it at age 14, when I was only a freshman in high school. I have ridden with many well known trainers who have helped increase my knowledge of horses. Barbara Knoenig at Cross Timbers Equestrian Center worked with me on dressage and jumping for a few years and I helped train several of her horses to compete and become lesson horses for many different ages and levels of riders. I also worked with Will DeGraw for about 3 years who shared his colt starting techniques with me and also showed me how to introduce a young horse to reining without enduring several of the common injuries that come with that intense training. We trained several horses together and showed in many of the Oklahoma Foundation (OKFQHR) shows competing in halter, trail, speed events, reining, and working cow horse (placing in most, if not, all of the events). I also showed in a few of the reining shows in OKC on two 3 year olds that I had trained for a year and a half, which by this time would both run brideless reining patterns. I was also an assistant trainer for Jody Brainard (Brainard Performance Horses) for a year and a half at Big Lake Ranch in Mulhall, Oklahoma. I had the opportunity to train several horses, young and old, and watched to see a few of them go on to the reining futurity. After that I rode with Mike Keller for a few months and got a glimse of the pleasure horse world and the high end show techniques and finally decided it was time to expand my business once again. My goal is to teach a horse to be extremely versatile so that it is not only able to do one job, but many. My wide range of disciplines and years of experience allows me to train each horse according to its own individual program. I believe that the horse should not fit a trainer's set program and instead the training methods should be adjusted according to how the horse is going to respond and learn from the training. Contact Information: 405-831-4155 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit website at www.crosscreekhorsetraining.com
Kelci Goad - Like most little girls, ever since she can remember Kelci Lavelle Goad has loved horses…but it wasn’t until she was twelve years old that she started taking riding lessons. Time in the saddle and around the barn quickly became something she craved and going to the fifteen acre horse ranch located just behind her house in Hockinson, WA became a daily activity. Kelci met her first horse, a Haflinger named Broadway Annie, there just hours after she was born. With the help of multiple different trainers she went through Annie’s entire training process with her. From halter breaking to jumping under saddle, Kelci was by Annie’s side (and on her back) the whole way. It was during that time that Kelci realized not only did she love riding and being around the barn, but she loved to train. A passion that she’s pretty sure will last a life time.
In 2009, Kelci did an intense training apprenticeship with professional trainer and barrel racer, Allison Vankoll. In 2012, Kelci graduated with distinction and honors when she completed her Equine Studies and Business diploma through the University of Guelph. Since starting her business in 2012, Saddle Up Horsemanship has taken off like Kelci hadn’t even dreamed! Kelci’s time is now completely filled with both horse training and horsemanship lessons for horse lovers ranging from 5 years old to 60 years old. Getting to help horses and horse people on a daily basis is extremely hard work and extremely rewarding and she wouldn’t change a thing. When she can pry away, Kelci makes a point to continue her horsemanship journey and education through clinics and tours put on by top trainers, vets, farriers, and other professionals in the equine industry.
Saddle Up Horsemanship’s goal is to help equestrians of all ages gain confidence through adversity; sportsmanship, and horsemanship to create clear communication with the equine partner to ultimately reach their goals, whether in the pasture or in the show ring.
Saddle Up Horsemanship is run out of Edmond, Oklahoma. To learn more, visit the Saddle Up Horsemanship Facebook page, saddleuphorsemanship.com, or email email@example.com.
Robert Hayes - Robert was born in Logan County in 1952 in the town of Guthrie Okla. His first memory connected to horses was when he was about two years old and someone put him on one of the work horses that were used to work the fields. He started to learn how to ride racehorses from his brother at age12 and won his first official race at 16 in Cleveland Ohio. Robert rode races throughout Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming and Oklahoma, and then received his racehorse training license in 1975 in Ruidoso, New Mexico. He raced in New Mexico, Colorado, Iowa and Oklahoma until 2004. The only time that horses haven't been a part of Robert’s life was two years spent in the army, in 1972-1974. In the early 80's, Robert became familiar with the legendary horseman and clinician Ray Hunt. The first thing he learned from him was that the "horse is never wrong". Over time that philosophy has become the cornerstone of his work with horses. Robert says “To me, it doesn't mean that you can't be firm, but it does mean that anger should never be a part of the process. It is my goal to keep improving my ability to connect, approach and interact with horses in a way that they respect and respond to mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. I believe God created horses and the way we approach them should not be self-centered.'” Contact Information: 405-245-9875 or Roundpen@aol.com
Nadia Males - I have been riding horses ever since I was 5 years old, and let me tell you, I was hooked. I hated cleaning my room but cleaning a stall?.... NO PROBLEM. I couldn't even run normal, I had to gallop around the house like a horse. Horses have and will forever be a huge part of my life. I can't imagine a life without them. I used to show Saddlebreds for 9 years, then switched to riding western, as well as, english. Horses are my passion. The bond and connection you make with a horse just blows me away. They are so much easier to trust then people are. Riding and training is an escape from the everyday stress. It is my little zen garden. "The horse is a mirror to your soul... and sometimes you might not like what you see in the mirror." -- Buck Brannaman Contact email -- JockeyGale1995@hotmail.com
Donnajayne Noble -- I grew up around horses here in Oklahoma, but when we had to move away I no longer had the opportunity to ride. I was able to get back into riding over 20 years ago. I was blessed to learn to calf rope, barrel race, western pleasure showmanship and more. I have always been interested in training but the opportunity never personally presented itself to me. That being said, I have had the blessing to work with trainers and attend clinics as an observer. After taking it all in and finding that I could be a trainer I reached out more, from inside myself, and started training. God gives each of us a gift and many times we take that gift and hide it. Helping horses owners and their horses is a gift that I want to share and have been able to do so. A smile on the owners face and happy horse is worth its weight in gold. I love my ranch here in Guthrie and the opportunity it affords me to give back...to people and to animals. We are never too old or too knowledgeable to learn...each horse I know has its own personality so as it learns, I learn and together we grow. Contact Information: DiamondBRanchOK@aol.com Website: www.Diamond-B-Ranch.org
Miranda Noyes – I have twenty years riding experience. I started on gaited horses and have ridden everything from team penning to dressage. I have received Multiple National and Reserve National Championships in Appaloosa Jumping on self trained horses. I have shown all disciplines and trained multiple horses in hunters, eventing, dressage, saddleseat, driving, western pleasure, horsemanship, showmanship, trail, speed events, etc., whatever the horse was most happy with/suited for. I obtained Riding Master III Degree from Meredith Manor International Equestrian College in 2003 with emphasis in training and equine sports massage. Contact Information: Freereinmassageok@gmail.com
Jamie Piatt – When I started riding at the age of 4, I knew that horses were what I wanted to be a part of in life. I set out at that age to learn all that I could regarding these great creatures. I started cross country and eventing at the age of 13 and then got into a show environment riding pleasure horses. I ended up later in life around the age of 17 wanting to tackle a bigger challenge and that’s when I ended up as a outrider on the track. I truly loved that thrill, but I knew I had more to offer so I went back on the show circuit after 5 years on the track and ended up in a paint horse show barn and I loved it. I have had the opportunity in this barn to ride snaffle bit horses, ranch versatility horses, all the way to working with 2 year old futurity horses. I ended up longing for more though and so I applied in 2007 for the extreme mustang makeovers and I have been doing those ever since they started. I just love my mustangs and what they bring to the table. As with my mustangs, I think training a rescue horse will bring the same thrill and challenge. Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Angie Sack - Angie Sack,from Tecumseh OK, has been working with horses since she was a little girl. She took a hiatus from them for a time while she served in the US Army, where she met her husband and partner, who was also a soldier stationed at the Ft. Hood 1st Cavalry Horse Detachment. He trained horses and was the detachment’s farrier. It was love at first sight! She later became an RN and they had four sons, and in her spare time she rehabilitated problem and abused horses to live more productive lives and started 6A-Horses in 2007. In 2010, after 13 years as an RN, she retired to focus solely on her family and her horse training business. She uses the methods of feel, timing, and balance without the aid of force and contributes everything she has learned and experienced to her studying of the late Ray Hunt and Tom and Bill Dorrance. She works and studies daily to improve her communication with and knowledge of horses. She feels blessed by God to be able to pursue this deeply gratifying journey with horses. Contact Information: Sack6A@gmail.com -- www.6AHorses.com
Rebekah Schultz - I grew up living with my grandparents, part of my life. From age 10, I helped my grandpa train young horses. I competed in barrels and trail rode all over Oklahoma and Kansas with my grandpa. I lost my grandpa and my long time horse and quit for a while. I rescued a little filly named Hobby at age 21 and that started my passion for saving horses. Last year I helped 10 horses over winter. This year I've been able to help more. I love working with horses and hope to do it full time someday. Recently I have taken a shetland pony from deaths doorstep to fat and happy. She was very timid but now is trained for my kids to ride. I also have been training a never broke 12 year old gelding and he is doing wonderful. It's never too late! Contact Information: Rebekahschultz84@gmail.com
Jed Ward - Jed Ward age 39, Married, live on 40 acre horse training facility in El Dorado, Kansas with my wife Amy, who runs barrels, and son Jackson 10 and Lae La Mare & Lukasey Cash, twins age 18 months. We start colts for about every discipline and specialize in performance horses such as barrel racing horses and cowboy mounted shooting horses. I have been training for the public for 26 years. Contact Information: Goodhorses101@aol.com
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