I've always loved horses and loved to be around them. I didn't get my first horse till I was 7. I love them more now then I ever have. We have 7 horses now on a 100 acre farm in Yukon where we use the horses on a daily basis and I use them in all kinds of competition from barrel racing to cutting and sorting. I like horses who can do it all. I use all natural horsemanship Clinton Anderson methods. I believe that it is the best way to train a horse. I think a horse and man are a team, without one the other did not do good.
Jacob chose Colter as his horse for the challenge!
Anna Caddell - Norman, Ok
Anna pictured with Rocky.
I am a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a BS in Animal Science. I was also on the OSU Big 12 Equestrian Team from 2004-2006. Growing up I showed and trained all of my horses in all around events in Wyoming and Oklahoma. Later in college, I started roping and running barrels for fun which eventually turned into much more. I earned 3 Reserve World Championships in Roping and competed in barrel racing at hundreds of rodeos/jackpots and the Pinto World Show. I currently have a 6 year old cutting bred mare named “Ichi”. I trained her on the barrels 5 months ago and have been successful with minimal competing. Currently I am training her on the poles and our goal for 2013 is to qualify for the AQHA World Show in Pole Pending. I enjoy getting a horse with a clean slate. Molding their minds and guiding them to the abilities they are best at is what I thrive to achieve. My methods are simple, yet mind challenging to the horse so they learn to respond what we ask from them. Importantly, a horse needs to be safe for anyone. If the horse and rider both can be in sync with one another, the possibilities are endless!
Anna chose Rocky as her horse for the challenge!
Hayley Garrison - Oklahoma City, Ok
Hayley pictured with Bell Boy.
I was born in Edmond, Oklahoma and moved to Colorado when I was three. I later returned to Oklahoma in my freshman year of high school and began to learn how to ride and train under Terri Lindley in June of 2008. Since then I have learned with each horse I have ridden and begun to make a journey in my own spiritual life with each of these horses. I believe horses are incapable of lying and whatever a person is feeling will manifest itself in the horse's reaction. The bond with a horse is a journey built on mutual respect that grows through each challenge that is faced; it is a beautiful language and dance between horse and rider. By the end of the training journey, I intend to help the horse become safe and confident in itself and its rider in any given situation. I am now a student at UCO and will soon be transferring to OSU to finish a degree in Veterinary Technology.
Hayley chose Bell Boy as her horse for the challenge!
Daniel Glasgow - Guthrie, Ok
Daniel pictured with Dugan.
My name is Daniel Glasgow.I was born in Edmond, OK in 1995.I grew up around horses, and started riding them at the age of 4 years
old.I live in Guthrie, OK and have
lived there for most of my life.Horses
have been a major part of my family’s life. My very first horse to ever train on was named
Willow.Robert Hayes had worked with her
previously, and under his eye I watched him and decided I wanted to do it
myself.Willow liked to buck, which
attracted me to her even more.I guess
you could say I liked the challenge.Willow has become a trust-worthy, properly trained horse.It gave me a sense of accomplishment. I started riding with
Robert Hayes in January of 2012.I have
helped train many horses with him, including 2 of my personal horses. I continue to learn from Robert, and seek to
learn more of his ways.Through Robert,
I have developed a new passion for riding and training horses with this awesome
experience I have been given. I met the Cross family
through Robert. I worked with Dakota C. in the summer of 2012.After listening to the chatter of the Trainer
Challenge in 2011, it sounded like a blast!From that point, I decided I would like to take a chance and see how my
abilities can shine through training a horse completely on my own.I seek to learn techniques from other
trainers, including the others participating.I hope to learn a lot from this experience and help the horse find the
best possible home with its new found confidence and abilities.
Daniel chose Dugan as his horse for the challenge!
Kelci Goad - Edmond, Ok
Kelci pictured with Kodak.
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. Kelci always strives to be as educated as possible about her chosen avocation and this has clearly been shown by her constant participation since age 12 in twice a week riding lessons, multiple clinics, 4-H meetings, daily practice, and even an intense training apprenticeship with professional trainer and barrel racer, Allison Vankoll during Kelci’s senior year of high-school in 2009. In 2012, Kelci graduated with distinction and honors when she completed her Equine Studies and Business diploma through the University of Guelph. Now she has jumped right in to her own business – Saddle Up Horsemanship. Kelci is a hard worker and always strives for excellence in all her equine-related endeavors. Most of all, Kelci just loves horses and the connection that we are able to have with them. Her passion has turned into a career and she is excited to see what is in store for her next.
To see Kelci’s resume visit: http://www.saddleuphorsemanship.com/resume
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
Kelci's sponsor is Barker Construction Specialties LLC!
Kelci chose Kodak as her horse for the challenge!
Robert Hayes - Guthrie, Ok
Robert pictured with Cidar.
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 age 12 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.'”
Robert chose Cidar as his horse for the challenge!
Terri Lindley - Guthrie, Ok
Terri pictured with Sable.
Terri is a 50-year-old female professional trainer. After she got her first horse at age 8, two years later, her parents bought a two-year-old unbroke Spanish barb mustang that was running in a herd deep in the Colorado Rockies. With a little help from her mom, Terri was able to get this young mare broke and registered in the APHA, where she ROM’d in Barrels, Poles, Western Riding, and Trail. Terri also spent 20 years galloping/ grooming/ training racehorses at Oklahoma racetracks and starting babies for the track, for cutting, jumping, dressage, and trail riding. Since 2001, she has gone completely to non-resistance training and instructing the owners of the horses to carry the message of relational horsemanship skills to create safer, happier horse/rider partnerships. You can reach Terri at: https://www.facebook.com/terri.lindley.52 or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Terri-Lindley-Horse-Training/143202522401237
Terri chose Sable as her horse for the challenge!
Nadia Males - Edmond, Ok
Nadia pictured with Groucho.
Nadia chose Groucho as her horse for the challenge!
Jesse Naylor - Moore, Ok
Jesse pictured with Tether.
Just like every horseman, I was born with horses in my blood and started training for clients when I was 15 years old. When growing up I was fortunate enough to spend time in Colorado and Texas and took advantage of watching herds of horses interact with each other. That opportunity helped me to better understand horse behavior; leadership, trust, respect, and willingness, all which has helped me form the basis of my training. I have also added concepts from many clinicians as well, I use what works for me and what is applicable to each individual horse on that particular day. I have trained anything from Arabs and Morgans to warmbloods and drafts to thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses to mustangs and ponies and enjoy them all. I have not trained a mule but would someday love to! The majority of my training has been in cutting horses. I currently live in Moore with my wife and son, and have a daughter on the way! I train full time and specialize in starting 2 year olds and working with older horses with problems become willing partners again. I believe strongly in groundwork and a solid foundation. My horses graduate from the round pen to the indoor arena to the outdoor to the pasture to trail rides, and of course focusing on the horse's future career and helping the owner have a great relationship with their equine partner. To contact me: 405-401-4950. I am looking forward to this challenge! Jesse chose Tether as his horse for the challenge. However, once Jesse began working with Tether, he noticed him being "off." Upon further examination, it has been determined that Tether has EPM. He has been returned to Blaze's and has begun EPM treatment. Jesse chose another horse, Radar. We thank Jesse for noticing Tether had a problem and addressing it immediately!
Emily Roberts - Arcadia, Ok
Emily pictured with Katy.
My name is Emily Roberts. I am 16 years old and a born and raised Oklahoman! I have always loved animals and had a passion for them. I have had the privilege of growing up on a farm and know what hard work is like. I bought my first horse on my own when I was 9 and though they said she was broke, I had to pretty much train her myself. That started my passion for horses. After that I began working with my neighbors horses, tuning them up and training them. All of my horses except one have been rescues. I take in these "problem" horses that no one else wants because I see the potential in them and turn them into horses that everyone wants. I believe that the price or whether or not a horse is registered does not determine that it is the "best". I connect with these horses, turn them into well-trained riding partners and find them suitable homes. I am a bit of a daredevil and like to do things with my horses that most would say is impossible. I like a good challenge! My motto is if you get bucked off get back on and when you do you better be ready for the ride! I do not give up and if I fail I just try harder the next time! I use Pat Parelli's and Clinton Anderson's techniques of natural horsemanship. I believe the goal is to connect with the horse and not to force it to do what you want but rather use consistency and trust. I entered this competition to gain experience and to show people what I can do. I hope that this will get my name out there so I can pursue and live my dream of being a horse trainer. I have a 2 year old colt that had never been touched that I started this past summer and within a weekend I was riding him! I would like to start training all around western horses for people and if you are interested you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily chose Katy as her horse for the challenge!
Angie Sack - Tecumseh, Ok
Angie pictured with Tug.
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. To contact Angie go to www.6a-horses.com Angie's sponsor is Zeal for Life!
Angie chose Tug as her horse for the challenge!
Aubree Varney - KS
Hello, my name is Aubree and I am 15 years old and I have been raised around horses. I have rode horses my whole life and started out showing horses with my mother as a young girl. After showing horses for a couple of years I told my mom I wanted to pole bend so she started taking me to fun shows where I fell in love with Barrel Racing. I have won several buckles and championships in Barrel Racing and I now have started Junior Rodeo where I Barrel Race; Pole Bend; and recently started Breakaway Roping. I have rode numerous horses and most of them have been rescued in which I trained myself to do all the events as well as some trail riding and ground work. I have also worked for a local rescue training horses to help find them homes and I have also trained outside horses and rode horses owners wanted to sale to help ensure them finding a home as well. I have been blessed to help some local trainers and rode some of their training horses and learned a lot from both the trainers and the horse(s). I also learned how every horse rides different and that I had to learn quickly how that horse rides. One of my moms teachings that I truly believe is "the more horses you swing your leg over, the better of a rider you will be". I am blessed to have my parents and grandparents supporting me with the horses. I wanted to do this trainers challenge for Blazes Tribute Equine Rescue so I could help another rescue horse learn and feel the love they deserve as well as find their forever home.
Aubree chose Latte as her horse for the challenge!
Shelby Williams - Broken Arrow, Ok
Shelby pictured with Shelby.
My name is Shelby Williams. I currently live in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma with my husband Eric and our three “mini horses” or dogs as some people would call them as well as my two geldings Rocky and Cozmoe. I am a city girl turned country. I would take a day in the pasture over anything else. I work for a large Tulsa oil and gas company as well as a mechanical engineering student at Oklahoma State University. I love to design and create new and exciting exercises for the horses I train and challenge them. I really work to stimulate the thinking side of their brains when training. I have been training for 4 years part time and usually take on only 1-2 horses at a time so I can really focus on that horse and exert all my efforts into creating the best and most enjoyable riding partner I can. I train Western style and focus on training and building confidence in trail horses and starting young horses with the ground work and basics. My training methods are pressure and relief. I apply the pressure and they are rewarded with the relief once they correctly respond to what I am asking. Every horse I work with begins with extensive ground work if they don’t already have it. I believe an excellent foundation of ground work is a must before a horse is ready for a rider. If they won’t listen to you on the ground, they surely won’t listen to you while you’re on their back. There are so many great horses within the program that it will definitely be hard to choose just one to help; I am very anxious to meet all of the rescued horses as well as their trainers. I am very blessed to be part of such a wonderful event and hope that my efforts will allow an unadoptable horse a second chance to be someone’s partner again.
Training inquiries can email to; email@example.com
Shelby chose Pogo as her horse for the challenge! *We are happy to announce that Shelby and her husband are expecting a baby! After much consideration and advice from her doctor, Shelby has decided it is in their best interest to withdraw from the competition. However, Shelby has decided to adopt Pogo! She is so pleased with the progress he has made and wants to continue his training once she has her baby. Although we will miss them at the challenge, we are thrilled for Shelby & for Pogo!
Jason Wilson - Dewey, Ok
Jason pictured with Rosa.
My name is Jason Wilson I am a full time pastor and train horses part time. I also spent 12 years of my life as a police officer. I grew up on a ranch in Nowata County OK, started working with horses at a young age. I used old school methods that I was taught on the ranch for years and never got the results I desired. I was introduced to natural training about 5 years ago and began to put them into play. I had taken several years away from horses and it turned out to be a good thing because I reconditioned my mind on how I started my horses. have spent a few years now starting several colts for clients and several of my own. I have worked with some troubles horses also. I am constantly learning more and more and have attended some events hosted by Chris Cox, Pat Parelli and Dennis Reis. I have adopted a style mixed with several different concepts from all of these trainers along with some of the old stuff I learned years ago. I try to glean things from other trainers and from experience with every encounter of horses and trainers. I have lost count of the colts I have started and last spring did a colt starting demonstration at the Washington County Fairgrounds by riding an unridden colt for the first time in about two hours while preaching the gospel during the demonstration. am looking forward to seeing which horse I get the opportunity to start for the trainers competition, of course we all want to win but also getting to know other trainers and learn something will be a plus. Ultimately getting a ood home for these horses and matching them with a new life long trainer will be awesome! You can reach Jason via facebook at: