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Extreme Mustang Makeover at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo – January 23-25, at the Will Rogers Coliseum. Trainers will have approximately 120 days to gentle a wild horse and compete for the top prize of $50,000.
The purpose of the competition is to showcase the beauty, versatility and trainability of wild horses. The EMM program, created and produced by the Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF) in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wild Horse & Burro Program, involves a 120-day competition that challenges trainers to gentle and saddle train wild mustangs to ready them for competition.
The mustangs competing in the Extreme Mustang Makeover are virtually untouched by humans prior to the September trainer pick-up. The trainers and mustangs compete in a series of classes that will showcase their new skills. The classes the horse-and-rider duos will participate in are handling & conditioning, mustang maneuvers – a pattern class, and a trail class. The Top 10 competitors then compete for the $50,000 Championship in the freestyle finals Saturday night. Youth trainers will work with yearling and 2-year-old fillies and colts for the competition.
The mustangs competing in the Extreme Mustang Makeoverwill be available to the public through an auction event on Saturday, January 25. Purchase fees will be set by competitive bid. To qualify, individuals must be at least 18 with no record of animal abuse. In addition, purchasersmust have suitable facilities and can acquire no more than four animals. Purchase applications will be approved on site by the Mustang Heritage Foundation during the event.
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Shoma Keenon lives on a small ranch in Dayton, Texas. She has been training horses for the public for 13 years. She loves working with people and horses. She also loves working with mustangs and helping them get adopted out. She was also adopted, so it’s awesome to her to be able to help them like she was helped.
Steven Cox lives in Ennis, Texas. Last year he competed with Prince Frederik in the EMM. Prince now lives in Denmark, and although he is overseas, he has given Steven a passion for working with mustangs. He generally works with colts and green horses, and shows Ranch Riding, Trail, and Ranch Versatility when he can. He is a veteran of the USN and full-time science teacher at Rice High School. Go Bulldogs!
Tessa Daigh is from. She is a horse trainer and a farrier. She learned her training techniques from spending summers with her grandpa while going to farrier school in Oregon. She loves working with horses of all breeds, and especially enjoys trail riding on her Appaloosa. She has always had horses and wouldn't want to live without them. They are her true passion.
Bobby Kerr is from Hico, Texas. He loves training horses, especially mustangs, and enjoys entertaining.
Craig Moore lives in May, Texas. He is a first-generation horseman who grew up in a small town and competed in rodeo. He worked as a paramedic for a few years before fully committing to a life with horses.
Cecil Cornell and his wife live on a small ranch in Roff, Oklahoma, where he operates Cornell Enterprises with his youngest son. His first makeover was in 2014 and this will be his seventh. He currently has five mustangs and he enjoys sharing his experiences with his kids and grand kids who are also developing a passion for mustangs. He can't wait until his grand kids are old enough to do the youth. There is a unique bond that develops with each mustang once communication and trust are established. It's about the horse. He hopes he can give as much to mustangs that they have given him.
Dale Lackey lives in Salineville, Ohio. He has been working with horses most of his life. He has trained two Mustangs since October 2018. He has been told he has a special way with horses. He has the ability to communicate with them and achieve training goals. He is also a TIP trainer.
Emma Lyster is originally from New Zealand, but is now in Paris, Kentucky. She has travelled around the world training and riding Thoroughbred racehorses. She has been riding her whole life and has done everything from pony club to training racehorses, running barrels, Show Jumping and cross-country riding. Basically, if anything includes horses she is game to give it a go.
Jessie Yniguez comes from northern Arizona, residing in a little town called Page. She has spent her childhood years showing 4-H, Western Pleasure and Reining throughout Southern Arizona and Southern Utah. She spreads her passion by instructing kids of all ages to be safe around horses. She recently found a new love for the American Mustang, and she wants to give them a chance for a successful future. From this experience, she also hopes to gain better communication skills with the horses.
Martin Rodriguez lives in Levelland, Texas. He is 24 years old and been working with horses since the age of 14. He does not believe he the best, but he knows he is pretty good at it. He has tried a lot of different training methods, and he continues to learn a lot about horses.
Ricky Piggott lives in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, at his horse training facility. He has been training and competing on horses in Reining, Cow Horse, Cutting, and AQHA horse shows for the last 25 years. He graduated from East Central University with a degree in Political Science.
Born and raised in Kansas, but now in Elizabeth Town, Kentucky, Lee Hart began his quest to become a cowboy at a young age. Early on, his hard work earned him recognition as a WRCA World Champion Bronc Rider and Top Hand. Vast experience underscored the importance of achieving proper balance between horse and rider. Based on this approach, Lee developed a comprehensive training philosophy known today as “Cowboy Logic.” Communicating with a horse in a way they understand with consistency, positive reinforcement and feedback is the basis for building a willing, trusting, and confident partner.
Lauren Herr resides in Richards, Texas. She is an artist with a love for horses and has been riding since she was 12. She believes horses are the best teachers and uses relationship-based horsemanship methods. In 2011, she began photographing wild horses for her art, and in 2017 she adopted and trained a mustang who quickly became one of her favorite and most dependable saddle horses.
Sharla Wilson lives in Kingman, Arizona. She has been riding and training horses most of her life. She really loves training mustangs. She loves their spirit and watching them develop trust as they become willing partners.
Ryan Coaxum lives in Morriston, Florida, where anywhere in the saddle is home. He is just a simple cowboy, with a hankering for a good horse.
Geoffrey Geick lives in Cleburne, Texas, with his wife, Esmeralda. Together they have a training facility that focuses on mustangs and baroque breeds. They embrace a unique variety of disciplines and training methods offered for both horse and rider, and they look forward to sharing them with all of you.
Esmeralda Geick lives in Cleburne, Texas, with her husband of 10 years, Geoffrey, to whom she credits for what she has learned about training horses as well as continuing to guide her to be the best horseperson she can be. Together they own a ranch that houses a variety of large and small animals. Esmeralda has competed in two Mustang Makeovers, taking with her lifelong unforgettable memories. Her goal is to place higher than her husband at a competition.
Aaron England has had a lifelong passion for the horse, priding himself on the ability to be a horseman in the truest sense. For over 30 years, he has refined his training expertise in natural horsemanship, believing we can accomplish our goals without sacrificing the horse. With his God-given gift, Aaron established, developed and defined England's Versatile Horsemanship alongside his wife, Riva, and three children. As a professional trainer, competitor and nationally renowned clinician, his accolades range from winning the APCHA National Cutting Horse Championship to presenting at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. Aaron feels strongly about mustangs because of their ties to western heritage, hoping to give back to them in honor of all they have given to us.
Allyssa Rennebu resides in Manchester, Tennessee. Since her first competition in 2014, training and competing with mustangs has become a passion of Allyssa’s. Between her youth and one adult competition, she’s a 7-time Top 10 finalist. With her first mustang that she trained, she has been very successful in showing the public the versatility of the American Mustang. Through showing off tricks, riding on an equestrian drill team, and showing alongside seasoned show horses, she’s given a lot of people a new perspective on mustangs.
Amber Espinoza lives in Concho, Arizona. She has been riding horses for over 35 years. She started training professionally 24 years ago focusing on hunter jumpers. When Amber adopted her first mustang in 2007, who she still has, she fell in love with mustangs. Now her goal is to help as many mustangs as she can find homes with the help of her fellow trainer and husband, Isidro.
Angelica Bloomfield lives in Pilot Hill, California. She is the trainer at A3 Quarter Horses and Bloomfield Horse Training. She takes a unique approach working with horses using natural horsemanship methods and focusing on “listening to the horse.” She practices using their natural instinct and body language to create positive habits in communication to set boundaries and build confidence. She finds this gets the best and fastest results to create a trusting horse with a “willing to please” attitude no matter the breed or riding style.
Camille McCutchon is from Corpus Christi, Texas. She is a 19-year-old biology student at Texas A&M University and is also studying to receive her equine certificate. Camille is very excited to be competing in her second Extreme Mustang Makeover. Her mustangs have changed her life and she enjoys sharing her love for the American Mustang with others.
Corie Moore is a Middle School Math teacher from Columbus, Ohio. She played semi-pro soccer for 10 years on teams in Indiana, Colorado and Ohio. She has owned, showed and trained horses for 20 years. She has an Appendix Quarter Horse named Gus (aka “Frenchmen’s Mudslide”) who is 8 years old, and she’s had him since he was a yearling. She has competed in two Extreme Mustang Makeovers and has placed in the Top 10 in both.
Damon Mayfield is from Hico, Texas. He has lived in the country farming and ranching at his family’s place for most of his life. His passion for riding, raising colts, training and enjoying horses began when he was growing up and has continued to grow throughout the years. He currently starts colts, trains and tunes up older horses, trick trains, and passed on his knowledge to youngsters by teaching riding and horsemanship to kids.
Born in Queensland, Australia on a cattle farm, Dan James’ passion for horses began when he was just six-weeks old. Dan’s hunger to learn about training and understand horse’s thinking patterns has only increased. After studying at Longreach Pastoral College, Dan began traveling the world to gain a better understanding of horses and has studied with the best of the best. Dan has successfully competed in Dressage, Show Jumping, Eventing, Camp Drafting, Cutting, Reining and Colt Starting. James is a two-time World Champion Colt Starter, a multiple Freestyle Reining Champion, a multi-discipline Crowd Favorite and a Mustang Makeover finalist. James continues to wow judges, fans and audiences alike with his training techniques, elite showmanship, and unique understanding of how horses learn.
Dominique Wood resides in Eddyville, Kentucky, but was born in Texas. Dominique is a U.S. Army Veteran, wife, mother and now County Extension Agent. She has been training horses for over 30 years using least resistance training she learned from studying Ray Hunt, Tom Dorrance, Buck Brannaman, Chris Cox and Clinton Anderson. She is always training and working to improve her horsemanship and promote the mustang.
Grace Thompson is from Graysville, Tennessee. She has been around horses most of her life. She began training horses around five years ago. Grace has helped trained Civil War reenacting horses, which includes mounted shooting, saber fighting and flag bearing. She has previously trained two mustangs for the Extreme Mustang Makeover. Both her mustangs, Wesley and GTsMsTang, are still in training with Grace. Grace would like to further her horsemanship by training another mustang and by learning from as many professional trainers as she can.
Isidro Espinoza lives in Concho, Arizona. He loves working with difficult horses and helping them become happy and quiet. He specializes in problem horses, colt starting, gentling mustangs and endurance racing. Isidro has been working with and training horses, mules and burros since he was a young child growing up on a large ranch in Mexico.
Jeff Cook resides in Tucson, Arizona. He has developed a strong love and passion for horses. His bond with horses and natural talent as a horseman led him to showing Paints and Quarter horses, which was a big part of his life in the 80’s and 90’s. After numerous years of training for others, Jeff decided to bring his love of horses full circle and start his own business called Dream Horse AZ. There he trains, shows and sells great horses to wonderful clients and loves every minute of it.
Jen Bramlett lives in Aubrey, Texas, with her husband and horse-loving daughter. She has been riding and competing on horses for 37 years. She has dabbled in everything from cutting, hunter jumpers, AQHA all-around, ranch riding and now she is enjoying mustangs.
Jen Lyon lives in Norco, California. She has been involved in training mustangs since she first signed up to compete at the Norco Extreme Mustang Makeover in 2013. She has since competed in multiple makeovers in various states and competed in the Mustang Million. She has trained many TIP horses and has reached a point where almost every horse sent to her by clients is a mustang. She feels honored and humbled to get to work with such outstanding animals and enjoys showcasing these once wild horses in Cowboy Dressage, Working Equitation, Ranch Riding and Western Dressage. Jen runs and operates Dusty Jeans Ranch out of two locations; Norco, California, and Jacksboro, Texas.
Juliet Garcia is from Norco, California. She has been riding since before she could walk. Juliet competes in several different speed events. She has been training horses for six years. This is her third Mustang Makeover and she is excited to work with another amazing mustang.
Justin Sorensen is from Wells, Nevada. He grew up as a 4th generation on his family ranch, and was riding horses from the time he was born. When he was 9 years old, he got his first colt to start and it just continued from there. God has really blessed him to be able to work with some pretty amazing horsemen. He owes everything he knows about training horses to them and the horses he has been able to work with and learn from. His goal is to help horses and people become the full measure of their creation, and fulfill their potential.
Kaidyn Lopez is a 20-year-old nursing student in Edmond, Oklahoma. She has been working and showing horses in many disciplines since 2010, and started training horses in 2012. She loves the challenge of gentling them. She has competed in many Trainer Challenges such as the Annual Blaze’s Tribute Ride, to the Trainer Challenges with rescued horses, and the Youth Extreme Mustang Makeover in Ft Worth, Texas. She is excited to be competing this year as an adult and is looking forward to learning and overcoming any challenges.
Kristi Breickler resides in Weatherford, Texas. Her background is in the rodeo industry. Her passion for horses began as she chased rodeo buckles. She learned from a young age that if you want to be successful in the arena, you need to form a strong, trusting bond with your equine partner. Through hard work, dedication and the support of her amazing family, she made it to the junior high, high school, and college rodeo nationals in goat tying and in breakaway roping. During her time at college, she rodeoed full time, held a job and received an associates of science degree, as well as a massage therapy certificate. After college, she kept getting drawn back to horses and eventually moved from Colorado to Oklahoma, then finally to Texas. Kristi has worked for western pleasure, reining, cutting and dressage trainers. It's been such a blessing to her to work with so many different trainers and breeds of horses. She is ready to add mustangs to her resume.
Luke Rock resides in Brighton, Colorado. He has been involved with horse's his whole life. He has been more involved with horses the last eight years due to his wife, Samantha. She has competed in six makeovers and he has competed in two with her. They love horses and live for a challenge. He really enjoys mustangs and helping them much as he can.
Maclayne Chlarson lives in Kanosh, Utah. He is a working cowboy that appreciates a good horse that won’t quit. He’s worked on many ranches since he was a young man. Maclayne was a top graduate in the advanced course at the OHS farrier school in Oklahoma. He then moved on to being a colt starter for performance horse producers across the nation. Specializing in colt starting, Maclayne has not only started ranch/cowboy horses, but also reiners, cutters, rope horses, barrel horses, mustangs, and race horses. The past two years Maclayne has trained thoroughbred horses and really enjoys the racetrack. In 2018, he competed in the Extreme Mustang Makeover competition in Fort Worth, Texas. Currently, he trains horses full-time and loves it.
Miriam Pleiss is 30 years old and is from Germany. She just immigrated to America this January and now lives in Freer, Texas. Since she was a little kid, she has been attracted to horses because of their beauty, strength, and sensitivity. She has always tried to improve her riding and groundwork skills to become a better horsewoman and to understand the language of the horse. At the age of 20, people came up to her and asked her to train their horses. Since then, she has started young horses, shown in several events, and worked with horses with different trauma. Miriam views herself as a translator for horses and humans in order for them to better understand each other.
Greg Reynolds lives in Benton, Kentucky. He is a retired police officer and former US Army Infantry Officer. He now works at a chemical plant and trains horses part time. He adopted his first two Mustangs in 2000, and has been enjoying the journey ever since. This is his 15th Extreme Mustang Makeover and the 17th horse trained for these events.
Jacqueline Zacharias lives in Pryor, Oklahoma. She has ridden and worked with horses all her life, and from a very young age she was incredibly fascinated with the American Mustang. She had the opportunity to adopt and train her first one at the age of 14, and has since adopted eight more. Each one has been an adventure for her, and she can't express enough gratitude to all the horses and the people who have helped her get here today. Some of her favorite words to live by are those of Ray Hunt, where he says "My goal with the horse is not to beat someone else, but to win within myself...to do the best job I can, today; and tomorrow, try to do better."
Kelsey Spencer resides in Wooster, Ohio. She has always known she wanted horses to be the center of her life. She started riding when she was four and now she is 26. Kelsey went to Ohio State for horse management and production. After college, she started specializing in training horses and working with problem horses. From there, she decided to give her first EMM a shot and after that she was hooked. Kelsey knew as a kid she always wanted to do something to make a difference in the world, and she knows she found her path being involved with mustangs. Kelsey is also a TIP trainer, which has been her dream for a long time. She absolutely loves her job.
Matt Zimmerman was raised on a cattle ranch in central Nevada, where he encountered mustangs on a regular basis. HE received an Agriculture Business degree from Oregon State University and part of his degree led him to work on an Australian Cattle station training horses. After college, he eventually found his passion and started his horse training business and has not looked back. This is Matt’s 16th Makeover, Matt has won 4 Extreme Mustang Makeovers and been named Reserve Champion twice. Matt has also had success in reining, trail, western pleasure, starting colts, round pen challenges, and creating ranch horses. Matt and his soul mate Stacie Zimmerman own and operate Zimmerman Horse Training in Caldwell, Idaho and have been involved in the placement of over 150 mustangs. In 2017, they hosted the Mustang Mania TIP challenge finding homes for 38 mustangs! They also became a Storefront in conjunction with the Mustang Heritage Foundation and continue to find forever homes for these iconic mustangs.
Morgan Marrese resides in Munfordville, Kentucky. Her grandparents got her into riding when she was 18 months old and had her showing at 6. She grew up showing equitation, hunter over fences, dressage, and hunter pleasure on the Arabian show circuit. She evented for a few years in her late teens before moving back to her hometown and changing her focus to rescue/retraining work. In 2016 when her daughter, Dixie, was 8 years old, she saw a Facebook flyer for a youth training challenge in Western Kentucky and asked her if she would be interested. She was, and Dixie competed in both 2016 and 2017. After the competition in 2017 Dixie asked her if she would do it with her the following year. Morgan had been impressed with the overall quality and trainability of the mustangs she had worked with, but doing it for herself gave her a whole new love for these amazing horses.
Nate Eicher lives in Brock Texas with his wife and two boys. He has been training horses professionally for 18 years. He has four Extreme Mustang Makeover Championships, he’s been Reserve Champion three times and always been in the Top 10. He enjoys working with different breeds of horses, but the mustangs have a special uniqueness and loyalty, and are an inspiration to him and so many others.
Nikki Tiesing lives in Auxvasse, MO. She trains horses professionally with a focus on building a strong and positive relationship between horse and rider. She is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and utilizes her education regarding the science of learning to create a solid foundation in horses, helping them to reach their full potential. Her personal horses are brought up with a solid natural horsemanship foundation, allowing them to make an easy transition into ranch and cow work.
Patrick Sullivan is from Collinsville, Texas. He said he is here to prove that it’s never too early, or too late, to start and develop your own horsemanship journey. After participating in his first adult horsemanship lesson in April 2015, his life was changed forever. Since then, he founded Modern-day Horsemanship, trained horses for rescues in Texas including SPCA and WindyHill, and puts on Arabian demonstrations around the country for the Pyramid Society. But most importantly, he gets up each and every day ready to learn and get better. He still falls and make mistakes, but he is equally as enthusiastic to dust himself off, and get right back in the saddle - whether it be back on a horse or back at it in life.
Rachel Alonzo is from Norco, California. She has always been in love with horses. When she was 18, her dream of owning a horse finally came true. She rode hunters for several years before branching out to the western world, where she found a job and a passion working on a cattle ranch in California. She enjoyed rehabbing rescue horses and working with the ranch students that came to learn about life with horses. Now, she trains and works out of Dusty Jeans Ranch where she has gained some experience with wild horses and is excited to compete in her first Extreme Mustang Makeover.
Riva England lives in Greenville, Texas. She is an accomplished equestrian who has more than proven herself in her talent with horses. From a young age, Riva has enjoyed working with a variety of horses, using natural horsemanship techniques to train for a wide range of disciplines—from jumpers, to cutting, to reining, and more. She uses these techniques alongside her clinician husband, Aaron England, under their program England’s Versatile Horsemanship. Her most recent successes include being a finalist at the 2017 Player’s Choice Extreme Mustang Makeover, and three-time winner of the Bluebonnet Rescue Trainers Challenge. Since her discovery of the mustang, Riva has held a special place in her heart for this magnificent breed. Above all else, she rides for the glory of God.
Robyn Forner lives in Clarkston, Utah. She started training ponies when she was 8 years old. As she aged, she was challenged with bigger-and-badder horses. Recently, she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that tried to knock her down, but mustangs have given her a reason to fight every day.
Rod Mayes is from Hurricane, Utah. As a Family Therapist at Three Points Center, Rod works with over 60 adolescents who were adopted as infants and children, but are now struggling with life. These youth gentle BLM’s wild mustangs with the goal of helping the horses become adopted. As the youth gentle these mustangs, they learn about their own worth and challenges, which opens them up to work on their own trauma. The parallels between the wild mustang and these adopted youth are much different than working with a domesticated horse. Though Rod has worked with adolescents for over 25 years, he has never seen such a remarkable transformation the one that occurs when the adopted youth and pre-adopted mustangs worked together.
Sam VanFleet is 20 years old and resides in Williston, Florida. In her past seven years around horses she has developed an interest in young horses, PMU foals, groundwork, liberty, tricks, jumpers and of course, the American Mustang. She is a repeat Extreme Mustang Makeover competitor as well as a TIP trainer. Sam travels, competes, and performs with her 2016 youth mustang, Lynx, in hopes to show people the capabilities of these American legends.
Samantha Rock grew up riding horses in beautiful Maui, Hawaii. She now trains horses, teaches horsemanship lessons, and resides in Brighton, Colorado, with her husband Luke Rock. Sam enjoys team roping with Luke and entering horse competitions. Her competitive drive has helped her to be a Top 10 finalist and Fan Favorite at several Extreme Mustang Makeovers.
Sid Zacharias lives in Pryor, Oklahoma, where he starts and trains horses for the public. His fascination with horses started at a very young age, which led him to pursue a career with these wonderful animals. He has competed in numerous disciplines, including EXCA, Trail, Reining, Ranch Horse and several Extreme Mustang Makeovers; all of which he has achievements in. He believes in making a lasting difference, and over the past 15 years, has helped hundreds of clients to achieve their dreams and create better partnerships with their horses.
Staci Barnes lives and trains at her ranch, Fired Up Performance Horses, in Perrin, Texas, with her husband and three kids. She has been training horses for over 20 years and mustangs have been her favorite to work with. This will be her fifth makeover and she has been a TIP trainer for three years.
Aleena McDonald lives in Lame Deer, MT. She has been training horses of all levels and disciplines for quite a few years now, learning and expanding her skills in multiple events. Coming from the rough Montana back country, she is able to offer vast experience for all horses that she is training. From ranching to rodeo, from showing to fitting, Aleena is confident in her abilities to provide excellent horsemanship and opportunities to both horse and owner.
Brad Dozier lives in Erie, Kansas. He has had a passion for horses since a young age. That passion has driven him to understand the behavior and nature of horses. After working with reining trainer Peter DeFreitas and cutting trainers Tatum Rice and Turner West, he has had the opportunity to move on to start his own career as a professional horse trainer and compete once again in the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Fort Worth.
Dawson Ives resides with his family and Mustangs in Northwestern Pennsylvania on a small horse farm. In 2009, Dawson began colt starting which led him to his first Extreme Mustang Makeover competition in 2013. That experience triggered his passion for mustangs. He has since helped place mustangs through the Trainer Incentive Program (TIP) and through direct BLM adoptions. In addition to working with mustangs, he enjoys educating his local community about them and helping bring awareness to the various mustang programs.
Kate Atkinson lives in Taft, Tennessee. At a young age, she started learning natural horsemanship and dressage, and her love for animals grew quickly. Many years later, she now enjoys teaching horses how to be better partners in the world.
ADULT DIVISION JUDGES ADDITIONAL JUDGES MAY BE ADDED
Bill Enk – Bill Enk makes his home on the central coast of California, in Paso Robles, and has for 37 years. He has been involved in the horse business for 45 years, which has included breeding, training, and buying and selling horses. Events that include cattle are his main interest: working cowhorse, cutting and roping, but he has also competed in other disciplines as well. Judging has been a natural extension for his keen interest in horses. He is currently the Director of Judges for the National Reined Cow horse Association. His duties include putting on educational judging seminars and monitoring the judges at the NRCHA events. Bill also has judging credentials with: The National Cutting Horse Association, the National Reining Association, and the American Quarter Horse Association. Along the way he has judged most of the major events which include: The NCHA Futurity, the NRHA Futurity, the NRCHA Futurity, and the AQHA World show.
Terry Helder – Since 1986, Terry, along with his wife Peg, have owned and operated Evergreen Farm an AQHA/APHA breeding, training and showing facility. His farm has become one of the largest performance horse programs on the east coast. Horses carrying the Ef brand can be seen competing from the dressage rings to the rodeo arenas, and Terry’s training program is responsible for 13 National and World Champions and 11 Reserve Champions. Three years ago, Terry founded the East Coast Ranch Riding Association, which is the largest ranch riding program on the east with the last show of 2019 sporting 1124 entries in 2 1/2 days. Terry’s judging is comprised of nearly 40 years of judging all levels of open competition. Open and 4-H shows, state and county fairs, reining, working cow horse, hunters, ranch horse and extreme trail competitions. In 2019, Terry judged the Retired Racehorse Challenge in Lexington, Kentucky, and has been judging Mustang Makeovers since 2012, and was a finalist judge for the Mustang Million. Terry is honored to be back to judge another extreme mustang event.
Richard Winters – Richard Winters, a horseman for more than 35 years, has been living the dream. He is a world-famous clinician and prizewinning trainer of horses and their riders. Winters’ credentials extend from the rodeo arena and high desert ranches of the West, to being a highly sought-after horse trainer and horsemanship clinician. Among his many accolades, Winters won the National Reined Cow Horse Association World Championship and earned the NRCHA Hackamore Circuit Championship title in Pueblo, Colorado. He is also an AA rated judge. Winters is a Road to the Horse Colt Starting Champion and returned for six years as their Horseman’s Host. He also won the International Colt Starting Contest in Poland. Winters was a top-five finalist at the Cowboy Dressage World Finals, and he is the author of From Rider to Horseman, published by Western Horseman Magazine. After serving as The Thacher School’s Horse Program Director for two years, the Winters are embarking on a new, yet very familiar adventure. Richard and Cheryl had been looking at Texas properties for 15 years, and have found their dream property just outside of Weatherford, Texas. This is now the new home base for Richard Winters Horsemanship. Winters enjoys traveling and helping horse owners gain the experience needed to take themselves and their equine partners to the next level. “To stretch the envelope and encourage people to do a little more than they would do on their own is very fulfilling.” International travels include Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Mexico, Poland, Scotland, and Sweden. A love for horses, knowledge developed through years of practice and study, as well as a willingness to continue learning are the components that make Winters the “Masterful Communicator” he is today.