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Mark Matson
Master of Ceremonies
Midwest native Mark Matson became a horse trainer after attending college in Ohio, starting out as a horse trainer’s assistant and eventually working for some of the world’s top trainers. After eight years of assistant trainer experience, Mark went out on his own in 2001, competing in the National Reined Cow Horse Association and Working Cow Horse of the AQHA. He is a founding member of the Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association and served as President of the Valley Cow Horse Association for four years. Mark trained multiple National Champions in the NRCHA and was the 2005 NRCHA Open Hackamore World Champion. Today, he owns the Temecula Carriage Company with his lovely wife, Marika, and their 3-year-old daughter, Annabel. They offer horse drawn tours through the Temecula Valley Wine Country and conduct special events throughout Southern California.

Sunni Mccormick
Working Cow Horse 101
In one form or another, Sunni has been in the equine industry for more than 20 years. Regardless of the discipline — from western pleasure to cutting with some timed events in between — Sunni found her passion in reined cow horse. She spent nine years working for a professional in the reined cow horse industry as their assistant. However, like many top trainers before her, she recently “Cowgirl-Up”ed and established her own business in Temecula. In addition to her desire to coach both experienced and new riders, she also competes in NRCHA and AQHA events. Sunni holds her NRCHA judges card, enhancing her perspective on the sport of reined cow horse.

Jerry Lunde
Competition and your Farrier
Jerry Lunde has been in the Farrier business 38 years. A Master Farrier, Jerry has been flown all over the United States with his practice, shoeing some of the best show horses in the world including more than 4,000 World and NRHA Champions. He works with many veterinarians nationally to come up with solutions for lameness issues. Standing by his side, his wife, Shelley Lunde, has assisted Jerry in producing over 150 World Champions in multiple disciplines in the show horse industry. Jerry and Shelley have been inducted to the Norco Hall of Fame for his achievements in the equine industry.
Jerry says much of his successes in business has come to him because he also rides and trains horses for all the disciplines in which he also shoes. This provides him that extra insight that maybe some farriers may not have. He will demonstrate this philosophy and how he implements it in his daily training/farrier program.

Megan Gastel
3 Day Eventing
Megan Gastel began riding at the young age of three and began competing at the age of five in hunters under the tutelage of John Bragg of Bridgeport Farms. At age 11, she made the switch to the sport of three-day eventing.
Upon her graduation Megan made the decision to move to Europe to further her equestrian education. While abroad she studied with the British Horse Society to receive her trainers certification where she “worked for 4* riders Aidan Keough and Melanie Wrynn, also trained with world renowned William Micklem.
In 2013 she opened her own training barn in Norco called Telesis Equestrian. She chose the name Telesis for her business because it means “progress intelligently planned” — her business moto. Megan has competed to the Advanced level in three-day eventing aboard her longtime partner, DeMello. From beginners through more advanced levels, with patience, persistence, and a plan, Megan has a thorough approach which is tailored to each rider and their aspirations.

Sheryl Lynde
Building Confidence in the Fearful Horse
Sheryl’s passion is working with horses. She starts colts and builds a strong foundation from the ground up to the saddle, desensitizing them to tarps, dragging ropes, flags, etc. and exposing them to trail and cow work. She also specializes in working with with problem horses, resolving issues once she determines the cause. Is the horse fearful, aggressive, disrespectful, or a little of all of them? Once she addresses the cause, she can successfully address the issues of bucking, bolting, charging, etc. Another part of her program is teaching the rider how to be the leader that their horse is looking for by looking at what caused the issues with the horse, and how to resolve them and build that trust between horse and rider.

Matt Sheridan
Developing the Horse Part 1 & 2
Snaffle Bit & Hackamore
Matt Sheridan is a fifth generation horseman who for the past 23 years has successfully trained and shown horses in a variety of breeds and events. Matt is keenly interested in advancing others’ knowledge of horses and horsemanship through clinics, training and lessons. His focus is teaching others to have responsive horses that move well beyond the basics of the present horsemanship movement. Matt uses his horses to help others see what they can achieve through practical applications to riding.

Linda Lair
Coon Jumping (Mules) & Trail
Linda Laird coached at many notable riding schools in Southern California, and that led to her starting her own school. At its peak, “Ride America” had 25 lesson horses and over 200 students.
In 1998 she moved to Bishop, where she continued to learn about mules working for Rock Creek Pack Station. Wanting to get back to teaching, she opened the Double L Ranch training and riding facility in Bishop. Her focus is on complete horsemanship built upon respect and responsibility. She believes that mules have so much to teach us. Mules have been a big influence in her career. Today, the Double L Ranch riding school and training facility boasts numerous world titles with both her students and mules.

Pippa Ariss
What to Expect from your First Lesson
Putting Your Horse on the Aids
Taking it to the Next Level
Co-owner of StarBrite Riding Academy in Norco, Pippa has developed her own equestrian skills over 30 years. Formally educated in equine science at Mt. San Antonio College and Cal-Poly, Pomona, Pippa has achieved multiple championships in halter, driving and under saddle. She also has trained and qualified two Friesian stallions in the United States into the FPS, Barteld 292 and Pyt 325 while working at the Ghost Ranch with her family in Wrightwood, Her experience is quite extensive, including but not limited to stallion training and handling, live cover as well as artificial insemination, foaling, imprinting, starting and training from initial haltering to the show ring. Pippa has hosted numerous keurings and events, but she loves riding and the relationship with the horse most.

Jerry Tindell
Horse & Mule:
Are they Different?
Jerry Tindell’s mission is to facilitate the communication of the horses and mules to their owners and handlers. At the same time, to teach and enable their owners/handlers to develop the skills necessary to interpret their animal’s signals for a safe and functional relationship. His philosophy stems from the horse and mule and is then translated for the human. He wants to achieve as much or more with his animals as if we were built the same, leveraging their natural lifestyle to achieve extraordinary, yet expected, results that gain trust, control and confidence for both of us, living in the human’s world.
“I’m not trying to sell folks something,” Jerry says. “I’m trying to teach folks about themselves and the animals they care for.”

Susan Peacock
Bio Mechanics / Dressage
CSusan Hoffman Peacock has developed a truly unique and inclusive training system for horses and riders. She breaks the learning process into easily understood topics that are pertinent to successful progression and understanding.
Learning is broken down into Three topics; Logical Progression, Biomechanics and Goal Setting. It is amazing how quickly difficult topics can be understood when information is introduced to horses and riders is this clear method.
Susan holds a Degree from California University of Pomona in Business Management. While she was studying her business classes she was very interested in the topic of how we learn and understand. She utilized these topics while she earned the highest instructor/trainer certification offered by the United States Dressage Federation.

Jeanne DeBruce
Horse Phycology
Jeanne DeBruce has spent 20 years training running Quarter Horses, as well as showing horses and Mules in Western Pleasure, Trail and National Champion Driving. Jeanne also has trained exotic animals like wolves and a pet crow named Harley. Donkeys to dogs, Jeanne is an all-around animal trainer and through the years has received many awards for her abilities and accomplishments. Her “Hall of Fame” recognitions include Norco, Bishop Mule Days and the American Miniature Horse Registery in multiple categories.

Joe Misner
BLM Mustangs
Joseph P. Misner was the 2014 Champion of the Extreme Mustang Makeover, Norco competition and has competed in 13 Extreme Mustang Makeovers, including the Special invitational Mustang Magic Top 10 Trainer’s competitions, four times. He has placed in the top 10 in nine out of 13 Mustang Makeovers. Joe has been a T.I.P. trainer for the Mustang Heritage Foundation for the past eight years, helping Mustangs find homes. He has been training BLM Mustangs for over a decade, and has owned, trained ,and shown several breeds of horses for over 30 years. Joe is dedicated to helping America’s wild horses and horse owners achieve their highest potential by using natural horsemanship techniques and learning leadership. He believes we can make a difference — one mustang at a time!

Jody Childs
Gaited Horses & The Microwave Method
As a featured trainer on RFD and HRTV on Equestrian Nation, Charles Wilhelm’s Ultimate Super Horse Challenge and America’s Favorite Trail Horse. First a champion hunter/jumper trainer, Jody then raised and trained Peruvian horses garnering numerous championships in gait and performance. She was the first gaited horse rider to compete in the Ultimate Super Horse Challenge earning Reserve Champion. With mentoring and encouragement from Gary Lane, she was the gaited horse clinician for Horse Expo Pomona this year. Her demonstration partner is a stunning Palomino Tennuvian who loves doing tricks and is related to Roy Rogers’ Trigge, Jr. She has introduced the “Microwave Method in a crock pot world” to help people with Foxtrotters, Tennessee Walkers, Rocky Mountain horses and Pasos achieve smooth gaits.

Joline King
Ranch Riding
Joline King-Pebley of King Performance Horses was born and raised in the horse show industry. The King Family has been in the horse training business for over 58 years specializing in western events, with an emphasis on reining and ranch riding. Joline holds many judges’ cards such as International Buckskin, Ponies of America, United States Equestrian Federation, and National Reining Horse Association. She has judged throughout California, Hawaii, and was one of the 2017 Mule Day’s judges. She has been on multiple committees with USEF, PCHA, and CRHA. Joline prides herself for matching the perfect horse and rider combination that has led her students to many championships in the show ring.

American Vaulting Association
Equestrian Vaulting is a recreational and competitive sport that combines dance, gymnastics and harmony with the horse in a way that is both fun and challenging. The American Vaulting Association has member clubs all over the country and facilitates education and competition locally, nationally and internationally. Vaulting is a sport that can be enjoyed by all from ages 2-92. Performances can be individual, in pairs or by a team of 6 vaulters with 1, 2 or 3 people on the horse at the same time. The horse travels in a circle at the walk, trot or canter and is controlled by a lunger. In a club setting, vaulters share the care and use of one or more horses, enabling those who do not own a horse to participate. They learn confidence, teamwork and horsemanship while developing themselves into top athletes.

Jesseca Hutchings
Cowboy Dressage
Soft Feel (or Fresh Rein) is the guiding principle of Cowboy Dressage®. It is a wordless, intimate and for some a spiritual communication within the partnership between horse and rider. Soft feel is not only sending messages but having the sensitivity and awareness to feel and receive the message the horse sends back. The timing and use of the Release, Relaxation, Preparation and Execution are the basic fundamentals of Soft Feel. Since Soft Feel is the mission of Cowboy Dressage® it will be scored with emphases on lightness, harmony, finesse and partnership as a priority. Balance, cadence, carriage, control, and performance are additional areas the horse and rider will be judged and scored.©

Victorian Roses Ladies Riding Society
The Victorian Roses Ladies Riding Society is a 501c3 educational history organization founded in 2008 in San Diego. Created by three original members who were looking for a period-accurate, upscale, equine re-enactment group, there are now over two dozen members who appear in several Southern California parades including the internationally televised Tournament of Roses Parade. The group also performs in exhibits such as Night of the Horse and Equestfest and can be seen at many local events throughout the year. Members are well versed in historical costuming as well as being avid equestrians in both riding and driving. All the “costumes” are custom made, one-of-a-kind originals and are designed and sewn by the members. The mission of the Victorian Roses is to present living history and to educate the public on aspects of the Victorian Era, specifically the 1880s.

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