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The Western States Horse Expo is proud to work with the best trainers in the world to share their knowledge with attendees. Horse Expo’s goal is to feature high-quality trainers and associations from all sides of the equine industry and its diverse disciplines, giving horsepeople an opportunity to hone their skills and improve their time and relationship with the horse. Whether your an avid rider or just starting out, there is something for everyone to learn and enjoy while auditing a Horse Expo Clinic!

Warwick Schiller

A lifelong equestrian of varying disciplines, Warwick Schiller moved from his home country of Australia in his 20s to the United States to pursue his dream of training horses. He focused his competitive efforts on reining, eventually becoming a National Reining Horse Association Reserve World Champion and representing Australia at the 2010 & 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games. His unique ability to convey his knowledge to others became apparent when he successfully went on to coach individuals who garnered coveted reining titles and a fellow WEG team member. In 2012, Warwick Schiller Performance Horsemanship was founded in an effort to help individuals form a better relationship with their horses and a cultivate deeper understanding of the foundation on which all successful
horse training is built. Warwick’s life as a videographer and multi-discipline educator began. He also set course for many, many clinics around the world.

Monty Roberts

Recently named Horse & Hound magazine’s List of 50 Greatest Horsemen of All Time, Monty Roberts is the creator of the world-renowned and revolutionary equine training technique called Join-Up
®. Monty travels the world demonstrating that non-violent, gentle training creates breakthrough performance as you partner with your horse. Monty grew up on a working horse farm as a firsthand witness to traditional, often violent methods of horse training and breaking the spirit with an abusive hand. Rejecting that, he went on to win eleven world’s championships in the show ring. Today, Monty’s goal is to share his message that “Violence is never the answer.” Monty is credited with launching the first of its kind Equus Online University; an interactive online lesson site that is the definitive learning tool for violence-free training.

Sabine Rijssenbeek

Sabine Rijssenbeek (SR Dressage) holds an International Trainer’s Passport (Level 3) from the Netherlands and has more than 30 years experience as a rider and trainer of sport horses. She trained with Piet Oothout (trainer of the Dutch National Team for the 1984 Olympics) and Henk van Bergen (trainer of the Silver Medal Dutch Team at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992). In 1980, Sabine was short-listed for the Moscow Olympics. Her Olympic dreams were dashed when prior to the games she lost her beloved horse to colic. She has trained several Olympic horses and a number of horses that have successfully competed in the highly competitive Dutch National Championships.

While Sabine has clients around the world and throughout the United States, her principal focus has been the western United States. She is currently head trainer at Flying Change Farms in Loomis, California. Her clients primarily compete in California and Arizona. This year, her clients competed successfully at the U.S. championships in Lexington, Kentucky and are on track to qualify again next year.

What make Sabine so special is that she truly enjoys teaching and works with riders from training level through Grand Prix. Her emphasis is on classical dressage.

Erika Jansson

Erika’s Cavaletti clinic helps the rider create a sport horse that is highly responsive, maneuverable, can rapidly and smoothly collect or extend the gaits, stop, turn, and remain balanced. Erika’s 45 minutes of instruction deliver results that other training doesn’t accomplish in years. Best known for her ability to achieve fast results with no pressure for the horse or the rider, she supplies her students (two & four-legged) with volumes of empathy and encouragement.

The motto of the clinic is All Breeds, All Disciplines, All Levels.
Dubbed the Cavaletti Lady, Erika brings 30 plus years of exceptional knowledge and career accomplishments from her native Sweden as well as Germany, New Zealand, and California. Her unsurpassed equine education took off with Team Eriksson’s 120 trot horses in training. This position was followed up by two years of Horse College in Skara, Sweden. The program included horse science, shoeing, nutrition and studies on breeds and bloodlines.

David Lichman

David Lichman is a 5-Star Master Parelli Professional with a specialty in Liberty Horses. He has performed across the continent with his three-horse act, which includes bridle-less riding and riding to music. He is the creator of Liberty Outside the Round Pen, a Parelli Mastery Series release, available for streaming and on DVD, in which David gives step-by-step instructions on building a connection that resists distractions, enabling students to play at Liberty with exuberance in large open areas.

David lives in California with his wife, two children, ten horses, four dogs, four cats and dozens of chickens, pigeons and canaries. Visit his web site at: DavidLichman.com for information on educational materials, courses and long-distance video coaching. David is a strong supporter of Equine Assisted Therapy for all humans, but especially for veterans returning from service. David also has a specialty in Gaited Horses. Following a World Grand Championship win in the Pleasure Tennessee Walking Horse division, David has spent the last 25 years working with horses from every gaited breed.

Carla Bauchmueller

Carla Bauchmueller has been passionate about horses since her childhood. After earning a Masters degree in economics, she decided to follow her childhood dream of working with horses and riders professionally. She took a 2- year full-time training at the FS-Equestrian Center in Reken, Germany, an innovative equestrian center for exploring new ways of being with and riding horses. (Linda Tellington wrote her first book here).

In Reken, she got the chance to attend the first Centered Riding® Instructor clinic ever held in Europe, 29 years ago. She understood that independent of the style of riding and the level of experience, better balance and feel and a clearer mind set makes a good rider, and that this is indeed teachable.

As a Centered Riding clinician and a yoga and meditation instructor, Carla teaches female riders 40-and-over to understand their bodies and their emotions (like fear and frustration and self-doubt) better and find a way to communicate much more quietly and subtly with their horses, in the saddle and on the ground.

Carla is one of only 2 Centered Riding Clinicians in California and has been certified by Sally Swift since 1994. She is also accredited by the German National Federation for horse riding and holds a trainer license level A (highest license level).

Cowboy Dressage World

A lifelong horseman, Eitan Beth-Halachmy (known to his friends simply as “Eight”) 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.

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 U.S. and abroad Cowboy Dressage has taken on a life of its own.

Lyn Ringrose-Moe grew up in the central California foothills in Mariposa County. As a child she was always impressed with the California stock horses. Lyn has always been a cowgirl at heart and has always loved horses—all kinds. Lyn always strives to give the horse the benefit of the doubt. Lyn currently travels internationally helping riders and horses achieve their goals while always maintaining a gentle, kind approach. Lyn has helped many riders achieve their personal best through her positive, supportive coaching methods. She believes in the possibilities in each horse (or mule) and rider and strives to bring out the best qualities in each.Lyn is a founding partner in Cowboy Dressage World. She created the Cowboy Dressage Judging Program and is currently the Judge Mentor for CD Judges, as well as a Recommended Judge and Cowboy Dressage Clinician. She has also competed in working cow horse classes, combined training, and show jumping. She has participated in cutting, reining, and team roping. She has worked with or trained most breeds of horses (and mules) and finds beauty in all of them. She resides at the Sliding J Ranch in Acampo, Calif.

Isidro Espinoza

Isidro grew up on a large cattle ranch and farm in beautiful Durango, Mexico. He learned to train mules, horses and donkeys from the skilled horsemen in his family. These animals were a part if their livelihood and were held in high regard and respected as such. As a young man, Isidro got the opportunity to work at Winbak Farm in Chesapeake City, Md.,where he developed a reputation for working well with the most difficult stallions and mares on the farm. When he moved to California he started doing farrier work taking all the “difficult” horses the other farriers refused to touch. People started asking him to train their problem horses and start their colts under saddle and his reputation grew. In 2015, Isidro became an approved TIP Trainer with the Mustang Heritage Foundation. Then in 2017 he competed in his first Extreme Mustang Makeover placing Top 10. Isidro has since competed in nine makeovers with multiple Top 10 finishes.

Isidro’s primary focus in his full-time training business is colt starting and working with problem horses. Isidro wants to help people learn to develop meaningful trusting relationships with their horse. With a passion for getting mustangs out of holding and into permanent homes, he has been able to showcase the trainability and versatility of the American Mustang.

Justin Nicolson

Justin Nicolson is the main trainer and source of entertainment behind the up-and-coming movement known as 180 Horsemanship. Born in Central California, Justin’s horse background is deep-rooted in his love for the traditional, classic Californio riding style. Justin’s experience spans from bareback rodeo broncs to cowboying in Nevada, from starting Thoroughbred racing colts to training professional cutters. He prides his training techniques on being centered around the horse’s unique needs and speed of learning, prioritizing lightness through communication. His honest, relaxed, and a fun-loving approach is refreshing in an industry that sometimes forgets it’s all about fostering that long-lasting relationship between us and our horses. Justin currently trains out of Sliding J Ranch in Acampo, starting colts of all breeds and disciplines and training performance cowhorses.

Naomi Langdon

Naomi Langdon is an equine trainer and horsemanship mentor from Arizona who aims to achieve and inspire a more compassionate approach to horsemanship. In addition to training personal and client horses, Naomi, has successfully competed in multiple mustang challenges. Taking horses from wild to mild in just 100 days, she is a 4X mustang training challenge champion. She currently travels teaching clinics and demonstrations, in hopes to help others achieve success and find better relationships with their horses. Naomi also performs with her liberty team of previously wild horses. Her goal is to spread the word about the American mustangs and demonstrate what incredible partners they can be.

Amber Lydic

Amber has spent the last 30 years as a student of horses and the recent 20 years as a professional trainer specializing in performance horses with behavioral issues. The lessons that were instilled in her heart are on the importance of being present, how much your energy affects everything in your life and just how powerful we as humans can be when we come from empathy and love. She has taken what they have taught her and integrated all of it into multiple programs with and without horses.

Certified by John and Josh Lyons in 2004, certified in EAGALA 2010, Theta Healing, and certified as a mindset/results coach she combines all the different sources of mentoring she has received into a unique and powerful processes. All this rolled into practical ground work and ridden exercises that improve performance as well! (All disciplines/levels) She works privately with clients, clinics around the world, has an online program. Her soul purpose is serve love, hold space for people to embrace their full potential and support them on their journey.

Dennis Reis

Dennis Reis has devoted his life to the practice of horsemanship because the nature of the horse is what rings true to him, both inside and outside the arena. Over the years he has developed principles that are based on age-old horse handling methods. For over 40 years he has been teaching these methods and principles. The goal of his workshops is that attendees leave with a better understanding of how to communicate with your horse.

Dennis has worked with and learned from some of the greatest horseman and women of his generation and has also taught riders from all disciplines and worked with horses of all breeds. Over the years he has learned several truths about horses: One is that a horse never lies. The horse will be exactly as good as his human. When he has a choice, the horse will always make his own decision. And that decision will always be a reflection of you, the human. The nature of the horse is universal, no matter what discipline he is trained for or what breed he is.

Dennis’s Universal Horsemanship workshops are taught in an environment where the horse is allowed to express himself. Students learn about the horse’s true nature through exercises that encourage the horse to make his own decisions without restraint or force. He also teaches skills that enable students to act as herd leader to their horses. Because his students work with the horse’s nature instead of trying to control it, they have willing, happy, safe horses.

View the Western States Horse Expo 2021 schedule here: https://horsexpo.com/schedule/

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