Course Instructors

           Whatever horsemen do with horses,
Don Blazer has probably done.  He's trained and ridden everything from stakes winning race horses to ABRA World Champions.

           He's the author of the syndicated column, A Horse, Of Course, which is must reading for thousands of fans, and five horse training and health care books.  He's demonstrated training techniques at clinics and seminars from Alaska to Australia, and he's taught horsemanship skills for seven colleges and universities.

           The author of the book Make Money With Horses, Don has made his money with horses for five decades in four ways: as a trainer, author, trader and teacher. So the advice he gives is more than just causal chatter; it is a report on the business of horses by a man who is in the business of horses.  Visit his web site at:  www.donblazer.com

          Don teaches the courses:   Conformation and Selection for Performance, Training Performance Horses, Bits and Shoeing and The Business of Making Money with Horses.

           Named Horsewoman of the Year,
Nancy Cahill has trained multiple AQHA world champions, including World Champion western riding horses, and she was chosen five times to coach the AQHA Youth World Cup team.  A graduate of Texas A & M, Nancy has been training horses for more than 30 years and has developed a practical and successful philosophy for getting the most from horse and rider. Visit her web site www.nancycahill.com

          Her course,
Train for Western Riding, delivers her formula for show pen success in both text and video.  Nancy continues to compete on the AQHA circuit and is busy year-round doing hands-on clinics. 

Norma Fay holds a B.S. degree from Ithaca College and is a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, weight management consultant, ski instructor and motorcycle safety instructor. She has extensive experience in the design and delivery of fitness programs. Norma holds a variety of certifications and specialty certificates from The American Council on Exercise, Aerobics & Fitness Association of America, Professional Ski Instructors of America, Motorcycle Safety Foundation and others.

           Norma has been a presenter for Exercise Etc., one of the country's largest providers of fitness education programs and is now in private practice in suburban Boston, MA. Her love of teaching, in many different areas, as helped countless individuals achieve their personal goals.  She continues to enjoy her lifelong horse passion with her Friesian gelding.  Norma teaches the online course,
Fit To Ride.

           A professional instructor for more than a decade,
Tammy Fifer combines her riding talents—she was both a dressage and jumping competitor for more than 20 years—with her knowledge of equine biomechanics and structural balancing to create a unique system of teaching and training dressage riders and horses.  Visit her web site at http://mycirclesofhorses.wetpaint.com/

             Fifer’s experience teaching dressage equitation in combination with years of training young horses allows her to say positively, “You can do it.” Under Fifer’s direction, horses learn movements and exercises more quickly and are more supple and willing to perform because “their minds are engaged as well as their bodies.”  Her course:
Dressage: Foundation for All Riding Disciplines takes you step-by-step from training level to more advanced work.  Fifer also teaches the elective course, Rev-up Your Dressage Score, which can be taken for personal enrichment or for credit toward your Bachelor of Science degree.

          Cathy Hanson, named AQHA's Most Valuable Professional, travels the AQHA show circuit with several World Champion horses, including Sure Bet Chip, 2008 Youth World Champion in Trail.   Cathy began riding at the age of 4, and at 17 went to England to study dressage and jumping. She tested before the British Horse Society and earned her B.H.S.A.I. certificate before returning home to open her training stable.  She is past president of the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Association, and is a member of AQHA's Board of Directors.

          An active clinician, she was a member of the coaching team for the Youth World Cup.  Her training and teaching techniques are frequently featured in many equine publications.  She is the co-author of the book Natural Western Riding.
Visit her atwww.hansonquarterhorses.com

Cathy teaches Preparation for Competition, Showmanship In Hand and Train for Trail.

           Ruth E. Kochard has been fascinated and involved in the world of horses, she says, since Secretariat won the Triple Crown and "I got my first pony."

          A competitive rider of hunters, a trainer, instructor and farm owner, Ruth graduated cum laude from the Univerity of New Hampshire and then cum laude from Pace University School of Law.   After working with a large firm as a commercial litigation attorney, she relocated to Virginia where she owned and operated Windan Farm, a commercial enterprise offering training, sales, riding instruction and boarding.

        Ruth operates her own law firm in Richmond, VA, specializing in equine law. She teaches the online course
Legal Aspects of Horse Management.

         An award-winning author, Equine Massage instructor Betty Lindquist is a certified sports massage therapist licensed in Florida.  In addition to massage, she has had formal training in Somatics, Trager, Aaron Mattes Strength and Flexibity, Positional Release, Ortho-Bionomy, Feldenkraise Movement Awareness, Structural Integration and Neuromuscular Trigger Point Therapy.

         Betty began massaging and doing structural balancing on horses in 1983, specializing in bio-mechanical dysfunction and injury rehabilitation.  In addition to directing her massage business, Lindquist/Horses in Motion, Betty enjoys showing, training and teaching riding, and occasionally judges a show.

         The Delta Society, a national organization which promotes better understanding between humans and animals, awarded Betty a special certificate for her booklet: Therapeutic Exercises for Performance Horses.  The author of numerous articles, she has written two booklets on massage and kinesio-therapy as applied to horses.

         While "certification" in equine massage is not necessary after taking this course, a student may become "certified" by Lindquist/Horses in Motion by meeting special requirements and fulfilling special assignments.  Arrangements for such certification are made directly with Betty Lindquist.

         In reining circles,
Todd Martin, a Reserve Limited Open Derby and Futurity Champion, is known as a star on a "fast" rise who rides to win.  In addition to his Derby and Futurity Championships, he is an NRCB and SWRHA finalist and an AQHA world show qualifier.

         Martin specializes in training reining horses at his ranch in Boerne, TX just north of San Antonio, where he also coaches amateur riders and prepares reining horses for sale.

         Martin is a member of the NRHA, TRHA, SWRHA, NOTRHA and is an AQHA Professional Horseman.  An active clinician, his training articles have been published in horse magazines around the world.
         Todd Martin teaches
Train A Reiner, an elective course which can be taken for personal enrichment or for credit toward professional certification or an equine degree.

           Holly Mason is an extraordinary teacher and trainer because her focus is      extraordinary.  While others are trying to polish the established, Holly Mason teaches the biomechanics (the forces of motion on living things) of horse and rider, making old things new and all horse/rider relationships better. Combining her understanding of self-balance through dance, Ms Mason, in her Fast Trac course, Flexibility by Design and in her video Focus on Flexibility, helps you improve your body and your horse's body by understanding the basic biomechanics of horse-mastership. A student of classical dressage, Holly Mason is known internationally for her work.  Learn more about her at www.dressagebydesign.com

          Eleanor Richards is a fourth generation horsewomen who has trained and
traded horses most of her life.  Now actively showing in AQHA and ABRA amateur competitions, Richards was a nutrition specialist for Western Reserve Farm Cooperative in northeastern Ohio for more than 20 years.

         The author of numerous articles and the syndicated column, The Way of Horses, she is considered among the leading experts in horse nutrition and she counsels horse lovers world-wide on the science and art of feeding horses.

          Eleanor is secretary for the Texas American Buckskin Association and is a member of the Ohio Horseman's Council. 

           Eleanor teaches
Nutrition for Maximum Performance and Stable Management. Visit her at: www.thewayofhorses.com

          Dr. Jack Sales is pretty fast when it comes to answering equine health care
questions. Maybe he’s so fast because he was the veterinarian for no less than six All American Futurity winners—those are American Quarter Horses, the fastest horses in the world.

           A Summa Cum Laude graduate of Texas A&M University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Sales was a partner in an equine practice which specialized in race horses at Sunland Park and Ruidoso Downs.  Today he teaches and spends much of his time on research and education projects. He is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Sports Medicine.

Dr. Sales teaches the courses  Equine Health and Disease ManagementEquine Reproduction and Stallion Management.

           A lifetime of love for and involvement with horses create the foundation for the award-winning work of photographer Lynette Smith, instructor for the course, Equine Photography.

            Based in Wenatchee, WA, Lynette is the owner of Lynette Smith Photography
www.lynettesmithphotography.com.  She is a member of the Equine Photographers Network and the American Quarter Horse Association.

            While photographing horses is her passion, her profession has her photographing everything from pets of all kinds to nature scenes and weddings.

            An active rider, Lynette's private life is filled with the companionship and adventures of her Labrador Jayde and her horse, Owyhee.

             R.E. Smith was raised around horses and was determined to learn all he could about them.  Devoted to discovering the training secrets of the Spanish Vaquero, R.E. searched for answers by finding mentors who knew the "old ways."  After years of study and practice, R.E. decided it was time for him to teach what he'd learned about the traditional hackamore training, and the making of the California Bridle horse.

             Today R.E and his wife, Laurie train traditional hackamore horses at their Circle S Ranch in Paso Robles, CA, and R.E. participates as a clinician at horse expos and private clinics.  To learn more about him and his methods, visit his website:
www.resmithtrainer.com.  His course, Traditional Vaquero Hackamore Training is an elective in both the Professional Certification and Bachelor of Science degree programs. 

            When it comes to equine safety and rescue, you must say that Michelle S. Staples "wrote the book," for certainly she did.  Staples is the author of Save Your Horse! A Horse Owner's Guide to Large Animal Rescue.  Her book was the first written on the subject and is the basis for her online Equine Safety and Rescue course.

           Staples holds an Associates in Science degree in Agriculture, and is trained and certified in Large Animal Rescue, Noah's Wish Disaster Response, Humane Society of the United States Disaster training,  Emergency Medical Technician training, American Red Cross Disaster training, Neighborhood Emergency Services Team and Community Emergency Response Team training.

           She is the owner of the publishing firm Red Jeans Ink (
www.redjeansink.com) and she owns and maintains www.saveyourhorse.com, a free, all-inclusive large animal rescue site providing information and services, including a newsletter, to the Large Animal Rescue field.

          Cherie Vonada has been riding, training and teaching the techniques of success in the show pen for more than two decades.  As owner and trainer, Cherie rode First Rate Mos to the title of AQHA Reserve World Champion Junior Trail Horse.   She has ridden horses and coached numerous riders to state and national titles in both English and Western disciplines.

           The author of a book of competitive Trail courses, Cherie is a member of the AQHA Professional Horseman's Association and has served as an officer of Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Association and the California Professional Horseman's Association. 

           Cherie teaches
Riding Instructor Role and Responsibility and Teaching Techniques for the Professional Riding Instructor Certification program. 

Gord Wadds is a World Champion trainer known in many horse show circles as the "master of the longe line horse", consistently winning longe line classes with a variety of breeds.  But that is only the beginning of successful careers started the Wadds Way….he trains and campaigns a multitude of great horses, having won Superior western pleasure titles with 34 horses,  AQHA championships and garnering a long list of futurity champion titles.

        Gord, a graduate of St. Andrews College, Aurora, Ontario, Canada  and the North Texas Farriers School of Horsemanship, trains out of his ranch in Ovid, MI.  A professional Equine Appraiser, Wadds is a frequent clinician at horse show expositions.

       Learn more about your instructor for the course
Competitive Longe Line at:  www.gordwadds.com

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