March 2015 Issue - page 10

Page 10
March 2015
In the Challenge, riders and their
horses (age 3 or older) compete for
cash and/or prizes by negotiating a
course of obstacles while being timed
and scored by a panel of judges. In a
new format for 2015, this event will
be held over two days with Novice,
Youth and Non-Pro divisions competing on Saturday and the Open Championship, open to
any rider or trainer, competing on a more challenging course on Sunday. The professionally
designed courses will challenge the communication and trust riders have with their horse.
Trail Champions Challenge
(Sat., 9 am, Sun., 9 am, Equine Arena)
A life-long hands-on horseman, Tommie travels
the world performing his unique style of horseman-
ship in front of hundreds of thousands of people each
year. Tommie performs his signature acts to sold-out
crowds at hundreds of North America’s biggest shows,
including daily performances and demonstrations at the
biggest equestrian event ever to be held in the US, the
FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky.
His bay and white American Paint horse, “Poker-
joe” is the star of the outfit. Well known for his comedy
antics as the “upside-down horse,” he is the most memo-
rable and requested equine act in the business. In 2009, Pokerjoe was immortalized as a
Breyer® Horse model. Tommie’s black and white Paint horse, Joker, the work horse of
the bunch, was cast as the Breyer® Celebration Model Horse in 2006. Joker’s younger
brother Ace is the lover of the group who will steal your heart with his soft gentle eyes.
“Blade” is a rescued red roan Mustang which Tommie has partnered with his faithful
dog, Maverick, a Red Queensland Heeler.
In addition to being a top entertainer, Tommie puts his no-nonsense training
methods into practice as an exciting and entertaining clinician. He is the most versatile
horseman in the industry and the results of his training are visible in every performance.
He gets the most out of them through consistency, discipline and respect. Tommie says
“The key in getting your horse to doing anything correctly is consistency in training and
day to day contact. It’s not magic like most people want you to believe. It is understand-
ing and the quality, not quantity of training. People think I train my horse for hours on
end and it’s quite the opposite. I train people to think in small steps and how to get on
the horse's level.” As a professional stuntman and stunt coordinator, Tommie appears
with his horses in the movies “Jonah Hex” and “The Greening of Whitney Brown”
and in the recent blockbusters “Batman: Dark Night”, Larry the Cable Guy’s “Witless
Protection” and HBO’s award winning mini-series “John Adams.”
As an owner of over 20 horses from Paints, Pintos, Quarter Horses, Haflingers,
Trakehner, Rocky Mountain Horses, an American Cream Draft, and Mustangs, Tommie
enjoys working with them all. He has dedicated his life to bringing the power and beau-
ty of the horse to the forefront through entertainment and inspiring demonstrations. In
addition, Tommie helps teach people how to create a special partnership with their hors-
es with real world exercises and training programs. “It’s not about the tricks, it’s about
getting you and your horse to a higher level and having fun while doing it.” Tommie
knows that the average person doesn’t have all day or years to train their horses. They
want to start enjoying them now.
Starting the Connection; Introduction to Liberty Work
(Thurs., 3 pm, Large Arena)
The Proper Use of Treats & Whips in Training
(Fri., 1 pm, Round Pen Arena)
The Rearing Horse; Trick Horse Training
(Fri., 4 pm, Large Arena)
Horsemanship for the Young Rider; Safety Lessons
(Sat., noon, Round Pen Arena)
Take it Off; Proper Use of Tools in Training
(Sat., 3 pm, Large Arena)
Advanced Trick Horse Training; Lay Down, Sit, Bow & More
(Sun., 1 pm,
Large Arena)
See Tommie Turvey at the Equine Extremist Entertainment booth, 114-117.
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