March 2015 Issue - page 6

Page 6
March 2015
Julie Goodnight is an internationally respected trainer and
clinician with experience in many types of training. She grew up
riding ponies and horses on an Orlando farm and competed in hunter
jumpers throughout her youth. Julie counts horses among her earliest
friends; she spent many summer days hanging out in the horse pas-
ture, studying how the horses moved and interacted. During college
in New Mexico, Julie earned extra money by warming up Thor-
oughbreds on the race track. She soon hit the trails studying Western
disciplines. Always the adventurer, she began leading riders through
the Rocky Mountains. A natural teacher, Julie decided to make horses
her life's work and teach people how to work with horses safely
and with kindness. Showing her dedication to teaching and safety, Julie earned her Master
Instructor and Clinician ranking with the Certified Horsemanship Association (the association
she continues to represent as International Spokesperson). In 2008, she was named Equine
Affaire's Exceptional Equestrian Educator--one of only three awards ever given.
Now, Julie teaches riders how to be their horse's leader and to excel in whichever eques-
trian sport they choose. Her varied background and training in dressage, jumping, racing,
reining, colt-starting, cutting, and wilderness riding makes her a well-rounded instructor. She
teaches horse owners around the world how to establish great relationships with their horses
through her clinics, television show, expo appearances and her many how-to DVDs.
Julie is best known for her award-winning television show airing weekly on RFD-
TV, Horse Master with Julie Goodnight. Through the show, Julie hopes to help all riders
master their equestrian dreams and skills. As "The Horse Master," Julie shares the wisdom
she's gained by reaching her master-level CHA status and encourages all horse people
to become the leaders/masters their horses want and deserve. Natural horsemanship is
founded on understanding horse behavior and the idea that horses look for leadership, di-
rection and assurance that they're safe and acting appropriately. Julie strives to teach you
how to master that ideal and emphasizes the importance of life-long learning.
Julie has an upbeat and logical style of teaching and a unique ability to bridge natural
horsemanship techniques with the principles of classical riding. Her training and teaching
techniques are frequent features of The Trail Rider, America's Horse, Horse & Rider, Per-
fect Horse, Certified Horsemanship Association's The Instructor and many other excellent
equine publications and websites.
Find and Buy Your Perfect Horse
(Thurs., 1 pm, Seminar Hall A)
Be a Winner in the Show Ring
(Thurs., 5 pm, Large Arena)
Use Creative Images for Precise Communication & Control
(Fri., 1 pm, Large Arena)
Mentoring the Future
(Fri., 4 pm, Seminar Hall A)
Skill Building Drills to Spice Up Your Ride
(Sat., 5 pm, Large Arena)
See Julie Goodnight at the Goodnight Training Stables, Inc. booth, 1007, 1008
Nick Karazissis is one of the most successful trainers on
the West Coast. Along with his brother Kost, his sister-in-law
Jenny and his daughter Cassandra, he has owned and operated
Far West Farms in Calabasas, California for over 40 years.
Far West Farms has been synonymous with quality, tradition
and blue ribbons. Two of Nick's children, Cassandra and Nick
Karazissis Jr., in addition to many successful professionals
on the West Coast, have had their training at Far West Farms.
The Far West Farms team is responsible for many "A" Pacific
Coast Horse ShowAssociation (PCHA) year-end champion-
ships, and is always consistent in its yearly wins and multiple placing in Medal Finals.
Nick's success in the show ring throughout the last 40 years has made him one of the
most sought after judges and clinicians in the United States. His personal focus and passion in
governance is currently, and has historically been, focused in the area of education and the dis-
cipline of the equitation division. Nick was actively involved in the creation and coordination
of an educational DVD for PCHA and USHJA called "Get Connected". The DVD has served
to help standardize judging by covering the main principles of Hunter Seat Equitation flatwork
and demonstrating the proper way to perform the USEF Hunter Seat Equitation Tests 1 - 19.
Nick was honored to receive from USHJA, the 2008 President's Distinguished
Service Award, for his work and contribution to the hunter-Jumper sport. In 2013 at the
USHJA convention, Nick was honored to receive the Jane Dillon Award which honors
trainers who "have been instrumental in building future horsemen by instructing their stu-
dents in proper horsemanship, training and riding while instilling in them the principles
of integrity, empathy for the horse and a strong work ethic".
Philosophies & Guidelines Used to Judge Hunter/Equitation Classes
(Fri., 1 pm, Seminar Hall A)
Hunt Seat Equitation: Create Balance in the Hunter/Jumper
(Fri., 4 pm, EquineArena)
The Six Commandments of Jumping
(Sat., 1 pm, Seminar Hall A)
Use Gymnastics to Achieve Goals for the Horse and Rider
(Sat., 5 pm,
Equine Arena)
Q&A; A Review of the Hunter/Jumper System
(Sun., 10 am, Seminar Hall A)
The Four Cornerstones of the US Hunter/Jumper System
(Sun., 2 pm, Equine Arena)
Matt began riding at the age of 5, starting with hunters
then jumpers and leading into some eventing. During his
teens he was introduced to Dressage and the art of train-
ing horses in haute école for exhibition performances by
USDF Hall of Fame member and recognized father of
American dressage, Chuck Grant. Matt spent seven years
working as a trainer and performer for the Royal Lipizzan-
er Stallion Show. This high pressure environment forced
him to create training and teaching methods that were
effective and suited to riders and horses of all abilities.
Since 2001, Matt has continued to hone his skills as
a trainer, clinician, and performer by learning and adapting techniques gleaned from
training experiences as well as his work with industry notables in the dressage, west-
ern, and trick training disciplines. Matt’s training philosophy is based on his system
of horsemanship that integrates classical principles of dressage, the requirements of
today’s competitive dressage, and Natural Horsemanship techniques when required.
Emphasizing the values of respect, control, and fairness in the relationship between
horse and rider, Matt’s focus is to teach people how to train horses. While his training
methods are focused on dressage and haute école, these methods are applicable to all
disciplines and breeds.
Matt has successfully trained horses through Grand Prix Dressage that have gone
on to compete nationally and internationally as well as multiple horses finished in haute
école including Capriole, Courbette, and Levade. He has earned the USDF Bronze,
Silver and Gold rider Medals. As the first step in the USEF judges program, Matt grad-
uated with distinction from the USDF “L” education program in 2011. His students are
equally successful, earning USDF rider medals and winning local and regional champi-
onships. In addition to providing instruction at his Florida farm, Matt travels throughout
North America and Europe as a performer and clinician.
Dressage; Training through 2nd Level
(Thurs., 4 pm, Large Arena)
Dressage; 3rd Level through FEI
(Fri., noon, Large Arena)
Dressage Flying Changes; Problem Solving & Tempi Changes
(Sat., 1 pm, Large Arena)
See Matt McLaughlin at the Matt McLaughlin Dressage booth 314
A self-taught Australian horseman who has enter-
tained, inspired and educated thousands of Australians
from all walks of life, Guy arrived in the USA in June
2010 with his four Australian bred horses and com-
menced his USA-wide tour.
Since 1999, Guy and his equine team, led by
Nugget (the father of Guy’s three dun horses) have
been featured in many Australian events including:
Royal shows, Equitana Asia Pacific, major equestrian
festivals, international rodeos and Australia’s famous
“Man from Snowy River Festival”. One of Guy’s
talents is bush poetry and he has twice been crowned
Australian Bush Poet Champion.
In 2002 and 2006 Guy received the great honor of being named an official
‘Ambassador of the Outback’ and through his performances of horsemanship, bush
poetry and whip cracking he has helped to keep the traditions of the bush and the true
Aussie Stockman alive. In 2005 Guy was the inaugural winner of Equitana's, ‘Way
of the Horse’ young horse starting competition and it was the methods he learned in
the Queensland bush under the watchful eye of many a young horse that brought him
Since being in the USA, Guy and his equine team have had the honor of perform-
ing at the World Equestrian Games 2010 held in Lexington, KY, as a nightly pre-show
performer at the National Finals Rodeo 2010 in Las Vegas and at many other events
near his home base of Allen, Texas.
Starting the Young Horse; Your First Ride
(Thurs., 2 pm, Large Arena)
Complete Body Control Under Tack & at Liberty
(Thurs., 5 pm, Round
Pen Arena)
Starting the Young Horse; Next Step, Growing the Young Mind
(Fri., 11 am, Large Arena)
Creating an All Around Horse
(Fri., 3 pm, Large Arena)
Starting the Young Horse; Qualities of a Lead Horse
(Sat., 10 am,
Large Arena)
Developing the Individual
(Sat., 2 pm, Large Arena)
The Method Behind the Magic
(Sun., 10 am, Round Pen Arena)
Advancing the Young Horse; Time to Go to Work
(Sun., 2 pm, Large Arena)
See Guy McLean at the Horsemanship with Guy McLean booth 110-112
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