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Guy’s performances, the same as his horsemanship methods, have all been self-taught.
Although he has always shown an interest in all of the disciplines and performers that he
has witnessed, it has ultimately been the countless hours spent in the presence of a horse
or in front of a crowd that has molded him. With his motto “Finding a Better Way” he
is always open to
something that might improve what he already has while always staying true
to what has
Guy and his horses have achieved national acclaim in Australia over the past 15 years and
his talented horses (especially Nugget) have had their names chanted in front of 20,000 people
at Royal shows such as Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, as well as Guy’s favorite, The
Brisbane Ekka, where for the last nine years Guy and his team have performed in front of
well over a million people. Guy has been acclaimed by his fans and Australian dignitaries
alike as a National treasure and Living Legend and although this humble Australian still
blushes at such remarks, it is the kind words and stories of inspiration that Guy evokes
that keeps him in the frame of mind to succeed and continue to spread his message.
Now in a new stage, McLean and four of his own Australian bred ‘Quietway Performance
horses’ (of which three are Nugget’s foals) have expanded to the international
stage. At the moment they are based in Texas and will follow their dreams to perform worldwide.
Since their humble beginnings, Tracy and her stallion Caz have been featured clinicians across
the United States and Canada and have competed and won in various disciplines from Craig
Cameron’s Extreme Cowboy Races to distance rides. It’s not unusual to find them
involved in many equine disciplines proving that the only limits we have are those that we’ve
placed on ourselves.
Tracy understands fear. After a life-changing accident with a stumbling horse resulted in
two shattered vertebrae in her neck, she underwent successful experimental surgery. This
put her in a position of relearning how to do many things she once took for granted…riding
was one. Each time she fell, Caz patiently helped her get back in the saddle again. After
two years of getting things back to normal, Caz was badly injured when a tornado tore through
the farm. It became Tracy’s turn to bring her prized stallion through a year of medical
treatments and rehabilitation. Even though every day was a challenge to get their lives back,
they are back on the road together and here to show you why Caz is truly the little Paso
Fino with the big heart.
Married to TJ Clibborn, Tracy and TJ train and conduct clinics at their facility, The Farm,
in Milton, Wisconsin.
Terry Myers is a leading equine trainer, teacher and national clinician, but above all he is a true horseman. As a young boy, Myers knew that he wanted to spend his life training horses. This life time of experience and work with thousands of horses and riders has resulted in a riding methodology called Ride-In-Sync Horsemanship™, which provides logical information that is easily understood and put to use. Consistent feedback from clinic attendees is confirmation that his Ride-In-Sync Horsemanship™ produces results.
Myers has trained stock and hunter horses for state, national and world competition. But he doesn’t just train the show horse. His training is for all horses and people, regardless of the discipline. He incorporates work with both horse and rider to achieve balanced movements. His Ride-in-Sync™ horsemanship philosophy helps riders understand how body position affects horse performance.
Myers is available for training sessions, clinics, horse training and interviews.
Myers has hosted clinics in horsemanship, showmanship, trail, ground work and body positioning at Equine Affaire Massachusetts, Equine Affaire in Ohio, Equus America Texas, Equus America Missouri, Equitana USA, Can Am Horse Expos in Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in Canada. He is proud to have conducted several clinics with the cadets and army mules at the US Military Academy at West Point. Clinics at private stables and the Terry Myers Training Center fill his calendar.
Myers has also had articles published in Horse & Rider, Western Horseman plus online at EquiSearch.com. He has monthly columns published in the Horseman’s Corral and Horse Circuit News.
Myers was formerly the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association coach for the Ohio Wesleyan University Equestrian Team for nearly 14 years. With the philosophy that a clinician needs to be able to prove that their skills can produce results…Myers has had years of success in training and showing Quarter horses and Paint horses. Myers is very involved with the 4-H youth in Ohio. He continues to sit on the Ohio State 4-H board, judges 4-H and open shows as well as conducts 4-H clinics.
Built on years of proven experience along with the passion and conviction to teach others, it is Terry Myers’ great pleasure to share his knowledge with horse enthusiasts around the country.
Indy O'Connor is a horseman, clinician, and native of Illinois that has been helping horses and people throughout the Midwest since 2004. Indy believes the horse to be his greatest teacher, and has developed his method to connect with their gentle and noble spirit. By understanding leadership as a partnership, Indy helps horse owners to connect with their horses in a way that leads to balance, unity and peace.
Indy's approach helps riders of all disciplines discover that when they allow the horse room to move and time to learn, they build a relationship based on trust. They find that not only do their relationships with their horses improve, but they discover that they have been personally transformed as well. Indy has ridden in the Parelli program and with Buck Brannaman. Indy's honest approach stresses balance, timing and developing a soft feel. Indy draws his inspiration from the likes of Tom Dorance, Ray Hunt and Buck Brannaman from whom Indy has learned that fine horsemanship is a beautiful dance between horse and human.
Indy strives to make a difference in the lives of horses and humans alike. He is a gifted horseman who hopes to honor the legacy of the great horsemen right here in the Midwest.
Bianca Massa of The Rockin' B Ranch located in New Douglas, Illinois is a local favorite who has been involved in the horse fair the past three years. She and her trick horse Skippy have entertained many from Illinois to Ohio. She is the youngest clinician this year at the age of twenty.
Bianca is self-taught and trained her trick horse Skippy when she was thirteen. She competes successfully in barrel racing, western pleasure, extreme cowboy racing and versatility on horses that she has trained herself.
Bianca advocates natural horsemanship and encourages riders to be active and aid their horse in learning and advancement. Bianca focuses on teaching both the horse and rider. She will be giving clinics on retraining problem horses, softening and collection, and trick training!
Tim Austin Horsemanship subscribes to a method of horse training that is somewhat different from all other methods. By relying on trust and kindness, earned through calm and gentle training methods, horses are able to understand what is being asked of them.
Tim believes that it is never the horse's fault. If a horse does not perform as expected, we must explain it to the horse in a way they understand. By humbling ourselves to this point, we are able to achieve results that others have deemed impossible.
Tim Austin grew up working with horses in his hometown of Decatur, Illinois. He learned from an early age that a cal and predictable environment makes for the best training.
Outgoing and friendly, Austin has a natural raw talent and years of practical knowledge that can be seen as he works with horses and their owners in a calm, clear, and kind way, regardless of their discipline, skill level and knowledge.
Tim has been a horse trainer for more than 40 years, specializing in Halter, Pleasure, Roping, Cutting, and Speed events and horses trained for the race track.
He holds clinics throughout the Midwest, both group clinics, and private clinics and gives private lessons, one to one.
Tim believes in, “studying the horse to see what they need and what help I can give them.” He works on problem solving with the horse and the human much like his mentors Tom Dorrance and Ray Hunt.
Tim will be presenting demonstrations on “Controlling the Feet, Body, & Mind”, on both Friday and Sunday and “Trailer Loading the Problem Horse” on Saturday. Check the Horse Fair schedule for times and locations.