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Chris Cox

Chris CoxThree time Road to the Horse colt starting world champion - Chris has had a lifetime of education with the greatest, most important teacher of all, the horse. Raised on a cattle ranch in the wilds of Australia, Chris had opportunities that most horsemen of this day and age never experience. With only horses for transportation, Chris learned at an early age how to appreciate and distinguish the abilities and traditions of the great men and horses around him. Influenced in his early years by both English and Western traditions, Chris has implemented a style and technique that can be applied universally between both horse worlds. A common sense, straightforward approach allows the average horseman, as well as the advanced rider, insight into horse behavior and leads them towards that ultimate goal…a versatile and useful partnership between human and horse.

Chris Cox Horsemanship Company is headquartered in Mineral Wells Texas at the Diamond Double C Ranch. For more information about Chris and his program visit

Chris's Schedule:

Friday March 7 at 9:30 AM: Ground Control in Preparation for Riding
Friday March 7 at 3:00 PM: Lead Departures and Lead Changes
Saturday March 8 at 9:30 AM: Colt Starting
Saturday March 8 at 2:00 PM: Building Rider's Confidence
Sunday March 9 at 9:30 AM: Achieving Softness and Eliminating Head Tossing
Sunday March 9 at 2:00 PM: Advanced Horsemanship
**Schedule subject to change**

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Yvonne Barteau

Yvonne BarteauFEI trainer, competitor and instructor, USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist - Yvonne has dedicated her life to understanding horses and preparing them for their careers whatever that might be. "I have been in the horse business all my life and have trained and competed horses in everything from Team Penning and barrels, to Standardbred racing, from 100 mile endurance rides, to Equine Theatre to Grand Prix Dressage." Yvonne has trained horses to the Grand Prix Level and has won numerous USDF Horse of the Year titles as well as winning CDI and FEI classes around the United States. The author of Ride the Right Horse, she is a sought-after instructor and clinician as well as an authority on recognizing equine personality types and targeted training strategies to communicate with particular temperaments.

Yvonne and her husband Kim Barteau – former head trainer for Arabian Nights - form the basis for KYB Dressage located in Maple Park Illinois. For more information about KYB Dressage visit

Yvonne's Schedule:

Friday March 7 at 10:30 AM: Controlling Neck Line & Speed in the Dressage Horse
Saturday March 8 at 2:00 PM: Musical Freestyle Dressage - Through the Levels
Sunday March 9 at 10:00 AM: Dressage Through the Levels
**Schedule subject to change**

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Terry Myers

Terry MyersTerry Myers is a leading trainer, teacher, judge and national clinician, but above all he is a true horseman. Myers has successfully trained and competed with stock and hunter horses at state, national and world competition. But he doesn't just train the show horse. His training is for all horses regardless of the discipline because it incorporates work with both horse and rider to achieve balanced movements. His Ride-in-Sync™ philosophy helps riders understand how body position affects horse performance. Through Terry's 45 years of experience and work with thousands of horses and riders, he has developed coaching and training methods that are easily understood and put to use. Terry conducts training clinics in horsemanship, showmanship, trail, ground work and body positioning at the Terry Myers Training Center and at facilities across the United States and Canada. Learn more about Terry and his training program at If you enjoy the show ring, be sure to attend Terry's clinics “From The Judge” to get the tips and techniques for the winning edge!

Terry's Schedule:

Friday March 7 at 11:30 AM: English and Western - Ride the Rhythm to Improve Performance
Friday March 7 at 5:30 PM: From the Judge - Winning Showmanship Tips
Saturday March 8 at 10:30 AM: Navigating Spooky Objects
Saturday March 8 at 6:00 PM: From the Judge - Winning in Western Pleasure
Sunday March 9 at 11:00 AM: From the Judge - Tips to Improve Your Trail Patterns
Sunday March 9 at 4:00 PM: Ground Work Exercises for Better Control
**Schedule subject to change**

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Scott McKinsey

Scott McKinseyScott McKinsey is a lifelong horseman and successful cutting horse trainer, clinician, and NCHA AAA judge. He is an NCHA Director for Illinois and a board member for the Northern Illinois Cutting Horse Association. Scott's horses have earned multiple NCHA affiliate championships each year since relocating to the Chicago area from Texas. He trains limited aged event horses, tunes and seasons open, non-pro and novice show horses, and coaches riders of all ages and ability levels. Scott focuses on correct, humane training methods, and his horses are enjoyable riding horses as well as top cutting performers. He is based at Harlan Farms in the southwest suburbs where he also manages a grass-fed beef herd, does consulting work in farm and equine management, and plays the occasional game of polo. Learn more about Scott and his program at

Scott's Schedule:

Friday March 7 at 1:30 PM: The Art and Logic of Cutting: Effective Positioning of Horse and Rider
Saturday March 8 at 3:00 PM: Exhibition Cutting Horse Show
Sunday March 9 at 1:30 PM: Clean Cuts and Crisp Stops - Cutting Fundamentals
**Schedule subject to change**

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Susan White

Susan WhiteSusan White of Wild Rose Performance Horses in Aiken South Carolina is a widely respected trainer and coach with international experience. As a youth she competed throughout the East Coast in USEF “A” rated shows. In her professional career, she has ridden and taught for Gary Young, Betty Oare, Ronnie Mutch, Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta. Susan is a USEF and AQHA, and SCHJA life member and judges Collegiate, USEF and Open shows. She is currently the head coach for Wilson Hall Equestrian Hunt Seat Teams, competing at Interscholastic Equestrian Association sanctioned shows.

For more information about Susan, visit

Susan's Schedule:

Demonstration Schedule:
Friday March 7 at 10:30 AM: Starting Over Jumps Demonstration

Jumping Clinic Schedule:
Friday March 7 at 4:30 PM: Jumping Clinic
Saturday March 8 at 1:30 PM: Jumping Clinic
Sunday March 9 at 3:00 PM: Jumping Clinic
**Schedule subject to change**

Sign up to Ride with Susan! Download application here.

Steve Kutie

Steve KutieAfter graduating from Meredith Manor Equestrian College with his certificate in teaching, Steve began training Dressage horses in Ohio, in addition to coaching riders in a variety of English and Western events. He also managed a large training/boarding facility, catering to youth and non-pro riders. Steve's students competed at the local, state and national level, (Congress, State Fair, NRHA events) in events including Hunt Seat, Reining, Western Pleasure, Dressage, Team Penning, Halter and Showmanship. A cowboy at heart, Steve made the decision to move to Texas and focus on reining and cow horses - but never leaving his classical Dressage foundation and principles. To this day, all of Steve's horses are started with the principles and theories of Dressage. He believes in building a solid foundation and work ethic in a horse first, which allows a horse to perform to the best of its ability at the higher levels. During his career Steve has trained numerous champions in both breed and discipline specific organizations. He is also a respected and sought after clinician, speaker and judge.

For more information about Steve and his program, visit

Steve's Schedule:

Friday March 7 at 9:30 AM: Mastering the Spin
Saturday March 8 at 11:00 AM: Perfecting the Sliding Stop
Sunday March 9 at 1:00 PM: Classical Dressage and the Reining Horse
**Schedule subject to change**

Sign up to Ride with Steve! Download application here.

Tim Boyer

Tim BoyerTim Boyer has been a horse trainer for more than 40 years, preparing horses for careers in halter, pleasure, roping, cutting, and speed events. He has also trained thoroughbreds for the race track and managed the careers of multiple grade one stakes winners. 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. In addition to connecting with horses, Tim also connects with people. He can break down the steps needed to get you working more easily and safely with your horse. He is available for training, clinics and consultations at his Boyer Training Stable in Cantrell Illinois

Tim's Schedule:

Friday March 7 at 10:30 AM: Trailer Loading Fundamentals
Saturday March 8 at 9:30 AM: Does Your Horse Have a People Problem?
Sunday March 9 at 2:00 PM: Thoroughbred Racehorse to Next Career
**Schedule subject to change**

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Liz Graves

Liz GravesElizabeth Graves is a dedicated advocate for the naturally gaited horse and has spent her lifetime in the horse industry - starting early under the influence of her mother, a successful trainer. She is a gaited horse judge, clinician, trainer, gait inspector, competitor and pleasure rider. Liz's foundation started in showing non-gaited breeds in 1965 and expanded to gaited horses in 1978 where she achieved local, state and national championships. She has over 30 years of experience as a licensed judge with multiple gaited and non-gaited breeds throughout the United States and Canada and has developed judging education, testing and licensing programs for the gaited horse in both countries. She has also written for numerous national publications.

Liz focuses her professional time on training and conducting clinics and expos nationally and internationally, completing over 500 to date. She specializes in Biomechanics, conformation and locomotion of all breeds of horses with an emphasis on the gaited horse, teaching natural development without gimmicks or artificial manipulation. Her guiding mission is to educate horses and people on working together as a team peacefully and humanely. For Liz it is all about sharing and bringing a higher standard of horsemanship to all who have the desire to learn how to ride their horses in a sound and stress free manner.

Liz owns and resides at Shades Of Oak Ranch LLC in Spring Valley, Minnesota, were she still teaches horses and riders, conducts workshops and spends her personal time writing articles and painting. She also owns Elizabeth Graves Productions, a video production company producing well known videos such as “A Gathering of Gaits”, “Icelandic Horse Gathering”, “How Structure Relates to Gait”, and “A Bit About Bits”. For more information, please visit

Liz's Schedule:

Demonstrations Schedule:
Friday March 7 at 9:30 AM: Conformation for Gaiting
Saturday March 8 at 5:30 PM: Repair Those Faulty Gaits

Gaited Riding Clinic Schedule:
Friday March 7 at 2:30 PM: Gaited Horse Riding Clinic
Saturday March 8 at 3:00 PM: Gaited Horse Riding Clinic
Sunday March 9 at 9:00 AM: Gaited Horse Riding Clinic
**Schedule subject to change**

Sign up to Ride with Liz! Download application here for arena demos.
                                   Download applicaton here for three day Gaited Riding Clinic.

Lyle East

Lyle EastSerendipity Stockdog School is the outgrowth of trainer Lyle East's continuing search for a better stockdog. Lyle firmly believes that anyone who regularly works with livestock can benefit from a good stockdog serving as his or her working partner. In addition to raising and training his own and outside working stockdogs, Lyle promotes the value of the stockdog through clinics and demonstrations at livestock events across the region. Started and trained dogs, and occasional pups, are available for sale.

Lyle's search for the best stockdog he could afford began in 1985 with a puppy. Through no effort of his own, the pup grew into a really good stockdog. Unfortunately, when she was 18 months old, he lost her. By that time, he had grown accustomed to the assistance a good stockdog could provide a dairyman. Lyle sought out a reputable breeder and trainer, and found that in Bob Hines. He bought a young dog and a training session, and learned more in that ½ day than he had in the past 10 years working on his own. Lyle used the training he received that day as he bought and trained young dogs, hoping to find a 'back-up' dog for himself. From there, he began to meet other dog owners and eventually to train dogs for them. What started as a hobby has turned into a full-time business, as Lyle sold his dairy cows to devote more time to training dogs.

Lyle believes in the Biblical perspective that Man is to be above the Animals. However, that should be a relationship of mutual respect, not of pure dominance. To that end, Lyle spends time every day walking the dogs, developing relationships with each of the dogs and among the dogs as a group. That mile-long walk provides a perfect opportunity, twice each day, for Lyle to gain control of the dogs as well as letting the dogs burn off excess energy. They are then ready to settle down and work during their individual training session. Lyles methods are being rewarded with numerous competition wins over the last several years, including the National Cattle Association 2013 National Finals day winner open two days and third overall. Learn more about Lyle and Serendipity Stockdog School at

Lyle's Schedule:

Friday March 7 at 2:30 PM: Working Stock Dogs
Saturday March 8 at 4:00 PM: Working Stock Dogs
Sunday March 9 at 2:30 PM: Working Stock Dogs
**Schedule subject to change**

Jennifer Kotylo

Jennifer KotyloPassionate about horses from an early age, but not blessed with extreme natural athleticism, Jennifer developed a passion for body awareness and biomechanics while pursuing her lifelong quest of international level dressage riding. She believes, in order to ride well we must endeavor to create in ourselves, what we want in our horses – mental relaxation, strength, flexibility, balance and ambidextrosity. Many of these traits depend on a muscularly symmetrical body. Body imbalances and asymmetries develop over time, based on your own particular physiology, posture and lifestyle. How you move when not riding, your other forms of exercise (or lack thereof), and the amount of time and the quality of how you sit at work all effect the way you ride. Asymmetries influence your movement, alignment and flexibility, which greatly affect your effectiveness as a rider. Jennifer uses exercise modalities, primarily Pilates/Equilates and Echart Meyners Balimo work to help riders identify their unique issues and help them find ways to rebalance.

Jennifer also believes that good classical riding is independent of tack or discipline and has been working with riders of all types to show how posture and movement can enhance your riding. According to Jennifer "Good riding, is good riding and just because someone puts the adjective "Western" in front of the word dressage doesn't make it wrong. I love dressage in its purest form, but I also want to share what I know and love with anyone who has the open-mindedness to learn… I also hope that I have the open-mindedness to learn from those whose passions include a different type of saddle and a slightly different view of the world." At the Illinois Horse Fair, Jennifer will conduct a three day Western Dressage Clinic. This clinic will focus on how classic principles will enhance your riding. Learn how rider position influences your horse, and how properly ridden school figures will help your horse become a better athlete. You will also learn the basics of riding a dressage test, and tips on improving your scores.

In addition to teaching the Western Dressage clinic Jennifer will talk about how to prepare and protect your body when beginning or re-entering horses at midlife, how to improve your riding with movement, and how to judge horse conformation as it relates to performance.

Learn more about Jennifer at

Jennifer's Schedule:

Western Dressage Clinic Schedule:
Friday March 7 at 2:30 PM: Western Dressage Clinic
Saturday March 8 at 11:30 AM: Western Dressage Clinic
Sunday March 9 at 12:00 PM: Western Dressage Clinic
**Schedule subject to change**

Sign up to Ride with Jennifer! Download application here for three day Western Dressage Clinic.

Nikki Klein

Nikki KleinWPRA Professional Barrel Racer, AQHA World Show Qualifier, 2- Time NBHA State Champion and All American Quarter Horse Congress Top Ten – 8 times, Nikki grew up showing horses and at the age of 12 made her first barrel run. "From the first run I was hooked!" From there she went on to compete in barrel racing at High School Rodeos, AQHA, and NBHA shows. Nikki earned an Associate Degree in Equestrian Science at Black Hawk College and a Bachelor's degree at Middle Tennessee State University. While in college she won National titles in Horse Judging and the Intercollegiate Horse Show. "Through many miles, many different horses and with the help of great mentors I have gotten to where I am today."

"I love the challenge of barrel racing, every run requires a different plan and it takes a strong foundation for both horse and rider to compete at the top levels – horsemanship is key." Nikki trains her own horses and has had considerable success in selecting from performance bloodlines, as witnessed by Fols Firewater "Lazer", the Firewater Flit offspring she has so successfully campaigned. Nikki also owns Sandbur Tack and Western Wear located in Kewanee, Illinois

Nikki's Schedule:

Friday March 7 at 11:30 AM: Barrel Racing Clinic
Saturday March 8 at 12:00 PM: Barrel Racing Clinic
Sunday March 9 at 12:00 PM: Barrel Racing Clinic
**Schedule subject to change**

Sign up to Ride with Nikki! Download application here for three day Barrel Racing Clinic.

Patrick Keane

Patrick KeaneLong before the Beatles, the Guild of the Master Saddlers was created by King Edward III in 1363. To achieve this rare and prestigious title of “SMS Master Saddler” granted by The Society, one must undergo many years intensive training and certification from the institute. SMS Master Saddler Patrick Keane, a world renowned 12 time SMS saddle making competition winner will share his expertise in considerations one should have in determining the perfect saddle fit for your horse. Patrick Keane resides in Walsall, England. He has spent over 40 years in custom saddle making, individually crafted to each Horse and Rider's specifications. This amazing process results in a one-of-a-kind fit that maximizes the performance of horse and rider. Patrick is proudly sponsored by Barrington Saddlery.

Patrick's Schedule:

Friday March 7 at 4:30 PM: Top Performance Saddle Fitting
Saturday March 8 at 5:00 PM: Exposing the Secrets Under the Leather
Sunday March 9 at 3:00 PM: Einstein, Your Horse, and the Center of Gravity
**Schedule subject to change**

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