Kansas Horse Council 8831 Quail Lane Suite 201, Manhattan, KS 66502 785-776-0662 ©1999-2016 Kansas Horse Council, All rights reserved.

2018 Workshop Speakers

Rhonda Martin

CESMT Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist, BS Bachelor of Science - Biology (Anatomy- Physiology Emphasis) Rhonda owns and operates Equine Performance Therapy near Kansas City, Missouri. A horse owner, competitor, training videos, appearances on Horse TV and massage therapist, she has competed in endurance, competitive trail, reining, western dressage and dressage winning circuit, state regional and world championships. Equine Performance Therapy provides massage-based integrated body work for horses as well as saddle fitting assessments, custom western and English pads, custom western saddles, lessons and clinics. Rhonda's passion is to better understand the horse. She has continued her education and works with equine veterinary specialists, farriers, trainers and attends numerous clinics each year. Her focus is to help horse owners and trainers better understand the physical needs of their horses. Understanding the dynamic relationship between conformation, posture, biomechanics of movement, muscle issues, saddle fit and rider issues is what she offers clients and students. Restoring and maintaining healthy muscle-connective tissue, range of motion and a pain-free back helps keep horses sound while realizing their true potential.  Rhonda has assisted riders and horses to achieve greater performance and numerous championships.
I grew up in the saddle on my parent’s horse and cattle ranch, as well as dude and horsemanship school in western Iowa. Being taught the trade of horse training, farrier and being a herdsman by my father, and roping and rodeoing by many renown horseman, I found my life being molded into a “cowboy.” At the age of 8, I carved out my first belt and billfold - but my desire was to someday become a saddle maker. Having moved back to Montana (where I once lived as a young child), I was hired on the Garrison Ranch as a herdsman in 1978. Riding over thousands of acres and tending to hundreds of cattle sun up to sun down, it was amazing what I learned. Even though I grew up in the saddle, I didn’t realize how important the “saddle fit” was for the horse as well as the rider. In 1980 I built my first saddle while working for the Garrisons. Today, 35+ years later and over 250 custom built saddles, I’ve decided to share the trade of saddle making.

Dan Hubbard

Dr. Blevins received his masters’ degree from Kansas State University Animal Science and Industry in 2004. In 2006 he graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State with a doctorate in veterinary medicine. Following graduation, Dr. Blevins did a large animal/equine internship in Indiana at Janssen Veterinary Clinic and Purdue University Veterinary College.  In 2007, he became an associate veterinarian at a mixed animal private practice in Savannah, MO.  Dr. Blevins joined the faculty at Kansas State University in 2009 and is currently an Associate Professor, Equine Field Service Clinician. His primary interest is in equine preventative care and management including equine dentistry.

Dr. Chris Blevins, DVM

Being an animal lover her whole life, Amy Crawford naturally wanted to pursue a career working with animals, specifically horses. She attended the University of Missouri - Columbia and graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science. She then built a successful training and instruction business, leading several horse and rider teams to multiple World Championship titles and other top awards. After a tragic accident left her special horse with muscle atrophy from months of stall rest, Amy decided to look into further education so she could assist horses recovering from injuries, overexertion related issues and misunderstood behavioral issues. This prompted her to attend and graduate from one of the world's most prestigious equine massage schools with a certification as an Equine Sports Massage Therapist in 2003. She is also a Certified Canine Massage Therapist and trained in equine myofascial release therapy. Since 2003, Amy has enjoyed working with amazing clients, horse owners, chiropractors, veterinarians, dentists and farriers to provide a complimentary therapy for our equine partners.

Amy Crawford

Dr. Emily McLeod, DC, MTAA, CAC

Animals have always been part of Dr. McLeod's life.  She's rescued too many strays to count, has always cared for furry friends, and has a heart to help those who can't always help themselves.  Now she has the joy of helping restore health to your best friends.   A graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College in 2000, Dr. McLeod earned both the Clinic Service and Clinic Excellence awards while completing her clinicals.  She opened a family wellness center in 2001 and joyfully served hundreds of people each week with chiropractic care.  In 2004 Dr. McLeod returned to school to earn her National Certification in Equine and Small Animal Chiropractic Care through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.    In June of 2013, Dr. McLeod left her 2-legged practice to pursue a full time animal practice.  She can be found working on small animals at GreenSummit Animal Clinic in Lee's Summit, MO at Excelsior Springs Animal Clinic in Excelsior Springs, MO and at Mission Road Animal Clinic in Prairie Village, KS. She sees horses at Strain Equine Services in Bonner Springs, KS and Holt Animal Clinic in Holt, MO. Dr. McLeod is licensed in both Kansas and Missouri.

Erin Glassman

Erin is a Kansas Native who discovered the world of Distance Horseback riding during her graduate studies for the career that supports her horse addiction.  Erin has been involved with many facets of distance riding in competitive trail riding and endurance including competition, ride management, co-chairing national convention for NATRC in 2015 and many other volunteer working positions throughout the sports for 11 years. Erin has ridden 1465 official competitive miles, 510 of those with Rio! 

Kim Ayers

Kim Ayers joined Leavitt Recreation and Hospitality Insurance (LRHI) in 2016. Kim's focus as an agent is to provide commercial insurance to RV parks and campgrounds, specializing in equine events, riding stables, and equestrian lodging, such as horse hotels. Kim comes to LRHI with a wealth of relationships in the campground industry. She advocates her clients to work with the Association of RV and Campground Owners (ARVC) and holds the designation of Outdoor Hospitality Education Professional. Kim graduated from the National Campground School in 2018. As a new producer, Kim has enjoyed being on the road, getting to know her clients, and seeing their properties first hand. She takes great pride in helping owners put together a comprehensive application for insurance and understands the importance of getting you the right coverage at a great price. As the Succeed Champion in the LRHI office, Kim can work with you to put the power of the Succeed program to work in your busi­ ness. Utilizing the Workplace Safety, Risk Management, and OSHA Compliance tools, your needs are easily met by LRHI. Kim is licensed in seven states, serving camp­ grounds in the south, and equine operations nationwide. Outside of travel, she enjoys raising her three teenage daughters, riding horses, and farming.

Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard

Established in 1992, the Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard provides a link to Fort Riley's historic past. Troopers and horses of this unit are outfitted in the uni­ forms, accoutrements and equipment of the Civil War period. Soldiers are detailed from the ranks of units assigned to Fort Riley and receive instruction from manuals used by Civil War caval­ rymen. From privates to officers, these men and women recreate the colorful spectacle of the American Horse Soldier. They demonstrate their horsemanship for profes­ sional rodeos, community events, parades, school groups and official ceremonies.

Greg Darnell

Considered one of the great treasures of Texas, internationally lauded mas­ ter silversmith and metal working artisan Greg Darnall has redefined how equine enthusiasts approach and apply bits and spurs for improved control, comfort and ultimately improved horsemanship for over a half-century. Greg's designs and theories on improved response and under­ standing between rider and mount have transformed han­ dling techniques on multiple levels. Even the earliest Darnall custom bits are still in service today, along with a long line of hardware created by bit makers inspired by Greg's innovative designs. Greg's educational DVD,   Education vs. Domination. What Role Does The Bit Play?, is considered the worldwide gold standard for riders rang­ ing from world champions to beginners. The easy-to-follow instructional guide covers topics ranging from Anatomy of the Mouth and Anatomy of the Bit to x-ray demonstrations of how bits from Snaffle to Spade work in horses' mouths. Beyond horsemanship, Greg stands tall as an advocate and leader for keeping the cowboy culture of the American West both alive and relevant. In Greg's own worlds, "If we don't keep our American traditions alive, we'll lose a signif­ icant part of our nation's character and the values which have guided the real America for over two centuries."

Hathahorse

A native of Kansas, Dendria Mclaughlin has recently returned from 20 years in Colorado where she taught and practiced energy healing techniques for both horse and human. Among her services offered are Equine Craniosacral Therapy, Acupressure, Chakra Balancing and Reflective Riding lessons. She currently teaches Equine Chakra Balancing from her ranch in North Lawrence and offers Reiki to humans at The Bodhi Tree in downtown Lawrence. Dendria currently travels Kansas and Colorado working with the energy body of horses and humans bring­ ing awareness and balance to the horse/human relation­ ship. www.hathahorse.com

Greater Kansas Racing Alliance

Race for Kansas supports rural agriculture and community economic development in Kansas. This initiative supports legislation that will create over 4,475 jobs for Kansans, supports Kansas farms and businesses, generates Kansas tourism and helps solves the budget gap in Kansas.

Kansas Cowboy Mounted Shooting

Cowboy Mounted Shooting com­ bines elements of Wild West Show exhibition shooting along with the skills of barrel racing, pole bending and reining while using two .45 cal­ iber single action revolvers loaded with black powder blanks. The object of the game is to shoot ten balloon targets while riding your mount through a variety of challenging courses. It's a timed sport in which the competitor who rides the fastest with the least amount of missed targets wins. Cowboy Mounted Shooting is open to all levels of rid­ ers and all breeds of equine. Each Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA) member enters the sport at the Class 1 level and moves up through the levels as experience and competition wins are achieved. These include Men's Class 1-6, Ladies Class 1-6 and Senior Classes 1-6, as well as a Wrangler Class for members 11 years of age and younger. All CMSA member achieve­ ments are tracked and World Points are earned at all CMSA sanctioned competitions. The number of points for each event varies and can accumulate to offer members year-end awards, prizes and contests entries.

Kansas State University

Dr. Katie Delph is a veterinarian specializ­ ing in equine internal medicine at Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center. She is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. She attended Purdue University where she obtained a bachelor's degree in animal sci­ ence followed by her doctorate of veterinary medicine. Following graduation from veterinary school, she completed a rotating equine internship at the University of Missouri. Finally she completed an equine internal medicine residency at Kansas State University, and she became board-certified in large animal internal medi­ cine in 2016. During her residency, she received her mas­ ter's degree in veterinary biomedical science. Her research interests have included investigating the immunologic response following strangles vaccination as well as follow­ ing clinical disease. Dr. Delph became a faculty member at the KSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016, and her clinical interests include treating infectious diseases, respi­ ratory, gastrointestinal, and neurologic diseases, and neonatal foal medicine.

Dr. Dylan Lutter

Dr. Dylan Lutter was raised in South Dakota with a background in western performance horses and Belgian draft horses. He received his bachelor's of science in Animal Science from South Dakota State University in 2005 and his DVM from Kansas State University in 2009. From there he completed an equine internship at Bend Equine in Bend, OR after which he entered a large animal surgery residency at Washington State University. Concurrent with his residency he completed an equine advanced imaging fellowship with a focus on MRI of the distal limb. Dr. Lutter received his Master's degree for completion of a project monitoring the healing of deep digital flexor tendon injury within the equine digit with MRI and evaluating the effects of bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells on this experimental model. Following his time at WSU he joined the faculty at Kansas State University as a clinical assistant professor in equine surgery. Dr. Lutter has a clinical interest in the management of difficult lameness cases and the use of advanced imaging (MRI & CT) for lameness diagnosis. Additionally, Dr. Lutter enjoys many aspects of large animal emergency medicine including the management of colic, distal limb wounds, and fracture stabilization.

Dr. Warren Beard

Dr. Warren Beard received his BS and DVM degrees from TexasA&M University in 1981 & 1983 respectively. He entered private practice in Dickinson, TX for 2 years before moving to Ohio State University to begin residency in Equine Surgery. He completed his surgical residency and received an MS degree in Surgical Sciences in 1988. Following the residen­ cy, he began a clinical instructorship as the emergency sur­ geon at Ohio State University for 1 year. Dr. Beard remained on faculty as an equine surgeon for 14 more years as an assistant and in 1995 as an associate profes­ sor before leaving to start a new position at Kansas State University in 2004. Dr. Beard has served on the Board of Directors for the Veterinary Orthopedic Society and the examination committee for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Clinical interests include all equine surgery but with a special emphasis on upper respiratory surgery, head and sinus surgery, and gastrointestinal sur­ gery. His research interest include investigation of surgical treatments for dorsal displacementof the soft palate, endo­ toxemia and devising new surgical methods to deal with dif­ ficult surgical problems. His hobbies include; hunting, fly fishing and telemark skiing. He has two children ages 18 and 15 and his wife Laurie is also an equine veterinarian.

Perry and Trent Law Firm

Denise E. Farris, Esq. is the founder of the Farris Law Firm LLC and also serves as outside legal counsel to the law firm of Perry & Trent LLC in the Kansas City metro­ politan area. Denise enjoys a national reputation in both equine, veterinary and pharmaceutical reg­ ulatory law. She is recognized in Fortune Magazine's Female Leaders in Law; Equus Magazine's "Leaders in Equine Law," KC Business Magazine's "Super Lawyers" Top 100 Lawyers/Top 50 Female Lawyers in Missouri and Kansas, and the KC Business Journal's "Best of the Bar." Denise is a recognized author and speaker on equine stable and vet­ erinary business and risk management issues and is a con­ tributing author for Stable Managemen,t Equi-Management, Equus, Horse and Rider and Better Horses Magazine. She is a member of the: American Horse Council, Kansas Horse Council, Missouri Equine Council, Eastern Kansas Arabian Horse Association (EKAHA), American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC), National Association Trail Ride Conference (NATRC), Back Country  Horsemen,  and Rails to Trails Conservancy. She and her Arabian,  Tornado Watch, compete in Competitive Trail and Endurance Riding

Rhonda Levinson

Rhonda Levinson entered the University of Kansas as a National Merit Scholar and recipient of the prestigious six6 freshman entering the University of Kansas. Following law school graduation, Rhonda clerked for the Kansas Court of Appeals before beginning practice in the areas of criminal and civil law. As a life-long equestrian, Rhonda began practicing equine law in 1995. She has been honored in the national 'Who's Who of Female Attorneys" and is a member of the Missouri and Kansas Bar Associations and Women Construction Owners and Executives. She's served on the Boards of the North American Trail Ride Conference Region 6, Middle of the Trail Distance Riders, and is a member of NATRC, the American Endurance Ride Conference, Back Country Horsemen, and Kansas Horse Council. She is a contribut­ ing author and speaker for Better Horses Magazine, Better Horses Radio, the Kansas Horse Council, and the NE Trails Council. Her articles and radio interviews include: "You Had A Great Liability Release-Last Year!," "Pre­ Purchase Exams," "A Disaster Doesn't Have to be a Catastrophe," and "Hauling Horrors-Transporting Horses as a Favor." Rhonda competes with her paint horse Maxie and her Arabian Tenacity in competitive trail and endurance riding.

Brandy Von Holton

Brandy and her husband own and operate Von Holten Ranch (VHR). VHR is an equine trail riding facility that is conveniently located in the center of the US and is only 45 miles from 1-70. They have 40 electric sites, 108 stalls, 4 cabins, a guest shower house, a 125X200 covered arena, ~25 miles of trails, an obstacle course, and an on-site dump station. VHR hosts a slew of events ranging from horse shows, extreme cow­ boy races, clinics, and themed trail rides. Von Holten Ranch has been family owned since 1906.

Kansas Highway Patrol

Kiser Jumper Classic

The Jumper Classic is our Sunday Afternoon Grand Finale commentated by Jim Urban where riders compete for a share of the $3,000 pot of gold!  First class horses and riders from all over the Midwest navigate the first-round of a professional course over fences at 1.15 to 1.20 meters tall!  Those who complete the course without penalties (knocking down a rail, refusing a fence, or going too slow) will come back for a second round.  In the second round known as the “jump off” competitors will navigate a shorter course of jumps.  The horse and rider with the fastest time and least amount of faults will be awarded the blue ribbon and prize money! 

2019 speakers to be

announced.  In the works

Kansas Horse Council 8831 Quail Lane Suite 201, Manhattan, KS 66502 785-776-0662 ©1999-2016 Kansas Horse Council, All rights reserved.

2018 Workshop Speakers

Rhonda Martin

CESMT Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist, BS Bachelor of Science - Biology (Anatomy-Physiology Emphasis) Rhonda owns and operates Equine Performance Therapy near Kansas City, Missouri. A horse owner, competitor, training videos, appearances on Horse TV and massage therapist, she has competed in endurance, competitive trail, reining, western dressage and dressage winning circuit, state regional and world championships. Equine Performance Therapy provides massage-based integrated body work for horses as well as saddle fitting assessments, custom western and English pads, custom western saddles, lessons and clinics. Rhonda's passion is to better understand the horse. She has continued her education and works with equine veterinary specialists, farriers, trainers and attends numerous clinics each year. Her focus is to help horse owners and trainers better understand the physical needs of their horses. Understanding the dynamic relationship between conformation, posture, biomechanics of movement, muscle issues, saddle fit and rider issues is what she offers clients and students. Restoring and maintaining healthy muscle-connective tissue, range of motion and a pain-free back helps keep horses sound while realizing their true potential.  Rhonda has assisted riders and horses to achieve greater performance and numerous championships.
I grew up in the saddle on my parent’s horse and cattle ranch, as well as dude and horsemanship school in western Iowa. Being taught the trade of horse training, farrier and being a herdsman by my father, and roping and rodeoing by many renown horseman, I found my life being molded into a “cowboy.” At the age of 8, I carved out my first belt and billfold - but my desire was to someday become a saddle maker. Having moved back to Montana (where I once lived as a young child), I was hired on the Garrison Ranch as a herdsman in 1978. Riding over thousands of acres and tending to hundreds of cattle sun up to sun down, it was amazing what I learned. Even though I grew up in the saddle, I didn’t realize how important the “saddle fit” was for the horse as well as the rider. In 1980 I built my first saddle while working for the Garrisons. Today, 35+ years later and over 250 custom built saddles, I’ve decided to share the trade of saddle making.

Dan Hubbard

Dr. Blevins received his masters’ degree from Kansas State University Animal Science and Industry in 2004. In 2006 he graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State with a doctorate in veterinary medicine. Following graduation, Dr. Blevins did a large animal/equine internship in Indiana at Janssen Veterinary Clinic and Purdue University Veterinary College.  In 2007, he became an associate veterinarian at a mixed animal private practice in Savannah, MO.  Dr. Blevins joined the faculty at Kansas State University in 2009 and is currently an Associate Professor, Equine Field Service Clinician. His primary interest is in equine preventative care and management including equine dentistry.

Dr. Chris Blevins, DVM

Being an animal lover her whole life, Amy Crawford naturally wanted to pursue a career working with animals, specifically horses. She attended the University of Missouri - Columbia and graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science. She then built a successful training and instruction business, leading several horse and rider teams to multiple World Championship titles and other top awards. After a tragic accident left her special horse with muscle atrophy from months of stall rest, Amy decided to look into further education so she could assist horses recovering from injuries, overexertion related issues and misunderstood behavioral issues. This prompted her to attend and graduate from one of the world's most prestigious equine massage schools with a certification as an Equine Sports Massage Therapist in 2003. She is also a Certified Canine Massage Therapist and trained in equine myofascial release therapy. Since 2003, Amy has enjoyed working with amazing clients, horse owners, chiropractors, veterinarians, dentists and farriers to provide a complimentary therapy for our equine partners.

Amy Crawford

Dr. Emily McLeod, DC, MTAA, CAC

Animals have always been part of Dr. McLeod's life.  She's rescued too many strays to count, has always cared for furry friends, and has a heart to help those who can't always help themselves.  Now she has the joy of helping restore health to your best friends.   A graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College in 2000, Dr. McLeod earned both the Clinic Service and Clinic Excellence awards while completing her clinicals.  She opened a family wellness center in 2001 and joyfully served hundreds of people each week with chiropractic care.  In 2004 Dr. McLeod returned to school to earn her National Certification in Equine and Small Animal Chiropractic Care through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.    In June of 2013, Dr. McLeod left her 2-legged practice to pursue a full time animal practice.  She can be found working on small animals at GreenSummit Animal Clinic in Lee's Summit, MO at Excelsior Springs Animal Clinic in Excelsior Springs, MO and at Mission Road Animal Clinic in Prairie Village, KS. She sees horses at Strain Equine Services in Bonner Springs, KS and Holt Animal Clinic in Holt, MO. Dr. McLeod is licensed in both Kansas and Missouri.

Erin Glassman Bio

Erin is a Kansas Native who discovered the world of Distance Horseback riding during her graduate studies for the career that supports her horse addiction.  Erin has been involved with many facets of distance riding in competitive trail riding and endurance including competition, ride management, co- chairing national convention for NATRC in 2015 and many other volunteer working positions throughout the sports for 11 years. Erin has ridden 1465 official competitive miles, 510 of those with Rio! 

Kim Ayers

Kim Ayers joined Leavitt Recreation and Hospitality Insurance (LRHI) in 2016. Kim's focus as an agent is to provide commercial insurance to RV parks and campgrounds, specializing in equine events, riding stables, and equestrian lodging, such as horse hotels. Kim comes to LRHI with a wealth of relationships in the campground industry. She advocates her clients to work with the Association of RV and Campground Owners (ARVC) and holds the designation of Outdoor Hospitality Education Professional. Kim graduated from the National Campground School in 2018. As a new producer, Kim has enjoyed being on the road, getting to know her clients, and seeing their properties first hand. She takes great pride in helping owners put together a comprehensive application for insurance and understands the importance of getting you the right coverage at a great price. As the Succeed Champion in the LRHI office, Kim can work with you to put the power of the Succeed program to work in your busi­ ness. Utilizing the Workplace Safety, Risk Management, and OSHA Compliance tools, your needs are easily met by LRHI. Kim is licensed in seven states, serving camp­ grounds in the south, and equine operations nationwide. Outside of travel, she enjoys raising her three teenage daughters, riding horses, and farming.

Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard

Established in 1992, the Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard provides a link to Fort Riley's historic past. Troopers and horses of this unit are outfitted in the uni­ forms, accoutrements and equipment of the Civil War period. Soldiers are detailed from the ranks of units assigned to Fort Riley and receive instruction from manuals used by Civil War caval­ rymen. From privates to officers, these men and women recreate the colorful spectacle of the American Horse Soldier. They demonstrate their horsemanship for profes­ sional rodeos, community events, parades, school groups and official ceremonies.

Greg Darnell

Considered one of the great treasures of Texas, internationally lauded mas­ ter silversmith and metal working artisan Greg Darnall has redefined how equine enthusiasts approach and apply bits and spurs for improved control, comfort and ultimately improved horsemanship for over a half-century. Greg's designs and theories on improved response and under­ standing between rider and mount have transformed han­ dling techniques on multiple levels. Even the earliest Darnall custom bits are still in service today, along with a long line of hardware created by bit makers inspired by Greg's innovative designs. Greg's educational DVD,   Education vs. Domination. What Role Does The Bit Play?, is considered the worldwide gold standard for riders rang­ ing from world champions to beginners. The easy-to-follow instructional guide covers topics ranging from Anatomy of the Mouth and Anatomy of the Bit to x-ray demonstrations of how bits from Snaffle to Spade work in horses' mouths. Beyond horsemanship, Greg stands tall as an advocate and leader for keeping the cowboy culture of the American West both alive and relevant. In Greg's own worlds, "If we don't keep our American traditions alive, we'll lose a signif­ icant part of our nation's character and the values which have guided the real America for over two centuries."

Hathahorse

A native of Kansas, Dendria Mclaughlin has recently returned from 20 years in Colorado where she taught and practiced energy healing techniques for both horse and human. Among her services offered are Equine Craniosacral Therapy, Acupressure, Chakra Balancing and Reflective Riding lessons. She currently teaches Equine Chakra Balancing from her ranch in North Lawrence and offers Reiki to humans at The Bodhi Tree in downtown Lawrence. Dendria currently travels Kansas and Colorado working with the energy body of horses and humans bring­ ing awareness and balance to the horse/human relation­ ship. www.hathahorse.com

Greater Kansas Racing Alliance

Race for Kansas supports rural agriculture and community economic development in Kansas. This initiative supports legislation that will create over 4,475 jobs for Kansans, supports Kansas farms and businesses, generates Kansas tourism and helps solves the budget gap in Kansas.

Kansas Cowboy Mounted Shooting

Cowboy Mounted Shooting com­ bines elements of Wild West Show exhibition shooting along with the skills of barrel racing, pole bending and reining while using two .45 cal­ iber single action revolvers loaded with black powder blanks. The object of the game is to shoot ten balloon targets while riding your mount through a variety of challenging courses. It's a timed sport in which the competitor who rides the fastest with the least amount of missed targets wins. Cowboy Mounted Shooting is open to all levels of rid­ ers and all breeds of equine. Each Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA) member enters the sport at the Class 1 level and moves up through the levels as experience and competition wins are achieved. These include Men's Class 1-6, Ladies Class 1-6 and Senior Classes 1-6, as well as a Wrangler Class for members 11 years of age and younger. All CMSA member achieve­ ments are tracked and World Points are earned at all CMSA sanctioned competitions. The number of points for each event varies and can accumulate to offer members year-end awards, prizes and contests entries.

Kansas State University

Dr. Katie Delph is a veterinarian specializ­ ing in equine internal medicine at Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center. She is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. She attended Purdue University where she obtained a bachelor's degree in animal sci­ ence followed by her doctorate of veterinary medicine. Following graduation from veterinary school, she completed a rotating equine internship at the University of Missouri. Finally she completed an equine internal medicine residency at Kansas State University, and she became board-certified in large animal internal medi­ cine in 2016. During her residency, she received her mas­ ter's degree in veterinary biomedical science. Her research interests have included investigating the immunologic response following strangles vaccination as well as follow­ ing clinical disease. Dr. Delph became a faculty member at the KSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016, and her clinical interests include treating infectious diseases, respi­ ratory, gastrointestinal, and neurologic diseases, and neonatal foal medicine.

Dr. Dylan Lutter

Dr. Dylan Lutter was raised in South Dakota with a background in western performance horses and Belgian draft horses. He received his bachelor's of science in Animal Science from South Dakota State University in 2005 and his DVM from Kansas State University in 2009. From there he completed an equine internship at Bend Equine in Bend, OR after which he entered a large animal surgery residency at Washington State University. Concurrent with his residency he completed an equine advanced imaging fellowship with a focus on MRI of the distal limb. Dr. Lutter received his Master's degree for completion of a project monitoring the healing of deep digital flexor tendon injury within the equine digit with MRI and evaluating the effects of bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells on this experimental model. Following his time at WSU he joined the faculty at Kansas State University as a clinical assistant professor in equine surgery. Dr. Lutter has a clinical interest in the management of difficult lameness cases and the use of advanced imaging (MRI & CT) for lameness diagnosis. Additionally, Dr. Lutter enjoys many aspects of large animal emergency medicine including the management of colic, distal limb wounds, and fracture stabilization.

Dr. Warren Beard

Dr. Warren Beard received his BS and DVM degrees from TexasA&M University in 1981 & 1983 respectively. He entered private practice in Dickinson, TX for 2 years before moving to Ohio State University to begin residency in Equine Surgery. He completed his surgical residency and received an MS degree in Surgical Sciences in 1988. Following the residen­ cy, he began a clinical instructorship as the emergency sur­ geon at Ohio State University for 1 year. Dr. Beard remained on faculty as an equine surgeon for 14 more years as an assistant and in 1995 as an associate profes­ sor before leaving to start a new position at Kansas State University in 2004. Dr. Beard has served on the Board of Directors for the Veterinary Orthopedic Society and the examination committee for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Clinical interests include all equine surgery but with a special emphasis on upper respiratory surgery, head and sinus surgery, and gastrointestinal sur­ gery. His research interest include investigation of surgical treatments for dorsal displacementof the soft palate, endo­ toxemia and devising new surgical methods to deal with dif­ ficult surgical problems. His hobbies include; hunting, fly fishing and telemark skiing. He has two children ages 18 and 15 and his wife Laurie is also an equine veterinarian.

Perry and Trent Law Firm

Denise E. Farris, Esq. is the founder of the Farris Law Firm LLC and also serves as outside legal counsel to the law firm of Perry & Trent LLC in the Kansas City metro­ politan area. Denise enjoys a national reputation in both equine, veterinary and pharmaceutical reg­ ulatory law. She is recognized in Fortune Magazine's Female Leaders in Law; Equus Magazine's "Leaders in Equine Law," KC Business Magazine's "Super Lawyers" Top 100 Lawyers/Top 50 Female Lawyers in Missouri and Kansas, and the KC Business Journal's "Best of the Bar." Denise is a recognized author and speaker on equine stable and vet­ erinary business and risk management issues and is a con­ tributing author for Stable Managemen,t Equi-Management, Equus, Horse and Rider and Better Horses Magazine. She is a member of the: American Horse Council, Kansas Horse Council, Missouri Equine Council, Eastern Kansas Arabian Horse Association (EKAHA), American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC), National Association Trail Ride Conference (NATRC), Back Country  Horsemen,  and Rails to Trails Conservancy. She and her Arabian,  Tornado Watch, compete in Competitive Trail and Endurance Riding

Rhonda Levinson

Rhonda Levinson entered the University of Kansas as a National Merit Scholar and recipient of the prestigious six6 freshman entering the University of Kansas. Following law school graduation, Rhonda clerked for the Kansas Court of Appeals before beginning practice in the areas of criminal and civil law. As a life-long equestrian, Rhonda began practicing equine law in 1995. She has been honored in the national 'Who's Who of Female Attorneys" and is a member of the Missouri and Kansas Bar Associations and Women Construction Owners and Executives. She's served on the Boards of the North American Trail Ride Conference Region 6, Middle of the Trail Distance Riders, and is a member of NATRC, the American Endurance Ride Conference, Back Country Horsemen, and Kansas Horse Council. She is a contribut­ ing author and speaker for Better Horses Magazine, Better Horses Radio, the Kansas Horse Council, and the NE Trails Council. Her articles and radio interviews include: "You Had A Great Liability Release- Last Year!," "Pre­ Purchase Exams," "A Disaster Doesn't Have to be a Catastrophe," and "Hauling Horrors-Transporting Horses as a Favor." Rhonda competes with her paint horse Maxie and her Arabian Tenacity in competitive trail and endurance riding.

Brandy Von Holton

Brandy and her husband own and operate Von Holten Ranch (VHR). VHR is an equine trail riding facility that is conveniently located in the center of the US and is only 45 miles from 1-70. They have 40 electric sites, 108 stalls, 4 cabins, a guest shower house, a 125X200 covered arena, ~25 miles of trails, an obstacle course, and an on-site dump station. VHR hosts a slew of events ranging from horse shows, extreme cow­ boy races, clinics, and themed trail rides. Von Holten Ranch has been family owned since 1906.

Kansas Highway Patrol

Kiser Jumper Classic

The Jumper Classic is our Sunday Afternoon Grand Finale commentated by Jim Urban where riders compete for a share of the $3,000 pot of gold!  First class horses and riders from all over the Midwest navigate the first-round of a professional course over fences at 1.15 to 1.20 meters tall!  Those who complete the course without penalties (knocking down a rail, refusing a fence, or going too slow) will come back for a second round.  In the second round known as the “jump off” competitors will navigate a shorter course of jumps.  The horse and rider with the fastest time and least amount of faults will be awarded the blue ribbon and prize money! 

2019 speakers to be

announced.  In the works