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

Workshop Speakers

Robert Eversole

Robert Eversole “The TrailMeister”- Owns and operates the largest horse trail and horse camp guide in the world, www.TrailMeister.com. Robert founded www.TrailMeister.com when he found that accurate trail information wasn’t easily available for trail riders and horse campers. 10 years later, www.TrailMeister.com is the largest guide to horse riding and camping areas in the world; with free trail and trailhead information, trail maps, and much more to help outdoor enthusiasts experience the joys of trail riding. Active in the equine community, Robert is a PATH intl. Registered Instructor with over a decade of experience helping individuals with special needs experience the rewarding benefits of equine-assisted activities. Prior to being introduced to horses and equine camping Robert slogged through trails around the world as a US Marine. As a Staff NCO Robert focused on the training and safety of his Marines at duty stations around the globe. After leaving active duty Robert joined the world of commercial banking.  After a decade of managing mergers and acquisitions at a super regional bank he returned to his military roots and joined a firm helping service members find careers as they transitioned from active duty service. Now working full time helping horse and mule riders find the straight scoop on new places to ride and camp Robert has found himself a highly requested clinician at equine events around the nation where he shares his knowledge of trail riding, camping with livestock, and trail safety with horse and mule groups. When he’s not speaking with horse and mule riders at events across the US, writing regular feature columns in leading equine publications including Trail Rider Magazine and The Northwest Horse Source Robert can be found riding and packing trail maintenance crews into wilderness areas throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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

Dr. Randel Raub currently is the Director of Research and Marketing for US Feed Operations – Ridley Inc., an Alltech Company. Dr. Raub is a recognized authority on equine growth physiology and has authored or co-authored numerous articles for scientific journals, as well as having written many articles for popular press. He also is a frequent speaker at educational, research and industry-related functions throughout the country, and was the 2011 recipient of the Fellow Award from the Equine Science Society. Prior to joining Ridley, Dr. Raub was Director of Equine Business Development and Technical Service from 2007 - 2011, and Director of Research and New Product Development from 2001 – 2007 for the Horse Business Group of Purina. From 1989 to 2001 he was the head of the equine teaching and research program at Kansas State University, and was the 1999 College of Agriculture’s Faculty Member of the Year. He received his Bachelor and Master of Science degree in animal science from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. with a minor in physiology from the University of Kentucky. His Ph.D. work focused on the effects of nutrition and exercise on bone and muscle development in the growing horse. While pursuing his Ph.D. he also was extensively involved in the Thoroughbred industry and maintained a farrier business. Upon graduating from college, he spent time as a packer and hunting guide in Idaho before starting his professional career. While growing up he started colts for his grandfather’s horse trading business, and during the summer would spend time with his uncle a Thoroughbred owner and trainer in California. Today, he and his wife Elizabeth enjoy time spent with their horses and dogs.

Randy Raub

Dr. Elizabeth Santschi, DVM, DACVS

Elizabeth Santschi, DVM, DACVS Professor Equine Surgery Professional Training: Bachelor of Science: University of Illinois, College of Agriculture D.V.M.: University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine Internship:  North Carolina State University Residency:  Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital, Ocala, FL Teaching:  Equine Surgery (4th year) Supplemental Equine Studies (4th year) Equine Lameness elective (Course leader, 3rd year) Clinical Skills (3rd year) Research: Dr. Santschi is presently investigating the biomechanical causes of, and treatments for, subchondral bone lucencies of young horses Clinical: Dr. Santschi’s primary interest is in orthopedic diseases of juvenile horses. This includes disorders such as osteochondrosis and subchondral bone cysts, septic arthritis, and angular and flexural limb deformities.    Other areas of interest include performance horse injury and fracture repair.  
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! 

Mark Beeler

Mark Beeler is the Equine Manager of the Saddle and Sirloin Club, a private club in Kansas City, Missouri dedicated to equestrian and shooting sports.  Mark oversees the management of 145 horses at the Club, as well as the equine/equestrian facilities and all riding activities, including training and instruction provided by the Club’s staff.  Mark has spent more than 30 years in the horse world as an instructor, a trainer, or in a management capacity.  He has shown both quarter horses and Arabian horses at regional and national levels.  He currently sits on the Eastern Kansas Arabian Horse Association Board of Directors.  He is a native of Kansas City and has been at the Saddle and Sirloin Club for 17 years.

Captain Tim Finley Bio

US Air Force Capt. Tim Finley deployed to Iraq to command air strikes for nine months and came home to a world that had changed for him. Seeking a solution for a broken heart and broken mind, he literally got back in the saddle.  From there his absurd goal developed:  Riding in the 2016 Mongol Derby - the longest horse race in the world, spanning 626 miles over 10 days on 28 different horses. Hear his story and learn why it was so important. Learn the value of "being comfortable with being uncomfortable."
Kansas Horse Council 8831 Quail Lane Suite 201, Manhattan, KS 66502 785-776-0662 ©1999-2016 Kansas Horse Council, All rights reserved.

Workshop Speakers

Robert Eversole

Robert Eversole “The TrailMeister”- Owns and operates the largest horse trail and horse camp guide in the world, www.TrailMeister.com. Robert founded www.TrailMeister.com when he found that accurate trail information wasn’t easily available for trail riders and horse campers. 10 years later, www.TrailMeister.com is the largest guide to horse riding and camping areas in the world; with free trail and trailhead information, trail maps, and much more to help outdoor enthusiasts experience the joys of trail riding. Active in the equine community, Robert is a PATH intl. Registered Instructor with over a decade of experience helping individuals with special needs experience the rewarding benefits of equine-assisted activities. Prior to being introduced to horses and equine camping Robert slogged through trails around the world as a US Marine. As a Staff NCO Robert focused on the training and safety of his Marines at duty stations around the globe. After leaving active duty Robert joined the world of commercial banking.  After a decade of managing mergers and acquisitions at a super regional bank he returned to his military roots and joined a firm helping service members find careers as they transitioned from active duty service. Now working full time helping horse and mule riders find the straight scoop on new places to ride and camp Robert has found himself a highly requested clinician at equine events around the nation where he shares his knowledge of trail riding, camping with livestock, and trail safety with horse and mule groups. When he’s not speaking with horse and mule riders at events across the US, writing regular feature columns in leading equine publications including Trail Rider Magazine and The Northwest Horse Source Robert can be found riding and packing trail maintenance crews into wilderness areas throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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

Dr. Randel Raub currently is the Director of Research and Marketing for US Feed Operations – Ridley Inc., an Alltech Company. Dr. Raub is a recognized authority on equine growth physiology and has authored or co-authored numerous articles for scientific journals, as well as having written many articles for popular press. He also is a frequent speaker at educational, research and industry-related functions throughout the country, and was the 2011 recipient of the Fellow Award from the Equine Science Society. Prior to joining Ridley, Dr. Raub was Director of Equine Business Development and Technical Service from 2007 - 2011, and Director of Research and New Product Development from 2001 – 2007 for the Horse Business Group of Purina. From 1989 to 2001 he was the head of the equine teaching and research program at Kansas State University, and was the 1999 College of Agriculture’s Faculty Member of the Year. He received his Bachelor and Master of Science degree in animal science from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. with a minor in physiology from the University of Kentucky. His Ph.D. work focused on the effects of nutrition and exercise on bone and muscle development in the growing horse. While pursuing his Ph.D. he also was extensively involved in the Thoroughbred industry and maintained a farrier business. Upon graduating from college, he spent time as a packer and hunting guide in Idaho before starting his professional career. While growing up he started colts for his grandfather’s horse trading business, and during the summer would spend time with his uncle a Thoroughbred owner and trainer in California. Today, he and his wife Elizabeth enjoy time spent with their horses and dogs.

Randy Raub

Dr. Elizabeth Santschi, DVM, DACVS

Elizabeth Santschi, DVM, DACVS Professor Equine Surgery Professional Training: Bachelor of Science: University of Illinois, College of Agriculture D.V.M.: University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine Internship:  North Carolina State University Residency:  Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital, Ocala, FL Teaching:  Equine Surgery (4th year) Supplemental Equine Studies (4th year) Equine Lameness elective (Course leader, 3rd year) Clinical Skills (3rd year) Research: Dr. Santschi is presently investigating the biomechanical causes of, and treatments for, subchondral bone lucencies of young horses Clinical: Dr. Santschi’s primary interest is in orthopedic diseases of juvenile horses. This includes disorders such as osteochondrosis and subchondral bone cysts, septic arthritis, and angular and flexural limb deformities.    Other areas of interest include performance horse injury and fracture repair.  
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! 

Mark Beeler

Mark Beeler is the Equine Manager of the Saddle and Sirloin Club, a private club in Kansas City, Missouri dedicated to equestrian and shooting sports.  Mark oversees the management of 145 horses at the Club, as well as the equine/equestrian facilities and all riding activities, including training and instruction provided by the Club’s staff.  Mark has spent more than 30 years in the horse world as an instructor, a trainer, or in a management capacity.  He has shown both quarter horses and Arabian horses at regional and national levels.  He currently sits on the Eastern Kansas Arabian Horse Association Board of Directors.  He is a native of Kansas City and has been at the Saddle and Sirloin Club for 17 years.

Captain Tim Finley Bio

US Air Force Capt. Tim Finley deployed to Iraq to command air strikes for nine months and came home to a world that had changed for him. Seeking a solution for a broken heart and broken mind, he literally got back in the saddle.  From there his absurd goal developed:  Riding in the 2016 Mongol Derby - the longest horse race in the world, spanning 626 miles over 10 days on 28 different horses. Hear his story and learn why it was so important. Learn the value of "being comfortable with being uncomfortable."