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Rhonda Martin; Equine Mechanix. Booth is located at P12 in the 4H/Ponderosa building. Friday 9:30am Workshop Room: Improve Your Horse's Self Carriage and Comfort - core activation and topline strength building for the horse Sunday 11:30am Workshop Room: Equine Bodywork and Saddle Fit Basics for the Horseman - Understanding Equine Brain, Pain and Training Bio: Rhonda Martin, BS Anatomy/Physiology, CESMT, owner Equine Mechanix, Harrisonville, MO 64701 Rhonda's passion and focus are about improving our understanding of equine behavior, training and the physical response to ridden work. A competitor in reining and western dressage led Rhonda to creating a system for understanding and helping horses be their best, achieving numerous regional and world championships. Rhonda has worked for nearly 30 years developing her unique, horsemanship-based approach to equine bodywork, mobility and training. She blends movement and bodywork strategies to program balance, transitions, strength and relaxation in the horse. Rhonda has worked with over 15,000 horses in her career helping trainers, riders and competitors of all levels unlock the potential of their horses. Her clientele includes 100's of horses of all disciplines who have achieved world, national and regional championships. She has attended the AQHA World Show, the NFR major events as an exclusive therapist, consults for CSI Saddle Pads and is part of Team CSI. Rhonda hosts and gives training seminars and clinics teaching "Equine Bodywork for Horsemanship & Connection" (copyright) and Ride Square (copyright) - Programming Rider Balance & Connection, Anatomy for Horsemen, Saddle Fit Fundamentals, Horsemanship Foundations and Advanced Bodywork.
Dr. Andy Hawkins; Kansas Dept. of Agriculture, Division of Animal Health-Assistant Animal Health Commissioner ONLY Friday 9:45am Workshop Room: "Equine Disposal Guidance" Dr. Andy Hawkins grew up on a family farm and ranch operation in southeast Kansas. As a child he was active in 4H and FFA raising and showing livestock. After high school, Andy attended Kansas State University where he earned a BS in Animal Sciences & Industry (2002) then a D.V.M. (2006). Post-graduation, Dr. Hawkins completed an internship in equine surgery and medicine at Sheridan Equine in Sheridan, Wyoming. Following his internship, he continued to work at Sheridan Equine running its satellite office Cody Equine in Cody, Wyoming. This opportunity made it possible for him to expand his knowledge and receive continued specialized training in equine medicine, referral lameness & surgery. In 2011, Dr. Hawkins returned home to Kansas and started his own equine exclusive practice. He later went on to pursue a career in regulatory medicine, accepting a position with USDA as an export Veterinary Medical Officer. As of July 2017, he was appointed Assistant Animal Health Commissioner for the state of Kansas. Dr. Hawkins currently serves as president of the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association. He and his wife Kristy live in Auburn, KS with their miracle daughter, Jaxie.
Mette Rosencrantz; Dressage Clinician Booth is located at H 12 in Heritage Hall. Friday 10:30am Workshop Room "The Importance of Cross Training for All Horses & Disciplines" Saturday 10:30am Workshop Room: "Preparing Your Horse & Self for the Show Season" Mette Rosencrantz is a highly respected and experienced FEI dressage trainer and competitor who has brought several horses and riders all the way up to International Grand Prix level. Mette has competed at many big international shows with victories in the US, Europe and Australia. Mette is as respected as a trainer as she is in the show ring In addition to her teaching degree, she has a Master’s degree in physical/sport education from Stockholm University. She was one of the first to observe the health and physique for riders with her book “Stretching for riders”. Mette has both produced her own series of educational riding videos and been part of other dressage training videos online. Over the years Mette has also authored numerous articles in different Equestrian Magazines.
Michael Hook- President, Historic Abilene Inc. Booth is located at K 31 & K32 in the Kenwood Hall building. Friday 10:45am Workshop Room: "Old Town Abilene, 160 years in the Making" Sunday 1:30pm Workshop Room: "Old Town Abilene, 160 years in the Making" Joseph McCoy launched a campaign in 1867 to make Abilene, Kansas the best-advertised small town in America. The City of the Plains was a quiet, whistle-stop town on the Union Pacific Eastern Division line, but would instantly be transformed into the Cowtown capital of the world. Within a short five years, approximately 2.5 million head of longhorns were moved from hoof to rails along the Chisholm Trail. Today, Abilene recreates its place in history with reenactments, can -can dancers, gunfights, longhorns loading onto historic cattle cars, and much more. Old Abilene Town celebrates the resurgence of the drovers’ spirit, bringing back to glory the days of the wild and woolly. Old Abilene Town stands proud on the wrong side of the tracks next to the boyhood home of their presidential neighbor Dwight D. Eisenhower. Michael Hook will take you on a journey 160 years in the making; Abilene, the City of the Plains.
Matthew Jobe; KS Cowboy Mounted Shooting Booth is located at P21 & P22 in the 4H/Ponderosa building (In With “The Lost Treasures of Jesse James, The Movie”) Friday 11:30am Workshop Room "How to Get Involved in Mounted Shooting" Saturday 11:30am Workshop Room: "How to Get Involved in Mounted Shooting" Matthew L Jobe owns and operates the C BAR J Ranch in Windsor, Missouri with his wife Angie. Matthew is Missouri native and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He served his country with five overseas tours and earned numerous awards and medals. At their facility, they board and train horses, give riding lessons, and teach clinics. Matthew also has a small cow/calf operation and grazes contract cattle during the year. Matthew has competed successfully in the sport of Cowboy Mounted Shooting and Extreme Cowboy Racing. He has earned several World, National, regional and State titles the last few years, to include 2018 Professional Armed Forces Rodeo World Finals Top 5, 2018 CMSA M4 National Champion, 2017 AHCA National Finals Reserve Champion, 2016 MSP World Champion, 2016 AHCA Missouri State Champion, 2015 EXCA Mid-Central Champion, and 2015 EXCA Kansas State Champion. He is a published author with the 2019 release of his 1st book, “The Horse, The Bible, The Cowboy”. Matt also co- produced, acted and was the wrangler for the soon to be released movie, “Lost Treasure of Jesse James.” Matt will be participating and coordinating the Kansas Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association’s, competition at Equifest.
Sue Stringer Kansas Byways and Kansas Agritourism programs with Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism (KDWPT) Only Friday 11:45am & 2:30pm Workshop Room: "Resources for Getting Started in Agritourism" Sue Stringer is the Manager for the Kansas Byways and Kansas Agritourism programs with Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism (KDWPT). She has worked for the State of Kansas for 32 years, the last seven for KDWPT. She enjoys the opportunity to share Kansas with others, as well as traveling the state herself, off the “beaten path” whenever possible. Sue grew up on the family farm in Franklin Co., KS, and finds her job with the Kansas Byways Program and Kansas Agritourism businesses a great fit for her. Working with local farmers looking to diversify their farm operation through agritourism and with rural communities through the Kansas Byways program help keep her in touch with rural Kansas traditions she knows well. Sue and her husband, Mike enjoy working together on their farm. They also like to walk, kayak, garden, and spending time with their seven grandchildren.
Jay Henson; National Ranch Horse Versatility Association Booth is located at P29 in the 4H/Ponderosa building. Friday 3:30pm Workshop Room: "What is the National Versatility Ranch Horse Association?" Saturday 9:30am Workshop Room: "Tack, Equipment & What Kind of Horse" Jay Henson grew up the son of a working ranch cowboy. His family lived near Clovis, N.M., for most of his childhood. He shared his father’s love of the cowboy lifestyle and enjoyed training horses as well. As a senior in high school he told his dad of his plans to follow in his footsteps as a “cow puncher.” Jay recalls the conversation even now. In response, his dad simply asked him, “Don’t you like new saddles and fancy bits?” Jay replied that of course he did. His dad then responded that he better be a horse trainer, because he wouldn’t be able to afford those things on a cowboy’s wage. So, that’s just what Jay did. He graduated from high school he began his career training horses. In today’s age of specialization where trainers typically only train and compete in one event, Jay and wife Gena Willoughby of Hugoton, KS have enjoyed helping participants in a variety of classes. That’s lucky for National Versatility Ranch Horse Association (NVRHA) participants who often look to the Hensons for guidance. Jay and Gena have been serving as judges and clinicians for ranch horse competitions since before the NVRHA became a formal association.
Chris Blevins; Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center; MS, DVM Booth is located at K1 & K2 in the Kenwood Hall building. Friday 1:00pm in Kenwood Hall Showcase: Live Horse Demo: "Equine Dental” 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.
Casey Hufstader; CH Packstring LLC Booth is located at P36 in the 4H/Ponderosa building. Friday 12:45pm Workshop Room: "Mule Packing" Saturday 10:45am Workshop Room: "Mule Packing" Casey Hufstader is a 5th generation packer from Oregon (USA). He has successfully run a 16-mule pack string, a packing business, and a packing school for individuals looking to learn the art of packing. He is the owner/operator of CH Packstring, LLC, a packing business that provides custom back country packing experiences to individuals. He is also an active member and advocate for Back Country Horseman of America, and volunteers countless hours to maintain trails and provide continued access for equestrian use of public lands. Casey utilizes his pack string of mules to pack in supplies and gear for the United States Forest Service. Casey is also a skilled mule trainer and clinician available for instructing clinics both privately and at his packing school. For more information on Casey and CH Packstring, please visit his website at www.chpackstring.com
John Staples; Windermere Stables Booth is located at P12 in the 4H/Ponderosa building. Friday at 1:30pm in Workshop Room: "Gymnastics: Bringing Your Flatwork into Your Jumping" Saturday at 1:30pm in Workshop Room: "Cross Country: How to Influence the Horse" Sunday at 1:45pm in Workshop Room: "Stadium Jumping: How to Ride Forward Into Balance" John Staples is A native of Wichita, Kansas, John began riding at the age of 7, competing in hunter jumper shows and horse trials. He was a member of the Meadowlark Pony Club where he earned his B rating. John was named as an alternate to the 1988 United States Olympic Eventing Team and was long-listed for both the 1992 and 1996 teams. John trained regularly with eventing legends Jack LeGoff, Torrence Watkins and Captain Mark Phillips. In 2011, he was named coach of the Costa Rica National Team. John teaches lessons at Windermere Stables in Wichita, and provides clinics around the U.S. When he is not teaching, he is designing and building cross country courses.
Andrea Caponetto; Capo Custom Saddles Booth is located at P19 & P20 in the 4H/Ponderosa building. Friday 4:30am Workshop Room: "Buying Tack Online" Saturday 1:45pm Workshop Room: "Selling Tack Online" Learn the ins and outs of selling tack online with internet marketing expert Andrea Caponetto of Capo Custom Saddles and Grays & Bays Tack. Andrea will teach you how to prepare your items, how to expertly market your saddles and tack, how to avoid scams, and more. Come learn the basics of buying and selling tack online. Bio Andrea Caponetto has been selling tack since 2007. She runs an internet-based consignment shop and a custom saddlery. Andrea uses her communications and marketing education from The University of Kansas to expertly communicate with potential buyers. Come learn how to market your items like a professional during Andrea’s workshops.
Caden Butler; Norton, Wasserman, Jones & Kelly ONLY Saturday at 9:45am in Workshop Room: “Estate Planning” Caden Butler is a partner at NWJK and has been practicing law since 2010. He practices in the estate planning, elder law, real estate, business law and transactional law areas of practice. He received his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in 2006 and his law degree from the University of Kansas in 2009. Email him at clb@nwjklaw.com
Erin Glassman; BCHA-KS; NATRC Booth is located at H 88 & H89 in Heritage Hall Saturday 11:45am Workshop Room "Distance Equestrian Sports" BIO: Erin Glassman is a mother of 2 girls and an avid trail rider. She has competed when possible in endurance for 14 years and competitive trail for 15. She manages endurance rides at Kanopolis and Sand Hills State Park and her distance career so far includes 2 Tevis Cup completions and nearly 2000 competitive miles altogether between the two sports. She competes on Arabians and half-Arabians and co-owns a small breeding operation called Prairie Sylvania Arabians to produce distance horses. She trains these and other horses alongside her boyfriend, Lucas Willhite. Erin became involved in trail advocacy around 2010 and has since been involved with being an advocate for horsemen to maintain access to our trail heritage. She is now stepping up to fill some big shoes in taking over the Kansas Trails Chair from Jim Thomas for the Kansas Horse Council, and after being involved with Back Country Horsemen of Kansas from its inception will continue to serve as a liaison between the two groups.
Wendy Bowles; Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism/Kanopolis State Park Booth is located at H70 & H71 in Heritage Hall Sunday 12:45pm Workshop Room, Co-Presenting with Erin Glassman “KS Treasures: State Park Trails" Wendy Bowles is a Conservation Worker at Kanopolis State Park near Marquette, Kansas. She has worked at Kanopolis State Park for 29 years. Prior to employment with the state of Kansas, Wendy worked as a Field Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Denver, Colorado. She is a graduate of Colorado State University and has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology. When Wendy started at Kanopolis there was 1.5 miles of mapped established trails. After working with Ellen Querner and NATRC in 1992 for a competitive ride, Wendy requested to keep the trails that she and Ellen had laid out and open them for public use. These trails have been mowed and marked every year since 1992 giving Kanopolis 27+ miles of trail open to Equestrians. This was the beginning of the Equestrian trails and Campgrounds in Kansas State Parks. Wendy has received approximately $480,000 in grants over the years. Most of the grant have come from the National Recreation Trail Grants and the money used to build Rockin’K Horse Campground, purchase equipment, purchase signs and materials. Wendy has done private consulting on trail construction. Wendy also serves as a Naturalist in the park, she presents nature programs to approximately 1,000 participants each year. She is a mother of twin girls who have made her so proud. Lacey and Ashley are both “Horse Girls”, they have been Rodeo Queens, feedlot cowgirls, vet. techs at feedlots, ranch hands, trail guides, trainers and teachers. Wendy says: “make an effort to learn something new every day and a conscious effort to learn from everyone you meet”
SARAH TRACK; William Woods University Booth is located at P37 in 4H/Ponderosa Building Friday 4:00pm Workshop Room: "Equitation, Form To Function" This will be discussing why riding with proper equitation is so important (not only for the Saddle Seat rider but for all riders really!) Saturday 2:45pm Workshop Room: "Saddle Seat Horsemanship" This topic is about the different ways whys and how’s we ride in the Saddle Seat discipline Sunday 10:45am Workshop Room: "Horse Show Ringmanship for the Saddle Seat Rider" All of the different ways we use the arena to our best advantage when showing Saddle Seat horses. Education MED, Education - Teaching and Technology, William Woods University, 2014 BS, Equestrian Science, William Woods University, 1998 Teaching Philosophy: I want my students to understand that they will get out of it what they put in. There is no replacement for hard work and dedication. Success does not nor will ever include the phrases “I can’t”, “it’s too hard”, or “I quit”. Success comes from deep within oneself and should be striven for each and every day — no matter what. Ms. Track has taught at William Woods University since 2010. Over the past 10 years, Ms. Track has coached her William Woods students on the donated William Woods owned horses to many championships, reserve championships and top ribbons at horse shows such as the UPHA American Royal National Championship, Lexington Junior League, St. Louis National Charity and Midwest Charity to name a few. Courses that Ms. Track currently teaches at William Woods include: Saddle Seat Applied Riding, Facility Management, Horse Management, Introduction to Equestrian Teaching and Learning and Theory of Teaching Techniques and Long Lining and Driving.
J. T. Burnley; Wrennwood Stables on behalf of St. Francis Ministries Equine Program Booth is located at K 8 in Kenwood Hall Sunday 10:30am Workshop Room: “Healing, Hope, & Horses” Sunday 2:00pm in Kenwood Hall Showcase: “How horses can help a child rise from crisis through healing and hope… JT Burnley’s journey and childhood experiences move him to an International Dressage rider.” J.T. Burnley is an FEI Dressage exhibitor and trainer who specializes in the classical approach to equine development. He prepares horses both mentally and physically for International competition by continually introducing a systematic and methodical set of challenges. Having three decades in the equine industry has equipped him with the survivor-ship necessary to withstand the toughest of economic climates. He is thought of as a passionate, lifelong steward of Dressage whose horses are cheerfully obedient and willingly devout to their rider. He maintains an inexhaustible amount of patience, iron clad ethics, and a palpable desire to develop his riders, his horses and himself to potential. J.T. is married to Wren, an AAEP DVM, and FEI Eventing Gold Medalist, and together they have Wrenwood Stables in Kentucky and they Winter Train in Florida.
Adrian “Buckaroogirl” Brannan Booth is located at P30 in the 4H/Ponderosa building. Friday 2:00pm Workshop Room: "The West Wasn't Won On A Salad" Why your role as a young person matters in the 2020 western world. Saturday 12:45pm Workshop Room: "Dear Cowgirl: Riding through the tough stuff" Working through obstacles life throws at you through conscious living, ownership and joy. Sunday 11:45am Workshop Room: "Failure" How “failing” on national television in front of millions of people changed my life for the better and led to success. Growing up in a “gypsy family,” Adrian was exposed to the raw beauty of the Scottish highlands and the Nevada sagebrush, the harsh reality of life in a post-iron curtain Ukraine and the adventures of learning French in Switzerland before returning to life in America and falling in love with the west. “I lived in a 14 ft tipi through middle and high school” Adrian reflects, “I was a wild child with un-brushed hair and out of control riding bareback and wishing I had been born a mountain man from the fur trade era. My family not only tolerated but encouraged my unruly behavior and cultivated my love of the wild places and freedom.” Hard work, books, trapping, opera (another tale in and of itself) and barefoot adventures into the hills filled Adrian’s childhood, and although her family was not always cowboying for a living or based on huge ranches-the love of working horseback learned from her father always stayed with her. “My dad and sister were the cowboys. My mom and I were the free spirit-cowboys” Adrian says with a smile. “I refused to do things like everyone else. I didn’t care if I was weird or the odd man out, I loved the old school – the different – the roads less traveled.” When Adrian was 14, her life changed forever with the chance to record an album. An open mic, two newly written songs and a little girl who had been playing a pawn-shop guitar for two weeks suddenly realized her life’s purpose. With the help of an incredible couple (Mike and Liz Vanderhoof) from Utah who saw the clear potential, Adrian picked up the guitar and welded pen and paper like weapons, moving head-on into the career she knows she was meant to pursue to this day. “I realized that I had things to say, a [cowboy] culture I longed to protect, and a spirit that had to wander. It was stumbling into perfection, into meaning and into something I’ve never regretted for a minute. It was like coming home.”
Dylan Lutter; Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center; DVM, MS, DACVS-LA Certified Equine Rehabilitation practitioner (CERP) Booth is located at K1 & K2 in the Kenwood Hall building. Friday 1:00pm in Kenwood Hall Showcase: Live Horse Demo: "Sports medicine and laser therapy benefits for your horse" Dr. Lutter is the lead clinician on the Equine Performance Medicine Service and focuses on horses with lameness or performance limiting injuries. His background and training in equine surgery, MRI, and physical therapy allow him to take multi-dimensional approach to treating equine patients. In addition to conventional therapies, Dr. Lutter offers cutting edge regenerative therapies to his patients. He will be pursuing animal chiropractic certification in 2020.
Katie Delph; Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center; DVM Booth is located at K1 & K2 in the Kenwood Hall building. Saturday 11:00am in Kenwood Hall Showcase: Live Horse Demo: "Upper airway disease, strangles, and the benefits of endoscopy" Saturday 3:00pm in Kenwood Hall Showcase: Live Horse Demo: "Stomach ulcers and the benefits of scoping your horse before treatment" Dr. Katie Delph is a board-certified veterinarian specializing 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 science 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 medicine in 2016. During her residency, she received her master’s degree in veterinary biomedical science. Her research interests have included investigating the immunologic response following strangles vaccination as well as following 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, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and neurologic diseases, and neonatal foal medicine.
Jason Grady; Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center; DVM Booth is located at K1 & K2 in the Kenwood Hall building. Saturday 11:00am in Kenwood Hall Showcase: Live Horse Demo: “Endoscopic Evaluation of the Mare’s Reproductive Tract” Dr. Jason Grady grew up in southeast Kansas and earned his DVM from Kansas State University in 2003. After practicing in Oklahoma for two years, Jason returned to Kansas State to complete an internal medicine residency. Jason then worked six years in private practice in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area where he served as a veterinarian for the North American Sport Horse Federation Stallion Testing. In 2015, Dr. Grady returned to Kansas State University as an assistant professor leading the equine reproduction services.
Tucker A. Stewart-Associate Counsel; Kansas Livestock Association Only Friday 2:00pm in Kenwood Hall Showcase: "Kansas Fence Laws & Ag Sales Taxes" Tucker A. Stewart is Associate Counsel at the Kansas Livestock Association where he uses his cattleman’s background and legal education to assist KLA members with legal questions and advocate for the livestock industry at the state Capitol. Born and Raised in Kansas, Stewart grew up on a cow calf, seedstock, and diversified farming operation. Being directly involved with farming and ranching gives Stewart a unique perspective in the practice of law.
Dendria Mclaughlin; HathaHorse- Balancing Horse and Human (Equestrian Yoga) Balancing Horse and Human Dendria is an alternative therapy practitioner for both horse and human. Her modalities include Equine Craniosacral, Yoga for Equestrians, Acupressure and Photonic Light Therapy as well as in person and online classes in Essential Oils, Crystals and Herbs. www.hathahorse.com
Julie Frank; Rise and Shine LLC -Sports Massage Therapy Certified Equine Massage Therapist specializing in all disciplines, bringing the best out in your horse to “Rise and Shine” Dendria & Julie will be Co-Presenting daily on a series of stretches for horse and rider. Easy daily practice for both two and four legged. Pre and post ride, competition, suppleness, flexibility, relationship building Friday 3:00pm Kenwood Hall Showcase: Live Horse Demo "Equestrian Yoga for Horse & Human" Saturday 1:00pm Kenwood Hall Showcase: Live Horse Demo "Equestrian Yoga for Horse & Human" Sunday 12:00pm Kenwood Hall Showcase: Live Horse Demo "Equestrian Yoga for Horse & Human"
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Rhonda Martin; Equine Mechanix. Booth is located at P12 in the 4H/Ponderosa building. Friday 9:30am Workshop Room: Improve Your Horse's Self Carriage and Comfort - core activation and topline strength building for the horse Sunday 11:30am Workshop Room: Equine Bodywork and Saddle Fit Basics for the Horseman - Understanding Equine Brain, Pain and Training Bio: Rhonda Martin, BS Anatomy/Physiology, CESMT, owner Equine Mechanix, Harrisonville, MO 64701 Rhonda's passion and focus are about improving our understanding of equine behavior, training and the physical response to ridden work. A competitor in reining and western dressage led Rhonda to creating a system for understanding and helping horses be their best, achieving numerous regional and world championships. Rhonda has worked for nearly 30 years developing her unique, horsemanship- based approach to equine bodywork, mobility and training. She blends movement and bodywork strategies to program balance, transitions, strength and relaxation in the horse. Rhonda has worked with over 15,000 horses in her career helping trainers, riders and competitors of all levels unlock the potential of their horses. Her clientele includes 100's of horses of all disciplines who have achieved world, national and regional championships. She has attended the AQHA World Show, the NFR major events as an exclusive therapist, consults for CSI Saddle Pads and is part of Team CSI. Rhonda hosts and gives training seminars and clinics teaching "Equine Bodywork for Horsemanship & Connection" (copyright) and Ride Square (copyright) - Programming Rider Balance & Connection, Anatomy for Horsemen, Saddle Fit Fundamentals, Horsemanship Foundations and Advanced Bodywork.
Dr. Andy Hawkins; Kansas Dept. of Agriculture, Division of Animal Health-Assistant Animal Health Commissioner ONLY Friday 9:45am Workshop Room: "Equine Disposal Guidance" Dr. Andy Hawkins grew up on a family farm and ranch operation in southeast Kansas. As a child he was active in 4H and FFA raising and showing livestock. After high school, Andy attended Kansas State University where he earned a BS in Animal Sciences & Industry (2002) then a D.V.M. (2006). Post-graduation, Dr. Hawkins completed an internship in equine surgery and medicine at Sheridan Equine in Sheridan, Wyoming. Following his internship, he continued to work at Sheridan Equine running its satellite office Cody Equine in Cody, Wyoming. This opportunity made it possible for him to expand his knowledge and receive continued specialized training in equine medicine, referral lameness & surgery. In 2011, Dr. Hawkins returned home to Kansas and started his own equine exclusive practice. He later went on to pursue a career in regulatory medicine, accepting a position with USDA as an export Veterinary Medical Officer. As of July 2017, he was appointed Assistant Animal Health Commissioner for the state of Kansas. Dr. Hawkins currently serves as president of the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association. He and his wife Kristy live in Auburn, KS with their miracle daughter, Jaxie.
Mette Rosencrantz; Dressage Clinician Booth is located at H 12 in Heritage Hall. Friday 10:30am Workshop Room "The Importance of Cross Training for All Horses & Disciplines" Saturday 10:30am Workshop Room: "Preparing Your Horse & Self for the Show Season" Mette Rosencrantz is a highly respected and experienced FEI dressage trainer and competitor who has brought several horses and riders all the way up to International Grand Prix level. Mette has competed at many big international shows with victories in the US, Europe and Australia. Mette is as respected as a trainer as she is in the show ring In addition to her teaching degree, she has a Master’s degree in physical/sport education from Stockholm University. She was one of the first to observe the health and physique for riders with her book “Stretching for riders”. Mette has both produced her own series of educational riding videos and been part of other dressage training videos online. Over the years Mette has also authored numerous articles in different Equestrian Magazines.
Michael Hook- President, Historic Abilene Inc. Booth is located at K 31 & K32 in the Kenwood Hall building. Friday 10:45am Workshop Room: "Old Town Abilene, 160 years in the Making" Sunday 1:30pm Workshop Room: "Old Town Abilene, 160 years in the Making" Joseph McCoy launched a campaign in 1867 to make Abilene, Kansas the best-advertised small town in America. The City of the Plains was a quiet, whistle- stop town on the Union Pacific Eastern Division line, but would instantly be transformed into the Cowtown capital of the world. Within a short five years, approximately 2.5 million head of longhorns were moved from hoof to rails along the Chisholm Trail. Today, Abilene recreates its place in history with reenactments, can -can dancers, gunfights, longhorns loading onto historic cattle cars, and much more. Old Abilene Town celebrates the resurgence of the drovers’ spirit, bringing back to glory the days of the wild and woolly. Old Abilene Town stands proud on the wrong side of the tracks next to the boyhood home of their presidential neighbor Dwight D. Eisenhower. Michael Hook will take you on a journey 160 years in the making; Abilene, the City of the Plains.
Matthew Jobe; KS Cowboy Mounted Shooting Booth is located at P21 & P22 in the 4H/Ponderosa building (In With “The Lost Treasures of Jesse James, The Movie”) Friday 11:30am Workshop Room "How to Get Involved in Mounted Shooting" Saturday 11:30am Workshop Room: "How to Get Involved in Mounted Shooting" Matthew L Jobe owns and operates the C BAR J Ranch in Windsor, Missouri with his wife Angie. Matthew is Missouri native and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He served his country with five overseas tours and earned numerous awards and medals. At their facility, they board and train horses, give riding lessons, and teach clinics. Matthew also has a small cow/calf operation and grazes contract cattle during the year. Matthew has competed successfully in the sport of Cowboy Mounted Shooting and Extreme Cowboy Racing. He has earned several World, National, regional and State titles the last few years, to include 2018 Professional Armed Forces Rodeo World Finals Top 5, 2018 CMSA M4 National Champion, 2017 AHCA National Finals Reserve Champion, 2016 MSP World Champion, 2016 AHCA Missouri State Champion, 2015 EXCA Mid-Central Champion, and 2015 EXCA Kansas State Champion. He is a published author with the 2019 release of his 1st book, “The Horse, The Bible, The Cowboy”. Matt also co- produced, acted and was the wrangler for the soon to be released movie, “Lost Treasure of Jesse James.” Matt will be participating and coordinating the Kansas Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association’s, competition at Equifest.
Sue Stringer Kansas Byways and Kansas Agritourism programs with Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism (KDWPT) Only Friday 11:45am & 2:30pm Workshop Room: "Resources for Getting Started in Agritourism" Sue Stringer is the Manager for the Kansas Byways and Kansas Agritourism programs with Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism (KDWPT). She has worked for the State of Kansas for 32 years, the last seven for KDWPT. She enjoys the opportunity to share Kansas with others, as well as traveling the state herself, off the “beaten path” whenever possible. Sue grew up on the family farm in Franklin Co., KS, and finds her job with the Kansas Byways Program and Kansas Agritourism businesses a great fit for her. Working with local farmers looking to diversify their farm operation through agritourism and with rural communities through the Kansas Byways program help keep her in touch with rural Kansas traditions she knows well. Sue and her husband, Mike enjoy working together on their farm. They also like to walk, kayak, garden, and spending time with their seven grandchildren.
Jay Henson; National Ranch Horse Versatility Association Booth is located at P29 in the 4H/Ponderosa building. Friday 3:30pm Workshop Room: "What is the National Versatility Ranch Horse Association?" Saturday 9:30am Workshop Room: "Tack, Equipment & What Kind of Horse" Jay Henson grew up the son of a working ranch cowboy. His family lived near Clovis, N.M., for most of his childhood. He shared his father’s love of the cowboy lifestyle and enjoyed training horses as well. As a senior in high school he told his dad of his plans to follow in his footsteps as a “cow puncher.” Jay recalls the conversation even now. In response, his dad simply asked him, “Don’t you like new saddles and fancy bits?” Jay replied that of course he did. His dad then responded that he better be a horse trainer, because he wouldn’t be able to afford those things on a cowboy’s wage. So, that’s just what Jay did. He graduated from high school he began his career training horses. In today’s age of specialization where trainers typically only train and compete in one event, Jay and wife Gena Willoughby of Hugoton, KS have enjoyed helping participants in a variety of classes. That’s lucky for National Versatility Ranch Horse Association (NVRHA) participants who often look to the Hensons for guidance. Jay and Gena have been serving as judges and clinicians for ranch horse competitions since before the NVRHA became a formal association.
Chris Blevins; Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center; MS, DVM Booth is located at K1 & K2 in the Kenwood Hall building. Friday 1:00pm in Kenwood Hall Showcase: Live Horse Demo: "Equine Dental” 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.
Casey Hufstader; CH Packstring LLC Booth is located at P36 in the 4H/Ponderosa building. Friday 12:45pm Workshop Room: "Mule Packing" Saturday 10:45am Workshop Room: "Mule Packing" Casey Hufstader is a 5th generation packer from Oregon (USA). He has successfully run a 16-mule pack string, a packing business, and a packing school for individuals looking to learn the art of packing. He is the owner/operator of CH Packstring, LLC, a packing business that provides custom back country packing experiences to individuals. He is also an active member and advocate for Back Country Horseman of America, and volunteers countless hours to maintain trails and provide continued access for equestrian use of public lands. Casey utilizes his pack string of mules to pack in supplies and gear for the United States Forest Service. Casey is also a skilled mule trainer and clinician available for instructing clinics both privately and at his packing school. For more information on Casey and CH Packstring, please visit his website at www.chpackstring.com
John Staples; Windermere Stables Booth is located at P12 in the 4H/Ponderosa building. Friday at 1:30pm in Workshop Room: "Gymnastics: Bringing Your Flatwork into Your Jumping" Saturday at 1:30pm in Workshop Room: "Cross Country: How to Influence the Horse" Sunday at 1:45pm in Workshop Room: "Stadium Jumping: How to Ride Forward Into Balance" John Staples is A native of Wichita, Kansas, John began riding at the age of 7, competing in hunter jumper shows and horse trials. He was a member of the Meadowlark Pony Club where he earned his B rating. John was named as an alternate to the 1988 United States Olympic Eventing Team and was long- listed for both the 1992 and 1996 teams. John trained regularly with eventing legends Jack LeGoff, Torrence Watkins and Captain Mark Phillips. In 2011, he was named coach of the Costa Rica National Team. John teaches lessons at Windermere Stables in Wichita, and provides clinics around the U.S. When he is not teaching, he is designing and building cross country courses.
Andrea Caponetto; Capo Custom Saddles Booth is located at P19 & P20 in the 4H/Ponderosa building. Friday 4:30am Workshop Room: "Buying Tack Online" Saturday 1:45pm Workshop Room: "Selling Tack Online" Learn the ins and outs of selling tack online with internet marketing expert Andrea Caponetto of Capo Custom Saddles and Grays & Bays Tack. Andrea will teach you how to prepare your items, how to expertly market your saddles and tack, how to avoid scams, and more. Come learn the basics of buying and selling tack online. Bio Andrea Caponetto has been selling tack since 2007. She runs an internet-based consignment shop and a custom saddlery. Andrea uses her communications and marketing education from The University of Kansas to expertly communicate with potential buyers. Come learn how to market your items like a professional during Andrea’s workshops.
Caden Butler; Norton, Wasserman, Jones & Kelly ONLY Saturday at 9:45am in Workshop Room: “Estate Planning” Caden Butler is a partner at NWJK and has been practicing law since 2010. He practices in the estate planning, elder law, real estate, business law and transactional law areas of practice. He received his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in 2006 and his law degree from the University of Kansas in 2009. Email him at clb@nwjklaw.com
Erin Glassman; BCHA-KS; NATRC Booth is located at H 88 & H89 in Heritage Hall Saturday 11:45am Workshop Room "Distance Equestrian Sports" BIO: Erin Glassman is a mother of 2 girls and an avid trail rider. She has competed when possible in endurance for 14 years and competitive trail for 15. She manages endurance rides at Kanopolis and Sand Hills State Park and her distance career so far includes 2 Tevis Cup completions and nearly 2000 competitive miles altogether between the two sports. She competes on Arabians and half-Arabians and co-owns a small breeding operation called Prairie Sylvania Arabians to produce distance horses. She trains these and other horses alongside her boyfriend, Lucas Willhite. Erin became involved in trail advocacy around 2010 and has since been involved with being an advocate for horsemen to maintain access to our trail heritage. She is now stepping up to fill some big shoes in taking over the Kansas Trails Chair from Jim Thomas for the Kansas Horse Council, and after being involved with Back Country Horsemen of Kansas from its inception will continue to serve as a liaison between the two groups.
Wendy Bowles; Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism/Kanopolis State Park Booth is located at H70 & H71 in Heritage Hall Sunday 12:45pm Workshop Room, Co- Presenting with Erin Glassman “KS Treasures: State Park Trails" Wendy Bowles is a Conservation Worker at Kanopolis State Park near Marquette, Kansas. She has worked at Kanopolis State Park for 29 years. Prior to employment with the state of Kansas, Wendy worked as a Field Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Denver, Colorado. She is a graduate of Colorado State University and has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology. When Wendy started at Kanopolis there was 1.5 miles of mapped established trails. After working with Ellen Querner and NATRC in 1992 for a competitive ride, Wendy requested to keep the trails that she and Ellen had laid out and open them for public use. These trails have been mowed and marked every year since 1992 giving Kanopolis 27+ miles of trail open to Equestrians. This was the beginning of the Equestrian trails and Campgrounds in Kansas State Parks. Wendy has received approximately $480,000 in grants over the years. Most of the grant have come from the National Recreation Trail Grants and the money used to build Rockin’K Horse Campground, purchase equipment, purchase signs and materials. Wendy has done private consulting on trail construction. Wendy also serves as a Naturalist in the park, she presents nature programs to approximately 1,000 participants each year. She is a mother of twin girls who have made her so proud. Lacey and Ashley are both “Horse Girls”, they have been Rodeo Queens, feedlot cowgirls, vet. techs at feedlots, ranch hands, trail guides, trainers and teachers. Wendy says: “make an effort to learn something new every day and a conscious effort to learn from everyone you meet”
SARAH TRACK; William Woods University Booth is located at P37 in 4H/Ponderosa Building Friday 4:00pm Workshop Room: "Equitation, Form To Function" This will be discussing why riding with proper equitation is so important (not only for the Saddle Seat rider but for all riders really!) Saturday 2:45pm Workshop Room: "Saddle Seat Horsemanship" This topic is about the different ways whys and how’s we ride in the Saddle Seat discipline Sunday 10:45am Workshop Room: "Horse Show Ringmanship for the Saddle Seat Rider" All of the different ways we use the arena to our best advantage when showing Saddle Seat horses. Education MED, Education - Teaching and Technology, William Woods University, 2014 BS, Equestrian Science, William Woods University, 1998 Teaching Philosophy: I want my students to understand that they will get out of it what they put in. There is no replacement for hard work and dedication. Success does not nor will ever include the phrases “I can’t”, “it’s too hard”, or “I quit”. Success comes from deep within oneself and should be striven for each and every day — no matter what. Ms. Track has taught at William Woods University since 2010. Over the past 10 years, Ms. Track has coached her William Woods students on the donated William Woods owned horses to many championships, reserve championships and top ribbons at horse shows such as the UPHA American Royal National Championship, Lexington Junior League, St. Louis National Charity and Midwest Charity to name a few. Courses that Ms. Track currently teaches at William Woods include: Saddle Seat Applied Riding, Facility Management, Horse Management, Introduction to Equestrian Teaching and Learning and Theory of Teaching Techniques and Long Lining and Driving.
J. T. Burnley; Wrennwood Stables on behalf of St. Francis Ministries Equine Program Booth is located at K 8 in Kenwood Hall Sunday 10:30am Workshop Room: “Healing, Hope, & Horses” Sunday 2:00pm in Kenwood Hall Showcase: “How horses can help a child rise from crisis through healing and hope… JT Burnley’s journey and childhood experiences move him to an International Dressage rider.” J.T. Burnley is an FEI Dressage exhibitor and trainer who specializes in the classical approach to equine development. He prepares horses both mentally and physically for International competition by continually introducing a systematic and methodical set of challenges. Having three decades in the equine industry has equipped him with the survivor- ship necessary to withstand the toughest of economic climates. He is thought of as a passionate, lifelong steward of Dressage whose horses are cheerfully obedient and willingly devout to their rider. He maintains an inexhaustible amount of patience, iron clad ethics, and a palpable desire to develop his riders, his horses and himself to potential. J.T. is married to Wren, an AAEP DVM, and FEI Eventing Gold Medalist, and together they have Wrenwood Stables in Kentucky and they Winter Train in Florida.
Adrian “Buckaroogirl” Brannan Booth is located at P30 in the 4H/Ponderosa building. Friday 2:00pm Workshop Room: "The West Wasn't Won On A Salad" Why your role as a young person matters in the 2020 western world. Saturday 12:45pm Workshop Room: "Dear Cowgirl: Riding through the tough stuff" Working through obstacles life throws at you through conscious living, ownership and joy. Sunday 11:45am Workshop Room: "Failure" How “failing” on national television in front of millions of people changed my life for the better and led to success. Growing up in a “gypsy family,” Adrian was exposed to the raw beauty of the Scottish highlands and the Nevada sagebrush, the harsh reality of life in a post-iron curtain Ukraine and the adventures of learning French in Switzerland before returning to life in America and falling in love with the west. “I lived in a 14 ft tipi through middle and high school” Adrian reflects, “I was a wild child with un-brushed hair and out of control riding bareback and wishing I had been born a mountain man from the fur trade era. My family not only tolerated but encouraged my unruly behavior and cultivated my love of the wild places and freedom.” Hard work, books, trapping, opera (another tale in and of itself) and barefoot adventures into the hills filled Adrian’s childhood, and although her family was not always cowboying for a living or based on huge ranches-the love of working horseback learned from her father always stayed with her. “My dad and sister were the cowboys. My mom and I were the free spirit- cowboys” Adrian says with a smile. “I refused to do things like everyone else. I didn’t care if I was weird or the odd man out, I loved the old school – the different – the roads less traveled.” When Adrian was 14, her life changed forever with the chance to record an album. An open mic, two newly written songs and a little girl who had been playing a pawn-shop guitar for two weeks suddenly realized her life’s purpose. With the help of an incredible couple (Mike and Liz Vanderhoof) from Utah who saw the clear potential, Adrian picked up the guitar and welded pen and paper like weapons, moving head-on into the career she knows she was meant to pursue to this day. “I realized that I had things to say, a [cowboy] culture I longed to protect, and a spirit that had to wander. It was stumbling into perfection, into meaning and into something I’ve never regretted for a minute. It was like coming home.”
Dylan Lutter; Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center; DVM, MS, DACVS-LA Certified Equine Rehabilitation practitioner (CERP) Booth is located at K1 & K2 in the Kenwood Hall building. Friday 1:00pm in Kenwood Hall Showcase: Live Horse Demo: "Sports medicine and laser therapy benefits for your horse" Dr. Lutter is the lead clinician on the Equine Performance Medicine Service and focuses on horses with lameness or performance limiting injuries. His background and training in equine surgery, MRI, and physical therapy allow him to take multi-dimensional approach to treating equine patients. In addition to conventional therapies, Dr. Lutter offers cutting edge regenerative therapies to his patients. He will be pursuing animal chiropractic certification in 2020.
Katie Delph; Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center; DVM Booth is located at K1 & K2 in the Kenwood Hall building. Saturday 11:00am in Kenwood Hall Showcase: Live Horse Demo: "Upper airway disease, strangles, and the benefits of endoscopy" Saturday 3:00pm in Kenwood Hall Showcase: Live Horse Demo: "Stomach ulcers and the benefits of scoping your horse before treatment" Dr. Katie Delph is a board-certified veterinarian specializing 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 science 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 medicine in 2016. During her residency, she received her master’s degree in veterinary biomedical science. Her research interests have included investigating the immunologic response following strangles vaccination as well as following 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, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and neurologic diseases, and neonatal foal medicine.
Jason Grady; Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center; DVM Booth is located at K1 & K2 in the Kenwood Hall building. Saturday 11:00am in Kenwood Hall Showcase: Live Horse Demo: “Endoscopic Evaluation of the Mare’s Reproductive Tract” Dr. Jason Grady grew up in southeast Kansas and earned his DVM from Kansas State University in 2003. After practicing in Oklahoma for two years, Jason returned to Kansas State to complete an internal medicine residency. Jason then worked six years in private practice in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area where he served as a veterinarian for the North American Sport Horse Federation Stallion Testing. In 2015, Dr. Grady returned to Kansas State University as an assistant professor leading the equine reproduction services.
Tucker A. Stewart-Associate Counsel; Kansas Livestock Association Only Friday 2:00pm in Kenwood Hall Showcase: "Kansas Fence Laws & Ag Sales Taxes" Tucker A. Stewart is Associate Counsel at the Kansas Livestock Association where he uses his cattleman’s background and legal education to assist KLA members with legal questions and advocate for the livestock industry at the state Capitol. Born and Raised in Kansas, Stewart grew up on a cow calf, seedstock, and diversified farming operation. Being directly involved with farming and ranching gives Stewart a unique perspective in the practice of law.
Dendria Mclaughlin; HathaHorse- Balancing Horse and Human (Equestrian Yoga) Balancing Horse and Human Dendria is an alternative therapy practitioner for both horse and human. Her modalities include Equine Craniosacral, Yoga for Equestrians, Acupressure and Photonic Light Therapy as well as in person and online classes in Essential Oils, Crystals and Herbs. www.hathahorse.com
Julie Frank; Rise and Shine LLC -Sports Massage Therapy Certified Equine Massage Therapist specializing in all disciplines, bringing the best out in your horse to “Rise and Shine” Dendria & Julie will be Co-Presenting daily on a series of stretches for horse and rider. Easy daily practice for both two and four legged. Pre and post ride, competition, suppleness, flexibility, relationship building Friday 3:00pm Kenwood Hall Showcase: Live Horse Demo "Equestrian Yoga for Horse & Human" Saturday 1:00pm Kenwood Hall Showcase: Live Horse Demo "Equestrian Yoga for Horse & Human" Sunday 12:00pm Kenwood Hall Showcase: Live Horse Demo "Equestrian Yoga for Horse & Human"