The Iowa Horse Council is proud to welcome four of the most inspiring, influential, and entertaining equine clinicians in the country to the 2014 Iowa Horse Fair. This line up of top clinicians continues a long tradition of bringing the top names in horse training to central Iowa. Be sure to mark your calendar for April 4th through the 6th and plan to attend demonstrations by these top teachers, along with the countless other attractions and learning opportunities available at the Iowa Horse Fair.
Julie Goodnight, trainer and clinician, is host of the popular RFD-TV show Horse Master airing Monday and Saturday night. Julie travels the USA sharing her no-nonsense horsemanship training with riders of all disciplines. Whether you ride English, Western, dressage, or trail ride, Julie’s “Classic Skills for a Natural Ride” style of teaching helps you feel more confident in the saddle and helps you understand the “whys” of horsemanship. She loves continually learning and sharing horse behavior insights and relates that knowledge to how you should interact with your horses.
Julie is experienced in dressage and jumping, racing, reining, cow horse, colt-starting, and wilderness riding. You’ve probably seen her articles in Horse & Rider, The Trail Rider, and many other leading horse publications. Julie is honored to be the International Spokesperson for the Certified Horsemanship Association and was named Equine Affair’s Exceptional Equestrian Educator.
Julie grew up on the hunter-jumper circuits in Florida, but is now at home in the west. She and her husband Rick Moorhead live in the mountains. Both love versatility ranch horse competitions and riding cowhorses.
Julie is known for her humorous interaction with audiences, fun and highly educational style, and for her ability to connect with the audience and give them valuable tools for improving their horsemanship. Common feedback about Julie includes comments such as: “That presentation you did was worth the price of admission for the whole weekend for me!” and, “I’ve learned more from you than from any other clinician I’ve seen!”
Jack Brainard: Master of the Flying Lead Change
Trainer, Breeder, Judge, Leader, Teacher, Author, Mentor and Friend are all accurate labels of Jack Brainard of Tiago, Texas, long known for his contributions to the equine industry and his lifelong commitment to horses and the people who enjoy them. Jack’s life has been full of “firsts,” including taking the first registered Quarter Horse to Iowa in 1946 and also having the first Quarter Horse in Wisconsin. He made the first AQHA Champion in the upper Midwest, was one of four people who organized the Iowa Quarter Horse Association. He also helped to organize the Midwest Quarter Horse Association. He even owned a horse that won the title of “Best Bronc” at the National Finals Rodeo four different times.
Jack Brainard, at 93, still leads an active life. Most days he can be found schooling numerous horses, teaching students, or traveling the roads to conduct one of his many clinics. His students marvel at his “easy to understand” presentation of the prerequisites and elements of the “flying lead change.” His positive and motivating approach to both horse and rider and his never ending enthusiasm for doing what he truly loves make him one of the most sought after equine clinicians in the country. The excitement and positive energy that continually flows from Jack to both his horses and students is rare to men half his age. He says that he hopes to be teaching and riding when he is 100!
Jeff Griffith grew up on Montana’s 130,000 acre Flying D Ranch, where he got a real sense of the right way to start colts.
Having spent most of his adult life cowboying, and starting and riding colts, Griffith feels fortunate to have spent time on some of the country’s biggest ranches.
Jeff worked closely with Joe Stiles at the King Ranch in Texas, grew up and travelled with Buck Brannaman, and has worked with some of the country’s best horsemen. Griffith was instrumental in developing AQHA’s Fundamentals of Horsemanship video series while managing the LaCense Horse Program.
As a teacher, Griffith is practical and sincere. His simplistic style of teaching makes it easier, safer and more achievable to learn.
Derrick Dupler and his trick horse, Rhia, share a unique program that relates to the beauty and majesty of the horse and the relationship man can enjoy with the equine. The audience will witness a deep bond of mutual trust and respect displayed as the two interact as one on the ground.
Derrick’s presentation is not only informative and very entertaining, but this cowboy will inspire the audience as well. He will demonstrate with his black beauty, Rhia, that the sky is the limit in what can be done. Princess Rhia will hug, kiss, count, fetch a ball, rear, lay down, dance, get drinks, and even paint a picture. Along with many other tricks, the audience of all ages will appreciate the humor, beauty and love that flow through the program.