2014 Iowa Horse Fair Featured Clinicians

by admin on November 6, 2013

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

Julie GoodnightJulie 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

Jack BrainardTrainer, 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

Jeff GriffithJeff 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

Derrick DuplerDerrick 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.

The Doctors are in the House

Equine Chiropractors at Iowa Horse FairDr. Amy Hayek and Dr. Bill Ormston cohost the cable television show Harmonizing Your Horses’ Health. The 26 episodes have aired on various stations within the United States, Australia, South America and Japan. Segments of the show have also been seen during the World Equestrian Games and various sporting events. You can find more about the show and them at www.hyhh.tv.

As a result of the demand for more in-depth information from the TV show, they now teach courses to veterinarians and horse owners. The courses include in-depth scientific information brought to a level that is easy to understand for horse owners; Gait Analysis, Cellular Healing, Fixing Saddle Fit, and The Equine Foot.
Between the two doctors they are licensed to practice in 8 states, including Iowa.

Dr Amy HayekDr. Amy Hayek, DVM – Dr. Amy Marie Hayek graduated from Iowa State University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in English, in 1987 with a Master of Arts in Technical Writing, and in 1998 from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences with a DVM. In the interim between degrees Dr. Hayek taught college English at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for 3 years, and at the University of Miami, and Florida International University in Miami, Florida for 4 years. During veterinary school she worked for USDA Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health as well as editor the Journal of the Student AVMA.

Following veterinary school Dr. Hayek has been in private practice, opening her own busy practice in 2001 in Summerville, SC. She has been recognized as a wealth of knowledge in her field and has been asked on several occasions to testify as expert witness for the South Carolina Animal Control Department on animal care practices, particularly involving the carriage companies that reside in downtown Charleston, SC. Her work on animal welfare stems from her scientific approach to animal care and her willingness to attempt to educate animal owners through weekend seminars.

Dr. Hayek lectured and gave laboratory assistance at Parker Chiropractic College from 2010 to 2012 in the Animal Chiropractic Program. She currently teaches for Animal Chiropractic Education Source, the only online course with AVCA approval for CE credits. She has published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, along with numerous trade journals regarding animal husbandry, including the Holistic Horse and Elite Equestrian. She routinely lectures for the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association and has lectured for Equine Affair, the Hoosier Horse Fair and the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians.

Dr Bill OrmstonDr. Bill Ormston, DVM –  Dr. Ormston (Dr. O to most) is the eldest son of teachers from Marshalltown, Iowa. His love of animals comes from having grown up in an agricultural family. He was a leader in his 4H group and was well known in the state political circles as a bright young man. In 1988 he graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine with his DVM and was the youngest recipient of the Gentle Doctor Award given by that college.

He started out in private practice and owned one in Hays, Kansas and one in Climax Springs, MO before moving to Celina, TX. In 1998 he attended Options for Animals and earned his certificate in Animal Chiropractic. Following his move to Texas he found himself in need of continuing education for the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association and sponsored a conference in Dallas, TX at Parker Chiropractic College. Soon after this endeavor he founded the Animal Chiropractic Program at Parker Chiropractic College with the sponsorship of the continuing education department.

His speaking endeavors include the American Veterinary Medical Association, Equine Affair, the Hoosier Horse Fair, and the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.


{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Carol Spies November 25, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I was wondering if the clinicians will be needing any assistant for there demos. And if there is away to
Try out for the job.
Thank you Carol Spies


admin November 26, 2013 at 10:23 am

I’m sure they will but don’t know their specific needs yet. I will keep your email contact and get back to you once I find out the specifics. Thanks for your interest.


Lisa Hammitt January 17, 2014 at 10:12 pm

When will the full schedule be available and how can I get one?


Spring Run Ranch January 30, 2014 at 9:38 pm

I wanted to know what is the Admission cost to get into the Iowa Horse Fair April 4,5,6 2014? Thank you.


Sherry Stone February 2, 2014 at 11:37 am

Is there any chance of getting a private lesson from Julie Goodnight? I have a 9 yr old Halflinger who trots well in different gaits but I am scared to death to lope after a bad accident. I really hope she can help.

Thank You
Sherry Stone


mary hepner February 11, 2014 at 9:02 pm

What day and time is Julie Goodnights clinic going to be………from out of state and a few of us need to plan


Mary Greeley February 13, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Still looking for a schedule of events. Some people really want to attend for a certain clinician but can only attend on one day due to work. It would be greatly appreciated if a schedule would be posted so we can schedule the time. Some need to schedule by the end of this month (February) so we can have time off during the first part of April.
Thanks for your consideration of this request.

Mary Greeley


Deb Knoll March 16, 2014 at 5:57 pm

I have registered for the Trails Conference and am looking forward to the conversations!


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