THIRD TRAINER FOR 2016 COLT STARTING CHALLENGE
TJ Clibborn was born in Glen Innes Australia and moved to the states in 1990 where he started the True Partnership Inc way of training. He specializes in training colts for all types of completions, and has trained:
Several jumping champions
· 2010 reserve trail champion in MN contest
· 2011 colt extreme trail champion
· 2012 trail champion in hand at Ft Worth
· 2013 reserve champion in Madison
TJ has made the finals in all the Mustang challenges he has competed in since 2009. TJ’s training methods work on every horse he has had the privilege of working with over the years.
FIRST TRAINER FOR 2016 COLT STARTING CHALLENGE!
Our first trainer for the SEFHA 2016 Colt Starting Challenge is Amelia Eland. Last year, Amelia was an alternate. This year, we are happy to have her compete in the challenge.
Amelia has been riding since she was a young child, as she was born with a love of horses. She specializes in colt starting, ground work to gain respect & control, "problem horses", desensitizing, and retraining off the track Thoroughbreds (OTTB's), as well as off the track Quarter Horses. She is a firm believer in Natural Horsemanship methods. Amelia prides herself on being an honest horsewoman - her Dad raised her to be an honest, hard working woman and to never give up on her dreams. She loves the thrill of competition, but ultimately, she loves seeing the results of her training. Amelia is a people person and she makes friends everywhere she goes. She loves to study and follow several trainers that she has looked up to for many years such as Tom & Bill Dorrance, Buck Brannaman, John Lyons, Monty Roberts, Clinton Anderson, Chris Cox, Kenny Harlow, & many more. Her accomplishments at other training challenges include an 8th place overall finish in the first annual Extreme Retired Racehorse Makeover in 2013 which is now called the Ultimate X Showdown, & also a 4th place finish in the under saddle division of the H4 Leap of Faith Feral Horse Makeover in 2014. She is certified in Equine Technology by Martin Community College, and has been starting colts & training horses for about 10 years. See her website here: http://www.adperformancehorses.com/
SECOND TRAINER FOR 2016 COLT STARTING CHALLENGE
It's time to announce our 2nd trainer competitor for our 2016 Colt Starter Challenge. We are pleased to announce that Michael Gascon will be competing this year.
Michael Gascon is a 27 year old fifth generation horse trainer, clinician and entertainer out of Poplarville, MS. He was raised showing and competing Paso Finos at a very young age. He started showing the knack for really bonding with horses and understanding their way of thinking. Over the years, this bond with his horses brought him and his horses numerous National and World Titles. Now, he spends most of his time teaching, whether it be at the Gascon Horsemanship Academy in Mississippi or traveling around the world giving clinics. Michael loves to open the communication lines between horse and rider, so that both horse and rider can truly enjoy riding. You can read more about him on his website, www.gasconhorsemanship.com
OUR FIRST JUDGE FOR THE 2016 COLT STARTING CHALLENGE
Randall Wiseman grew up on her family’s farm in Danville, VA, where she now works and runs an equine training facility (Grenadier Equine at Wiseman Farms). She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Livestock Science and Management from Delaware Valley University. Randall associates herself mainly as a hunt seat rider/trainer, as she has an Intercollegiate Dressage Association National Championship, shows locally in Eventing and Hunter Jumpers, and grew up Foxhunting. Although, whether she is training a show hunter or a ranch horse, she feels the foundation and correct feel is the same, no matter the tack, and strives to follow the teachings of Ray Hunt and Tom Dorrance. Randall has spent time riding with several top trainers, such as Melanie Smith Taylor, Mindy Bower, Brent Graef, and Kip Fladland.