Colt Starting Challenge USA
Hawaiian Colt Starting Challenge
(808) 250-9949 Qualityhorse101@aol.com
Horses are my passion. Through out my career, horses have always been a part of it. From rodeo, shoeing, ranch work, horse training, and packing and outfitting, working with horses interests me and challenges me.
I was given my first horse by my parents when I was ten. I was raised in Helotes Texas, which is a small town outside of San Antonio. I remember wondering how I was going to ride it without any saddle or bridle. So my brother and I took off our belts, fastened them together, and I hopped up and rode that horse with a belt tied around its neck. During High School I was an avid rodeo contestant, traveling to far flung Cities in many different States to compete in Bullriding. I earned a full ride scholarship to College in Sheridan Wyoming for riding Bulls. I studied Ranch Management, and I continued to rodeo riding bulls, calf roping, and riding saddle broncs for many years up until I turned 42.
I first attended a Colt Starting Challenge put on by a Top Rated Horse Clinitian in Albany Oregon. I was intrigued and amazed at what I saw. They were practicing and applying Natural Horsemanship methods at the Colt Starting Challenge to gentle their unbroke horses.
Natural Horsemanship techniques simplify and speed up the process of gentling a horse. It is detailed, powerful, yet very simple to learn. I now use Natural Horsemanship for all the horses I have started. I’ve also applied these methods on problem horses, and re-started them, and the results are amazingly successful. It’s simple if you are shown how to do it correctly. Very small details can mean a great deal. You need to learn this, try it, and make it a part of your way with your horse.
Call me any time for an appointment for a private lesson, or a group clinic with all your friends. I can come to your barn, or you can come to my arena in Kula, Maui. I can also start your horse, or work with your problem horse. Call me at 808-250-9949, or e-mail me at Qualityhorse101@aol.com.
Committed to helping people understand how their horse thinks and communicates
Evan Bonner lives in Kitsap County, Washington. He owns and operates Olympic Dream Horsemanship LLC where through private and group lessons; clinics and demonstrations he presents his methods of more refined and sophisticated techniques for handling horses. Evan currently mentors under Master Horseman Dennis Reis of Penngrove California. Evan is one if just a small handful of students in the Reis Ranch student body to hold 15 Endorsements in the Universal Horsemanship program.
While "Natural Horsemanship" methods are becoming more and more mainstream, it is Evan’s mission to preserve the lessons and philosophies taught to us by true Masters such as: Tom Dorrance; Bill Dorrance and Ray Hunt. Evan believes that there is really only one method—done in a million different ways. This will constantly improve with every generation. Evan has dedicated a great many hours of study and practice perfecting more effective methods of teaching students the art of horsemanship —without watering down the message of the masters.
Daniel Olsen was born and raised in Thermopolis, Wyoming. He is the second oldest of 3 brothers, and 1 sister. He grew up working on his grandparents ranch working with horses and cows. The first time he got to help start a horse was with his grandpa when he was 12 years old. Dan and his older brother Russell also had the opportunity to work with Bill Smith who is a natural horsemanship clinician and a 3x World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider. They assisted them with clinics and working horses.
Dan attended Northwest College in Powell, WY. There he earned degrees in Agroecology, Farm and Ranch Management and Professional Farrier Business Management. Dan now resides in Laie, HI and works as a Farrier. He has been married for 5 years to Raia Christy, a local Laie girl. They have one son, Payden who will turn a year old in May.
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Matthew Payne was born and raised in Tacoma Wa. as a city slicker. He was introduced
to horses at the age of 10 and then his life long passion began. Matthew was lucky enough to have a few knowledgeable horse people show him the ropes.
He started riding dressage, English, Western, Drill team, Roping, Sorting and anything else he could try. His passion continued to grow. From then on he pursued his knowledge of horses and Natural Horsemanship training. He has worked for and apprenticed with a few Natural Horsemanship trainers.
Matthew has a very calm and quiet way with horses and they respond well to his techniques. He has a passion for helping people and horses to build a positive relationship between the two. Colt starting and problem horses have always been his specialty.
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Matt Zimmerman was raised on a large cattle ranch in central Nevada where he spent most of his childhood on horseback. He has since graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business Management. To finish his degree, he enrolled in an International Agriculture Exchange Association, which landed him in Far North Queensland, Australia working for a large cattle station, where he started and trained several colts.
Since then, he has trained for the public and competed in several Extreme Mustang Makeovers, placing in the top ten in each competition that he has entered. After sustaining a near fatal horse accident in August of 2011, Matt recovered and entered an Extreme Mustang Makeover event in March of 2012. In July of 2012, he won the event at Albany, Oregon and purchased Diamond (his champion mustang) after the event which he uses for clinics and demonstrations.
He shows horses in many disciplines including reining and western pleasure and has had success in any direction that he has pursued. Matt has competed in a few round pen challenges in Idaho where he has won all that he has entered. Most importantly he is great with horses and is an exceptional speaker that relates to the crowd and is a great horseman. He shows horses in many disciplines including reining and western pleasure and has had success in any direction that he has pursued. Matt has competed in a few round pen challenges in Idaho where he has won all that he has entered. Most importantly he is great with horses and is an exceptional speaker that relates to the crowd and is a great horseman.
Mike Harness got his start as a young boy working for the Boy Scouts of America. It is there that his passion for horses started to grow. Following this Mike went to work for several ranches across the United States. He has worked in Arizona, Montana, Colorado, Oregon, Wyoming and Minnesota.
Mike has been starting horses and working with people for many years. He works to increase his knowledge and understanding of the horse daily. His desire is to build a solid relationship with the horse that allows the two to do “all things”. Mike does a small handful of Clinics each year, but enjoys most the progress seen through the horses personal advancements, willing understanding, and acceptance.
He now resides here at Whispering Meadows with his wife and two boys. Mike shows and competes in multiple venues. When asked what his greatest accomplishment has been, he answered “ My wonderful wife and two little cowboys that the Lord has blessed me with”.
JUNCTION CITY, OREGON
Brant grew up in Northwest Miss. on a small ranch where he always had cattle and horses. He rode every chance he got and started his first colt in seventh grade. As a teenager he started team roping and also wound up with some VHS tapes made by a very popular Natural Horsemanship clinician.
By the time Brant was in his early 20s he put horses and cattle to the side indefinitely and took up bull riding for a brief time before moving to Oregon. From Oregon he moved to Kentucky to finish college and became a landscaper for several years. In 2007 He and his family moved back to Oregon so that he could take a job managing a ranch.
It was then that he began to get back into horses because he saw a need for them in the day to day ranch work. The problem was that he couldn't afford broke horses and the ranch wasn't interested in buying them. So remembered the tapes he had watched as a teenager he began to study various Natural Horsemen, and then experimentally he learned how to start and make a using horse. He also started quite a few outside horses for people to supplement his ranch income.
Currently He is only starting and working with some horses he owns and plans to sell as finished horses to the public. Brant is also a field rep. for the Lebanon Livestock auction as well as doing ranch management consultation and livestock solicitation/brokering.
As a horse-crazy 10-year-old , Mia Ramos collected soda cans and saved up the deposit money to buy her first pony and joined the local 4-H horse club, later going on to become a 4-H leader herself.
She continued her formal horse education by pursuing her Associates in Horse Management, and competing on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association team. Throughout the years, she has continued to advance her horsemanship skills and training through participation in lessons, clinics, training apprenticeships and even a 10-month internship at the Boston Riding Academy.
Currently, Mia resides with her husband, daughter, and horses in Monroe, Oregon where she continues to pursue her passion.
SWEET HOME, OREGON
Born into a family that trains horses and builds horse carriages and trailers, Buddy Liblin was riding horses before he could walk. By 3-years of age Buddy was riding in gymkhanas. In middle school Buddy was team roping and riding bareback, saddle broncs, and bulls in rodeos. Buddy was starting high winning colts at the track and at age 14 Buddy won JRA All Around Cowboy, a saddle and barrels of trophies and silver belt buckles.
You may have already seen Buddy driving the 3-up hitch 1902 fire steamer in the Rose Parade or one of the Cinderella carriages he has built. The History Channel’s ‘Top Shot’ spotlights Buddy driving a 4-up hitch on one of the Concord stagecoach replicas he built. Buddy is often driving in numerous television and commercial events.
Long before the term ‘natural horsemanship’ was coined, Buddy realized the most effective training takes place when horse and trainer are engaged and a respectful and trustful relationship can develop. Training is more efficient and the horse learns only the right response ensuring safety for the trainer and rider. A rewarding relationship can then quickly develop and riders can live their equestrian dream rather than just store their horse as a pet. Buddy’s passion in life has always been horses and his goal is to help horse owners create a safe, lasting, and respectful relationship with their animal.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CALIF
I grew up outside of Melbourne, Australia, riding horses with my father, an accomplished horseman and rodeo cowboy. I started rodeoing at fifteen years old in Australia and New Zealand, and came to the U.S. in 1982 to further this dream. While in Steamboat Springs, CO, I attended a Monty Foreman clinic, which opened my eyes to a more effective way to communicate with horses, and since then, I have never looked back.
Over the past 15 years, I have worked with great horsemen, such as Jack Brainard, Buck Brannaman, Ray Hunt, Mike Major, Bryan Neubert, and Dennis Reis. Each person helped me develop a deeper understanding of horsemanship. I have taken this knowledge, transformed it, and put it into practice in order to get the most out of horses. My true understanding of horses has helped me start numerous colts and hold horsemanship clinics throughout the United States and Australia.
I welcome any opportunity to help others establish an effective relationship with their horse. People frequently come to me frustrated because their horse will not cooperate nor responds to their cues. By showing others a better and safer way to communicate with their horse, people leave my clinics with the power and knowledge to accomplish what they want.