April 26, 27, 28 - Minnesota State Fairgrounds
1265 Snelling Ave North, St. Paul, MN

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2024 MN Horse Expo Speakers/Demos

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Schedule is subject to change

Working with Blind Horses

Kari Belevender: My horse is blind, now what?
DNR Building
Friday and Saturday 4:00-5:00
Sunday 2:00-3:00


Listen as Kari Belevender shares some of her experience with the blind horses that come to the HOC Rose Sanctuary Rescue. Hear her perspective on the stigma associated with blind horses from her personal viewpoint, which includes being deaf.

Kari is the founder of HOC Rose Sanctuary Rescue. Kari writes “I am that deaf girl who dreamed about having two horses when I grew up. I met a horse named Cami who changed the direction in my life to be an advocate for the blind horses.”  Kari works as a full-time letter carrier in Blaine and manages HOC
Rose Sanctuary Rescue on the side.

Kari Belevender with Cami, the very first blind horse at HOC Rose Sanctuary Rescue



Delores Mudek: Life Seen Through Different Eyes

Hear Delores talk about how working with blind horses has changed her life. Delores started volunteering at HOC Rose Sanctuary Rescue in February of 2023. “I have always been in love with horses my whole life but blind horses will always have a special place in my heart. These animals are full of life and ready to take on the world!”

Delores with HOC Rose Rescue horse Daisy


Josie Bergmann: Adapting to Losing an Eye

Learn how Josie and Pony adapted together when Pony lost an eye.

Josie has owned Pony for 11 years. In 2017 Pony was diagnosed with a squamous cell carcinoma and had her right eye removed. Pony had gone on to live a happy and full life as a dressage horse, trail companion, and many trick pony. Josie uses positive reinforcement and traditional training methods to work with Pony and has found that even with her missing eye, Pony is able to do anything she sets her mind to. 



Jennifer Snyder: “Beautifully Blind and Bombproof”

Jennifer Snyder’s talk will focus on her training tips & tricks for helping owners with equines who have declining vision and/or blindness navigate life and obstacles they may encounter safely in hand and under saddle.

Additionally, she will take a look at tools for equines with sunlight and/or wind sensitivity, such as UV fly masks in daily life and UV goggles or visors for use while riding, to help them be more comfortable.

Jen Snyder is an avid trail rider, the more extreme the trail, the better…

She specializes in training “Trail Deluxe” equines who can handle any obstacle & terrain with calm & confidence. She owns and operates JL DRAFT CROSS CO, where I breed and sell Draft Cross horses and mules.

Jennifer Snyder with her horses Cocoa Bean and Smoke.




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