Growing up in
the ‘60s on a small horse farm in central Florida, Julie had a connection with
horses from a young age. Little did she know that her childhood affinity would
blossom into a remarkable career with horses. Now an internationally renowned
trainer and clinician, Julie is a rarity in that she has ridden and trained
extensively in multiple disciplines, both English and western, working with
multiple breeds. Her focus is on classical horsemanship and developing the horse
and rider’s relationship.
Following a successful run as a youth rider on jumping
horses, Goodnight headed west to fulfill her dreams of skiing, mountain
climbing and white-water paddling. She galloped her way through college on the
backs of Thoroughbred race horses, graduating from
the University of New Mexico with Magna Cum Laude distinction. After
graduation, Julie move to southern Colorado, where she started her horse
training business in 1985.
It wasn’t long before Goodnight
was known for having a special touch with horses and a gift for teaching
people. Her reputation grew, and she began travelling the world to share her
unique approach to horse training.
In 2008, Julie began producing the popular TV series, Horse Master with Julie Goodnight, a
how-to horse training series that aired weekly on RFD-TV for eleven years. After
producing and starring in 260 episodes, Julie has now set her sights on sharing
the magical world of horses with a broader audience, through 2Horse
Productions, an equine, nature and adventure lifestyle production company
Julie is a
member of the prestigious Horse &
Rider team, and she offers guidance to horse enthusiasts in articles and
through clinics and appearances worldwide. Goodnight is a frequent contributor
to top horse publications such as Horse
& Rider and Horse Illustrated,
and the author of a syndicated column reaching more than 20 regional horse
publications monthly. She also produces a monthly audio podcast on horse
training, offers online educational programs and her On-Demand Videos are among
the top go-to training tools for horse owners everywhere.
Goodnight travels both domestically and internationally to
teach horsemanship and she was named Exceptional Equestrian Educator by Equine
Affaire – one of only three such awards ever given. Goodnight is Spokesperson
for the Certified Horsemanship Association, an organization focused on
promoting safety and excellence in horsemanship, and she holds their highest
level of certification, Master Clinic Instructor.
Goodnight and her husband, Rich Moorhead, a ski-industry
professional, reside near Salida, Colorado. In their spare time, they enjoy
skiing, boating and riding cow horses.