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

Sponsored by the Minnesota Horse Council
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2019 MN Horse Expo Speakers/Demos

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Julie Goodnight


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.


Friday, April 26

11:00-Noon Coliseum
The Natural Ride (Part 1)

Improve riding skills and performance of the horse.
  This demonstration covers balanced position, body alignment, common equitation problems and solutions, and how to develop a rhythmic seat that allows you to sit any stride with ease.  Julie demonstrates as she rides, while instructing riders of mixed ability levels riding both English and Western styles.

3:00-4:00 Compeer Arena
Expect the Best from Your Horse (Part 1)

Learning to understand the horse’s natural behavior, horse handlers of all ability levels progress to properly handle their horses from the ground by establishing boundaries and a relationship based on mutual respect.
  The audience learns a systematic approach to establishing ground manners and safely handling horses.  In the course of this presentation, Julie demonstrates by transforming an unruly horse into a calm, well-mannered horse that leads well, stands quietly and is focused on the handler.


Saturday, April 27

10:00-11:00 Coliseum
The Natural Ride (Part 2)

Providing clever mental images creatively explains the traditional four natural riding aids, with an innovative and useful technique.
  The audience learns how to use the natural aids consistently and with good timing, enlightening riders of all disciplines and ability levels about using the aids lightly to communicate effectively with the horse.  The audience learns the mechanics of using the natural aids and about the physical and psychological responses of the horse to the rider’s aids.

1:45-2:45 Coliseum
Riding to the Next Level (Part 1)

A more advanced presentation on total body control and more articulate communication to the horse through the rein aids and leg aids.
  Julie demonstrates and explains the use of riders’ leg aids in concert with the rein aids, when to sue them, and what effect they have on the horse’s body and movement. The audience, as well as those riding with Julie, learn the important reining principles of lightness, release and subtle movement, and clever ways that the reins and legs control different parts of the horse’s body.

4:00-5:00 DNR Building
Your Horse’s Many Calls and Communications

Horse’s communicate with their entire body, from head to tail.
  Learn to recognize and understand the numerous gestures, body language signals, and audible communications that your horse makes and how to respond in kind so that you and your horse are speaking the same language.


Sunday, April 28

11:00-Noon Coliseum

Riding to the Next Level (Part 2)

Julie demonstrates, explains and simplifies the complex theories and techniques for gaining collection from horses, engaging the hindquarters, and moving the horse laterally for leg-yielding, two tracking, side passing, backing, turns on the haunches.  This presentation relates to all disciplines of riding.

2:00-3:00 Compeer Arena

Expect the Best from Your Horse (Part 2)

Since horses communicate primarily through postures and gestures, teaching hand signals and body-position cues to the horse is not hard, once you understand how to communicate.  Starting from the beginning and using Julie’s techniques, the audience learns how to establish a willing partnership, teach the horse liberty cues and establish the kind of control needed to work the horse without restraints.



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