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Horsemanship Annette (Netty) Coker has over 40 years of riding, training, showing, breeding, and consulting experience. She has won multiple National Honors in several disciplines within the Arabian and Half Arabian Horse Show Industry. In the early 80’s she earned her jockey’s license and raced successfully for several years. She was featured in the award winning documentary “Buck”, and currently travels the US teaching horsemanship clinics. She has a passion for developing beautiful ranch and bridle horses which enable her to teach from a standpoint of experience and exposure to most any discipline or riding skill regardless of the students ability. Kevin Meyer was raised on a cow/calf operation in South Eastern Wyoming. He was a working cowboy and colt starter and was the Horse Division Manager for 3 years at Wagonhound Land and Livestock. He now owns and operates his own horse training business and runs cattle on several leased ranches in South East Wyoming. Kevin is a Stock Horse Judge and competitor with over 15 years experience in the Performance Arena. He conducts Cow Horse and Ranch Versatility Clinics throughout the US.
Brandi PhillipsTrick Riding
Brandi Phillips has served as the featured performer and lead trainer of the Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls from 2003 to 2015. In her lead role of the world-renowned Western entertainment company, Phillips has worked tirelessly both as a center-stage performing headliner and behind the scenes, handling everything from media duties to the training of new students and horses. Phillips handled television and radio interviews for pre-event promotions and post-event coverage, at local, state, national and international levels.
Carmen Buckingham works alongside her husband Tom to develop high quality, practical working ranch horses that also shine in the show pen or roping arena. They raise a few babies and also purchase young, gentle, cowhorse- and cutting-bred colts that are used on their spring- and fall-calving operation in the valleys near Bruneau, Idaho. Carmen has been successful showing, like capturing the Snaffle Bit Futurity Non-Pro Intermediate title last year; in ranch rodeos, winning the Women’s Western State Ranch Rodeo Association National Championship the last four years; and in the roping pen as well, like her win with Tom at the Bruneau Horse Roping.
Carrie HirschbergCowboy Mounted Shooting
Carrie has competed in several disciplines in the past, but has found her home with Cowboy Mounted Shooting. She has been shooting for 10 years and as of the past few years have skyrocketed to the pro division as a Ladies Level 6. As a fierce competitor, she has won an Overall Cowgirl title at a Major, Open Eliminator Showcases, Double downs and claimed a World Record. Cowboy Mounted Shooting is a family sport and is one of the fastest growing equine sports in the nation. Mounted contestants compete in this fast action timed event using two .45 caliber single action revolvers each loaded with five rounds of specially prepared blank ammunition. CMSA has a variety of levels of competitions for everyone, ranging from novice levels to seasoned professionals, thus, making it an inviting sport for the entire family.
Jenn Zeller & Zach DucheneauxColt Starting
Jenn and Zach have shared their love for horses and a more thoughtful approach to horsemanship since around 2006 when they began ‘talking’ horses. Since then, that love for horses has grown into a life together on Zach’s, family ranch — The DX Ranch. The ranch is home to a commercial Cow/Calf operation and a 40+ year old AQHA breeding program. With the ranch as a classroom, through fundamentals they learned observing and riding with “Nub” Long, Ray Hunt, Buck Brannaman, and Curt Pate; they continue to learn together from the kids (Kelsey, Ty, and their cousins), interns they teach, and local youth, while pitching in with Ducheneaux family non-profit Project H3LP! offering “Lifemanship” lessons. By emphasizing Awareness, Empathy, and Presentation, they’ll share how this has helped them realize a different perspective on more than just horses. Ducheneaux also serves on the board of directors for the Eagle Butte Cooperative Association, the Northwest Area Foundation and Project H3!P, a nonprofit founded by his family to benefit the local community by providing life lessons and therapy through horsemanship. Jenn Zeller is the creative mind and boss lady behind The South Dakota Cowgirl. She is an aspiring horseman, internationally published photographer, social media strategist, Art of the Cowgirl team member and lover of all things Western.
Kari Klingenberg remembers what it’s like to be a horse-crazy girl, begging her parents to find ways for her to ride and satisfy her equine obsession. That’s why today, as an NRHA Professional, Kari thrives on coaching youth riders, while also training aged-event horses, coaching non pros, and running her business’ breeding program. Kari’s unbridled passion for all things equine as a youngster meant she was open-minded and willing to try just about anything with horses. Her first horse encounters came from well-known Morgan trainer and breeder Catherine Cloud. Catherine managed a breeding and training program near Kari’s hometown of Stanwood, Washington. Catherine took Kari under her wing at just 4 years old and nurtured her early riding career. At age 12, Kari’s competitive spirit pointed her toward Jeff and Melody Lee’s riding and training program, where she tried just about every class you can imagine, both Western and English. This well-rounded experience with horses of different breeds and talents led Kari to join the Lee team as an assistant trainer until age 23. That’s when Kari got serious about stock horses and performance events. Her assistant’s position with reining and cow horse trainer Sue Sultze put her on a trajectory to become a top rider. In 2008 Kari made the giant leap to go out on her own, starting Klingenberg Performance Horses. Seven years later, Kari relocated her business to Scottsdale, Arizona, where you can find her now, coaching non pro and youth riders and prepping their horses, training aged-event horses, and managing the breeding career of stallion Mr Electric Spark. She works out of Pinnacle Ranch alongside her fiancé, Daniel Schloemer.
Laura StimatzeWorking Cow Dogs
Laura and Husband Joe live on a farm/ranch near Macksville, KS. They have 200 head of Angus cows and grow various feed and crops. In 1980 when the two married, Laura had a Border Collie and Joe had a blue heeler. Those two dogs worked for Joe in the feed yard for several years. Laura was raised with cowdogs and her Dad trained dogs for many years after being a Horse trainer/Cowboy most of his life. Joe always said he would switch to border collies if he could find one as tough as his heelers. LR Alexander was the person that made the introduction to Cow bred Border Collies. A few years later Tony McCallum came to the US from Australia and introduced them to another line of Cow bred Border Collies. A short haired, long legged dog, that was as tough as the Alexander bred dogs but where easier to train. From those two lines the Stimatze Working Cowdogs evolved. The McCallum lines dominate the Stimatze program but the low heel bite that they love to see comes from that pinch of Alexander in the dogs. Stimatze’s started with a few dogs of each line and bred those dogs to some of the great dogs from those lines. To this day there have been no outside dogs added to those original dogs for 20 years. All of the Stimatze dogs have Jag a double bred Mccallum Boss several times on the pedigree. There are still a handful of dogs on hand that are 100% McCallum blood. The dogs are now referred to as Stimatze Dogs and the decision of what dogs to mate to what have been made by Joe and Laura for a long time. But credit for the great lines they started with will always go Alexander and McCallum.
Lee McLeanSide Saddle
Lee McLean is known as ‘Canada’s Queen of Sidesaddle’. For over forty-five years, she has done her part to keep this womanly art alive. Learning, teaching, judging, showing, repairing and building her own sidesaddles, Lee is excited and honored to be a presenter at Art of the Cowgirl in 2020. Lee was among eight women to bring sidesaddle racing before 45,000 fans at the Calgary Stampede. This year, she traded her reins for a microphone, announcing the races alongside Bob Tallman, the legendary voice of rodeo. A wife, mother, stroke survivor, trainer and magazine columnist, Lee is perhaps best-known for her Facebook posts on Keystone Equine. The Pekisko, Alberta horsewoman writes on everything from fear, illness and aging, to training and general horsemanship for her engaged followers.
Lee SmithColt Starting & Master Horsewoman
Lee has been conducting horsemanship clinics throughout the world since 1991. She and her husband, Mark, instruct nearly 40 clinics a year around the world as well as run cow-calf operation and raise Quarter horses at their Diamond S Ranch near Wickenburg, Arizona.
Marijn spent many hours riding and working alongside expert horse trainer and vaquero, Ramon Castro, and taking instruction from professionals like Amy Bowers, Farrah Green and other clinicians who visit her ranch, The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch, as part of the ongoing natural horsemanship program. Marijn earned her Level 4 Parelli in two years, coaching and training her own quarter horses, mustang and half mustang through the levels of freestyle riding, liberty work, and online training. She uses all her arena trained horses to lead trails and work cattle. She generously shares her horses with some The Hideout guests to ride. Marijn’s horses are used during clinic weeks with guests at The Hideout and in the clinic and horsemanship center at The Trapper Creek Ranch www.ahhorsemanship.com led by clinician Farrah Green.
Sandy CollierMaster Horsewoman
Sandy Collier has the unique distinction of being the first and only woman to win the National Reined Cowhorse Snaffle Bit Futurity. She is a multiple NRCHA and AQHA World Champion, and was reserve limit/intermediate open futurity champion at the 1997 NRHA Reining Futurity. She is an NRCHA AAA and AQHA judge and has judged the prestigious NRCHA and AQHA World shows. In 2012, Sandy was inducted into The Cowgirl Hall of Fame. And, in 2013, The NRCHA honored her by inducting her into the NRCHA Hall of Fame. She has also been the recipient of the Monty Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. According to Sandy, her lifelong passion for horses began “when my cells started to divide”. She spent the first third of her career as a veteran three-day eventer on the East coast, and then turned her focus to reiners and cowhorses.See all of these clinicians at work at Art of the Cowgirl, to be held at Corona Ranch in Phoenix, Arizona from January 24-26, 2020. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit artofthecowgirl.com.