For over 30 years Richard has dedicated himself to honing his horsemanship skills and to passing this knowledge on to others. Richard's credentials extend from the rodeo arena and high desert ranches of the west to being a highly sought after horse trainer and horsemanship clinician.
Richard Winters' horsemanship journey has earned him Colt Starting and Horse Showing Championship titles. Obtaining his goal of a World Championship in the National Reined Cow Horse Association became a reality in 2005. He is an AA rated judge. Another of Richard's horsemanship goals was realized with his 2009 Road to the Horse Colt Starting Championship win! Richard will again be competing at the RTTH Colt Starting Competition in 2016.
International travels include Canada, Australia, Mexico, Sweden and Poland where he earned the European International Colt Starting Championship Title. Richard is a "Masterful Communicator" with horses and humans alike.
Richard also earned the Super Cow Horse, Open Champion title, in Santa Ynez, California. In 2014 Winters’ won the National Stock Horse Association; L1 Derby, in Paso Robles, CA, on his show horse,
Mr. Chibbs. He also returned from the 2015 Hackamore Classic in Pueblo, Colorado, having won the Level 0ne Limited Open, Reserve Champion Open, and Open Hackamore Circuit Championship, on Mr. Chibbs. Winters’ also won the Limited Open Division at the NRCHA 2015 Derby in Paso Robles, CA. Being a Top Five Finalist at the Cowboy Dressage World Finals was a great way to end our 2015 show season.
You can view Richard Winters Horsemanship programming on RFD-TV each Wednesday at 12:00pm noon (PST).
Richard and his wife Cheryl currently reside in Reno, Nevada, and invite you to "Connect" with Richard Winters Horsemanship on Facebook and YouTube. You can also read Richard's horse training articles, published monthly, in many horse magazines.
For more information about Richard Winters Horsemanship please go to www.wintersranch.com.
MARK R. FITCH, D.V.M.
Mark was raised on a ranch in Northeastern Wyoming. His family had a cow calf operation and farmed dry land wheat. They usually kept a herd of 30 horses to use on the ranch. Mark started training horses at the age of twelve, and has always tried to find a better way to get along with the horse by doing less. He was active in 4-H and High School Rodeo winning multiple championships in reining, cutting, calf roping, and team roping. His fascination with horses led him to veterinary school at Colorado State University where he paid his way through school working as a farrier. Following graduation he completed an internship at the prestigious Littleton Large Animal Clinic. He opened his own equine practice in Boulder, Colorado in 1977.
Mark lectures and does demonstrations throughout the year at a variety of State Equine Conferences and National Veterinary Meetings. In 2012 Mark received the EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award for his years of work with the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center. In Mark’s spare time he prefers to ride and rope over anything else. To quote Mark, "I pretty much treat horses all day, then come home and ride them. I’ve trained them, showed them, roped on them, shod them, treated them and have lots of fun doing it."
Growing up on the family ranch in Montana, Tammy Pate was raised on horseback. Tammy’s Dad was a rodeo steer wrestler who spent his free time teaching Tammy all he knew about horsemanship. Tammy excelled in rodeo, becoming Miss Rodeo Montana in 1987. That same year Tammy competed in Miss Rodeo America and achieved the third runner-up title. Tammy began to study the finer points of natural horsemanship after marrying horseman, Curt Pate. For several years they worked at Sievan Ranch in Montana, developing innovative, gentle ways of training horses and managing livestock. Curt’s transition to the cattle world propelled Tammy to become an Equine Clinician. In 2004 Tammy developed an interest in yoga, and began to see the benefits of yoga on the Equestrian body.
Today Tammy conducts clinics through out the Western Hemisphere integrating yoga with the principals of how the horse moves. Tammy places emphasis on safety and building confidence in both the horse and the rider. To quote Tammy, "Safety and confidence are really the true keys to horsemanship."
ROBERT M MILLER, D.V. M.
After graduation form Colorado State University, Dr. Miller settled in Thousand Oaks, California, where he founded the Conejo Valley Veterinary Clinic. Thirty-one years later he retired as a renowned veterinarian and expert in ethology (the study of animal behavior). Dr. Miller has visited every continent, giving lectures at colleges, veterinary conventions, horse expos, and breed associations. He’s a prolific author having written over 10 books, 50 scientific papers, and more that 350 magazine articles. Dr. Miller is perhaps best know for his scientifically based system of training newborn foals. Imprint training is now in use all over the world.
Hawaii Horse Expo Producer, Nancy Jones refers to Dr. Miller as "a living legend, a walking encyclopedia of equine knowledge." Hawaii Horse Expo is so fortunate to have Dr. Miller back for an unprecedented ninth consecutive year.
Susan L. White, DVM, MS, dipACVIM
Dr. Susan L. White is a graduate of the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She practiced general large animal medicine in northern California prior to completing a residency in large animal internal medicine and a MS in veterinary pathology.
Dr. White spent the remainder of her academic career at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, department of Large Animal Medicine.
She is a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is the Josiah Miegs Distinguished Professor, Emeritus. Currently Dr. White maintains a consulting practice, speaks frequently at veterinary professional meetings, and serves as a professional advisor for an equine pharmaceutical company. In addition to her scholarship as a veterinary internist, Dr. White has been an active educator in many areas of horse ownership such as the USEF, US Pony Club, 4-H horsemanship programs, University of Georgia and Clemson University extension service, Boy Scout Explorers, and the national junior riders in eventing.
Rick Lamb, PhD
HHE moderator Rick Lamb is an author, educator and host of The Horse Show, an award-winning TV and radio series that has aired nationally since 1997. His first book, The Revolution in Horsemanship, coauthored by Dr. Robert M. Miller, is a modern classic that explores the history, science, and people of the natural horsemanship movement. Rick has also authored Horse Smarts for the Busy Rider, Human to Horseman, and more than 100 magazine and blog articles. He holds three graduate degrees in educational technology and has a research interest in multimedia learning. Rick and his wife, Diana, live in Phoenix, Arizona.
Elizabeth Hamilton, DVM
Dr. Elizabeth Hamilton grew up along the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island and developed a love for horses at a young age. In high school, she participated in the Hawaii High School Rodeo Association and the Hawaii Quarter Horse Association. She decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine and completed her undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences at Colorado State University. She then went on to obtain her DVM from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. While in school she focused on large animal medicine, then completed an internship at CSU in the Livestock Department before moving back to the Big Island to join the team at Veterinary Associates. Dr. Liz sees both large and small animals and has a special interest in ultrasound diagnostics. Dr. Liz makes her home in Kamuela with her husband, Matt, and their two daughters, Fiona and Ariana.