Robert M. Miller, D.V.M., is the eminent equine veterinarian and widely respected “guru” of the Natural Horsemanship movement. A graduate of Colorado State University, he retired in 1987 after 31 years of veterinary practice to teach equine behavior and give lectures and seminars on Natural Horsemanship.
Dr. Miller is the author of several books, including THE REVOLUTION IN HORSEMANSHIP (with Rick Lamb), the highly acclaimed IMPRINT TRAINING OF THE NEWBORN FOAL, MOST OF MY PATIENTS ARE ANIMALS, and MIND OVER MILLER. He has produced several videos on foal imprint training and lectures widely on the subject. Dr. Miller will be lecturing on NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP EXPLAINED, title and the subject of his latest book. Dr. Miller and his wife, Debby, live in Thousand Oaks, California. Read more about Dr. Miller at www.RobertMMiller.com.
BRADY J. BERGIN, DVM was born on the Big Island of Hawaii. His dad, Dr. Billy Bergin, is a highly respected large animal veterinarian and a published author of Hawaiian ranch history. Brady grew up around horses and learned to ride before he could walk. After graduating from Hawaiian Preparatory Academy, Brady attended Colorado State University receiving his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. He then interned at the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, before joining the faculty at Oregon State University in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Here his teaching duty included courses in Animal Husbandry, Equine Dentistry, Equine Behavior, and Equine Health and Medicine. In 2006 Brady received the Carl Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award. Brady has recently returned home to the Big Island and shares a private veterinary practice at the Aina Hou Animal Hospital with the senior Dr. Bergin. Brady lives with his wife, Tiffany, their cat, two dogs, and four horses in Kamuela, Hawaii.
LISA WOOD, DVM graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Animal Science. She then attended Washington State University where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Wood has been in a mixed animal practice with Veterinary Associates in Waimea for many years. Her special interest is in equine medicine and surgery. As a large animal veterinarian, Dr Wood works on many of the Big Island's ranches, including the famous Parker Ranch in Kamuela. Dr. Wood, her husband Keoki and their two children live in Paauilo.
Dale Myler: In the early 1980’s Dale Myler was riding and training horses, competing in rodeos and Western riding events with his brother, Ron, when both brothers discovered the need for different bits – one which allows the horse to relax and focus on it’s work instead of resisting. Ron enlisted the help of brother Bob, a machinist and welder, and began designing bits. Seeing the success of the first custom Myler Bits, Dale began using them in his training and riding program and soon joined his brothers in bit designs and theories and the Mylers’ custom bit business was born. Because of Dale’s extensive research into equine denistry and equine physiology, the Mylers have been able to bring an added understanding of the connection between bitting and the equine mouth to their designs. Now Dale, who is adept at bitting both English and Western styles, shares his experience and knowledge at clinics and other equine events around the world including Sweden, Wales, UK, Germany, Scotland, Ireland, Switzerland and Austria. In 2006, Dale was given the privilege of conducting a seminar at the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. Dale has experience with horses and riders of various disciplines ranging from dressage to cutting and more. Having bitted thousands of horses from various breeds, re-bitting the “problem horse” is a favorite challenge for Dale. Dale lives in Marshfield, MO.
Lester Buckley: Lester holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Sul Ross State University where he majored in Equine Science. Lester’s life has been motivated by his great respect for and love of the horse. His comprehensive background includes training World Champion Cutting and Ranch horses. He’s trained for some of the largest ranches in the United States, including the King Ranch in Texas and the Parker Ranch in Hawaii.
A highly versatile horseman, Lester earned his Dressage and Sport Jumping International Trainer’s License from the German FN-Federation Equestrie Nationale- the governing body for all Olympic dressage and equestrian activities.
Lester is a contributing writer on Natural Horsemanship at Der Oldenburger REITPLATZ, a very popular, well read equine magazine in Germany.
Lester Buckley has trained over 2500 horses ranging from the wild and untouched in the Canadian Rockies to Cutting Champions in Texas, to the elegant Warmblood Dressage Show Horses in Germany.
With Lester’s wide range of experience people can learn how to achieve harmony with their horses under the most difficult of situations.
Lester and his wife, photographer Mary A. Buckley, live on the Big Island in Hawaii. Read more about Lester Buckley at www.Buckleysporthorses.com.
CURT PATE, a native of Montana, learned the ways of horses at an early age. As Curt's skills with horses grew, he began giving clinics in colt starting and horsemanship. He has been training horses for most of his life, and was a technical advisor for the classic horse film, THE HORSE WHISPERER.
Curt still lives in Montana, and owns a ranch in Helena where he trains horses, and raises grass fed beef.. Curt has a keen interest in low-stress livestock handling, applying many of the same principals as he uses in low-stress horsemanship. Curt travels all over the United States giving clinics and presentations for both the AQHA and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.
Curt's work is showcased on: The AQHA Training Video LOW STRESS COLT STARTING with Curt Pate. (www.aqha.com) and The National Cattleman's Beef Association video LOW STRESS CATTLE HANDLING featuring Curt Pate, Charlie Trayer and Joel Ham.(www.cattlelearningcenter.org)
Curt's book RANCH HORSEMANSHIP - Traditional Cowboy Methods for the Recreational Rider- is published by Western Horseman.(www.westernhorseman.com)
Rick Lamb is a busy man. His days are consumed with production of two syndicated radio shows, a television show, books, and magazine articles. The effort has paid off, making him one of the horse industry’s most knowledgeable and effective communicators.
Rick was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. He had a passionate interest in horses from an early age but few opportunities to be around them. Instead, he focused on music, turning pro at 14.
As a teenager, Rick ran a newspaper route and became an Eagle Boy Scout. After college, he programmed mainframe computers for several years before starting a commercial audio recording business, Lambchops Studios, in Phoenix.
The recording business was his springboard into the horse industry. In 1997, he launched a syndicated radio program, The Horse Show with Rick Lamb, and followed it up in 1999 with a second, The Horse Show Minute. The radio shows have since won nine awards for excellence.
In 2006, Rick made the jump to television with The Horse Show with Rick Lamb on RFD-TV. His wife, Diana, is director and primary videographer for this magazine format TV program.
Live events are an integral part of Rick’s schedule, too. Each year he appears at numerous horse expos and hosts the popular colt-starting contest, “Road to the Horse.” His expert commentary during this event is considered integral to its success.
Rick has also proven himself as an author, penning the modern classic, The Revolution in Horsemanship, with Dr. Robert M. Miller, Horse Smarts for the Busy Rider, and Human to Horseman (to be released September 2008). His writing has been featured in “Horse & Rider” and other top magazines.
Rick and Diana live in Phoenix with four horses and a cat. They have three grown children. Rick still plays music occasionally at a local pizza parlor with his video editor, Jay Casmirri.
"I have my dream job," beams Texas-born singer/songwriter Templeton Thompson, "I get to travel all over the country singin' and hangin' out with horses and horse people."
Singer/songwriter Templeton Thompson draws from a deep well of influences that combine with her Texas roots to give her style of country music a distinctive, soulful edge. She names Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow and Don Williams as her most influential heroes.
You can find her songs on million-selling CD's from country superstars like Reba McEntire, Jo Dee Messina and Little Texas. Her song, “Settle Down Cinderella” is featured in the 2006 20th Century Fox Motion Picture, “Dr. Doolittle 3.”
She's one of Nashville's sought after session vocalists having sung countless demos as well as background vocals for major label artists like Reba McEntire. She has performed on stage for audiences across the US, in Europe and in Japan. For the past four years, she's also served on the board of the Nashville chapter of AFTRA (the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists).
Additionally, she's been named worldwide ambassador for EAGALA (the Equine Assisted Growth And Learning Association).
Templeton was recently named the top female country artist by AmericanIdolUnderground.com. Other honors include being named among the top artists of the year by Texas radio DJs in early '05. Her first single, “If I Didn't Need The Money,” spent 8 weeks in the Top 10 on the Texas Music Chart. Her CD “i remember you” remains an “Editor's Choice” on CD Baby.com.
A life-long horsewoman, Templeton was asked to join country artists Clay Walker and Chris Cagle, golf legend Tom Watson, as well as football Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Mel Blount to ride and perform at the Walker/Watson Charity Cutting Horse Event in Kansas City.
Combining her love for horses with her passion for music, Templeton includes major horse expos and other National horse events in her touring schedule…often performing with her mare Jane. She frequently performs to sold-out crowds at events like the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio and at the National Reining Horse Association Futurity and the Midwest Horse Fair.
With 3 CDs to her credit, “i remember you”, “i still feel” and her newly released “girls & horses”, Templeton maintains a busy touring and promotional schedule.
Find out more at www.templetonthompson.com