Tommy Garland and his horse SpiritIn a career that has spanned more than 35 years, Tommy Garland has gained notoriety and national recognition as an accomplished horseman, trainer and clinician. He has garnered multiple National Championships in both Western and Hunter Pleasure and has claimed numerous National titles in the English and Driving divisions as well.  In addition to his accomplishments in the show arena, Garland has been named Arabian Professional & Amateur Horseman's Association Western Trainer of the Year multiple times, most recently in 2010. He was also the recipient of the prestigious USEF Equestrian of Honor/Barbara Worth Oakford Award in 2009. Garland’s knowledge, experience, determination, and passion are not just the driving force behind his success, they also fuel his desire to continue to help individuals fine-tune and develop their own horsemanship skills.   
Garland and his family reside at their 30-acre training facility in Powhatan, Virginia. A dedicated staff, which includes interns in his very successful apprentice program, is key in allowing him to continue to expand and enhance his highly regarded “CPR Horsemanship” training program.
 
Dr. Robert Miller, D.V.M. (photo by Mary Buckley)Veterinarian, renowned equine behaviorist and lecturer, Dr. Miller brings a lifetime of working with often difficult equine patients to his hands-on clinics. But there is another side to Dr. Miller beyond his pioneering work in equine behavior. Miller is also a cartoonist and author. Books published in 2010 include Yes, We Treat Aardvarks, his republished autobiography and collection of true stories of a rural veterinary practice. In the well illustrated book Handling Equine Patients, he tells how to approach and handle equine patients in a manner to prevent the damage that occurs all too frequently to the patients, doctors, assistants and bystanders. And in The Passion for Horses and Artistic Talent, An Unrecognized Connection, Dr. Miller explores the connection between passionate horse people and the creative artistic skills inexplicably found in those same people. The book explains the connection, gives examples and delves in to the mystique of the role horses play in so many lives.
 
Dr. Bergin was born on Hawaii’s Big Island and grew up around horses. He learned to ride from his father, veterinarian Dr. Billy Bergin, before he could walk. After graduating from Hawaiian Preparatory Academy, he attended Colorado State University where he received 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. While at OSU his teaching duties included courses in Animal Husbandry, Equine Dentistry, Equine Behavior, and Equine Health and Medicine. In 2006 he received the Carl Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award. In 2008 he returned home to the Big Island where he assumed his father’s private veterinary practice at the Aina Hou Animal Hospital.  Most recently, Dr. Bergin has been instrumental in efforts along with the Humane Society of the United States to humanely control the large population of wild donkeys on the island by determining the feasibility of a sterilization, fertility control and a rehoming program.
 
Mark R. Fitch, D.V.M.Dr. Fitch grew up as the fourth generation member of a ranching family in northeastern Wyoming.  ”Horses have been in our family forever,“ he says. ”My grandfather had about 400-600 head of horses. Growing up we had more cattle than horses and I had about 10 for myself.” 
    Fitch worked his way through Colorado State University’s Veterinary School as a farrier. He started his equine practice in Boulder, Colorado in 1977. Dr. Fitch has lectured at the American Veterinary Medical Convention and often appears on the roster at other prestigious Equine events throughout the United States. As a vet Dr. Fitch takes seriously his role to help horse owners better understand the nature of horses. He says vets have the knowledge to offer advice in regards to horse keeping and can teach owners and handlers about behavior, building safe spaces to keep horses injury free, how horses see the world, prevention of disease, and basic medical procedures so they can better care for their animals.
This will be Dr. Fitch's first trip to the Big Island. 
 
Rick LambPopular host of RFD TV's “The Horse Show” since 2006 Lamb returns for the fourth year as Expo moderator. Lamb’s career has spanned the gamut from music to philosophy, computer programmer to broadcaster. Since 1990, Lamb has hosted a weekly syndicated radio program, The Horse Show with Rick Lamb, which has won numerous awards. He co-authored The Revolution in Horsemanship with Dr. Robert M. Miller while also resurrecting his musical career. His other books include Horse Smarts for the Busy Rider and Human to Horseman: a Journey of Discovery, Growth, and Celebration, 
He and Diana live in Phoenix with their two horses, Candy and Fidla, and their black cat, Angus.
 
 
Linda Tellington-JonesBest known for founding and developing TTouch and TTEAM work for horses, Tellington-Jones has been a professional in the horse world for more than 60 years. A noted authority on animal behavior, Tellington-Jones began exploring new perspectives of how to handle and relate to horses after receiving her certification in Feldenkrais work for humans. Her interest in “unlocking the intelligence of our bodies and minds” melded Feldenkrais and her years of equine experience into TTEAM, an alternative method of training and influencing horses that honors and respects the body, mind and spirit of the animal. From that grew TTouch for all species, including humans. Tellington-Jones was one of the first authorities to recognize that pain patterns and limited ranges of motion can influence a horse’s behavior, and that TTouches and specific ground exercises can affect and even eliminate those negative behaviors.
    She has received the American Riding Instructors Association Certificate Program Lifetime Achievement Award and their Master Instructor award. Most recently she was inducted into the Western States Horse Expo Hall of Fame, the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Wisdom University. 
    TTouch and TTEAM for horses have been the topics of 19 books in 13 languages and 18 videos. There are hundreds of certified TTouch practitioners in 28 countries.  
Over the years Linda has watched with quiet pleasure as thousands of people of all levels of horsemanship succeed with TTEAM and TTouch, enabling them to build a safe, joyful and connected relationship with their horses.
 
 
    Scot Hansen is a retired mounted police officer who trained officers and horses, purchased remounts, and worked the streets. During this time, he had the opportunity to ride horses in and around obstacles that the average person never encounters. His broad background including clinics, horsemanship and dressage training, packing and trail riding, gives Hansen a vast working knowledge of what it takes to have a horse perform in a variety of disciplines and environments.
    His work has been published in regional and national newspapers and magazines, and he has made guest appearances on radio shows. His “Self Defense for Trail Riders” demonstration will be presented at Hawaii Horse Expo 2011 to help decrease frustration and increase cooperation in both the animal and the owner/handler for a rewarding relationship. Hansen’s “HorseThink” methods have proven to be effective for all types of horses and riders. 
 
 

 

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