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Horse Expo welcomes top equine specialists (Aug. 11-12)


Hawaii Island Humane Society’s 5th annual Hawaii Horse Expo is Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug. 12 on the Big Island.

In a new partnership with the Paniolo Preservation Society, the event will be co-hosted at the Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani Stables in Waimea.

Proceeds from the annual event benefit the Humane Society’s Horse Rescue Fund, which helps abused and abandoned horses on the island.

Hawaii Horse Expo (HHE) has gained a well-deserved reputation for bringing nationally and internationally noted experts to the event. These experts share their knowledge and skills in a variety of horse-related disciplines during clinics and demonstrations that always include the opportunity for personal interaction.

“We are more than pleased to bring world class clinicians to Hawaii Island so that more people, regardless of their level of knowledge or abilities, can learn from top experts in equine health, behavior and training,” said HHE producer Nancy Jones. “It is an unbelievable opportunity in so many ways and for such a worthy cause.”

Pukalani Stables allows for three HHE programs to occur simultaneously throughout the two days in three different settings. In addition, there will be a wide array of vendors offering state-of-the-art services, medical and nutritional information and programs, saddle making, and related equine services including clothing, art and more.

Special room rates are available at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel for expo attendees. Call 1-866-774-6236.

2012 Hawaii Horse Expo Clinicians:

* Charles Wilhelm

Charles Wilhelm’s philosophy when it comes to horses is quite simple; “It’s never, ever the horse’s fault.” Wilhelm is the creator of Ultimate Foundation Training – equine training techniques that combine the best of traditional, classical and natural horsemanship into methods for every riding discipline. His training is based on his belief that there is success through knowledge, for both the horse and the horse’s owner.

* Robert Miller, D.V. M.

Veterinarian, renowned equine behaviorist and lecturer, for more than 50 years California-based Miller has helped people better understand horses and the horse-human relationship. In addition to his pioneering work in equine behavior Miller is also a cartoonist and author. In March 2012, Miller received the Western Horseman Award honoring his contributions to the Western stock horse industry.

* Rick Lamb

Popular host of RFD TV’s “The Horse Show” since 2006 Lamb returns for the fifth year as Expo moderator. Since 1990, Lamb has hosted a weekly syndicated radio program, The Horse Show with Rick Lamb, which has won numerous awards. He coauthored The Revolution in Horsemanship with Dr. Robert M. Miller while also resurrecting his musical career.

* Linda Tellington-Jones

Best known for founding and developing TTouch and TTEAM work for horses, Tellington-Jones has been an award-winning professional in the horse world for decades. A noted authority on animal behavior, Tellington-Jones offers an alternative method of training and influencing horses that honors and respects the body, mind and spirit of the animal, often eliminating negative behaviors.

* Richard Winters

Horseman and Clinician Richard Winters has been helping people through training, clinics, horse expos and horse training DVD’s and videos for more than twenty five years. Winters, who was a 2010 HHE Expert Clinician, is a performance horse trainer with a natural horsemanship touch. As 2009 Road to the Horse – Colt Starting Challenge Champion he emphasizes communication and connection to the horse.

In addition to the clinicians, there will be equine-related workshops led by:

Janice Baxter has combined her degrees in Psychology and Social Work with massage training to apply anatomy and physiology to yoga and riding.

Sarah Winters, who has earned two NRCHA World Championships, was the 2008 Snaffle Bit Futurity Limited Open Reserve Champion and Ladies Reserve World Championship, will offer horsemanship skills workshops.

Dr. Lisa Wood who has utilized her far-ranging veterinary skills at Waimea’s Veterinary Associates for many years, will lead a workshop on equine health and medicine.

Susanella Noble, a professional flutist and composer who became a hoofcare practitioner and Certified Natural Balance Barefoot Trimmer (CNBBT) when her own horse was stricken with laminitis will offer workshops called “Healing from the Ground Up” and “Introduction to Wellness Hoof Trimming for Owners.”

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