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Clinic participation applications are open until Friday, January 19th at 4:30 PM!

Additional details will be posted as they become available.


Interested in participating in one of our clinics at the 2024 Midwest Horse Fair?

Applications for Clinic Participants is open with a deadline to apply by Friday, January 19th at 4:30 PM. Please review the requirements for each clinician and then click the blue button to be directed to the application and additional requirements.

Short video (Max. 5 minutes) of rider and horse performing skills required by clinician will be required on the application. This is often walk, trot, canter and any skills that can be safely shown.


AMBERLEY SNYDER - BARREL RACING

Amberley is seeking riders with horses who are looking to advance their barrel racing skills. Up to 5 riders will participate in each of Amberley's three 90-minute clinics: 3 Barrel Drill, Points On A Barrel and 4 Barrel Drill.

Topic #1 - 3 Barrel Drill

Participants will be doing all right and all left turns to learn about where to put our horses' feet in a turn.

Skill level: moderate - requires riders to have general control of their horse and is able to walk, trot, lope and be able to maintain a collected lope and do smaller circles while loping.

Topic #2 - Points On A Barrel

The group will be discussing and working on the points on a barrel and pattern to be most successful in a run.

Skill level: moderate - requires riders to have general control of their horse and is able to walk, trot, lope and be able to maintain a collected lope and do smaller circles while loping.

Topic #3 - 4 Barrel Drill

Participants will be advancing their skills to 4 barrels closer together to learn the mechanics of a turn.

Skill level: moderate - requires riders to have general control of their horse and is able to walk, trot, lope and be able to maintain a collected lope and do smaller circles while loping.

>>Submit video of a maximum of 5 minutes demonstrating the requirements noted above for each session along with barrel patterns.

FEES The participation fee is $400 per clinic and is due only if selected. The clinics are 90-minute sessions with up to 5 participants in each session.

*The entry fee will be charged regardless of any other participation at the event. If participating with the same horse in any other clinic or area, the stall and weekend admission will not be included. If selected for multiple clinics, multiple fees will apply.


STEPHEN HAYES - DRESSAGE

Stephen is seeking up to 5 riders to participate in his five clinics with entry to upper level dressage horses. Each clinic is 60-minutes.

Topic #1 - Solving Common Issues: Young Horse to Upper Level

Through the levels-developing better lateral work from the young horse to the upper level horse. Stephen will work through common issues which may relate to and in the movements from all levels.

Skill level: training level horse, third level horse, upper level horse (FEI)

Topic #2 - Dressage Training for Different Breeds & Conformations

Not every horse is born to be a dressage superstar but every horse can do dressage. This clinic will look at the pro's and con's of different conformations and breeds and find ways to help them develop to be the best dressage horse they can be!

Skill level: Different breeds.

Topic #3 - Teaching Your Horse Lateral Work From Scratch

Stephen will work with horses who are greener and less educated in dressage movements and use different kinds of lateral work. These horses have never done dressage movements before and the participant will start from scratch. The session will troubleshoot common issues which we can all face at home while training.

Skill level: horses less educated in dressage.

Topic #4 - The Ideal Dressage Rider Position

This clinic will discuss many aspects of how we need to position ourselves as a dressage rider, from our head to our feet. Participants will learn about how each component can affect their horse horse, good or bad, from weight distribution to mindset.

Topic #5 - The Difference Between Training & Competition Riding

Training at home and riding in a competition are two completely different ball games. Know the differences and reasons why we need to make sure we are preserving our horses and making sure they are feeling happy, supple and willing at home so they can perform to the best of their abilities at a competition.

>>Submit video of a maximum of 5 minutes demonstrating your ability on dressage skills and exercises.

FEES The participation fee is $250 per clinic and is due only if selected. The clinics are 60-minute sessions with up to 5 participants in each session.

*The entry fee will be charged regardless of any other participation at the event. If participating with the same horse in any other clinic or area, the stall and weekend admission will not be included. If selected for multiple clinics, multiple fees will apply.


COLE CAMERON - COW WORK FOR COMPETITION, HORSEMANSHIP, RANCH PLEASURE

Cole is looking for 3 riders in his Clinician/Participant clinics. Each clinic is 60-minutes.

Topic #1 - Cow Work for Competition

Techniques to take your horse past the novice stage of competitive cow work! These exercises and drills are good for any horse, any age, to achieve a better handle. Cole will help with position, control and timing that is involved with working cattle that will build confidence for horse and rider.

Skill level: Novice/Intermediate riders. Intermediate + horses.

Topic #2 - Building Confidence with Obstacles for the Novice Rider

Develop more confidence while working with obstacles. If you get your horse used to obstacles you will create a more trusting, willing, interested and safe horse. Obstacles should be included in everyday training and used to be both creative and challenging for horse and rider. Cole will help riders build confidence with their horse while developing better feel, timing and balance through the use of obstacles.

Skill level: Novice/Intermediate

Topic #3 - Ranch Pleasure for the Novice Rider

Ranch Pleasure has grown dramatically in popularity since its inception into the AQHA. Participants will work to demonstrate smooth movements and controlled transitions. Ranch Pleasure allows riders to have a well-rounded horse working in its natural gait. Cole will work with riders to achieve control at the walk, trot and canter, while developing smooth transitions in confidence.

Skill level: Novice/Intermediate/Advanced

>>Submit video of a maximum of 5 minutes demonstrating ability and experience for these clinics.

FEES The participation fee is $150 per clinic and is due only if selected. The clinics are 60-minute sessions with up to 3 participants in each session.

*The entry fee will be charged regardless of any other participation at the event. If participating with the same horse in any other clinic or area, the stall and weekend admission will not be included. If selected for multiple clinics, multiple fees will apply.


RAY AINSWORTH - HORSEMANSHIP

Ray is seeking 2 participants in his clinics and would like Topic #2 and Topic #3 have the same participants. Each clinic is 60-minutes.

Topic #1 - Communicating Better with Your Horse

Communication on the ground with your horse.

Skill level: Horse broke to halter and handling.

Topic #2 - Resolving Behavioral Issues with Resistance Free Techniques

Skill level: Horse broke to halter and handling.

Topic #3 - Trailer Loading Techniques

Seeking horses with difficulty loading. Progressive from Topic #2 with same participants.

Skill level: Horse broke to halter and handling.

>>Submit video of a maximum of 5 minutes demonstrating ability and experience for these clinics.

FEES The participation fee is $100 per clinic and is due only if selected. The clinics are a 60-minute session with up to 2 participants in each session.

*The entry fee will be charged regardless of any other participation at the event. If participating with the same horse in any other clinic or area, the stall and weekend admission will not be included. If selected for multiple clinics, multiple fees will apply.


ROBERT EVERSOLE - CINCH CLINIC

Robert is holding a one day mohair cinch making clinic for up to 16 participants and will provide participants with custom loom, cinch making tools and materials to make the cinch. Participants will leave with their custom made cinch and all the tools and you will be leaving with one completed cinch. Sunday, April 21st from 9 AM - 4:30 PM.

Skill level: All welcome.

FEES The participation fee is $350. NO VIDEO REQUIRED

*Participant fee will include Midwest Horse Fair one-day admission.


DIANE CARNEY - HUNTER JUMPER

Diane is seeking 4 - 6 participants for clinics. Each clinic is 60-minutes.

Topic #1 - Hunt Seat Equitation

Skill level: Competing at 3 ft. or higher

Topic #2 - Improved Jumping Skills Through Better Contact

Skill level: Competing at 3 ft. or higher

Topic #3 - Hunter Derby

Advanced Hunter class; classic round & handy round with discussion from a judges perspective

Skill level: Competing at 3 ft. or higher

>>Submit video of a maximum of 5 minutes demonstrating ability and experience for these clinics.

FEES The participation fee is $250 per clinic and is due only if selected. The clinics are a 60-minute session with up to 6 participants in each session.

*The entry fee will be charged regardless of any other participation at the event. If participating with the same horse in any other clinic or area, the stall and weekend admission will not be included. If selected for multiple clinics, multiple fees will apply.


BUSTER & SHERYL McLAURY - COW WORK & NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP

The McLaury's are seeking up to 6 participants for their clinics. Each clinic is 60-minutes.

Topic #1 - Fundamental Horsemanship Builds Quality Horsemanship: Building on Go, Stop, Turn & Back

Buster & Sheryl will demonstrate and discuss with participants the fundamentals of good horsemanship building upon the foundation of go, stop, turn and back. Plus, getting in time with the horse's feet and how to present the riders idea in a manner the horse can understand. 6 participants.

Skill level: Participants should be comfortable at the walk, trot and canter. Horses should have a minimum of 30 days riding.

Topic #2 - Groundwork & Manners: Essential for Quality Riding

Demo, teach and discuss the importance of good, quality groundwork and manners that can really enhance riding and try to teach a horse to understand and follow a feel. 5 participants.

Skill level: Participants should have some experience working with a horse on the ground, but not for beginners.

Topic #3 - Round Penning with A Purpose

Progression of learning after Essential for Quality Riding clinic. Three participants.

Skill level: Novice/Intermediate/Advanced

Topic #4 - On the Trail: Putting Your Horse to Work Over Obstacles.

Three participants.

Skill level: Novice/Intermediate/Advanced

>>Submit video of a maximum of 5 minutes demonstrating ability and experience for these clinics.

FEES The participation fee is $250 per clinic and is due only if selected. The clinics are 60-minute sessions.

*The entry fee will be charged regardless of any other participation at the event. If participating with the same horse in any other clinic or area, the stall and weekend admission will not be included. If selected for multiple clinics, multiple fees will apply.


NICOLE CARSWELL TOLLE - GAITED

Each clinic is 60-minutes.

Topic #1 - Gaiting SOS

When you can't get your horse to gait, these exercises will get you on the right track!

4 participants

Skill level: Intermediate riders to advanced. Horses must be trained enough to respond to rider in all gaits and bridle wise enough for collection.

Topic #2 - Exercises for the Gaited Rider

Strength and balance exercises to improve the gaited rider. 3 participants.

Skill level: Horse and rider must be relaxed and able to stand with the rider performing different postures and movements. Horse must be hard to excite with rider movements.

Topic #3 - What's That Gait?

Understanding Gait. Flatwalk, rack, pace and canter explained. Four participants.

Skill level: Rider must be in complete control of horse but correct gait is not required. Horses must be trained enough to stand, do some gait and be under control. Collection required to some extent.

Topic #4 - Welcome to the Jungle: Gaited Training Equipment

Training equipment can be confusing and complicated - until now! Four participants.

Skill level: Horse and rider must have had a lot of time under saddle together, must work well together. Quality movement is not required but they must be able to attempt changes in movement.

Topic #5 - Gaited Horsemanship: How You Sit Is How Your Horse Rides

Four participants.

Skill level: Rider must be in complete control of horse but correct gait is not required.

>>Submit video of a maximum of 5 minutes demonstrating ability and experience for these clinics.

FEES The participation fee is $225 per clinic and is due only if selected. The clinics are 60-minute sessions.

*The entry fee will be charged regardless of any other participation at the event. If participating with the same horse in any other clinic or area, the stall and weekend admission will not be included. If selected for multiple clinics, multiple fees will apply.


JESS & JENNA HUME - BREAKAWAY ROPING

Jess and Jenna are seeking up to 4 participants for each clinic. Each clinic is 60-minutes.

Topic #1 - Breakaway Roping - Groundwork Beginner

Learning to hold a rope, coil a rope, build a loop, learn to swing and how to toss and release.

Skill level: Participants age 8 and older. No horses.

Topic #2 - Breakaway Roping - Groundwork Intermediate

Session on coil rope review, build a loop review, swing review, throwing the rope and release drill work.

Skill level: Participants age 8 and older. No horses.

Topic #3 - Breakaway Roping - Groundwork Advanced

Session will review loop size, review swing, drill work, learn to hold reins with coils, riding balanced in saddle using good horsemanship while roping.

Skill level: Participants age 8 and older. No horses. No video required to apply.

FEES The participation fee is $150 per clinic and is due only if selected. The clinics are 60-minute sessions.

*The entry fee will be charged regardless of any other participation at the event. If participating with the same horse in any other clinic or area, the stall and weekend admission will not be included. If selected for multiple clinics, multiple fees will apply.


TY EVANS - MULEMANSHIP

Ty is seeking 3 participants in each clinic. Each clinic is 60-minutes.

Topic #1 - How Mules Think

This clinic will focus on how the mules nervous system works. Participants will apply this lesson by asking the mules or horses to do some maneuvers while clinician explains what is happening in the mule's/horse's minds and bodies.

Skill level: For this topic, participants can be either on the ground, riding or both.

Topic #2 - A Handy Mule Is A Safe Mule

The focus of this session will be building centeredness in the mule by working on various maneuvers.

Skill level: Able to safely ride mules in the arena.

Topic #3 - You Ride What You Lead

Session will go through a ground work checklist.

Skill level: Able to safely lead mule or horse in to the arena.

Topic #4 - Awareness for a Better Ride

Session will work on building the riders awareness of themselves and of their equine!

Skill level: Able to safely ride their equine to the arena.

>>Submit video of a maximum of 5 minutes demonstrating ability and experience for these clinics.

FEES The participation fee is $250 per clinic and is due only if selected. The clinics are 60-minute sessions.

*The entry fee will be charged regardless of any other participation at the event. If participating with the same horse in any other clinic or area, the stall and weekend admission will not be included. If selected for multiple clinics, multiple fees will apply.


ARIANA SAKARIS - LIBERTY

Ariana will be looking for 1 participant and horse in each clinic. Each clinic is 60-minutes.

Topic #1 - Where Do We Begin? Preparing Groundwork for Liberty Work

How do we prepare our horses for Liberty work? Learn about cultivating your horses focus, building their confidence, growing their motivation, and teaching them how to learn with you as you navigate through these key groundwork exercises.

Skill level: Handler is comfortable leading their horse into the arena and able to ask their horse to do a few steps of these basic groundwork exercises: yield the hind end, backup, lead forward, step to the side, yield front end and walk a circle around you.

Topic #2 - The Basics of Liberty Work

Learn valuable core Liberty work exercises and how we can teach them to our horse in a thoughtful step by step process that builds the horses understanding, confidence and relaxation over time.

Skill level: Handler is comfortable leading their horse into the arena and able to ask their horse to do a few steps of these basic groundwork exercises: yield the hind end, backup, lead forward, step to the side, yield front end and walk a circle around you.

Topic #3 - Liberty Work as a Bridge to Becoming a Better Rider

Learn how Liberty work helps us understand the horses mind, body and energy from a different perspective. By working with the horse in a step by step compassionate, thoughtful and creative way, we can improve our partnership and bring balance to the horse in so many ways.

Skill level: Handler is comfortable leading their horse into the arena and able to ask their horse to do a few steps of these basic groundwork exercises: yield the hind end, backup, lead forward, step to the side, yield front end and walk a circle around you.

Topic #4 - Liberty Work - Confidence Building & Self-Regulation

Learn how we can use Liberty work concepts and exercises as an opportunity to build our horse's confidence and empower them by teaching them powerful coping skills they can use in any situation.

Skill level: Handler is comfortable leading their horse into the arena and able to ask their horse to do a few steps of these basic groundwork exercises: yield the hind end, backup, lead forward, step to the side, yield front end and walk a circle around you.

Topic #5 - Core Training Principles for Liberty Work

Learn key training principles that are important to understand and implement with any Liberty work exercise and why they contribute to successful training.

Skill level: Handler is comfortable leading their horse into the arena and able to ask their horse to do a few steps of these basic groundwork exercises: yield the hind end, backup, lead forward, step to the side, yield front end and walk a circle around you.

>>Submit video of a maximum of 5 minutes demonstrating ability and experience for these clinics.

FEES The participation fee is $100 per clinic and is due only if selected. The clinics are 60-minute sessions.

*The entry fee will be charged regardless of any other participation at the event. If participating with the same horse in any other clinic or area, the stall and weekend admission will not be included. If selected for multiple clinics, multiple fees will apply.


JEFF GREAVES - AQHA TRAIL, SHOWMANSHIP & WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP

Jeff will be seeking up to 6 participants in each clinic. Clinic is 60-minutes.

Topic #1 - AQHA Trail

Slow work for gates, walk and back.

Skill level: Horse needs to be broke: walk, trot and lope. Back willingly.

Topic #2 - Western Horsemanship

How to plan to ride your pattern!

Skill level: Broke horse: walk, trot, lope and turn around.

Topic #3 - Showmanship

Fundamentals of Showmanship. Pattern planning. How to plus + your maneuver.

Skill level: Horses have basics of showmanship: lead, back, stop and turn.

>>Submit video of a maximum of 5 minutes demonstrating ability and experience for these clinics.

FEES The participation fee is $125 per clinic and is due only if selected. The clinics are 60-minute sessions.

*The entry fee will be charged regardless of any other participation at the event. If participating with the same horse in any other clinic or area, the stall and weekend admission will not be included. If selected for multiple clinics, multiple fees will apply.


PATRICIA DEMERS - DRIVING

Patricia will be seeking 1 - 6 participants for her clinics. Each clinic is 60-minutes.

Topic #1 - Introduction to Driving: What It's All About?

Introduce what driving is: draft, antique type pleasure, Combined Driving (CDE) fine harness, backyard/ utilitarian, commercial, harness racing. (15 min running time) Describe the differences between all of the turnouts: types of vehicles; harness types. History of each. Pull each turnout into center of arena and discuss (30 min running time). Demo what each turnout specialty is: fine harness, (show off fancy movement- park pace/ road trot), antique type pleasure (show all 3 trots- elegance of turnout), backyard/ utilitarian (pleasurable drive- parades), Commercial (show off for drive in the park/around town), Draft (show off power of horses), harness racing (go FAST – safely). (45 min running time)

Skill level: horse must work safely with other turnouts. Carriages must be in safe working condition. No GREEN equines for this demo.

Topic #2 - Training the Driving Horse Step- Step by Step

Starting in-hand for manners; introducing the whip; longing/long lining- Left, Right whoa, go; learning voice commands; introducing blinders in training; desensitizing (pool noodles, drag jugs); working with poles (shaft simulation), dragging a tire, then introducing to the cart. (running time 45 min minimum)

Skill level: Horse and handler need to be broke to drive to be able to demonstrate training steps.

Topic #3 - Driver Development

2 turnouts: One (1) 2 wheeled cart, one (1) 4 wheeled and wedge seats (3 of varying heights). Driving whips of various sizes from mini to horse pair size. Horse treats.

Skill level: horses need to be able to stand quietly while hitched, drivers should be comfortable working in front of crowds.

>>Submit video of a maximum of 5 minutes demonstrating ability and experience for these clinics.

FEES The participation fee is $100 per clinic and is due only if selected. The clinics are 60-minute sessions.

*The entry fee will be charged regardless of any other participation at the event. If participating with the same horse in any other clinic or area, the stall and weekend admission will not be included. If selected for multiple clinics, multiple fees will apply.