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Training Tips from Tom Shields
Tom Shields entered the world of horses at the ripe old age of 35 and very soon found a passion for these animals. While learning to ride at a local schooling barn he began pursuing more detailed information to help in the process along. With an interest in training and teaching he was asked to teach beginner riders at this riding school. Tom eventually felt the need to choose a specific path for learning and chose Chris Irwin (Canada's Horseman) as a mentor and teacher. He entered the "Train the Trainer" program and is now one of Chris Irwin's top Canadian trainers. Tom has been co-coaching with Chris in Ontario and Alberta for several years gaining insights and skills for the training and rehabilitation of horses of all backgrounds. Tom also spent 22 months as the trainer at a local horse rescue helping horses get another lease on life and a new start. With 40 plus horses to play with it was a wonderful time of honing skills and learning to read and understand these beautiful creatures.
Tom, being an educator at heart, is passionate about bringing this horse friendly approach to training and riding to horse enthusiasts looking for a better connection with their horses. Tom coaches clinics, workshops and provides private training for clients looking for specific work with their horses. Tom coaches both ground work and riding based on the principals of "non-resistance training" so that the relationship between horse and handler is a win-win relationship. Tom enjoys working with horses labelled as behaviour problems, starting young horses and helping with performance issues in competition horses.
Tom and his family have 97 acres in Dunnville, Ontario and eight horses of their own to keep and train. Their daughter Briea is also a trainer in training under Chris Irwin ... and Dad. See their web site at www.ironhorseec.ca or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Debi Katsmar is a horse-enthusiast creating Equine Niagara News in 2009 after seeing a need for horse-news in the Niagara Region of Ontario. "There was no one place to go to find out what was happening in Niagara with and for horses." And thus ENN was born. Debi has been the President of the Upper Canada Equestrian Association and works diligently on behalf of horse-owners every where.
Due to circumstances beyond her control, Debi no longer has horses but remains active in the equine community. Her drive has shifted to making her marketing agency YDV Group a success by helping small to medium-sized businesses grow through the use of email marketing and social media. Debi has worked in the marketing field for almost 30 years. When not at her computer she is most likely crocheting and designing another pattern or two for the equestrian community. Her patterns can be found at www.crochetdodads.com and sell world-wide. Debi can be reached by email at email@example.com
From a farm in Beamsville ON,
Horse owner & enthusiest.
Marilyn Lee-Hannah, writer/editor and new owner of Sherwood Farm with family Robin, Jacalyn and Tommy. A native of Montreal, she spent many years training and showing junior, amateur, and open hunter on the A circuit with Ann Hodgson of Hudson Quebec. She also trained with both Ian Miller and Torchy Millar. Marilyn rekindled her involvement in the sport some 15 years ago when both her daughters Robin and Jacalyn began riding and competing here in Niagara. The family bought Willomar Farm in 2008 and now operate a full training, showing and boarding facility, "Sherwood Farm".
Bob Jeffreys & Suzanne Sheppard
AQHA Professional Horsemen and creators of Two as One Horsemanship and the Wind Rider Challenge™, Bob and Suzanne’s unique horse training partnership strikes a perfect balance between the English and Western riding disciplines that inspires equine enthusiasts worldwide, from pleasure rider to pro. Together Bob & Suz have taught horse lovers around the world how to bring out the best in their horses, and themselves, for over 10 years. As international performers of the “horse whisperer” variety, they train horses, write books & columns, have created and co-produced seven DVDs on horsemanship, and run the ProTrack™ Horse Trainer Certification Program. Bob and Suzanne are both AQHA Professional Horsemen, and will teach clinics at the Alltech World Equestrian Games. Suzanne also CEO of Beyond Your Wildest Dreams, a company that specializes in helping people establish their own businesses in the all natural health and wellness industry.Visit their website,
TwoasOneHorsemanship.com, for free training tips, articles and videos!
Jelen is a 21-year-old journalism student and horse-fanatic from
Sudbury, Ontario. She has been in the Niagara region for the pas
six weeks on a school placement, and looks forward to exploring
it further. She has ridden for as long as she can remember, and
hopes to begin competing again in eventing. She has high expectations
for her five-year old paint mare Chili, and even though her feet
nearly drag on the ground, she still enjoys riding her twenty-year
appaloosa pony Abu.
J.L. Orchard Assistant Editor of Cinch Magazine, J.L. Orchard loves her horse and enjoys competing hunter/jumper. A Niagara resident, Orchard’s articles have appeared in the local newspaper and on the internet. She enjoys volunteering at H.A.T.S. and would like to see more people become involved with this amazing program.
Lorraine Seabrook is a partner of The Tack Connection at 4107 Quarry Road, Beamsville, ON She can be reached by calling 905-563-1174. The Tack Connection has been supplying used and some new tack, apparel and anything equine to the riders of Niagara Region for almost 13 years having an extensive selection to choose from. They are open 7 days/week for your shopping convenience.
Kate Romanenko, Equine Hoofcare Specialist, is a resident of Woodville, Ontario. Several years ago dissatisfied with her hum drum work in administration and consumed with her love for horses, Kate made the decision to change her life. Since horses have been an integral part of her life for over thirty years, she armed herself with a certificate from the Oklahoma Horse Shoeing School in 1998, a two-year apprenticeship with a blacksmith, and began the work she loves.
Kate is a talented horsewoman who has worked at numerous racetracks and English and Western show barns throughout the U.S and Canada. In the spring of 2002 she enrolled in a hoof trimming seminar facilitated by an internationally-renowned veterinarian. This experience changed Kate’s entire concept of equine management. As a result she stopped shoeing horses and has adopted a new, non-invasive style of trimming hooves. The natural care that Kate provides brings instant relief to horses and has been found to be the key component in healing Navicular Syndrome, Founder, and bringing horses back to health – thus saving them from needless slaughter. www.natureshoofcare.com
Rein Magazine editor and author, Susan Pennell-Sebekos, has always had a horse in her life. She’s enjoyed several disciplines: Western, English, driving, dressage and even a spin or two with reining and has passed her enthusiasm on to her daughter. So, combining her equine interests with her love of writing is a natural pairing for her.
Taylor REMT practicing
in the Niagara Region and Outer GTA.
Steve Wawryk’s life long love and passion for horses is what led him to pursue a career in the horse industry and helped him in creating his multifaceted company Horselife.
Drawing on his 16 years of interest and participation in a wide variety of equestrian disciplines, Steve has created a brand of tack, most notably his Horselife bitless bridles and treeless saddles. Steve offers clinics and seminars to small groups interested in learning more about bitless and treeless riding. Steve can answer all your questions and provide hands on instruction to help you get started riding in this exciting discipline. The Horselife “free saddle trial” program is a great way to insure that treeless riding is right for both you and your horse.
When Steve is not busy running his tack business he is writing his daily blog on all things related to horses.
Want to improve your riding? Steve offers horse training and private riding lessons to people interested in learning a no nonsense safe approach to “real life riding”. In a very short time Steve can have you and your horse working in harmony.
In his spare time Steve enjoys spending time camping or traveling with his wife and two sons. On any given weekend Steve can be found playing polo, roping cattle, fox hunting or participating in some other horseback pursuit.