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Dr. Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Facilities she has designed are located in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries. In North America, almost half of the cattle are handled in a center track restrainer system that she designed for meat plants. Curved chute and race systems she has designed for cattle are used worldwide and her writings on the flight zone and other principles of grazing animal behavior have helped many people to reduce stress on their animals during handling.

Dr.Temple Grandin 

Dr. Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Facilities she has designed are located in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries. In North America, almost half of the cattle are handled in a center track restrainer system that she designed for meat plants. Curved chute and race systems she has designed for cattle are used worldwide and her writings on the flight zone and other principles of grazing animal behavior have helped many people to reduce stress on their animals during handling.
She has also developed an objective scoring system for assessing handling of cattle and pigs at meat plants. This scoring system is being used by many large corporations to improve animal welfare. Other areas of research are: cattle temperament, environmental enrichment for pigs, reducing dark cutters and bruises, bull fertility, training procedures, horse perception of novel objects, and effective stunning methods for cattle and pigs at meat plants.

She obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College and her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University. Dr. Grandin received her Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989. Today she teaches courses on livestock behaviour and facility design at Colorado State University and consults with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling, and animal welfare. She has appeared on television shows such as 20/20, 48 Hours, CNN Larry King Live, PrimeTime Live, 60 Minutes, the Today Show, and many shows in other countries. She has been featured in People Magazine, the New York Times, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, Time Magazine, the New York Times book review, and Discover magazine. In 2010, Time Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people. Interviews with Dr. Grandin have been broadcast on National Public Radio and she has a 2010 TED Lecture titled "The World Needs ALL Kinds of Minds." She has also authored over 400 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, welfare, and facility design. She is the author of "Thinking in Pictures", "Livestock Handling and Transport," "Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals," "Guide to Working with Farm Animals," and "Humane Livestock Handling." Her books "Animals in Translation" and "Animals Make Us Human" were both on the New York Times best seller list. "Animals Make Us Human" was also on the Canadian best seller list. Her latest book, Calling All Minds, was a New York Times best seller for middle school students. Her life story has also been made into an HBO movie titled "Temple Grandin, staring Claire Danes," which won seven Emmy awards and a Golden Globe. The movie shows her life as a teenager and how she started her career. In 2017, she was inducted into The Women's Hall of Fame and in 2018 made a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She was named as one of the top 10 Best College Professors in 202 by CEO Magazine.

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Brandy Stevenson grew up 100 miles from nowhere in Glacier View, Alaska. Yes, she was raised by a glacier, but sadly, no igloos or dog sleds were involved. At 18, Brandy purchased her first problem horse and has never looked back. Her horse crazy dreams and desire to learn have dragged her all over the country to ride with top professionals and hone her ability to work with horses and humans.

Now, she owns and operates a horse and human training business, Last Frontier Ranch, in north Texas with her husband. Brandy conducts horsemanship retreats across the country where she helps horses and their humans form stronger partnerships. Brandy excels at working with people on being more effective and confident riders. At her camps and clinics participants develop partnerships through practical applications such as ranch work, tasks, and proper riding.

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Gus Westerman Is the Colorado State University Extension, Dolores County Director based in Dove Creek, CO. Gus focuses on the topics of Agriculture, Community Development, and 4-H Youth Development in the course of his work in Dolores County. Gus works with agricultural producers in Dolores County where the main crops are wheat, dry beans, and various oil seed crops.

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Along with our horses, we own and operate an Excavating business and a Limestone quarry in Craig & Maybell Colorado which pays for our hobby!  If you would like to know more about our Belgians, please visit our website, 4Belgians.com.      

4 Belgians Draft Horses
 

4A Belgians is a family-owned business, Mike, Mardi, Grady, and Garrett Anson from Craig CO.   Mike & Mardi decided to keep the tradition alive of owning Draft Horses to feed cows and for Family Fun, so they bought a Roan team of Belgian Draft horses in 2006.  They have purchased numerous teams through the years for learning, giving hayrides, feeding cows, and family enjoyment.  In 2017 we bought 2 mares and had them bred, we had 2 babies in 2018 and 2 babies in 2019.  In 2020 we purchased 2 more mares & put together a 6 horse hitch of all Roan Belgians and started going to shows.  The boys have learned to drive & train horses, along with school & helping their dad, they have been busy, but we have all learned so much along the way.   We have 4 more babies on the way this year and are ready for the challenge!  
 

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Randy Helm is a certified horse trainer and has been training wild horses for over 30 years. He developed the current training program for the Arizona State prison in Florence and retired in 2021 to devote time to clinics and cowboy churches.

The success of his training program for inmates and horses has been featured in local, national and international news and documentaries including ABC, NBC, USA Today, Animal Planet, French National Television, Swiss TV and numerous others.

 
 
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Background

Great grandfather pioneered near Prescott Arizona in 1880

Born into a ranching family in central Arizona

Graduated from High School is Jerome Arizona 1972

US Air Force 1972 – 1976

Former Police officer, undercover narcotics officer and Police Chaplain (serving in Arlington Texas and Scottsdale Arizona)

Graduated from Southwestern Assembly of God University in Waxahachie Texas.

Former Pastor

  • Clinics

    • Arizona Department of Corrections:

      • Developed a training curriculum to teach inmates who have no previous knowledge of horses.

      • Department of Corrections (responsible for certifying all DOC personnel authorized to ride a horse as part of their job).

  • Trail riding/horsemanship clinics for the general public.

    • Safety, obstacle course, trail riding, colt starting

  • Tactical clinics for the U.S. Border Patrol and law enforcement

  • Rider confidence

    • Overcoming fear and becoming a confident rider

  • Expos and demonstrations

    • Conducts Expos/clinics at state, national and international events

    • Cowboy churches for rodeos, special events and music festivals including Country Thunder music festivals in Arizona, Texas and Canada

  • Author of “Lessons From Horses” available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kindle.

  • Speaks on “Life’s Lessons from Horses” using a horse as an illustration for:

    • Cowboy churches

    • Men’s events

    • Disabled youth

    • Veterans and police officers (PTSD)

    • Community events.

  • Instrument rated pilot, avid hunter, fisher and outdoorsman.

  • He lives in Coolidge Arizona with his wife Libby, 4 dogs and 3 horses and 2 burros.

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You can learn more about San Juan Mounted Archers on:

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The San Juan Mounted Archers came into being in September 2018 when Ken and Carol Queen joined the Mounted Archery Association of America and attended their first mounted archery competition in Scottsdale, AZ as volunteers. Ken and Carol come from rodeo roots and have been competitive in archery, but combined the two at this time.

Since then, Ken and Carol have competed in two National Competitions and are the first two people in Colorado to reach Horse Archer level 1.

Their daughter, LaVonne joined in 2020 and has earned Student level 4 in mounted archery.

 

Today, San Juan Mounted Archers, based in Durango, has members in western Colorado and central New Mexico. They plan to host a National Ranking Competition in this area in June.

 
 

San Juan Mounted Archers 

970-769-9435

Join us for a Mounted Archery Demo

San Juan Mounted Archers
AKA "The Silver Horde"
 
 
 
 

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You can learn more about Kathy Klix Chiropractic on:

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Kathy Klix Chiropractic

126 W. Colorado Ave, Suite 207

Telluride, CO 81435

970-403-5344

Animal Chiropractor dedicated to unlocking your pet's healing potential​.

For most of my life, I have been a horsewoman. As a ranch hand in Hawaii, a farrier in Washington, and a trainer in Idaho, I have always been a student of the horse. Even my introduction to chiropractic was through horses.

I first witnessed equine chiropractic while attending farrier school. Throughout my career, I continued to observe how it benefited my shoeing clients and horses in my training program. I became fascinated by its effects.

After graduating from Logan University in 2018 with my doctorate in Chiropractic, I landed in Mancos and made Colorado my home.

During each session, I combine my horsemanship and farrier skills with my chiropractic knowledge to formulate a complete picture of the horse. This approach allows me to deliver an evaluation and treatment style unique in equine chiropractic care.

I will be demonstrating animal chiropractic, and available for questions after. Stop my booth and say hello!

 
 
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Matt Lawlor is a full-time farrier in southwestern Colorado. He lives in Ignacio with his wife and son on a horse ranch. He did his first apprenticeships as a teenager to begin learning the trade. Early on in his career, he maintained horses hooves for a number of different dude ranches and outfitters. After attending farrier school and continuing his education through clinics, he began working on performance horses. He credits a lot of what he's learned to other farriers and veterinarians. He now works on most breeds and disciplines from trail horses to dressage and rodeo to hunter/jumper and endurance horses.

In recent years, Matt has been focusing on the dynamic functions of the digital cushion as a way to improve the horses hoof health and performance. Alongside traditional farrier methods, he uses barefoot trims and polymer shoes to rehabilitate and strengthen this vital organ.

You can contact  Matt Lawlor by email:

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Colton Mikkelson is a young man who grew up in the Cortez area, and has recently returned from a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, serving in North and South Dakota. He is passionate about animals, and he loves training and working with his two Border Collies.  He started training dogs when he was 8 years old, when he got a Beagle puppy for Christmas.  He purchased his first Border Collie at age 16, and looks forward to competing in sheepdog trials with his dogs.  

     Colton enjoys working with the Border Collie breed.  They are very intelligent, energetic, and their herding instincts are amazing.  

Colton Mikkelson

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The Four Corners Draft Horse, Mule & Carriage Association Inc. (FCDHMCA) was established in 1975 to promote the use of equines for work or 
pleasure.  Members participate with their animals in trail drives, 
friendly driving competitions, sleighing excursions, and educational 
workshops.  While folks often associate draft animals as only gentle 
giant draft horses, in reality, animals from mini horses, donkeys, and 
mules to large draft horses can be used to draw carts, wagons, 
carriages, and farm equipment. Members will showcase the variety of 
equines they use and will demonstrate how riding animals can be trained for use as draft animals.

Four Corners Draft Horse Mule 

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His presentation will address the status of hemp in Colorado and the US and what it would take to rekindle interest in this remarkable plant species.

Dr. Abdel Berrada
 
 
 
 

Dr. Abdel Berrada grew up on a family farm in Morocco where at an early age, he helped with various chores such as watering trees, hoeing weeds, and picking and selling fruits and vegetables. This experience led him to pursue a degree in agricultural sciences, first at the Agronomic and Veterinary Institute in Rabat, Morocco, then at the National Institute of Agronomy in Paris, France.  He later earned a PhD in agronomy at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE.

Dr. Berrada has over 35 years of experience conducting agricultural research and outreach in Africa, Kansas, Nebraska, and for the last 27+ years, Colorado. He has worked with a variety of crops and environments but since 2014, his focus has been on soil health and industrial hemp. Even though he retired from Colorado State University in 2019, he is still very much involved with hemp research and education. He organized the National Hemp Research & Education Conference in 2020 and has been helping with a CDA-CSU hemp project in the San Luis Valley and SE Colorado, in addition to providing expert advice on hemp insurance claims and litigation.

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Lowell F. Volk is a native of Minnesota, retired in 2004 and living in Pleasant View, Colorado, where he is a member of the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Posse, Rocky Mountain Writers and the Western Writers of America.  Lowell and his wife, Mary Lou, have five children: Terri, Scott, Paula, Lowell Jr., and Kathy.

Lowell has a BS from California Lutheran in computer science and an MBA from the University of La Verne.  He is retired from General Dynamics where he was a Manager of Software Engineers which required extensive travel both in the USA and overseas.  He continues to travel to Wild West Events, and Civil War Reenactments.  When he’s not traveling he enjoys horseback riding, deer and elk hunting, and early American history.

 

You can learn more about Lowell on:

http://lowellfvolkauthor.com/

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