LHH 2013 Continues to Raise the Bar for Horsemanship Events.
Year number 7 was another great one for Light Hands Horsemanship.
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How it continues to deliver at such a high level each and every year is amazing. I have to applaud the clinicians, staff, Art Perry, Spalding-Labs, vendors and Kevin Henning who give their all, time after time, year after year. People still come from around the country and around the world to share in the
4 days of magic.
Award winning singer/song writer Mary Ann Kennedy surprised Dr. Robert Miller with a song she wrote and sang in his honor. Berry Landen and Tom Spalding did a wonderful DVD to compliment the song. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. It was a very special moment and so glad our LHH guests were there to share this special tribute. Of course Dr. Bob’s lectures were full of laughter and excellent information. Dr. Bob is known to be an event all by himself at times!
Jon Ensign and Lester Buckley brought horsemanship and team work to the event this year. As you know with horses not everything goes as planned. Jon’s colt that he brought was nervous so Lester jumped in and he and Jon gave us all a lesson in friendship, horsemanship, humility; they too moved a few to shared emotions.
The Cowboy Code is alive and well at LHH. Sometimes the most special moments at LHH are the small ones. A touch, a look, a few words between the young and older riders….. so much wisdom and kindness on all fronts for everyone.
Richard Winters did an excellent job starting a young Lusitano stallion. Richard is at home in the round pen. He can ride, work, talk , educate and stay out of trouble all at the same time. He never takes his eye off the horse but stays very connected with his audience.
Sarah Winters joined LHH this year and rode her Quarter Horse Reiner for Jack Brainard during his clinics. This proved to be a good match between, horse, demo rider and master horseman. Jack as always shared a lifetime of horsemanship as only Jack can.
Rick Lamb was once again a noted speaker and Master of Ceremony for LHH 2013. Rick keeps the whole event on schedule and his lectures are favorites with our guests. Always insightful and thoughtful we all look forward to his shared knowledge.
Eitan brought his Cowboy Dressage to LHH this year. Megan Evans and Sarah Winters did some Cowgirl Dressage on Eitan’s mini court with guidance from Eitan and Lyn Moe. Eitan rode is beloved Santa Fe Renegade in his other clinic. This was to be Santa Fe’s last LHH clinic. He is now retired and in the pasture with his favorite blond (palomino) mare. Eitan also did a video lecture on the history of the dressage court and the movement of the Cowboy Dressage gaits. He will be doing more lectures next year…he says he wants to follow in Dr. Bob’s footsteps.
Sheila Varian, who is always a favorite, brought her wisdom and humor to LHH. She and Eitan did a impromptu La Garrocha demo. Eitan made Sheila a “pink” La Garrocha stick! The two of them are like Burns and Allen on horseback if any of you are old enough to remember that TV team.
What can I say about the food. Each year Kevin Henning out-does himself. He and his staff know how to feed us. No one went hungry for sure. Kudos to Kevin for raising the bar on food yet another year.
This may have been our best group of vendors yet. Most will be returning, so be ready to shop in 2014!
Every year we try to have a “theme” for that year’s event. We have done the Vaquero and the Ranch Horse and all were fabulous. But this year was the best Bathroom year we have ever had. It was defiantly the year of the “potty.” Tom Spalding said LHH was a first class event and we should have first class bathrooms. That we did and they will be back by overwhelming requests. Thank you Tom.
John Hall from Succeed gave a lecture on the prevention and treatment of ulcers in horses. Very informative and I bet some horses got some much needed help after this year’s event.
A big thank you to Art Perry and his Intrepid Farms that we take over each year. Art is so gracious and such a warm and welcoming host.
Our loyal supporter and sponsor Tom Spalding and Spalding – Labs was a big presence this year. They debut one of their new commercials staring Richard Winters. It is great and a must see. If you wish to see both Dr. Miller’s song by Mary Ann Kennedy and Richard’s starring role visit the Light Hands Horsemanship Community at:
The new website will be up and ready for registration by Dec. 1, 2013.
Mark your calendars for May 29- June 1, 2014 for Light Hands Horsemanship 2014. Same place…… it is like coming home to a family reunion……. only with horses!
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