John Tilley along with his wife Jamie and two daughters, own and operate Tilley’s Custom Colts and Horsemanship near LeRoy SK. They start and ride a variety of horses for the public. John and his wife travel across the prairies conducting Horsemanship and Young Horse Handling clinics. In the past John has been employed as a Horse Wrangler, Pen Rider, and a Pasture Rider. He is very proud of his working cowboy past. John attributes much of his understanding of the horse to his time spent doing a real job horseback. He feels that it is important to keep these traditions alive for the future generation of horseman and horses. Check out the Tilleys at www.tilleyscustomcolts.com
John is glad to be back at H3 for the fourth time as a judge and clinician. Along with judging H3, John has also been a presenter at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair on two different occasions. John has written articles and contributed in Canadian Cowboy Magazine as well as Horse Country Magazine.
Bob Kaufman has spent over 30 years ranching in B.C. and Alberta, and has correlated his time spent riding, working cattle, raising a family, and being involved in many interactive activities. He has conducted colt starting and horsemanship clinics in B.C., Alberta, and Montana, all of which have contributed to, and have been an inspiration for much of the art work he designs. Bob has also placed at a number of working ranch horse competitions, and has judged the Trainer’s Challenge for the Mane Event in Red Deer, Alberta. Bob enjoys making different and new items, and all his ideas come from everyday life working with livestock, viewing the panorama of grassland where he works, and the influence of wildlife and nature. Bob, with his wife Deborah, own and operate Stone Hill Ranch, located south-east of Irvine, Alberta near Cypress Hills Park. Bob is full time custom saddle making, has a hay business, and does day work in the area.
Bob Kaufman brings a unique back ground of experience to his saddle making and leather craft business. After purchasing a few leather tools, he began what has become a passion towards excellence in designing and constructing all types of leather work, with saddles being the most demanding item. He is mostly self taught, but has been inspired by many traditional and highly respected saddle makers in north America, as well as many others devoted in using leather to express an art form through home decor, and unique art such as framed pictures, day timers, belts, or usable related horse gear such as bridles and chaps.
To view some of his work, visit his website at: www.bobkaufmansaddles.com, email them at email@example.com or give them a call at: 403-834-2380.
Lee Smith lives on a cattle ranch outside of Wickenburg, Arizona. She and her husband Mark have a cow-calf operation and raise quality Quarter horses at their Diamond S Ranch. Lee has conducted hundreds of clinics and demonstrations throughout the U.S. and Canada since 1991 as well as teaching ranch horse classes at the Diamond S. Lee considers herself a student of the horse, and lucky to have shared her experience with thousands of horse people from throughout the world.
Lee is a gifted and eloquent teacher who has extraordinary insight into horses and people. She shares what she sees as if speaking for the horse and thus provides her students with the opportunity to observe the exchange of communication between horse and human. Teaching people to learn from the horse.
Lee leads people on a pathway of discovery to the essential elements of horsemanship. She helps them to unlock their potential to understand the mind, body and spirit of the horse using what naturally happens, and then shows them how to appreciate and build upon the incredible moments of harmony that are possible. Lee believes that through life’s experiences (horse related or not), the answers lie within us.
Clinics around the country are conducted to prepare you and your horse for a greater level of performance. While clinic material may vary, each emphasizes communication with your horse without force or fear to establish a willing partnership rather than resistance. The goal is a horse that is soft, gentle and responsive that moves smoothly and relaxed in every situation. Lee will share her philosophy on building the confidence of the horse and rider through mutual trust and respect.
Whatever your interests, Lee can offer you insight and skills to enjoy the events you like now, while you develop your horse and your horsemanship. Join Lee and learn the essential elements of quality horsemanship.
Mac McQuaker and wife Christi operate Gryphon Farms in Schomberg, Ontario. They have been competing at Gold level competitions for the past 20+ years with hunters and jumpers up to the Grand Prix ranks. Their 2 daughters are also competing on the circuit continuing in their parents winning ways. This year Kieley McQuaker was the Ontario Champion for the CET Mini Medal and also placed in the top 3 of the 1.10m jumpers.
Their clients have enjoyed many successes over the years in the hunter, jumper and equitation divisions. Mac and Christi also bring along young hunters and jumpers and have enjoyed importing horses from europe for sales.
They travel throughout Ontario and regularly compete in the USA visiting Vermont, Kentucky and Florida. Mac is also a Senior EC licensed course designer and travels regularly doing hunter/jumper clinics in the off season.