Growing up in
the ‘60s on a small horse farm in central Florida, Julie had a connection with
horses from a young age. Little did she know that her childhood affinity would
blossom into a remarkable career with horses. Now an internationally renowned
trainer and clinician, Julie is a rarity in that she has ridden and trained
extensively in multiple disciplines, both English and western, working with
multiple breeds. Her focus is on classical horsemanship and developing the horse
and rider’s relationship.
Following a successful run as a youth rider on jumping
horses, Goodnight headed west to fulfill her dreams of skiing, mountain
climbing and white-water paddling. She galloped her way through college on the
backs of Thoroughbred race horses, graduating from
the University of New Mexico with Magna Cum Laude distinction. After
graduation, Julie move to southern Colorado, where she started her horse
training business in 1985.
It wasn’t long before Goodnight
was known for having a special touch with horses and a gift for teaching
people. Her reputation grew, and she began travelling the world to share her
unique approach to horse training.
In 2008, Julie began producing the popular TV series, Horse Master with Julie Goodnight, a
how-to horse training series that aired weekly on RFD-TV for eleven years. After
producing and starring in 260 episodes, Julie has now set her sights on sharing
the magical world of horses with a broader audience, through 2Horse
Productions, an equine, nature and adventure lifestyle production company
Julie is a
member of the prestigious Horse &
Rider team, and she offers guidance to horse enthusiasts in articles and
through clinics and appearances worldwide. Goodnight is a frequent contributor
to top horse publications such as Horse
& Rider and Horse Illustrated,
and the author of a syndicated column reaching more than 20 regional horse
publications monthly. She also produces a monthly audio podcast on horse
training, offers online educational programs and her On-Demand Videos are among
the top go-to training tools for horse owners everywhere.
Goodnight travels both domestically and internationally to
teach horsemanship and she was named Exceptional Equestrian Educator by Equine
Affaire – one of only three such awards ever given. Goodnight is Spokesperson
for the Certified Horsemanship Association, an organization focused on
promoting safety and excellence in horsemanship, and she holds their highest
level of certification, Master Clinic Instructor.
Goodnight and her husband, Rich Moorhead, a ski-industry
professional, reside near Salida, Colorado. In their spare time, they enjoy
skiing, boating and riding cow horses.
Friday, April 26
The Natural Ride (Part 1)
riding skills and performance of the horse.
This demonstration covers balanced position, body alignment, common
equitation problems and solutions, and how to develop a rhythmic seat that
allows you to sit any stride with ease.
Julie demonstrates as she rides, while instructing riders of mixed
ability levels riding both English and Western styles.
3:00-4:00 Compeer Arena
Expect the Best from Your Horse (Part 1)
to understand the horse’s natural behavior, horse handlers of all ability
levels progress to properly handle their horses from the ground by establishing
boundaries and a relationship based on mutual respect. The audience learns a systematic approach to
establishing ground manners and safely handling horses. In the course of this presentation, Julie
demonstrates by transforming an unruly horse into a calm, well-mannered horse
that leads well, stands quietly and is focused on the handler.
Saturday, April 27
The Natural Ride (Part 2)
clever mental images creatively explains the traditional four natural riding
aids, with an innovative and useful technique.
The audience learns how to use the natural aids consistently and with
good timing, enlightening riders of all disciplines and ability levels about
using the aids lightly to communicate effectively with the horse. The audience learns the mechanics of using
the natural aids and about the physical and psychological responses of the
horse to the rider’s aids.
Riding to the Next Level (Part 1)
more advanced presentation on total body control and more articulate
communication to the horse through the rein aids and leg aids. Julie demonstrates and explains the use of
riders’ leg aids in concert with the rein aids, when to sue them, and what
effect they have on the horse’s body and movement. The audience, as well as
those riding with Julie, learn the important reining principles of lightness,
release and subtle movement, and clever ways that the reins and legs control
different parts of the horse’s body.
4:00-5:00 DNR Building
Your Horse’s Many Calls and
communicate with their entire body, from head to tail. Learn to recognize and understand the
numerous gestures, body language signals, and audible communications that your
horse makes and how to respond in kind so that you and your horse are speaking
the same language.
to the Next Level (Part 2)
Julie demonstrates, explains and
simplifies the complex theories and techniques for gaining collection from horses,
engaging the hindquarters, and moving the horse laterally for leg-yielding, two
tracking, side passing, backing, turns on the haunches. This presentation relates to all disciplines
the Best from Your Horse (Part 2)
Since horses communicate primarily
through postures and gestures, teaching hand signals and body-position cues to
the horse is not hard, once you understand how to communicate. Starting from the beginning and using Julie’s
techniques, the audience learns how to establish a willing partnership, teach
the horse liberty cues and establish the kind of control needed to work the
horse without restraints.