A true blue American cowboy with a boyish enthusiasm for life and strong
family values, Ken McNabb grew up in a traditional ranching family in the
mountains of Wyoming. This modern day Roy Rogers knew from a young age that he wanted to help
others. As a boy he was unsure of how he would achieve this, but it became
crystal clear when he was 16 years old. Sitting in the audience at a
horsemanship clinic, he knew within the first fifteen minutes that horsemanship
and teaching was his calling.
Since then he has been changing people's lives through his weekly television
show, instruction of clinics nationwide and special appearances at large expos.
He still carries with him the passion and conviction he had as a young boy.
Living his life on horseback has proven to be the ultimate way for McNabb to
reach out to people and their horses.
"Discovering the Horseman Within" is on the RFD
network which airs on Dish Network on channel 231 and DirecTV on channel 345
and on many cable stations. Whether you
are a trail rider, a rancher, a non-pro or open competitor, you will find
practical, useful information in each show that you can put into action as soon
as you step out of the house.
Ken creates a unique environment where each horse is trained using gentle
methods and the rider is coached to become their personal best. Ken's faith in
Christ, along with his commitment to strong family values and patriotism, help
make him the kind of speaker/trainer people enjoy.
In 2007, Ken competed in and won the Colt Starting Challenge at the Mane
Event Expo in Vancouver, WA. In 2008, he competed at the prestigious
Road to the Horse competition in Murfreesboro, TN against Chris Cox, Tommy
Garland and Mike Kevil. In typical Ken McNabb style he won over spectators with
his good natured approach and ability to develop a very aggressive colt into a
willing partner. In October of 2008, Ken won the Trainers Challenge Colt
Starting Competition in Chilliwack, BC Canada, beating out Charles Wilhelm and three time champion, Doug Mills, from Canada.
Together, Ken, his wife DeeDee, and their two young sons Kurt and Trent live
near Cody, Wyoming where they are dedicated as a family to teaching others to
dream bigger, ride taller and live happier. A new partnership with Diamond Land
and Livestock Company, a large cow calf and ranch horse operation in Douglas,
Wyoming, has also provided an excellent location for Ken's Three Week
Apprenticeship Program as well as his one week Back in the Saddle and
Horsemanship clinics. Together, McNabb and Diamond Land and Livestock Company produce an annual ranch proven production sale featuring
75 or more ranch trained and tested horses. Learn more about Ken at www.kenmcnabb.com
Photos by S. Bewley.
Friday AgStar Arena Noon-1pm
Improving Your Turn
Using shoulder control to develop the type of turn you want
in your horse. Almost anyone that Ken
has ever spoken to has told him that their horse has one of two problems…he
turns too sharp or nor sharp enough. In
this demo Ken wants to give you the control that determines where and how fast
your horse turns.
Friday Coliseum 2:15pm-3:15pm
From Foundation to Finish
Using training techniques to develop your green broke horse
into the finished horse you’ve been looking for. In this demonstration, Ken takes a step by
step approach to develop a finished horse that is safe in the arena or on the
trail. We will be discussing lateral and
vertical flexion, collection, stops and lateral movement.
Saturday Coliseum 9:15am-10:15am
Demystifying Leads and Lead Changes
Defining, controlling and changing your leads. Ken takes a step by step walk through
understanding the correct lead, how to achieve it and how to simply turn it
into a flying lead change.
Saturday Coliseum 2:15pm-3:15pm
Communicating Using Your Hands, Seat and Legs
Using your body in the saddle to gain a higher level of
control. Have you ever felt like your
horses speak one language and you speak another one? In this demo, Ken will help you discover how
to speak the same language as our horse using our body to communicate.
Sunday Coliseum 9:30am-10:30am
Overcoming Spooky Obstacles
Helping your horse develop confidence on the trail. Are you tired of your horse spooking every
time you go on a trail ride? Ken is
going to show you a stress-free approach to developing a safe and dependable
trail horse no matter what or not matter where you are.
Sunday AgStar Arena 2:00pm-3:00pm
Bad Manners are Just Bad Manners
Groundwork to improve your horse’s manners. Bad manner are bad manners whether it’s dogs,
children, neighbors or horses, however, in horses it’s typically a lack of
communication on our part that allows bad manners on their part. Ken will show you how to teach good manners
and relieve the stress between you and your horse.