After 10 years at Sea World (1984-1994) Shawna began working with 2 time Olympic gold medalist Beezie Madden and her husband John Madden. They began applying the positive reinforcement training techniques used at Sea World to horses. Shawna started her business On Target Training as a tool to teach people how to apply these proven techniques to their horses. Her book, “You Can Train Your Horse to do Anything”, was published in 2000. www.on-target-training.com
Dr Helen Spence
Following her first degree in Psychology, Helen completed her PhD in 2006. She lectures in equine behaviour at postgraduate level and to Veterinary Students at Liverpool University. She runs her own business taking equine behaviour referrals and teaching owners horse training. She has developed a structured mentoring programme for students wishing to teach others. www.helenspencehorsesense.co.uk
Becky is the founder of Ethical Equine Performance. She is a highly qualified instructor and coach and has shown horses to championship level at HOYS. She advocates clicker training to “Improve communication, performance, core strength, long-term soundness, emotional self-control and ‘availability’ “. www.ashenec.co.uk
Following her Equine Science degree, Jenni went on to an M.Sc in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling. She studied the behaviour of feral ponies on the Gowar Peninsula for her dissertation. She now works as an Equine Behaviour Counsellor, tailor-making behaviour modification plans for a wide range of clients and issues. She works for first principles of natural horse behaviour and learning, with the purpose of enhancing the horse’s quality of life. She is known for her enthusiastic use of the clicker as a helpful tool for employing the principal of positive reinforcement across a wide variety of training solutions. www.jenninellist.co.uk
A pioneer of equine clicker training and author of “The Click that Teaches”, published in 1998. She is a member of the Clicker Expo Faculty and has published a large body of DVD’s on clicker training horses. For nearly 20 years she has been exploring, developing and teaching clicker training in order to “Change forever the way we train horses”.
Hannah started clicker training in 2004 and now teaches full time, both in person and online through Clix College, her comprehensive online clicker training programme. Her holistic approach includes knowledge and experience from many areas including extensive training with Tai Chi riding, classical riding, her work as an Equine Touch Practitioner and more. She brings this all together with clicker training to create balanced horses and riders, who have fun, solve problems and achieve maximum performance. Her view is “if you can dream it, you can train it!” www.hannahdawsonequine.co.uk
Kay founded Learning About Dogs in 2000, following a long career teaching and learning about dogs. She is pioneering in both training people to train their dogs and looking at the whole context in which we keep dogs and thus “need” to train them. We have invited her to this equine conference because of this holistic (and critical) perspective, which we think will be useful for horse trainers to hear. The reports from her presentations are that they encourage deep thinking, challenging what we know (or think we know) and put the animal at the heart of the training.
She is a regular presenter at the Karen Pryor Expos and the University of North Texas ORCA Conference held in the USA and many workshops around the World.