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
Kate Southcombe – Online Contributor
Kate Southcombe, B.Ed (Hons), Diploma in Child and Adolescent Psychology, lives on the west coast of the North Island, New Zealand and specializes in behavioral training and learning theory for equestrians. Her horses provide her with the opportunity to explore the potential of advanced training techniques and are experts at numerous unusual behaviors.She is currently completing a post graduate qualification in Applied Behaviour Analysis. http://www.eprtraining.co.nz/epr/
Jo Hughes - Online Contributor
Jo Hughes of Equi-libre Horses is a fully qualified and insured BHS AI (Reg’d) Instructor, Classical Horsemanship Coach, Equine Behaviour Consultant, Positive Reinforcement Trainer and a Horse Agility Accredited Trainer (HAAT)
Jo’s journey so far has helped her understand that to become a good trainer, many pieces of the horsemanship puzzle need to be developed; a good understanding of equine behaviour (including detailed observations of body language), how horses learn, as well as the practical side of training are all equally important. Alongside this, she knows the critical importance of developing oneself in areas such as mindfulness, body awareness and posture. http://equilibrehorses.wordpress.com/
Peggy Hogan - Online Contributor
After many years studying and working with horses, including immersing herself in the work of Peggy Cummings’ Connected Riding, Peggy came across clicker training via Alexandra Kurland. She began watching and learning from clicker trainers of other species, and then started investigating ways to add more and more shaping, capturing, modelling, targeting, and some luring to her program. She knew there was a way to use these pressure free techniques for teaching behaviour to horses. She whole-heartedly embraced the idea that horses would respond and offer behaviour freely, if given the choice.
Today when you watch Peggy’s videos, you will see a variety of horses, at liberty, offering behaviours that range from freestyle, to agility to medical procedures. She has trained full sized horses as well as miniature horses. Her techniques have been used to help a variety of rescued horses.
Peggy’s current goal is to share the steps of learning Clicker Training, and primarily these lessor known techniques of shaping, capturing, luring and targeting. She loves to help the ordinary horse owner achieve wonderful results that until now, were reserved for professional trainers. http://www.thebestwhisperisaclick.com/
Lesley Holehouse is a qualified barefoot trimmer and an experienced equine clicker trainer. After a varied career, including working as a Behaviour/Communication and Language Therapist with people with little speech and other physical disabilities, Lesley began working professionally around horses in 2001. She worked with Free’n’Easy Saddles, both making and fitting saddles, and gaining great knowledge of the bio-mechanics of horses and riders. She had taken her own horses barefoot around this time and became so passionate about the therapy y of this that she began to study with many practitioners. She travelled to the US in 2006 and again in 2007 where she gained her AANHCP qualification. She has worked independently ever since.
In 2010, she became an instructor for the Equine Sciences Academy on their distance learning degree programme. Along with Abi Hogg, (author of the Horse Behaviour Handbook) she runs courses in barefoot hoof care and horse management from her small-holding in Northern England, where she has a full and busy hoof trimming practice.
Charlotte Harmer After studying psychology and finding herself in a successful career as an IT consultant (yes, not exactly connected!), Charlotte realised she could achieve her dream of finally having her own horse in 1998. Faced instead with somewhat of a nightmare, she remembered her learning theory and found Alexandra Kurland’s work which helped her sleep at night. Charlotte also explored and trained within Natural Horsemanship, classical dressage and equine behaviour before a sad little quarter horse helped her return wholeheartedly to clicker training in 2005.
Having left the corporate world behind, today Charlotte is fascinated by the world of positive reinforcement and is studying with Kay Laurence on her Intelligent Dog Training Course. She works as a dog trainer, is an approved Alexandra Kurland Click that Teaches trainer and aims to help all her learners find emotional and physical balance using a variety of techniques best suited to them within the umbrella of clicker training. Oh and that sad little quarter horse? He’s now a happy, balanced individual.
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.
Inge Teblick – Online Contributor
Inge is the author of two books “Grondwerk met Paarden” (Groundwork with horses) and the recent “Denkwerk – of waarom paarden van leertheorie houden” (Work your mind – or why horses love learning theory), and well known in Belgium and the Netherlands. Inge stands for training as ethically as possible, with respect for learning theory and ethology.
She organized clinics with people like Ray Hunt, Mark Rashid etc.
In 1999 she met Kayce Cover, an American animal trainer who had worked with a multitude of species: apes, wolves, bears, whales, sealions, dolphins, cows…”If it’s possible with all those animals, then surely it can be done with horses too”, Inge thought, and dived into clicker training.
In 2012 she brought together Belgian and Dutch clickertrainer-instructors into a cooperative project called ‘I train my horse’s brain‘. http://www.ingeteblick.be/en/
Susan Friedman – Online Contributor
Dr. Susan Friedman is a psychology professor at Utah State University who has pioneered the application of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to captive and companion animals. ABA, with its roots in human learning, offers a scientifically sound teaching technology and ethical standard that can improve the lives of all learners. Students from 22 different countries have participated in Susan’s online courses, Living and Learning with Animals for Professionals and Living and Learning with Parrots for Caregivers. She has written chapters on learning and behavior for three veterinary texts (Behavior of Exotic Pets, Clinical Avian Medicine, and Manual of Parrot Behavior). Susan has presented seminars for a wide variety of professional organizations around the world such as the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, Moorpark College Exotic Animal Training and Management program, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She has been nominated for the Media Award given by the International Association of Behavior Analysis for her efforts to disseminate to pet owners, veterinarians, animal trainers and zookeepers the essential tools they need to empower and enrich the lives of the animals in their care. http://www.behaviorworks.org/
Mary Hunter recently completed a Master of Science in Behaviour Analysis at the University of North Texas. She is currently the owner of an animal training and consulting business Texas Animal Training.
She has trained a wide range of species and also spent four years helping run the training program and volunteer program at a local horse rescue. Her combination of hands-on experience and academic knowledge gives a unique perspective when working with pets and their owners.
In addition, she is involved in research about animal learning. Her primary research centres around studying the process of shaping. She has investigated the effects of one reinforcer on behaviour, conditioned reinforcement, behaviour loops, and methods used to overcome fear in animals. www.stalecheerios.com
Rachel Bedingfield gained a degree in Agriculture in 1979 and then worked as an agricultural consultant, becoming one of the UK’s first organic farming advisers. She then had a career in Management Education and consulted in increasing diversity in organisations.
She got into horse ownership in 1998 and simultaneously jumped off the urban career path and got her first small farm. In 2001 she formed the Natural Horse Group in order to bring excellent equine practise into her life via group education. Through this, she learned with top practitioners such as Marthe Kiley-Worthington, Lucy Rees, Pete Ramey and so on. She studied equine ethology, barefoot care, bio-mechanics, equine nutrition and all aspects of horse training.
Between 2004 and 2011 she ran the Natural Horse Shop, specialising in retailing Simple System horse feeds and in advising horse owners on nutrition and management. In 2006 she began to work with James Shaw and ran his tai chi based “Ride from Within” workshops in the UK until 2011. In 2010 she began to work with Hannah Dawson to create her on-line equine clicker academy, Clix College, where she also works as a tutor. She is one of the founders and organisers of the Equine Clicker Conference.
Aoife Stephens has been training with the Irish Clicker Centre for a number of years, along with attending clinics with Alexandra Kurland. She is 18 years old and has recently finished second level education. She is currently taking a gap year before heading to university where she hopes to study in the area of behavioural science, psychology or neurology.
The research in Aoife’s presentation was a Transition Year project (when she was just fifteen) for a national competition for young scientists and won the Social and Behavioural Intermediate Category prize.