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Equine Affaire Names Julie Goodnight "Exceptional Equestrian Educator"

PONCHA SPRINGS, Colo. December 1, 2008- Equine Affaire officials presented Julie Goodnight with their "Exceptional Equestrian Educator Award" Friday November 14, 2008 during the event's sold-out night show, Pfizer Fantasia. The award was presented by Equine Affaire's Program Manager Coagi Long, President Eugenia Snyder and Vice-President Terri Sharp (left to right in photo with Goodnight).

"It's an incredible honor to be presented with this award at such a prestigious event," Goodnight says. "I was delighted that so many of my friends were present to share the moment with me."

Goodnight is focused on education and dedicates her time to help horse owners through her presentations, clinics, television show and articles. With more than 30 years of work in the equine industry, Julie is dedicated to teaching and learning.

"First and foremost, I'm an educator-secondly, I'm a horse trainer," she says. "To have an impact on the horses, you have to educate the people who work with them every day. I am a passionate student of horse behavior, riding and training so it's a natural step for me to want to share what I've learned."

Equine Affaire, Inc. (http://www.equineaffaire.com) was established in 1993 to create a first-class, education-oriented horsemen's convention that would be second-to-none. Since its start, Goodnight has appeared at 19 of the company's horse expos. Julie will celebrate her 20th Equine Affaire in Pomona, Calif. Jan. 29 to Feb. 1, 2009.

About Julie Goodnight: Goodnight is an internationally respected trainer and clinician with experience in many types of training. She grew up riding ponies and horses on an Orlando farm and competed in hunter jumpers throughout her youth. Goodnight counts horses among her earliest friends; she spent many summer days hanging out in the horse pasture and studying how the horses moved and interacted. During her college days in New Mexico, Goodnight earned extra money by warming up Thoroughbreds on the racetrack. The cowgirl felt at home in the west and soon hit the trails and studying Western disciplines. Always the adventurer, she began leading riders through the Rocky Mountains. As a natural teacher, Goodnight decided to make horses her life's work-and to teach people how to work with horses safely and with kindness. Showing her dedication to teaching and safety, Goodnight earned her Master Instructor and Clinician ranking with the Certified Horsemanship Association (the association she continues to represent as International Spokesperson).

Now, Goodnight teaches riders how to be their horse's leader and to excel in whichever equestrian sport they choose. Her varied background and training in dressage, jumping, racing, reining, colt starting, cutting, and wilderness riding make her a well-rounded instructor. She teaches horse owners around the world how to establish great relationships with their horses through her Clinic Tour, Horse Master with Julie Goodnight television show, expo appearances and her many how-to DVDs.

Goodnight is now best known for her award-winning television show airing weekly on RFD-TV-Horse Master with Julie Goodnight. Through the show, Goodnight hopes to help all riders master their equestrian dreams and skills. As "The Horse Master," Goodnight shares the wisdom she's gained by reaching her master-level CHA status and encourages all horse people to become the leaders/masters their horses want and deserve. Natural horsemanship is founded on understanding horse behavior and the idea that horses look for leadership, direction and assurance that they're safe and acting appropriately. Goodnight strives to teach you how to master that ideal and emphasizes the importance of life-long learning.

On television and in her clinics, Goodnight has an upbeat and logical style of teaching. She has a unique ability to bridge natural horsemanship techniques with the principles of classical riding. Her training and teaching techniques are frequent features of The Trail Rider, America's Horse, Horse & Rider, and many other excellent equine publications and websites.

See Julie Goodnight live during her 2009 Clinic Tour. Registration is now open for riders and tickets are on sale for those who would like to watch. Early-bird discounts are available if you register before December 31st—get a $25 Goodnight gift certificate for registering or save $80 off your tuition when you pay in full. Spectator tickets make great stocking stuffers! Buy tickets or register to ride online at http://juliegoodnight.com/clinicreg.html

2009 Clinic Tour Dates:

March 7-8, 2009

Berkshire Equestrian Center

40 Perry’s Peak Rd

Richmond, MA 01254

April 18-19, 2009

Rocking V

Wakarusa, KS 66564

April 25-26, 2009

Campbell Springs Farm

12830 River Rd

Chesterfield, VA 23838

May 9-10, 2009

RNR Ranch & Tack

2697 Nevers Dam Rd

St Croix, WI 54024

May 16-17, 2009

Tally Ho Farms

620 Franklin Church Rd

Dillsburg, PA 17019

May 30-31, 2009

Wolf Creek Equestrian Centre

3684 S Bailey Rd

North Jackson, OH 44451

June 6-7, 2009

Ironwood Equestrian Park

9625 Florin Rd

Sacramento, CA 95829

June 27-28, 2009

Saddle Up! Foundation

11152 E Daley Circle

Parker, CO 80134

July 25-26, 2009

Maui Equestrian Facility

1742 Omaopio Rd

Kula, HI 96790

Sept 26-27,2009

4186 E Hwy 160

Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

Visit http://www.juliegoodnight.com and http://www.horsemaster.tv for more information about Julie Goodnight and her Horse Master television show (airing each Wednesday at 5:30 EST). Goodnight is sponsored by Circle Y Saddles, Cosequin, Spalding Fly Predators, Troxel, and works closely with CHA.


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