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'The Voice of the Horse' Conference to Stand Out with Diverse Speakers

Harrison, Nebraska, May 24, 2007 - A unique equine event for riders and trainers in all disciplines happens this June 30 and July 1 at Iowa State University and by live, interactive webcast of presentations, a panel discussion, a concert, an art show, and a discussion forum. "The Voice of the Horse" Conference explores the horse-human relationship in an innovative format that allows participation by all conference attendees, with presentations by internationally-known clinicians, trainers, and other equine professionals.

The exceptional roster of conference presenters is highlighted by renowned dressage trainer and Olympic Squad member Jane Savoie, North American Riding for the Handicapped founder Marj Kittredge, Northern Cheyenne horse trainer and founder of the "Medicine Wheel Model to Natural Horsemanship" Philip Whiteman, Jr., and Emmy-winning "Cloud" filmmaker Ginger Kathrens.

"I'm so excited to be a part of the Voice of the Horse Conference," says Barcelona Olympic Dressage Squad member Jane Savoie, who is also an Olympic coach and internationally-known author and speaker. "I believe this is a unique opportunity for horse lovers in all riding disciplines to reflect, learn, and rediscover how horses have impacted their lives in amazing and varied ways. The versatile panel of speakers, who will bring a wide range of viewpoints and experiences to this event, is sure to make this an unforgettable experience for all who attend--whether onsite or online."

Ginger Kathrens, Emmy-winning film producer and creator of PBS documentaries and books about Cloud the wild stallion, as well as wild horse advocate and endurance rider, comments on the "great" conference title, and observes that, “The first time I heard the distant, reverberating voices of wild stallions I knew I had entered a world unlike any other. And my perspective is only one of many. What a variety of speakers, points of view, and topics. I think all horse lovers will find something to stimulate our minds and our spirits.”

The event will be held at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa over the Fourth of July weekend to make it easier for people to attend online via webcast and internet forum. Professional trainers, clinicians, artists, filmmakers, musicians, and authors will present stories about their experiences of the horse-human relationship, and conference attendees will join in by contributing their own stories to a public forum the entire group will use as a springboard to the final panel discussion by the presenters. A key focus will be the impact of such experiences on training, showing, and riding in venues ranging from backyards and wilderness trails to therapeutic sessions and the show ring. Additionally, the conference will consider the impact of the horse-human relationship on human health and well-being by exploring interactions in which horses have healed, taught and befriended humans, and the ways these types of interactions have been expressed through art, music, and literature.

Artists who will join the panel of trainers and clinicians on the presenter's platform include Pulitzer-nominated Chickasaw author Linda Hogan, award-winning equine artist Kim McElroy, and singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey ("Wildfire"). Murphey will perform a “Horse Legends” concert Saturday night as part of the conference, and -- in another special conference feature -- internationally-acclaimed horse photographer Robert Vavra will share an exclusive special showing of his new film about the Camargue horses of France.

Registration is only $35 for the all-inclusive online package and $379 for in-person attendance. Rates go up on June 1. For additional information, visit http://www.thevoiceofthehorse.com, or contact Jo Belasco (jo@tapestryinstitute.org; 308-668-9425).

ABOUT TAPESTRY -- Tapestry Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that carries out original research on different ways of knowing, learning about, and responding to the natural world, and applies these ways of knowing to innovative education programs. Tapestry's Horse-Human Relationship Program, headed by Jo Belasco, recently completed a major research survey - the first ever done - on the types of relationships people have with horses and the cultural and educational factors that influence those relationships. The organization, founded and headed by Dawn Adams (Choctaw), Ph.D., has been awarded four prestigious grants by the National Science Foundation for education research and development. Originally incorporated in the state of Texas in 1998, Tapestry has been located in the Pine Ridge area of northwestern Nebraska since 2004.


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