|Plans are Coming Together Nicely for Expo 2016!
The Colorado Horse Council is in the final phase of scheduling clinicians for 2016. The dates of the 2016 Expo are March 11th-13th, at the National Western Stock Show Complex.
Rocky Mountain Horse Expo
Clinicians and Speakers
Hey! You might wanna check this out! WOW-Factor-Radio interviews of a several clinicians who participated in last year's 2015 Expo! Updated 2016 interviews are currently being conducted and added, so check back often for updates! Click here to listen!
2016 Expo's Clinician Schedule and Clinic Details
The 2016 Expo Speaker's List / Schedule is not yet available; however, click the links below to read a partial listing of this year's clinicians and their Bios (Updated 1/14/16):
Clinicians A to L and Clinicians M to Z
The announcer for the 2016 Expo is Wayne Williams of the radio and online TV show, "Speaking of Horses." Horse enthusiasts will find him all weekend long in and around the Expo complex. Click on his picture (or here) to watch a short promo of the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo!
(See more bios of the clinicians by clicking on the "Clinicians A to L
" and "Clinicians M to Z
" links above.)
Shawna Karrasch (Click on Shawna's picture or click here to hear her radio interview!)
Shawna Karrasch spent nearly ten years working to perfect her training skills not with horses, but in the pools at Sea World of California with killer whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals. Her infectious enthusiasm, sense of humor, and rapport with an audience, put her center-stage in the Sea World show. She also worked backstage with show producers, facilitating the writing, blocking, and staging of performances.
Shawna built steadily on her academic foundations. She assisted in directing the daily maintenance of the mammal facilities; which included training programs, meal preparation, medical distribution, scheduled feedings, daily exercise, and assisting with veterinary procedures from X-rays to minor surgeries.
In 1992, Shawna was invited to attend her first grand prix show jumping event in Del Mar, California. As an animal trainer, Shawna was curious to learn more about how horses were trained, and was fascinated by the possibility of applying Sea World's tried and true system to horses.
Two years later, Shawna took her first horseback-riding lesson at the Rancho Riding Club in Rancho Santa Fe, California. There she met Vinton Karrasch, a veteran of the grand prix circuit, who became her husband and business partner.
Eitan Beth-Halachmy (Click on Eitan's picture or click here to hear his radio interview!)
Eitan has had a long and rewarding career in the show ring. He has won many world and national titles in the Morgan Show Horse industry. With many western pleasure world wins with his open horses and even more with his junior western pleasure and futurity horses Eitan set a standard in the Western Division for Morgan Horses. His horses are easily recognizable with a very round Baroque look to them. They were beautifully bridled and soft in the hands with self carriage and balanced movement. His horses became his trademark and his “art.”
Eitan has retired from the show ring and public training. He now devotes his time to teaching. He runs a clinic program at his Wolf Creek Ranch during the winter and spring month. When not at home you can find him on the road nation wide teaching his “Cowboy Dressage.” In May of each year Eitan and Debbie are key figures in the production and participation at Light Hands Horsemanship held in Santa Ynez each year. Eitan was honored by being asked to bring his “Cowboy Dressage” to the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany by opening the closing ceremony and again in 2010 in Lexington, KY as highlight performances during the opening ceremonies.