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2019 Southern Equine Expo Colt Starters Announced


2018/12/03

The Southern Equine Expo Colt Starting Challenge is an event to demonstrate how the proper use of sound horsemanship fundamentals results in establishing the functional relationship between horse and man. The process is accelerated in this format, showcasing the effectiveness of each trainer. Three talented ladies will compete for top honors in 2019.

Miranda Lyon is a world-renowned horsewoman who focuses on the individuality of each horse and equestrian she teaches. She studies how a horse works mentally, as well as physically, allowing her to advance them to the best of their ability. This enables people to understand how to communicate with their horses better. Miranda and her husband, Mark, who make up M and M Horsemanship, are based in Whitesboro, Texas. Mark and Miranda work at their home base for a few months of the year during the winter and travel throughout the US, Europe, and Africa the remainder of the year teaching clinics, lessons, coaching and training horses.

Leisha Griffith grew up on a working ranch and developed a passion for horses and rodeos at a very young age. Leisha has spent her life studying the horse and what makes the horse tick. She enjoys starting colts and has won several colt starting competitions, as well as barrel racing and roping titles. Leisha loves blending natural horsemanship into performance horses, improving every horse she trains, as well as teaching and offering demonstrations and clinics – both private and public. Leisha offers many services involving horses and ponies at her ranch in North Carolina.

Mary Kitzmiller is a horse trainer and clinician based in Kemp, Texas. She uses her knowledge gleaned from working with the horse industry’s leading professionals to create outstanding performance horses. These skills led her to find incredible success in the Extreme Mustang Makeover Competition, winning over $55,000 in that event. Mary has also earned the honor of being the only woman chosen for the Road to the Horse elite Wild Card Competition in 2014 and 2015.  Mary is passionate about sharing what she knows through clinics, lessons, and demonstrations. Mary's key element in her horsemanship is simply: Follow the Horse. The horse is never wrong.  Listen, watch, and follow.

Southern Equine Expo takes place February 22-24, 2019 at the Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Find more information at: www.southernequineexpo.com and on facebook and twitter.

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