Dancing With Horses
Dancing with Horses variety show will be featured this year at the Novi Equestrian Expo on Friday from 5:00 to 6:00pm. Dancing with horses features local talent with exceptional horse acts. This includes everything from drill teams, pairs , vaulting ( Gymnastics on horseback), English and western dressage freestyle riding, bridless jumping, liberty, miniature horses, Freisians and more!
Each act is choreographed to music and fully costumed. Its an entertaining way to showcase the diverse and unique equine talent this area has to offer. The show is designed to appeal to all ages from horse lovers to horse owners. Its variety show format allows a non horse audience member to enjoy the show without knowledge of the specific sport.
The show is free to all Expo attendees and is a great kick off for the competition to follow! ( bleacher seating provided).
For more information contact the Dancing with Horses producer: Karen Rach-St.Clair, Rach Riding Academy, 586-242-7351.
Cady Ness Smith will be returning to the 2012 Novi Equestrian Expo to present her mini-mania show. These shows will include a mini costume parade, cart driving demonstations, and contests. This event will be great for the entire family and will be filled with fun!
If you would like to be considered as a Clinician for the 2012 Novi Equestrian Expo, please contact Andrea Picklo.
Tommie Turvey, Equine Extremist
Tommie Turvey is a life-long hands-on horseman. Since the day he was born, he has been around horses. Whether it was riding at rodeos, on the farm or riding for a local livestock auction, Tommie was always on a horse. Tommie travels the world performing in front of hundreds of thousands of people each year with his unique style of horsemanship and training abilities. Tommie performs his signature acts to sold out crowds from the biggest shows in North America, including the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, the Hollywood Charity Horse Show, Night of the Horse in Del Mar, the Toronto Royal, the PA Horse World Expo, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, and the Washington International Horse Show. His bay and white American Paint Horse, “Pokerjoe” is the star of the outfit. He is well known for his comedy antics, black mane, white tail, and is the most requested and remembered equine act around. In 2009, Pokerjoe was immortalized as a Breyer ® Horse model. Tommie’s black and white Paint Horse, “Joker” who is the work horse of the bunch was cast as the Celebration Breyer® Model Horse in 2006, showcasing his performances and television career. Joker’s younger brother, Ace is the star of Liberty and Blade the BLM Mustang is a movie star, performing in 5 feature films and tv shows. In addition to being the most sought after entertainer in the industry, Tommie is in high demand as a clinician for his no-nonsense training ideals. People are amazed to see how they can create such an incredible bond with their horses. Tommie has been a featured performer at Disney World in Paris, France; Medieval Times and Arabian Nights in Orlando, Florida and toured with the Royal Hannaford Circus. As a professional stuntman and trainer, he has been involved with his horses in the recent blockbuster movies “Jonah Hex”, "War Flowers", “Batman: Dark Knight”, Larry the Cable Guy’s “Witless Protection”, and the tv series HBO’s “John Adams”. AMC's "The Walking Dead", and NBC's newest show "Revolution". He is the most versatile horseman in the industry and gets the most out of his horses through consistency, discipline and respect. Tommie says “The key in getting your horse to doing anything correctly is consistency in training and day to day contact. It’s not the quantity of time, it's the quality. People think I train for hours on end. I want people to think in small steps and getting on the horses level. Don’t get greedy.”
As an owner of 12 horses from Paints, Pintos, Quarter Horses, Haflingers, Trakehners, Minis, Rocky Mountain Horses, an American Cream Draft, and Mustangs, Tommie enjoys working with them all. Tommie has dedicated his life to bringing the power and beauty of the horse to the forefront through incredible entertainment and inspiring demonstrations. The next time you watch a movie, go to a horse expo, clinic or watch an equestrian event, chances are Tommie Turvey and his horses may be performing or teaching you how to get the most out of your horse. You can find Tommie on Facebook; Tommie Turvey, Equine Extremist. For more information, to inquire about Tommie at your next event or to host a clinic, please contact his office at 352-796.1795. Tommie is based at Liberty Horse Ranch in Brooksville, Florida.
Dianna Walker- McPhail
Dianna Walker- McPhail
Practicing Eastern, Australian and Intuitive Medicine
Treating Horses – Dogs – Humans emotionally and physically
Specialising in: Trauma Release for Animals, Animal Communication, Equine Retreats
“On the Right Lead” 2008 Animals, Intuition and the Mind-Body Connection
“BELIEVE” Chapter 11 with trainer Buck Brannaman. The Spiritual Connection between horses and humans.
Equine Times Magazine Monthly column
Holistic Horse Magazine December/January 2012-13 / July 2008/ September 2008/2010
Beginnings Magazine August 2009 American Holistic Nurses Assn.
Arabian Magazine Nov 2008 Equines assisting Breast Cancer survivors
CONNY Teen-age targeted horse magazine; Munich Copywriter/Photographer
Equine & Canine Affiliations and Charities
Feature Story NBC TV May 2006 Equines as Healers
Horse'n Around Rescue Treating & Consulting with rehab of rescues Hereford, AZ
104.1 FM Talk Radio with Dr. Zara Larsen (Circles of Change) Saturdays 10 –Noon Tucson, AZ
104.1 FM Talk Radio with Dr. Randy Arronson PAWS Veterinary Clinic Tucson, AZ
International League for the Protection of Horses Consultant Dansville, MI
Michigan Equine Foundation Volunteer/Therapist MSU
Birch Run Horse Expo Clinician February 2010
GLASS-ED Speaker Grand Rapids, MI Fall 2008
Equine Voices Rescue Green Valley, AZ
EAGALA Horse Assn Speaker Stone Creek Ranch; MI October 2010
Tucson Equestrian Center; Clinician 2011 & 12
Queen Creek Horse Expo Phoenix AZ – October 2010 to 2012
Festival of the Horse Tucson, AZ – January 2011
Celebration of the Horse Metamora, MI - September 2009
North American Stallion Fest Novi, MI December 2009/10; Clinician
MSU Stallion Expo Lansing, MI March 2009; Author/Presenter
2001 MAIZY GRACE Designer & manufacturer: camisole & form for breast cancer survivors
Development of Moccasin/Foot covering for SCI patients, 2012
Equine Assisted retreats for humans
Trailing for Triumph Ranch Rudolph Fall 2010
American Holistic Nurses Association; Flagstaff, AZ
Lope for Hope NW Michigan Fairgrounds, Traverse City MI
Recovery Plus Program Supported by the American Cancer Society
BODY Magazine, New York Featured for Maizy Grace products & Retreats
The Natural Health Network of Northwest Michigan
BS Technical Writing, Post-graduate; Business Administration
McPhail Advertising Associates; Owner Full-service agency twenty-two years
Maizy Grace 2001 to present
Web: healingspirit.info email:email@example.com
231-492-5421 Treating animals & humans throughout the United States & Canada
Nancy Harm of Harmony Acres Arabian Parade Horses, Northville, Michigan, will share information on How Horses Learn and Despooking techniques. Her horses are completing their 19th year of riding is some of the nations’ largest parades which have included: America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade held in Detroit, Milwaukee’s Great Circus Parade, Oldsmobile’s 100th Anniversary Parade, Michigan Parades into the 21 Century Parades, Lansing’s 150th Anniversary Parade, Rochester’s Christmas Parade, Toledo’s Holiday Parade to name just a few.
Nancy and her training methods have been featured in magazine articles in the Arabian Times, Arabian Horse, Desert Mirage Arabian Horse Virtual Magazine, John Lyon’s Perfect Horse, Horse Power (Australia), Equine Times, and Saddle Up magazines. They have also been featured in hundreds of newspaper articles and features over two decades.
Harmony Acres was established in 1981 by Nancy with her husband George as a family Arabian breeding farm. In the early days, the foals were shown on the AHAM Class A Circuit. Nancy’s mount, Harmony Tarifa won his futurity class as a yearling halter stallion. Later on he also won Native Costume and Western Pleasure Classes. Tarifa and Nancy also enjoy trail riding and have been trained in search and rescue. Tarifa has been a mount for high school and college equestrian team members and with his brothers and sister has been used for therapeutic riding competition for over a decade winning ribbons and trophies for their special riders.Join Nancy, her horses and helpers in the arena for some new fun activities to do with your horse and possibly some solutions to unsolved training problems! During Nancy’s presentation spectators can expect to learn Clicker Training along with the desensitizing and habituation techniques she uses to make a safer mount or driving horse. Nancy will also be demonstrating SpookLess Sound Conditioning CDs that cover Parades, Trail Riding, Show Riding, Show Driving Cowboy Mounted Shooting and Mounted Horse Patrol. They will be available for purchase at her Booth during the Expo and at her web site.
Steve Shaver of Turner, Michigan, operates Equine Dental Services, providing quality dental care for horses throughout Michigan and surrounding states. He has owned and been involved with horses since he was 6 years old with more than 40 plus years experience.
After a17 year career in Law Enforcement, including, as a mounted police officer, an injury caused him to look for a new occupation. After noticing the lack of trained equine dental professionals, he decided that this would allow him to work with the animals he has been involved with his whole life.
Steve is a Graduate of the American School of Equine Dentistry in Purcelleville, Virginia, one of three Equine Dental Schools in the country. The intensive course included instruction in floating, creating bit seats, incisor reduction and alignment, wave and hook reduction, wolf tooth removal, canine teeth reduction, non-surgical extraction techniques, cap removal and full mouth balancing. Steve also took additional instruction in advanced equine dentistry and power equipment. He also received specialized training in performance horses, racing horses, and working with Arabian and Mustang horses.
In addition he has studied working with un sedated horses and enjoys working with horses to overcome their fears to allow dental care without the use of drugs. While not all horses will allow you to work on them without the use of sedation and some cases will require the use of sedation, he believes all horses should at least be given a chance. He wants the horse to think, "That's great ! What's Next ?"not "Your the Dentist ! "
He was a guest at the 2004-2008 Mid Michigan Horse Expo, 2009-2010 Great Lakes Equine Classic, and 2010 Novi Equestrian Expos and has given numerous seminars throughout Michigan to various horse and 4 H clubs.
Equine Dental Care is one of the most neglected and misunderstood areas that horse owners face. While Steve enjoys the challenges that senior equine dental care offers him, he wishes that more horse owners would practice normal preventative dental care before the horse develops problems. Studies have shown that equine dental care can prolong the life of a horse in many ways, reduce feed costs, improve health, prevent instances of colic, improve conformation and gaits, to name a few.
Shaver owns and trains Arabian horses and Mustangs using Natural Horsemanship Techniques. His horses have participated in numerous parades throughout Michigan. In his spare time he enjoys camping with his horses.
Bill & Cricket Nelson
Bill is an instructor with the Operating Engineers Journeymen and Apprenticeship Training Fund; he is also a member of Michigan Urban Search and Rescue. He has had the opportunity to work with many professional fire departments learning and teaching rescue methods. Understanding the rope techniques used in rescue he was able to transfer those to putting up a picket line.
Cricket, a para-educator for Genesee Intermediate School District, has been involved with horses her entire life. Bill married into the horse world 26 years ago, and together they have taken their knowledge of horses and trail riding and taught many 4-H members and their families how to safely trail ride and camp with their horses. They have gone to many counties in Michigan to put on trail demos, as well as doing The Northern Michigan horse expo and many years at the Kettenun Center putting on the trail demos for 4-H leaders and teen leaders.
Bill, Cricket and family have attended the State 4-H trail ride for 27 years, most of those as committee members and resource people helping to put the ride on.
Bill and Cricket will be in the Trails Area during this year’s Novi Equestrian Expo, sharing their knowledge of knots, and how to tie them for putting up a picket line, and safely tying horses to the line.
Bill and Cricket will be in the Trails Area at various times throughout the weekend.