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Buster McLaury

Buster McLaury

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A product of the big ranch country in West Texas, Buster McLaury brings a unique perspective into his clinics and demos. Having made his living cowboying on and managing big outfits all his life, he has worked thousands of horses and hundreds of thousands of cattle. Over 40 years around livestock has provided him with a wealth of information, experience, and stories which he readily shares with others.

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Curt Pate

Curt Pate

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Montana Stockman Curt Pate For more than a decade, Curt Pate has conducted demonstrations and clinics on stockmanship, colt starting and ranch horsemanship throughout North America and Europe. A nationally recognized stockmanship instructor, Pate teaches techniques on how to put the proper pressure on cattle at a different angle and at varying amounts to help move them comfortably and without a negative experience – for the stockman or the livestock. ‘Sometimes you cannot see pressure or understand its effects until it has created a problem. When you force cattle to go into a pen, they may get excited, go on the fight, and become dangerous or very difficult to work. Negative pressure creates stress, positive pressure creates contentment. The horse is much the same, and good stockmanship creates good horses and good horses creat good stock, Pate says’. An avid environmentalist, Pate is passionate about grazing animals to improve the environment as well as for a profitable farm business. ‘We need to utilize the Earth’s resources in a way that works like a good ranch, combining Mother Nature with technology then adding common sense and integrity. With the growing public scrutiny of livestock production, improving our livestock handling practices will help the sustainability of the cattle industry,’ Pate says. Featured in many programs on RFD-TV, such as NCBA’S Cattlemen to Cattleman, Pate currently travels the U.S. as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s leading spokesperson on cattle handling. He is also the co-author of the book, Ranch Horsemanship, published by The Western Horseman, and had a cameo role and served as a consultant on the 1998 Robert Redford film, The Horse Whisperer.

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Patrick Sullivan

Patrick Sullivan

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At 26 years old, Patrick took his first horsemanship lesson in March 2015. He did not grow up around horses, nor was he passionate about them until much later in life. Patrick grew up in Dallas, TX but was not involved with horses, instead had a passion for soccer. He played high school, collegiate, and professional soccer. Patrick coached collegiate soccer for 4 years starting in 2011 and was the head soccer coach for a high school. In 2015, Patrick graduated with his MBA in International Management from the University of Houston- Victoria. Once Patrick found horses in 2015, he was hooked. He was constantly learning and wanting to develop his skills. Over the past 6 years, he has accomplished as much as he could have ever imagined in such a short period of time. During the 6 years, Patrick has done the following: •Completed Parelli Level 4 within a year and a half with the horse he started, Gami. •Studied and interned with Ryan Rose, professional Brooklyn, WI. •Worked with Dan James, of DDH from 2019 to 2021. Since then, has competed in the Mustang Makeover (TX), finishing Top 20 and 2nd in the newcomers. •Finished Second in the Freestyle Pro Division in the ILHA Championships in 2020. •Gamilah Unbridled- Riding 2500 miles from California-Kentucky completely bridle less. Visited 20 non-profits. •Gamilah Unbridled Rescue Horse Project – working with 7 of the toughest rescue horses in the country using only liberty techniques. They are now being ridden bridle less and working on advanced liberty maneuvers such as working in teams. •2022 Appalachian Trainer Face Off pro division Grand Champion

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Sally Batton

Sally Batton

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Sally Batton was Director of Riding at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH and Head Coach of the Varsity Equestrian Team for 30 years. She was named the American Riding Instructor's Association 2008 Instructor of the Year, was awarded the 2013 Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) Lifetime Achievement Award, was inducted in the 2020 IHSA Hall of Fame class and is the Founder of the Athletic Equestrian League. In 2022 Sally Batton’s book The Athletic Equestrian was published. Whether competing in the show ring or riding at home on the trail, every rider wants to be more secure and balanced in the saddle. This innovative guide uses highly effective exercises honed over Coach Sally’s 35-year coaching career.

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