This just in!
Talented trainers Amy Skinner, West Taylor, Katrin Silva, and Juliana Zunde will be hanging out, meeting folks, and stretching their brains as they attend the Best Horse Practices Summit. When you sign up, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with them and share the inaugural experience.
West Taylor is a talented mustang trainer from Fremont, Utah. He’s teamed up with Dr. Steve Peters in offering weekend sessions related to horse brain science. He will compete in the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Reno in June.
We might also add that Taylor definitely toes the line as one rider who values fitness. This week, he competed in his first Spartan race in Las Vegas. Check out his video here. Pretty impressive fitness level, West! Nice to see that Taylor recognizes the athletic aspect of our equine partnership. We’ll hope to see you at the Summit’s Rider Fitness elective, West!
Skinner is a regular guest columnist for NickerNews and BestHorsePractices and has been a horse gal since age six.
Currently, she trains and teaches lessons at the Bar T Ranch. Skinner has studied at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Spain, with Buck Brannaman, Leslie Desmond, Brent Graef, and many others.
Zunde was born in Germany and moved to the United States in 1981. She has managed large horse facilities, competed at high levels, and taught extensively, especially to hunter/jumper enthusiasts. She runs Trakai Farm in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
Zunde teaches clinics using her Track-Momentum-Balance Method and blends Natural Horsemanship concepts to help horses and riders work together correctly. She has studied with George Morris, Joe Fargis, Jeff Cook, Ann Kursinsky, Dr. Heuschman, Maclain Ward, Buck Brannaman, and Martin Black.
Katrin Silva was also born in Germany and now teaches and trains in New Mexico.
She wrote about her enthusiasm for the Summit here:
One of the best things about working with horses is that there’s always more to learn. This Summit will be an excellent way to add to my reservoir of horse-related wisdom. With a background in both classical dressage and western riding, I consider myself an equal opportunity trainer. I’m someone who does not discriminate based on a horse’s breed, color, size, or type of saddle. I look for common ground between traditions of horse-humanship, rather than focusing on the differences between them. The Summit is doing something similar, bringing together presenters and participants from all walks of equestrian life. I look forward to connecting with them, and to expanding my horizons.