2010

January/February 2010: The Trail Rider

Comments included:

Thank you so much for the best conference I have ever been at.  It was fantastic. I  learned a lot. Very well done.  Count me in for next year too. I am willing to help in whatever way I can.

The Sound Horse Conference was wonderful. I was in awe of the knowledge and experience of all the speakers. I was impressed that Winky Groover spoke; he certainly deserved his standing ovation. Thank you for a terrific learning opportunity!

Once again, I'd like to thank you for such a wonderful time.  What a great conference!  My husband and I try to attend several clinics/conferences a year and both of us believe this was one of the best organized and most informative we have seen. What a terrific job! 

Many thanks for the invitation to speak at the Sound Horse Conference and a delight meeting you and all your Colleagues.  All the best from here, keep in touch, and if there is anything I can do for you do not hesitate to let me know.

Thank you for all the hard work you did to put together this year's Sound Horse Conference!  I think this is a very worthwhile effort, & hope that you will continue it.

I really enjoyed the conference ...  The acknowledgement of progress being made will help us attract more people for the next conference and I was so thankful for the praise....Thanks again for your hospitality.

I just wanted to say thank u for inviting us to the conference.  We truly enjoyed it, and learned a lot.  Everyone we met was super nice...  If more ... folks would participate, I believe we could all reach the same goal, sound horses.  .... Anyway, you did a great job with the Conference.  We had a great time, and met some super folks.  We hope to be invited back next year.

I felt that this year's Sound Horse Conference was exceptional in many ways. The presentations were educational (especially Drs. Turner and Valk, as well as the information on Pressure Soring), informative and thought-provoking. The SHC was well organized,  the exhibitions entertaining and inclusion of the entire industry is a positive step in the future...

Just a note to thank you for a great event. The conference was exceptional well done. It was an honor for me to have an opportunity to participate. Please keep in touch.

I just wanted to say thank you for having put together such an amazing information packed weekend! I learned so much and made contact with so many great people. I'm not sure where I will be most helpful in this effort to not only end these soring practices, but also on how to promote the breed and educate the general public on how versatile, an tolerant these horses are.   If the product I'm working on can in some way help I would be very happy to learn what the need that is I could fill. I look forward to being a part of this process.

I just wanted to send you a huge thank you for ... such a wonderful event. Ralph's speech at the trainers meeting Thursday night was excellent. It was something that every person running an equine business should have taken advantage of attending. 
I was thrilled when I realized that I was going to have the chance  to hear Leslie Desmond's presentation.  In my mind she and a handful of other clinicians such as Buck Brannaman, Buster Mclory, and Tom Curtin have done the horse a true service by teaching the original philosophies of the Dorrance brothers... ... I hope that next year you will consider giving me the opportunity to demonstrate how (we) use these philosophies in our training program and especially how we apply them to the gaited trail horse.

Seeing the horses from Imagine A Horse was a good reminder to me that no matter what breed of horse you love, the possibilities to develop their talent is endless.  It also was a reminder to me that everyone has a different idea about just what defines a well trained horse. Loving our horses & having them near perfect for ourselves doesn't mean that we have even exposed them to some of the endless possibilities others use their equine partners for.

Watching Dr Cezar give her presentation, I realized just how far the government has come in its detection capabilities, since I left the industry 4 short years ago.

I wasn't expecting to hear so many speakers with great information & insight about the equine industry as a whole.  I wish somehow there was a way to get more of the mainstream walking horse trainers to attend the conference next year ...

From the Trainers Workshop:  Again WOW AMAZING JOB REALLY!
 
I was so moved by the conference and am so very happy that you had me out.  Everyone in my circle back here is on board for next year. 

Just a note to thank you for a great event. The conference was exceptional well done. It was an honor for me to have an opportunity to participate.

The conference was exhilarating, excellently presented and packed with so much interesting and riveting information. It was inspiring and strengthening for me to meet with old friends and make new ones who are committed and willing to work to stopping the suffering of horses and other animals we share a common bond to protect.

Thank you so much for the best conference I have ever been at.  It was fantastic. I  learned a lot. Very well done.  Count me in for next year too. I am willing to help in whatever way I can.

I want to thank you ...for the Conference. We were very proud to be there.  I thought it very good and the advancement in solving the problem was evident.

I wanted to drop you a note and say thanks for a great conference. I was impressed by all of the speakers and personally learned a lot just from speaking with other attendees. Your bunch was well organized and made things flow well.  I think that the most important speaker of all was Winky. It took a lot of nerve to stand up and say what he said. I think that he took a big stride ...   Thanks again for a very informative conference and the hospitality.

Another well planned and educational conference

"Many thanks for the invitation to speak at the Sound Horse Conference and a delight meeting you and all your Colleagues.  All the best from here, keep in touch, and if there is anything I can do for you do not hesitate to let me know."

"I really enjoyed the conference ...  The acknowledgement of progress being made will help us attract more people for the next conference and I was so thankful for the praise....Thanks again for your hospitality."

"I just wanted to say thank u for inviting us to the conference.  We truly enjoyed it, and learned a lot.  Everyone we met was super nice...  If more ... folks would participate, I believe we could all reach the same goal, sound horses.  .... Anyway, you did a great job with the Conference.  We had a great time, and met some super folks.  We hope to be invited back next year."

"I felt that this year's Sound Horse Conference was exceptional in many ways. The presentations were educational (especially Drs. Turner and Valk, as well as the information on Pressure Soring), informative and thought-provoking. The SHC was well organized,  the exhibitions entertaining and inclusion of the entire industry is a positive step in the future... "

"Just a note to thank you for a great event. The conference was exceptional well done. It was an honor for me to have an opportunity to participate. Please keep in touch."

"I just wanted to say thank you for having put together such an amazing information packed weekend! I learned so much and made contact with so many great people. I'm not sure where I will be most helpful in this effort to not only end these soring practices, but also on how to promote the breed and educate the general public on how versatile, an tolerant these horses are.   If the product I'm working on can in some way help I would be very happy to learn what the need that is I could fill. I look forward to being a part of this process."

"I just wanted to send you a huge thank you for ... such a wonderful event. Ralph's speech at the trainers meeting Thursday night was excellent. It was something that every person running an equine business should have taken advantage of attending. 

I was thrilled when I realized that I was going to have the chance  to hear Leslie Desmond's presentation.  In my mind she and a handful of other clinicians such as Buck Brannaman, Buster Mclory, and Tom Curtin have done the horse a true service by teaching the original philosophies of the Dorrance brothers... ... I hope that next year you will consider giving me the opportunity to demonstrate how (we) use these philosophies in our training program and especially how we apply them to the gaited trail horse.

Seeing the horses from Imagine A Horse was a good reminder to me that no matter what breed of horse you love, the possibilities to develop their talent is endless.  It also was a reminder to me that everyone has a different idea about just what defines a well trained horse. Loving our horses & having them near perfect for ourselves doesn't mean that we have even exposed them to some of the endless possibilities others use their equine partners for.

Watching Dr Cezar give her presentation, I realized just how far the government has come in its detection capabilities, since I left the industry 4 short years ago.

I wasn't expecting to hear so many speakers with great information & insight about the equine industry as a whole.  I wish some how there was a way to get more of the mainstream walking horse trainers to attend the conference next year ..."

"From the Trainers Workshop:  Again WOW AMAZING JOB REALLY!"

"Thank you so much for the best conference I have ever been at.  It was fantastic. I  learned a lot. Very well done.  Count me in for next year too. I am willing to help in whatever way I can."

"I want to thank you ...for the Conference. We were very proud to be there.  I thought it very good and the advancement in solving the problem was evident."

"I wanted to drop you a note and say thanks for a great conference. I was impressed by all of the speakers and personally learned a lot just from speaking with other attendees. Your bunch was well organized and made things flow well.  I think that the most important speaker of all was Winky. It took a lot of nerve to stand up and say what he said. I think that he took a big stride ...   Thanks again for a very informative conference and the hospitality."

"another well planned and educational conference "

 


2009

The 2009 Sound Horse Conference was a huge success!

Comments included:

"The women telling their own life stories and how they were moved to stop soring was simply emotionally overwhelming. I don't think there was a dry eye in the house. If you can keep combining that level of emotion with the technical info presented you will maintain an extremely effective conference."

" I can't congratulate you enough for the FANTASTIC conference that you all put together.   I was only able to attend the conference on Saturday, but I was more than impressed with the organization, professionalism, and positive energy in that room.  I have attended countless conferences in my professional career, but none have matched the professionalism, impact, and passion that I experienced at The Conference on Saturday..."

" ... I feel that the SHC is one of our most successful undertakings.  In all my nearly 30 years of dealing with the soring issue I never thought I would ever see representatives from these different organizations sitting together in the same room, much less paying serious attention to the elimination of soring. "

"You should be proud of the conference. You and your staff did a great job. I heard nothing but praise from the fellow speakers on the organization of the meeting."


August, 2009:  The HorseChannel.com comments on the Celebration and Soring.

Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Begins Today
HorseChannel.com - Lexington,KY,USA
The Conference is organized by Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) and will be held for the third time in November of 2010 -Testing methods have improved and ...

Group of Tennessee Walking Horse organizations work on the 2010 Sound Horse Conference program, Mid South Horse Review, Somerville, TN, August, 2009.

TWH Heritage Highlights Newsletter, July 2009:   See Page 10 for article on “I’ve Seen the Light and Changed,” Carol Camp’s presentation at the 2009 Sound Horse Conference.

National Walking Horse Association Cover Story on Conference by Rose Miller, Summer, 2009

The Voice magazine, April 2009

Sound Horse Conference Encourages Industry to Make it Happen, per Walking Horse Report, March, 2009.

Click here to see more comments from attendees...

Click to read the Press on the Sound Horse Conference :  from " The Horse ",   " The Walking Horse Report ", and more...

All Natural, Sound, Gaited Horse Exhibition:   read about the performers and their marvelous sound horses, who put on a great exhibition Friday evening.