All Star Lineup of Clinicians Announced for the Great American Trail Horse Festival

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ACTHA has announced that the Great American Trail Horse Festival being held November 5-8, 2015 at the Von Holten Ranch in Mora, Missouri will feature some of the equestrian world’s best known clinicians.

The largest trail horse celebration in U.S. history is open to all trail horses, all breeds, all trail organizations and all disciplines. The clinicians featured come from as equally diverse background as the riders themselves, allowing for countless educational opportunities for all who will be attending.

Great American Trail Horse Festival

Clinicians headlining the Great American Trail Horse Festival include equine performer Guy McLean, Byron Hogan of the Mustang Heritage Foundation and competitive member of the Extreme Mustang Makeover, Michael Lyons of Michael Lyons Horsemanship, dedicated to the study of horsemanship and a certified equine massage therapist, Colleen Kelly of Colleen Kelly Rider Biomechanics, who scored a remarkable 100% in the Official Dressage Judge’s Examination and has coached at the Olympic, Para Olympic and World Equestrian Games level in Dressage, Scott Purdum of Advantage Horsemanship whose expertise in the area of horsemanship can be viewed on RFD TV every week, John Lyons, one of our nation’s best known horse trainers in the field of natural horsemanship for over thirty five years, Rupert Issacson and Iliane Lorenz from Horse Boy Horsemanship whose foundation works in part to bring the healing effects of horses to autism families and others with neuro-psychiatric conditions, Lee Hart, EXCA World Champion and Annie Chance, EXCA and Calgary Stampede Champion, Diane Sept, Gaited Horse Clinician and Connected Riding Instructor, hunter/ jumper trainer Phil May, Laverne Schmidt, Equine Canada Coach and Mentor and CHA instructor, natural horse trainer Evon Montgomery of Horses 1,2,3 Riding System, and Jeff Wilson of Jeff Wilson Cowboy Dressage.

Registration for the Great American Trail Horse Festival is open. The first 100 riders to sign up will have first choice of which clinic to attend. “Riders do not have to be an ACTHA member to participate in the event, this is a festival, an educational opportunity and fun filled weekend for all trail riders as we gather together to celebrate America’s trail horse,” states Robin Tilgman ACTHA President. For more information or to register for the Great American Trail Horse Festival please visit


The American Competitive Trail Horse Association’s mission, duty and purpose is to address, educate, coordinate, and provide aid and relief to unwanted, unused, abandoned and abused equines on a national level. ACTHA’s mission to provide a venue for the trail rider to participate in the sport of competitive trail riding, focuses on educating participants on all aspects of the equine, care, training, as well as the importance of being a good steward of our natural resources (land, water, and the animals entrusted in our care). To create an enjoyable venue to showcase the wonderful attributes of the great American trail horse and granting the recognition they so richly deserve.  Leading by example, ACTHA donates 20% of its member rider proceeds from each event to registered 501(c)3 organizations (usually equine charities providing care for horses in need), and provides a vehicle for organizations to raise funds to support their cause.  Our mission focuses on creating and enabling humane treatment and employment options for every able bodied equine, reducing the burden on local, state, and federal programs to support the ever growing problem of unwanted, unused, abandoned, and abused equines. To further our mission, ACTHA will create and maintain a registry open to all breeds and a point designation system which will stay with each horse for its lifetime, thereby adding to their value and distinction.

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