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The Great Alaska Horse Expo

The Great Alaska Horse Expo
Catherine Madera

Top-notch Northwest Clinicians to Present in ‘The Last Frontier’

by Catherine Madera


Photo credit John Mortensen


Past cowboy race winner Teresa Bitterich. Photo credit John Mortensen

June 28-30 the small town of Ninilchik, Alaska, located on the Kenai Peninsula, will welcome northwest clinicians Allison Trimble, Kimberly Barber, and Kade Mills for three days of instruction during the Great Alaska Horse Expo. The midnight sun shines brightly—nearly 18 hours a day this time of year— providing the perfect environment for Alaskan horsemen and women to enjoy a trifecta of inspiration as well as the second annual Great Alaska Cowboy Race.


Allison Trimble shares with expo participants in 2012. Photo credit John Mortensen

Allison Trimble:

Native Alaskan and cow horse trainer Allison Trimble has a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Cal Poly, SLO. After her graduation in 1999, Allison started Coastal Equine and has competed in cow horse, reining and cutting events. She has won many titles and championships. With a background as a non-professional who trained her own horses, Allison believes in the ability of the non-pro to have a primary role in their horse’s training.  Willfully Guided Horsemanship is an educational program based on Allison’s training process that helps build a willing and sustainable partnership with the performance horse. Beginning with Horsemanship for Everyone on Friday, Allison will also present on these topics: Intro to Cattle; Body Control—Steering and Stopping; and Improving the Speed Event Horse.

Kade Mills. Photo credit John Mortensen

Kade Mills: 

Canadian Kade Mills is a four-time National High School Rodeo Finals qualifier in both team roping and calf roping. In addition, he was the 2011 Trainer’s Challenge Champion in both the Red Deer and Chilliwack, BC Mane Event Expos. Kade has trained Quarter Horses for notable breeders in both the US and Canada, including for Carol Rose Quarter Horses of Gainesville, TX. He credits his father Doug Mills and the Training Thru Trust program they both practice for his success. Kade will present on these topics: Roping 1; Developing the Rope Horse; Improving the Rope Horse; and Applied Ground Work.

Kimberly Barber helps Alaskan student Alina Patterson and Hercules. Photo credit John Mortensen

Kimberly Barber: 

Kimberly Barber began her riding career at a young age as a member of the United States Pony Clubs and achieved her “HA” certification. She is still active in the organization as an examiner and clinician. Kimberly is a USDF medalist whose diverse equestrian career includes successes in dressage, three-day eventing, polocrosse and western disciplines. Regardless of discipline, Kimberly focuses on the development of a well-rounded horse and rider education based on traditional dressage principles and the training pyramid. Recently she completed the WDAA Train the Trainer’s program. She lives in Blaine, WA where she operates Orion Equestrian Training. Kim presents on these topics: Jumping, Beginner and Intermediate; and Dressage Techniques, I and II.

Popular expo attendee Crash the reindeer. Photo credit John Mortensen

All clinics during the GAHE are only $125.00 and entrance in the Great Alaska Horse Race is just $50.00. For more information visit *




*This link was no longer active at the time this article was added to the website in 2018.


Published June 2013 Issue

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Catherine Madera

Catherine Madera attended Walla Walla University in Eastern Washington where she majored in communications/journalism. After winning a national competition for Guideposts Magazine in 2004, Catherine concentrated on non-fiction inspirational stories. Since then, she has published numerous personal and ghosted stories for Guideposts and their affiliate publications. Catherine has published in many regional and national magazines/newspapers and her work is included in several anthologies. She specializes in equine-related topics and profiles and serves as editor of The Northwest Horse Source. In 2010 Catherine’s non-fiction story, A Hero’s Work, received the Merial Human-Animal Bond award given by American Horse Publications. She has also authored three works of fiction and provides editing/writing assistance through Word Horse Writing Services.

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