Top-notch Northwest Clinicians to Present in ‘The Last Frontier’
by Catherine Madera
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.
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.
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 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.
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 *greatalaskahorseexpo.com.
*This link was no longer active at the time this article was added to the website in 2018.
Published June 2013 Issue