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Stacy Westfall

Stacy Westfall

Stacy Westfall is a reference in the world of horsemanship and training – who hasn’t seen the video of her amazing bareback and bridleless ride on the mare Roxy in the 2006 All-American Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle Reining competition? She was also the first woman to compete in, and win, the prestigious Road to the Horse colt-starting competition.

Her ability to develop such strong partnerships with her horses, and her approachable down-to-earth attitude and honest personality are attracting riders from all over the world to her clinics and demonstrations.

Stacy attended the University of Findlay in Ohio, one of the top colleges in the world for Equine Studies. It was there that she studied the traditional training techniques and fundamentals with some top instructors and got into reining with champion trainers. Her training philosophy is an extension of applying the techniques she picked up from these trainers and combining them with what her own horses taught her about the relationship horses can have with people.

Since her childhood Stacy has made it her mission to be the best student of horses she can be, and this has inspired her to actively pursue other disciplines such as mounted shooting, Western dressage and even classical dressage. The self-confessed big picture thinker likes to find the common connections between each discipline. She describes her goal as follows, “Every horse that I get is another opportunity and I want to take each individual horse to its highest potential. Some of them don’t go as high as I train, but that is not a failure, it just means the horse has reached the highest level it can be at. My responsibility is that I don’t push it past what it is capable of. I want to continue learning and studying different disciplines; I would like to do more dressage and western dressage.”

“My goal for EQUITANA will be to explain to people how I see the horse world as a giant puzzle, and how all these different pieces sit together to make this beautiful picture of horses.”

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Reining Education Sessions

Thursday 11.00am - 11.45am Barastoc Arena, Epsom Pavilion Friday 10.45am - 11.30am Barastoc Arena, Epson Pavilion Saturday 11.45am - 12.30pm Barastoc Arena, Epsom Pavilion

Horsemanship Masterclass

Sunday 1:30pm - 2:40pm Aqualuma Grand Pavilion