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2022 Educators

Warwick Schiller

Training

Warwick Schiller has been training horses professionally in the US since 1990.

Initially his passion was Reining, and that passion led to representing Australia twice at the World Equestrian Games, in Lexington, Kentucky in 2010 and Tryon, North Carolina in 2018. Along the way, Warwick discovered not only a passion for teaching, but also that explaining things to people in a way they could understand is what came naturally to him. His horse training journey and his own journey into healing, self-development and personal growth have run parallel to each other. He has always been a student of the horse learning as much as he can from many different sources and disciplines, but a number of years ago he encountered a horse that was not helped by the methods he was currently using at the time. This led him on a deep dive into methods that were outside the norms of current mainstream training, looking more into connection and relationship-based concepts. The more he learned about the horse’s nervous system and how trauma affects it, the more he looked into his own history, and the two have been leap-frogging each other ever since.

Warwick’s Youtube channel, which he started in 2011, has over 25 million views. During COVID in 2020 he started a podcast called the Journey On Podcast, in which he shares not only his healing journey, and horse training ideas, but interviews interesting guests from all walks of life sharing their journeys. The Journey On Podcast had 1.5million downloads in its first 2 years. His online video library boasts over 800 real time training videos. Warwick is excited to be back at EQUITANA, and is looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

Visit Warwick Schiller at the following sessions

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Relationship before horsemanship – the incredible benefits of connection in training

Most horse training advice comes from professionals in their field of expertise. As they are professionals, their training techniques are limited by time constraints, ie, how much time the client is willing to pay for. This causes them to develop training techniques that yield the best results in the shortest time.

For the past six years I have not trained horses for the public and have had no time constraints with our horses. This allowed me to experiment with some outside-of-norm practices, and by far the biggest impact has been working on developing a connection with horses before attempting any training.

All horse behavioral problems come from a horse with a dysregulated nervous system, with them being in some level of fight, flight or freeze. A horse refusing to do something could be any one of these states. A horse pulling back is if fight or flight. A horse that won’t stand still is in flight. Working on connection first regulates that nervous system. Horses, like humans, are mammals and are social creatures who seek connection. Establishing connection first makes the training easy.

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Methods or Principles?

“As to methods, there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.” ~ Harrington Emerson – early 20th century efficiency expert.

Over my 30 years of training horses, giving clinics, going to clinics, reading articles and watching training videos, and watching other trainers at horse shows and expos like EQUITANA, I started to recogniSe patterns in training techniques, even ones that did not seem related. Things that an Olympic Gold medalist dressage rider said would have the same thought process behind it as something I saw someone from a completely unrelated discipline. I started to sort those techniques and methods into principles, and over more than a decade of putting techniques into groups, I found that every technique and method that was ethical and effective fell into one of 12 categories.

In this session, I will show examples of each of the principles, many of which are not just horse training principles but are relevant to every aspect of our life.

Training

Adam Sutton

TOPICS

  • Establishing body control & an understanding of your aids required from ground to saddle
  • Developing a cool, calm & relaxed mindset for horse & rider

Training

Adele Edwards

TOPICS

  • Barrel Racing Basics
  • Common Barrel Racing problems

Horse health / Care

Amanda Edwards

TOPICS

  • Horse First Aid
  • Horse Wounds – Myths busted
  • Horse First Aid – a hands on workshop

Training

Amanda Lewer

TOPICS

  • Using patterns of poles to increase riders ‘feel’ while cross-training the horse
  • Mobilising, balancing and strengthening the horse

Training

Amie Power

TOPICS

  • Horses for courses
  • Introducing kids to horses

Lifestyle

Ann-Maree Lourey

TOPICS

  • Psyched for success: the winning way
  • Psyched for success: Believe you can

Horse health / Care

Anna Minogue

TOPICS

  • The role of anatomy and dentistry in bit fitting
  • Correct bridle fitting

Training

Annette Willson

TOPICS

  • Managing back pain and the use of Redlight Physiotherapy
  • Building a Top-line in your horse using weights

Horse health / Care

Antoinette Foster

TOPICS

  • Ulcers and the connection to horse’s diet
  • Bushfires and how it affects our horses

Training

Bruce O’Dell

TOPICS

  • Become a better horseman

Horse health / Care

Camilla Whishaw

TOPICS

  • Gut health in the horse: the important roles of the gut & promoting good gut health
  • The role of supplements: are they necessary? What to choose?

Horse health / Care

Carol Layton

TOPICS

  • Feeding the performance horse
  • Feeding for preventing ‘Tying Up’

Horse health / Care

Carole Herder

TOPICS

  • 8 Most critical horse care concerns & how to alleviate them

Training

Dan Steers

TOPICS

  • The Pathway to Liberty
  • Body control under saddle
  • The Art of Horsemanship
  • Double Dan Horsemanship Show

Horse health / Care

David Leigh

TOPICS

  • The functional equine distal limb
  • Navicular Disease

Horse health / Care

David Nash

TOPICS

  • Should my horse quit sugar? Dymystifying the sugar and carb craze

Lifestyle

Despina Mitrakas

TOPICS

  • Promoting your equestrian business online
  • Promote your equestrian business on social media

Training

Dr Angela McLeod

TOPICS

  • Equine Biomechanics

Horse health / Care

Dr Melanie Quick

TOPICS

  • Solving & preventing problems with your horse
  • Training difficult and young horses

Horse health / Care

Dr Michael Robinson

TOPICS

  • Management of joint problems in horses
  • Management of gastric ulcers in horses

Horse health / Care

Dr Nerida Richards

TOPICS

  • My horse is crazy, my horse is lazy
  • Feeding the Laminitic

Horse health / Care

Dr Peter Huntington

TOPICS

  • Digestive Health is the key to good health

Horse health / Care

Dr Raquel Butler

TOPICS

  • Injury rehabilitation: The Golden Path
  • Scars – A cute dimple of a deeper problem?

Training

Dr Shelley Appleton

TOPICS

  • Teaching people how to train horses
  • Strategies for building talent in Equestrian Sports

Horse health / Care

Dr. Ben Sykes

TOPICS

  • Reducing Gastric Ulcer risk in Sport horses
  • Gastric Ulcers in Horses – What’s new and what you need to know

Training

Georgia Kolovos

TOPICS

  • Obstacle training for partnership & competition

Training

Guy McLean

TOPICS

  • Details coming soon

Training

Hayley Hinton

TOPICS

  • Information coming soon

Lifestyle

Helen Fletcher

TOPICS

  • Rider shoulder stablility & its role Part 1 theory
  • Rider shoulder stability & its role – Part 2 Demo
  • Connections: The resilient and adaptable rider

Lifestyle

Jane Hemingway-Mohr

TOPICS

  • The Horse’s Super Power – Making the Invisible Visible
  • The Horse’s Super Power – Making the Invisible Visible

Horse health / Care

Jeremy Ford

TOPICS

  • 6 Steps to successful hoof care
  • Hands on anatomy of the horse’s hoof

Lifestyle

Jess Morrison

TOPICS

  • Building body awareness in the saddle – optimising your position
  • Core stability training – building stronger partnerships

Horse health / Care

Jessica Blackwell

TOPICS

  • Understanding the equine back
  • Pony Pilates and Horse Yoga
  • Supporting the Equine back

Training

Kathleen Kindler

TOPICS

  • Pony Club Coaching Techniques

Training

Ken Faulkner

TOPICS

  • Building communication skills and understanding

Training

Kim Dyer

TOPICS

  • Liberty Connection
  • Bridless riding

Training

Lara Poynton

TOPICS

  • Cues into Aids
  • In hand, two-rein, bridle work
Horse educator Larissa Bilston talks about nutrition

Horse health / Care

Larissa Bilston

TOPICS

  • A happy hind gut equals a happy horse
  • Feeding for coat colour, shine and healthy skin and hooves

Training

Lauren Woodbridge

TOPICS

  • Preparing your child for horses
  • Preparing your horse for the human world

Training

Linda Shore

TOPICS

  • Training with the garrocha for horse and rider
  • Dressage exercises for Obstacle phase training

Horse health / Care

Lucy Clyde

TOPICS

  • Horse Rescue, Rehabilitation & Rehoming
  • Rescue, Rehabilitate, Rehome, Educate

Training

Mark Langley

TOPICS

  • A positive attitude in your horse
  • How to reduce anxiety in a horse

Lifestyle

Melinda Macaulay

TOPICS

  • Exercises to improve your riding
  • Mobility for mature riders

Training

Michelle O’Neill

TOPICS

  • Finding the perfect equine partner
  • Taking it to the trail

Horse health / Care

Nathan Marshall

TOPICS

  • Seedy Toe – getting rid of it for good
  • Seedy Toe – getting rid of it for good!

Lifestyle

Nina Arnott

TOPICS

  • Do you know what to do to protect your business?
  • Why you might be sued and what will help you if you are?

Horse health / Care

Paula Jeffrey

TOPICS

  • Saddlefitting the Asymmetric Horse
  • Saddlefitting the Performance Horse

Training

Phil Webb

TOPICS

  • Intoducing your horse to the sport of Cutting

Horse health / Care

Rebecca Ham

TOPICS

  • Feeding the Off The Track horse

Training

Sabine Schut-Kery

TOPICS

  • Dressage training exercises

Training

Sandi Simons

TOPICS

  • My life as a nervous rider
  • I’m just a Mum that rides

Training

Scott Keach

TOPICS

  • Jumping exercises to build confidence

Training

Skye Liikanen

TOPICS

  • Long Reining – Where to begin
  • Is your horse ready to ride?

Training

Stacey Rusic

TOPICS

  • Side Saddle through the ages & into modern day
  • The Art of riding Side Saddle

Training

Steph Lancefield

TOPICS

  • Race Horse to Ranch Horse

Horse health / Care

Sue Martin

TOPICS

  • Treatment plans for illness & long term health
  • Herbal medicine & how it’s used

Training

Sue-Ellen Lovett

TOPICS

  • If it’s going to be – it’s up to me
  • Overcoming adversity

Training

Tanja Mitton

TOPICS

  • Overcoming nerves by learning how to relax
  • Rider Position

Training

Tori Jeffress

TOPICS

  • Classical dressage and bridleless

Horse health / Care

Tracy Whiter

TOPICS

  • Hemp Hype and Horses

Lifestyle

Trisha McCagh

TOPICS

  • What is your horse thinking, and why?
  • Mastering oneness with your horse

Lifestyle

Yvette Frahn

TOPICS

  • Drawing horse to capture real form and movement – Stage 1
  • Drawing horses to capture real form & movement – Stage 2 Adding Colour

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