• Clinician Biographies

    Russell Drawdy


    Russell Drawdy, a born native to Florida, has an extensive background in horse training.
    Not only is he an accomplished NRHA Professional Reining Horse Trainer, but also has been extensively involved in disciplines including rodeo events, cutting, reined cow, and
    horsemanship.
    Russell is an experienced clinician, helping many people understand basic horsemanship,
    important communication skills, appropriate pressure and tolerances. Many have gained skills that will last a lifetime from his clinics and he is proud to share his extensive knowledge with you.
    Russell has a training facility in St. Cloud, FL where he houses about 18 horses and trains them for many disiplines, but mostly reining. Russell is an accomplished reiner, achieving success in just a few years what normally takes a lifetime to achieve.
    Just recently Russell has competed for and achieved the coveted NRHA Novice Open World Championship title aboard All Right With Me. He was also instrumental in helping his wife, Theresa, achieve the NRHA Novice Non Pro Reserve Championship the same year! This was all done at the same time he achieved Top Ten World Championship status aboard another mount, Niclope.
    Prior to 2013, Russell has been in the Top Ten with numerous mounts and helped Theresa win the World in 2009. There are many accomplishments to his record including helping Non Pros, who train with Russell, achieve much success.
    Jim Taylor saddles has proudly sponsored Russell by manufacturing a saddle to his specs that include the seat, balance, and leg swing that he favors when he rides. It's called the Drawdy Reiner. Come meet and ride with Russell Drawdy!

    Rhonda Martin

    CESMT Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist, BS Bachelor of Science - Anatomy-Physiology Emphasis.
    Rhonda owns and operates Equine Performance Therapy near Kansas City, Missouri. A horse owner, competitor, trainer and massage therapist, she has competed in endurance, competitive trail, reining, western dressage and dressage, winning many circuit, state regional and world championships. Equine Performance Therapy provides massage-based body work for horses as well as saddle fitting assessments, custom western and English pads, custom western saddles, lessons and clinics.

    Rhonda's passion is to better understand the horse. She has continued her education and works with equine veterinary specialists, farriers, trainers and attends numerous clinics each year. Her focus is to help horse owners and trainers better understand the physical needs of their horses. Understanding the dynamic relationship between conformation, posture, biomechanics of movement, muscle issues, saddle fit and rider issues is what she offers her clients and students. Restoring and maintaining healthy muscle, range of motion and a pain-free back will help keep horses sound and happy in their work. Rhonda works with all disciplines of riding and has assisted riders and horses to achieve greater performance and numerous championships.

    Jennifer Woodruff

    Jennifer is proud to join MANE CIRCLE's strong line up of clinicians and judges in 2018. A career judge of 28 years, she is breed carded nationally with 5 different associations and a 4H approved Judge in 12 states. She has judged at all levels from local open and 4H shows, to the POAC World Show, Buckskin Congress and the Southern Regional 4H Championships.

     

    As a clinician she has been honored to serve as a headliner at Equine Affaire, Horse World Expo, Hoosier Horse Fair, Midwest Horse Fair and countless local groups. She is known for her energetic, “whole horse in harmony” approach in teaching as well as her supportive, positive nature as a judge.

     

    As a trainer, Jennifer’s clients have had winning success from the local open and 4H shows to Top 10s at the All American Quarter Horse Congress and the Western Dressage World Championships.

    Butch Carse

    Butch and his wife Diane owned and operated the Carse Training Center in Murdock, Nebraska for over 30 years. They specialized in the coaching of youth and amateur riders and the training and preparation of their horses. Butch and Diane truly considered themselves to be a riders coach and they might go several years without actually showing themselves. It was more important to them to prepare the owner to show their own horses. Butch and Diane’s youth and amateur students accounted for 51 National and World Championships during their years of training.

    As a judge, Butch has judged multiple World Championship shows for the American Quarter Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association, Appaloosa Horse Club and the Pinto Horse Association. He has also judged the National Reining Horse Association Futurity Show and several major National Reined Cow Horse Association events. Along with this he has judged every major event in Europe and South America. Butch also serves as a Steward for the American Quarter Horse Association, National Reining Horse Association and is also a Chief Steward for the Federal Equestrian Internationale.

    Butch’s clinics are based off of common sense training techniques with the basis being to educate the rider to be able to train and maintain his own horse. This is done through a technique of asking and showing your horse what to do rather than a heavy handed technique of forcing your horse to do something. This develops a horse that is more willing to learn with each ride and less time spent schooling from the previous ride.

    Along with this you will get the inside information about what judges are being taught to judge. You will also get information on equipment, not only what certain pieces of equipment will do in training and what equipment is legal at the shows for both showing and general riding at the show.

    During the clinic Butch will stress that questions are the most valuable tool in finding out what the individual riders needs are.

    Butch looks forward to seeing and working with you at one of his clinics in your area.

    Todd Fontaine

    Todd Fontaine has taken what he has learned and has created a great training method for young horses and for those already under saddle. He takes each horse as an individual and each is trained with their unique qualities in mind. 

    Todd's method teaches riders how to be patient with their horses and to take one step at time.  He believes in building confidence while enhancing horsemanship skills. 

    He knows when to ask for more from your horse and when not. Todd has a way of explaining things to help riders understand

    their horse better. He simply says" just do what works"...

    Ted Sokol

    Located just east of Lake George, in Seville, Florida, is where Ted Sokol spends his days training cutting horses and assisting his students in the art of cutting competition. Ted has been riding since he was a child on his parents farm in Connecticut. He came up through the youth ranks riding all disciplines of horses, eventually focusing on roping, which led to a scholarship to Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. After college he moved home where he started training showing, and judging at AQHA and NRHA events. Aside from judging, Ted has also been active in the decision making, growth, and development of cutting on state, regional, and national levels. He has been a NCHA National Director for 16 years, serving on many committees, as well as being an officer for the Florida Cutting Horse Association for the past 25 years, of which 12 he served as President.

    In 1986 he relocated to New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where he trained until 2007, at which time he built a new facility in Seville, Florida. The new facility is equipped with RV Hookups and plenty of space to accommodate his many clients, that come from all over, to enjoy the friendly atmosphere. Ted offers cutting lessons, training, sales, and clinics.

    Among his many NCHA accomplishments are 4 Top Ten World finishes, multiple National Championship finalists, dozens of affiliate wins; all of which led to his NCHA lifetime earnings over $445,133.74!

    Although he enjoys riding and showing Ted has always been a coach at heart. With his guidance and support Ted's students have achieved numerous titles and championships, including NCHA Futurity finalist, Summer Spectacular Youth Champions, reserve Champions and finalists, Augusta Futurity Champions and finalists, NCHA World Show Champion and finalists, NCHA Eastern National Championships Youth, Amateur, and Non-Pro Champions and finalists, Super Stakes finalists!

    Ted is supported by his family; wife Kathy, daughters Jamie and Nikki, and son in law Ben Roberson, who under his supervision have World and National Championship titles of their own, and surely he will be assisting his grandchildren, Kate, Reese and Cord Roberson!

    Sandy Gruninger-Hartner

    Little Ditty about Sandy: -

    Born and raised in Switzerland Sandy has had an extensive background from Dressage to Showjumping and 3 Day Eventing.

    After moving to the US, she traded in her flat saddle for a western saddle. After dabbling in various events her heart has settled on Cutting.

    She continues to persue her passion to this day and went from training mostly to showing, which she now enjoys with her mare "Shorty".

    Sandy has trained and apprenticed with Pat Wyse for over 20 years. She served on the board of the Treasure State Cutting Club in Montana as President. She stays very active showing, holding clinics and continues to enhance her horsemanship.

    Bonnie Miller

    Bonnie Miller is a trainer, coach and clinician.

    She holds judges’ cards in seven associations including the American Quarter Horse Association and the National Reined Cow Horse Association.

    She has judged major shows in seven different countries including the National Reining Horse Association Futurity Show, the AQHA Novice Championship show and multiple World Shows

    for NSBA, Paints, Pintos and Appaloosas.

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