World-renowned horse trainer and clinician Julie Goodnight stops by to chat with Nichole and Jillian about her unique and successful career. Known for her logical, straightforward, and humorous presentation, Julie’s teaching helps riders feel more confident in the saddle and understand the “whys” of horsemanship. In this episode, Julie explains why she focuses on training the person just as much as the horse. Tune in to hear about her different training methods, horse-life history, and so much more!
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Growing up in the ‘60s on a small horse farm in central Florida, Julie had a connection with horses from a young age. Little did she know that her childhood affinity would blossom into a remarkable career with horses. Now an internationally renowned trainer and clinician, Julie is a rarity in that she has ridden and trained extensively in multiple disciplines, both English and western, working with multiple breeds. Her focus is on classical horsemanship and developing the horse and rider’s relationship.
Following a successful run as a youth rider on jumping horses, Goodnight headed west to fulfill her dreams of skiing, mountain climbing, and white-water paddling. She galloped her way through college on the backs of Thoroughbred racehorses, graduating from the University of New Mexico with Magna Cum Laude distinction. After graduation, Julie moved to southern Colorado, where she started her horse training business in 1985.
It wasn’t long before Goodnight was known for having a special touch with horses and a gift for teaching people. Her reputation grew, and she began traveling the world to share her unique approach to horse training.
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