Chilliwack Mane Event introduces first female participant!

Fall is coming and so is the Chilliwack Mane Event

We are very excited about our line-up of clinicians participating in the 9th Annual Mane Event at Heritage Park in Chilliwack, BC October 19 – 21,  2012.  This year we are welcoming some fantastic clinicians and trainers from Canada as well as from the US and Australia! 

We are pleased to introduce this year’s Trainers Challenge participants:

Wylene Wilson – is the first woman participant in the Mane Event Trainers Challenge

Wylene Wilson starts colts, works with problem horses, and helps people of all skill levels achieve things with horses they never imagined. Raised on her family’s farm in Mesa, AZ, Wylene developed a fun and fearless style of horsemanship early on. Her mother’s introduction to the fundamentals of Monte Forman’s horse handling science has paved the way for Wylene’s success with teaching all types of horses and people.  Intrigued by the challenges of colt starting, Wylene is consistently a top competitor in “Extreme” competitions, with eight Extreme Mustang Makeover competitions, two overall championships, and several of Craig Cameron’s Extreme Cowboy races under her belt. Wylene’s humor and fun teaching style has made her a crowd favorite with all audiences, and creates a special bond with her clinic students. Riders of all disciplines and experience levels consistently notice her high energy and positive approach, and they appreciate the way she actively engages them in learning for themselves. Her bold and fearless approach brings to light the reality behind horsemanship and hard work, and often leaves audiences breathless with “can you believe she did that?”.  Wylene has been involved in several film projects and publications, including a recent feature in Western Horseman’s ( May 2012 ) breakthrough article on laying horses down – a technique used in the process of safely training and starting colts and problem horses. She also teamed up with Al Dunning on the DVD, “Taming a Wild Mustang” where they discuss and demonstrate methods and techniques of teaching a wild horse. Selected as one of the mustang trainers featured in the full-length film, Wild Horse Wild Ride , Wylene was delighted to share in the comedy, drama and triumph with her co-stars throughout their 100 day journey’s with their amazing horses. Wylene’s website

Kyle Mills:

Born in Price, Utah in July, 1982 Kyle has had a passion for horses from a very young age. He moved to Canada in 1989 with his family to fulfill their dream of training horses. Kyle spent his teenage years involved with 4-H and high school rodeo. After school he moved back to Utah for four years there he went to college and competed in college rodeo team roping. Now residing in Kamloops, British Columbia, training horses full time for his father, Doug Mills (5 time Mane Event Trainers Challenge Champion). When not training horses Kyle enjoys golfing, dirt biking and fly fishing. Kyle has his sights set on eventually training and showing cow and rope horses and breeding and raising Quarter Horses. His greatest achievements thus far are winning the 2009 European Trainers Challenge and the 2010 & 2011 Trainer of the North Challenge. Kyle has a unique ability to connect with any audience using humour as well as his common sense approach to training.

Dan Steers:

Dan grew up in the South West of Western Australia and was first introduced to horses in his early teens and at 15yrs of age he began working for master farrier and horseman Pete Webber.  It was here Dan developed both his horsemanship and farrier skills.  At 17yrs of age Dan began working for cutting trainer Corry Holden in Cobram Victoria where he spent the following 6 months starting and training young horses – it was here that Dan was first recognised in the show ring – winning many senior junior cutting events.  In early 2002 Dan returned to WA and began working at Taunton Vale – a large Thoroughbred and Australian Stock Horse stud in the southwest.  Here he was involved in all aspects of breeding, training, showing and yearling preparation. In 2007 Dan won the ACA Western Australian Reserve Champion Open Campdraft rider after winning multiple campdrafts and Stock horse futurities.  Dan is actively involved in campdraft judging where he is able to invest back into the sport he loves. Dan’s love of horses and desire to diversify his skills led him to gain part time work with master farrier Brent Tyler – it was over a 3 year period he developed his knowledge and skills – shoeing horses for many disciplines and working closely with local veterinarians whilst managing a 10,000acre cattle property. He was now conducting regular horsemanship clinics and was well respected for his horsemanship skills and talent in the arena. During 2008 Dan joined his good friend Dan James at El Caballo Spanish Horse centre, Wooroloo WA – where they performed as “The Dan & Dan Show” each weekend – refining his showmanship and training skills. In 2009 – Dan & Dan relocated their training business to North Arm Cove, NSW and “Double Dan Horsemanship” was born. Dan’s Achievements include performing during the World Equestrian Game in Kentucky Opening Ceremonies and in clinics throughout the games. Dan has a passion for breaking and training horses as well as performing to a wide audience. He aims to educate and enlighten people across Australia and overseas as to the ways of successful horsemanship.

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