Lorie Duff
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Lorie Duff


Lorie was born and raised on a scenic dairy farm overlooking the ocean in Topsail, Newfoundland. Lorie credits her parents for “the simple family farm life” to how she developed her Philosophy of Horsemanship. Lorie now resides just outside the Ottawa area, in a rural country setting, home of Liberty Lane Farm, a private training facility.
Lorie’s philosophy of horsemanship is based on communication, trust & respect which helps establish a safe and solid inter-disciplinary platform. The philosophy supports and enhances the continued mutual learning of humans and horses that work together. These successes from teaching her program, have taken her throughout North America, Europe & Asia. One of Lorie’s greatest achievements was to be the “First Ever Western Performer” invited to the RCMP Sunset Ceremonies for 2 consecutive years (2016 and 2017) to showcase the western discipline and to demonstrate her horsemanship Philosophies.

In November of 2014, Lorie woke up with partial paralysis on the right side of her upper body, 3 discs in her neck were all blown. (NOT a Horse accident). Promptly, she was scheduled for an emergency disc fusion, spinal operation. In recovery, Lorie woke and was in a neck brace to stabilize her head and neck. Her recovery was for nearly two years, with many setbacks and struggles along the road. Completely demobilized for several months, looking out the window wondering if she would ever ride again. Lorie never gave up, but the journey back, was deeply emotional.
“During my horsemanship clinics I now say “never look back, we can’t change the past. We can’t change the horses past either, but we can change their future. So think about their future, and think positive.” Today I am so grateful for my family, my friends, my horses and my love and what tomorrow will bring. It was what kept me going.” Lorie is currently focusing on expanding how she reaches her clientele. Travelling, across North America as a clinician, Lorie truly enjoys helping others, by sharing her stories, and experiences. Lorie is in the process of writing an autobiography, “How I Got There, the Journey of a Horsewoman”. This started her love and passion to become a freelance journalist and opening her up to creating the “Cowgirl Channel of Canada, The Way of the Canadian Cowgirl” YouTube Channel, based show featuring cowgirls from all across Canada, from women in the farm and ranching industry to women in arts and entertainment.

2004 – Equine Sportsmanship Award.
2005 – Champion of; Senior Western Equitation, Trail, Reining, Freestyle Reining.
2006 – Volunteer of the Year.
2010 – Equestrian Canada Western Rider Level Program completed.
2016 – Equestrian Canada, Western Intermediate Rider-Basic Training Certificate.
2016- Equi-Health Canada Certificate, Basic Equine Health Emergency First Aid.

2016 — Liberty Performer, RCMP Sunset Ceremonies. (2016 and 2017).
2017 – RCMP Sunset Ceremonies Award for Liberty Horsemanship Performances.
2017 – Calgary Stampede Liberty Performer
2017- Lorie co-produced a film “Humble and Kind” This film was nominated for an award in the Best Short Film category at the Equus Film Festival in New York City.
2018 – Sportsmanship Award, Endurance Race, Mongolia.
2018 – Represented Canada in Mongolia, 500 km Endurance Race Gobi Desert Cup.
2019 – Western Horse Association of Ontario – Junior Provincial Equine Judge.
Equestrian Canada Certificate of Achievements; July 2021 – Concussion Awareness. – Certificate of Achievement Equestrian Canada, Fostering Healthy Equestrian Environments.
2022 – First Canadian Female Judge, “Trainers Challenge” Horse Expo Canada.
2022 – Canadian Clinician Equine Affaire Massachusetts USA.
2023 – Canadian Female Judge, Everything Equine, Colt Starting Competition.
2023 – Canadian Female Judge, “Trainers Challenge” Horse Expo Canada.
2023 – Spruce Meadows Masters Tournament, Calgary Alberta Canada
2023 – International Liberty Association Liberty Festival, Lexington, KY USA.

Clinic Details

Each clinic is 90 minutes

Friday – Show Day Preparation: Techniques for Nerve and Excitement Management
Join Lorie Duff to explore essential techniques for managing nerves and excitement in preparation for show day. This session is focused on helping both riders and their equine partners achieve a state of readiness through effective mental and physical preparation strategies. Learn how to harness your excitement and calm your nerves to ensure you and your horse are fully prepared for the competition ahead.

Saturday – Step-by-Step Checklist for Show Day Success
Lorie Duff presents a step-by-step checklist designed to guide you through a successful show day, from preparation to performance. This session will cover a comprehensive approach to organizing your day, ensuring that you and your horse are ready to showcase your skills to the fullest. Discover the key elements of a winning strategy that will help you navigate show day with confidence and ease.

Sunday – Post-Show Reflection and Planning for Future Competitions
The final day with Lorie Duff focuses on the importance of reflecting on your show performance and planning for future competitions. This session will guide you through evaluating your recent show experience, identifying both strengths and areas for improvement. Learn how to set achievable goals and develop a plan that will lead you towards continued success in your equestrian journey.

Lorie will also be a judge at our Trainers Showdown throughout the weekend.

Lorie's Clinic Riders have been notified by April 7, 2024

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    Do you need a stall for the day ($65/day)? Overnight stalls will be billed as a weekend stall ($125/weekend).

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