Wendy Johnston
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Wendy Johnston

Ranch Riding

Wendy Johnston is an accomplished figure in the equestrian world, with a diverse and extensive background as a competitor, coach, and owner of reining bred horses. Her recent focus has been on teaching clinics and lessons, particularly in the areas of Ranch Versatility, Ranch Riding, and Ranch Trail, showcasing her versatile expertise in the field.

Wendy’s achievements are notable across various aspects of her sport. She has been honored as the NRHA Western Canada affiliate champion twice, a testament to her skill and dedication in the arena. Her excellence in coaching has been recognized nationally, with two “Coach of the Year” awards. Additionally, Wendy holds the prestigious title of “Master Coach Developer for Canada,” reflecting her significant contributions to the development of coaching standards and practices within the country. Her leadership skills were further demonstrated in her role as “Chef d’Equipe” for the Canadian NAYR team, guiding young riders in their competitive journeys.

With over 35 years of experience providing both institutional and private coaching services, Wendy has taught thousands of clients, sharing her knowledge and passion for equestrian sport. Her qualifications include a current General Performance Judging card, High-Performance Western Coach Certification, and English Coach Certification, highlighting her comprehensive understanding and capability across different equestrian disciplines.

Wendy is deeply committed to the care and management of the horses in her program, emphasizing the importance of excellent care practices. She believes in creating a creative and empowering learning environment for her clients, fostering an atmosphere where ethical conduct and community connection to horses are valued. For Wendy, the joy horses bring to people is a fundamental aspect of her work and philosophy in the equestrian world.

Clinic & Presentation Details

Each clinic is 90 minutes

Clinics – “Ranch Riding” is an event under the umbrella of “Ranch Versitility”. The Versatility Ranch Horse competition promotes the athletic ability and versatility of the horse and is demonstrated in seven classes – ranch riding, ranch trail, ranch cutting, ranch reining, ranch cow work, ranch on the rail and ranch conformation. There are divisions for open, amateur and youth in specific organizations or clubs.
At this clinic I will be warming up the horses to prepare for the Ranch Riding and Ranch Trail classes set out. Riders and spectators will gain knowledge on the appropriate warmup, obstacle work and mental preparation to perform a pattern suited to the Ranch Versitility classes. A description of Judges expectations and scoring will be included in the presentation.
Descriptions of the two events being covered:
Ranch Riding – Horses show individually, and the class can be conducted inside or outside an arena. Judges are looking for relaxed, responsive horses with soft and cadenced gaits. The horse should make timely transitions in a smooth and correct manner, plus the horse should be soft in the bridle and yield to contact.
Ranch Trail – Obstacles found in a ranch trail pattern are approximate to those found during the course of everyday work. Judges are looking for a well-trained, responsive and well-mannered horse that can correctly navigate and negotiate the course, and do so in a correct and efficient manner.

Presentation – Details TBA

Wendy's Clinic Riders have been notified by April 1, 2024

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    Note: Video is highly recommended for consideration. ** If you don't have a link to your video, please email it to riders@horseexpo.ca **

    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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