In 2015 Western Horse UK Editor Vicky Rooke had the opportunity to talk to Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship international World Champion Colt Starter, a multiple-time Freestyle Reining Champion, during his clinic at Oakridge Arena.
We caught up with Joe Walter during his 2017 UK clinic tour, having spent the day watching his cow work clinic. In this interview, we get to know Horse trainer and clinician Joe Wolter, who studied with Ray Hunt and Tom and Bill Dorrance.
No matter what task we set them, it is of paramount importance that our horses are able to work for us (at any level), whilst maintaining their natural disposition. This is the fundamental principle I believe should be at the heart of all our interactions with horses. A well-trained horse should respond to a rider's communication rather than be forced into compliance by restriction and control.
The Horse Place is situated on the picturesque North Devon coastline, and home to Licensed Parelli Professionals, Alison and David Zuend.
Both are 4-star Senior Instructors. David is also a licensed Horse Development Specialist. The Horse Place is totally unique in having the two longest standing UK Parelli Professionals supported by resident 1-star instructor Niki Hardwick.
In 2007, I switched to western style riding and still train regularly with an International Reining Champion. Having travelled abroad and witnessed ‘the rodeo’, barrel racing gave me new aspirations. In 2016, I became a regional organiser for the UKBHA. In 2017, I competed at the NBHA Open World Show in Atlanta, Georgia.
As a UKCC level 3 Coach, I now dedicate many hours to providing training clinics and competitions to further the interests of the barrel racing community and sport in the East Midlands and N.E. Anglia.