Ashley Crabtree, is the owner, along with her husband Robert, of Iron Forge Farm in Madisonville, TN. and an ETHA Official Ambassador. She can’t remember a time when her world didn’t revolve around horses. Her passion for horses started with a palomino pony named Sunflower and has only continued to grow throughout her life. She has been involved in many different disciplines, everything from western pleasure, saddle seat to hunter/jumpers. She is currently in the process of bringing along 2 off the track thoroughbreds and they will be trying their hand at eventing. Her love of horses led her to pursue a degree in Animal Science from Western Kentucky University. From there she has been in the veterinarian field as a veterinarian technician, and then moved into the corporate world and quality management.
They were fortunate in being able to purchase her family’s farm in 2017 and they are very excited about bringing an Extreme Trail Horse obstacle course to East TN. They have a lot of work ahead of them this winter, but it’s going to be something special when it’s finished! They can’t wait to have your family, both 2 legged and 4 legged come to visit them at Iron Forge Farm! Ashley brings a great deal of knowledge, positive energy and enthusiasm to our team! If you wish to contact her and learn more about our parks or for more information about Iron Forge Farm, you can reach her at: email@example.com
Marcy Heepke is the founder and owner of Triangle H Farm, LLC in Edwardsville, IL. She is a respected riding instructor, horse trainer, and clinician. She grew up riding horses on an Illinois farm and competed in western pleasure and hunt seat throughout her youth and went on to show on the intercollegiate circuit and has showed up to the national/world level. In 2001 Marcy earned a Master’s Degree in Animal Science at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a specialization in Equine Reproductive Physiology.
As a natural teacher, Marcy decided to make horses her life’s work, and to coach people how to work with great physical, mental, and emotional consideration for the horse. When a horse is set up for success, decisions about ‘if-when-how’ to reward the horse become unnecessary. It all about getting your idea to become the horse’s idea. Often called a “Horse Whisperer”, Marcy quickly explains that working with horses is not about whispering as much as it is about listening to the horse, and meeting his needs through harmony. Marcy promotes using feel, timing, and balance principles to set the horse and rider up for success. The process is neither showy, nor flashy, nor ego; therefore, the result is the simplicity of a happy, soft, willing horse.
Showing her dedication to teaching and safety, Marcy earned the highest certification level attainable, Level III in Stable Management and Stock Seat Equitation with the American Riding Instructors Association. The ARIA also twice awarded Marcy with a “Top 50 Riding Instructors in America” for her outstanding contributions to the equine industry. Further illustrating her devotion to others, Marcy Heepke and Triangle H Farm, LLC received national recognition and a check for $10,000 from Pfizer Animal Health and Stable Management Magazine as the “Top Barn in North America for Giving Back to the Community”. In 2010 Triangle H Farm, LLC was awarded the “Small Business of the Month” by the Riverbend Growth Association, the area’s chamber of commerce. Marcy was also honored as the “2010 Outstanding Ag Alumni” by Black Hawk College, the Junior College where she started her formal equine education. She was the first Equine student, and second woman ever to receive this prestigious award. Marcy, clearly a sought after equine professional in the state, sat 6 years on the Illinois Equine Industry Research and Promotion Board to assist with granting over $80,000 per year of check off funds for equine education, research, and promotion. Marcy Heepke was honored to receive the 2011 SIUC College of Agriculture’s “Outstanding Young Alumnus”.
Currently, Marcy continues to embody horsemanship by studying the methods of Ray Hunt, Tom Dorrance, and Buck Brannaman. She shares with her students the art of a horse’s-point-of-view training approach and supports them in whichever equestrian sport they choose through a very successful multi-discipline understanding of horsemanship. Triangle H Farm, LLC is also the home of the Madison County Trailblazers Saddle Club, hosting six shows per year for the club. The farm also offers 15-20 trophy-series trail and obstacle competitions through Equine Trail Sports. THF is also proud to announce our Ambassador, Trainer, and Park affiliation with the Extreme Trail Horse Association. Triangle H Farm, LLC also offers traditional horsemanship clinics, riding lessons, horse boarding, team building workshops, and horse training for show and pleasure as well as an extensive equine obstacle course. We are thrilled to have Marcy join us as an Ambassador and ETHA approved Trainer!
For more information visit www.trianglehfarm.com and “Like” Triangle H Farm on Facebook to see the most up to date list of events. Marcy Heepke Triangle H Farm, LLC 2082 South Moreland Road Edwardsville, IL 62025 618-559-7746 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brandy Von Holten lives in Missouri, but was born in Texas and raised in Arkansas. At the age of 5 she got her first horse named Blackie. Since then she has always had a horse or mule. Brandy graduated from Riverview High School in Searcy, Arkansas and attended the University of Central Arkansas where she obtained her bachelors in biology. She then furthered her education and obtained a second bachelors in criminal justice and a masters in teaching. She moved to Missouri in 2003, where she met and married David Von Holten. Brandy was a science teacher for eleven years. She was also a martial artist for twenty three years, and moved to Missouri to chase her dream of going to the Olympics in TaeKwonDo. She never made it to the Olympics but did manage to represent the United States on several international competition teams. She and her husband now own an equine trail riding facility they built together. It is called Von Holten Ranch. They are currently striving to create a series of equine and farm related competitions with their trademarked title of Country Tough. Brandy is now a contributing writer to five magazines and is planning to add her own magazine centered around the events at Von Holten Ranch. That magazine will be called Country Tough Times. The Adventures at Von Holten Rnch: KTM is her first children’s book in a series of books. We are so pleased to have her on our team as an Ambassador and Official ETHA Trainer!
For more information about Brandy visit their website at www.vonholtenranch.com or go to their Facebook page at @vonholtenranch1906, e-mail: email@example.com or call 660-668-0880
Van Hargis is known as one of today’s most versatile horsemen/clinicians. Van has trained and competed in the show arena in events ranging from reining to calf roping, and competed in the rodeo arena in the timed events. Training horses for Van all started over 35 years ago for the wife of world-renowned saddle maker Billy Cook. Van’s practical experiences in the show ring, rodeo arena, and on the ranch coupled with a dynamic speaking ability have made him one of the most exciting presenters and requested clinicians. Van uses each presentation he gives as an opportunity to share how the horse has helped him realize the important lessons in his life. He utilizes the arena and the horse to emphasize the most fundamental lesson: the need for a solid foundation, in horse training as well as everyday life. Van’s ability to use the horse to educate, motivate, inspire, and entertain will encourage you to take a long look at your life, your relationships, and your horsemanship. Not only does Van make lasting impressions on his audiences, he is highly respected among his peers for his horsemanship and his ability to recognize good horsemanship. He has judged some of the largest ranch horse competitions in the country, and he frequently is asked to judge similar events at horse fairs and horse expos. In fact, Van has judged the very popular Extreme Cowboy Race more times than any other judge of the event. Van was with the popular TV show competition for its first three seasons.
Van Hargis has been featured in several major publications including the Quarter Horse News, Horse and Rider, Western Horseman, and Performance Horse. Van’s articles have also been regular contributions in other national publications such as National Foundation Quarter Horse Journal, Today’s Horse, Horse & Rider, and Horse Talk magazine. His writing has appeared in countless regional and local publications. In 2006, Van was selected by HorseCity.com to be the year-long trainer of the Free Horse Contest. Van selected, started, and hauled “Feature,” an APHA-registered paint gelding.
Van’s versatility extends far beyond his horsemanship and training ability. He frequently is asked to compete in celebrity team roping or cutting horse events, as well as the occasional golf tournament. Van has been a keynote speaker at 4-H and FFH banquets, the Certified Horsemanship National Convention, and other related events; Van has been the guest on literally hundreds of radio programs throughout the country. Van hosts a weekly podcast “Ride Every Stride” on iTunes. He currently has more than 12,000 listeners. This listenership is growing rapidly. He has the ability to deliver an exciting, educational, motivational, inspirational, and entertaining program to audiences regardless of the setting or the topic. From colt-starting clinics to versatility ranch horse demonstrations, presentations on collection to the concept of fear, trust, and confidence, Van finds a way to relate practical methods and messages to everyone. Van believes in empowering the horse and the horseman to help each other in forming a relationship that focuses on success. It is because of his ability and emphasis on always remaining true to the horse that he has been given the title:
“Van Hargis, a true horseman.”
“Van has made his place in the horse industry through his ability to work with all types of horses and in all situations. He has a sincere love for the horse and his objective is to educate the horse owner and in turn develop much better horses. He is capable of conveying his message to an audience effectively and is very popular with the crowd during and after the event. We highly recommend him as a presenting clinician at your event and we know you will be well satisfied with the work he does.”
We are very blessed to have such a fine horseman join us and be part of the support team as a Trainer/Clinician/Presenter and Ambassador for our Parks and Members of this Association.
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Van Hargis Horsemanship