Equifest Program 2023


Mary Blake Buckeye by birth and Kansan by choice, Mary began her energy thera py (Reiki) training in 2009 in Los Angeles, and began working with rescued farm animals. It proved so rewarding she devoted her practice to animals and their care givers. Mary completed her first Master certifica tion in 2012 and relocat ed to Denver where she

North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC)

Competitive Trail Riding – Fun for All Generations Learn how to take your en j oymen t of trail riding to a whole new level

through competitive trail riding (CTR). This family-friendly equine sport incorporates strategy, pacing, teamwork, con ditioning, soundness, agility, and equestrian skills. Since 1961, the North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC) has sanctioned rides in six regions across North America, helping riders of all ages learn the sport of competitive trail riding. Alongside other equine enthusiasts, you can deep en the relationship with your horse while learning new skills and setting your own competitive goals in a safe, friendly, and welcoming environment. CTR is not a race, but rather a timed event. It is a distance sport competition over a measured trail that is completed within a window of time. It is a great family activity open to riders ages 8+ and all equine breeds. Presenters – Sarah J. Smith, Executive Director NATRC, Ruby Rinne, first time Jr competitor, John Zeliff, President NATRC, Marla Stucky and Marilyn Marston, multi-National NATRC Champions, and NATRC members Kristen Schmalzried and Cheryl Bohling.

volunteered as a vet tech at Dumb Friends League, a dog/cat rescue, and as a Reiki practitioner at Cat Care Society. She quickly became a horse lover and from 2014 2021, offered energy therapy to the horses at Zuma’s Rescue Ranch, an equine sanctuary in Littleton. It proved to be a life-changing experience. She also volunteered at Medicine Horse Program in Boulder, an equine assisted therapy facility. In 2020, Mary was a speaker at Denver’s Rocky Mountain Horse Expo. She is devoted to increasing awareness of the many benefits of energy therapy to both horses and their owners. “My goal is to strengthen the bond between horse and owner through a better under standing of the energy exchange between horses and humans, how horses are stressed, and help both owner and horse create a stronger partnership based on trust.” Tom Dorrance and Buck Brannaman are her sources of inspiration. In March 2021, she relocated to Kansas to be near her family. Her practice is based in Olathe. Friday w 2:00 w Workshop Room 203A w Intro to Energy Therapy for Horses Wendy Bowles Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

Saturday w 12:30 w Workshop Room 201A w About NATRC Competitive Trail Riding

Sunday w 10:00 Workshop Room 201A “Over the Ears” Photo contest

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