2015 Featured Clinicians
Here's our line up of top professionals for this year's clinics. The 2015 Schedule will be announced soon.
Bob Avila has called the American Quarter Horse his obsession for over 35 years. That obsession has led Bob to accomplish a record that most simply marvel at. Bob was born in Northern California, and from the beginning his love of horses was inevitable. Both of his parents, Don and Pat seemed to instill the devotion to the horse and showing horses, which continues today.
Bob has accumulated over 37 World Champion or Reserve World Champion titles in events ranging from performance to halter. Acknowledged by his peers as one of the most versatile and accomplished horsemen, he is the recipient of the first AQHA Professional Horseman award and he has captured the prestigious title of Worlds Greatest Horseman twice! Bob has won in excess of 1.7 million dollars!
He is one of only two horsemen to have won both the $100,000.00 NRCHA Futurity and the $100,000.00 NRHA Futurity. He is also in the very elite company of only one other horseman that has won the NRCHA Futurity more than two times.
Bob resides in Temecula, CA with his wife Dana. It is from there that he oversees his Avila Training Stables operation in addition to breeding and sales. Bob is renowned as being the trainer’s, trainer. He has several young apprentices working for him at all times, learning and studying not only his remarkable horse training abilities, but his business practices that he is so well respected for in the industry today.
Bob is busy creating some new ventures known as “The Avila Collection”. These consist of a new line of videos, books, saddles, boots, and equipment. He can often be seen around the country giving clinics and demonstrations to information hungry audiences.
Bob is one individual that should be very proud of his accomplishments, but those around him may tell you that he seldom takes much time to enjoy the spotlight he strives so hard for. He is always looking and working towards tomorrow.
Laurel Walker Denton
Laurel Walker Denton, raised on the Bar U Bar Ranch in Skull Valley, Arizona, grew up riding horses and working cattle. Laurel started her show career at the early age of eight and since then she has trained many AQHA Champions and has won AQHA World Championships. Laurel has spent her entire life in the show ring, earning points in fourteen different events. Today her main focus is on training Working Cow and Ranch Pleasure Horses.
Laurel served as AzQHA President in 1983-1985, is a current AzQHA Board member and a member of the Sun Circuit Oversight Committee. Laurel is also currently editor in chief of The Arizona Quarter Horse magazine, which she volunteers her time to the Arizona Quarter Horse Association. She served as an AQHA Director for 17 years, and is currently a Director At Large, serving on the Stud Book and Registration Committee. An AQHA judge since 1996, Laurel has judged the all of the AQHA World Shows, Open, Amateur, Select and Youth. She is also an NRCHA AA judge. Laurel was the winner of the inaugural AQHA/Arizona Most Valuable Professional award, the 2010 AQHA Merle Wood Humanitarian award, and received the AQHA 50 Year Breeders award for the Bar U Bar Ranch in 2009.
Laurel and her husband Barry are proud to own and operate the Bar U Bar Ranch, which has been in the family since 1945.
Al Dunning has owned and operated Almosta Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona since 1970. His expertise in all facets of equestrian events has elevated him to great success. Al and his students have won 40 World and Reserve World titles in AQHA, NRHA, NRCHA, and NCHA. In addition, Al conducts clinics worldwide, manages AD Tack, operates Dunning Consulting LLC, and has recently developed Team AD International, an online training program.
Al has won numerous awards for his contribution to various associations, within the community, and for the books and articles he has authored. He was the recipient of the 1996 AQHA Professional Horseman of the Year and was chosen as the 2003 NCHA Zane Schulte Trainer of the Year. Over the years, Al has developed his multi-faceted business with a focus on the development of champion horses and riders.
Al married his wife Becky in 1971. Becky is a well-known horse show announcer, and co-founded America’s Horse Cares, a division of the AQHA Foundation, which focuses on therapeutic riding charities. The Dunnings have two children, Grady (30) and McKenzie Parkinson (35) and one granddaughter, Gracie Ann Parkinson.
Robin and Jenny Frid
Together Robin and Jenny Frid own and operate Robin Frid Show Horses in Pilot Point Texas. This unique training program focuses on Youth and Amateur All-Around competition and is tailored specifically to each customers needs. Robin and Jenny have trained and or coached over 35 World and Reserve World Champions, and numerous Congress Champions.
Away from the show arena, Robin Also serves as an AQHA and NSBA Category Judge, as well as being a Past President of the Texas Quarter Horse Association.
Dr. Dave Frisbie
Dr. Frisbie earned an undergraduate biochemistry degree at the University of Wisconsin as well as a Doctor of Veterinary medicine. He completed a Surgical Internship at Cornell University and began his research in joint disease. Dr. Frisbie went to Colorado State University, where he completed a Surgical Residency in Large Animal Surgery and a Master’s Degree in Joint Pathobiology. He then began his work on a novel way to treat joint disease using gene therapy.
Dr. Frisbie is a Professor of Equine Surgery at Colorado State University’s Equine Orthopaedic Research Center. He is a partner in Equine Sports Medicine, LLC, specializing in orthopaedics and sports medicine. In addition he is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. intra-articular therapeutics, new methods of cartilage repair, equine lameness, orthopaedic surgery and gene therapy.
Born and raised in Southern California, Matt enjoyed a successful career as a youth rider, earning multiple championships throughout California in a variety of disciplines including western pleasure, horsemanship and trail. In 1996 he switched his focus to reining and now trains and shows futurity and derby horses and also coaches several successful non-pro and youth riders.
Matt was on the USA team that brought home the gold medal from the World Equestrian Games and has NRHA lifetime earnings of over $500,000.
Bruce Vickery is an AQHA Professional Horseman that specializes in training and showing all around horses. Bruce and his clients have accumulated numerous World, Congress, and AQHA High Point Championships in Trail, Western Riding, Western Horsemanship, Hunter Under Saddle, Western Pleasure, Hunt Seat Equitation, and Showmanship at Halter.
Professional Horseman Bruce Walquist has been in the horse business full time since 1980. He owns and operates Walquist Quarter Horses in Cleburne, Texas. He has trained, exhibited, and coached multiple World and Congress Champions in Horsemanship, Showmanship, Western Riding, Trail, Western Pleasure and Halter. He is an AQHA and NSBA judge. Bruce's wife of 34 years is Cindy and he has one daughter, Whitney.
When not on the road showing, Bruce enjoys attending church at Joshua Baptist Church and spending time with family.