Home' Special Publications : Equidays Contents EquidayS ® 18 to 20 November 2011, Mystery Creek Events Centre
Equidays® Key Clinicians
Clinician applies science to training
Trainer teaches classical techniques
Australian quarterhorse industry legend Ian
Francis will feature in Saturday night’s Heroes
of Horsemanship show and run two clinics at
The Master Horseman is known as Mr
Versatile due to his achievements over a wide
variety of events. In January he was awarded
an Order of Australia medal for service to the
equine sector as a competitor, breeder and
Ian came into the horse industry as a stock-
man competing in rodeo and campdrafting. He
began training horses for station work, then
began doing it seriously in the 1970s, start-
ing Ian Francis Training Stables in 1980. His
experience includes starting colts, preparing
sale horses, educating horses for a wide client
base, showing horses in a range of disciplines,
campdrafting, reining and cutting.
Ian has won major championships at halter,
western pleasure, western trail, hunter, Royal
Show Champions and Champion Station Hacks,
Australian Quarter Horse Association National
Champions and All Breeds Futurity Champions.
Major accomplishments include five National
Reining Horse of Australia (NRHA) Futurities
and three National Cutting Horse Associations
(NCHA) Futurities. Ian has represented Aus-
tralia, and won, at the International Reining
Council World Cup in Canada and was part of
the Australian Team that placed second.
He has been inducted into the Australian
Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame, the
National Cutting Horse Association Hall of
Fame and Reining Australia Hall of Fame.
Ian now concentrates on giving clinics in
horsemanship, cutting, working cowhorse,
reining and campdrafting in Australia and
internationally. He has produced a series of
instructional DVDs along with a motivational
book, That Winning Attitude, and a biography,
Living the Legend.
Australian master shares skills
Dr Andrew McLean.
Master horseman Ian Francis.
Simple philosophy drives Lyons
Dr Andrew McLean, co-founder and manager of the
Australian Equine Behaviour Centre (AEBC), will run
three clinics at Equidays and take part in the Friday night
A Touch of the Classics show.
Winner of the highest Australian Science award, the
Eureka Prize for Science, Andrew holds a PhD in equine
cognition and learning, has been an accredited riding
coach for over 25 years and has written top-selling books
and numerous peer-reviewed journal articles.
A past winner of the Gawler CCI***, Andrew has also
represented Australia in Horse Trials, competed at state
and national events in FEI-level dressage and eventing
and has also showjumped to Grand Prix level.
In demand as a trainer, coach and speaker, Andrew lec-
tures and demonstrates at universities and conferences
around the world and teaches throughout Australia,
Europe, South Africa, USA, Canada and New Zealand.
He was invited to retrain the Belgian Mounted Police
in 2011 in a five-day clinic to embed equitation science
in their training after some convincing demonstrations
with aggressive and fearful horses.
The AEBC is the world-renowned home of equitation
science in practice. It represents the first major paradigm
shift in modern equestrian culture, where clear knowl-
edgeable training replaces the notions of dominance
and respect and the benevolent (willing) and malevolent
(naughty) horse. The AEBC initiated and continues to
improve its simple, logical system for training horses
that is today applied by many of the world’s best riders
Andrew is also the honorary president of the Inter-
national Society of Equitation Science. Its mission is to
promote and encourage the application of objective
research and advanced practice, which will ultimately
improve the welfare of horses in their associations with
Dressage rider and trainer Jan Ebeling.
Billed as one of the natural horsemanship greats, Josh
Lyons is a world-class horse trainer and clinician.
His philosophy is a simple one: “Knowledge and
motivation are the only tools you need to bring with
you into your barn”. And his belief that horsemanship
should be based on trust not trauma, has led to his suc-
cess in solving horse problems and moulded him into a
top horseman and horse trainer.
Josh learned the art of horsemanship from his father
John, playing with, training, healing and talking to
horses since he was a toddler. Father and son created
the Lyons Certification programme, which Josh began
teaching at 16 years old.
The basis of the programme is a unique method of
conditioned-response horse training that modifies
riders’ and trainers’ attitudes towards the horse by
providing in-depth understanding and knowledge.
Josh works with all levels of horse enthusiasts
from trainers to trail riders to improve their relation-
ships with their horses. He has spent the last decade
teaching, applying and further developing his father’s
theories into the areas of roping, reining, dressage and
“Josh is one of the best all-around horse trainers that
I have ever worked with,” John says. “Josh has surpassed
me in his ability to work with both people and horses.”
His natural-horsemanship abilities and his talents
in teaching horsemanship skills as a horse trainer
and horse whisperer, have made him a popular guest
at horse expositions in the US, Canada, Europe and
Josh will run three clinics during Equidays and is part
of the Heroes of Horsemanship show on Saturday night.
World-class horse trainer Josh Lyons
Jan Ebeling is a distinguished international dressage
rider and trainer. He’s an active clinician teaching classi-
cal dressage and competitive riding throughout the US.
German born Jan earned his Bereiter licence in Ger-
many as an apprentice under master Herbert Rehbein,
and immigrated to the US in 1984. He represented the
US competitively in dressage in 1998, finishing Reserve
Champion at the Intermaediare I Championship held
in Gladstone as part of the Bayer/USET Festival of
In 2000 Jan won the Intermediare 1 Championship at
Gladstone; was Reserve Championship in 2002; placed
third and fourth in 2003, which earned him a place on
the US team at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo
Domingo in the Dominican Republic. There, Jan was the
highest ranked US rider and clinched team gold for the
Jan and Rafalca, a 1997 Oldenburg mare, finished third
at Gladstone’s Intermediare Championships in 2006. The
pair made their debut in the Grand Prix arena during the
World Cup in Las Vegas in 2007. The same year Jan was
awarded a USET training grant and returned to Germany
to work with renowned coach Wolfram Wittig.
Jan and Rafalca returned to the US for World Cup 2009
and were selected as alternates for the US WEG team.
Jan won the 2010 CDI W in Saugerties, both the Grand
Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle.
The distinguished rider competes internationally but
spends most of his time training throughout the US. He
and his wife Amy own and operate The Acres, a training
and sales facility in California.
During his three Equidays clinics Jan will be imple-
menting his classical training techniques where relaxa-
tion, rhythm and connection with the horse are vital. He
is also performing as part of A Touch of the Classics night
show on Friday.
Links Archive Education and Training 2011 Face the Challenge Navigation Previous Page Next Page