Board Member Spotlight – Julie Goodnight

The Western Dressage Association of America is a better organization for the presence of Julie Goodnight on its Advisory Board. Her enlightened and intelligent approach to better training and instruction fits perfectly with WDAA’s goal of honoring the horse and valuing the partnership between horse and rider.

Julie-Goodnight Western DressageJulie Goodnight grew up on a small horse farm in central Florida (Orlando) and was a youth competitor on the hunter/jumper circuit. She worked on breeding farms and racetracks through college and graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1984. She is a certified CHA Master Instructor and Clinician, currently traveling 40-45 weeks a year for speaking engagements and clinics all over North America.


Julie has more than a quarter-century of horse training experience. Her varied background ranges from dressage and jumping to racing, reining, colt-starting, and wilderness riding. She teaches “Classic Skills for a Natural Ride” and travels coast-to-coast and beyond to film her award-winning television show, Horse Master, as well as to appear at horse expos, conferences and clinics. Her training and teaching techniques are frequent features of Horse & Rider, The Trail Rider and America’s Horse. In 2008 she was named Equine Affaire’s Exceptional Equestrian Educator–one of only three awards ever given.


She now resides near Salida, Colorado, at her private horse ranch with her husband, Rich Moorhead – an avid National Versatility Ranch Horse competitor and the CEO of Monarch Mountain ski resort.


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