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Top Hand Contestants 2017

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Erin Adderley

My name is Erin Adderley and I am a Cowboy Dressage level 2 certified clinician. I run a training business out of the Sliding J Ranch in Acampo, CA. The mule I am riding is a 19 year old named Okie. He has been retired out to pasture for quite a few years, but has …


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Nina Gorgasser

Nina was born and raised in Germany but calls Clements, CA home since some years now. Married to trainer Arno Gorgasser she is a Non Professional rider but has ridden horses all her life. Cowboy Dressage is new to her and her horse, however they both are no strangers to the Ranch Riding, Reining, Versatility …


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Kellie Shields and The Fireman

Excited for 2017 Kellie and The Fireman are excited to compete for their second year in CD Top Hand. Fireman (aka Beamer) and Kellie are great partners! They have been best friends since 2010. Cowboy Dressage is Fireman’s best event. He loves the challenge court! Let’s go longears!
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JoAnn AKA #6 and her Morgan Shadrak

JoAnn AKA #6 and her Morgan Shadrak fell in love with Cowboy Dressage after trying it at the Motherlode Morgan Show in 2012.  Shad and JoAnn found it a great fit for their partnership and have been in the Cowboy Dressage Court ever since.  From hosting Cowboy Dressage Clinics at their home Rawking Horse Ranch …


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Tami Beach USDF Bronze Medalist

Tami started riding at the age of 4 and joined Pony Club at age 7.  Tami’s passion for horses lead her to ride and compete in many different disciplines while growing up.  If it had to do with horses, Tami wanted to learn all she could.  She spent many hours as a working student riding …


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Phil Monaghan

Phil Monaghan’s first recollection of being horseback was being doubled in front of his dad in Coolah NSW where Phils dad (Phil Snr) was working as a stockman. From this early age Phil always felt an affinity with horses and had a desire to do it well. After all the name Phillip is derived from …


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Tanja Kraus

Tanja Kraus is a Horsemanship Clinician from the East Coast of Australia.  Her passion is using kind horsemanship philosophies to develop a partnership horse for the rider. Tanja has helped many riders across many different disciplines find a better connection with their horse.  She herself over the years has successfully competed in dressage, western events …


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Jennifer (Jenni) Purcell

“Jenni Purcell is a Texas-born, Colorado horse girl, now living and teaching relationship-based horsemanship in Sonoma, California at Ravendaisy Farm. She grew up on an animal rescue ranch where she experienced the amazing things that happen when you earn a horse’s trust. This is Jenni and Griff’s third year playing in the Top Hand Ring. …


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