Join us for this month’s livestreams with some of our collaborators! Don’t miss these interesting and often provocative conversations between our associated equine professionals and Certified Master Saddler Jochen Schleese
- Heather Wallace (New) – https://www.instagram.com/timidrider/ – June 13 at 11:15 am
Heather Wallace writes about confidence, overcoming self-doubt and following her passion. She is the award-winning author of non-fiction titles Confessions of a Timid Rider, which details her insights about being an anxiety-ridden but passionate horse lover and Girl Forward: A Tale of One Woman’s Unlikely Adventure in Mongolia. Heather is also well known for her blog, The Timid Rider, chronicling her journey as a returning adult equestrian with a lot more curves and a lot more determination.
By day, Heather is a Certified Equine and Canine Sports Massage Therapist and Certified Equine Ergonomist through SaddleFit4Life dedicated to helping animals holistically. In her spare time, of which she has little, she spends her time with her husband, three children, two dogs, and pony in the wilds of New Jersey. You can follow her on social media @timidrider or at timidrider.com.
2. Mia Hickey – https://www.instagram.com/_riding_romeo_ – June 14th @ 4pm
Mia has always loved animals and has been riding for 9 years. She started out in both English and western, then fell in love with jumping- riding and competing in hunters, jumpers and equitation. She is a working student at a hunter jumper barn and a member of her university’s equestrian show team. She is also pursuing an Equine Welfare certificate through Guelph University’s online program.
- Alexisandra Travis – https://www.instagram.com/sc00byd1zzl3/ – https://www.tiktok.com/@sc00byd1zzl3 – June 19 @ 10 am
Alex Travis 29, is a disabled veteran from Arizona. She has a Master’s Degree in animal comparative biomedical sciences and owns 8 equines; 2 registered quarter horses, 5 mustangs, 1 draft cross mustang, and 2 donkeys. Alex’s training emphasis is on meeting the 3Fs and LIMA protocols, training exclusively with positive reinforcement with most of her program at liberty. She primarily works with feral/untouched horses and ones that have had a violent or aggressive history.
- Kate Kudelko – https://www.instagram.com/painted__dressage/ – June 20 @ 3:15pm
Kate is a young professional based in Brooksville, Florida, specializing in training ponies, small horses, and rescues in dressage. Most of her client’s horses are paints and stock crosses, so that she has run into her fair share of complications fitting horses who have very wide shoulders in comparison to the size of their body.
- Sophia Chavonelle – https://www.instagram.com/sophia.chavonelle/ – June 23rd @ 10:15am
Sophia Chavonelle is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist based in San Diego, California. She competed actively as an FEI Junior and Young Rider before moving across the country to become assistant to Olympic Silver Medalist Sabine Schut-Kery in 2021. While her heart will always be with the east coast, California has proved to be an immeasurably important step for taking Sophia’s professional riding career to the next level. Sophia has been riding in Schleese saddles for her whole life. She is currently riding her horse Jetson EP in a Let’s Dance.
- Hannah S. – https://www.instagram.com/silversnaffles/ – June 26th @ 12:45pm
Hannah (silversnaffles) is an English polo groom and equine manager based in Fredrikstad, Norway. After graduating with a Film Studies degree from the University of Warwick, she took on a social media internship at The Norwegian Polo Club which soon evolved into her becoming their groom and equine manager! With four horses and ponies of her own, she has always been a weird horse girl who is unapologetically obsessed with horses and how to improve their well-being.
- Emily Ferreira – https://www.instagram.com/emzequestrian/ – June 28th @ 10am
Emily has been riding for 15 years, starting off with western riding but soon finding a love for the English world where she started to show and enter the hunter/jumper ring. She currently owns an American quarter horse who’s 18 years old and formerly a western pleasure show horse who is now slowly entering into the English world.
- Leira – https://www.instagram.com/mane.man.mac/ – June 28 @ 3:30pm
This dynamic 15-year-old was focused on saddleseat, working with Saddlebreds and Morgans for about 6 years before adventuring into western. She is very interested in the biomechanics of horses, pressure points in horses, and general rehab possibilities.
- Shelby Dennis – https://www.instagram.com/sdequus/ – Dates TBD
A repeat guest with Schleese, Shelby Dennis is a lifelong equestrian residing on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada. She is an IAABC certified Equine Behaviour Consultant and has done extensive post-secondary studies in the equine science field, in addition to dabbling in journalism and human psychology. She is the author of “The Other Side of Horsemanship”.
Schleese Channel Livestreams
- Schleese Livestream Q&A: June 1st at 5PM ET (replay available here)
- Schleese Livestream Lecture: June 15th at 5PM ET
About Jochen Schleese and Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd.
Jochen Schleese got his certification as Master Saddler in Germany at the age of 22 and came to Canada in 1986 to establish and register the trade of saddlery in Ontario, Canada. With over 100 different models designed over the years, Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd is the world leading manufacturer of saddles designed for women, specializing in the unique anatomical requirements of female riders. Schleese authorized representatives provide diagnostic saddle fit analysis and saddle fitting services across the globe to maintain optimal saddle fit to horse and rider and together they have enriched the lives of over 200,00 horses.
He and his company have been the recipients of numerous business and industry awards over the years and have been featured in the Wall Street Journal , twice on the Discovery Channel as well as PBS. He has also won a “Winnie” award for his DVD “Beyond the 9 points of saddle fit” as best educational video in 2017 at the EQUUS Film Festival in NYC as well as one in 2019 for best educational book for his best-seller: Suffering in Silence: The Saddle Fit Link to Physical and Psychological Trauma in Horses.
He is a regular guest lecturer at various equine and veterinary colleges around the world.
For more information contact Marie-Claire Duquette, Marketing Manager