Vaulting Demonstrations

Equestrian vaulting, or simply vaulting, is most often described as gymnastics and dance on horseback, which can be practiced both competitively or non-competitively. Vaulting has a history as an equestrian act at circuses, but its origins stretch back at least two-thousand years.


Dave Robart

Dave Robart is a Three-time world champion and three-time reserved world champion also multiple national Top five and top 10s a renowned horse trainer and bit revolutionist who owns and operates Robart Training Center in Hookerton, NC. Robart’s training practices using his patented ‘Pinchless Bits’ and methods of positive reinforcement have provided an answer to what other trainers have labeled problematic horses. “My passion for horses began when I was 11 years old, exercising race horses in California. This passion grew even stronger when I began breaking horses with his father, a trainer of Roy Roger’s horses.” It was in 1985 that Robart opened his first training facility.

Robart has over 30 years of experience are now available to the novice horse owners and riders through clinics where he educates them on bits, biting, training techniques, and tracing behavior problems. The most popular portion of Robart’s clinics involves a lesson on understanding body language where he uses his patented products to show cause and effect.


Heidi McLaughlin

Like many young girls, Heidi McLaughlin was your typical horse-crazy kid! Born into a non-equine blue-collar family with no exposure to horses, all that Heidi ever wanted to do was ride one. Sadly, her first experience in the saddle at eight years old was anything but wonderful when a barn sour horse ran away with her and scared her half to death. While her passion was still there, the terrifying experience left her with a paralyzing fear of the creatures that she loved so much; a fear that would take more than half her lifetime to overcome. After going to college, marrying, working and devoting herself to raising three sons, Heidi finally set out to indulge her lifetime dream of owning her own horse. It didn’t take long for her to realize that she was in over her head. She bought horse after horse trying to find the right match but what Heidi didn’t know at the time was that her fear was so deep-seeded that no horse on earth would ever be right for her until she first dealt with the real problem, her fear; thus, beginning her long and frustrating journey into fearless horsemanship. Now, as an author, speaker and clinician on fear, Heidi does not want your journey to be this way. Her best-selling book, “K.I.C.K. Your Fear of Horses”, was written in the hope that her experience of overcoming fear would inspire others to begin the process to begin to break down their fear and build up their confidence and find joy in the saddle again.

Let her teach you the secrets to becoming a confident rider…a fearless rider! Please visit her website at:


Jamie Drizin

Jamie Drizin is the Owner of Brio Horsemanship in Oracle, Arizona. The Brio Horsemanship method seeks to create in the horse balance, lightness, sensitivity and self-carriage. Our Baroque method instills in the horse a confidence and the athleticism to do the work at hand correctly without fear or misunderstanding. He will be demonstrating the Garrocha Pole art as well as Classical Dressage.


Jerry Tindell

“My mission is to facilitate the communication of the horses and mules to their owners and handlers. At the same time, to teach and enable their owners/handlers to develop the skills necessary to interpret their animal’s signals for a safe and functional relationship.”

“My philosophy is simple; it stems from the horse and mule and is then translated for the human. I want to achieve as much or more with my animals as if we were built the same. I leverage their natural lifestyle to achieve extraordinary yet expected results that gain trust, control and confidence for both of us living in the human’s world.

I'm not trying to sell folks something, I’m trying to teach folks about themselves and the animals they care for.”



Jesseca Hutchings

Cowboy Dressage

Soft Feel (or Fresh Rein) is the guiding principle of Cowboy Dressage®.  It is a wordless, intimate and for some a spiritual communication within the partnership between horse and rider. Soft feel is not only sending messages but having the sensitivity and awareness to feel and receive the message the horse sends back. 

The timing and use of the Release, Relaxation, Preparation and Execution are the basic fundamentals of Soft Feel.

Since Soft Feel is the mission of Cowboy Dressage® it will be scored with emphases on lightness, harmony, finesse and partnership as a priority. Balance, cadence, carriage, control, and performance are additional areas the horse and rider will be judged and scored.©


Kelley White & Chad Lyman


EAC is one of many different types of equine-assisted work that help individuals work through circumstances that are hindering their growth. EAC allows individuals to take steps forward in these areas quicker than traditional methods. Horses do not judge individuals, and they have no agenda. They are large, powerful animals, but they are also prey animals, and trust with a horse must be earned; they are honest, mirror our body language and act accordingly. After each session with the horses, individuals are encouraged to transfer the lessons they’ve learned from the horses to their personal and professional lives.

EAC supports individuals in areas such as grief, relationships, boundaries, parenting skills, communication and trauma.


Parade Of Breeds

The Parade of Breeds offers guests of the Norco Horse Affair an opportunity to learn about and get close to many breeds of horses.

Last year, at our inaugural Norco Horse Affair, this live event was extremely popular as it captures the sound and excitement of the show ring. At each show, different breeds of horses demonstrate the special skills for which the breed is known – from jumping to reining to pulling carriages. At each daily parade, riders wear the authentic costumes of the countries or regions from which the breeds originate. After each show, the audience is invited to join these beautiful animals at the California Horsetrader Breed Pavilion to have their questions answered by their representatives.

The Parade of Breeds is an educational event, designed to teach the general public about the proper care of horses, the different equestrian disciplines for which horses are used, and the many strengths and differences of the various breeds.


Pas De Deux (susie peacocks students)

You do not want to miss this! A pas de deux is an equestrian performance using two horses. The horses perform dressage movements, usually mirroring each other, and will be accompanied by music.


Polly Limond with WE United

Polly Limond served as a Region 2 Director in 2017, and this year she ran and was elected to the position of President Elect. This means that she will spend the year working with current President Barbara Price and Past President Julie Alonzo, learning about the duties of President to ensure a smooth transition in leadership next fall.

Polly comes to the sport with an incredible background in dressage. She has over 30 years’ experience training, teaching, coaching, and competing in USDF competitions, where she has earned her Bronze and Silver Medals, as well as her Silver Freestyle Medal.

WE United - The discipline of Working Equitation (WE) was created to celebrate the partnership between horse and rider, with a focus on classical horsemanship and use of the horse for ranch work. The aim of the sport is to preserve and perpetuate each country’s type of equitation, as well as the various working equestrian traditions and the tack and attire which each nation brings to the sport. Working Equitation was pioneered by four countries: Italy, Portugal, Spain, and France, with the first International competition being held in 1996. In 2004, the World Association for Working Equitation (WAWE) was established to govern the sport internationally. Since that time, the sport has continued to grow. It is now well established in Europe and the Americas. WAWE rules are used for all international competitions, but each individual country has its own rules for domestic competitions.

In the United States, Working Equitation competitions offer five performance levels to accommodate horses and riders at various stages of training: Introductory, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, and Masters. The Masters level is equivalent to the international standard of the sport.


Robin Bond

Robin has been training professionally since 1993. After spending 22 years in jumping, dressage and combined training, Robin set her sights on western events. Her experience now includes trail, reining, reined cowhorse, ranch horse versatility, and extreme cowboy racing.

Robin is currently focused on breeding and training an all around horse that can take his rider from an exacting ranch riding class, to a trail class at speed, and finish by working a cow in a sorting, penning, or ranch roping environment. It is important to take the horse’s natural physical strengths into consideration when working in any discipline, but what makes a good all around ranch horse, and a good EXCA horse, starts with a good temperament, a sturdy structure, and a willing mind.


Sheryl Lynde

My Passion is working with horses - I start colts and build a strong foundation from the ground up to the saddle. I desensitize to tarps, dragging ropes, flags, etc. and expose them to trail and cow work. I work with Problem Horses and resolve issues once I determine the cause - is the horse Fearful, Aggressive, Disrespectful - a little of all, then once I address the cause I can successfully address the issues of bucking, bolting, charging, etc. I also teach the rider how to be the leader their horse is looking for - what caused the issues with the horse and how to resolve them and build that trust between Horse and Rider.



Susie Hoffman Peacock

Susan Hoffman Peacock has developed a truly unique and inclusive training system for horses and riders. She breaks the learning process into easily understood topics that are pertinent to successful progression and understanding.

Learning is broken down into Three topics; Logical Progression, Biomechanics and Goal Setting. It is amazing how quickly difficult topics can be understood when information is introduced to horses and riders is this clear method.

Susan holds a University Degree from California University of Pomona in Business Management. While she was studying her business classes she was very interested in the topic of how we learn and understand. She utilized these topics while she earned the highest instructor/trainer certification offered by the United States Dressage Federation.



Western Dressage

California Western Dressage Association invites you to come see our western dressage demonstration and educational presentation at the Norco Horse Affair on Saturday the 6th at 9:45am and come visit our booth.

Western dressage enthusiasts come from many different backgrounds and disciplines, but they are united by the desire to have a better partnership with their horses.

California Western Dressage Association (CAWDA) is the official state affiliate of the Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA).

All board members, mentors and members of our advisory committees are unpaid volunteers who are dedicated to promoting western dressage and its benefits for horses and riders all over California.