May 2019: Jonnie and Patty attend a jumping clinic with Advanced level eventer and horse behaviorist Tik Maynard. Their horses, Hamilton and Zeke, were jumping machines, and Patty and Jonnie learned from Tik more about how horses think, what they value, and the benefits of using positive and negative reinforcement in daily handling and training techniques.
March 2018: Jonnie and Patty had the privilege of training with Linda Kohanov, founder of Eponaquest and best selling author of The Power of the Herd and The Five Roles of a Master Herder, at the Eponaquest Ranch in Amado, Arizona. The work included discussions on non-predatory leadership, social intelligence and non-verbal communication, while practicing these concepts with the Eponaquest herd of horses.
February 2018: Patty attends a clinic and rides with Andrea Monsarrat Waldo, author of The Rider's Brain and founder of StressLess Riding Techniques. Topics covered included how to handle uncomfortable emotions, such as fear, anger, anxiety, and embarrassment; hone your mental game and focus your riding time to get the most out of your hours in the saddle; care for your emotional injuries the same way you would care for an injured horse; and produce a state of “Focused Calm” and tap into the skills you have to ensure an outstanding ride. Patty is excited to share these concepts with the students of The Next Step to help them have a StressLess ride!
May 2017: Jonnie Edwards and Patty Ganey completed additional training in Equine Assisted Learning with The Equus Effect; Horse Wisdom for Warriors in Sharon, CT, a nationally recognized leader in programs for veterans
2011: Jonnie Edwards named PATH Region 1 Therapeutic Riding Instructor of the Year