Great insight and an effective teaching style have made Stacy Westfall one of the most popular and sought-after clinicians in the horse industry. Her famous bareback & bridleless championship ride, seen by millions on the Internet, led to an appearance on the Ellen Degeneres show.  In addition to her accomplishments within the reining arena, Stacy Westfall is the only woman to win the Road to the Horse colt starting competition. In 2012 Stacy was also inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas. With her husband, Jesse, she presents clinics at venues worldwide to inspire and teach people how to build better relationships with their horses.

Can losing your voice make you a better Horse Whisperer?

This quote keeps running through my mind as I have completely lost my voice. In one small way I have totally and thoroughly used up my body. It began three weekends ago when I spoke at the Midwest Horse Fair in Wisconsin, followed by speaking two weekends ago at the Equine Career Conference in Pennsylvania, and I completely used up what I had left at the Cowgirl Spring Round Up in Montana this last weekend. And I don’t regret a moment of it. Sure, I do wish that I had been able to speak loud enough to be heard (I can manage a low whisper) but I was able to enjoy the flip side of not being able to speak; the ability to listen. It was very appropriate that I taught about reading your horses body language at all of my events. The lessons I taught have been interesting to observe from my new ‘speechless’ vantage point. Let me explain. I taught about watching the horses body language because they speak more in body cues then they do in spoken word, which tends to be our human default. They also are experts in reading body language…as it is their primary language. As soon as I lost my voice I noticed a shift in the people around me. First, some of them were more uncomfortable. I was unable to joke and talk in the way that was most comfortable for them and we could all feel the shift. Second, I noticed if I whispered…they whispered. This has been ongoing and pretty funny. Those who commit to communicating with me have...

What it takes to make horses your day job, attend the Equine Career Conference

    I remember the day, when I was in high school, that I first learned that you could go to college and get a degree in the equine field. I was a junior and I hadn’t chosen a career path because all I wanted to do was ride horses. A teacher challenged me to find a college that offered equine classes and to my shock…they existed. That was twenty three years ago and I have experienced first hand that you CAN have a career with horses. Knowing that colleges offered degrees in Equine related fields seemed to make it a valid career choice but even back then I was questioning what that degree would get me. How would it help? What could I do with it? How much would it cost? My only real advisors with knowledge were the colleges themselves…and even then I knew they were unlikely to suggest other paths. In my case the internet wasn’t around to do more searching and I felt that college was my only chance to try to live this dream. I don’t regret going to an equine college but I also don’t think it is the only choice that people have now. So how do you decide? Where can you turn to get advice from someone who isn’t selling you the very thing you have questions about? These are a few of the questions I was hoping to answer by hosting the Equine Career Conference. The conference will also cover more. I have invited friends who also have successful careers in the horse industry. We are excited to share our combined...

Will Stacy Westfall compete in the all women Road to the Horse 2017?

I had a chance to spend a little time at the 2016 Road to the Horse before catching a plane to Florida to attend a benefit for a local horse rescue. In my short time there I was asked several times about competing again in the future…and one of those times was by Tootie Bland, the event producer. I learned (as you can see in this video) that she was going to focus on women in 2017. I am excited about the all women event because I know that there are many worthy women who are very capable and would love the chance to show their talent. I fully intend to be in the stands cheering them on as they do. (Tootie says she won’t let me sit much…lol) At this time I don’t feel the desire to compete again at the Road to the Horse. I’ve had a well rounded experience there; I won once and I lost once. Maybe if I’m ever going to do it again I will have to look for another barrier to break…how old is the oldest champion? I know the first two women who have been announced and respect their talent. I’m also looking forward to seeing who else is selected. One thing is for sure, at the end of the 2017 Road to the Horse I will no longer be the only female champion! I can hardly wait to see who it...


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