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Montana born and raised Leanne Hoagland started her lifelong equine passion at a young age. As an educator Leanne is a believer in lifelong learning. Leanne attained an AS degree in Agriculture from Northwest College in Powell, WY. It was here she judged horses collegiately and competed at the 1997 Quarter Horse World show leading the team to a Reserve Championship title and a personal top five finish. Upon transfer to Montana State University, Leanne competed on the Intercollegiate Horse Show team while attaining her BS in Agriculture Education. In 2003 Leanne began teaching Agriculture and Equine Sciences at Dawson Community College where she was the program director until January 2016. She now works as an addictions counselor and is the Agriculture/ Welding Instructor at Dawson County High School where she is also the FFA Advisor. She has been a dedicated to 4-H as a leader for over 15 years. She attained a MAB from Kansas State University in 2007. Her passion for horses and their industry has led her to three professional certifications. The first was from the American Riding Instructor's Association where Leanne carries certificates in Reining, Western Pleasure, English and Driving. Leanne is certified in equine reproduction with Colorado State University and is certified with the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) in equine assisted therapy and learning.

Leanne's experiences have allowed her to gain knowledge in many facets of the equine industry. The most recent is in gaited horses and her work with Tennessee Walkers. She continues to do clinics and online classes in various topics from first aide, training to nutrition to driving. Her program encompasses trust and respectful relationships with the horse that have foundations in natural horsemanship and equine psychology. Leanne has extensive work in reining, equitation, driving, dressage, hunters, pleasure horses and showmanship. She has worked with many breeds from Arabs, Appaloosa, Tennessee Walker and Paints to heavy horses, and enjoys the diversity that comes from each experience. The business offers equine assisted therapy and equine assisted learning sessions in the local community using the EAGALA Model. Lead Changes Recovery & Equine Assisted Therapy Center LLC is the name under which the therapy services are run.

Over the years Leanne has attended numerous clinics, schools and workshops in the equine industry presented by industry professionals.

In 2003 Leanne began raising and showing Shire draft horses. The program is based on sound minded horses with conformation that wins and longevity. Leanne shows internationally and nationally with her Shires. The most recent win was at the Central Alberta Draft Horse Classic where the home raised mare Big Sky All That Jazz was Senior Champion Mare. Jazz went on to win the year end All North American Championship for 2014.

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Leanne 's husband Brett is a Deputy for Dawson County. They have a son, Connley, who is 12. The program currently has 17 horses. Four are light horses; one pony gelding (Trigger- who is Master's best friend) and the rest are Shires including two black stallions. Of the Shire herd we have four Doc daughters and Monty who is out of Jazz and by Doc. Doc was our senior herd sire for 10 years. The family also raises champion Hampshire Sheep under the name 7 Mile Hampshires.


Introduction to Harnessing and Pulling a Load

Big Sky Shires will be working on driving from the ground to the cart or four wheel vehicle. Patterns, turns, line handling, and more. Teams and singles are covered. Their drivers spend more time behind horses driving from vehicles than any other clinic! They stress safety of horse and driver. Harnessing and basic care of the equipment is covered as well as what to look for in a driving horse. Bring your own horse or horses, or use one of our fantastic Shires. Harness and Harnessing. Learn parts of a harness and proper harnessing of singles and teams. Three types of harnesses will be used and demonstrated. Each person will get hands on with harnessing and fitting. Safety, fitting, evaluation and selection will be covered as well. Participants are welcome to bring their own horse for the ground driving portions. Must have long lines, saddle or sursingle and snaffle bit. Open bridles are acceptable. Bring your harness and horse to learn to fit and adjust to your needs.

This will be in the all seasons arena. Limited to 10 participants. Saturday June 1 - 3 to 5pm. Applications are taken at a first come first serve basis. No video required with application. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

Bombproofing clinic

Big Sky Shires will teach you how to use natural horsemanship to build respect, trust, control and confidence in Horse and Rider from the ground up! This intro clinic will show you the basics of our program. They will help you understand equine body language and psychology and how your horse relates to you and your body language.

Learn how to desensitize your horse to multiple stimuli while building trust confidence and bond. Obstacles will be included.

They will be offering you one of the leading clinics in the region on this topic! The clinic is open to any breed and level of horse, or rider, in any discipline. They will only take 12 horses and riders.

Big Sky Shires will also cover fundamental ground work, obstacles ridden and on the ground, and new riding exercises. Their program grows trust and confidence in both horse and rider! There will also be time to ask questions and work on personal problems or fine tuning. You may bring your own horses, but they will have a couple of their Shires to work with. While their title says bombproof, do realize that their program is based on allowing the horse to retain his individualism and personal thinking. They work to make their horses and riders a communicating, problem solving team where the horse is allowed to question and express himself.

This clinic will be in the NHSC Equine Ed. Arena 100x100', Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 - 10:30 to 12:30.

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