Owner and operator of RR, apprenticed with Mark Bolender for 2 years. She was his first certified trainer. Chris has also been an outfitter for over 30 years and from this experience is able to recreate real world training obstacles for backcountry riding. She is a certified Mountain Trail judge and a skilled dressage, western, and English equitation instructor.
Chris was raised in Washington State and experienced her earliest horse memories while on her uncle’s cattle ranch in Ellensburg. At age nine she already owned her first horse and continues to be enchanted by the beauty, power, and sensitivity of the horse. In 1983 she graduated from South Puget Sound’s Horseshoeing and Blacksmithing program as an A.F.A. certified farrier. She recalls that the testing procedure was quite rigorous. She managed C.J.’s Horseshoeing for over 20 years, honing her skills and techniques.
The journey of moving to “barefoot” began after she acquired a Kiger mustang from Eastern Washington who had never been shod. After less than a year of traditional shoeing, Luna’s perfectly formed and rock hard feet began to develop problems. Realizing that nail-on shoes might be part of the problem, Chris started to look to a more natural approach to hoof management. After discovering the work of “barefoot” pioneers, Pete Ramey and Jamie Jackson, Chris removed the shoes from all her horses. After participating in dozens of natural hoof care clinics and trimming hundreds of horses’ hooves, she created Holistic Horse Services, which currently serves over 100 clients. She has been a long time instructor, teaching courses in swift water rescue, boat handling, horsemanship, and horseback riding. Chris is a mentor to many students on their pathways to becoming professional instructors and horsemen. Her rescue curriculum brought her an award for writing from Rescue III International.
Chris is an outspoken advocate for equine welfare. Her non-profit organization, The Equis Now Project, provides trimming training and assistance in developing nations. Chris has spent significant amounts of time in Haiti, Ecuador, and Romania learning, educating, and, as always, riding.
Kristen Snyder rode her first horse “Polly” when she was 2½ years old. When she was 6 years old she was finally old enough to take lessons at the local equestrian academy where she learned beginning English and Western riding. By age 7 she had her first horse, an appendix quarter horse named “Leo.” In the late 1980’s Kristen was given a VHS tape of the 1984 Olympic Dressage Team performing individual Musical Freestyles (Kur). She watched the tape until it was so worn out she had to use scotch tape to hold it together. This began her long time love affair with Dressage. Kristen has been fortunate enough to work with top dressage trainers such as Maryanna Danielson, Sandy Howard, Gina Duran and Gerhard Politz.
As well as Dressage, during Kristen’s riding career she was fortunate enough learn many disciplines such as Working Equitation, Reined Cow Horse, Western Pleasure, Endurance, NATRC, Three Day Eventing, Hunter/Jumper and Saddleseat riding. Each discipline provided unique challenges that fed Kristen’s desire to learn as well as helped her to mature into a well rounded riding instructor and horse trainer.
Kristen is a certified International Mountain Trail Challenge Association (IMTCA) Judge as well as a certified L level Working Equitation United Judge.
DR. SUZAN SEELYE, DVM, CVT, CVA
Dr. Seelye spent over 20 years in traditional veterinary practice and became more and more frustrated with the temporary band aiding of medical conditions with toxic drugs that sometimes caused more harm than good. Typically these side effects would have to be counteracted with other drugs, and so it would go. At the cellular level deterioration continued until the next crisis occurred, and in conventional medicine there is no way to adequately cure degenerative or chronic conditions.
All of this was very troublesome to Dr. Seelye. Her decision to search for true healing for her pets, patients, and herself lead her on a journey spanning over 5 years of intensive apprenticeships and studies. The results were startling and exciting! Her excitement in what she found caused her to close her established practice of 25 years and move to Western Washington to pursue the development of an alternative practice where true healing is created without the use of toxic drugs and invasive procedures.
Dr. Seelye’s incorporation of Quantum physics, along with her knowledge and experience of allopathic and eastern medicine in her healing work, sets this apart from other healing modalities.
Dr. Seelye is devoted to health and healing through non-toxic wholistic/holistic methods while addressing both body and mind. Her approach is effective for the treatment of all medical conditions, behavior problems, and lameness. This is the ultimate in preventive medicine. You too can find the answer to truehealth and healing for your pet or equine partner.