Ed Dabney is an internationally acclaimed clinician, presenting horsemanship and riding clinics all over the US and in Europe. In 2007, Ed was named Champion of the East Coast Trainer Challenge Series by Equine Extravaganza. Ed's blending of natural horsemanship and classical equitation has made an indelible mark with students all across the United States and now also in Europe, drawing the attention of serious riders searching for the lightest touch and the deepest connection with their horses irrespective of breed or discipline. Ed has worked with horses all his life, being involved in diverse fields including the ranching, motion picture and horse training industries. Ed Dabney, a fifth generation horseman, gained rich insight and understanding into the horse's instinct and culture through his experiences in the wilds of Wyoming, where Ed trained horses for several large ranches. Ed has applied his diverse skills in the training of horses for the motion picture industry and was cast in mounted action roles in major motion pictures including The Patriot, Geronimo, Gettysburg and The Postman along with numerous other films. Ed trained horses for and supervised all horseback riding scenes for the recently completed new PBS docu-drama entitled "We Shall Remain" to be broadcast in spring 2009. Even though Ed is accomplished in ranch roping and training horses for cattle work on large Wyoming ranches, he has also developed his knowledge of classical 16th and 17th century equitation. As an instructor of classical riding, Ed academically relates to his students the teachings of the French masters in the patient, accurate and refined style of the classical period. Ed Dabney has enjoyed a warm friendship with legendary classical Master Karl Mikolka, of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna and Monsieur Philippe Karl of the Cadre' Noir, French Riding School. Ed has immersed himself in intensive formal training, on the instructors' level, in classical riding at the famed National School of Academic Equitation in Washington. Ed has produced a series of instructional DVDs, his television show, "Ed Dabney Gentle Horsemanship" has been broadcast on the nationwide television network, RFD-TV and his training articles have been published in numerous renowned magazines. Applying his unique "Six Keys to Harmony" gentle horsemanship methods to the starting of young horses, Ed is the only multiple award-winning Champion of The East Coast Trainer's Challenge competitions of the Equine Extravaganza. Ed has been invited to judge this competition in late 2008. Ed was honored to have been selected by the University of Georgia to teach their senior level Young Horse Training course. Having worked with people and horses in various and sometimes extreme conditions and venues, Ed Dabney has been defined as an extraordinary presenter, teacher, and advocate for the advancement of rider & horse.
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