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About Sam Harvey

My goal is to help you find a rewarding partnership with your horse. By offering an alternative approach in how you mentally, physically and emotionally work with your horse through a raised awareness, the ability to assess, a refined sensitivity, and improved timing will give you the tools and aids to clearly communicate with your horse. A quality partnership whose foundation is built on respect and trust. My background varies with over 20 years involvement in many aspects of the equine industry both competitive and non. I offer clinics nationally, lessons, individualized training programs for horses and riders, assessments and much more. Please visit my website for more on the services I offer.

In the Beginning…
I began riding for fun on barefoot and bareback on a few backyard ponies but with
lessons I began to focus on jumpers. The United States Pony Club expanded my
knowledge and experience and I quickly was drawn towards Three Day Eventing
after a few cross-country rides. I loved the adrenaline rush of galloping up over hills,
down through streams and then out over huge fences! I left home at a young age
to focus on training and competing: my riding brought me throughout the US and
finally to England.

My Experiences…
Although my main focus was Three Day, I wanted to expand my field of knowledge and experience a variety of disciplines, training styles and breeds. I worked in Jumper and Dressage barns, schooling, conditioning and training horses. I attended jockey school, to learn the the ins and outs of several race tracks and a glimpse of the racing world.

I trained with instructors of various backgrounds throughout the US, and
was able to experience all aspects of Three Day from the competitor's standpoint,
the training standpoint, the course designer and competition host. I was surrounded
by international caliber competitors, taught by national and international trainers,
chef d'equipes, olympic competitors and coaches with varied backgrounds.

I found that the more I saw, the increasingly frustrated I became with the lack of concern for
what I would consider as a quality foundation- in both the horses and riders.  I found the lack of concern for either the horse and/or rider's mental, emotional and physical well being was a crucial missing key to the "big picture." I realized the "higher up" I got, the more I was surrounded by folks who seemed to have had lost sight of why they were riding and competing, and had let politics and the continual stress of finances cloud their perspective, values and goals.

I was beyond disappointed to realize the goal I
had been working so hard towards, would not in the
long run make me or my horses happy. So I left the sport.

Even though I was not riding, I continued to stay in touch
with friends from the equine world. My interest was slowly rekindled accidentally when I became involved with a Pony Club in Hawaii.  From there, it evolved when I went as a spectator to an event in Kalispell, MT. I saw people who were riding for the pure enjoyment of the sport. This encouraged me to once again become involved with the sport.

Being reacquainted with United States Pony Club, but this time as a trainer and District Commissioner, and I began to teach and ride again. And somehow, troubled horses kept seeming to "find" their way to me.

I also was reunited with one of the finest horseman I've ever met, but this time, I was mentally available to finally appreciate what he was offering. He helped me re-evaluate my underlying basic thought and interaction with the horses. And although for many years I had survived riding the crazy or unpredictable hrose, I now had to re-evaluate everything I thought I knew, in terms of the quality of the partnership between the horse and I.

Years have been spent (and I still continue to focus) on refining my own level of awareness, ability to assess, my sensitivity and timing. Every time I teach, it improves my riding; every horse I ride, improves my teaching.  Opportunities learning from quality horseman have continued to inspire my own equine experiences and my students learning.  My journey has allowed me to share with others others the tools and aids to clearly and effectively communicate with their horse to build a quality partnership whose foundation is built on respect and trust.

I now travel as a clinician throughout the United States and world wide during the winter months; in the summer I'm based at The Equestrian Center, LLC in Sandpoint, ID offering lessons, training and Full Immersion Clinics. For the past 14 years I’ve used Yuma, AZ as my winter base.

Present Day…
By now my experience has allowed me to step back and “see” more of the whole picture; I use a mixture of ideas and theories that I've developed to hone my personalized training and teaching style for  horses and students, whether competitive or pleasure riders. My goal of achieving a horse's mental availability so that they are open to having a "conversation" while we work together is the foundation of my teaching principles. From watching, clinicing, and auditing with quality horse folks throughout the world, and mostly from the horses themselves, it has become abundantly clear that winning over a horse’s mental availability completely changes the entire relationship. I encourage riders of all experiences and disciplines to peruse this website and also to visit my blog for more on my training theories and philosophies!

For a more in depth explanation check out the Alternative Horsemanship webpage.

In Sandpoint, ID (during the summer months) I decided to focus on creating a center that encouraged riders of all disciplines and experience levels to have access to an affordable facility- and The Equestrian Center, LLC, was opened in the fall of 2003. 

During the winter months I'm based out of Yuma, AZ offer most horse related services.  I also enjoy traveling nationwide with my consulting business, Alternative Equestrian Assessments.

I enjoy the various challenges of riding and working with both horses and people.  I work with students of varying experience levels and  goals for both pleasure and competitive riders.  I offer my knowledge and experience to those who are enthusiastic learners. 

Feel free to send me an email to set up an appointment to see how I can best help you and your horse!  

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