Sam developed Alternative Horsemanship based on over 25 years of equine-related experiences as a student, competitor, instructor, and clinician.
She starts colts, rehabilitates "difficult" horses, and finishes horses for both the show arena and pleasure riding. She works with both competitive and pleasure riders of all levels and backgrounds, horses of a variety of breeds, ages, and disciplines at both a local and national level throughout the USA.
Her background includes 3-Day Eventing (riding under Australian & German Olympic level riders while based in Europe), riding under three-time World Cup Grand Prix Jumper rider/judge, working with multiple nationally recognized natural horsemanship horsemen, learning under US international Dressage Grand Prix rider/representative/judge, participating in young horse race track prep, honing skills on private cattle ranches, starting colts and finishing horses throughout the USA, participated in clinics with a range of international instructors and more. Sam is also an alumna of The United States Pony Club as a participant, instructor, and Joint DC.
Samantha Harvey's initial introduction to horses was riding barefoot, bareback and in a halter. From there it became focused on jumpers and evolved into Three Day Eventing. Simultaneously she wanted to expand her knowledge, experience, and exposure to a variety of equestrian disciplines, training styles, and breeds. She worked in Jumper and Dressage barns, schooling, conditioning and training horses. She attended jockey school and had a glimpse of the racing world.
Sam trained with instructors of various backgrounds. She experienced all aspects of Three Day from the competitor's perspective, as a groom, the training, course designing and as a competition host. She was surrounded by international caliber competitors, learned from national and international trainers, chef d' equips, Olympians and top coaches.
The fixation on task accomplishment created a lack of consideration for both the horse and rider's mental, emotional and physical well being. For Sam, this was a crucial missing key to the "big picture." She realized the "higher up" she got, the more she was surrounded by folks who had an "at all cost" mentality where horses had become the pawn. Politics and the continual financial pressures clouded their perspective, values, and goals.
Crushed to realize the goals she had been laser-focused on would not lead to a mentally and emotionally satisfying experience for neither her horses nor herself, she left the sport.
Years later she was reacquainted with horses through the United States Pony Club as a trainer and District Commissioner. She began to teach and ride again.
Troubled horses kept seeming to "find" her. Realizing she needed to learn more, she reunited with one of the finest horsemen she'd ever met. This time, she was mentally available to appreciate his wisdom and insight. He helped her re-evaluate the foundation and approach with horses.
Though for many years she had survived riding crazy or unpredictable horses, she now had to re-think everything she thought she knew.
The decades following her drastic shift in mental focus inspired her to help equine enthusiasts learn, interpret and empower themselves around the world.
She has lectured, presented, and offered demos at equine symposiums and expos. Sam has taught horsemanship and equine behavior to pre-veterinary students. She has been a featured speaker on nationally syndicated radio programs. Samantha Harvey regularly posts to her award-winning blog, which has been recognized as a top 75 blog in the equestrian community worldwide. She is also a regular contributor to equine publications and has contributed to several published horsemanship books.
Samantha Harvey offers Horsemanship a variety of clinics worldwide and spends time working abroad with horses in South America, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, and most recently in Asia.
She offers Full Immersion Clinics along with customized Private Clinics.
Samantha Harvey is the REMOTE HORSE COACH offering individual and group membership distance horse training programs. Monthly she offers Online Horse Courses, Horse Webinars, and LIVE weekly horse training videos.