2022 Clinician Line Up
Jane Melby is no stranger to the winner’s circle. Her barrel racing career started with 4H and jackpots. Jane’s success there led her to high school rodeo, where she won the Minnesota High School Rodeo Association State Championship all 4 years she participated. She still holds the record for most consecutive wins. She is a multiple World Champion, winning the International Professional Rodeo Association World Championship in 1993 and NBHA 1D World Championship in 1999. With her great mare RC Back In Black, Jane qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2011. She placed in 4 out of 10 rounds, winning three rounds. She finished the season ranked 6th in the World Standings. Jane made her second appearance at the Wrangler NFR aboard First Down Perk. She placed in 5 out of 10 rounds, placing 7th in the NFR Average, and ending the year 9th in the World Standings.
Jane enjoys spending most of her time giving clinics across the United States and Canada.
To sign up or for more information use this link: IHF22 Melby clinic entry form fillable
Basic Things All Horses Need To Know.
For as long as I can remember I’ve been around livestock. I was raised on a family farm where we raised beef cattle, stockers, and had a sizable pig raising operation. My dad always had a couple horses around even though he rode very little. I, however took full advantage of this opportunity. During this time in my life I learned that horses, cattle and hogs and dogs all respond similarly to like situations and stimuli. I knew nothing of horsemanship during this time but I sure learned how to ride. Being balanced, riding in a way that enhances the horse’s performance is an important part of being an effective horseman. In my late teens through my early twenties I trained some client horses as well as my own part time. I knew nothing of the horsemanship I study and practice now. I just did what anyone who knew more than me said do, most of which is not the best thing for the horse. I moved to Texas when I was 25 and have been buckarooing and or working with horses full time since. I found this style of horsemanship in the early 1990’s. I studied about it and researched it and watched a few clinics and decided this is what I want to do with the horses. My introduction to this horsemanship was with Peter Campbell. I did about 20 clinics with him over about 3-4 years and never looked back.
My wife and I moved to northwest Tennessee in March 2006 and continued our business of riding horses in this style. It was at this time I also began traveling and teaching the horsemanship at clinics. I currently teach about 15 clinics a year and ride a few client horses as well as my own. I am truly blessed to be able to communicate with horses and people in the way I do. I continue to enjoy meeting new people and seeing where they are in their horsemanship journey as well as riding with old friends who have ridden with me for years!
Day one will begin with groundwork, pointing out several factors promoting proper form.
Saddle work will begin as soon as possible without underscoring the importance of
groundwork. Groundwork will be revisited as needed throughout the three days.
Saddle work will begin with the most basic exercises and advancing to intermediate
exercises as the horse and rider are ready.
All exercises will be used to promote physical softness and lightness as well as mental
softness and willingness.
Exercises will be explained and demonstrated in a way that promotes proper form which
leads to correct development, strength and balance of the horse.
These topics will be covered daily and progressively throughout the six sessions over the
To sign up or for more information use the link: IHF22 Stokes clinic entry form fillable
I started riding the minute I can home from the hospital because my parents had a pony waiting for me. My show career started at the age of 2 in leadline, by 4 showing in walk trot, and by 6 in jumping. My first instructor was my mother Pam Siebert and still educated me. I then started taking consistent weekly lessons for 10 years from Hunter/ Jumper instructor Peggy Lenz from Chicago, Il, while incorporating lessons from Grand Prix Dressage rider Maureen White, 4-star eventer Allison Springer, eventer Kiki Osborne, and countless clinics with many other greats! I gained a lot of knowledge through 4-H and pony club competing in hunt seat, jumping, dressage, western, halter/showmanship, games, horse judging, and driving. While in Pony Club I submerged myself into anything I could learn about, obtaining my C-2 rating, riding in monthly clinics, and competing in rallies of knowledge, show jumping, eventing, dressage, and one of my favorites was games rally. My games team then went on to place second in the America’s Cup, and winning the world Championship in Toronto, Canada. Through my teen years I competed in the Mid Illinois Hunter Jumper Association through adulthood to Northern Illinois Hunter Jumper Association in Chicago on ponies, Thoroughbreds, and various breeds of horses obtaining over the years several year-end awards and championships in equitation and Hunter over fences up to the height of 3’6” and becoming State Pony Hunter Champion 2 years in a row. My desire to learn more after High School lead me to Black Hawk College in Kewanee, I’ll where I competed on both the horse show team and horse judging team, and internship to England working for British Show Jumper Michael Cooper for several months, and another internship to Hunter Oaks Equestrian Center in Carlock, Il where I started my teaching career and learning the ropes of managing a boarding stable, and finally receiving 2 degrees in Equine Science. from there I started my own business at Hidden Hills Farm in Carlock, Il teaching lessons from ages 2-75, hosting camps and classes for Heartland Community College and the Town of Normal, training horses for clients, and continuing to show in Hunter shows and eventing around the state and country. I have since gone back to Black Hawk college to teach Hunt Seat classes in jumping and helped with their hunt seat show team, and hosted ride nights for Illinois State University at my barn. By far my favorite adventure with horses is instructing my children, watching them show, and going fox hunting!
Clinic & Lecture Plan:
Day 1: Clinic: Partial Jump Course, ground poles, learning to let go of your horses mouth, proper equitation. Lecture: The purpose of soft hands and use of reins.
Day 2: Clinic: Partial Jump Course, ground poles, better use of your leg and seat through leg yielding, simple lead change. Lecture: Purpose of soft leg and seat
Day 3: Clinic: Jump Course, ground poles, combining and perfecting hands, legs and seat to stay better balanced through a jump course, lead change and maintaining pace. Lecture: Combo of hand, leg and seat through softness to better the horse.
To sign up or for more information use this link IHF22 hunter jumper clinic entry form