Julie Goodnight grew up on a small horse farm in central Florida (Orlando) and was a youth competitor on the hunter/jumper circuit. She worked on breeding farms and racetracks through college and graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1984. She is a certified CHA Master Instructor and Clinician, currently traveling 40-45 weeks a year for speaking engagements and clinics all over North America .
Julie has more than a quarter-century of horse training experience. Her varied background ranges from dressage and jumping to racing, reining, colt-starting, and wilderness riding. She teaches “Classic Skills for a Natural Ride” and travels coast-to-coast and beyond to film her award-winning television show, Horse Master, as well as to appear at horse expos, conferences and clinics. Her training and teaching techniques are frequent features of Horse & Rider, The Trail Rider and America’s Horse. In 2008 she was named Equine Affaire’s Exceptional Equestrian Educator–one of only three awards ever given.
She now resides near Salida, Colorado, at her private horse ranch with her husband, Rich Moorhead–an avid National Versatility Ranch Horse competitor and the CEO of Monarch Mountain ski resort.