Judges

ARIZONA HORSEMAN’S CHALLENGE

& EXPO

April 17, 18, and 19, 2020

2017 All Rights Reserved Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo
Randy Helm, 2019 AzHC Judge Randy Helm has been training wild horses for over 20 years and is the supervisor of the wild horse inmate program at Florence State Prison in Florence Arizona. The prison has over 700 horses and provides training for the U.S. Border patrol, ranches, individuals and law enforcement agencies. Randy’s great grandfather was an Arizona pioneer settling in the Prescott area in the later 1800’s. He was raised in Cottonwood Arizona and graduated from Mingus Union High School. After 4 years in the United States Air Force he became a police officer and undercover narcotics officer in Arlington Texas. Randy graduated from Southwestern Assembly of God University in Waxahachie Texas and served as a pastor for 30 years. In addition to the wild horse inmate program at Arizona State Prison, Randy travels extensively with his horse doing clinics and cowboy churches at rodeo’s and equestrian events. He provides demonstrations regularly for disabled youth, veterans and community functions on the subject of “Life’s Lessons from Horses” and is an annual speaker and clinician at Country Thunder in Arizona using a horse as an illustration. Randy and the prison inmate program have been featured in local and national news and documentaries including ABC, NBC, Fox news and USA Today. Contact Information: Randy Helm – Program Manager Wild Horse and Burro Inmate Program Arizona State Prison, Florence Az. 602-448-5019
C.L. “Lee” Anderson, 2019 AzHC Judge Lee Anderson and his race track rescued horse, Concho, have become well-known throughout Arizona through their cowboy living history presentations and horseman’s clinics. Lee is a highly skilled horseman with well over half a century of horse training experience and research. He has successfully trained horses for pleasure, reining, games, and trail. In 1965, as manager and trainer for Trefoil Farms in Wisconsin he showed the #2 Arabian Trail Horse in the nation at the Arabian National Finals. He has also successfully competed in 50 and 100 mile endurance rides. His specialty, however, is training what is known as a “bridle horse” using the traditional methods of the 1800 Spanish Vaqueros. Not only is Lee an accomplished horse trainer he also authored the award winning book, “Developing the Art of Equine Communication”. Contact Information: 623.221.3804 CLAinAZ@aol.com Photo by Allen Patrou 2015
Travis Lyons, 2019 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Judge Travis Lyons grew up in the Verde Valley and currently lives in Cornville, AZ. with his wife and three children. A man of many talents; Travis grew up playing sports, hunting AZ Big Game species, active in the Mingus Union FFA program, and competing in rough stock and roping events in the Arizona Junior and High school rodeos. After graduating high school, Travis pursed further education at the American School of Equine Dentistry. Travis has spent countless hours training and learning from his mentors, developing his own method and strategies for breaking colts and working with problem horses. Travis never passes up the opportunity to be in the saddle, whether he is working on one of many ranches, competing in roping and rodeo events, packing horses in the mountains, or simply going on a family trail ride. Currently Travis works full time as a hunting guide, horse farrier, Equine Dental Technician, Curicyn Ambassador, trains and breaks working and performance horses, as well as gives horsemanship lessons. Travis is also the President of the Verde Valley Fair Arena Board where he donates his time to produce local rodeo events and promote youth involvement in rodeo. Travis first competed in the 2013 Arizona Horseman's Challenge and received Reserve Champion, and again in 2017 winning the Champion title. He went on to compete in the 2018 Az. Horseman’s Challenge of the Champions and was able to secure the champion title. We are honored to have Travis join us in 2019 as an Az. Horseman’s Challenge judge.
Rick Badousek, 2019 Arizona Horseman’s Challenge Judge Rick grew up on his family’s farm in Nebraska and was given his first horse when he was 6 years old. The day that Rick’s father handed the horse over to him set Rick on a lifelong quest to be the best horseman he could be. His passion for studying horsemanship led him to a three-day clinic Clinton Anderson, Downunder Horsemanship was teaching in Buckeye, Arizona in 2001. “I loved his technique and ended up buying all of his tools and videos and started practicing the Method right away on my horses. The results were immediate,” Rick says. Rick’s dedication to the Method caught Clinton’s attention, and it wasn’t long before he asked Rick to join his road team, helping him put on clinics and tours around the country. Although Rick worked for the military fulltime, along with joining Downunder Horsemanship on the road, he also began training horses for the public and teaching lessons. “The Method works. That's why I use it and I train others to use it,” When Rick retired from the military after 32 years of service, he decided to turn his passion for horses into a second career. “Clinton Anderson is the best in the world at what he does, and I believe in the Method, so there was only one place to go to get the education and certification I wanted,” he says. As a Method Ambassador, Rick trains horses for the public and teaches lessons and clinics. “I enjoy helping people. If I can help others overcome problems they’re having with their horses, it makes me feel good at the end of the day,” Rick says. “The Method is easy to follow. By the time you finish the Fundamentals level, you have a safe, respectful horse. There’s nothing better than having confidence with your horse and enjoying the time you spend with him. Sharing that sense of accomplishment with others is rewarding.”

Judges

Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo

April 17, 18, and 19, 2020

2017 All Rights Reserved Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo
Randy Helm, 2019 AzHC Judge Randy Helm has been training wild horses for over 20 years and is the supervisor of the wild horse inmate program at Florence State Prison in Florence Arizona. The prison has over 700 horses and provides training for the U.S. Border patrol, ranches, individuals and law enforcement agencies. Randy’s great grandfather was an Arizona pioneer settling in the Prescott area in the later 1800’s. He was raised in Cottonwood Arizona and graduated from Mingus Union High School. After 4 years in the United States Air Force he became a police officer and undercover narcotics officer in Arlington Texas. Randy graduated from Southwestern Assembly of God University in Waxahachie Texas and served as a pastor for 30 years. In addition to the wild horse inmate program at Arizona State Prison, Randy travels extensively with his horse doing clinics and cowboy churches at rodeo’s and equestrian events. He provides demonstrations regularly for disabled youth, veterans and community functions on the subject of “Life’s Lessons from Horses” and is an annual speaker and clinician at Country Thunder in Arizona using a horse as an illustration. Randy and the prison inmate program have been featured in local and national news and documentaries including ABC, NBC, Fox news and USA Today. Contact Information: Randy Helm – Program Manager Wild Horse and Burro Inmate Program Arizona State Prison, Florence Az. 602-448-5019
C.L. “Lee” Anderson, 2019 AzHC Judge Lee Anderson and his race track rescued horse, Concho, have become well- known throughout Arizona through their cowboy living history presentations and horseman’s clinics. Lee is a highly skilled horseman with well over half a century of horse training experience and research. He has successfully trained horses for pleasure, reining, games, and trail. In 1965, as manager and trainer for Trefoil Farms in Wisconsin he showed the #2 Arabian Trail Horse in the nation at the Arabian National Finals. He has also successfully competed in 50 and 100 mile endurance rides. His specialty, however, is training what is known as a “bridle horse” using the traditional methods of the 1800 Spanish Vaqueros. Not only is Lee an accomplished horse trainer he also authored the award winning book, “Developing the Art of Equine Communication”. Contact Information: 623.221.3804 CLAinAZ@aol.com Photo by Allen Patrou 2015
Travis Lyons, 2019 Az. Horseman’s Challenge Judge Travis Lyons grew up in the Verde Valley and currently lives in Cornville, AZ. with his wife and three children. A man of many talents; Travis grew up playing sports, hunting AZ Big Game species, active in the Mingus Union FFA program, and competing in rough stock and roping events in the Arizona Junior and High school rodeos. After graduating high school, Travis pursed further education at the American School of Equine Dentistry. Travis has spent countless hours training and learning from his mentors, developing his own method and strategies for breaking colts and working with problem horses. Travis never passes up the opportunity to be in the saddle, whether he is working on one of many ranches, competing in roping and rodeo events, packing horses in the mountains, or simply going on a family trail ride. Currently Travis works full time as a hunting guide, horse farrier, Equine Dental Technician, Curicyn Ambassador, trains and breaks working and performance horses, as well as gives horsemanship lessons. Travis is also the President of the Verde Valley Fair Arena Board where he donates his time to produce local rodeo events and promote youth involvement in rodeo. Travis first competed in the 2013 Arizona Horseman's Challenge and received Reserve Champion, and again in 2017 winning the Champion title. He went on to compete in the 2018 Az. Horseman’s Challenge of the Champions and was able to secure the champion title. We are honored to have Travis join us in 2019 as an Az. Horseman’s Challenge judge.
Rick Badousek, 2019 Arizona Horseman’s Challenge Judge Rick grew up on his family’s farm in Nebraska and was given his first horse when he was 6 years old. The day that Rick’s father handed the horse over to him set Rick on a lifelong quest to be the best horseman he could be. His passion for studying horsemanship led him to a three-day clinic Clinton Anderson, Downunder Horsemanship was teaching in Buckeye, Arizona in 2001. “I loved his technique and ended up buying all of his tools and videos and started practicing the Method right away on my horses. The results were immediate,” Rick says. Rick’s dedication to the Method caught Clinton’s attention, and it wasn’t long before he asked Rick to join his road team, helping him put on clinics and tours around the country. Although Rick worked for the military fulltime, along with joining Downunder Horsemanship on the road, he also began training horses for the public and teaching lessons. “The Method works. That's why I use it and I train others to use it,” When Rick retired from the military after 32 years of service, he decided to turn his passion for horses into a second career. “Clinton Anderson is the best in the world at what he does, and I believe in the Method, so there was only one place to go to get the education and certification I wanted,” he says. As a Method Ambassador, Rick trains horses for the public and teaches lessons and clinics. “I enjoy helping people. If I can help others overcome problems they’re having with their horses, it makes me feel good at the end of the day,” Rick says. “The Method is easy to follow. By the time you finish the Fundamentals level, you have a safe, respectful horse. There’s nothing better than having confidence with your horse and enjoying the time you spend with him. Sharing that sense of accomplishment with others is rewarding.”