Julie Goodnight celebrates the 200th episode of Horse Master with Julie Goodnight (recorded at Grove River Ranch http://groveriverranch.com/ in Georgia); the show airs June 6, 2016 on RFD-TV (Dish 231; DirecTV 345). All 200 episodes, plus exclusive behind-the-scenes extras are available to watch online in Goodnight’s “Academy” (http://tv.juliegoodnight.com/).
“I can remember each and every horse in all 200 episodes,” Goodnight said. “Memories of the horses and what we were able to accomplish with each of them are all seared in my memory. Most TV series are lucky to make it five years, so I feel like we have done something right!”
Her loyal crew includes Director Heidi Melocco of The Whole Picture, LLC and Editor Steve Schott of 12Basket Productions. Goodnight also travels with Assistant Trainers Lucy Achenbach, T Cody, Twyla Walker Collins, “Wardrobe Wrangler” Cheryl Lee, Production Assistants Melissa Arnold, Madison DeCook, Susie Donaldson, Sharon Gilbert, Diana Hatfield, Jackie Marks, and Shawntel Gallegos Wilson—all help on at least one of the three shoots per year. Goodnight’s husband, Rich Moorhead is also a permanent crew member--working the second camera. Many other volunteers—local to each shoot location--have made each shoot successful.
“I am highly dependent on an incredibly fun, talented and dedicated production crew who I thank my lucky stars for every day—they are my close personal friends,” Goodnight said. “How lucky am I? And my sponsors make the show possible and are as equally dedicated to educating horse owners and helping horses as I am.”
Goodnight and her crew have come a long way since recording the first episode in 2008.
“I remember the very first episode like it was yesterday,” Goodnight said. “I was so nervous I laid in bed awake all night before the first shoot day--composing and memorizing my opening and closing lines. Now, our shoots run like clockwork with a very experienced crew--many of whom have been with the show from the beginning. It feels like I hardly lift a finger during the shoot. Although we started with a very solid format--which we still follow today--we scrambled in the beginning!”
The heart of Goodnight’s mission for the TV show has never swayed-- elping horses and riders build better partnerships and reach their goals.
“When I started my own horse training business 30 years ago, I would do anything with horses that someone would pay me for-- starting colts, boarding, trail rides, pack trips,” Goodnight recalls. “In a million years, I never would have imagined I’d have a successful TV show about horse training just a couple short decades later. The TV show has allowed me to help horses and horse owners all over the world as many people watch the shows online through my Academy website. We have amassed an incredible online horse-training library so this content can be accessed whenever and wherever people need help.”
Then And Now
The show has come full circle. In her very first episode, Goodnight helped a spooky trail horse, and in the 200th episode, Goodnight worked with another trail rider--helping her to gain control at the canter.
Check out the first ever episode, “Trail Tribulations” at http://signin.juliegoodnight.com/videos/horse-master-shows/episode-101-trail-tribulations/.
“In the first-ever episode, we thought we should decide what the subject was, but we learned right away that the horse gets to choose,” Goodnight said. “If he won’t spook, all the wishing in the world won’t let us do that episode on spooking. We can only work with the horse and the behavior he presents at the moment. We have to have the ‘before’ footage in order to show a change.”
Goodnight also recalls the funny moments from those early days. “I brought my entire riding wardrobe and we dumped it out on the very dirty floor of a boarding barn tack room,” Goodnight said. “[Lee], my Wardrobe Wrangler (who is still on my crew today), nearly had a heart attack finding the right clothes and getting them presentable. Today, we carefully coordinate colors and make sure all who are on the set match and have matching tack. What a switch!”
What It’s Like
Goodnight’s 200th episode features two-time cast members, Joanne Kelley of Crossville, Tennessee, and her horse, Roscoe. After meeting Goodnight several years ago at a clinic, Kelley first appeared on the show in 2015 to help Roscoe learn to walk down hills instead of speeding up called “Downhill Racer.” Take a look back at this episode online at http://signin.juliegoodnight.com/videos/horse-master-shows/episode-811-downhill-racer/.
In the 200th episode titled, “Speed Limit,” Goodnight teaches the pair to canter with control on the trail. Watch the newest episode online now at http://signin.juliegoodnight.com/videos/horse-master-shows/episode-912-speed-limit/.
After working with Goodnight in 2015, Kelley worked hard and said her time with Goodnight changed her experiences riding with Roscoe.
“I wanted to get over my fear and start enjoying riding him at a lope and slowing down,” she says. “The cues [Goodnight] taught me to use worked great. I was able to keep him in control, and those cues have been a lifesaver for me and my riding since I learned them.”
Kelley remembers the feeling on the set when her latest show was fully recorded. “On day two of our shoot, everyone got all excited as we realized this would be the 200th show! I felt really special to be a part of it,” she said.
All of the episodes of Horse Master with Julie Goodnight are available online now to Academy members (http://tv.juliegoodnight.com/). That’s over nine years, and 200 episodes of Goodnight teaching skills to riders and horses—plus bonus footage and outtakes are available for nearly every episode. Goodnight’s online channel is the only place to watch the extra clips.
Goodnight is the popular RFD-TV host of Horse Master airing Monday nights. Goodnight travels the USA sharing her no-nonsense horsemanship training with riders of all disciplines. Goodnight has ridden in many different saddles--she’s experienced in dressage and jumping, racing, reining, cow horse, colt-starting, and wilderness riding. Goodnight grew up on the hunter-jumper circuits in Florida, but is now at home in the West. She and her husband live in the mountains in Salida, Colorado. Both love versatility ranch horse competitions and riding cow-horses.
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