Julie Goodnight established a connection with horses at a young age. Following a successful run as a youth rider on jumping horses in Florida, she headed west to pursue her dreams of skiing, mountain climbing and white-water adventures. She galloped her way through college on the backs of racehorses in New Mexico, moving to Colorado and starting her own horse training business in 1985.
In 2008, Julie became the host and producer of Horse Master, a successful how-to TV series on handling, riding, and training horses. Now an internationally renowned trainer and clinician, Julie has ridden and trained extensively in a wide range of both English and Western disciplines, with multiple horse breeds. Her focus is on classical horsemanship and developing the horse and rider’s relationship.
Julie enjoys sharing her decades of horse training experience with riders worldwide, writing regular columns for Horse Illustrated, Horse & Rider, Performance Horse Magazine, and other publications. She also hosts her monthly podcast, Ride On with Julie Goodnight, and offers online coaching and horsemanship resources on her Academy at JulieGoodnight.com.
Julie is the International Spokesperson for the Certified Horsemanship Association, an organization focused on promoting safety and excellence in horsemanship. She was honored to be named Equine Affaire’s Exceptional Equestrian Educator, and to receive the 2022 Equus Film & Arts Festival, “Winnie” award for Ride on with Julie Goodnight.
She and her husband, Rich Moorhead, live in the mountains near Salida, Colorado, where they enjoy riding the trails and training cow-horses.