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Patricia Cornwell with Trip, one of the horses she donated to the guide Horse Foundation

Patricia Cornwell with Trip

Don and Janet Burleson - Copyright 2000 by Lisa Carpenter

Copyright © 2000 by Lisa Carpenter

Dan with Cuddles - Copyright (c) 2001 by Cathleen MacDonald
Copyright © 2001 by Cathleen MacDonald

Cuddles in Harness - Copyright (c) 2001 by Cathleen MacDonald

Copyright © 2001 by Cathleen MacDonald

Don and Janet with Trip and Ras

Copyright © 2000 by Lisa Carpenter

Cuddles on the first flight of a horse on a commercial flight

Copyright © 2001 by Erik Lesser
The worlds first horse to fly in the passenger cabin

Cuddles guiding Dan Shaw

Copyright © 2001 by Erik Lesser

Cuddles at Lunch

Copyright © 2001 by Erik Lesser

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Two women Guide Horse candidates to receive final training

The Guide Horse Foundation will be hosting two new Guide Horse candidates in November 2003.  During this time multiple guide horse candidates will be training simultaneously.

  • Dan Shaw - Dan will arrive at the Guide Horse Foundation to assist in the training of the new candidates.
     
  • Donna Grahmann - Donna is a past Texas State Champion horse racer and long-time horse owner and equestrian.
     
  • Shari Bernsteil - Shari is a homemaker in suburban Pennsylvania.  Shari is the mother of identical triplets and a lifelong horse lover.
     

Donna Grahmann & Pal

Donna Grahmann & Pal are scheduled to be united in the fall of 2003.  Donna is a lifelong equestrian and champion western competition rider and won in barrels, poles, stake race, western riding and trial, all on the same horse.  Donna resides with her husband in the heart of Texas.  Donna and Rebel were  the 1978 Texas State champions in  youth pole bending.  They competed in the Youth Quarter Horse World Finals for 3 years in a row, placing in the top ten their final year.  Donna and Rebel represented the State of Texas at the Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio.  They helped bring the Texas team to a 6th place finish, by placing in the top ten for  barrels out  of more than 100 riders.

A lifelong horse lover and accomplished horse trainer, Donna was a successful competitor even after loosing her vision. Relying on Rebel to guide her, Donna learned to trust Rebel to guide her and won many competitions after loosing her vision.  Pole bending is an extremely challenging timed event where the horse and rider must navigate between a series of 6 poles, placed 21 feet apart and in a straight line.  It is similar to a slalom skiing event.  Sadly Rebel was killed in a lighting strike, and Donna has retired from competitive riding.  Donna now turns her considerable animal training experience to herding dog competitions where she has been very successful despite her blindness.

Donna passed her preliminary orientation and mobility skills assessment test in Spring 2003, and has traveled to the Guide Horse Foundation for preliminary work with Pal, an exceptionally intelligent  two year-old buckskin gelding, weighing in at less than 90 pounds. Donna traveled to the Guide Horse Foundation in June 2003 where she performed preliminary guide work with Pal and successfully trotted and loped unassisted with Raspberry Jam++, a champion National Show Horse and recipient of the prestigious Legion of Merit award .

Donna will travel to the Guide Horse Foundation in the fall of 2003 for an intensive three-week orientation where she will learn to use Pal safely, mastering all areas of guide work including urban travel, traffic crossings and intelligent disobedience.

Donna & Rebel
winning Texas State
Championship

 

 

Donna & Rebel at Home

 

 

Shari Bernstiel & Tonto

 
Shari Bernstiel & Tonto are scheduled to be united in the fall of 2003.  Shari is a homemaker near Philadelphia Pennsylvania where she cares for her husband Jim and their four boys, including a set of identical triplets.

A lifelong horse lover, Shari was relentless in her pursuit of a horse guide.  Shari has passed her preliminary orientation and mobility skills assessment test and has traveled to the Guide Horse Foundation for preliminary work with Tonto, an talented two year-old blue-eyed Tobiano gelding , weighing in at less than 70 pounds.

Shari will travel to the Guide Horse Foundation in the fall of 2003 for an intensive three-week orientation where she will learn to use Tonto safely, mastering all areas of guide work including urban travel, traffic crossings and intelligent disobedience.

 
 

Janet Burleson Training Tonto in Henderson, North Carolina

 

Please Note: Each of our candidates cherish their privacy and the Guide Horse Foundation will not provide their direct contact information unless given direct permission from the candidates.  Please direct any requests to speak with candidates to info@guidehorse.com.




 

 

 

 

 

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Helping Hooves

The Guide Horse Foundation Training Program to Train  Miniature Horses  as Guide Animals for the Blind

 

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Quotes

 

Janet Burleson is one of the world's pioneering horse trainers – Practical Horseman Magazine

 

Seeing is believing – USA Today

 

Janet and Don Burleson are  . . . Angels – People Magazine

 

How wonderful that Janet and Don Burleson have initiated this valuable experimental program teaming miniature horses with blind people – Newsweek

 

Miniature ponies are leading the way for the blind – ABC News

 

Guide Horses  . . . are as small and disciplined as Guide Dogs – TIME Magazine

 

Extraordinary – ABC 20/20

 

It is often the little things that win our hearts and minds – ABC News

 

The Burleson’s are . . . using horse sense to Guide – Boston Globe

 

Twinkie proved that miniature horses could fill the role, and fill it well – VetCentric Magazine

 

An Intriguing Program - Discovery Channel

 

 

 

About the Author:

 

Janet Burleson

 

Don and Janet Burleson - Copyright 2000 by Lisa Carpenter

  Janet Burleson is the pioneering horse trainer that developed the Guide horse training program. As a lifelong horse training enthusiast, Janet Burleson has experimented with hundreds of horse behavior challenges.  With four decades of horse teaching experience, read how she trained Twinkie, the prototype first experimental Guide horse for the blind and Cuddles  the first Guide horse to enter full time service as a guide animal for Dan Shaw.

 

 

 

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The Guide Horse Foundation has the utmost respect for The Seeing Eye® and their seventy-two years of outstanding work with assistance animals for the blind. Please note that The Guide Horse Foundation is not affiliated with or sanctioned by the Seeing-Eye® or any of the Guide Dog training organizations. Seeing-Eye® is a registered trademark of the Seeing-Eye, Inc.

 

 

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