Seminar Speakers

Charlotte Cannon

Charlotte grew up in Culpeper, Virginia in the middle of horse country. From her earliest days all she wanted to do was play with horses and ride. Those were the days when the Thoroughbred was King of the racetrack, show ring and the hunt field. Everyone loved TBs, and anyone that was any good, rode them. They were the ultimate in athleticism and intelligence. Charlotte started riding TB's early and being able to ride them well opened many doors to amazing jobs and opportunities that she could never have afforded otherwise. Her love for Thoroughbreds grew over the many years of her professional horse career and she got her first OTTB several years ago with great hopes for their future. An unfortunate  turn of events, which Charlotte is not new to, having a history of overcoming many obstacles in her years as an equestrian, including learning to walk again after a freak accident in the 90's, this tragedy would only derail her goals temporarily. She welcomed her next OTTB project shortly after and with her eye on the prize she competed in the Thoroughbred Makeover Retired Racehorse Project Show Hunter division in 2017 and won! Now an ambassador for retired TB's Charlotte enjoys sharing her experience, wisdom and success with others through her clinics and training. You can learn more about Charlotte by visiting

Randi Thompson

Randi Thompson is an international recognized speaker and was recently featured at the 2018 World Equestrian Games. She has been coaching professionals in the horse industry for over 25 years in horse and rider training, business and marketing. She is an expert on how to market your business on social media and has helped thousands of people achieve success. In addition to her knowledge and work in marketing, Randi also works with riders to teach balance and position awareness in her Horse and Rider Awareness system. She also works as a horse expert witness and consultant. 

Dr. Karie Vander Werf

Dr Karie Vander Werf is a University of Florida graduate. After attending Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, she returned to UF for two clinical years. In 2006, she participated in a rotating internship at Equine Medical Center of Ocala. Kansas State University was her next stop for a 3 year residency in equine internal medicine. Finally, she completed a second residency at University of Illinois in equine emergency and critical care. Dr Vander Werf is one of only two equine veterinarians in Florida board certified in both internal medicine and emergency and critical care. In addition, she is also trained in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (or TLAER) which involves the skills and knowledge required to help remove horses from situations such as trailer accidents or being down and unable to rise. TCEES has a rescue trailer with equipment needed to facilitate these rescues. 

Martha Kemmer

Martha is a USDF silver medalist and she has a wealth of professional equestrian experience, ranging from her field experience as a vet tech as a graduate of Purdue University, USDF Certified Instructor/Trainer  through 4th level and USDF Qualified Rider and Certified Equine Massage Therapist and Equine Rehabilitation Technician. Martha takes the knowledge she has from her 40 years experience teaching, training,and caring for rehabilitating horses and applies it to her equine massage therapy clients at Full Circle Equine on a daily basis by incorporating advanced therapies such as kineseotapping and fascial release when needed.

Dr. Megan Sheperd

Dr. Megan Shepherd graduated from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, then practiced at an equine private practice in Maryland for two years.  She found a calling in nutrition and research and returned to Virginia-Maryland to complete a PhD and a comparative nutrition residency, which means she spent 4 years in nutrition training.  Dr. Shepherd is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition and has been a faculty member at Virginia-Maryland since 2012.  As a faculty member Dr. Shepherd directs the nutrition service and teaches nutrition to veterinary students.  Her research interest is in obesity management and communication around nutrition

Dr. Holly Baughcome

Dr. Holly has had a passion for animals from a very young age. She grew up on a small “farm” where she learned to take care of her cats and dogs, as well as ferrets, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys. At age 3 a family friend picked her up and plopped her on the back of his trusted mare while out in the field. From that day on, horses were all she could think about. As a pre-teen Holly saved all her Christmas and birthday money so she could attend horseback riding camp. All through high school she volunteered at Coastal Therapeutic Riding Program in Wilmington, NC, where she learned the importance of caring for those in need. She earned her Bachelors of Science: Equine Studies from St Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC. Holly knew she wanted to help horses in a special way, but was unsure what career path to take. While attending St Andrews, one of her mother’s friends in Asheville, NC suggested equine chiropractic. After graduating St Andrews, Holly attended Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC, where she met and learned from several great mentors. She completed the Animal Chiropractic Education Source program in Meridian, TX in conjunction to earning her doctorate, allowing her to sit for the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association exam in 2018. Since then Dr. Holly has had the pleasure of working with adults, children, cats, dogs, horses, cows, goats, and even chickens and finches. Dr. Holly currently lives in Chesnee, SC with her doting husband, Van, and their many furry, feathered, and scaled charges.

Dr. Kristine Vernon
Sussanah Cord

Susannah is a certified DreamBuilder Life Coach with the Life Mastery Institute. Created by the extraordinary Mary Morrissey, who herself was mentored by Jack Boland alongside her contemporaries, Les Brown and Dr. Wayne Dyer, the Life Mastery Institute teaches from principles both spiritual and practical, and puts their coaches through an intensive and thorough training program. This means Susannah coaches from a curriculum, over thirty years in the making, that she herself has studied extensively and applies diligently to her own life, a curriculum that has proven itself reliable and repeatable, as freeing to the spirit as it is grounding to the mind.   

Susannah has been a student of spiritual principles since a young girl, and applied them to her own life as her understanding allowed. In her memoir, Each Wind That Blows, Susannah speaks candidly to that understanding and lack thereof, and where it had brought her by the end of 2013.  With the DreamBuilder Program, Susannah found the iceberg to the tip she experienced and described in her memoir, a program that resonated deeply with her own understanding while filling in the many gaps with which she struggled.