Mark Sheridan Horsemanship Series


Starting in July, Western Horse Review will be presenting a blog series by horseman and show judge, Mark Sheridan. Mark Sheridan has been operating his training stable and producing winning all around show horses for over 28 years in Cave Creek, Arizona. He graduated from the University of Findlay with a Bachelors of Science degree where he worked closely with Dale Wilkinson and Clark Bradley and was inducted into the University Of Findlay Wall Of Fame. He later relocated to Arizona and apprenticed with Doug Lilly Quarter Horses for several years. He trains Quarter Horses for all around events in open, amateur, and youth competition and has a passion for teaching. He has trained and coached four reserve youth world champions in horsemanship, trail, hunter under saddle, and hunt seat equitation. He enjoys the class of western riding and makes it his specialty.

Mark has been an AQHA (AAAA ranked), and NSBA (Category 1 ranked), judge since 1992, and has judged the AQHA World Championship Quarter Horse Show four times, the All-American Quarter Horse Congress four times, and the AQHYA World Championship Show twice. He has judged the European Championships twice, the Canadian Nationals four times, the Australian Championships twice, the Japan Championships, the NCAA Collegiate National Championships twice, the IHSA Collegiate National Championships and has judged shows in Germany and Switzerland. He feels that being a judge provides a great deal of responsibility in the direction of the industry.

Mark is a past president of the Arizona Quarter Horse Association, and a member of AQHA Professional Horsemen’s Association, and was awarded Arizona’s Most Valuable Professional Horseman in 2008. He has written numerous articles in nationally published magazines and conducts clinics throughout the United States and in many other places around the world. His recently released four hour DVD set on achieving perfect lead changes from start to finish has had great response, and works for any discipline or breed.

To learn more about Mark, you can call or visit his website: or call 480-585-6233

Stay tuned for our series beginning next week and in the meantime, here is video outlining Mark\’s formula for proper lead changes.


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