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Elizabeth has devoted most of her life to working not only with horses, which is her first love, but with all animals.  She has a multi-talented, highly energetic, creative personality, striving to share her knowledge and experience with all who desire to learn.
19 Years experience as a multi-licensed and Breed Judge throughout the United States and Canada.

A Nationally renown standard 
of excellence in the show ring.

WSFI Reginal Director Certified Instructor, Judge

Limited judging available

Elizabeth Graves
Shades of Oak
14537 37th street
Clear Lake, MN 55319
Shades of Oak - Clear Lake, MN. 1995 to present.  Owner and manager of all breed gaited horse training facility,  Trainer, judge and clinician. Averaging to date, 74 training horses a year

Walnut Creek Farm -  Raphine, VA. 1978 to1995. Co-owner, professional horse trainer. Established a full-time all breed horse training and sales facility with husband. Judge and clinician.


Blue Ridge Community College, VA
1988-1992. Equine management, equine reproduction, Advanced equine management, Equine handling, Horse health, Foal and yearling management. 3.83 GPA

Continuing Education

Virginia Technical College, VA. - Detecting Equine Lameness, Equine Lameness Treatments, Corrective Shoeing procedures.

Westwood Animal Clinic
Workshops - Foal Management,Equine Management

Dr Scott Sleighbaugh DMV,
Workshops - Equine lameness, Colic workshop

2001 RMHA Judges Clinic
Credentials, Licensures and Certifications-

Current :
World Side-Saddle
Federation, judge,instructor,regional representative.

Heart of America Walking horse Asso., Flat shod judge all gaited breeds.

Joe Struby, Riding Instructor

I.B. Hoofinit, Horsemanship Instructor

RMHA Senior Judge

Non Current:
International Plantation Walking Horse Asso.
Judge 1992-1995
 Judging program Vice president 1992-1995
 Versatility Program Director 1994
Gait and conformation program Director 1992-1995
Show Committee member 1990-1992

North Carolina Open Horse show Asso. Certified judge

National Plantation walking horse Asso.  Judge

 Minnesota 4-H,  Judge

American Judges Asso. Judge

Spotted Saddle Horse Breeder and Exhibitors Asso. Master Judge

Ponies of America Asso. Judge
Publications written:
 Plantation Walking Horse Gait and Conformation Standards, copyright 1993

Articles written in:

 Aside World Magazine

International Plantation Walking Horse News

North American Walker Magazine

Plantation Exclusive Magazine

Western Horseman

Have conducted  37 all breed gaited horse Clinics since 1990. Throughout the USA

Have judged 57 gaited horse shows since 1982 , totaling over 18,000 entries in 
VA, NC, MN, NV, SC, KY,OK, OR, CA, PA, MD, CO, MN, IL, NY, MO and Canada

Have shown Various  Gaited breeds since 1978 on a local , state, regional and National levels acquiring championships at all levels.

Shown  Non-gaited breeds since  1965.

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