Mamage Blog by Ray LaCroix

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About Ray LaCroix:

Ray LaCroix rode his first horse at age 3. From that moment on, he was
involved in "the family business" of Arabian horses -- first as Lasma
Arabians, and later LaCroix Ltd., Ray won his first National
Championship at age 16. At 27, he became head of the training division
at Lasma Arabians, supervising 20 assistant trainers over the course
of 15 years. Many of the trainers who apprenticed with Ray at Lasma
Arabians and LaCroix Ltd. went on to head their own successful
training operations -- familiar names like Gordon Potts, Brian Murch,
Dwane Hankins, Joel Kiesner, Tom Moore, Rob Bick and Carolyn Schroter,
to name a few.

Horses and riders trained by Ray can account for over 200 Arabian
National Champion and Reserve Champion wins, and literally hundreds of
National top tens. Of Ray's amateur clients, over 50 percent won
either National Champion or Reserve National Champion titles, in the
diverse divisions of English Pleasure, Western pleasure, Country
English Pleasure, Pleasure Driving, Formal Driving, Halter, in Formal
Combination and Park.

In 1990, Ray swept the U.S. Arabian National open divisions in English
Pleasure, Half Arabian English Pleasure and Arabian Park with three
young horses he selected and trained from the ground up: Mafier, Ice
On Fire, and Matoi. In 1993, he taught an amateur rider to repeat this
accomplishment, winning amateur titles with the same horses in all
three divisions.

In the mid -- 1990's, Ray became aware of a system of accelerated
learning used by sports psychologists in a wide range of disciplines,
from tennis and skiing to golf. He dedicated two years to taking
advanced communications courses in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, which
helped him further refine his teaching approach for horse and rider
teams.

The result is the Accel Horsemanship Seminar Series, which for the
first time makes Ray LaCroix's own personal recipe for show ring
success available to other riders and trainers.

Today, Ray LaCroix is a full-time equine consultant, involved in
marketing, herd evaluation, sales, seminars, and individual coaching.

Some of his current affiliations and accomplishments include:

* Arabian Professional Horseman's Association Saddle Seat Trainer
of the Year.
* Member of IAHA, AHSA, APHA
* Licensed Judge - AHSA Arabian Division
* Certified Master Practitioner, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)

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