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Montana Center for Horsemanship Announces Three International Award Recipients 

August 23, 2022

The Montana Center for Horsemanship has announced three international award recipients, each of whom has dedicated their lives to advancing the understanding of horses, the horse-human relationship and promoting Natural Horsemanship.

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Two of the awards are given annually by the Montana Center for Horsemanship and were first established by the EQUUS International Film Festival. Today, EIFF is part of the annual international equine conference – The Natural Horsemanship Revolution. The three award recipients will be publicly recognized during the upcoming conference to be held September 8-10 in Dillon, Montana.  

Buck Brannaman, an internationally renowned horseman and proponent of Natural Horsemanship, will receive the annual Lifetime Achievement Award on September 9 at the Montana Center for Horsemanship. Brannaman, who recently launched his own channel, will be the keynote speaker during the conference at 10 a.m. on September 9. Individual tickets for the keynote are available as well as all-inclusive daylong passes.

In addition, Natural Horsemanship ambassador and rodeo icon Ty Murray will receive the annual Equine Icon Award. This award is given to an individual whose life’s work has had a far reaching and significant impact on the horse-human relationship and is devoted to improving and advancing our understanding of horses. Murray will receive the award at the awards dinner on September 10, hosted by the University of Montana Western in collaboration with the Montana Center for Horsemanship. Produced by filmmaker Luke Linderman, several award-winning films in which Murray is featured will also receive special recognition awards that same evening.

Dr. Robert Miller will receive the third award this year in special recognition of his dedication to advancing our understanding of the young horse. Dr. Miller is an equine behaviorist and veterinarian, best recognized for his system of training newborn foals known as imprint training. He is also one of the early adopters and promoters of Natural Horsemanship and will be part of several group presentations during the conference.

The Natural Horsemanship Revolution Conference and EQUUS International Film Festival, presented in partnership with the University of Montana Western, will be held at the Montana Center for Horsemanship September 8-10 in Dillon, Montana. 

A pre-conference day of workshops with the Equine Experiential Education Association (E3A), screenings of award-winning films, and a horse brain presentation with equine neuroscientist, Dr. Stephen Peters, will be held on Wednesday, September 7, and is open to all pre-registered attendees.  

For more information and to register for the conference, please visit or contact Janet Rose at 406-925-3270.