Lorie Duff is an Internationally renowned Canadian Equestrian Trainer & Clinician. A Provincial Equine Judge, Equine Business Consultant & Motivational Speaker. Lorie was born and raised on a scenic dairy farm overlooking the ocean in Topsail, Newfoundland. Lorie credits her parents and “the simple farm life” to how she developed her Philosophy of Horsemanship.
Lorie’s philosophy of communication, trust & respect helps establish a safe and solid inter-disciplinary platform. The philosophy supports and enhances the continuedmutual learning of humans and horses that work together. These successes from teaching her program, have taken her throughout North America, Europe & Asia. One of Lorie’s greatest achievements was to be the “First Ever Western Performer” invited to the RCMP Sunset Ceremonies for 2 consecutive years (2016 and 2017) to showcase the western discipline and to demonstrate her horsemanship Philosophies.
In November of 2014, Lorie woke up with partial paralysis on the right side of her body, 3 discs in her neck were all blown. (NOT a Horse accident). Then she was scheduled for an emergency disc fusion operation. In recovery Lorie was in a neck brace to stablize her head and neck for nearly two years, with many setbacks and struggles along the road to recovery. Completely demobilized for several months, looking out the window wondering if she would ever ride again.
“During my horsemanship clinics I now say “never look back, we can’t change the past. We can’t change the horses past, but we can change their future. So think about their future, and think positive. Today I am so grateful for my family, my friends, my horses and my love and what tomorrow will bring.”
Lorie is currently focusing on expanding how she reaches her clientele. She is in the process of writing a few books, one is an autobiography, “How I Got There, the Journey of a Horsewoman”. This started her love and passion to become a freelance journalist and opening her up to creating the “Cowgirl Channel of Canada, The Way of the Canadian Cowgirl”. A show featuring cowgirls from all across Canada, from women in the farm and ranching industry to arts and entertainment.
“I am always searching for an understanding, always trying to find a “better way”. The training I have obtained over the years helped me develop and create my own philosophy for how I want to work with horses. Communication, trust and respect are key for success. The countless hours I’ve spent improving my horsemanship, combined with having an open minded approach to training and teaching, has given me an insight into how horses think, and how the human learns.”