Harmony Equine Center Clinicians

The Harmony Equine Center is a private rehabilitation and adoption facility for abused and neglected horses, ponies, donkeys and mules that have been removed from their owners by law enforcement authorities. Harmony also serves as a central hub where horses from humane societies and rescue groups and surrendered by their owners can receive training and rehoming. Since Harmony opened in 2012, more than 1,500 horses have been helped.

Garret Leonard

A professional horseman for over 25 years, Garret Leonard brings a love of horses, as well as expert riding and training skills, to his position as director of our Harmony Equine Center.

Garret oversees a staff of 8, several on-call equine veterinarians and farriers, and approximately 80 volunteers who provide equines at the center with nutritious food, expert veterinary care, clean stalls, loving care and gentle training based on natural horsemanship techniques. Garret has been with Harmony since we opened.

Brent Winston

Horseman, clinician, and cowboy poet Brent Winston has dedicated the better part his life to the horse. His life dream and passion is helping people help their horses. In pursuit of this dream, Brent studied as an apprentice to such great horseman as Johnny Leverett, Ray Hunt, and a great deal of other legendary horseman.

The Peyton Colorado cowboy has been considered one of the most versatile horseman in the region, never turning away a horse, for any reason. Brent has been able to be trusted time and again to do the right thing by the horse. He believes that each and every horse is special, and no matter what kind of saddle you put on, good horsemanship is good horsemanship.

Brent has competed in the Extreme Mustang Makeover four times, becoming a finalist twice. He has also taken his talent and training techniques to the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center, putting himself in a situation to help as many horses as possible, as their Head Trainer. Brent brings the horses to an adoptable state, provides educational opportunities, and helps place horses in their new homes. In addition he was the 2014 “Colt Starting Challenge Centennial” champion and 2017 “Equine Comeback Challenge” reserve champion.

Ben Grogan

Growing up in the city of Denver never stopped Ben from fulfilling his dream of working with horses. After graduating high school, Ben went to Texas and apprenticed under some of the best horseman in the country. Ben continues to advancing his horsemanship by learning from and training with some of the most respected cowhorse trainers. Ben is a staff trainer with the Harmony Equine Center training horses for adoption.

Taryn Hillman

Born and raised in Colorado, Taryn graduated from CSU with a degree in Equine Science and Agricultural Business. She developed a passion for horses as a teenager and has been actively involved in therapeutic riding for several years. Taryn became a PATH Certified Instructor in 2007, helping individuals with special needs accomplish various goals and challenges while learning how to ride. She has also previously participated in Extreme Mustang Makeover competitions and now uses some of those mustangs for therapeutic riding and other lessons. Teaching and training, along with helping horses in need has become her passion and she loves the rewarding experience. Taryn is also on staff at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center, helping to rehabilitate and train abused and neglected horses to give them a second chance for a better life and a new home.