Lisa Barnes has been in the horse industry for over 45 years. She currently works for Veterinarians full time as a Certified Equine Dental Technician for over 20 years. She also works her Border Collies at a golf course part time for Circle L Stock Dogs chasing ducks and geese off the greens.
Lisa lived in Alaska for over 30 years. During that time she worked as a farrier, an outfitter, and managed a Rodeo Grounds. For many years she packed hunters and tourist into remote camps and areas. Lisa packed their camps and supplies in, and then packed their hunted game out. She has driven to Alaska from Arizona over 50 times with horses. Through years of experience in the field she has learned the DO’S and DON’TS first hand. Lots of unpleasant incidences and disasters can be prevented while packing if some extra time can be spent educating yourself on the importance of correct knot tying, saddle and pad fitting and making sure your animal is trained before the first time you try to put hunted game on his back.
Lisa has had dogs her whole life and enjoyed training them tricks and some helpful tasks. While managing the Rodeo Grounds in Alaska she found the how important and efficient it was to have a good obedient stock dog to help move livestock during a rodeo, and team roping practices. Sometimes the audiences could witness the stock dogs moving livestock and was very impressed, so they became part of the show, demonstration the work of a stock dog.
After moving to Arizona Lisa met a man named Joe Escobar a quadriplegic that trained and showed stock dogs. He became her mentor and teacher and encouraged her to show her dogs. They trained some puppies together using some different techniques that proved to be helpful in starting and imprinting stock dogs to bring them quickly into working livestock.
Lisa enjoys Team Roping, working her Border Collies on livestock, leather crafting and camping and packing with her husband, mules, horses and dogs.