Field Set for 2017 National Martial Arts Instructor of the Year Contest

Greatmats Martial Arts Instructor of the Year Award LogoMilltown, WI – Nine martial arts instructors from across the USA will face off in a friendly competition Nov. 16-30 as they vie for the title of 2017 Greatmats National Martial Arts Instructor of the Year. The contest, in its second year, is part of Greatmats 3rd Annual National Awards Series which honors instructors who have made positive impacts in their communities. The winner of the award will receive his/her choice of martial art mats or a cash option for his/her respective academy.

The public will have the opportunity to choose the two finalists for the award via a two-week social media vote on Greatmats Facebook page, starting Nov. 16.

This year’s nominees, hailing from eight different states, are:

 

Alabama

Renshi Lennis Darby of MajuKai Karate-Kobudo in Enterprise

Illinois

Master Ron Poholik of Pride Martial Arts in New Lenox

Kansas

Master Chip McClellan of Legacy ATA in Topeka

Minnesota

David Younglove of USA Karate in Rosemount

New Jersey

Vic Teran of International TKD Academy in Jersey City

South Dakota

Robin Buckingham of Buckingham’s Karate for Kids in Rapid City

Utah

Mike Tobin of Tobin’s Elite Academy of Martial Arts in Clearfield

Wisconsin

Robert Benton of World Martial Arts Academy in Muskego

Hanna Podbielski of Kettle Morain YMCA in West Bend

 

Learn more about the 2017 National Martial Arts Instructor of the Year Award at https://www.greatmats.com/martial-arts-mats/greatmats-national-martial-arts-instructor-of-the-year-contest.php

Through its National Award Series, Greatmats is also presenting awards to Dance Instructors, Cheerleading Coaches, Dog Trainers, Horse Trainers and Personal Trainers. Learn more about the National Award Series at https://www.greatmats.com/greatmats-national-instructor-of-the-year-awards-series.php

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13 Horse Trainers Compete for National Honor

Greatmats National Horse Trainer of the Year LogoMilltown, WI – They come from all different walks of life, but something these 13 horse trainers have in common is the fact that they are making a positive impact in their communities through their work with horses and beyond.

The following 13 horse trainers, representing 10 different states, have been nominated for the honor of National Horse Trainer of the Year, and award presented annually by Greatmats.

From Nov. 16 to 30, 2017, voting will be open to the public on Greatmats Facebook page as it weighs in on which two trainers will be named finalists for the award. The winner will receive horse stall mats, or a cash option, from Greatmats, which is in its third year of hosting the contest.

This year’s nominees are as follows.

 

California

Ashley Salter of iRide4U in Santa Ynez

Colorado

Justin Dunn of Justin Dunn Horesemanship in Guffey

Frances Carbonnel of Mariah Farms in Castle Rock

Kentucky

Kelly Murphy-Alley of Striking KMA Performance Horses in Willmore

Beth Harris of Walnut Way Farm in Simpsonville

Michigan

Bill Brown of Chase Lake Equestrian Center in Fowlerville

North Carolina

TR Potts of Potts Performance Horses in Fountain In

Tennessee

Chrystal Crispin of Crispin Unlimited in Jonesborough

Texas

Jeremy Dull of Jeremy Dull Horsemanship in Hempstead

West Virginia

Mike Hurst of Mike Hurst Horsemanship in Philippi

Wisconsin

Sharlyn Fellenz of Mytalisha’s Dream Riding Center in Eau Claire

Bryanna Larson of Pony Tales Refuge and Rehab in Colfax

 

Learn more about the 2017 National Horse Trainer of the Year Award and how to vote for your favorite trainer at https://www.greatmats.com/horse-stall-mats/greatmats-annual-national-horse-trainer-of-the-year-contest.php

As part of its 3rd annnual National Award Series, Greatmats is also presenting awards to to Martial Arts Instructors, Cheerleading Coaches, Personal Trainers, Dog Trainers and Dance Instructors. Learn more about the National Award Series at https://www.greatmats.com/greatmats-national-instructor-of-the-year-awards-series.php.

Dog Trainers of All Styles to Compete for National Title

Greatmats National Dog Trainer of the Year LogoJeremy Joseph BrownMilltown, WI – Whether training for law enforcement, entertainment, protection, agility, obedience or companionship dog training plays an important role in the quality of life for both the animals and their humans. And it doesn’t stop at training to make the world a better

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place. That’s why dog enthusiasts from across the country have come together to nominate seven of the top dog trainers in the U.S.A. For Greatmats’ third annual National Dog Trainer of the Year Award. The award, part of Greatmats annual National Award Series, is designed to recognize those trainers who have had a positive impact in their communities through not only their dog training skills but community service and inspiration.

The public will determine the two finalist for the award through a social media vote Nov. 16-30 on Greatmats Facebook page. Then Elizabeth BerryGreatmats will choose the winner of the award, who will also receive his/her choice of new dog training flooring or a cash option.

This year’s nominees, representing six different states, are:

 

Arizona

Two-time defending National Dog Trainer of the Year Jeremy Joseph Brown of The Complete Canine in Tucson.

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California

America’s Got Talent finalist Sara Carson of The Super Collies in San Diego.

Rehoming specialist Elizabeth Berry of Four The Paws in Novato.

 

Connecticut

World obedience champion Leigh Sylvester of Paws ‘N Effect in Hamden

 

Jason Brodt

Florida

Inmate rehabilitation supporter Dee Hoult of Applause Your Paws in Miami

 

 

Minnesota

Law enforcement specialist Jason Brodt of the St. Paul Police Department.

 

Texas

International defense and law enforcement performance award winner Windy Pool of Corpus Christi

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Learn more about the 2017 National Dog Trainer of the Year Award and how to vote for your favorite trainer at https://www.greatmats.com/greatmats-national-dog-trainer-of-the-year-contest.php.

As part of the National Award Series, Greatmats is also presenting awards to to Martial Arts Instructors, Cheerleading Coaches, Personal Trainers, Horse Trainers and Dance Instructors. Learn more about the National Award Series at https://www.greatmats.com/greatmats-national-instructor-of-the-year-awards-series.php.

Nation’s Top Personal Trainers to Compete for 2017 Title

Greatmats National Personal Trainer of the Year Award Nominees

Milltown, WI – A high-profile field of personal trainers will find themselves in a new position Nov. 16-30 when they will be the ones getting cheered on and motivated by their adoring fans. This group of trainers, which include TV personalities, social media influencers, beauty pageant trainers, and even senior citizen motivators have been nominated by their peers, fans and community members for the 2017 National Personal Trainer of the Year Award in honor of making a positive impact on their respective communities. The award, presented by Greatmats, is part of Greatmats 3rd Annual National Award Series recognizing trainers and instructors who best represent the virtues of Service, Integrity and Quality.

Greatmats National Personal Trainer of the Year Award

Supporters of these seven personal trainers, and their efforts, will take part in a social media vote on Greatmats Facebook page Nov. 16-30 to determine the two finalists for the award. Greatmats will choose the finalist that it feels best represents those three qualities to be named National Personal Trainer of the Year. The winner will receive his/her choice of gym flooring or a cash option, courtesy of Greatmats.

This year’s nominees represent five different states. The nominees are:

California

Cassey Ho of Pop Pilates and Blogilates fame,

Jen Widerstrom best known for her work on the hit reality show The Biggest Loser

 

Nebraska

Shannon Olberding of Corkeldings Fitness in Atkinson

 

New York

Steve Tanen of Transformation Fitness Studio in Staten Island

 

North Dakota

April Lund of Gold’s Gym, and

Miss America trainer Thea Jorgensen, both working out Bismark

 

Texas

Senior Citizen trainer Ted Hart of Frisco Lakes in Frisco

 

Learn more about the 2017 National Personal Trainer of the Year Award and how to vote for your favorite trainer at https://www.greatmats.com/gym-floors/greatmats-national-personal-trainer-of-the-year-award.php.

As part of the National Award Series, Greatmats is also presenting awards to to Martial Arts Instructors, Cheerleading Coaches, Dog Trainers, Horse Trainers and Dance Instructors. Learn more about the National Award Series at https://www.greatmats.com/greatmats-national-instructor-of-the-year-awards-series.php.

20 Dance Teachers Vie For Title of National Dance Instructor of the Year

Greatmats Annual National Dance Instructor of the Year Award LogoMilltown, WI – Dance instructors from all across the United States have been nominated for the 3rd annual National Dance Instructor of the Year Award, presented by Greatmats. The award is part of Greatmats annual National Award Series, which is designed to honor instructors who have made a positive impact in their communities. Nominated by their peers and community members for their displays of service, integrity and quality, the National Dance Instructor of the Year nominee field will be narrowed to two finalists via a social media vote on Greatmats Facebook page Nov. 16-30, 2017.

Greatmats will choose the finalist it feels best represents service, integrity and quality while serving her community to win the award.

This year’s National Dance Instructor of the Year will win the choice of new dance flooring or a cash option. 2017 nominees hail from 15 different states. They include:

Alabama – Alison Woodward of Crazy About Dance in Anniston

Colorado – Patricia Hoffman of Colorado Ballet Society in Colorado Springs

Delaware – Amanda Pollard of Delaware State University and Danceworks Dance Studio of Delaware in Dover and Newcastle, respectively

Florida – Tara Foxworth of Oceanway School of Dance and Performing Arts in Jacksonville

Indiana – Stephanie Pairitz of Epic Dance Studios in Elkhart

Kentucky – Allie Baue of Studio Dee in Fort Wright, and Amber Bryant of AB Training Facility in Somerset

Louisiana – Elizabeth Warshauer of Articulate Motions Dance Academy in New Orleans

Maryland – Kassandra Serafini of Wiley H. Bates Middle School in Annapolis

Massachusetts – Heidi Sulminksi and Heather Gerardi of H&H Dance Academy in Millbury

Minnesota – Laura Perez of Just for Kix in Spring Valley

North Carolina – Bonita Simpson of Bonita’s School of Ballet in Monroe

Oregon – Mandy Conforth of South Lane Ballet Academy in Cottage Grove

Pennsylvania – Danielle Fritz O’Brien of 3d Dance Studio in Northampton, and Alice Mount of Adrenaline Dance of York in York

Tennessee – Ashlie Wells of Center Stage Dance Company in Winchester

Wisconsin – JoJean Retrum of Monona Academy of Dance in Madison, Meaghan Johnson of Neenah-Menasha YMCA in Neenah, Anne Marie Abderholden of Valley Academy for the Arts in Neenah, and Alicia Knopps of Diamond School of Dance in Eau Claire

Learn more about the 2017 National Dance Instructor of the Year Award at https://www.greatmats.com/dance-flooring/greatmats-annual-national-dance-instructor-of-the-year-contest.php

As part of the National Award Series, Greatmats is also presenting awards to to Martial Arts Instructors, Cheerleading Coaches, Dog Trainers, Horse Trainers and Personal Trainers. Learn more about the National Award Series at https://www.greatmats.com/greatmats-national-instructor-of-the-year-awards-series.php