Manatee horse trainer's Rural TV show debuts Sunday

nwilliams@bradenton.comNovember 10, 2012 

PARRISH -- For decades, Manatee's Heidi Herriott has entertained the masses as a horse performer.

Now America will get to share in her knowledge.

On Sunday at 6:30 p.m.," Heidi Herriott's HorseTrix," a new series on Rural TV, will hit the airwaves. In the show, Herriott teaches viewers how to train their horses to do special tricks and offer general rules of good horsemanship.

The television station can be found on the Dish Satellite Network on channel 232 and beginning in January, will air on FamilyNet. Clips will also be available on Herriott's website,

So far, episodes of the 22-week series has been filmed in Wisconsin and Orlando. An episode will be filmed in Parrish on Dec. 6.

Herriott has performed at Walt Disney World, Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus, Six Flags Parks and at multiple state and county fairs, rodeos and horse shows. She has also appeared on the "Today" show and "Good Morning America" and has conducted clinics around the nation.

Herriott has appeared as a guest

on Rural TV, but after ameeting at the corporation's headquarters in Nash-ville, was offered her own show.

"The culmination of my experience made me a great candidate for this," she said.

Herriott performs more than 300 shows annually and as third-generation horse trainer, Herriott has worked with horses for more than 40 years. Her father, John Herriott, was inducted into the International Circus Hall of Fame.

"By the time I started toddling, we were out working with animals," she said.

Through her travels across the country, Herriott noticed a demand for her knowledge of horse training and created website that provided information on horse training, along with a list of her upcoming shows. She said the response to her website was overwhelming.

"So many people told me they wish they could learn how to do this," she said.

Herriott also offers training at the Longbranch Stable at 3303 Rye Road in Parrish. She and her family still reside in Manatee.

"It's a lifelong dream," she said. "I love performing and entertaining."

Nick Williams, East Manatee reporter, can be reached at 941-748-0411 ext. 7049. Twitter:@_1NickWilliams

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