"Competitive edge is found where the psychological athlete divides the physically talented;
#HerdDynamics matter, every horse, every discipline, everywhere." THT
BIO: KERRY M. THOMAS
Kerry Thomas is a pioneer of equine athletic psychological research and Herd Dynamics. He created emotional conformation profiling, which measure’s the mental and emotional capacities of the equine. Emotional Conformation Profiling is the study of Emotional Intelligence & Ability in three key areas; Trainability, Behavioral Genetic Traits, Aptitude, with Communication being the primer.
Thomas’ theories on herd dynamics and equine communication have applications on all equine disciplines, in addition to human team communication and performance. His first book Horse Profiling: The Secret to Motivating Equine Athletes was released on the international market on April 25th, 2012 and continues to grow in international favor and popularity.
Thomas made the breakthrough discovery that it was mental/emotional conformation of the horse, and not the physical body, that governed the dynamics of the herds. With an understanding that this was the foundation of the equine world, no matter the breed of horse or career choices we as people make for them, an entire new world became visible.
Focusing on this research, Thomas began to identify ways in which horses could be mentally conditioned toward a given goal. He spent 10 years streamlining his unique system of Emotional Conformation Profiling of equine athletes. In 2008 he officially created his company The Thomas Herding Technique (THT). Kerry’s study of Patterns-Of-Motion have reached an international audience in the last several years because of THT’s work in profiling the Kentucky Derby fields.
Teaming up with now THT Director of Equine Services & partner, Pete Denk, Kerry’s work has gravitated to international Bloodstock where profiling “who the horse is” and how well balanced their sensory system is, is helping THT clients hone on suitable athletes.
Thomas’ work in the field of equine behavioral genetics has pioneering applications in all the sport horse industries, but Thoroughbred Racing embraces the most of his efforts owing to his intensive study of Herd Dynamics & Behavioral Genetic Sequencing. Exciting new efforts are currently being made into the study of how emotional stress affects physical performance.
Considered by many the “Money Ball” approach for horse racing, Kerry moves forward with the belief that “the economics of behavior, simply makes sense.”
A few High-Lights:
*Kerry was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal Friday, May 1st 2015
*Kerry is often contacted for quotes and Derby thoughts by the LA Times etc..
*Kerry is a board member of Quest Therapeutic Services in West Chester Pa.
*Kerry help found the Octorara HS Equestrian Sports team
*Co-Founder of Triple R Gold equine supplement
*Kerry writes a column for Past The Wire; 'Kerry's Corner'
BIO: PETE DENK:
Pete Denk graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B.A. in communications and is an award-winning journalist. He worked for Thoroughbred Times from 2005 to 2011 and was the Auctions Editor for his final three years at the Lexington Publication. In addition to heading up THT's Bloodstock Division, Pete produces many of THT's reports including the annual Kentucky Derby Analysis.