Leslie Goodyear

Writer, Falconer, Horseman, Entrepreneur...

Equine Based “Absolute Presence” Leadership …

Funny how life works…

My poor angels were browbeaten for such a long time with art, story and Hollywood and rare entrepreneurial tracks that when my heart wandered back to thoughts of the great equine beasts that occupied my life utterly until I lost the one of thousands that mattered, these angels began to outdo themselves.  Perhaps they’re relieved to be back in familiar territory.

I wonder if perhaps this credit is somewhat due by association with my darling Dodger… the consummate problem horse whom even an olympic gold medalist found too challenging to ride, and my partner for nearly 20 years.   Because of him, and many thousand thoroughbreds in Kentucky and France…, a hefty ongoing dose of humility and some sort of unexplainable invisible velcro on my seat and saddle…  I gained a profound understanding of the power of body language, of the subtleties of anticipation and of communication of limitations, real or perceived.  I also know that through the real partnership with a horse, one must understand grander things, like loyalty, like trust… and consideration of the way a being exists in it’s natural state – without me…   Asking for excellence while appealing to those three things are the true elements of foundation, and gives ground for the engagement and blossoming of real talent.   It’s from this notion that the structured approach to elevated leadership called Absolute Presence was born.  This rather odd and extremely powerful and fresh approach to business, leadership and personal development has become an interesting ballast to a story and art based life.

Done right, it’s power comes from leveraging awe.

It sprung from watching the transition of one amazing young woman shift the entire course of her life by shifting her concern to the Arabian stallion she was riding… It happened in the beat of a single canter stride and I was able to recognize the moment because of this lifelong work with horses and birds of prey.

The way of thinking behind that moment evolved into a system that has proven since then to have consistent, extraordinary and completely unique impact in business and performance, but most powerfully so with leadership.

True horsemen are natural leaders… They know it isn’t about them, but about understanding and bringing out the singular magic and greatness standing in front of them. The best among them make that shift as quietly as a sunset.


Joss Collins Branford and British Bloodstock – 5 years evaluating 4,000 – 6,000+ Thoroughbreds per year for race, and breeding prospects.

Preparation, development, show and sales of Thoroughbred sales horses at Keeneland, Fasig Tipton, etc. sales

-Preparation, lead show & sales of European sale topper yearlings in Deauville France and Newmarket including Sadler’s Wells colt whose record stood for 24 years.

-Managing quarantine programs for horses shipping around the world

-Travel and work with equine veterinarians, fertility specialists, equine accupuncture and chiropractic innovators, equine sports medicine experts, etc.

-International Equine business and investment program development from the United Arab Emirates to Europe and across North America

– Purchase and campaign of USEF Horse of the Year for young jumpers Catango V on behalf of an amazing client

-Purchase and campaign of Hattrick – ranked #6 in North America for 5 year old Jumpers in North America on behalf of amazing client

-International Acquisition of endurance, dressage, amateur and professional sport horses and teams – Abu Dhabi, Europe, North America

-Consultant & development of competitive international equine programs, management, campaigns, investments, etc.  Abu Dhabi

-Breeding, foaling, training, management, etc.

New student of Doma Vaquera with my Spanish stallion, Orgulloso BV

-Humbly advancing student of all things Friesian with my promising young Stallion, Vance fan Signature Friesians – a lad who was orphaned when only 8 hours old.

-Native of the Rocky Mountains and admirer of real horsemen cowboys.

-Licensed Falconer…  my love for things that remain the same across border and culture, and from age to age.

-Film & Television…  Commercial production, Screenwriting, etc.

-United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat…  Managed, curated and distributed International Forest Film Festival for the UN Year of the Forest

-Licensed Falconer…  my love for things that remain the same across border and culture, and from age to age.

Leslie Goodyear and Falcon Genghis