“No horse stays better than the rider on his back for very long” – Max Gahwler
We strongly believe in the ongoing education of horse and rider. Throughout the year we offer a variety of clinics geared to helping riders communicate more effectively with their horses, learn new skills or deepen their understanding of all things horse related.
UPCOMING CLINICS: Please email to Diane for more information or to reserve spaces in any of these upcoming clinics at email@example.com. Put clinic name and date in the subject line please!
Stock Show Clinics:
June 15- Stock Show Kick Off Clinic: Judges Sergio and Betsy Bevacqua of Ocala, FL offer this kick-off clinic to prep horses and riders for the show the following day. Fine tune your patterns, learn what the judge is looking for in each class and school your horse in order to be competitive in the first show of the season on the 16th. $150 for the day, includes cattle charge. 10 AM start.
May 3-5, 2013- Jon Ensign returns to Heritage Farm- Montana horseman Jon Ensign offers clinics all over the world to riders who want to establish a connection and partnership with their horses without using force. With gentle patience, skill and more than 30 years experience, Jon trains riders to build a working relationship with their horses which comes from a deep understanding of equine thinking, instincts and behavior. In decades of riding, rodeo, and breaking ranch and cow horses, Jon sensed there was “something better” to be learned about breaking colts and uniting horse and rider as a mutually beneficial team. Studying under Buck Brannaman and other notable horsemen, Jon developed a method of teaching that has helped thousands of riders improve their skills and sportsmanship. Teaching from the horse’s point of view, Jon shows his clients how to ride in a partnership that’s divided roughly 51 to 49 percent, with the rider taking the lead: “I don’t ‘make’ my horses do anything. But I do set things up to let things happen,” he said. Read more about Jon at his website: http://www.jonensign.com/index.php, at www.lighthandshorsemanship.com and on YouTube.
Horsemanship and Cattle Work Clinics, May 3-5, 2013:
AM Session: 9-12:30. General Horsemanship*. This riding clinic is for horses that are broke to ride safely under control in a group setting. Basic maneuvers, problem solving, and questions are addressed. Riders will work on exercises that encourage collection and softness. Jon prefers horses use snaffle bits for this type of clinic. All disciplines welcome. $375.
PM Session: 2-5:30. Cattle Work*. Riders will use the cattle to improve on their horsemanship skills. Maneuvers used to control cattle: stops and pivots – both hind and front – sidepassing, and backing will be further refined as riders work cattle to advance their skills. All disciplines welcome. $475, includes cattle charges.
*Fee for riders participating in both sessions, including cattle charge: $800. Using a second horse is allowed. Overnight stalls available at $25/ night. Bedding, buckets and water provided.
Auditing available at $25. Unlimited space for auditors!
Download a pdf of the registration form for the May 3-5 clinic here: jonensignregformmay13
More information about Jon, one of the featured clinicians in the August 2012 issue of Western Horseman, is available on his website: www.jonensign.com, www.lighthandshorsemanship.com as well as on YouTube.