Renowned horseman Clinton Anderson is instructing three levels of horsemanship clinics this year at the Downunder Horsemanship Ranch in Stephenville, Texas, and he is also taking his Fundamentals Clinics on the road for the first time since 2009. Spectators are welcome to attend the Fundamentals Clinics held on the road.
Participants will gain first-hand knowledge on how to transform a stiff, heavy and unwilling horse into a soft, supple and cooperative partner, and learn exercises to improve their seat, build their confidence and increase their sense of feel and timing – essential ingredients to becoming a skilled horseman. Clinic curriculum focuses on Clinton’s horsemanship philosophy and over 30 groundwork and riding exercises.
Colt Starting Clinic
Clinton will help participants take their young horses from unstarted colts to riding on the trail in 10 days. Clinton’s approach to colt starting, which he learned from his late Australian mentor Gordon McKinlay, is focused on preparation and safety for both horse and rider.
The second level of Clinton’s horsemanship method focuses on gaining even more control of the horse’s feet on the ground and achieving true lightness and suppleness in the saddle. Emphasis is placed on gaining control of the horse’s five body parts – the head and neck, poll, shoulders, ribcage and hindquarters because total control of the horse’s body results in total confidence and collection.
Immersed in the Method
At clinics, participants live and breathe horsemanship and receive hands-on instruction from Clinton and his clinicians. Clinics begin each day at 9 AM and run until 5 PM, and Clinton’s clinicians are available each morning and evening for additional personalized help. Besides learning essential exercises to gain a horse’s trust, participants learn how to put that knowledge to use in practical settings while working over an obstacle course and on the trail.
For clinics held at the all-encompassing Downunder Horsemanship Ranch in Stephenville, Texas, participants will get to utilize Clinton’s 350’ outdoor round arena, elaborate obstacle course that includes over 20 challenges, miles of trails and dirt tracks that surround the ranch, and a wi-fi equipped classroom. Participants’ horses are given their own individual runs on the clinic grounds, complete with shelters, automatic waterers, hay mangers and no-tip feeders. Each run has an associated tack/hay/feed storage area and its own Patience Pole.
2015 Downunder Horsemanship Ranch Clinics:
10-Day Fundamentals Clinic – Stephenville, Texas – May 8 – 18, 2015
10-Day Colt Starting Clinic – Stephenville, Texas – June 1 – 11, 2015
10-Day Intermediate Clinic – Stephenville, Texas – November 6 – 16, 2015
For all Downunder Horsemanship Ranch Clinics:
Participant Spot: $2,000 NWC Member / $4,000 Non-member
2015 3-Day Fundamentals Clinics:
Rancho Murieta, California – Murieta Equestrian Center – March 6 – 8
Queen Creek, Arizona – Horse Show Park – April 17 – 19
Puyallup, Washington – W.H. Paulhamus Arena – July 10 – 12
Maple Plain, Minnesota – Kuka Equestrian Center – August 7 – 9
Frankfort, Kentucky – Lakeside Arena – September 11 – 13
Tunica, Mississippi – Tunica Arena and Expo Center – October 16 – 18
For all road clinics:
Participant Spot: $1,250 NWC Member / $2,500 Non-member
3-Day Spectator Pass: $100 NWC Member / $150 Non-member
Discover for yourself the innovation, inspiration and instruction that make Clinton Anderson Horsemanship Clinics a once-in-a-lifetime experience! For clinic details visit http://www.walkaboutevents.com/Clinic/ClinicSchedule?Length=0. Contact Brittney Chamberlain for further details at 254-552-1080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.