19. November 2013 00:03
I applied to Downunder Horsemanship's Academy Horse Program in the fall of 2012 in the hopes of getting my Quarter Horse filly, Trixi, trained. At the time, she was an obnoxious filly, with little to no respect. I had to watch her every moment I was around her to make sure I wasn't bitten, as she was very untrustworthy. Even though I had trained my other mare with the Fundamentals kit, I just didn't feel comfortable in dealing with Trixi and her attitude. We were accepted into the program, and it was the best thing I could have done for both of us. Trixi's trainer did exceptional work with her. She is respectful and obedient and so much calmer than I could have envisioned. On my lesson day, I was given back a horse that I am now proud of. I feel more confident in working with her, and she is responding to my commands well. I can't say enough about how much Trixi has changed and matured. This has been the best decision I could have made for us. Everyone at Downunder Horsemanship was so friendly and helpful. I wouldn't hesitate to send another horse to the Academy. I hope to get many years of riding with Trixi, and I am looking forward to progressing to the Intermediate phase of Trixi's training as she continues to learn and prefect the Fundamentals. Thank you so much, it has been a very rewarding experience for me and Trixi. - Anne S.
Learn more about the Academy Horse Program and how you can enroll your horse on our website www.academyhorse.com.
15. October 2013 00:04
You have a "problem" horse...
All problems are caused by a lack of respect or fear, or in some cases, both. No matter what the source of your horse's problem, the Fundamentals is the answer to earning his respect and trust. If you don't want to give up on your horse, the Academy's boot camp-like training program is the solution. Our success in turning horses that have been deemed dangerous and hopeless cases into willing partners is unparalleled. We'll give your horse the opportunity to prove he's a reliable partner full of potential.
You have an unstarted or green broke horse...
A truly broke horse needs equal doses of long rides, wet saddle pads and concentrated training. Unfortunately, there are times in life when your schedule doesn't allow you to work consistently with your horse. We dedicate 2 ½ hours a day, six days a week to each training horse in order for them to be safe and respectful partners. Your horse will learn essential groundwork exercises, be ridden in the arena, on the trail, with other horses and worked extensively over an obstacle course. By the end of his training, your horse will have a great foundation in place for you to build off and go on to excel in the discipline of your choice.
You are an inexperienced horseman...
You may have the best intentions in the world, love your horse unconditionally and have an unlimited amount of time to dedicate to working with him but lack the knowledge and experience to train him. That's where we step in. We'll develop a safe, respectful partner for you to not only have fun with, but with his training he will make you a better horseman. Your horse's knowledge of the Fundamentals will help improve your confidence, fine-tune your horsemanship abilities and make the time you spend with your equine partner more enjoyable.
Learn how the Academy can help you by visiting our website http://www.academyhorse.com.
1. October 2013 00:05
Clinton's Professional and Certified Clinicians are busy planning their 2014 schedules, and their calendars are filling up quickly! The clinicians travel all over the country and to the UK to instruct private lessons and public clinics, giving people one-on-one help to learn the Method or improve their horsemanship. Clinton currently has two Professional Clinicians and six Certified Clinicians that have gone through his rigorous Academy. Professional Clinicians are certified to instruct all three levels of the Method - Fundamentals, Intermediate and Advanced - while Certified Clinicians instruct at the Fundamentals level of the Method. All of the clinicians are excellent horsemen and outstanding instructors, and they love their jobs! To learn more about the clinicians and how they can help you with your horsemanship, visit our website www.certifiedclinician.com.
1. October 2013 00:04
Yesterday, Shana welcomed a group of horsemen from across the country to the ranch for a five-day Fundamentals clinic. The clinic will officially start today, with participants reviewing the philosophy of the Method and then roundpenning their horses. Tomorrow, they'll begin the clinic with groundwork exercises in the arena and will ride their horses in the afternoon. By the end of the week, Shana will have them riding on the trails around the ranch and working on the obstacle course. We bet the participants leave the ranch with a newfound appreciation for what the Method can help them achieve with their horses and a healthy respect for the hard work it takes to build a trusting partnership. This is Shana's last clinic of the year! Check out the 2014 schedule for clinics held at the Downunder Horsemanship Ranch on our website.
24. September 2013 00:05
We're excited to announce that Certified Clinician Kristin Hamacher is now accepting bookings for clinics and private lessons in the United Kingdom for 2014. The lifelong horsewoman is certified to instruct at the Fundamentals level of the Method and is passionate about helping people create better partnerships with their horses. If you live across the pond and have been craving hands-on instruction from Clinton and his clinicians, here's your chance! Kristin will teach three-day Fundamentals clinics for up to 12 participants and private lessons for up to 6 participants. Clinics will cover exercises and topics discussed in the Fundamentals Series in a group setting while private lessons will be tailored to individual horse and rider needs. Kristin will be our only clinician traveling internationally for instruction and will begin servicing the UK in 2014. You can learn more about Kristin on her website http://kristin.certifiedclinician.com/.
To learn about the details of scheduling a clinic or private lesson in the UK, contact Brittney Chamberlain at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that all clinics and private lessons are subject to and entirely dependent upon visa approval.
10. September 2013 00:04
Do you lack the confidence, consistency or time to train your horse? If so, you're not alone, and Clinton has a solution. In 2011, he created the Academy Horse Program where followers of the Method could send their horses to the ranch to be trained in the Fundamentals level of his tried-and-true training program. The six-week program teaches horses the groundwork and riding exercises from the Fundamentals in the arena and on the trail, horses are worked consistently over the obstacle course, and horses learn to be hobbled, to load on a trailer and to stand tied patiently. The majority of an Academy Horse's training is done on the trail because Clinton knows that's where most of his customers like to spend their time and he firmly believes that all horses should be able to be ridden confidently outside on a loose rein.
Horses accepted into the program are trained by Clinton's Academy students and their progress through the Fundamentals is overseen daily by Clinton and Professional Clinician Shana Terry. Horses accepted into the program range from colts that need started to last-ditch-effort problem horses that have seriously injured people and have been turned away by other trainers. Although the horses all enroll in the Academy with varied backgrounds, they all leave with common traits - they're safer, more respectful and more enjoyable to be around.
Not only do the horses improve, but so do their owners. At the end of each training session, the owner is invited to the ranch for an entire day's lesson to learn what their horse has been taught and how to continue to progress his training at home. Help doesn't stop there though - each owner is given the guarantee of a lifetime of support to contact Downunder Horsemanship at any time to get help with any issue they're having with their horse. To learn how you can enroll your horse in the Academy Horse Program, visit the Academy Horse website http://academyhorse.com/.
20. August 2013 00:03
"I just returned from the three-Day Fundamentals Clinic at Hamilton with Shana Terry, and wanted to share my experiences. It was definitely one of the highlights of my life! I am very impressed with Shana's absolute professionalism and knowledge, and feel very fortunate to have been taught by her. The clinic was much more than I had hoped for. I truly appreciate her time and efforts. Shana is an excellent teacher!" - GGORE240086
That's what one of our club members had to say about attending a three-day clinic with Professional Clinician Shana Terry. Imagine the improvements you and your horse could make in five days with the standout horsewoman. That's a very real possibility as there are still a few participant spots open in Shana's five-day Fundamentals clinic October 1st - 5th being held at the Downunder Horsemanship Ranch. Not only will you and your horse progress under Shana's expert guidance, but you'll get to take advantage of the ranch's facilities that include miles of trails and the much-talked-about obstacle course. Shana will teach you and help you refine Fundamentals groundwork exercises like Backing Up, Yield the Forequarters and Lunging for Respect, and riding exercises such as One Rein Stops, Cruising Lesson and Vertical Flexion. To learn how you can get hands-on help from Shana, go to the Downunder Horsemanship clinic page http://www.downunderhorsemanship.com/events.aspx. If you're serious about attending the clinic, complete your application now - participant spaces are limited!
6. August 2013 00:04
We're proud to introduce Abigail Martin as one of our newest Certified Clinicians. Abby is certified to teach the Method at the Fundamentals level and has chosen to continue her studies at Downunder Horsemanship. She is currently working towards her Professional Certification.
- Abby and her sister Joanna begged their mother for a horse of their own for years. When their mother finally relented and let the sisters get a horse, it came with a stipulation. "She made sure we understood that we would have to pay for it and all of its care on our own," Abby shares. So she and Joanna took on every house sitting, pet sitting and yard work job they could find. "We built a lot of fence and did a lot of dirty work in order to get what we wanted," Abby says. "My mom taught me that if you want something in life, you have to work for it."
- Working towards earning her Professional Clinician certification, some of Abby's responsibilities include training Clinton's colts, Signature Horses and foals, coordinating the demo horses used on tour and helping with every clinic at the ranch.
- The most valuable lesson she's learned from Clinton to date is treating every horse like it's the most dangerous horse in the world. "That mentality will really keep you safe," Abby states. "If you get lackadaisical around a horse, you're going to get caught. That lesson really stuck out to me because I've seen a lot of horse wrecks and had to learn it the hard way myself."
- Abby is a black belt in Taekwondo, a distinction she earned in 2004 at the age of 12. Abby studied martial arts for 12 years.
Learn more about Abby and her journey to becoming a Certified Clinician on her webpage.
9. July 2013 00:03
Our summer class of Academy Horses is well into its six-week course of learning the Fundamentals of the Method. After initial work in the arena, the majority of the horses' training sessions are focused on the trail and working over the ranch's obstacle course. By the time the horses graduate the Academy, they have plenty of long rides, wet saddle pads and concentrated training and can negotiate just about any trail obstacle.
Horses enter the Academy with a variety of backgrounds from colts that need started to chronic problem horses that are here as a last-ditch effort. The horses are trained by Clinton's Academy students who are overseen by Clinton and Professional Clinician Shana Terry on a daily basis. The students work with the horses two and a half hours a day and keep in contact with owners on the horses' progress through the Fundamentals. When the training session comes to a close, the owners are invited to the ranch for a full day's private lesson with the student who trained their horse. Learn all about the Academy Horse Program on our website www.academyhorse.com.
11. June 2013 00:05
On June 14th, Clinton is holding a party to celebrate the impending graduation of the 2013 Academy students and Brittany Huff as a Professional Clinician. Certified Clinicians Dale Cunningham, Mark Tarver, Chris Webb and Jaclyn Sansaver will also be recognized for the outstanding job they've been doing to help people around the world build better partnerships with their horses using the Method. The entire Downunder Horsemanship team and the clinicians' family and friends will gather in Stephenville for a catered dinner and festivities. The clinicians will be presented with diplomas and custom designed belt buckles that depict the Roo logo. You can learn more about Clinton Anderson Professional and Certified Clinicians and how you can receive one-on-one instruction from them on our website www.certifiedclinician.com.