3. December 2013 00:05
When Clinton opens the Downunder Horsemanship Ranch up to clinic participants, days full of instruction, hard work, fun and camaraderie between students are sure to be had. The horsemen who were selected for the Intermediate Clinic were no exception. Not only were they well-versed in the Method, but they excelled under Clinton's instruction and discovered a whole new level of horsemanship. Get a feel for their 10-day experience by watching the Intermediate Clinic slideshow. Information on clinics, including the 2014 schedule, can be found on the Downunder Horsemanship website.
19. November 2013 00:04
Once. That's how many times Clinton got bucked off a horse while starting colts with his mentor Gordon McKinlay. Considering the pair started 600 horses together, it's an outstanding number! Clinton is sharing the colt starting technique he learned from Gordon and continues to use on his horses today in a colt starting demo on Saturday, December 7 at the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. The demonstration will begin at 8 AM in Arena 6, and doors will open at 7:30 AM.
Tickets are available online in advance at http://nrhafuturity.com or can be purchased at the door. General Admission tickets are $20. With the purchase of any ticket, spectators will be granted entrance into the NRHA Futurity Open Finals later that day at 1 PM and 5 PM in the Coliseum. For fans wishing to sit close to the action, NRHA will offer a limited number of arena-floor bleacher seats for $30. Fans in these "up-close seats" will have the advantage of getting in line first for Clinton's autograph signing following the demonstration.
During the demo, Clinton will give away a Colt Starting Series ($599 retail value) to one lucky audience member. The training kit comes with 11 DVDs and 26 Arena Mates. In the Colt Starting Series, Clinton covers every aspect of starting a young horse from catching a wild horse to safely walking, trotting and cantering on a loose rein both in the arena and on the trail. The series is filled with countless success tips, safety precautions and troubleshooting advice. There will be other giveaways during the demo to look forward to as well.
19. November 2013 00:02
If you dream of becoming a better horseman and building a more enjoyable partnership with your horse, you've got to get hands-on help learning the Method at the Downunder Horsemanship Ranch in Stephenville, Texas. Clinton will be instructing seven clinics this year. Whether you want to refine your Fundamentals skills, learn the Intermediate level of the Method or start a colt, our 2014 clinic schedule has something for everyone!
2014 Clinic Dates:
March 14th - 16th - 3-Day Fundamentals Clinic
April 22nd - May 2nd - 10-Day Fundamentals Clinic
May 6th - 14th - 8-Day Fundamentals Clinic
June 1st - 11th - 10-Day Colt Starting Clinic
Sept. 5th - 7th - 3-Day Fundamentals Clinic
Sept. 22nd - Oct. 2nd - 10-Day Fundamentals Clinic
Nov. 3rd - 13th - 10-Day Intermediate Clinic
12. November 2013 00:03
Clinton wrapped up his Intermediate Clinic on Monday by handing out certificates to the participants who completed the 10-day course. The 32 horsemen came from all over the United States and even the UK to attend the clinic. Their backgrounds and future goals made them a diverse group, but they all shared the same passion for the Method and desire to better their horsemanship skills. On Friday, Clinton will kick off his last clinic of the year with a three-day Fundamentals course. Not only will he be instructing participants in the clinic, but 200 spectators will be on hand to soak up as much knowledge as they can. Spectator tickets to the clinic can still be purchased online, by calling the Downunder Horsemanship office, or at the front gate of the ranch Friday morning.
5. November 2013 00:05
This month's lesson takes members back to the colt starting clinic to watch participants put the first ride on their colts and then take the young horses on the trail. During the clinic, each horse was ridden three times in a roundpen, and then a couple of rides were put on the horses in the big round arena as a group before taking them outside. In fact, once the participants got in the saddle, the majority of their time was spent riding the horses on the dirt trails that crisscross all over the back half of the ranch. Throughout the lesson, you'll learn valuable tips on how to execute a safe first ride and why Clinton believes getting a horse out of the arena and loping on a loose rein down a dirt track is one of the best things you can do early on in his career.
5. November 2013 00:04
Last week at the ranch, dirt was flying in the arena and adrenaline was palpable in the air. Clinton and his 3-year-old stud, Jackson, were going full throttle, putting on their best moves working cattle for a photo shoot. Clinton competed on the roan stud in the Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno just a few weeks ago, and the pair finished tenth in the Limited Open Finals. Clinton is just learning how to train and compete in working cow horse and is having a blast challenging himself. Jackson, by CD Lights out of Shes Icing Onthe Cat, is a talented partner, and owned by Tom and Melissa Simms. Photos from the shoot will be used in upcoming journals and catalogs.
29. October 2013 00:04
"Your horse will only give you what you're willing to put into him." That's a lesson participants in Clinton's Fundamentals clinic learned last week. Over 200 spectators came out to watch the clinic, too! The three-day event got underway Friday, October 25th and finished Sunday, October 27th. Clinton took participants through Fundamentals groundwork and riding exercises, explaining the importance of establishing trust and respect with their horses and being knowledgeable leaders. By the end of the three days, every horse was a bit softer, more responsive and more respectful than upon arrival, and every rider had a bit more feel and timing. Clinton will be teaching another three-day clinic November 15 - 17 that is also open to spectators. For more clinic information, go to http://downunderhorsemanship.com/events.aspx.
22. October 2013 00:05
Be sure to check out the November issue of Horse Illustrated - Clinton is on the cover! The clinician is riding his American Quarter Horse mare Catinthehat (High Brow Cat x Shine Smartly). Clinton showed "Kit" in 2011 in working cow horse competitions. (Log on to the No Worries Club website and follow this link to read an article from the No Worries Journal about their show ring success.) Besides being on the cover of Horse Illustrated, Clinton has a featured article in the publication titled "Earn Your Horse's Respect" and he shares more training advice in his column "Downunder Solutions" about desensitizing a roping horse to the rope moving above his head. The issue is packed with great training tips and horsekeeping advice. Don't miss out! Get your copy of the magazine here.
24. September 2013 00:04
If you're serious about bettering your horsemanship skills, then you have to come to a Downunder Horsemanship clinic. There's no better way to learn the Method than by receiving one-on-one expert help. Clinton and his team will finesse your skills on the ground and under saddle to make you a better horseman and give you the tools and knowledge to increase your horse's performance. As a participant, you not only benefit from learning directly from Clinton, but you get to take advantage of the incredible clinic facility at the ranch that includes miles of trails and the challenging obstacle course. For a list of the 2014 dates, frequently asked questions and application go to our clinic page.
17. September 2013 00:03
If you're headed to the National Reined Cow Horse Association Futurity in October, or if you live in the Reno, Nevada area, mark your calendar - Clinton is presenting a three-hour colt starting demo during the event on Friday, October 4th from 1 to 4 PM. During the demo, Clinton will work with an unstarted colt, detailing the steps he takes on the ground to ensure a safe first ride.
Held in the Reno Livestock Events Center outdoor arena, the demo is free with the price of a $15 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity daily admission ticket. One lucky attendee will win a Colt Starting kit that includes 11 instructional DVDs and 26 Arena Mate booklets that detail each of the lessons on the DVDs. The training kit features Clinton starting a wild mustang through the horse's 14th ride and is valued at $599.
Tickets to Clinton's colt starting demonstration and the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity can be purchased now through Ticketmaster. Go to www.Ticketmaster.com and search "Clinton Anderson or NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity."