15. October 2013 00:02
On Saturday, December 7, Clinton will present a colt starting demonstration at the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. The demonstration will begin at 8 a.m. in Arena 6, and doors will open at 7:30 a.m.
The demo will showcase groundwork exercises Clinton uses to prepare young horses for a safe first ride. Once in the saddle, Clinton will detail the steps he takes to allowing the horse to get comfortable with a rider on his back and the beginning stages of steering and body control.
Tickets are available online in advance at 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 p.m. and 5 p.m. 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 is filled 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.
About the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship:
It's the most elite reining event in the world with more than 3,000 entries competing for nearly $2 million in cash and prizes. More than 1,300 horses and 127,000 visitors come from nearly 20 countries to compete and watch the excitement unfold. During its 10-day run, the show contributes more than $67 million to the overall Oklahoma City economy. Go to nrhafuturity.com for more information or purchase tickets here.
8. October 2013 00:06
Anticipation is a common problem that plagues horses in all disciplines, particularly horses that are hot-blooded and sensitive. Horses are great at predicting our behavior and learning our habits, and it isn't generally too hard for them to do so. As predators, we tend to follow the same routine, day in and day out. It doesn't take long before our horses start to figure out what we're going to do and where we're going to do it.
Anticipation isn't necessarily a bad thing though. In fact, it's one characteristic that makes horses so trainable. If they didn't anticipate, we wouldn't be able to train them. For example, when we ask a horse to go forward using Squeeze, Cluck, Spank, we're relying on the fact that in time the horse will start anticipating that after the squeeze comes the cluck and after the cluck comes the spank! Eventually, he moves off of just the squeeze. The trick is to use the horse's anticipation in our favor.
8. October 2013 00:05
In many parts of the country, more people than ever are heading out to the trails to get in some good riding and enjoy the fall scenery before winter starts. If you're among those horsemen who are getting quality time in the saddle on the trail, don't forget one of Downunder Horsemanship's most valuable series for riders like yourself. In Training on the Trail, Clinton combines the Method with practical training tips to help you create a safe, dependable partner and he gives you tools to tackle any trail obstacle. The three-part series covers over 33 topics. Learn more about the series on our website. Remember, an enjoyable trail partner is no accident - you have to train your horse to be safe and enjoyable.
8. October 2013 00:04
Clinton is throwing a huge end-of-the-year party for his entire team this weekend to reward our hard work and loyalty throughout the year. All of the office and road crew are converging at the ranch for three days of Downunder Horsemanship festivities. The get-together will kick off with a review of the company's culture, with each of the managers leading discussion topics. Since implementing a culture at Downunder Horsemanship five years ago, Clinton has seen his company become the healthiest and most productive it's ever been. The key to maintaining the excellent working environment is to keep nurturing it. Then the team will partake in a day of "redneck games" on the obstacle course (you don't even want to know...we just hope no photos leak out!). Dinner will be catered by Hard 8 BBQ, followed by an evening bash with music and dancing. When we're together, you can bet fun is the name of the game and there are a lot of shenanigans!
8. October 2013 00:03
If you haven't logged on to the club site recently, be sure you head over to it. Clinton just recently answered a couple of training questions posted by members. In one response, he explains how to work with a 3-year-old mustang that refuses to lead forward, and in another he helps an owner whose horse is yanking the lead rope out of her hand and running off during Lunging for Respect Stage Two. To hear Clinton's responses, log on to the club site and click on the "Video Library" tab at the top of the page. Then select "Clinton's Q&A" tab. You can even submit a question of your own on the site by clicking on the "Submit You Question Tab." Stay tuned for more audio answers and training tips from Clinton!
8. October 2013 00:02
We're looking for a few Method-followers to star in a "Test Your Intermediate" video series. Clinton is challenging you: How well do you know the Intermediate level of the Method? How soft, supple and responsive is your horse? Is your sidepassing down the fence a walk in the park for you and your horse? Does your horse make stopping on whoa look like child's play? Are you up for the challenge of having your skills tested and assessed by Clinton? How about in front of the camera?
Clinton is looking for a few members to show him just how good they are at the Intermediate level of the Method. He will work with each selected member one-on-one, having the member show him every Intermediate groundwork and riding exercise. After each exercise, he'll critique and grade you on your work. That's 33 exercises you'll receive Clinton's help with - it'll be the best feedback you ever get!
If you're up to the challenge, submit an application and a short video (click here) of yourself practicing the Intermediate level of the Method. Follow the guidelines below:
- You must be at least 18 years of age.
- You must be a current No Worries Club member.
- You must have either a mare or a gelding to work with. No stallions, mules or donkeys.
To Accept Clinton's Challenge:
- Apply on the Casting Call webpage (click here) under the "Test Your Intermediate" tab.
- Applications are due December 31st, 2013.
- Filming will be done at the Downunder Horsemanship Ranch in Stephenville, Texas. You will be responsible for getting yourself and your horse to the ranch for filming and all accommodations during your stay.
- Filming for the series will be held in mid-2014.
- Only those chosen will be contacted.
- At the start of your video, give us a brief intro. Tell us about your horse and what you need help with.
- Briefly demonstrate each Intermediate exercise in order with no audio or talking.
- Videos must be live footage - no picture slideshows will be accepted.
- Keep your video under 30 minutes in length.
1. October 2013 00:06
Let the horse walk the last hundred feet or so of the ride so that he returns to the barn relaxed. You don't want him running back to the barn thinking that the faster he gets there the sooner you'll get off his back. The best saying when working with a horse is, "A tired horse is a good horse." I've never seen a tired horse give anyone any trouble, but I've seen plenty of fresh, reactive horses give people lots of trouble. You'll be surprised at how you might leave on a horse that's spooky and jumpy, and come back on one that's calm and relaxed. Remember, the secret to getting a broke horse is long rides, wet saddle pads and concentrated training. You need equal doses of all three.
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.
1. October 2013 00:03
Clinton spent his 38th birthday last month holding a live Q&A for club members, and the hour-long discussion was a hit among members. Clinton randomly selected members to ask him questions, and the clinician was able to impart his commonsense, black-and-white advice and got those on the line laughing at some of his answers. For those members who couldn't make the call, the audio is being uploaded to the club site. It'll stay there indefinitely for members to refer back to. Clinton looks forward to holding another Q&A in the future. Thanks to all the members who phoned in for the event!