Chris Ellsworth is coming back to Rawking Horse Ranch in Briones!
This is a great opportunity to learn with Chris www.chrisellsworthhorsemanship.com
Clinic and Auditors Price TBA. Chris does take credit cards so its easy breezy to pay.
Private Lessons may available before or after clinic days depending on Chris’s travel schedule
Clinic Boarding SAT AM – SUN PM = $60 Includes shavings and cleaning please bring your own feed. Haul in Friday Night – Sun PM = $75 Per day rate is $35 per day. Rates refresh at 1pm each day
Camping Available and some RV hook ups available contact email@example.com for a quote
Free AM Yums & Coffee for riders
LUNCH of soup, chili, salad, desert and a drink available for $10
*clinic funds are nonrefundable but you are welcome to sell you spot if you cannot attend. Sylvie the organizer will of course will help you sell it.
CONTACT SYLVIE THE ORGANIZER FOR SIGN UP AND QUESTIONS – INFO BELOW
Rain or Shine we have an indoor arena and covered viewing stands if needed.
*ALL HORSES MUST BE UP TO DATE ON VACCINATIONS. Please email proof to firstname.lastname@example.org
SORRY NO DOGS ALLOWED
Clinics are limited to 15 riders per session so that I can give everyone the one-on-one time they deserve. Sometimes this necessitates splitting the riding into two sessions, the second group immediately following the first. Riders are encouraged to watch their counterparts. Auditors are welcome at all sessions* and are free to ask questions as well.
My horsemanship clinics present a program of logical, progressive steps for developing a solid foundation in true horsemanship and are designed to benefit the relationship between horse and rider. As such, they are open to all disciplines and all levels of riding. I will be riding western, if you want to call it that, but I borrow from many types of riding and have no particular bias for or against any other style so long as it is fitting for the horse. This comes from a lifetime of working and riding on the northern ranges where settlement patterns and climate have created a penchant for doing what works as opposed to being bound to a particular tradition. Here you will see a hodge-podge of influences, everything from the Californios, to Texas trail drovers, British Cavalry and European Haute Ecole. What matters to me is helping horses and their riders get along in this world.
We will begin each morning session at 9:00 with groundwork. Many problems under saddle will actually show themselves on the ground and a good start towards handling them can be made here. Even in a relationship not fraught with fear, great strides towards improved communication and lightness can be made on the halter.
Typically the groundwork will take two hours or so the first session. This much time allows me to work with everyone, both as a group and individually. I will not let you get lost in the shuffle. This is also a time when we work on some of the foundational principles of a good horse-human relationship. Depending on available time we will then saddle up and go over some basics of good riding until a lunch break at noon. I am often available during this break to work with individuals or especially troubled horses.
At 1:00 we begin the afternoon session. This part is all riding (usually). We will connect what we’ve done on the ground to our riding and focus on any problems or troubles that may arise. I find that working together in this manner is extremely helpful; the humans can learn from not only what they are working on as individuals but also by watching each other, while the equines draw support from the other horses. This session usually ends by 4:00 but I am often available afterwards to work with individuals as needed for troubles such as trailer loading, foot handling and the like.
We begin the second day with a shorter session of groundwork as a warm up and then we move on to our riding. After lunch break we usually set up some sort of challenge course to put our horses into simulations of things they may someday face out in the real world. Afterwards, we spend time breaking down individual needs and everyone gets to work on something of their own choosing, provided of course, that I feel their horse is up to it. I will also spend a moment with each individual, microphone off, discussing what I see as their strengths and weaknesses, and maybe giving them a little homework assignment.