Description of up-coming clinics and
the Horse' -
La Grande - Group
and Private Lessons
& Format: Beginning
April 28th at the Red Barn, and May 5th in Summerville throughout the summer and fall, join a group a crazy gals as they
get together two times a month in the La Grande area for
a progressive group lesson and/or private lesson.
April 29 & 30
and September 23 & 24, 2017 Work
in Hand Clinic
& Format: This
is will be a shortened version of the typical 5-day clinic. offering an intensive look at the
Work in Hand postures, developing self-carriage and self-confidence in
both horse and rider. Maneuvers we will practice include:
Shoulder-in on circle and on a square; Haunches -in and Half-pass postures
on the track, on the diagonal, and on a circle; Liberty and on-line work
with the surcingle; You will be offered the opportunity to bring a
young horse, perhaps not yet under saddle, as well as an older schooling
horse. We truly TAKE the TIME for both you and the horse to
June 3 & 4, 2017
Day Driving on Long Lines
& Format: As we
near pass into fall, it is a great time to finalize your summer of riding
and begin to prepare the winter activities that you can do with your horse
in all types of weather and riding opportunities. Depending on the
groups desire, we may practice driving on the long-lines and some Work in
& Format: Many
people are interested in starting their young horses under saddle, but few
people have taken the time to truly prepare themselves and the horse for a
positive experience. Join Alice for weekend as she shares and
demonstrates such topics as: Mindful use of the round pen; Use of the
lariat, flag, whip and other tools; Working from atop another horse;
Proper ponying - not dragging! Tools to evaluate a horse for
purchase. This will be a great opportunity for anyone planning on
taking the Colt to Horsemanship clinic, June 19 - 23, 2010, or for folks
looking to expand their colt training skills and awareness.
19 - 12, 20167
4 Day Colt to Horsemanship
& Format: There
simply is not a better opportunity around to put a soft, willing start on
your young horse, or to re-start with the proper foundation. The
focus is on taking the time for the horse and human to understand how to
work together, and to offer a variety of situations that allow the human
to become a good leader. Round pen work; Lariat, ropes, flags,
tarps, car wash, bridges for obstacles; Working from atop another horse;
Herd work; Surcingle & liberty; Format: Alice will work with the
young horses in the morning, while everyone observes, for at least the
first few days. In the afternoon, students work the same skills on
their schooling/older horse. Later in the week, the students are
working with and riding their colts. Fun...Safety...and
July 8 - 10,
2017 ~ Cows
& Mountains Retreat
& Format: Three to
five days of great fun, connecting your horse to cattle work, and then relaxing
for nice afternoon mountain rides. You and your horse will learn how
to read cattle, position for effortless haunch-turns, develop a 'rodera'
in the big field, and cut cattle from the herd. Slow, easy, and true
ranch-type cattle work. Then enjoy the Elkhorn Mts., cantering up
hills, and extraordinary views.
~ Real Mountain
Trails - 3 to 5 day experience
& Format: The
fun and challenge of riding your horse through a trail course is an ever
growing desire of many aspiring horsemen and women. Alice takes you to the
"REAL" mountains to go through creeks, travel down gullies, ride
through down timber, and catch glimpse of wild elk, deer, turkeys, owls,
hawks...well you get the idea. It's the real mountains!
August 5 - 7, 2017 ~
Doma Vaquera Clinic
at T&T Ranch
This will be a fun weekend to learn about the
traditions of the Doma Vaquera - The Spanish Cowboy. Alice will walk
you through the traditions of the Doma Vaquera basico patterns, and the
She will work with the
group to develop a willing partnership with their horses, both on the ground
and in the saddle, to develop the basic movements. Everyone will dance
with the garrocha, and ride a basico pattern.
Annual Horse Swim Party!
will gather the
region's aspiring horseman for the annual T&T Horse Swim Party.
Mountain ride - Horse Swim - BBQ & Story Telling!
September 9 - 13,
2017 ANNUAL WOMEN'S
This 6-day retreat has become an annual
favorite, with gals returning year after year! We play with cows,
jump logs in the mountains, and tell great stories in the evening around
the fire. Life-long friends are made, and everything that is shared
in Haines...Stays in Haines! This year we will continue the format
of giving each participant a private lesson, with a focus on learning,
thinking, picturing, and developing 'feel' for and with the horse.
In a nutshell...developing our "Horseman's Protocol" into a habit.
IS SO MUCH FUN...GALS, PLEASE COME JOIN US IN HAINES!
- 4, 2017 Land of
& Format: For many
of us, our American "Master Horsemen" are Tom and Bill Dorrance.
Their influence on the relationship people are developing with their
horses is truly amazing, considering their humble roots right here in
northeastern Oregon. In this two-day experience we will start on
Saturday with private lessons for the 8 participants. On Sunday, we
will trailer to a beautiful location with views that were the heritage of
the Dorrance brothers, and ride as a group across the rangelands.
This will not be a "Trail Ride" without instruction! As
most you know who have ridden with Alice in the past in the mountains or
in the big fields, she never is lacking fun group exercises that take
advantage of the environment, and ultimately work on every aspect of good
horsemanship. The Dorrance Brothers will hopefully ride on our
shoulders and help guide our inner voice to listen to the horse.
is limited to 8 riders.
Riding Clinic TBD,
& Format: This will
be an INTRODUCTION clinic tailored to fit everyone's needs in the morning
sessions for a three-day period. The morning clinic will be for people who may be new to Alice and just starting or
newly returning to the pursuit of horsemanship. Time will be spent
on ground school maneuvers, and the riding portion will work on transferring
those basics up into the saddle. Afternoon sessions will be
with returning students and be focusing on preparing horse and rider for a
summer full of riding. Rhythm, balance, and relaxation will be primary
themes, with lots of exercises to develop those skills for the team. Sign
up at the Idaho Expo to receive a special Expo price!
Day Dressage Clinic At T&T
& Format: Alice
is often amused by folks who seem to think that "Dressage" is an
English saddle and specific way of riding. Well not in the T&T play
book! Dressage is the art of training your horse and the movements
developed in Classical Dressage are ones that biomechanical develop the
horse and rider to prepare them for many jobs horseback. Western
Dressage is nothing new to Alice...she has been pursuing a great depth of
knowledge in Classical principles through her studies with Bettina
Drummond and her intense reading and observations of the subject. Come
discover what an 'ol cowgirl has to say about such principles as: Work in
Hand, shoulder-in, half-pass, canter work and more!
Day Quadrille / Group Riding Clinic Haines,
& Format: This will
be the first time Alice has offered a clinic totally focused on group
riding or military/quadrille-type patterns. Of course we often have
group riding to specific patterns, with music accompaniment in many of
clinics, but this clinic with focus on the patterns, rhythm, timing, and
great fun of working as a big team. Groups such as drill teams, or 4H
clubs looking to add to their finesse should consider coming over as a
Fall Retreat ~
Fall is our favorite time of year.
The colors of eastern Oregon are brilliant. You need a sweater in
the mornings, but by noon you are toasty in the autumn sun. It is a
time to reflect on the year, enjoy the harvest of Oregon's bounty, and
enjoy good friends and horses. Come join us for six full days of treating yourself and
your horse to ranch life. We will do some schooling in the morning,
aimed at developing a soft and willing partnership in both human and
horses. Then the afternoon will be off to the mountains, or out in
the field & pen to play with cows. The
bunkhouse, with all its comforts will be waiting in the evening, along
with the great food Susan has become famous for sharing! Come
immerse yourself in the culture of Eastern Oregon for a
mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual experience.
pending 3 Day
& Format: Over the
years Alice has had several clients that ride mules who have participated
in a number of clinics. In 2012 we even started two or three mules and a
donkey (yes, a donkey!) in a fall Colt Starting clinic. So in 2013 we had
the pleasure of seeing those clients return, along with some old friends
from Idaho, including mule trainer Laurie Warren. The result was a firm
decision to offer an annual Mule Clinic, just for the long-ears! The
principals are all the same, but with a great awareness towards the
smartness of the mules, and our ability to set it up for success. Fun...Safety...and
Understanding...Yippee for the long-ears!
Liberty Work Clinic Haines,
& Format: This will
be the first time Alice has offered a clinic totally focused on developing
your liberty work skills. We will look at the principles of working
with no strings attached in the round pen, in the larger square pen
environment, and without fences. Several round pens will be available for
people to work under Alice's guidance all at one time.
Friend 'Getaway' at T&T
Here's a great opportunity to GET AWAY with some your friends, spend time
laughing, riding, and enjoying the the beautiful environment of Eastern
together with a few of your friends for a private time at the T&T Ranch
sharing the western bunkhouse, eating Susan's wonderful meals, Marion's
deserts (just a few!), practicing safe horsemanship with Alice, and taking
in the beauty of eastern Oregon. Come over on July 4th to experience the
Haines area celebration, and stay for the weekend.