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Q & A With Jim Hicks

Questions that are often asked by those who are searching to improve their horsemanship. # 1 What should I consider when choosing a coach or clinician? The first decision a rider must make is what type of education they would like to pursue.Once this has been decided, they can begin to research and determine a good place to start. The next point to consider is whether the professional...

Hal Coker Memorial Roping

The second annual Hal Coker Memorial Roping will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 7-8, 2017 at del Perro Feo Ranch, owned by Mike and Sandy Bruce, located at 3125 country Rd 250 , Durango, Colorado, 81301. The roping and benefit auction began last year as a way for the cowboy community to help Hal Coker’s wife, Annette, after...

Summer Riding Photos 2017

Thank you all for sending in your fantastic Summer riding photos. What a treat to see fun horseback photos from across the country and around the world! Enjoy seeing what your fellow Eclectic Horsemen are up to!

Wranglers or Breeches; We All Have The Same Goal

by Dana Denison I decided to use the scholarship I was awarded by my state GMO for the Jim Hick's Dressage Principles for the Horseman clinic.  It was held over Mother’s Day weekend in May at the Y6 Ranch in Bruneau, Idaho. I had scheduled to go to this clinic with a friend.  I was a new student of Donnette Hicks...

SONOMA WILDFIRE DEVASTATES STABLES

The recent wildfires that burned through Sonoma and Napa Counties were completely unexpected events. The fires erupted after 10 p.m. on a windy Sunday night and moved with explosive speed, giving people no time to prepare. Numerous stables burned to the ground, with loss of human and animal life, and loss of all the tack and equipment that people owned. Quite a number of...

Viva Vaquero – 5th Annual Skills of the Rancho

Skilled horsemen showcase traditional Californios horsemanship and stockmanship methods at annual event. The Californio Bridlehorse Association will host the fifth annual Early Californios Skills of the Rancho. The event honors traditional Californio horsemanship and stockmanship still used by working cowboys today. More than 150 riders of different levels–from youth and novices to top working cowboys and professional horsemen–from California and other western...

European Update from Missy Fladland

Eclectic Horseman contributor Missy Fladland is in Europe for the summer to train and show. She will be sending regular updates about her adventures! The first leg of my journey to Europe has been completed and was successful.  Horses and I flew out on a Friday afternoon and arrived early Saturday morning in Amsterdam.  Because we were the only horses...

A Revolutionary Way to Learn Anatomy – Build a horse from the inside-out with Jon Zahourek

 “The anatomy is indivisible from understanding your relationship with the horse, if you ask me,” says Jon Zahourek.  “And by approaching it so that human anatomy, your own body, is intimately involved with that understanding of the anatomy of your horse, then that just enhances the functional interaction.” Jon Zahourek developed a unique educational business called the Anatomy in Clay...

Fladland Demonstration at the FEI World Cup 2017

Tom Dorrance and Ray Hunt will be honored this year in a unique way at a top international equestrian event. It is a gathering that may seem to be an unlikely venue for celebrating the work of two distinguished horsemen of the cowboy persuasion—the Longines FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale) 2017 World Cup Jumping and World Cup Dressage Finals. These World...

Signs Of Readiness: Lesson Success For Kids And Horses

Parents often ask me at what age their children will be ready for riding lessons. In short, my answer is, “there’s no perfect age: I watch for signs of readiness.” Even though a child may be giddy to start riding horses, they may not be truly ready to engage with them. There are several developmental skills required for success with horses.  Readiness for horse activities does not come on a certain birthday, and...