3 Day Mountain Trail Horse Clinic

Mountain Trail is one of the fastest growing disciplines in the horse world. Whether you would like to compete or be a better partner with your horse on the trail, this course can help. The work that you will do with your horse during this 3 day course will create the ground work for a safe and sane mount out on the trail. There will be over 30 obstacles that we will work on as well as arena work to achieve the basic foundation. From beginner trail to advanced trail, there is something for everyone.

The course will begin in the classroom to explain the training methodology and then you’re off to get your horse in hand with just a halter. You will work on basic ground work that will teach your horse to move on the haunch, shoulder, forward, back, and laterally. Next you will work through the basics of moving through cavelletis and simple obstacles while driving your horse in hand. After lunch the group will move onto the trail course to work on the teeter totter, bridges, water, logs, and more. Day 2 will be under saddle. Trail obstacles will be ridden after they have been accomplished in hand. Day 3 will be spent on the trail course then out on a trail ride that has real world obstacles to test your new skills.

Each course will be limited to 10 students and taught by 2 instructors, ensuring lots of hands-on attention. Chris Jonason has 35 years of horse experience and apprenticed with Mark Bollender for 2 years. She was his first certified apprentice. Chris gleans from both her extensive back country experience as well as Mark’s teachings. She presents an easy step-by-step methodology that will help you and your equine friend attain your goals. Chris was an outfitter and farrier for over 35 years with vast experience in the mountains. Horse and rider will be taught as individuals with consideration for their own goals and desires.

Includes: All dry camping and horse paddocks.

Cost: $400.00

Dates:
June 2-4, 2017
July 28-30, 2017

Time: 9am – 5pm

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Women In The Wilderness

Women in the Wilderness was last offered 13 years ago by Washington Guides and Outfitters. We, at Rendezvous Ranch, believe this special program was so beneficial to women that we want to offer it once again. Yes, it is for women and taught by women. The different skills offered are Mountain Trail through obstacles, packing and rigging, and Dutch oven cooking. There will also be an introduction to the benefits of equine natural hoof care and barefoot trimming, as opposed to traditional farrier methods.

These skills are taught by experienced horsewomen with years of combined expertise. Each night you will enjoy a hearty Dutch oven dinner that you have helped create and prepare. The riding will be directly from the ranch onto thousands of acres of state land. If you have a special interest not listed, please let us know when you register and we will see if we can accommodate your wishes. Bring your own horse or rent one of ours.

Includes: All dry camping and horse paddocks.

Cost: $460.00 with your own horse
$610.00 with a ranch horse

Dates:
May 26-28, 2017
June 23-25, 2017
August 18-20, 2017

Time: 9am – 5pm

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5 Day Bare Hoof Trimming Clinic

This course is a comprehensive look for any owner who wants to have a basic knowledge of what to look for in a good bare hoof trim or shoeing. We will look at and dissect cadaver hoofs to unravel the intricacies of the horses hoof and how it functions. Each student will have a chance to trim a cadaver hoof and their own personal horse. We will have space for only 10 students.

Cost: $565.00

Dates:
March 3-7, 2017
June 9-13, 2107

Time: 9am – 5pm

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Rendezvous Ranch Youth Equestrian Camp

This five day program is designed to benefit riders with previous horsemanship skills but also includes those who have only ridden a few times. We will be combining three disciplines to mold each student into an accomplished trail rider and equestrian. You will first be introduced to the horse assigned to you for the duration of the camp. Then you will be appointed a stall, tack, and given care details. While in attendance, we will go through safety procedures and rules.

The first two days we will introduce the student to our unique trail course with lessons to accomplish rider competence on obstacles.

The third day we will go deeper into dressage and equitation. This will involve arena riding in the morning. The instructors will break down in more detail your seat as well as natural and artificial aids enabling you and your horse to move smoothly together as one.

On the afternoon of the third day you will become acquainted with the fastest growing discipline of Working Equitation. This quickly growing sport combines the skills of dressage mixed with tasks performed by horse and rider in a fine dance of artful riding and skill. Each rider shall ride the ten obstacles and become familiar with moving their horses through an obstacle course. Rider and horse can walk, trot and canter as ready.

Practice will proceed on the fourth day with lessons again in the morning and the trail course in the afternoon. Day five will include practice and a small competition over five of the obstacles. Students will be judged on their performances. Awards will be given at the end of the day.

Included: All meals, overnight lodging, horse, tack, helmet.

Number of participants: Eight per session

Cost: $800.00 per person

Dates:

July 3-7, 2017
July 10-14, 2017
August 7-11, 2017

Time: 9am – 5pm

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2 Day Working Equitation Clinic

Join us for an introduction to working equitation! Working equitation is an international equestrian sport growing quickly in the United States and consisting of three phases–dressage, ease of handling (a judged course of obstacles), and speed (a timed course of obstacles). This fun, informative two-day clinic will consist of an overview of the sport, course walk, Q&A, guided ease of handling sessions, and a mock competition on the afternoon of the second day if time permits. Horses and riders of all levels and disciplines are welcome to try working equitation in this supportive environment or advance their working equitation skills for the show ring.

Includes: Dry camping and horse paddock

Cost: $260.00

Dates: 
May 20-21, 2017
July 22-23, 2017
August 26-27, 2017

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Accommodations

Bunk House
The bunk house is our brand new addition and is located on the bottom of the ranch property where all the clinics are held. A comfortable dwelling with a western theme, the house has one bedroom, one bathroom and a full kitchen. There is also a queen pull-out couch and plenty of floor space available. We have pads available for the floor if you bring a pillow and sleeping bag.

Cost $150 per night for the entire bunk house.

Camping
All camping is dry camping. The cost is $28.00 per rig.
Accommodation for the horse
Horse corral with water bucket will be $20.00 per animal per night. Owners are responsible for feeding, watering, and cleaning up after their horses. Hay is also available for purchase.