This page is set up to answer your questions about the upcoming Buck Brannaman Clinic. If you don't see an answer here, feel free to call or email us. We get bombarded with calls and emails, so please be patient and be sure to read through this page first. Check back often as items may be added.
Buck will be returning on March 2-4, 2018. The clinic will be held at the Valhalla Equestrian in Aubrey, Texas. He will be conducting a Foundation and a Horsemanship 1 Class. Each class is $700 (total) for 3 days with a nonrefundable deposit of $200. Foundation is 9-12 and H1 is 1:30-4:30. There is a 1-1/2 hour break for lunch. Below is a description of the classes:
This class is for the green rider or a green horse who may feel the need for additional groundwork prior to riding. During each of the three-day sessions half of the class is dedicated to working the horse from the ground in preparation for riding, with the second half of the class horseback. This class is excellent even if you and your horse are experienced and just want to build a firmer foundation.
For the green horse and rider already comfortable in the snaffle bit along with aged horses needing continued work. This is the first stage of progressing into the bridle with all basic movements introduced. All levels of riders - no matter what discipline - will benefit. The class features strictly dry work - no cattle. All maneuvers stress the vaquero style of riding and are appropriate for horses from first level snaffle to experienced bridle horses. Hackamore horses welcome.
Maximum riders per class is 25
Which DVD to Start With
Buck always recommends starting with the Groundwork DVD. This will allow you the fundamentals of horsemanship and enough tools to practice with. It is very difficult and frustrating to try to solve a problem by starting in the middle. Furthermore, all of your learning by the training DVDs should be enriched with a clinic. Seeing it in person, up close and watching Buck ride is invaluable to refining your own work.
For the Riders
A $200 deposit is required to hold a spot for you. You can email us and let us know what class/classes you would like to attend and we will mark you down. Please make checks out to South Paw Ranch, 3970 CR 660, Farmersville, TX 75442. Do not send a deposit until you are told there is an open spot. We can take credit cards for this clinic but have to charge $207.50 to cover the charges. If you would like to pay using PayPal our address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to choose the Friends and Family option to transfer funds from your bank. This way no fees are charged. If you choose to use a credit card instead, you will need to pay $206 to cover the fees. Please be sure to include the rider's name, phone number, email, and which class you are signing up for. Your deposit should be received within 7-10 days or we will have to go to the next person on the list. Balance of class fee must be paid in full by January 8, 2018.
If you are riding in one of the classes, you are encouraged to watch the other class at no charge.
For the Spectators
Spectators are $30/day. No reservations required. You can pay at the gate. Children under 12 and Seniors over 65 are free.
Purchase a 3 day spectator pass, and we will enter you in a drawing for a free cinch of your choice. Passes must be purchased by December 31, 2017 to be entered in the drawing.
There are bleachers for viewing. The arena is covered for riders and spectators. There will be plenty of parking for everyone.
There will be plenty of refreshments available here each day for purchase. Concession stand will be open early with breakfast and coffee. Lunches will include burgers, chicken, brats, hot dogs, etc. Please bring cash.
We encourage everyone to please patronize the concession stand so we can continue to offer refreshments at future events.
No dogs are allowed. Please leave dogs at home. We appreciate your cooperation.
Pictures are okay but ABSOLUTELY NO VIDEOTAPING. YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE