Throughout the season Dunrovin Ranch host a variety of special events. These might include, horsemanship clinics, farm to table dinners, or anything else that suites our fancy. You will find the most updated information about these events here.
It’s almost that time of year again. Time to bring your horse out of the field and back into the arena. With Spring flowers and green grass, also come a variety of hurdles as you get back into the saddle. High heads, bursts of energy, spooking at that ever-daunting plastic bag or patch of melting snow. Or maybe the two of you just need to rekindle your relationship. Dunrovin Ranch knows these “struggles” all too well. As we get our herd back in gear for the upcoming season of guided rides and pony club, we thought we would offer some events to help you out, too. Dunrovin Ranch is proud to announce the Spring line-up of horsemanship clinics, sure to help you and your horse get back on track.
We are delighted to offer these events, and excited to share your experience as you and your horse become more in tune, balanced, and most importantly happy. So get ready to bid farewell to the icy river, snow-capped mountains and hairy horses, and say “Hello!” to springtime and new adventures. Don’t forget to whip out your rubber curry combs and lint rollers too!
Laura Sans-Vaughn: Equine Good Citizens Certificate
Starting March 13th, 3-4:30pm, we are glad to have local equine professional Lauren Sands-Vaughn join us at the ranch to kick off her very own Equine Good Citizens Certification Program. This will be followed by a five week riding course in Western Dressage Fundamentals. Lauren Sands Vaughn has experience in a wide variety of disciplines and styles of training, including all around western, western dressage, classical dressage, Doma Vaquera, equine psychology, liberty work, trail riding and trick training. She participated in the first Western Dressage Association of America Train the Trainers event, Extreme Mustang Makeover, and was 2014 CAWDA Top 5 in the open division.
Participants will learn to establish a strong foundation with their horse. Then, participants will have the opportunity to transfer these skills into the saddle in the Western Dressage Fundamentals Course, which will be offered later this spring. Participants will also have open-arena practice time and continued weekly-mentorship with Lauren via DaysAtDunrovin. Both programs end on a day of testing and awards to celebrate the horses’ achievements and the leadership skills of the handler.
Sundays 3:00pm-4:30pm: March 13, 20, 27 & April 3, 10
optional testing day & open arena time
Lauren Faber-Morris: Connected Riding & Horsemanship
Come join us the weekend of April 16th and 17th at Dunrovin Ranch. We will be hosting a fun and informative clinic taught by Certified TTouch Practitioner Laura Faber-Morris of the Wholistic Equine Center in Whitefish, MT. Learn to improve the balance and harmony between you and your horse, gain solid groundwork skills that translate up into the saddle, and learn how the proper biomechanics of horse and rider can create success through partnership.
Laura teaches a variety of methods to help you become more in tune with your horse. These methods include TTouch, a form of bodywork that improves behavior, performance and healing. TTouch was developed by internationally recognized animal expert, Linda Tellington-Jones, PhD; Connected Riding, developed by equine professional Peggy Cummings. Connected Riding is based on the biomechanics of movement, teaching riders to synchronize with their horses movement to create more ease and better performance; and The Masterson Method, an integrated, multi-modality method of equine massage developed by Equine Massage Therapist Jim Masterson. Whether you want to have a deeper connection with your horse, or improve performance, this clinic will get you on the road to accomplishing your goals.
April 16 & 17, 2016; 9AM – 5PM
|Audit Fee||$25/day; $40/weekend|
|Overnight Stall Fee||$20/night|
Brandon Carpenter: Partnership Clinic
To finish out the spring, we are glad to welcome back to the ranch our long-time friend, and breeder and trainer of Tennessee Walking Horses, Brandon Carpenter. On the weekend of May 21st and 22nd, Brandon will join us to help deepen our understanding of horsemanship and increase the performance we desire from our horses. Many of you may be familiar with Brandon from past clinics here at Dunrovin, or from viewing the remote training and mentorship experience between our new horse Mystery and wrangler Taryn Bushey. We are very excited to see Brandon in person, as we watch him help participants transform relationships and create stronger foundations with their horses.
To add a unique twist to the clinic, we are extending the experience here at the ranch to the online members at DaysAtDunrovin. As our cyber participants submit videos of working with their horses, they will be able to chat with Brandon as he views and critiques them. Then, he will offer demonstrations on camera. We are doing this to accommodate those who don’t have the ability to go from clinic to clinic or lesson to lesson. The online twist will allow online participants to form a partnership with Brandon, just as the on-site participants are. As they continue their mentorship months after the clinic, online viewers will have access to HorseChat, Ranch Cams, and other horse related content at www.DaysatDunrovin.com.
May 21 & 22, 2016; 9:30AM-4:30PM
optional private lessons available after clinic
|Audit Fee||$25/day; $40/weekend|
|Overnight Stall Fee||$20/night|
Lauren Sands-Vaughn: Western Dressage Fundamentals
Following the Equine Good Citizens Certificate Program, we are happy to announce you have yet another chance to extend your horsemanship with Lauren Sands-Vaughn. Starting May 8th, we will be hosting Lauren’s Western Dressage Fundamentals course. Learn skills such as softening to the bit, lateral flexion, turning on the forehand and haunch, shouldering in, and much more! Ride a formal Western Dressage Test at the end of the program to test your new found skills!
Join this five week program Sundays from 4:00 – 5:30 (excluding May 22nd) and learn the key fundamentals of Western Dressage, while creating a stronger partnership with your horse. Included in the program is a two-month free membership to DaysatDunrovin and Lauren’s Virtual Arena. To learn more about Lauren Sands-Vaughn, visit her website at www.laurensandshorses.com.
Sundays 4:00pm-5:30pm: May 8, 15, 29 & June 5, 12