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Weekend in Review: Extreme Horsemanship Canada Clinic & Competition at The Horse Ranch

Colt Starting Demonstration - Starting Governor Clip #1:  "Do Something Specific With Your Feet"  Here are a few clips from last weekends 2 hour daily Colt Starting Demonstrations that Glenn did, as a part of the Extreme Horsemanship Canada Clinic & Competition. This is a two year old Lusitano Cross by Aviero do Mito and a great AQHA Mare. His name is Governor. Glenn has played with Governor three times before this, lead him around with him while he was teaching. In the first two hour session Glenn built an understanding on the ground and got him following a feel, built his confidence with a stick and string, tarp, flag, and a rope, and the sound of a stockmans whip. Then he got on him bareback, and then introduced him to a saddle pad and saddle, moved him around, helped him get comfortable and moving freely with the cinch and the stirrups moving around. Once Governor was good enough with the cinch and saddle Glenn got on from left and right and kept building on these things until he was able to walk trot and canter left and right leads in the saddle. Once the clear forward movement was established, he finished the session building softness in zones one and two, vertical and lateral flexion, and a few back up steps. Day two revisited all these areas again, walk trot and canter made sure he was having equal right and left leads. Then he started to work on guiding the horse and having him follow a feel from the saddle, again, looking for softness in zone one and two. Brought in the same tools as yesterday, stick and string, tarps, flag, rope, and today did it from the ground as well as confidence building with these things in the saddle. Everything was going smoothly so he did some work with a 45 line, and roped and drug a barrel from the saddle. A nice start with a very strong and athletic colt, only two and a half years old, he is going to be an incredible horse. He is very decisive colt, makes up his mind fast about whether he thinks something is to be worried about or comfortable with and changes his mind quickly. Hope you enjoy the clips and the photos as much as we did creating and recording the content!

Colt Starting Demonstration - Starting Governor Clip #2:  "Nothing I am suggesting says he should come towards me with any part of his body." "You kinda think you're getting something done but actually he's just pushing through you the whole time." Watch this clip and see what Glenn means, its subtle but very important that Governor learns this weight balancing and body positioning for his future development. Having these building blocks in place will be the start of things like spins at liberty and canter pirouettes in the saddle and much more.

Here are a few photos from this great weekend...what a lot of fun it was! We started out Friday night with a Pig Roast for over 50 of our guests, then Saturday & Sunday Mornings Glenn did a educational session for everyone, a Colt Starting Demonstration, with a 2 year old Lusitano cross we raised named Governor. Each Colt starting session was followed by all the riders participating in the Extreme Horsemanship Clinic and Competition. The bar was raised in the Horsemanship department this year; what a great bunch of people and horses, it was so much fun. Saturday night was a chili cookoff I think there was about 14 or 17 different chiiis - and they all tasted different! Thanks everyone for coming out, it was a really great event and we sure had a lot of fun.

The winners of the Extreme Horsemanship Canada Clinic & Competition at The Horse Ranch are....
Open
1st Place Ryon Hemingson
2nd Place Keily Stewart
3rd Place Dave Tissington
Novice
1st Place Novice Katherine Gattiker
2nd Place Novice Clark Bedell
3rd Place Lawrence Lemoine

This year we had a special "Unity in Horsemanship" award, going to the horse human pair that brought out the best in one another, showed the most harmony and built confidence, donated by Ron & Candice Tkachuk, went to Clark Bedell. Clarke won a HR Basic Kit, in the HR color Red!
This year was the toughest year so far to judge, the riders all raised the bar in horsemanship excellence. It was some great riding and extremly fun to watch, judging from the amount of spectators and noise from the bleachers!
Thank you to all the volunteers, Pig Roast Chef, timers, music players, scribes and arena crew! Thanks again to our sponsors:

• Troyer Ventures
• Fort Motors: $400 1st Place Custom Buckle and $600 Prize Money
• Mel & Ethelann Stewart of Shocker Hitches: Air Ride trailer hitch valued at $560
• Dan Peterson of Remax Realty: $400 1st Place Custom Buckle
• Greg & Louise Wilson of Tracker Contracting: Leather Chaps valued at $350
• Bruce Coleman of 8 Seconds Tack & Feed: Saddle Pad valued at $200
• Dave Tissington of T-West Development: Horse Ranch Bareback Pad valued at $249
• Ryon & Nicky Hemingson: 1 Paid Rider Fee to the Grande Prairie Pet & Equine EHC Competition Oct 12&13
• Home Hardware: Crockpot for the Chili Cookoff!
• Marcys Bright Ideas & Lighting: Lit Flowers for the Chili Cookoff!
• Jay Strembieke & Trimtek Signs: Event Signage 

• Ron & Candice Tkachuk - The Unity Award, a halter, lead, stick, and string.

Here are some pictures of this fun weekend!  

Lots more pictures on our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Natural-Horsemanship-with-Glenn-Stewart-a...

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Enjoy a weekend of family fun September 14 & 15 at the annual Extreme Horsemanship Canada Clinic & Competition, 22 km east of Fort St. John at The Horse Ranch in Baldonnel BC .

This entertaining and educational weekend will kick off Friday night with a Pig Roast & Campfire at 6pm, $10 per plate.  This is going to be a very special Pig Roast, a  'Lechon' cooked over a hardwood fire in a true South American Gaucho style, by a gentlemen from Uruguay, SA, Adrian San Juan.  Adrian will be dressed in a full "Pilcha', and the roast will take about 7 hrs!  He is bringing special spices for the 'Adobo" marinade and this is shaping up to be something very very interesting....

9 am Saturday & Sunday mornings watch Glenn Stewart present a Colt Starting Demonstration, explaining and showing the same methods as when he was on team Canada at the World Championship of Colt Starting.

Following Glenns Saturday morning presentations, there will be a clinic and competition placement course runs to have fun, test skills, build horsemanship and find out which division, Novice or Open, that the riders scores place them in.  Sit back and watch all the action as riders demonstrate their horsemanship skills through a fast paced series of obstacles and manoeuvres, highlighting elements of Reining, Ranchwork, Dressage, and Jumping. Over $3000 in prizes added. There will be catagories with buckles for first place, as well as prizes awarded for first, second and third places.

There will also be a simple lunch concession Saturday & Sunday, homemade soup & a bun - something to drink, chips and chocolate bars will be available.

Saturday night put your Chili making & testing skills to the test at the Great Chili Cookoff & Potluck dinner - load up your best chili in a crockpot. Everyone welcome, please bring a salad or desert and whatever you would like to drink for refreshments.

Extreme Horsemanship or  Extreme Cowboy Racing is one of the fastest growing equine sports in North America.  It encompasses a bit of all disciplines, Ranch work, Dressage, Reining, Jumping, and showcases great horsemanship.  The mission of our Extreme Horsemanship Canada events is that they showcase good horsemanship...which is why its not all about the obstacle, but rather how the obstacle is dealt with, and the spaces in between. Our unique Courses, Judging, Timing, and Scoring systems specifically place emphasis on the horsemanship skills utilized, and recognition/merit is given to the rider who builds confidence in the horse.

  • Please Note:  We are only accepting a maximum of 20 riders
  • Spectators $15 per day or $25 for both days. 12 & Under, Seniors free.  Come and cheer on the riders!  Please bring your lawnchairs, there are bleachers but we may run out of space.
  • Riders $250 plus GST, Second Horse $250 plus GST Riders must preregister.  Please plan to arrive before 830 am Sat & Sun, or before 9 pm Friday night.  The Colt Starting demo starts at 9 am sharp and we would like to have all riders horses and vehicles parked beforehand so we can all enjoy it.
  • Pen Fee $15 per horse per night - please bring your own feed, buckets, and clean your own pen.
  • Camping spots without power free.
  • Camping spot with power $20 per night.
  • Cabin Tent $25, Big Cabin $35, per night, per person.
  • Absolutely no dogs please, we love 'em, but we do not want you to bring them.
  • Please call to preregister for pens, cabins, or camping spots with power in advance as space is limited, by phone or email dixie@thehorseranch.com 1 877 728 8987 or local calls 250 789 3072.
  • Heres the directions:   The Horse Ranch is located 11 miles or 22 km east of Fort St. John BC.  Traveling in from Dawson Creek, (Hwy 97) go through Taylor, turn right just before railroad overpass, go around an “S” curve, take an immediate right onto the Baldonnel Road and go straight East 9 km.      
    When you reach a sharp curve to the right in the pavement, instead of going around the curve, go straight ahead and take an immediate left onto the graveled 243 Road.Go straight North 3 km and this road turns into a log gate at The Horse Ranch entrance.   Signs will be posted.

Thank you to the Sponsors of the Horse Ranch Extreme Horsemanship Canada Competition!

  • Troyer Ventures
  • Fort Motors: $400 1st Place Custom Buckle and $600 Prize Money
  • Mel & Ethelann Stewart of Shocker Hitches: Air Ride trailer hitch valued at $560
  • Dan Peterson of Remax Realty: $400 1st Place Custom Buckle
  • Greg & Louise Wilson of Tracker Contracting: Leather Chaps valued at $350
  • Bruce Coleman of 8 Seconds Tack & Feed: Saddle Pad valued at $200
  • Dave Tissington of T-West Development: Horse Ranch Bareback Pad valued at $249
  • Ryon & Nicky Hemingson:  1 Paid Rider Fee to the Grande Prairie Pet & Equine EHC Competition Oct 12&13
  • Home Hardware: Crockpot for the Chili Cookoff!
  • Marcys Bright Ideas & Lighting: Lit Flowers for the Chili Cookoff!Jay Strembieke & Trimtek Signs: Event Signage
  • Glenn & Dixie Stewart:  Master Horsemanship Series DVDs, valued at $490 as the Gate Prize.