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LESSONS Private lessons (at our facility)..................................................... $60hr Private lessons (off site).......Not available at this time.... *On occasion I travel off site for private lessons. Please email us. Lesson days may also be setup at your farm for a lower per hour fee. Lessons are available at my facility. Local, off-site group lessons may be available, please contact me. Lessons can be purchased in groups of 5 for a 10% discount Group lessons (2-3 ppl)....................................... $40/hr per person ClinicsRichard also travels throughout the state to conduct horsemanship clinics as well as colt starts. Some of the topics that are taught and can be taught are Western Dressage, Basic fundamentals of horsemanship, Ranch Roping, Classical Dressage and more. If you are interested in hosting Richard for a clinic or a weekend of private lessons please contact us for more information.TRAINING Full and part-time training available at Horsegate Farm in Siler City, NC. Please contact Richard for more information. Richard specializes in colt starting, foundational training, challenging horses and getting your horse safe, sound and ready for you to take him to the next level no matter your discipline. Richard has trained, dressage, eventing, jumping, cutting horses and many more. Richard also enjoys training and showing Western Dressage and Classical Dressage.
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Intro To Western Dressage, Creedmor NC
Colt Start/ Problem horse , Chester SC $575
March 24,25 -
Green recruit, Siler City $325 includes Stall
April 21 -
Patterns, Siler City $175
The Next Step Clinic, Concord NC $325
The Next Step Clinic, Crockett Virginia $325
May 19,20 -
The Next Step, Siler City $325 Includes Stall
The Next Step Clinic, Lake Wylie SC $325
Every Horse a Trail Horse, Siler City $175
5 Day Horse Development and 2 day clinic, Siler City NC $725
Sept 29,30 -
Green Recruit, Siler City $325 Includes Stall
October 20 -
Patterns, Siler City $175
5 DAY HORSE DEVELOPMENT AND CLINIC
This is a great opportunity for you and your horse to advance. Richard will ride and train your horse for 5 days. After the 5 days you will take a 2 day clinic to continue making progress with your horse. During the 5 days of training Richard will work on the horses foundation helping your horse to be calm, confident and responsive. Moving out with softness, flexion and maintaining gait. On the weekend clinic you will work to continue the training so you can take over at home with what we started.
Richard will help you break through challenges and overcome hurdles to help you reach your goals. This will be done through his hands on development of your horse and your participation in a 2-day clinic.
INTRO TO WESTERN DRESSAGE
In this 2 day group clinic we will explore how to bridge the gap from wherever you and your horse are now into the exciting and growing sport of Western Dressage. You don’t need to have any previous experience with Western Dressage or even own a western saddle to participate. Western dressage is designed to add refinement, lightness, balance and power to the working horse and rider without compromising calmness and manageability.
We will cover rules, tests flexions, transitions, engaging the horses hind end, softness and other exercises as well as trouble-shoot any roadblocks you may be having. On Sunday we will ride a test!
PATTERN AND PRECISION EQUAL PROGRESS
Riding Patterns with Precision is the ultimate key to training. I have used these same Patterns on all breeds of horses and all disciplines from Dressage and Eventing horses to cutters and trail riders and ranch riding horses.
Consistency and Precision are the keys to training and developing a horse. In this clinic you will learn how to ride various patterns with varying precision based on your horses development stage.
It is through the use of these patterns that you will cause your horse to understand more solidly your aids. The patterns will help you have better seat control, help stop and turn without using your reins and have your horse maintain gait until you ask for another one. The patterns will help your horse move engaged both mentally and physically without having to use your reins all the time.
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GREEN RECRUIT CLINIC (2-days):
In this 2 day clinic we will be focusing on precision, softness and feel. It is for riders of all disciplines and horses. Challenging horses, horses started under saddle or not. It’s also for the novice horse owner or veteran horse owner who wishes to learn more about putting a solid foundation on their horse, communicating with feel and building confidence and causing the horse to accept things instead of tolerate them. In the morning we will cover the basics of ground work, including, confidence and accepting, saddling, obstacles and working off of a feel with the focus being on low stress for the horse, communication and understanding. In the afternoon we will work on riding basics and building you and your horses confidence and communication under saddle. Depending on you and your horse it may not be feasible to put the first ride on your horse at the clinic. You will however be able to go home with enough knowledge to continue your training at home. Be prepared for lots of in depth information and to continue the work at home to build a solid foundation with your horse. A solid Foundation based on feel gives you: Basis to fall back on and fix problems Feel for the mind to get to the feet Give you the confidence and leadership techniques you need for a working relationship. Cause your horse to be a safe reliable mode of transportation
READY WILLING AND ABLE "The Next Step": (2-days) Your horse will always give exactly what they and you are ready, willing, and able to give! Refinement and advancing horsemanship requires continuous improvement and expansion of skills and feel for both you and the horse. In this clinic we will explore ways to improve your horses mental, emotional, and physical readiness in preparation for a harmonious relationship even during advanced maneuvers and sports. Areas we will cover are flexions, soft feel, walk-trot-canter departs, transitions, transitions within the gait, maintaining gait, Lateral work with softness, engaging the horses hind end, backing, lead changes and other exercises to help you better set you and your horse up for riding with refinement. Pre-Requisites: Have taken a Green Recruit Clinic with me, be a current student or contact me about participating. You should be confident enough and able to canter with some degree of control and on a semi loose rein. Your horse knows the basic yields and moves appropriately away from pressure. MOST IMPORTANT- Smile, Be prepared to have fun and learn outside of your comfort zone. Bring your riding boots and get ready to advance your horsemanship. Every Horse a Trail Horse:
GIVE YOUR HORSE A PURPOSE!! Horses were domesticated to be a safe and effective mode of transportation. Additionally, they are designed to be continuously on the move. Trail safety and basics are invaluable for the safety of the rider as well as the enrichment and relaxation of the horse. In this 1 day clinic our goal is to develop trail-safe partnerships and problem solving skills and techniques when scary situations do arise… even if it is at a show and not on a trail. This is a great clinic for all horses, from dressage and cutting horses to a trail horse. We will cover ways to gain to gain your horses confidence with multiple obstacles and sight and sound stimuli. In it you will learn the skills and techniques to build your horses confidence, your leadership and prepare your horse for a fun, safe trail ride.