The Ultimate Horsemanship Challenge is a fun-spirited, family oriented competition where horse and rider teams complete obstacles and are judged on horsemanship, confidence, trust, and communication. The sport is designed to promote community and camaraderie with special attention to the mental and physical health of our horses.
2017 Challenge dates (third Saturday of the month) and locations:
March 18th – Allison Creek Farm
April 15th – Mulberry River Farm (scroll for address)
May 20th – Allison Creek Farm
June 17th – Mulberry River Farm
September 16th – Allison Creek Farm
At 8am registration opens
At 9am we walk the warm-up course with the judge. The first rider to start immediately following walk through with judge. Competition start time varies depending on number of entries in warm-up, we usually get to it around 11 or so.
Competition first, second, and third place win money (a percent of entry fees!).
2016 October 29th (10a-5), October 30th (9a-1) at Allison Creek Farm.
Mike Branch’s clinics help students set and reach new goals as well reiterate communication between horse and rider. The format laid out is not a beginner arrangement. However, no rider is expected to know, or have mastered any of the proposed exercises prior to attending the clinic. The clinic is intended to point or guide you into the next phase of you and your horses journey together. “Mastering” each technique may or may not happen, it is a road map, if you will to yet another place for you to set a goal to attain.
The Wrap Around for a Soft Feel Throughout the Body
On-Line Circling for Impulsion Through Transitions
Understanding the Importance of Flexion
Rein and Leg Position and Authority
Picking Up Flexion on the Circle
Serpentine for Feel at the Walk
Feeling Your turns
The Cloverleaf Pattern for Feel
Warm-Ups on the Cloverleaf
Warm-Ups on the Serpentine
Transitions from Walk to Trot
Trotting the Serpentine
Trotting the Cloverleaf
Transitions to Canter
Simple Lead Changes
Mounted work should be done in a snaffle bit or bosal.
Participation: $275 for the weekend
Audit $20/day or $35/weekend
Registration is full. Any requests for participation will be added to the waiting list, and will be contacted in the event of a cancellation. Please consider volunteering (we need 2 people), or joining us as an auditor.