Cowboy Academies

Cowboy & Cowgirl Academies

9:00 – 12:00   Academy in session

12:00 – 1:00   Lunch Break

1:00 – 4:00     Academy in Session

Jerry Cowboy
Pam Cowboy

Our Cowboy & Cowgirl academies focus on horsemanship as it relates to working ranch stockmanship skills, drawing on the time-honored techniques of the western vaqueros. Our academies are customized based on the developmental level of the participants and their horses (if applicable), choosing from the following areas and depending on the participants’ areas of interest. Academy size ranges from 2 to 4 participants.


Preparing to Ride: Gathering your horse, grooming, saddling, bridling, with discussion about what goes into a cowboy’s rig and why.


Ground Work: Literally  “from the ground up” you will begin to establish a relationship with the horse. You will begin to understand and establish “feel,” a concept best discussed by Bill Dorrance and Leslie Desmond in their book, “True Horsemanship Through Feel.”


Arena Riding:
Practice riding with a balanced seat with proper reining for effective communication. Practice the use of direct and indirect reins, work on lateral flexion, develop a soft “feel” with float in the reins, understanding the foot fall in all three gaits and being able to set off on the correct lead, and conducting turns, leg yields and backing up…simulating the skills needed to participate in a gathering or cut a cow from the herd.

Cattle Work

Practical, real life application of horsemanship skills to drive, sort and pen live cattle.

  • What we want to have happen and why?
  • How do we position ourselves to have what we want to happen, happen?
  • Understanding the three zones with cattle:
    • Zone of recognition
    • Flight zone
    • Fight zone
  • Safety concerns
  • Difference between blocking and turning
  • Importance of the eyes; getting the cattle to look where we want them to go
  • Difference between “allow” and “force”
  • Holding the “rodear” in open space
  • Load cattle into stock trailer on horseback

Introduction to Roping

Beginning with ground roping and advancing at the pace of the student, learn the techniques of building and throwing a “big loop” as an integral part of being an effective ranch hand. Nobody teaches ranch roping better than our own Bob King!

Cowboy & Cowgirl Academies

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with an hour for lunch. Lunch provided.

Private Client Rates

                                                Your Own Horse             Using Our Horse
3-day Academy                         $500                                 $600
4-day Academy                         $650                                 $750
5-day Academy                         $800                                 $900

20% Military Discount

NOTE: Visiting horses must meet our health “vet check” guidelines before visiting our ranch.  Feeding and stall cleaning services are available for guest horses: $25 per day ($15 if your own feed is provided)

Academies will recognize with appreciation those equestrian clinicians and master horsemen who have influenced the development of this program, including:

Buck Brannaman

Ray Hunt

Tom Dorrance

Bill Dorrance

Wendy Murdoch

Leslie Desmond