Our own partnership is a union with a sole purpose -- bringing greater joy into our lives. Like all partnerships, our challenges have helped us grow closer together. The challenges have helped us build greater trust and confidence and always, more joy.
The foundation we teach, create the basis for achieving any goal with your horse. This work builds trust and confidence in yourself and your horse, and affects all areas of your life.
Is there something within you that has the desire to ride a bigger dream? Would you like to improve upon your communication skills with your horse? Or would you to create more joyful experiences and feel like you are “doing it right.” We give you the guidance to achieve all this. You might be thinking: “Well, Robert and Janet, I don’t know where to begin.” That is where we can help you. We will help you get started. And teach you how to navigate your journey to achieve greater things.
Awaken Your Dream
When I was a kid our family had horses... lots of them... I learned that the horses could be my friends. They were friends I could trust. They were honest and for the most part they were trusting of me, that is until I started getting lots of horse advice. Soon I didn't know where or how to move ahead with the horses and I found myself pursuing other things.
Years later I reconnected with horses after meeting and riding with a few truly great horsemen and there began a journey that I have been on ever since.
I know what it is like to experience that really great connection with a horse and now is my time to share the adventure. I believe that connection is possible for everyone. Our desire for a trusting, harmonious and joyful relationship with the horse must be very clear, and that desire must be much greater than the challenges we will face.
I feel fortunate to have met and rode with the late Ray Hunt and Tom Dorrance and later with Buck Brannaman back in the 80s and 90s. In the 90s I was inspired to begin to help other horse owners create better partnerships through private and group lessons. At around that time I began to dream about creating the perfect experiential facility to share and develop harmonious partnerships.
I still remember as a child my love for horses. I watched a movie that left a lasting impression upon me about a young boy and his horse. The partnership showed trust, and was touching. This is the basis for my horse journey.
I grew up in the city, yet created opportunities to be with horses and ponies. When one has a deep desire, it seems nothing can stop it. At the age of 12, my sister and I bought a horse. This still is one of the most exciting moments in my life.
In the later 90s I enjoyed dressage. I purchased a Thoroughbred off the track who, I later learned, was troubled and I did not have the skills to help him. This horse was my ticket back to focusing on the partnership. That is when I found a wonderful teacher, Greg Eliel, a student of Buck Brannaman. This opened the door to many more fantastic teachers of the horse and self.
As my passion and success grew with the horse, I began teaching part-time in 1998.
Robert and Janet Phinney
Our hearts brought us together in marriage. Together we began creating new opportunities through building a successful horsemanship business together. In 2006, we began teaching part-time together here in the northwest. We both continued to expand on Robert's dream to create an experiential facility at our home.
Since 2010, we have been teaching full time, building better horse-human partnerships. Our different teaching styles complement each other. They are a great asset in helping our clients deepen their understanding.
We have been blessed with wonderful teachers, both horses and humans, and continue to be so. Our life is a journey and it can keep getting better. We want to thank you for reading our website. You are the reason we teach. We are thankful for all that we learn through aspiring to be the best teachers and horseman we can be.
Madison is our boss mare. She is extremely confident and capable of doing almost any ranch task requested. She epitomizes what a lead mare should be in assuming her role as caretaker of the herd. As my partner, she has taught me the importance of being the leader of the dance.
Jasper is a big, strong and personable horse who can get a little worried from time to time, but with reassurance from me , will try anything. He is just one of those horses you always feel good about bringing in, knowing the job is going to be a success.
Cholo is my greenest horse, my most athletic, most forward, very willing, and my lightest horse. He is a fun horse to work with while teaching.
Annie has a huge try in her and a matching zest for life. She is very communicative in her expressions and actions. She is confident and always seems ok with where she is while being inquisitive to do more.
Ruby wants to get along and is a natural follower. She can become uncertain which manifests as pushy or fearful when I am a wishy-washy leader. Learning to bring out her best has taught me patience and honesty. This picture shows her trying her best to do what the little girl wants.
Cricket - client's horse
Cricket's protective layer is pushy and impulsive. She had a tough go somewhere in her past. She can be light and responsive when I expect this from her and offer her a good deal.
Penny - client's horse
Penny was fearful and distrusting of the human. It seems she never learned to find peace through moving her feet. She has a huge try when given the chance, but is often skeptical so giving her time to think was important. She has taught me that one must give trust and respect before one can receive it.