2019 Clinics

At Our Ranch

Class Descriptions
Colt Starting

A class for young horses that may or may not have been handled or worked with, instruction is directed on groundwork and preparation for the first ride. Halter work, gentling and saddling without stress - for both horse and rider - are the main focuses of Colt Starting. The four day class is intended to conclude with the rider safely aboard and beginning work in the snaffle bit.


This class is 4 days, all day the first day and the mornings of the remainding days.

If you are interested in the Colt Starting class, please call Robert for pre-approval before sending your deposit.


Horsemanship 1

For the green horse and rider already comfortable in the snaffle bit along with aged horses needing continued work. This is the first stage of progressing into the bridle with all basic movements introduced. All levels of riders - no matter what discipline - will benefit. The class features strictly dry work - no cattle. All maneuvers stress the vaquero style of riding and are appropriate for horses from first level snaffle to experienced bridle horses. Hackamore horses welcome.


To secure a spot in the H1 class, please send a non-refundable $200 deposit per entry to Robert Phinney, PO Box 4, Dayton Wa 99328.  Please include your phone number and email.

Clinic Dates
  • July 12-14

  • July 26-28

  • August 5-9

  • Oct 12-13, Star, ID (full)

  • August 23-25

  • September 6-8

  • September 21-22

Registration forms and clinic details
  1. Please read the clinic letter if you are interested in auditing or participating and before you fill out the registration form.  2019 - Clinic Letter PDF

  2. Before you send a deposit, please fill out the registration form and send a copy with your deposit.  2019 - Clinic Registration Form PDF

  3. If you are interested in Auditing, you do not need to pre-register.  All auditing fees are collected each day.  There is plenty of covered seating available.

  4. The location of the clinic is the Columbia County Fairgrounds in downtown Dayton.   Here is a google maps link.

  5. For hotels I recommend visiting the Columbia County Chamber website.


Camping and camper hook-ups are available for participants and auditors. 

See the clinic letter and registration form for details.

If you have any questions at all
please call or email

Robert Phinney - (509)520-8777

Kathy Arnzen - (509)520-6469