Ready, Set, Whoa!
Want to get some basic training without breaking the bank? There will be THREE clinics offered on Saturday, June 24, 2017. You can sign up for one, two, or all three. Stick around for a mock competition on Sunday where you will receive feedback on each obstacle. Or, you can just do the mock competition on Sunday without taking any clinics on Saturday.
We will focus on being confident, being a good leader, building confidence in our horses and mules, and learning how to work as ONE with safety as our FIRST goal!
All ages, all breeds! Absolutely no judging.
8-11:30 Groundwork: Asserting ourselves as the leader
12:30-3:00 Obstacle Fundamentals & Horsemanship
4:00-6:30 Trial Riding Fundamentals: Safe, Slow, & In Control
One Clinic: $35
Two Clinics: $60 (you save $10)
All Three Clinics: $75 (you save $30)
Mock Competition starts at 9:00a.m. on Sunday $15 per person (only $10 if you take a clinic the day before).
All clinics will be instructed by Brandy Von Holten. Brandy was a novice competitor in 2013. By 2014, she won the Novice Division and placed 6th at the EXCA World Championship. In 2015, Brandy won the Reserve Champion in the Intermediate Division, and moved up to the Open Division where she placed 3rd at Nationals. In 2016, Brandy won the Reserve National Championship in the Green Horse Division and started Double Excel Horsemanship & Mulemanship.
Call 660-668-0880 to sign up. Clinics are only open to 12 participants each.
FUN, FUN, and MORE FUN!!!!
We have 4 different family oriented fun things to do from Saturday, July 1st-Tuesday, July 4th!
1. American Flag Scavenger Hunt
2. All American Pot Luck
3. Picture Challenge
The Picture Challenge is going on all weekend! Each person will be given a list of things they have to take a picture with throughtout their stay. If you complete the list you will receive a special dessert.
Potluck Saturday night @ 7pm!
The American Flag Scavenger Hunt is Monday @ 9a.m.
There will be 24 American flags randomly placed on the trails. each flag will be numbered. Bring your numbered flag in for a corresponding prize in the office!
Lots of family fun packed in one amazing weekend!
Call 660-668-0880 for reservations!
As always, negative coggins is required
Join us with barrel racing clinician Paul Humphrey for a Phase One Clinic.
$450 per rider, only one horse, no auditing
Call Von Holten Ranch for stalls/camping needs 660-668-0880
Call Bonnie for reserving your spot in the clinic 817-455-6197
Learn the “Whys” and “Why Nots” of horse training. When coming to a clinic with Michael, he is going to provide you with your very own program that will allow you to reach the goals that you desire. Each clinic is tailored to the horse and riders needs. Come and expect to RIDE!
Michael firmly believes in giving each rider the tools they need to put the pieces together in their training. You should not expect your learning to end when the clinic is over! Each person will be prepared to take the exercises they have learned and be able to apply them to other horses, or to continue to perfect them on the horse they rode.
This clinic is taught in a 3 Day format, to allow each rider the time to really begin to become confident in their maneuvers and reach a better understanding of the exercises.
Come expecting to learn
In hand bridle work
How to apply the bridle work to the saddle
How to fully engage the hind end and shoulders in your riding
How to speed up and slow down each piece of your horse
Getting a more relaxed horse at the walk, trot, and lope
Teaching the horse responsiveness to your cues
How to get nice and crisp transitions
Softness to the bridle
Learning how to properly use your reins and legs while riding
How to obtain nice circles at all gaits
This is the basic overlay of Horsemanship Clinics, but they are certainly not limited to this.
Each Day will start at 9:30am and run until sometime around 5:00pm. An hour lunch break will be provided at noon.
The first day will consist of a small group meeting to get to know everyone and to discuss what each individual is looking to get out of the clinic. Michael will then ask everyone to warm up as they generally do so that he can assess each persons riding levels and begin to create a program for you and your horse.
Be sure you are ready to ride! Do not come expecting to be able to skate under the radar and not interact. Please wear proper riding attire such as CLOSED TOE SHOES! We will not allow flip flops, or any open toed shoes in the arena.
Bring what it is that you prefer to ride in, though we strongly suggest having a snaffle bit and rope reins with you.
Also make sure to have a dressage whip.
Riding fee is $550 with $150 deposit to hold your spot.
Auditing fee is $25 per person.
Once you register, please complete the Clinic Form on the top of the Events Registration Page. It can be emailed to us, or sent through snail more. More information can be found once reviewing the form.
We are going to ride our horses (and mules) to cowboy church that will be held on the trails. When we make it to our destination and have service, we will all have breakfast from an authentic restored chuckwagon.
Offerings are appreciated for our pastor.
Breakfast you will pay the cook directly. I will post her prices on here, after I get a menu. If you are hauling in, we need to have an accuarate head count for breakfast by Wednesday July 12, 2017.
If you camped the night before, thie trail ride is FREE. If you want to haul in that morning, a day pass is $10. Children under 18 will not be charged a day ride fee if they are attending Cowboy Church.
Negative coggins are required.
Let’s combine “horses and hallelujah”!
This event will be like no other competition you have experienced. Teams of either 2, 3, or 4 FEMALE competitors will select their best in the 8 different divisions: 4 equine and 4 non-equine divisions. The team with the highest score minus the lowest score will be determined the winner!
- Ribbons for the TOP 10 in each division
- Sponsor provided first and second place prizes per division
- Cash prizes for the Champion and Reserve Champion Teams
- Champion and Reserve Champion BUCKLES for each team member!!!
This event is only open to the first 30 teams to enter and pay their nonrefundable entry fee.
Please FULLY read all documents and join us for an event that you will talk about around the campfire for years to come!
Event Descriptions: VHR Cowgirl Challenge Event Description
Team Information: Team Information
Challenger Buckle information: Challenger Buckle
New Manager Position information: New Manager Position
VHR Cowgirl Challenge entry form: Entry Form
Lee Hart Cowboy Logic Clinic
9:30AM-4:30PM, 1 hour lunch
Call 660-668-0880 to RSVP.
Join us for the 2nd Annual AHCA MO State Championship! Every Friday before the competition there will be a training clinic instructed by Brandy Von Holten with Double Excel Horsemanship. Make sure and call to reserve your spot in the training clinic, because it is only open to 12 participants. We will focus on you and your equine, so you can “Double Excel” together!
You can obtain your membership and register your equine the day of the event (or preferably the day before the event) at Von Holten Ranch!
There are 14 total AHCA events in the state championship, however, only your TOP 10 placings will be used to determine your state ranking. You must have at least 8 competitions to be eligible for state ranking for 2017.
AHCA is a national organization that has their national championships held in Sedalia, MO Oct.19-Oct.22, 2017. You only need to compete in 3 AHCA competitions to qualify for nationals.
Von Holten Ranch awards ribbons for the TOP 6 in every division at each AHCA competition. The AHCA has 50% payback in every division. However, if you need to decline winnings, or have your winnings awarded in the form of a gift certificate to keep your eligibility in other organizations, that is easily done to help you!
At the conclusion of the AHCA MO State Championship series, you can apply your winnings to a buckle. The buckles must be ordered through Von Holten Ranch, who must order them through the AHCA Headquarters. Only those that place in the TOP 10 will be eligible for buckles. Buckles will be awarded to say one of the following: State Champion, Reserve State Champion, Top 5, or Top 10.
In addition to the buckles for the Champions and Reserve Champions, saddle fenders can either be purchased or your own saddle fenders can be stamped through Von Holten Ranch. No other saddle makers will be permitted other than the saddle maker Von Holten Ranch uses to ensure consistency and quality standards.
Please call 660-668-0880 for any questions.
Electric sites, cabins, and stalls are available. It is highly recommended that competitors arrive the day before. Walk throughs start promptly at 7:30, and will ONLY be completed ONCE. Hearing what the judge has to say about each obstacle is extremely important.
Let’s see how much you and your equine can Double Excel together in 2017!
Entry form with prices: 2017-entry-form
Join us for for a 1 day clinic with Lee Hart.
$100 per rider
Lee Hart is a WRCA World Champion Bronc Rider and Top Hand as well as a World Champion Extreme Cowboy in multiple divisions. Lee applies his “Cowboy Logic” training program to communicate with a horse with consistency, positive reinforcement and feedback to build a willing, trusting, and confident partner.
Call 660-668-0880 to reserve your spot today.
$500 per rider, sign up with Von Holten Ranch at 660-668-0880
Dan focuses on the horse’s thinking pattern. He has won the prestigious competition, Road to the Horse. Dan helps horse enthusiasts expand their knowledge and understanding of the horse. This will be a liberty clinic, where the mission is to help create well rounded horses that are able to go on to do any disciple.