Aug. 7, 2013 -- Legendary horseman Dick Pieper will share his knowledge, experience and how-to techniques during a two-day rider clinic on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24-25, 2013, at the beautiful McGrimmon Stables in Perth, Ontario. This is a spectacular town right on the magnificent Tay River and a mere 52 miles from Ottawa. In fact, Perth was voted the “prettiest town in Ottawa.” For those traveling from the U.S., the location for this clinic is only about a two-hour drive from Syracuse, New York.
Friday evening will feature a “Meet and Greet” with Dick from 7;00-9:00 p.m. for a small fee of $5.
The two-day hands-on clinic reflects what Dick has learned over decades of study and competition, and now he’s compiled that valuable wisdom and methodology into his Language of Horsemanship program. Derived from years of training horses and winning world championships in reining, cutting and reined horse competitions, Dick will teach three essential basics: Lateral Flexion, Collection, and Two-Track. “These basics are the solid building blocks for everything you do with horses, from trail riding to advanced maneuvers. These fundamentals are critical for all horses, whether it’s a colt just being started, or an aged saddle horse that needs refining or has become resistant and dull. And this program applies to all disciplines, too,” said Dick, “from reining to dressage to barrel racing--completely across the board.”
Included in this clinic are correct posture, timing, balance, slide stops, spins, rollbacks and cow work. What students learn during the clinic through exercise and practice will be put to the test on the final afternoon. The cost of this clinic is $500 per rider. Stalls, parking, camping for live-in trailers and hookups for trailers are available. Hotels are available in the area; information can be found on www.mcgrimmonstables.ca.
Todd McGrimmon, owner of the stables, has long been in admiration of Dick Pieper. “I’ve had high regard for Dick, his methods, and his winning ways for about 18 years now. And I own several Play Gun horses and have done really well with them in competition. I’ve never met Dick personally, and I’m truly looking forward to learning from him face-to-face. It’s a privilege to be able to study and ride with such a legend. Dick has proven his training methods and techniques by winning so much in the past. In his DVDs, which I’ve watched over and over again, he talks about the importance of a solid foundation, and how it’s the little things that make a difference with the horse. Being in a clinic with him here at the ranch is going to be a big benchmark in my life.”
Dick Pieper is a Past President of the National Reining Horse Association, NRHA Futurity Champion and member of the NRHA Hall of Fame and Western States Horse Expo Hall of Fame. He is an American Quarter Horse Association Professional Horseman, has won multiple World Championships and has held judges cards in the NRHA, AQHA, National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) and the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA). He has judged some of the most elite shows in the performance horse industry, including the All-American Quarter Horse Congress, AQHA World Show, AQHA Youth World Show, and the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. He also currently sits on the board of directors for both the Ranch Horse Association of America and the American Stock Horse Association.
Dick and his wife, Brenda, oversee their Pieper Ranch in Marietta, Oklahoma. Their ranch is home to famous stallions Playgun and Texas Kicker. Playgun, whose lineage reads like the “Who’s Who” of AQHA breeding, has offspring earnings of more than $8 million. Texas Kicker, a son of Colonel freckles, is an AQHA Reining World Champion.
For more information about Dick Pieper, his DVDs, ranch, horses, and the “Language of Horsemanship” program, visit www.PieperRanch.com.