Spalding-Labs Presents Light Hands Horsemanship VII

An Adventure in Lightness May 30- June 2, 2013 Santa Ynez, CA

The seventh annual Light Hands Horsemanship Clinic and Symposium will be held at Intrepid Farms in California’s beautiful and historic Santa Ynez Valley near the coastal town of Santa Barbara.

Conceived of by Intrepid Farm’s owner Arthur Perry after he saw Eitan Beth-Halachmy, Lester Buckley, Jon Ensign and Dr. Robert Miller perform and present at an international horsemanship expo in Brazil in 2006, the event has brought widespread acclaim and attracts an audience from across the US and the World. Presenters at the 2013 gathering on May 30- June 2, 2013 are the four original clinicians, Dr. Robert Miller, loved and respected worldwide for his equine behavior lectures, books, videos and devotion to natural horsemanship. Dr. Miller was the 2012 Western Horseman of the Year, respected and highly regarded horseman Jon Ensign of Montana, Eitan Beth-Halachmy, the founder of Cowboy Dressage and a great entertainer and horsemen, Lester Buckley, a remarkable Texas Western Horse trainer who is now also a licensed dressage and open jumping instructor in Germany. In addition the 2013 event will also feature the great senior reinsman Jack Brainard. Jack is one of the original organizers of the NRHA and the Western Horseman of the year in 2011 and was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 2011. 2011 was a big year for Jack. He is one of Texas’s greatest horsemen and at 91 still mounts up and rides each day. 2009 Road to the Horse Champion Richard Winters will be starting a young colt over the four days and famed Arabian Horse trainer, breeder and Cowgirl Hall of Fame inductee Sheila Varian will be sharing her wit, wisdom and horsemanship with our guests. Rick Lamb of the Horse Show on RFDTV will be giving two educational talks as well as being our official emcee.

This is a rare opportunity to learn from several of the world’s best horsemen, in an unusual casual environment on a very beautiful private estate.

In addition to the education attendees, which is limited to 200 people, you will enjoy great food, informal gatherings with the clinicians, select vendors, entertainment, private western museum tours and much more. Grammy nominee Mary Ann Kennedy will be on hand to entertain us with song and music. Jon Hall of Succeed will give a talk on Ulcers in horses. Oh, and if that is not enough there is a Tall Tales and Sing-a-Long, a welcome  party and food, food and more food.

Once again a small select trade show will be set up on the farm offering high quality merchandise for the horse owner.

What a great and rare opportunity to enjoy such an entertaining and congenial experience and simultaneously learn from these masters of horsemanship:

Spalding –Labs and Fly Predators is our event sponsor. Tom Spalding works tirelessly and believes in this event as much as we all do. His dedication and willingness to get the job done right and with class makes for a spectacular event.

Santa Ynez is known for its wonderful weather, especially this time of year. For those that have not been there before they should plan an extra day or two to visit horse and cattle ranches, vineyards, beautiful Santa Barbara and nearby beaches. Hearst Castle in only a few hours north along the coast and Solvang, a quaint Scandinavian community is full of shops, restaurants and B&B’s located nearby. Besides many fine hotels in the area, Cachuma Lake Resort near Intrepid Farms, offers RV and Trailer hook ups and rental cabins on the lake. There is also a RV park nearby.

The last two years have been a sell out so register early. There is a saving for early registration also.

For complete information on Light Hands Horsemanship, please visit their website at, email or call 530-346-2715.

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