Ricky Quinn clinic in Crawford June 10-12
He’s taught American and Irish horse owners the basics and beyond.
Ricky Quinn has been invited to every one of Carolyn Hunt’s colt-starting clinics. The wife of renowned horseman, Ray Hunt, Carolyn only contacts the upper echelon of horse folk to her “Legacy of Legends” event, and Quinn’s name always makes the list. And this summer, he’ll be sharing tips and tricks at his Nebraska clinic.
Ricky Quinn horsemanship and ranch roping clinic will teach riders to communicate, throw a strong loop and more
With summer just around the corner and many horseback miles to be loped, there’s no better time to be learning how to improve one’s horsemanship and roping skills than at a clinic. On June 10-12, there will one at the Crawford Rodeo Grounds, Crawford, Nebraska, featuring horseman, cattleman, and clinician, Ricky Quinn.
Ricky Quinn was raised in the Worland, Wyoming country, and grew up there riding and working with livestock. When still a teenager, he met Buck Brannaman at a clinic, and the impact that Buck’s methods of horsemanship had on Ricky was life changing. His desire to learn more about those methods led him to continue to study horsemanship and to make it his life’s work to make life better for the horse.
For over 13 years, Quinn has been conducting horsemanship, ranch roping and cattle handling clinics throughout the United States, as well as Ireland. He doesn’t have any big name sponsors or gadgets in his program, just a determination to remain true to the teachings of Tom Dorrance, Ray Hunt, and Buck Brannaman, and even more, true to the horse. His goals are to help people understand and work with their horses in a way that changes both lives in a positive way.
Quinn has worked extensively with Brannaman, both on a professional and personal level, and has in turn earned the respect of many of the great horsemen in the industry today. Starting with the first Legacy of Legends Colt Starting event in Ft. Worth, Texas, Quinn has been invited to return every year to participate. Participants in the event are personally chosen by Ray Hunt’s wife Carolyn Hunt, and they must meet the criteria she sets to be a part of it. At the last event, Carolyn Hunt gave Ricky a colt from their program to start and ride for a year. At the next Legacy of Legends event, the horse will be sold to raise money for the event. Ricky was honored to be able to do that for such a good cause.
Now ranching near North Platte, Nebraska, Ricky and his wife are raising their family and run a stocker cattle operation, besides teaching horsemanship. He has a wealth of knowledge to share in horse and cattle handling, and no matter the discipline of the rider, he can help both rider and horse to better learn the mechanics of properly riding and directing a horse, plus teaches the rider how to “feel” the horse from the ground up. The effects of learning better communication through feel reach much further than horsemanship and can change how people deal with other parts of their lives as well.
Clinic host, Denise Christy, says, “I came from a hunter/jumper world back east, having been raised in Maryland. I worked with some very talented people, but my experiences with horses since being introduced to Ricky have changed my whole way of thinking.” Experience in the working world of the horse industry, including the race track, has made her aware, too, of the shortcomings of most people who consider themselves horsemen. “It kind of sickens me to think of how I used to look at horses and treat them and we thought that was normal. I just look at the horse in a different way now.”
At the clinic, Quinn will challenge the participants and their horses to communicate better with each other and make that communication a partnership. Christy states “Everybody can get on their horse and ride and even get things done. But, are you getting them done with your horse as your partner or are they operating out of fear? It’s a great experience to have your horse want to do whatever it is you’re doing.”
The horsemanship clinic will work on softness, timing, and rewarding the smallest “try” in the horse. The clinic will evolve, based on the skill levels of the various riders, plus will assist people with horses with specific issues.
The ranch roping clinic will give practical instruction for roping on the ranch, using the big loop, low stress cattle handling style and good horsemanship. Ropers will learn a variety of shots including throwing a backhand loop, a hip shot, houlihan, and others.
There is a $200 deposit to hold a spot in either clinic, with the horsemanship costing $400 for three days, 7:30 a.m. to lunch. The ranch roping clinic costs $400 and will be held in the afternoons, all three days. If one wants to get into both clinics, there’s a reduced rate of $650 offered. Spectators can audit each day as well for a small fee. There will be a “bring your own meat” chuckwagon BBQ on Saturday night and time to socialize with the other clinic participants.
For further information, contact Denise Christy at 913-904-4084. You can learn more about Ricky Quinn at http://www.rickyquinnclinics.com.
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