Buster McLaury clinic a success
June 5, 2009
Beautiful weather, great location, nice horses and people ready and willing to learn, combined to make the four day Buster McLaury clinic a success. Held May 28-31 at Brad and Beca Andrews place north of Red Owl, SD, it featured both colt starting and horsemanship clinics with Buster McLaury of Paducah, TX doing the instruction.
McLaury and his wife, Sheryl, conduct clinics all over the nation. Born and raised on the historic Four Sixes (6666) ranch at Guthrie, TX, McLaury has cowboyed his entire life. A visit to the 6666 ranch by the great horseman, Ray Hunt, changed Buster’s whole perspective on “breaking” horses in the early 1980’s. Ray’s ideas and ability impressed Buster and led him to change his whole way of working with and understanding horses, which led Buster to want to help other people learn as well.
For over 10 years Buster and Sheryl have traveled and done clinics to help people work with their horses more effectively, thereby improving life for the horse. Buster is a true cowboy and horseman and is able to relate what he means clearly to all levels of riders.
Besides doing clinics, he also starts colts for many ranches and breeding farms every year. His extensive experience with horses of varied types and dispositions gives him insight into how to approach the horse as an individual.
Not into self-promotion, he is a humble man who keeps a fairly low profile and doesn’t seek the spotlight for himself. He’s simply striving to help people and horses have a better relationship. His sense of humor and good stories make it an enjoyable experience in the process.
Seven people participated in the colt starting and around five in the horsemanship. Those with colts in the colt clinic were Brad Andrews of Red Owl, Callen Brink of Union Center, Jacque Habeck of Belle Fourche, Eric Jones of Plainview, Tom Miller of Red Owl, Tanner Radway of Milesville, and Colin Wood of Newell. The horsemanship clinic had about five riders all four days. Some of them couldn’t be there every day, but came when they could. They were Brad Andrews of Red Owl, Bailey Long of Red Owl, Stephanie Meisner of Sturgis, Tom Miller of Red Owl, Tanner Radway of Milesville, and Jill Troutman of Piedmont.
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All of the participants expressed how much they enjoyed the clinic and felt like they had learned a lot and had a lot more to offer their horses. Those with colts were confident that they could go on and keep riding their colts since they had a good foundation on them.
Brad Andrews traveled and worked with Buster for several years before he and Beca married, and they were very pleased to have Buster and Sheryl there to do the clinic. Plans are in the works for another clinic already, so there will be an opportunity to learn from a truly great horseman again in the not too distant future.