Reining clinic planned in Townsend area |

Reining clinic planned in Townsend area

Bill Brewster
Photo by Bill BrewsterCameron Meissner, left, of Manhattan, MT and J.R. Winter of Livingston, MT are the clinicians for a Montana Reining Horse Association clinic on June 26-27 at the Sorenson Ranch of Townsend, MT.

Reining horse clinicians J.R. Winter of Livingston, MT and Cameron Meissner of Manhattan, MT will focusing on show issues when they hold a clinic on June 26-27 at the Sorenson Arena near Townsend, MT. The arena is located at 200 Flynn Lane.

Spectators are welcome. The clinic runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Organizer Billi Heigh said topics included in the preparation for reining classes include running large circles and then transitioning to small circles along with stopping. The clinic is being sponsored by the Montana Reining Horse Association, in which Heigh serves on the Board of Directors.

Winter and Meissner also plan on covering showmanship and the preparation for a run in the show pen.

During the daily agenda schooling runs for the show horse will be judged to help participants with their reining skills, Heigh said. Following the judged runs, the clinicians plan on splitting the class for individual attention. At this point, the clinicians will work with the participants to correct problems shown by the riders in the judged class portion of the clinic.

In case of rain, Heigh said the clinic will be moved to an indoor arena in the Manhattan area of Gallatin County.

Stalls are included.

The clinic is limited to 12 participants.

For more information contact Jackie Sorenson at 406-266-3510 or or Billi Heigh at 406-459-9782 or