Class Descriptions


For the horse and rider already comfortable in the snaffle bit, along with aged horses needing continued and/or refined work.  This class has no groundwork during class. (Groundwork is presented in detail in the Foundation Class, see below)

This is the first stage of progressing into the bridle with all basic movements introduced and fine-tuned.  All levels of riders – no matter what discipline, no matter experience – will benefit from everything presented in this class.  Maneuvers stress the vaquero style of horsemanship and are appropriate for horses from first level snaffle to experienced bridle horses.  Hackamore (bosal) horses of course, are welcome.

** HORSEMANSHIP 1.5  This new class was created by the sponsor for those that have ridden once or numerous times with Buck.  It is basically the same as H-1, but with that pre-requisite, riders will be familiar with Buck’s foundational requirements, will have had the chance to work on them, so therefore creating the ability for him to start the classes a bit more advanced.   With all riders being familiar with Buck and his fundamentals, more information can be presented at a faster pace.

HORSEMANSHIP 2 (not available in Spanaway this year)

This is the next phase in the development of a versatile bridle horse.  Horsemanship 2 introduces the rider to working a horse in the hackamore (bosal) and beyond.  Horsemanship 1 is a prerequisite for enrolling in this class, unless otherwise approved by Buck.  Since our clinic offers this class with no cattle, maneuvers that simulate working with them are offered.  Some rope work, dragging logs, and more advanced riding is presented so that all aspects in preparing the bridle horse-in-the-making are addressed.

FOUNDATION HORSEMANSHIP CLASS (Available 2022 in Ellensburg WA, July 8-9-10

This class is for the green rider or a green horse who may feel the need for additional groundwork prior to riding. During each of the three-day sessions half of the class is dedicated to working the horse from the ground in preparation for riding, with the second half of the class horseback. Horses already under saddle get huge benefits from this class…refinement of groundwork, and complete understanding is essential in the complete education of a horse.