We are excited to announce a partnership between the renowned John Lyons and Vista Verde Ranch to offer a one-of-a-kind horsemanship clinic.
October 11-15, 2015
Join a small group of riders to ride and learn under the renowned John Lyons.
John Lyons is one of the most internationally known horse trainers in the field of natural horsemanship. Lyons has been presenting training clinics and horsemanship symposiums since 1980, has written many books on horses and horse training, and is the founder of John Lyons’ Perfect Horse magazine. He lives and works out of Parachute, Colorado.
Lyons’ approach to establishing a partnership between horse and handler is based in part on the principles of operant conditioning. He encourages owners to notice what is going on with their horses and to use consistent cues and reinforcement to encourage positive behavior. He places a strong emphasis on safety of handler and horse, using gentle techniques, and eschewing dramatic results in favor of setting specific goals, then teaching them by use of clear signals, responsible methods, and consistency.
During the course of the clinic, riders and horses will learn the foundation exercises, lessons, and principles of the Lyons Method. Riders will, first and foremost, learn to effectively control their horse. Whether pleasure rider, trail rider, or experienced competitor, all riders have the same common goal: to improve the level of control they have over their horses. The clinic will help you reach that goal and take your horsemanship to the next level.
Participation in this 4-night, 3-day clinic will be limited to a small group of riders and auditors. Riders may bring a non-rider companion to take advantage of other ranch activities during the clinic dates. And guests just looking for a shorter version of our week-long stays can enjoy the ranch activities and visit with clinic attendees over meals.
Rates include lodging in one of our luxury cabins or lodge rooms, meals, beer and wine, clinic on our horse or yours, and airport transfers to and from the Steamboat/Hayden airport.
$1,900/non-rider: Guided trail rides, hiking, mountain biking, and fly fishing available for non-riders
$100/auditor/day: For non-guests who just want to come up to the ranch for the day to audit the clinic and enjoy lunch with our guests.
Please note: If you are bringing your own horse, a current health certificate will be required. Board is $100 for the 4 nights.
Please contact us at 800-526-7433 for more information or to reserve your spot.