Western Dressage comes to New Hampshire

Jack Brainard and Eitan Beth-Halachmy Clinics in New Hampshire

Coming soon, to a gorgeous, private horse farm near (enough) to you! This July we will host a pair of today’s most admired Hall of Fame horsemen and founders of the Western Dressage Association™ of America, Jack Brainard and Eitan Beth-Halachmy, teaching a total of 4 back-to-back clinics.

Riders of any discipline, English or Western are welcome! What Jack and Eitan teach and preach are classical riding skills. A shoulder-in is the same regardless of your saddle. A half-pass is no different whether you wear a cowboy hat or a velveteen-covered helmet.

When: Jack’s clinics will be July 6-8 and July 11-13. Eitan’s clinics will be July 17-19 and July 22-24.

Where: Kokonini Farm in Wentworth, New Hampshire. (Mid-state, an hour north of Concord, NH, two hours from downtown Boston.)

Who: Jack and Eitan are unlikely to need any introduction to members of this group. Suffice it to say that combined, they are in a total of four horse related Halls of Fame and have bred, raised, started, trained and/or ridden more than 16 World Champion horses in their careers. Jack was one of the founding members of the NRHA, and in collaboration with each other Jack and Eitan founded the Western Dressage Association of America. You can read more about each of them on our webpage: http://www.rstours.com/Site/Horsemanship_Clinics.html

What: We will have Jack Brainard back to our farm for his 9th consecutive year, conducting two 3-Day clinics. The first date (noted above) is our Jack Brainard Virgins Clinic, intended primarily for those who have never taken a clinic from Jack previously, or for those who feel they still need a bit more polish on their fundamentals. However, this is not a beginner’s course by any measure and it is not unusual to have riders successfully executing flying lead changes in our Virgins Clinics with Jack’s coaching. At the very minimum all riders should be confident at the walk, trot and canter. Our second offering is our Jack Brainard Advancing Clinic, designed for those who are alumni of a previous Jack Brainard clinic, or any rider who has a solid riding foundation, understands the timing of cues with footfalls, can lope quietly in the bridle, has a good, independent seat, and wishes to learn or advance their proficiency with such maneuvers as flying lead changes, stops, spins, roll backs along with the fundamentals of Western Dressage.

Following Jack’s two clinics we welcome Eitan Beth-Halachmy for the 2nd year in a row to teach Cowboy Dressage. This is an 8-Day program divided into two 3-day segments, with the dates noted above. Those who have the time and resources may sign up for both segments and enjoy two days off in between sessions to rest or practice, or even get some private coaching. For those who wish to study with Eitan, but can’t swing the full clinic, they can sign up for either the first or second segment only. As Eitan typically conducts his clinics as a continuous rotation of individual sessions geared to logically progress the skills of that particular horse and rider, continuity from the first segment to the second is not an issue. Everyone in this very small class will have several sessions a day tailored to their personal needs, intermixed with some general group exercises.

Cost: Both Jack Brainard clinics are strictly limited to just 10 riders. Free student housing is included. The cost for each clinic is $675. (Horse board is extra.)

As Eitan’s clinics focus more on individual sessions, each 3-Day segment for Eitan’s clinics is strictly limited to just 8 riders only. Free student housing is also included in the price. The cost for each segment is $975, or $1950 for the full 8-Day clinic (includes both 3-Day segments with 2 days off in the middle.) Again, horse board is extra.

All riders for all clinics have full use of the farm and facilities before and after class, or on the days off.

Auditors: Silent auditors are welcome at $30 per day for all clinics. Advanced reservations are required. No walk-ins are allowed.

Course Assistants: For each clinic we use 3 Course Assistants. A Course Assistant exchanges about 2 hours per day of general barn chores for the opportunity to audit the entire clinic free of charge, bring one horse free of charge, utilize all the equestrian facilities of Kokonini Farm free of charge (after class hours), and have free housing for the duration of the clinic.

About Kokokini Farm: Bordered to the north by the White Mountain National Forest and to the south by the crystal clear Baker River, Kokonini Farm is a beautiful 260 acre private horse retreat. 30 acres of pasture spread before our 15 stall barn and 90 x 200 fully lighted indoor arena with a professional sound system and unique roll-up sidewalls, giving us the option of a fully enclosed indoor arena or, moments later at the touch of some buttons, an open-sided, covered outdoor arena bathed by fresh air, natural sunlight and pastoral scenic views. Almost two miles of the Baker River meander through our farm, offering a refreshing swim for riders and/or their horses after each day of class. Some 13 miles of totally private riding trails weave through our meadows and forest, across streams and the river, to be enjoyed by students before or after class, as well as on their days off. Students are housed for free in our Old Farm House, just a few hundred feet from the barn and arena. Students may chose grass pasture turn-out for their horses, or stall board, which includes pasture turn-out at the student’s option.

Contact: Space is very limited. Interested riders, auditors or assistants may Contact Us…

  • By email at: chris@rstours.com
  • By phone at: 603-764-5905 (EST).
  • By our website: www.rstours.com

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or to secure a rider, auditor or assistant position!



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