Warren Backhouse - One of Australia's leading trainers and clinicians within the country offers The Five Star Reining Clinic. Held over 5 days, the clinic caters to riders and horses of all abilities. The price includes all meals, a cooked breakfast, healthy lunch and hot dinner. Stabling and camping costs vary dependent on location and can be found on the appropriate page on this site.Numbers are limited and the clinics will fill fast, so BOOK EARLY.
Over the 5 days, Warren will guide riders through a structured program, each day building on the skills and knowledge gained in the day before. Each day riders get individual tuition plus an opportunity for riding time on their own to consolidate what they have learnt.
Day 1 covers circles and the basic drills needed to get a balanced circle, correctly positioned horse and smooth lead departures.
Day 2 covers lead changes. Often the most frustrating part of a program, Warren offers a clear explanation of the mechanics of lead changes and provides a variety of exercises to help the rider on the way to smooth transitions.
Day 3 covers turn-arounds. Warren breaks the turn-around into simple steps, focusing on correct hoof placement. Even horses and riders who have never done a turn-around will be well on the way after this instruction.
Day 4 covers roll-backs. Using the skills developed over the previous three days, Warren helps the rider to put them together to accomplish slick roll-backs.Day 5 covers stopping.
Warren explains the fundamentals of a stopping program and gives riders the opportunity to identify how they will get their horse ready to perform a sliding stop. In a very useful session for the beginner or seasoned reiner, Warren shares his knowledge of showmanship and answers questions about what to look out for on show day.
The 5 day format offers an intensive training experience and also the opportunity to really consolidate what you have learnt in an environment where you don’t have to think about anything except you and your horse.