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Jim Masterson Travels across New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa Teaching Seminars

Photo courtesy of the Masterson Method.

Fairfield, Iowa – Nov. 21, 2019 – Jim Masterson, founder of the Masterson Method®, is traveling thousands of miles across New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa teaching integrative equine performance bodywork techniques and principles.

Masterson spent October in the United Kingdom before heading to Australia. He made a quick trip back to the United States presenting to standing-room-only crowds as a featured presenter at Equine Affaire in West Springfield, Massachusetts. While in Australia, Masterson held a weekend seminar at his old home base at the New South Wales Mounted Police Troop in Sydney.

A highlight of this international trip is Masterson’s featured presenter clinics at Equitana Auckland held at ASB Showgrounds in Epsom, New Zealand, Nov. 21-23.

“We will be doing Equitana and a Weekend Seminar in New Zealand for the first time,” Masterson said. “In total, we will be certifying nine new Masterson Method Certified Practitioners (MMCPs) in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa this trip.”

Equitana Auckland is the most comprehensive equine educational program in New Zealand. The four-day event features New Zealand’s best equine professionals and global superstars in eventing, show jumping, dressage, and natural horsemanship.

About the Masterson Method

The Masterson Method was developed by Jim Masterson after many years as a professional equine bodyworker. It is an interactive approach to equine massage in which the horse is an active participant. The practitioner learns to recognize and use the responses of the horse to their touch. Through the horse’s response the practitioner is able to locate and relieve tension in key junctions of the horse’s body that most affect performance. It is something done with the horse, rather than to the horse.

Anyone can learn The Masterson Method. For horse owners, horse care givers, and equestrians, the Masterson Method can deepen the bond between horse and human.  It is a significant way to improve performance, open new levels of communication, and develop the horse’s trust.

Countless testimonials tell the stories of horses and humans that have been forever transformed for the better by the Masterson Method. Read Masterson Method participants’ testimonials here.

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Basic Horsemanship and Horsemanship I Clinic with Scott Stokes

Mahan Farm and host Brett Barteld will be presenting horsemanship clinician SCOTT STOKES for a clinic held on March 22nd and 23rd and Private Lessons held on March 24th through March 27th. ALL DISCIPLINES WELCOME (ENGLISH OR WESTERN).


Scott is a calm, respectful, and very patient teacher of horsemanship, cow working, ranch roping, and ground work. He demonstrates and communicates very clearly, and then puts his students in a position to succeed. He encourages you to try without fear of failure. His clinics are just plain fun, and if you want to learn, he will teach you.

With Scott’s laid-back and easy-going style, extensive knowledge, and teaching ability combined with countless demonstrations he performs with his personal horses, everyone will have an informative and enjoyable experience.

Whether you are just beginning with your horsemanship journey or are more experienced and want to go to the next level, you ride English or Western, Trail Ride, or Dressage, Scott can help you and your horse achieve the relationship for which you have been searching. “I have used horses in all phases of ranch work and have been working with horses full time for over 25 years. After starting hundreds of colts and worked with countless problem horses, it still amazes me how quickly and easily the horse, regardless of breed, is able to understand what we are asking if it is communicated to the horse in a way the horse can understand.”


Scott’s clinics are designed to build respect and communication between the horse and rider making every clinic beneficial to all disciplines. In order to make sure each participant receives INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION the maximum number of clinic participants is limited to 15.

Getting control of the horse’s feet, body, and mind will be the main focus of this clinic. You will learn how to communicate with your horse in a way your horse will understand. Proper ground work in the halter will be taught/reviewed.

Most of your time will be spent in the saddle covering basic maneuvers such as lateral flexion and getting control of the hindquarters and front end. You will work on getting your horse softer and more respectful under the saddle.

9 a.m. -12 p.m.
Lunch 12 p.m. -1:30 p.m. (Bring a bag lunch or there are several eating as well as lodging establishments near Mahan Farm. Boarding is available at Mahan Farm.)
1:30 p.m. -3:00 p.m.

Cost for Two-Day Clinic: $325 per participant
Cost for One Day of the Clinic: $175 per participant
Spectator Fee/SUNDAY ONLY: $25 per Spectator

Maximum number of clinic participants is limited to 15.

PRIVATE RIDING LESSONS WITH SCOTT ARE AVAILABLE ON MONDAY, MARCH 24th, THROUGH THURSDAY, MARCH 27th. Cost per private lesson is $100 for each 90-minute session desired.

8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

LUNCH: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Please contact Marcia Wurzel – email: dayenu1951@gmail.com, cell: 850-228-1086.

As soon as I receive your email or phone request for the registration papers needed for the clinic and/or private riding lesson(s), I will mail you the necessary forms for you to fill out and sign. A self-addressed, postage-paid, return envelope will be included for your convenience to use to return the forms and check(s) to me. Please don’t forget to send your complete mailing address and phone number in your original email to me.

Remember, Clinic spaces are limited to 15 and a check of $200 must be received in order to reserve a spot in the Two-Day Clinic.

The remaining balance of $125 will be collected before the Clinic begins on Saturday. If you want just one day of the Clinic, a check for $175 must be received to reserve your spot.

Private riding lessons are reserved after receipt of your $100 check(s) per 90-minute session(s).

IMPORTANT — Unless SCOTT PERSONALLY CANCELS the Clinic and/or Private Riding Lessons, the activities will go on as listed in this press release. Therefore, all checks are non-refundable.


Scott Stokes’s contact information – CALL: 731-799-3087, CELL: 912-381-9639, EMAIL: sjstokes@frontiernet.net, FACEBOOK: Scott Stokes at S Bar J Ranch

8150 Mahan Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32309

Click here for the PDF of the clinic at Mahan Farm: http://www.mahanfarm.com/uploads/Scott_Stokes.pdf.

Chris Cox to Be Featured Clinician at 2012 Western States Horse Expo

Chris Cox will be a featured clinician at the 2012 Western States Horse Expo. Photo By: Crystal Gibson

Sacramento, CA – March 12, 2012 – The Western States Horse Expo is pleased to announce that Chris Cox will be one of the featured clinicians during this year’s event. Cox has developed a successful partnership between horse and rider, and is an accomplished clinician and master horseman. The Western States Horse Expo is scheduled for June 8-10, 2012 at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds in Sacramento, California.

Born into the ranching business, Cox moved with his family from Florida to an island off the coast of northeast Australia to raise cattle as a toddler. After returning to the United States at the age of 18 with unique horsemanship skills, Cox focused on training horses and providing clinics for individuals of all skill levels who were interested in developing and perfecting their abilities. He is currently the host of “Come Ride the Journey” on RFD-TV, while also competing as a team roper and conducting clinics throughout the country.

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Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center Hosts George H. Morris Educational Seminar

The esteemed George Morris conducted an educational seminar hosted at the Buffalo Therapeutic Center from November 11-13, 2011. Photo © Lauren Fisher

Buffalo, NY – November 18, 2011 – The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC) hosted a popular and insightful clinic this past weekend, conducted by the world renowned trainer, rider and Chef d’Equipe of the United States Show Jumping Team, George H. Morris. His experience and knowledge have been invaluable to students attending the clinic for years, working to further each rider’s skills both in the aspects of horsemanship and riding. The clinic not only acted as a learning experience for riders, but it also raised funds to continue the progressive work of the BTRC.

A renowned horseman, Morris has played a crucial role, not only in the growth of countless notorious horses and riders, but also in the development of the current equestrian sport. He has often been referred to as the “founding father” of hunt seat equitation. Second to none, his teachings, technique, and style are admired around the world. His clinics are a rare and exceptional opportunity for riders of all levels and ages to learn from the finest.

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Great New Clinic – Exclusive Equine Behavior

Denver, CO – Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute is proud to host a unique clinic with incredible insights into equine behavior with world renowned equine specialist Anna Twinney on October 1-2, 2011 in Littleton, Colorado. Through hands-on and lecture, participants will build their understanding of equine behavior and learn how to develop a two way communication system with an equine partner.

Anna Twinney will share the intricacies of the Language of Equus, and how to create a Genuine Trust-Based Partnership with horses. Horsemanship is more than training; it’s about understanding the horse and communicating in the horse’s own language.

According to International Equine Behaviorist and Natural Horsemanship Clinician, Anna Twinney, “The most important element to building a true, trust-based partnership with your horse is a solid foundation of communication and allowing them a voice. What many do not realize is there’s so much more to the silent language of Equus than simple body language and physical cues.  This 2-day clinic is an introduction to the power, the subtleties and the effect this ancient communication system can have on your training, your relationship and even your life with the horses.”

This two day Exclusive Equine Behavior Clinic is October 1-2, 2011 in Littleton, Colorado.  The clinic cost is $300.

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Famous Australian Trainer/Performer at Kentucky Horse Park This Week

LEXINGTON, KY (August 1, 2011) – The Kentucky Horse Park is honored to welcome Guy McLean, an accomplished, self-taught, thinking horseman, who will be appearing this week at the park.

Through a complete love of horses and a burning desire to find better ways of building relationships with horses, not having to use force, instead, asking them to do the job as a partner, Guy has developed his own training methods, trying something new every day as a new personality poses new problems to work through.

Master Horseman Guy McLean provides a true Australian experience. His performances include 1 to 4 horses, young horse starting, bush poetry and whip cracking. Guy has performed across Australia over the past 10 years and at Equitana Asia Pacific, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, corporate events and numerous agricultural shows.

In 2005, Guy won the Australian Horsemanship Challenge, in which he had 2 hours to start a young horse and perform a set routine. He is also a 2-time Australian Bush Poetry Champion and 2002 and 2006 Ambassador of the Outback.

Guy is performing this week, through Saturday, August 6, twice a day in the Parade of Breeds at the Kentucky Horse Park.  Included with park admission.

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Jumping Radio Episode 72 – Developing Horsemanship & European Show Reviews

Melanie Smith-Taylor makes a return to discuss developing horsemanship with Mindy Bower. Hanne Christensen from HRN affiliate World of Show Jumping reviews Aachen and Falsterbo. And we have another WOW moment; listen in.

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Trey Young “The American Horseman” Horsemanship Clinic June 25-26, 2011

Trey Young, “The American Horseman,” has been busy planning and promoting his new television series airing on HRTV Dish Network 404. While creating his schedule, the horseman has reserved many dates along the way for future clinics. Young has been hosting clinics at his 3-Y Ranch in Crawfordville, FL for nearly 4 years. His clinics range from confidence on the trail, to cow work, to basic horsemanship.

Trey’s next clinic is a basic horsemanship clinic set for June 25th-26th. This clinic is designed for all levels of horsemanship. Young will assure that you leave this clinic with renewed confidence and understanding, resulting in a stronger bond and partnership between you and your horse. Regardless of your skill level, this clinic promises something new, fun, and helpful for everyone that attends.

This basic horsemanship clinic will feature some ground work as well as more saddle time to get your horse to better understand your cues. From start to finish the rider will focus on improving everything for themselves, and their horse. Clinics are limited to small sizes to ensure each person gets the one on one time they need. If you would like to attend a clinic, but don’t have a horse, one can be provided for an additional fee.

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Eventing Radio Episode 144 by Bit of Britain – U.S. Pony Club and Boyd Update

Eric Dierks explains his new role with the U.S. Pony Club and the opportunity for young people in the sport. Max Corcoran returns to co-host and tell us about her crusade to promote horsemanship. Plus, an update on the tragic fire at Boyd Martin’s barn and how you can help. Take a listen.

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The Ten Irrefutable Laws of Horsemanship by Geoff Tucker, DVM

A monthly discussion of The Ten Irrefutable Laws of Horsemanship

"Tree Tunnel" - Scenes from the road - BarnPics by Geoff Tucker, DVM

I want to make horsemanship simple, like water flowing in a stream. The book is only 28 pages long yet it is everything I do every day with horses. How I connect within seconds with almost every horse and proceed to insert a steel file inside the mouth is distilled in this small book.

Order yourself a copy of The Ten Irrefutable Laws of Horsemanship then join me via this message as I discuss each law to make what you read more practical.


Today I worked with 16 horses and every one of them had a different personality. Two of them are worth mentioning.

Horse 1 is a 10 year old large pony whom I had never seen. He was friendly but the first thing I picked up on was that he had been raised in a very structured environment. It reminded me of someone raised in the military. He was all business and he knew he was to cooperate or there would be consequences. In fact, I got the feeling that he had never been allowed to express himself to a human.

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