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Horsemanship Clinics

Unique classes offered in the beautiful surroundings of the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area of Northern California.

Hands on extensive five day course for beginner or intermediate horsemen and women. Learn the fundamentals of safe horse handling and training. Learn why ground work is important, and how it relates to riding. You will learn how to “read” a horse. Then learn how to do the ground work from their backs. Jim will help you with good riding position in the saddle, and how to begin to communicate with “feel”.

Beginner to Intermediate Clinics


To feel confident with the horse and the equipment. Take that confidence with you as you ride in open country, be able to work with unfamiliar horses, and learn how to address problems.

DATES: Summer/ Fall 2018

July 21st – 27th, 2018

August 4th – 10th, 2018

August 25th – 31st, 2018

Sept 8th – 14th, 2018

October 6th – 12th, 2018



Day 1: Morning introduction and demonstration and lecture. Familiarizing with tack and equipment. Afternoon hands on ground work session.

Day 2: Morning refresher on ground work, then mounted arena work, walk and trot. Afternoon session on mounted arena work. Short trail ride.

Day 3: Morning session introducing more advanced work under saddle. Afternoon session negotiating obstacles and challenges. Short trail ride

Day 4: Morning trail ride. Discussing problems and situations while riding. Learning how the maneuvers you have learned will help you as you ride on the trails.

Day 5: Morning practice, testing your skills working on maneuvers. Getting ready for the afternoon final exam and play day.


Horsemanship Clinics run Sunday to Thursday, with check in on Saturday and check out on Friday morning.

Accommodations, three meals a day, and use of all the amenities the ranch has to offer are included in the price. What is not included is any items purchased in the gift shop and the bar.

No horse experience necessary!

TOTAL: $1,895.00 pp (double occupancy)
$2,095.00 (single occupancy)

Please call in to reserve your spot!
(800) 624-4480

BIO: Jim Groesbeck

Jim Groesbeck is first and foremost a horseman. He has been riding and training horses for 40 years. From pack strings in the mountains of the Sierras, to training champion performance horses.

Jim’s approach to horsemanship was greatly influenced early on by the work of the renowned horse master Ray Hunt. He has started young horses for working cow horse, reining, cutting as well as jumpers and dressage horses. Studying with an eclectic group of great horsemen and top Dressage trainers, Jim is always seeking more knowledge and blending that understanding into his training. Quarter horses, Arabians, Warmbloods, Thoroughbreds even Mustangs and mules have all been a part of his horsemanship history. 

Besides his excellent training and instruction, Jim has achieved much success in the show world as well, winning a division championship at the Snaffle Bit Futurity in 1995, and long listed for the 1998 inaugural USET reining team. Currently he has received success and recognition in the International sport of Working Equitation. Working Equitation enabled him to improve the precision and correctness of his training, while maintaining his roots in the Stock Horse style of making the California Bridle Horse.

Jim believes that good horsemanship starts with feel, and an understanding of the principles of behavior and foundation training, which is adaptable to practically every form of riding. His teaching philosophy is simple. In the words of Ben Franklin: 


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