Three-Day Western Dressage Horse Clinic Offered at UW-River Falls

March 27, 2012--Learn western dressage from the "Master of the Flying Lead Change" legendary horse trainer Jack Brainard through a weekend advanced horsemanship clinic offered at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls June 8-10. Registration is limited to the first 15 applicants.


The clinic, held at the UW-River Falls Lab Farm, will cover the essentials to learn basic cowboy or western dressage and advanced horsemanship and would not be appropriate for problem or starting horses. The clinic begins each day at 9 a.m. and goes until 4:30 p.m. with a lunch break from noon to 1:30 p.m. The UW-River Falls Lab Farm is within 30 minutes of the Twin Cities and an hour from Eau Claire.

“Jack Brainerd has been helping people for decades ride a better horse by becoming a better rider,” said Debra Martin, a longtime local rider and member of the American Quarter Horse Association and the Northern Lights Versatility Ranch Horse Association.  “He has developed a manner of training a horse one step at a time that can quickly bring a horse up the training scale. Some horse people claim that you can’t teach someone to ‘feel’ what a horse is doing, but I believe those people have never worked with Jack Brainard.”

Brainard of Tioga, Texas, has long been known for his contributions to the equine industry and his lifelong commitment to horses and the people who enjoy them, Martin said. He has bred and trained horses for more than 53 years and has judged for a variety of national horse associations for more than 40 years. These associations include Paint Horse, Quarter Horse, Appaloosa, Palomino, NCHA Cutting and NRHA reining shows, both in the United States and abroad.

The registration fee for participating riders is $700, although individuals who want to observe or audit the course may pay $25 per day or $60 for a three-day pass. Register online and pay by credit card or request a paper registration form and pay by check. Lodging, transportation and stabling costs are not included in the registration fee. More information is available on the Web at

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls provides lifelong learners with academic, professional development and enrichment programs that are practical, flexible, convenient and affordable. A complete list of courses, course descriptions and online registration information is available at or can be obtained by calling 715-425-3256 or 1-800-228-5607 or by e-mailing