Dean Briggs

Dean Briggs

Dean Briggs

Performance Training

Creating the Well-Broke Horse

for All Riders, All Events

During his career of more than 40 years, Dean has started and developed horses of all breeds and all temperaments. He’s particularly skilled at training the western performance horse for events such as cutting, barrel racing, roping, and reined cow horse. Briggs, however, does not focus on a particular event. He concentrates on developing coordination and proper form. When the basics are right, Briggs says the horses he trains are prepared for success in any discipline, and they are what every horseman wants--the well-broke horse. “The beginning is more than a start,” Briggs says. “It’s everything because the foundation is always where you return to fix problems. And to get it right, the process just can’t be rushed.

Jefferson Valley Equine Center 2014 Events

We're expanding our service in 2014 to further our program of developing the well-broke horse by teaming up with the EXTREME COWBOY ASSOCIATION.  We are the first arena in Montana to offer this program, which has immense potential for helping you advance your horsemanship on any level, for any event.

Craig Cameron of Bluff Dale, Texas, started the association as a way to promote the equine sport he developed and calls Extreme Cowboy Racing.  Craig will be here Aug 1 & 2 to give a clinic on developing your horsemanship for the Extreme Cowboy events.

It's important to understand this program is more about developing the well-broke horse than it is about racing.  That's because the race is run over an obstacle course, and how you navigate those obstacles determines how fast you'll you'll be able to cover the course.  Horsemanship comes first, and it is the road to the well-broke horse.  Speed then, if you want it, will follow.

Stay tuned, we'll have more to tell you as we move toward better weather.  Right now we are planning our obstacle course, which we will start as soon as weather permits.

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May 16 -- Dean returns to the  Helena Springfest Equine Expo to present a program on bits and how to effectively use bits to communicate with the horse.  Dean will cover the importance of equine dental care and it's importance in developing a well-broke horse.  The Expo will be held at the Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds, 98 W. Custer Ave.   Call 406-457-8516 for schedule time of events.


April 25 -- Barrel Race & Jack Pot-Roping offered by JVEC.  Time-Only for barrels at 9:30 am; race at 11.  Break-away roping after race.

May 10 & 11 -- Ed Wright will give a clinic on barrel racing.  Detailed information is available from Erin Broadwater at 406-475-0225.  Stalls will be available.  Contact Wendy at 287-3670 or


May 17  -- The Rocky Mountain Breeders Association returns to JVEC with its Ranch Horse Competition Series.  This competition is designed to demonstrate a horse's ability to do tasks commonly performed in ranch work.  Challenges include riding a reining pattern, negotiating trail obstacles and working a single cow (no roping or sorting/cutting).   For detailed  information contact show manager Bill Levengood,  Ph. 406-287-3042: e-mail,   RMBA website:  The competition series begins April 26 & 27 at the Saddle Peak Arena in Belgrade.  The 26th is an all-day clinic to help you prepare for competition and the 27th is the first competition of the year.

House 2013-1May 24 -- Southwest Team Roping Association is sponsoring a jackpot team-roping.  Participants must be residents of  the following counties: Jefferson, Madison, Silverbow, or Beaverhead.   Contact person for the association is Jan Potter: 406-925-2811.

_DSC6670June 28 & 29 -- Montana Cutting Horse Association returns for the third time.  A range of classes has been scheduled that provide competition for riders of all skill levels.  Stalls and overnight camping are available.  For details contact Wendy at 406-287-3670 or

Don't forget  every Wednesday night our buffalo are available for you to sharpen your cutting skills and Dean is available to give you tips.

A Rare Find







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What's It's Like Riding at Jefferson Valley Equine Center?

....If you haven't been to the Jefferson Valley Equine Center, you might like to know what others who have the horse gene have to say about the program Wendy and Dean Briggs have developed.

“Regardless of your riding discipline, you’ll be impressed with Jefferson Valley Equine Center. About a year ago when I bought my dressage horse I started riding regularly JVEC. I wasn't sure what to expect riding dressage in a primarily roping/cutting arena. Dean informed me he uses dressage in his training and that if riders used basic dressage, there wouldn't  be so many problem horses. I knew I had found a comfort zone.”

Gina Ossello

“One day while riding with Dean my mare kicked out when I asked for a right lead and sent me over her left shoulder. Dean pointed out my back was stiff, rigid as a board, which made it impossible to absorb the mare’s jarring movement. In a blink, Dean fixed a problem I don’t even know I had. Riding suddenly became easier and more comfortable. Pretty good feeling.”

Allan Byrd

“Our family has used the Briggs Equine Center for seven years. We have had colt starting & training; dental & chiropractic service, plus lessons. We own horses that have been bred and raised by them. They are responsible breeders, not traders. They are honest and professional in their dealings. We recommend them to anyone needing any or all of their services. “

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