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.

Customer Appreciation Day  -- Everyone Welcome

Sept. 27,  10:30 am - 3 pm,  at Briggs Quarter Horses --65 Willow Grove Lane, Whitehall, Mt.

Free BBQ Lunch & Raffle

Demonstrations & Trail Competition 

  • Solving Horse Problems, Causes of Soreness, Question & Answer Session.
  • Our Extreme Cowboy Trail is in operation and we will hold a competition for all ages right after lunch.
  • Prizes for the winners.
  • Preview the course by taking a look at photos and written information below.

Cowboy Race Course Tests Horsemanship

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Our Extreme Cowboy Race Course is ready for you to test your horsemanship skills. If you would like to ride the course and get a feel for what it can do for your horsemanship, call: Dean 406-490-3670, Wendy 406-565-2681. Home phone is 406-287-3670. We’ll schedule a convenient time for a visit.

If you aren’t familiar with cowboy racing, it is important for you know that it is anything you want it to be. It isn’t wild and crazy as the name might indicate.

True, it can get western when the pros run the course as fast as they can, which is what Shawn Briggs is doing in the photo above at the water challenge. But that’s their choice. If your choice is a challenge that is slow and deliberate and comfortable, that’s also part of cowboy racing.

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Shawn at the four-log obstacle

At its core, Extreme Cowboy Racing is about horsemanship. In race competitions, riders are judged first on their horsemanship. The second element of a rider’s score is speed.

You must have good horsemanship skills to go fast, and this basic ingredient of good horsemanship and polish is the main reason Dean decided to offer cowboy racing at Jefferson Valley Equine Center. It fits with his
program of developing the well-broke horse that can be used for any horse activity…dressage to team roping, whatever suits your style.

You can ride the course at your leisure. You can ride in structured race events that are open to youngsters, beginners, seniors, and pros. You can ride at the highest level of competition in sanctioned events and earn points for participation in the annual Extreme Cowboy Race held every year by the Extreme Cowboy Race Association.

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Shawn eases through the cowboy curtain

We have scheduled a sanctioned race for the first Sunday of August  2015, which will follow a three-day horsemanship clinic by Craig Cameron. Cameron is the originator of Extreme Cowboy Racing. He gave a clinic our at arena on Aug. 1&2. We also plan to hold unsanctioned events throughout the year with prizes and payback money.

Dean will be available for coaching and problem solving tips to help you and your horse master the course.

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Shawn starting up the log steps

We built our course around a pond in a grove trees on the edge of our pasture. There are 16 basic obstacles. Probably the most challenging part of the course is a sequence that includes stepping down an embankment at the edge of the pond, climbing up an incline with three logs, circling the pond and riding through one edge of it, and then crossing two bridges.

Some of the other obstacles include, four log jumps, a pit, a rope curtain, a log pull, and an “L” shaped alley for a backing challenge. For competitions, we can add a pen for sorting cattle. We will change the obstacles from time to time to provide new and fresh challenges.


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. “

Double Arrow Livestock –Scafani Family