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.

Craig Cameron

Ride Smart Clinic Aug. 1 - 2

Craig Cameron (5)

Craig Cameron

Craig Cameron displays his Ride Smart program on RFD-TV three times a week.  In one of his recent shows, he uses string on his snaffle bit instead of leather reins.  He then rides his horse and does turn-arounds, stops, backups, and quietly lopes circles.  He doesn’t pull hard enough to break the string.

Cameron tells the audience pull less, think more; work less on the horse, more on yourself.   He will offer that approach in his horsemanship clinic when he joins us on Aug. 1 & 2 at Jefferson Valley Equine Center, 65 Willow Grove Lane. To get to our barn, take Division Street south from Whitehall.  Willow Grove Lane is approximately 2 miles from town.  Turn left on Willow Grove, go three-quarters of a mile.  Barn is on the left.  We'll start at 8:30 am both days.  Spectators are welcome.

We invited Cameron to JVEC because we think his approach dovetails with what we do here in developing our well-broke horses that have the foundation to perform in any discipline.  We believe in mastering the basics, as does Craig.

We are particularly interested in the program Craig originated in 2005 called Extreme Cowboy Racing (EXCR).  We have joined the Extreme Cowboy Association and plan to offer Extreme Cowboy events in the future at JVEC.  We are the first arena in Montana to offer this program.

Our obstacle course, which is at the heart of Extreme Cowboy Racing, is under construction and will be finished and available to riders during and after Craig’s clinic.  We will launch the course with a trial race on Sunday, Aug. 3, starting at 10 am.

EXCR appeals to us because it really is less about racing than it is about horsemanship.  The basic race event challenges participants to ride over an obstacle course of a dozen or more challenges of varying difficulty.   Obstacles can include water crossings (ours has a pond), bridges, jumps, and even cow sorting.

Craig Cameron

Craig Cameron rides smart

The obstacles offer varying degrees of difficulty so that the challenge matches the rider’s skill.  For example, a novice rider doesn’t face the same challenges a pro rider does.

The contestants are judged on their horsemanship skills—can the rider guide his horse over the obstacle quietly and without hesitation?  A rider does earn points for how fast he covers the course, but if he sacrifices finesse for speed, he probably will, in the eyes of the judge, score lower than the rider with finesse.

We feel this is a great program because it gives people a way to judge how well broke their horse is and have fun at the same.  How can you ask for more than that?


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Extreme Cowboy Obstacle Course Takes Shape

Heart of the course

We are designing our Extreme Cowboy course around this pond, which will be one of the obstacles.  The backhoe in the background is working on the log step-up obstacle.    We'll use the course for the first time with a trial race on  Sunday, Aug. 3

Log stepup obstacle


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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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