Your Road to a Well-Broke Horse Starts Here
With Dean Briggs
- Do you have a colt you want started right so that he will one day be a Well-Broke horse?
- Is your horse not living up to his potential?
- Do you have a problem you can't fix?
- Are struggling to reach the next performance level with your horse?
You can reach me on my cell phone--406-490-3670 or on the ranch phone: 406-287-3670.
I'd be glad to talk with you about your horse and tell you what I can do to help you become a better horse-person and move your horse forward on the journey to becoming Well-Broke. I work with all breeds and train for all disciplines.
Horsemanship/Cow-Horse Clinic – Aug 26 & 27
Limited to 12 riders—First come, First Served
You probably have heard it said many times…”Your horse will learn faster and perform better if he has a job to do.” You hear this often because it is true. It’s this simple:
If you ask your horse to go the right and follow a cow, he is doing a job. Your signal is connected to something he can see and understand. And there is what we are always trying to do in training…get the horse to understand what we want. If we can show him, we are ahead of the game.
We’ll work on this in our clinic, which will be from 9 am to 4 pm both days. We’ll have fresh cows for you. Cost is $250.00, which includes lunch. Deposit of $100 holds your spot. Call Wendy at 406-287-3670 or 565-2681.
A Close Look at Some of This Year's Action at MCHA Show
Photo below shows our stallion Cutten-Up Lena and Dean working a cow in this year's competition. If you are interested in Lena and want details about his breeding Click Here.
We expanded this year's show to three days so that we could offer classes for riders of all skill levels...from inexperienced to pro trainers. Interested in learning more about cutting and how you might participate next year? Check into our Wednesday evening Cutting/Stock Horse Practice. Also, Dean is available for private and small group training sessions. Below are photos of some of the other competitors at MCHA 2016.
Cowboy Race Course Tests Horsemanship
Our Extreme Cowboy Race Course is a good place 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 at left. 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 or just enjoying the course. 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.
Out course is suitable for every horse-person: beginners, seniors, children, and pros. It's just plain fun.
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.”
“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.”
“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