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.

Move closer to owning a well-broke horse --- ride with Dean in his  Cow-Horse/Horsemanship clinic July 31 & Aug. 1.

It is true: horses learn faster if their training doesn’t consist of doing repetitive moves, which have no meaning for them. Nothing in the human world makes any sense to the horse. But when you give him a job like working cattle, you give him a reason to stop, turn, backup, go fast, go slow. Dean will show you how all this works in his clinic. We’ll have fresh cattle and you'll have plenty of time to practice, because we are limiting the number of riders so Dean can work closely with everyone. For all the details and to sign up contact:

Wendy at 406 - 287-3670  or  406-565-2681       e-mail:      Cost: $350 -- Deposit: $200

Bargain Day--  July 30  obstacle course training for an additional $150.

Good for any level rider who wants a better trail horse or for those who may be interested in competitive trail riding.  For details about our course, which was designed for cowboy racing events, go to article below titled Cowboy Race Course Tests Horsemanship

2015 Cutting Horse Show at a Glance

Michelle Van Dyke of Sheridan, Mt. shown here riding Texas Brush Popper during last day of the show.  She won third place money in here class.

Michelle Van Dyke of Sheridan, Mt. shown here riding Texas Brush Popper during last day of the show. She won third place money in here class.

This is the 4th year that we have held the MCHA show at the Briggs arena.  We went to a three-day event this year to give more riders a chance to participate in a class suitable to their skills.  All told we had 225 entries, with riders coming from throughout this northwest region.  We thank all who helped, all who rode.  We enjoyed having you.  Hope to see you next year.
Fresh cattle are settled for the days first set of riders

Fresh cattle are settled for the days first set of riders

Pro rider with a tough cow

Pro rider with a tough cow

Shawn Briggs riding our obstacle course.

Shawn Briggs riding our obstacle course.

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 right.  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.

A Rare Find







To get the details of this wonderful horse, go to our "horses for sale" page.



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