Friday, June 11, 2010

Authentic Cattle Drive in Georgia

Cattle Drive in Georgia

                                                                         November 5 - 7, 2010
Cattle Drive in Georgia

Authentic Cattle Drive
  -Open to all disciplines and riding levels-
We'll be conducting this cattle drive in an authentic fashion like the big cattle drives of the
late 1800s complete with cowboy cooking and camping with the herd overnight. We'll spend a day gathering over 75 head of cattle on the 4,800 acre QC Ranch.
Driving CattleThe round up and cattle drive will be lots of fun and a great training experience for you and your horse, even if you never plan on working cattle in the future.  No previous cattle working experience is required. We'll do some cutting, sorting and break-away roping for fun along the way. The cattle drive will also be good preparation for those riders who are planning on participating in our Ranch Roping and Cattle Work Clinics.

Open Range
Night HawksOnce they are rounded up and bunched we will begin moving them across the ranch. We'll stop and camp at night bedding the herd down on the "rodeer" (bed ground). Since we will be bedding down the cattle on the open range without corrals or fences we will need to assign "night hawk" shifts throughout the night for riders to circle the herd so they don't scatter during the night. This is just the way it was done on the cross country cattle drives of the 1800s. We'll experience cattle work and life on the trail just as the old time drovers of over a century ago.


Cattle Drive PictureRiders will arrive on Friday afternoon November 5th to set up their trail camp and stay there Friday night to be ready to ride out early Saturday morning to the location where we'll need to gather cattle. We'll gather the cattle and drive them to our camp arriving there
by late afternoon where we will bed them down. Saturday night
will be a good time to sit around the campfire and be entertained by cowboy poetry, stories and hopefully some cowboy musicians. On Sunday we'll move the cattle out early in order to arrive at our destination by early afternoon.

Cattle Drive Registration

Horse Rental Available

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Cow Clinic Testimonials

Hi Ed,Ann H
I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed this past weekend. That's more riding than I've done in quite awhile but I couldn't have asked for a better clinic experience. You may hear this all the time but you truly do have a very unique and blessed talent for teaching horses and humans! Everything about the clinic was so well thought out... everything made sense... and Jim and Richard... well, I don't think you could have done any better in bringing them in to the mix! Mike was wonderful support as well. And it was such a pleasure to meet Colleen! 

One of the longest lasting lessons I will take away from this past weekend was that I gained so much self-assurance in tackling something new. I never once worried about what my horse was doing. I never felt disconnected with him. I felt as one with him and that is a great feeling. This speaks volumes as to how well the overall clinic was conducted.
You, Jim, and Richard gave us all some great homework assignments.
My birthday wish list includes a new Ed Dabney saddle pad and a rope!

Ann H


I just wanted to thank you again for your help this weekend at the Cow Clinic. It was a lot of fun, greatly benefited my horse -- and may have saved me or someone else from serious injury. When we left, he saw all of the new cows in the front pasture. He was on high alert, but at least he was manageable and not dangerous!

Thanks again

Cow Working Clinic a Great Success!


With the participation of 16 riders our February Cow Working, Ranch Horsemanship and Beginner Roping Clinic was a great success. We were happy to have English and Western riders of all disciplines participating.

ost of the horses and riders had never been around cows and had no experience handling lariat ropes but all had great fun and learned many new skills.

Valuable TrainingRob and Mel
Two full days of cattle work and roping experience resulted in valuable training for the horses. Giving the horses and riders a job to do tends to take the focus off micro-managing your horse so the horse then actually develops a lighter and quicker response to the rider's cues. Some of the horses came to the clinic with a fear of cows but with gradual exposure they gained confidence and were soon eagerly enjoying herding, cutting, sorting and roping. Even for the dressage riders who may never work cattle again, the experience gave them a more solid, dependable horse that should be much calmer at shows now.

Dressage Herding