“It’s a devotion and art to refine a horse”

                  Buck Brannaman, Aintree June 2017

Buck Brannaman needs no introduction, a true horseman of the highest calibre and possibly one of the most genuine people you could hope to meet. I can hardly believe it has been two years since Buck first came to the UK to do a clinic, but due to the determination of Total Horsemanship’s Tina Griffin, Buck returned this year. The venue again was the wonderful arena at Aintree Racecourse.

Now a lot has happened since Buck was last here and I, unfortunately, lost my equine partner Ada just before the clinic. So having participated last time, I now found myself experiencing the clinic from a different perspective, but I guarantee that did not mean there was any less to take away.

The participants were a mix of abilities and experience, some having ridden with Buck before and a lot for whom it was their first time. On the first day the atmosphere was almost palpable with excitement and anticipation, but when Buck walked in and made everyone feel like they were amongst friends, there was a collective sigh of relief.