The Horse Fellowship

Buck Brannaman in Dayton, Wa


2015 Schedule

June 27-30 - Colt Starting and Horsemanship 1

  • Colt Starting Class starts at 9:00 am each day and will be in the indoor arena.
  • Horsemanship 1 class starts at 1:30 pm each day and will likely be in the outdoor arena.
  • Colt Starting class size is 13 participants.
  • Horsemanship 1 class size is 25 participants.
  • All participants in the Colt Starting class are required to also participate in the July 2-5 clinic's H1 class. 
  • See class descriptions below.
  • Both of these classes are full.

July 2-5 - Horsemanship 1 and Horsemanship 2

  • Horsemanship 1 class starts at 9:00 am each day and will likely be in the outdoor arena.
  • Horsemanship 2 class starts at 1:30 pm each day and will likely be in the outdoor arena.
  • Horsemanship 1 class size is 25 participants, 13 of which will be held for Colt Starting participants.
  • Horsemanship 2 class size is 15 participants.
  • You must be a confident rider to ride with the Colts in the H1 class in the July 2-5 clinic.
  • You must be riding in the bosal hackamore, two-rein or briddle to ride in the H2 class.
  • See class descriptions below.
  • The Horsemanship 1 class is full.


  • Class participation as a rider for Colt Starting, or H1 is $700.
  • Class participation as a rider for H2 is $775.
  • Spectating/Audit fee is $30 per person at the door.  No pre-registration.

To Participate

A deposit of $200 is required to hold a rider spot.  This depost is non-refundable. Please make your check out and mail to Robert Phinney - PO Box 4, Dayton WA 99328.  Please send your name, phone number and email address written legibly on a separate peice of paper with your check.

Release forms and clinic letter click here.


Both clinics will be held at the Columbia County Fairgrounds, one block North of Hwy 12 (main street), on W Commercial Street.  Take Pine Street off of Hwy 12 to W Commercial Street.  Click here to see a map. The classes will be held in the indoor and outdoor arenas.  There is bleacher seating available.

Other Particulars

  • No dogs allowed in or around the indoor or outdoor arena.  All dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Lodging and other interests in Dayton are best found on the Chamber of Commerce Website.
  • There will be additional hook-ups available for spectators on a first come first serve basis.  Email us if you are interested. 
  • Only horses that are participating in the classes may stay on-site.
  • The horse accommodations are 10X10 stalls.  Shavings will be provided.
  • If you have any questions please email or call us.  Our information is at the bottom of this page.

Here are a few testimonials from the 2014 clinic.

"Hi All,
I just want to let you know what a wonderful experience this was for both me and my horse, truly life changing.  Everyone there was amazing and I can't even begin to imagine the work that went into making a large event like this as smooth and successful for all the horses and riders as this one was.  We had everything we could possibly need to be comfortable during our stay in Dayton.  The 4-H crew did a fantastic job looking after the horses too." -- Laura Evans

"Thank you so much for the effort and heart you put into the clinic.
It , in my opinion was seamless.  Organized and safety were high on my list of concerns and you both covered that ground well.
I am new to the clinic world and I am looking forward to next year.
Buck has ruined me, how can and why would I go anywhere else.
He not only enforced my beliefs in horsemanship , but showed me with clarity how to achieve a deeper partnership with my Roan." -- Shannon Orr

"I am still so filled with joy and wonder at last week’s incredible experience in Dayton.  My little horse has a brilliant start, I met some amazing people, and I get to look forward to doing more with my horse in the coming months and years.
Quite simply…I feel peace.  Or as Buck would say…Horses (and people) are just looking for a little peace.
Extraordinary is how I’d describe my time with you all.  Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for making magic happen in Dayton." -- Catherine Collins

"I cannot get all that I learned out of my head...from the Buck Clinic. His teachings are so vital." -- Jennifer Cain

Photos from Past Clinics

Photos from the Dayton 2014 Clinic

Photos from the Dayton 2013 Clinic

Photos from the Dayton 2011 Clinic

Photos from the Dayton 2010 Clinic

Additional Information About Buck

Click here to visit Buck's website.

Sometimes a film comes along that answers a question that you didn't realize you had. At the Sundance Film Festival this year, that movie is "Buck", an exceptional slice of Americana about the charismatic real-life horse whisperer, an earthy, soft-spoken philosopher who can tame troubled souls, be they man or beast.  Visit Buck the movie website.

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Class Descriptions

Colt Starting

A class for young horses that may or may not have been handled or worked with, instruction is directed on groundwork and preparation for the first ride. Halter work, gentling and saddling without stress - for both horse and rider - are the main focuses of Colt Starting. The four day class is intended to conclude with the rider safely aboard and beginning work in the snaffle bit.

Horsemanship 1

For the green horse and rider already comfortable in the snaffle bit along with aged horses needing continued work. This is the first stage of progressing into the bridle with all basic movements introduced. All levels of riders - no matter what discipline - will benefit. The class features strictly dry work - no cattle. All maneuvers stress the vaquero style of riding and are appropriate for horses from first level snaffle to experienced bridle horses. Hackamore horses welcome.

Horsemanship 2

The next phase in the development of the versatile bridle horse. Horsemanship 2 introduces the rider to working the horse in the hackamore and beyond. Horsemanship 1 is a prerequisite for enrolling in Horsemanship 2 unless otherwise approved by Buck. The class involves working cattle and ranch roping so that all aspects in preparing the bridle horse-in-the-making are addressed.