The Horse Fellowship

Buck Brannaman in Dayton, Wa


2016 Schedule

All Classes have openings at this time.

June 25-28 - Colt Starting and Horsemanship 1+

  • Colt Starting Class starts at 9:00 am each day and will be in the indoor or outdoor arena.
  • Horsemanship 1 class starts at 1:30 pm each day and will be in the indoor or outdoor arena.
  • Colt Starting class - please call Robert to determine if this class is right for you before you send your deposit.
  • You must be a confident rider, comfortable loping in a group to ride in the H1+ class.
  • All participants in the Colt Starting class are required to also participate in the June 30-July 3 clinic's H1 class. 
  • See class descriptions below.
  • Both of these classes are open.

June 30-July 3 - 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.
  • See class descriptions below.
  • Both of these classes are open.


  • 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

Please read the clinic letter and fill out the registration form and release form.  Please send your check with your registration and release form. Please make your check out and mail to Robert Phinney - PO Box 4, Dayton WA 99328. 
 Clinic letter, Registration and Release forms


Both clinics will be held at the Columbia County Fairgrounds, 102 Fairgounds Lane, Dayton WA 99328.  Click here to see a map. The classes will likely be held in the outdoor arena.  There is plenty of covered bleacher seating available.

Other Particulars

  • No dogs allowed in or around the indoor or outdoor arena or any horse location.  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.

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.