Prefer to learn by being coached? Struggling and need some help from a professional? Come learn from the best!
If you’ve ever been inspired by watching Jonathan with his horses, where he really thrives is helping people with their own horses.
Participation in a Jonathan Field Horsemanship Clinic is an unforgettable and invaluable step in your journey towards horsemanship. In a fun and safe environment, these clinics bring your relationship with your horse to another level. With personal attention and advice from Jonathan to help you both improve, you will progress in ways you can take with you to keep that progression going at home. Also – immersing your horse in a different setting, with many other horses around, is both a great teaching tool and experience for him. Seeing the advancements and experiences of the other riders will allow you to see things from another point of view.
Clinics are held in 3 or 4 day formats, varying according to the focus of each clinic, and run from the morning until late afternoon each day. There are several different Courses, starting from the very foundational level and advancing through to the highest levels and are for all people looking to learn, laugh, make new friends and develop a great partnership with their horse.
As a spectator, clinics are educational and inspiring for your own journey with horsemanship, as the unique perspective enables you to learn by watching riders and their horses play through different exercises, giving you up to 12 examples of situations you may encounter with your horse.
Interested in attending a clinic as a rider or a spectator? The Clinic Schedule and Clinic Hosts for the current year are located HERE, or you can call us at 1-888-533-4353 for more information.
Look forward to seeing you there!
How do I prepare for my Clinic?
The prerequisites for Jonathan Field Horsemanship Clinics are as follows:
Horses in all Jonathan Field Horsemanship Clinics must be at least 3 years old. No stallions permitted. These are not colt-starting clinics, so the horse you are bringing must accept handling and riding in a group setting.
COURSE 1 CLINIC
Rider Requirements/Pre-Requisites: Some introductory knowledge of the Jonathan Field Horsemanship program and principles – eg: you have read “The Art of Liberty Training for Horses” book and/or have watched Ground DVD 1 from the Natural Foundation Home Study Program. You must be comfortable riding at the walk, trot and some canter. Contact your host with any questions.
Horse Requirements/Pre-Requisites: This is NOT a colt-starting clinic. Horse must be 3 years old or older, have at least 40 rides and be ride-able at the walk, trot and some canter. No Stallions permitted. Contact your host with any questions.
COURSE 2 CLINIC:
Rider Requirements/Pre-Requisites: Course 1 knowledge of the Jonathan Field Horsemanship program and principles – eg: you have read “The Art of Liberty Training for Horses” book and/or have watched Ground DVD 1, Ground DVD 2 and Riding DVD 1 from the Natural Foundation Home Study Program. You have received a “Welcome to Course 2” assessment from Jonathan. You must be comfortable riding at the walk, trot and canter. Contact your host with any questions.
Horse Requirements/Pre-Requisites: Must be a solid riding horse who is safe to ride in a group environment and is competent at the exercises in Course 1.
What kind of horse can I bring?
The horse that you are bringing to the clinic must be at least 3 years old.
Keeping everyone’s safety in mind, no stallions are permitted – no exceptions.
These are not colt-starting clinics, so the horse that you are bringing must be one that you can handle safely with 11 other horses around, and that you have ridden at least 40 hours in the past year.
What equipment should I bring?
Course 1 Clinic: Rope halter, 12′ lead rope, Horseman’s stick and string (or equivalent), bridle and/or rope hackamore, saddle, saddle pad. Riding helmets are strongly recommended but not mandatory. Riders under 18 MUST wear a helmet.
Course 2 Clinic: Same as a Course 1 Clinic, but with the addition of a 22′ line
Will equipment be available for purchase at the clinic?
Yes – our full line of equipment will be available for purchase during the clinic.
Please plan on making any purchases in the morning before the clinic starts or during lunch times. Purchases made during the clinic are an unnecessary interruption and disturbance to the other 11 riders.
Can I take photos of the clinic?
All photos taken during the clinic are to be for your personal use only. Jonathan Field Horsemanship clinics are held on private properties, therefore any photo that contains another rider or another horse besides your own are not to be posted or published in any way without prior written consent of the other subject/s. This includes photos of Jonathan, Jonathan’s horses, or any members of the Jonathan Field Horsemanship team. Photos of Jonathan’s teaching material (flip chart) are strictly prohibited.
Can I/my friend record the clinic?
Absolutely no video or audio recording of the clinic is permitted. Anyone caught doing so will be asked to stop and put their camera/phone/iPad/etc away for the duration. Should we have to ask again, that person will be asked to leave the premises. No refunds for rider fees or spectator fees will be given.
What if I sign up for a clinic and have to cancel?
PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION POLICY:
CLINIC DEPOSIT: A $400.00 deposit is required to hold your spot in the clinic. The Clinic Deposit (once accepted) guarantees your spot in the clinic. CLINIC DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE, NON-CREDITABLE AND NON-TRANSFERRABLE. NO EXCEPTIONS.
CLINIC BALANCE: Clinic Balance payments are due 60 Days before the first day of the clinic. This includes any amount owing for stabling. If paying your clinic deposit by cheque, please include a credit card number OR include a post-dated cheque for your balance payment. CLINIC BALANCE PAYMENTS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERRABLE, AND CAN ONLY BE APPLIED TO A CREDIT.
CANCELLATION: If you cancel out of the clinic at any time, the $400 Deposit is forfeited – NO EXCEPTIONS. If you have already made your balance payment, an additional $50 administration fee will be charged and the remaining amount will be applied to a Jonathan Field Horsemanship Credit. Credits are valid for one calendar year and can be used to purchase Jonathan Field Horsemanship DVDs or equipment. Credits can also be applied to another clinic or camp if space allows.
Will there be food available for purchase at the clinic?
There is not food available at the Field Horsemanship Centre in Abbotsford, BC. There is coffee, tea and snacks provided for riders and spectators.
There is also a small fridge and a microwave for riders to store and re-heat their lunches for the day.
Can I purchase feed for my horse at the clinic?
No – you will be responsible for providing feed/grain for your horse during the clinic. Should unexpected circumstances arise, your clinic host will be able to direct you to the closest feed store.
How many riders are in each clinic?
The maximum number of riders in a clinic is 12. We keep the clinic at this size so that Jonathan can ensure he’s able to spend one-on-one time with each horse and rider.
Will Jonathan be teaching the clinic himself?
Yes – there are no Jonathan Field Horsemanship instructors other than Jonathan himself. If Jonathan has an assistant working and travelling with him, he may ask that person to step in for some momentary support for a rider, but this is done only under Jonathan’s direction and guidance.
Once again, thanks so much for the week; you gave my little horse the opportunity to have a more informed owner. It was a fantastic experience for me and I hope to take part in future clinics.
It has been a long time since I’ve seen you but after the expo, you have helped to inspire me to remember why I have the horses that I do… and why my love for them is so strong. Through the Inspiration of your teachings, we have learned to be not only their leader but their friend filled with love and laughter. With these gifts of communication, I really truly believe that there are no longer barriers that we need to cross but only paths that lead the way… to different passages that together we travel on.
I cannot begin to express my gratitude for what I’ve learned at your clinic and from your video program. How lucky I felt to spend time in the company of a master horseman, fabulous communicator and gifted teacher. You have an amazing ability to direct and correct both horse and human in a skillful, positive manner. This is a huge challenge for many (myself included). You sure do know how to create that magnetic attraction!
Telly is a young, green, very reactive, powerful and dominant Hanoverian gelding. After a year and a half working with Jonathan on Telly’s foundation training at the Field Horsemanship in Abbotsford, me and Telly have left the nest to pursue their dressage dreams. In our first bug show, the Pacific National Dressage Championships at Thunderbird in October 2008, we won all of our classes including the Championship with scores in the mid 70’s! The judges were blown away by Telly’s temperament, submission and lightness to the aids.
Since we attended your training clinic in Abbotsford in 2006, we have received many comments about the strong bond we have developed with Sweet, and how she was clearly very trusting of us. We heard this from our vet, from friends, and from experienced horse people. We let these people know that it was because of the guidance we received from you that were able to form this wonderful connection with our dear Sweet.
Fabulous Clinic! The ‘communication’ theme was really good for me! The understanding of the difference between energy and intent really helped me with Burney. I have so much to work on and perfect. I was really glad to work through the disengaging of the hindquarter and seemed to really need your reinforcement of this. We have a lot to look forward to!
I loved the clinic in Prince George! I thought I had everything I needed to continue with my reining mare, Rain, so I was just doing the clinic for fun, but by was I wrong!!! I learned so much, and I can’t wait to do another one! I was getting tired of going to the barn and doing the same old drudgery, circles, rollbacks, rundowns… that it was getting hard going to the barn. Now I am totally inspired because I can go to the barn and PLAY with my horse and train her at the same time! Who knew? Thanks for everything!