Jaton Lord & Doug Jordan Clinic
Grow your horsemanship and gain a better connection with your horse partner. This two-day clinic will teach your horse the appropriate skills necessary to move cattle in the pen and out on the range. If you’ve been interested in sorting, cutting, roping, gathering cattle, or just increasing your equestrian foundation, this clinic will be a fun way to learn. If you’re old hat but want to improve, we’d love to help fine tune your connection.
Date: June 17 & 18 2023
Location: Thundercloud Ranch
8669 Santa Rosa Rd
Buellton, Ca 93427
9:00am-12pm session 1
lunch & siesta
3:00pm-6:00pm session 2
Dinner & wine tasting
*session 1 & 2 will focus on horsemanship needed to successfully work cattle, with practice following the flag
9:00am-12pm session 3
lunch & siesta
3:00pm-6:00pm session 4
*Session 3 & 4 will put your learned skills into action, we will be working cattle in the arena.
Meals: Food will be provided by Vaquero BBQ of Santa Ynez, with master chef Juan A Lara. Lunch and dinner on Saturday, as well as lunch on Sunday! These meals are included with the cost of the clinic. Wine tasting on Saturday night will be hosted by the wonderful Lafond Winery.
Horse care: Stalls will be available to overnight your horse if you sign up ahead of time. We have 20 covered stalls available. The stall rate is $50 per night. You must provide your own food and muck your stall.
Cost: The clinic will cost $600 per person total. That includes two days of clinic, lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and dinner on Saturday evening. Horse trailer parking is included with the clinic, and you may camp in your horse trailer if you desire. There are also many great hotels less than 5 miles from the ranch.
Auditors are welcome. Please bring a lawn chair and if you'd like lunch or dinner schedule with us ahead of time for an additional cost. Cost to audit is $50 per person
To sign up please email email@example.com
About the Clinicians
Like most young kids, Jaton wanted nothing more than to be a cowboy. Being the grandson of Ray Hunt, Jaton was given the unique opportunity to pursue that dream. At the age of 15, he started his first colt with his Grandpa Ray, and from that point on his real education would begin. The majority of his summers throughout 2002 – 2007 were spent traveling down the clinic trail with Ray and Carolyn Hunt. Simultaneously he worked for the Van Norman ranch in Tuscarora, Nevada and the Petan Ranch in northern Nevada.
In 2008 Jaton started working for renowned cowhorse trainer Annie Reynolds. For three years, Jaton started, trained and showed some of the best equine athletes in the world. Since then, Jaton has gone on to start nine non-pro Snaffle Bit Futurity finalists, seven open Snaffle Bit Futurity finalists, and has garnered $130,000 in NRCHA earnings. Jaton also rode the stallion Very Black Magic to the two-rein championship at the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity in 2019, and has won numerous futurities and derbies in the Northwest on multiple different horses.
Jaton has conducted clinics in Australia, Europe, Dubai, and throughout the United States to help people expand on their horsemanship skills. From 2014 - 2019, Jaton played a large role in the Legacy of Legends event where he not only started colts, but demonstrated his cowhorse knowledge and ability to take horses into competition. Remaining true to his roots, Jaton utilizes everything he has learned from his Grandpa Ray, and puts it to use in every aspect of his horsemanship, from colts to competition.
Doug recalls becoming hooked on the sport of cutting at the age of eleven and had successfully trained his first competitive cutter by the time he was just thirteen years old. His personal accomplishments boast titles at numerous major NCHA events, and training the likes of several phenominal show horses such as Lenas Telesis and Smart Little Tee just to name a few. Doug was inducted into the National Cutting Horse Associations Hall of Fame in 2000. After being only the second rider in NCHA history (following Shorty Freeman and Doc Olena in 1970) to win every go-round during the NCHA Futurity, Doug and Cols Lil Pepper took home the Reserve Champion title. This was only Doug's third trip to the Futurity but it set the stage for many more finals and championships. Amy has been there every step of the way, from loping down colts, to getting horses show-pen ready and lets not forget all of the long hard hours dedicated to the horse training family and raising their son, Levi.
They have track record that goes far beyond the sandy arena of the cutting pen and the couple's concentration has now transitioned from competitively training cutting horses, to sharing and promoting a truer connection between horse and rider. Doug’s horsemanship is a constant cycle of progression and refinement. As a student, you will find his style reflects that of prominent influences such as Ray Hunt and Tom Dorrance, and is often collaborated with that of other true protégé of the legends. With techniques that stress the importance of giving the horse a choice, Doug focuses on key components that will put purpose to your horsemanship as he covers such principles as proper timing and positioning, developing feel, building confidence and of course, understanding how a horse’s mind operates.