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Freeman Ranch to offer a hands-on learning experience with top Road to the Horse finalist Van Hargis

Updated: Sep 22, 2020


Media Contact: Jolene Hamilton

(Yoder, Colo. | Sept. 10, 2020) - They say if you want to learn horsemanship, go to Texas, but on September 25-27, Freeman Ranch is bringing Texas to you!

Esteemed Texas horseman Van Hargis has teamed up with Freeman Ranch in Yoder, Colo., for a two-day horsemanship clinic and audit.

Clinic participants are invited to bring their horses and have hands-on guidance from one of the industry's best.

"This is the perfect opportunity for novice and experienced riders to make necessary adjustments, hone their skills, and learn a different approach while working their horses," says Russell Freeman.

Freeman watched Hargis in action at the Road to the Horse competition in Las Vegas, where Hargis has had great success.

Impressed by his doctrine and strategy, Freeman added Hargis to the list of professional trainers that he consults with to take his cow horse prospects to the next level.

Daily and weekend auditors are welcome to watch the clinic and listen to Hargis' instruction.

The mission of Van Hargis Horsemanship is to educate, motivate, inspire, and entertain equestrians of every level through superior horsemanship and humanship.

For a rich learning experience, spots are limited, and Hargis will tailor his lessons to the audience. Overnight and weekend stall rentals are available, as well as nightly dry camping.

Fees for the clinic are as follows:

Clinic participant $350, daily auditor $25, weekend auditor $40, overnight stall rental $25, weekend stall rental $40, dry camping $10 per night.

Contact Russell at 719.338.5071 or for more information, you can also purchase your spot online at .


About Freeman Ranch Horses:

Freeman Ranch produces top quality horses for the equine industry. We pride ourselves in providing great horses for many uses- including ranching, riding, roping, trail riding, hunting, and many other uses.

With bloodlines that include Joe Hancock, Blue Valentine, Smart Little Lena, Metallic Cat, A Streak of Fame, PeptoBoonsMal, and Peppy San Badger, the goal for Freeman Ranch is to produce multi-use cow horses with lots of flashy colors, big strong bones, and a solid disposition.

The Freeman Ranch horse program is actively expanding, producing around 30 colts per year.

We carefully select trainers and handlers that will give our horses a solid start to reach their maximum potential for our clients.

About Van Hargis:

More than just a clinician who talks about horsemanship, Van is a true horseman whose clinic and seminar presentations are born out of real-world experience working with and learning from horses. Van started riding horses when he was only four years old and launched his career as a trainer at twelve when the wife of world-renowned saddle maker Billy Cook hired him to train her horse. He spent much of his youth in the saddle, working cattle at ranches around his Texas home. At the same time Van was honing his skills as a trainer and competitor, taking both his own and his clients’ horses into the show ring and the rodeo arena. Van and the horses he’s trained have excelled in show and rodeo events like ranch horse versatility (his specialty), western pleasure, trail classes, calf roping, team roping, and steer wrestling. Van’s wide-ranging experiences with horses taught him valuable lessons about horses in particular and life in general. His genuine interest in people motivated him to share those lessons with others. He began developing his unique horsemanship seminars in 1991 while he was living in New Zealand. In 1992, Van returned to Sulphur Springs, Texas. He currently resides just outside Victoria, TX where he has established his own training facility, specializing in colt-starting and ranch horse versatility. From his Texas home base, he has since traveled extensively. Van’s practical experiences on the ranch and in competition, coupled with a dynamic speaking ability, have made him one of the most highly requested clinicians at equestrian facilities and events across the country. He moves easily across the “great divide” between the western and English riding worlds, and has worked successfully with horses from many disciplines, including both working ranch horses and show horses in western pleasure, hunter-jumper, and dressage. In horsemanship and in life, Van firmly believe s there’s “nothing but the basics,” and that those basics are the same no matter what equestrian discipline appeals to you. That message has attracted audiences throughout the United States as Van has shared it in his seminars, in radio and television interviews, and in articles that have appeared in regional and national print publications.

Van is passionate about communication as well as horsemanship, and his versatility as a speaker enables him to deliver an exciting, educational, and motivational program to audiences regardless of venue or topic. With relaxed humor, Van teaches practical horsemanship skills that audience members can take home and put to immediate use, using his interactions with the horse to emphasize the most fundamental lesson: the need for a solid foundation in horse training and in everyday life. From colt-starting clinics to ranch roping demonstrations, from lessons on fear, trust, and confidence to seminars on ranch horse versatility, Van tailors his presentations to the audience’s needs and communicates his practical methods and messages in a way that lets each participant leave the event entertained, educated, and inspired.

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