February I have the great honor to travel to Texas and participate in the
Tom Dorrance Benefit, hosted by Ray & Carolyn Hunt.
I can’t express my excitement in just being invited, let alone
the privilege of paying homage to this legendary horseman.
of you are acquainted with my horsemanship journey, and what lead me to
pursue this passion as my life’s work.
As I reflect back upon particularly the last 15 years, I am drawn
to the influence Tom Dorrance has had on that journey, even though I have
only met the man once. His
influence has come to me primarily through others who have study with Mr.
Dorrance, and long ago discovered his gift of understanding horses, and
his willingness to share that insight with humans.
etched in my memory is the first time I saw Ray Hunt.
It was at a clinic in John Day, Oregon.
Susan and I had been encouraged to attend by Mike & Sandy
Moore. I had been around and
on horses my entire life, but for the first time that spring day I saw a
true horseman! Mr. Hunt’s
ability to effortlessly communicate with his horse, and the horse’s
happy response took me back to childhood memories of bareback riding and
playing all sorts of games with my ‘ol gelding named Token.
He was always ready to be with me, and participate in the play.
I was introduced to several other Master Horseman, such as Pat Parelli,
and Dennis Reis. The common
thread was an understanding of the horse, and the ability to feel of the
horse in not only mental, or emotional, or physical terms, but most
importantly to connect spiritually with the two animals…human &
horse. I think this last
aspect is the component offered to all of us so gratefully by Tom Dorrance.
I’d like to add a
final note of gratitude to those of you who so gratefully helped
financially in making it possible for me to attend the Tom Dorrance
Benefit: Bonny & Mark
Melby, Dr. Pat & Joan Trindle, Susie Wilson, and Della Steele.
My appreciation is beyond words.
Thank You! Of course
nothing would come to fruition without the constant help and support of
Susan Triplett. Someone has
to stay home and feed the horses! Many
thanks to Susan as well.
and I have come into the 21st Century, and have begun filling
in the pages of our own website. We will have information regarding our
horsemanship principles, course outlines, the newsletters, course
descriptions, & horse-handling equipment such as Thomas Angle saddles
& JS Halter Company mecates, halters, & leads.
Occasionally there may even be information on horses for sale, such
as the bay filly and gray gelding 3-year olds that are currently
available. It will be fun and
hopefully a great way for us to communicate easier with all of you.
Check the work-in-progress out at: