Tracey McCleave

Frank Bell's Certified Equine Natural Horsemanship Trainer\Instructor

     Organizing a Natural Horsemanship Clinic

The following outlines the basic requirements to organize a successful clinic. The information listed will help you determine the format that best fits your group and understand the steps to building a successful clinic. To book a clinic, I require a minimum of five riders with deposits.

Choosing The Date

For the maximum exposure and participation, plan a 2-3 months or more lead time. This insures coverage in Horse Publications for editorial and advertising. If you have 8 committed riders, we can cut back on the lead time or do a private clinic. Timing is everything!

Research other major community and equine events not to conflict.

Consider weather patterns in your area (indoor facility expands your choices)

Ideal Facility - 1 and 2 Day Clinics

 Indoor or covered arena (no risk of cancellation from weather). Outdoor can be a  consideration based on the time of year. Indoor back-up ideal.

Centrally located to major highway and equine communities.

Large enough to accommodate horses and riders (a 20’ radius for each horse to do the ground exercises). Example: 60’ x 100’ fits 12 horses.

Seating area for auditors

Overnight boarding for horses (per diem to facility).

Overnight camping or cabins for riders and Tracey. Motels close by.

Restrooms or rental of porta-potty available.

Parking for trailers and auditors.

Existing sound system if possible. 

Good lighting

2-3 Volunteers (assist with distribution of marketing materials and parking, no charge to audit).


Clinic Information & Fees

 Tracey shares the secrets of Frank Bell's highly successful 7-Step Safety System which she uses on every single horse she encounters, regardless of age or issue. In a step-by-step format she teaches her students the process of first, bonding with a variety of horses. The second step involves the most basic premise of all training, pressure and release. Intimacy follows as the horse quickly develops trust and confidence in the handler.
Now the movement begins as the two drift into a rudimentary form of dancing. Next the horse’s buttons are pushed as the search begins in finding the places that can cause trouble and perhaps even danger for the horse or rider. The issues are addressed safely on the ground. The sixth maneuver creates harmony as the horse and handler perform ballet on the ground as they glide in unison and become true partners.
When the invitation is extended, the handler will mount and continue the dance in the saddle. Specific exercises are now performed using all the earlier learned techniques. The participants are left with a volume of information to apply to every horse they encounter in the future.
Students work about four hours each day with a variety of horses as Tracey teaches Frank Bell's Revolutionary 7-Step Safety System in a logical format that quickly and efficiently leads to vastly improved communication between horse and rider while raising horse/rider confidence.
During the 2 Day Clinics in the afternoons, Tracey demonstrates a variety of subjects, i.e.: trailer loading, foot handling, ears, spookiness, pull-back, bitting, biting, kicking, balking, rearing, knot tying, spraying, etc.