Northwest NEWS

September 3, 2001


Horseman Steve Rother to hold Sept. training clinic

Steve Rother, professional horse teacher and clinician, will be performing a colt starting and problem horse demonstration on Friday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m., at Big Rock Farms near Duvall. This demonstration is not just limited to horse owners, but for anyone and everyone interested in horses. Clinics will run Saturday and Sunday.
   The purpose of this event is to educate people about safe and natural ways to start colts and to deal with problem horses. The demonstration will start out with a performance with one of Steve's own horses, and will then continue on with the individual colt starting and problem horse demonstrations. Steve will demonstrate how effective communication between horse and human can replace the need for mechanics and force.
   Steve travels full time around the U.S. conducting these clinics in order to teach the human about the horse's perspective. The goal is to develop a willing partnership between the horse and human. Some of his recent projects have been with the BLM Wild Horse Adoption Program. Steve teaches people how to safely gentle horses from the wild herds.
   The admission for this 2 1/2 hour demonstration is $15 per person, at the door. Seating is limited, so spectators may want to bring their own chairs. For more information, contact Anna Graham at (425) 788-1037, or see Steve's website at www.
   The clinic runs Saturday, Sept. 22, through Sunday, Sept. 23, with colt starting, foundation and horsemanship classes, three hours each daily. Cost is $80 per class, $140 for two, or $250 for all four classes.
   Big Rock Farms is located at 12950 297th Pl. NE, Duvall. From Duvall, head south on SR-203. At the Safeway just south of town, turn left onto Big Rock Road, follow Big Rock Road to 297th, turn left, follow to the end of the gravel road.