Previous events

Basics of Roping with Lisa Graham

Sweet Grass Farm, Orton, ON

Back by popular demand - the Basics of Roping with Lisa Graham. In this 3-hour clinic you have a chance to learn how to set up your rope, swing a rope and throw a rope. Learn how to keep your loop open and how to increase your chances of catching your target or obstacle. You’ll be swinging a rope like an old cowpoke by the end of day. This is ideal for Extreme Cowboy competitors to improve their roping skills. Lisa Graham is a long time equine enthusiast dabbling in many disciplines. She started riding as an adult and jumped right into the rodeo circuit in her early 20’s. Lisa considers riding a continuous learning journey and is always looking for ways to improve her riding. Lisa will have ropes for sale as well. Please note this is a people only clinic - no need to bring a horse! Prepayment required to hold your spot - this one sold out fast last time! $45 includes HST and light refreshments.

Basics of Ranch Riding with Greg Crispin

Sweet Grass Farm, Orton, ON

Are you curious about Ranch Riding? This class is gaining popularity in all show circuits. Greg Crispin has been training and competing in ranch riding since it began in AQHA around 2013. Both Greg and several of his students have achieved numerous Ontario championships and been multi-year world show qualifiers. For the clinic, you will practice and improve maneuvers needed to complete the patterns. Greg will discuss what the judge is looking for when horse and rider are in the pen, the score card, and will have you execute a pattern or two to put the riders' work together. There will be lots of individual attention with two groups of 3 to 4 riders, one in the morning for 3 hours and the other in the afternoon for 3 hours. Rider spots are sold out! Please contact me if you would like to be put on a waiting list or if you're interested in auditing. This is an indoor event, rain or shine.

Extreme Cowboy Obstacles with Susan Caldwell

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Sweet Grass Farm, Orton, ON

Join Susan Caldwell to learn about improving horsemanship through using obstacles. This full day clinic is open to riders of all disciplines and levels with a small group size allowing individualized attention. The morning will be lessons in pairs followed by mock racing in the afternoon with a limit of 6 participants to ensure individual attention. Susan is an Equestrian Canada Competition Level Coach, earning Ontario Coach of the Year honours in 2019. She is also the 2018 OXC High Point Pro and an EXCA Level 1 Judge. Cost is $150 for the day, including lunch, refreshments and HST. CRHRA/OE or equivalent insurance is required. No auditors will be permitted at this time but watch for updates here as Covid protocols evolve. For more information call/text Karen Dallimore at 519-855-1127.

Saddle Fitting with Britt Blakely

Sweet Grass Farm, Orton, ON

Bring your horse or just yourself for a session with Western Saddle fitter Brittany Blakely of Britt's Corner Tack. Based in Grand Valley, Ontario, Britt has spent over five years working with saddle makers, suppliers and knowledgeable horsemen as the manager of a tack store in Alberta. She's back home now and has set up her own shop with a 30' trailer that brings cinches, headstalls, breast collars, bits, spurs, spur straps, splint boots, and quality used saddles right to your barn. She carries lines that include Classic Equine, Professional Choice, Cuttin' Up saddle blankets, OxBow and Cow Person tack and Stray Dog saddles, as well as a full line of Hansbo ceramic/magnetic therapeutic products. Fittings are $50 per horse and are typically one hour in duration which includes evaluation with a Port Lewis impression pad. Auditors are welcome, $10 each. Britt's trailer will be available for shopping too! This event will be held indoors. Refreshments will be available. RSVP with prepayment is required. For more information please call/text Karen at 519-855-1127.

Basics of Cowboy Obstacles

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Sweet Grass Farm, Orton, ON

Are you curious about Cowboy Obstacle Racing but don't know where to start? In the morning, we'll go over the rules, walking the course, and touch on a few ways to strategize your run. The afternoon will be an opportunity to work on some obstacles with your horse and try a run for yourself. Sign up for one or both sessions! They're $50 each, $100 for the full day, which includes HST. Lunch is available for an additional $15. CRHRA/OE or equivalent insurance required. As usual, a small group size will allow individual attention and time to answer your questions. No auditors will be allowed at this time. I'll be your coach for the day. I've been involved with Extreme Cowboy Racing since 2012, developing the successful OXC Rookie series and earning the 2017 OXC Green Horse Division championship with my homebred, Sweet Grass Jake. Come out and give it a try! For more information or to sign up send me a PM or text 519-855-1127. Prepayment is required to hold your spot.

Horse Basics Workshops & Clinics 

If you have any ideas of workshops you'd like to see or give here in 2022 season, give me a call or text to 519-855-1127. They have to be affordable, interesting, and fun! I encourage people who want to promote their equine services to host a workshop here - you present, I host. Call me for details. All of this, of course, will be structured around applicable Provincial Covid protocols; we reserve the right to make adjustments as required.

Workshops are demonstration events for people only. We use volunteer horses from our trusty Sweet Grass herd as required. Some of the workshops we've held in the past have included saddle fitting, ground driving, making a rope halter, goal setting, foaling and roping. 

Clinics will provide an opportunity to learn skills with your own horse in a variety of areas hosted by me or guest clinicians.

Private & Semi-Private Lessons 

Private or semi-private lessons are available with one of our horses or you can bring your horse to Sweet Grass Farm near Orton. I am an intermediate level rider with broad experience in handling, riding, showing and training. Read more here: who-am-i? 

If you're on Facebook, please ride on over to the Horse Basics page or to the Sweet Grass Farm page to see what's going on here at the farm. There we have some good, respectful discussions that you are welcome to join or ask questions to connect with some insightful horsemen and horsewomen. 

 Call or text for more information 519-855-1127, e-mail karen.dallimore (@) gmail.com or contact me through PM on Facebook.