Horsemanship Clinic by Dwayne Rhea on January 19
By Sydni Walker
COMMERCE, TX—The Texas A&M University-Commerce Equine Center is hosting a beginning horsemanship clinic in the new covered arena from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 19. Clinician Dwayne Rhea will be running the event.
The clinic has 12 spots available for students to work with 12 horses. Rhea will show them how to soften their horses up, ask their horses to arch better in circles, collect better and work on advancing their overall horsemanship skills while working through any problems the horses display during the clinic.
“This is going to be an opportunity for the students to have a chance to learn from a working professional in the horse business,” said Lindsey Walton, Equine Manager at A&M-Commerce. “Dwayne Rhea brings many years of experience as a horse trainer, clinician and partner with many famous and reputable ranches. The students will be able to get a new perspective on horse training techniques that they can take and apply in their future careers in the equine industry or with their own personal horses.”
As a professional firefighter and former rodeo cowboy, Rhea has worked with some of the top horsemen in the nation. He has over 30 years of experience working with horses and riders. Last year, he became one of four clinicians invited to work with the Navy SEALs and their horses to prepare for overseas operations under extreme circumstances.
The clinic is $5 for students, and $15 for the community to come and watch. There are 12 spots available to participate that must be signed up for ahead of time.
The mission of the equine program is to provide students with an opportunity to improve their knowledge of horse care and health, handling, and business-related matters. The university owns 9 broodmares, 15 riding horses, 4 studs, 6 yearlings and 7 weanlings. Horses are boarded by students in the pasture or stall by fee-based contractual agreement. The equine center has 20 stalls for boarding, two tack rooms that include 10 student lockers in each, bleachers, bathrooms and two wash racks.
For more information on the equine center or to sign up to participate, contact Lindsey Walton, Equine Manager/Lecturer of Equine Studies at Lindsey.Walton@tamuc.edu or call 903-886-5901.
Visit the equine center website at http://www.tamuc.edu/academics/colleges/scienceEngineeringAgriculture/departments/agriculturalSciences/farms/equineCenter/default.aspx.
For more information on Dwayne Rhea go to www.dwaynerhea.com.