The R.I.D.E Program
Rider improvement and development experience. This is your opportunity to spend some private time with Craig at his Three Circles Ranch in Gainesville TX. One on one daily lessons on your horse or ours. Five days of learning how to train and develop horses to higher levels of connection and response. You’ll enhance your own program with some new tools and a shift in perspective. This is a program for those who are serious about stepping up and becoming better at building their own horses into a willing partner that will accomplish performance at higher levels.
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The Training Program
The Craig Johnson International Training Center is a competitive western performance horse training ranch designed around building a horses future with the goal of lifelong success using the guidelines developed by multiple World Champion and NRHA million dollar rider, Craig Johnson.
We believe all horses should have a foundation based in trust, confidence, overall physical and mental development, as well as exposure to several disciplines and the guidelines required to perform confidently on the road toward competitive achievement.
Our program incorporates the lessons learned from teaching horses for over 40 years, achieving tremendous success with 15 World Championships, Major reining event victories, international reining medals, and over $1,000,000 in official earnings.
The evolution of our interests have grown to include many western activities including ranch pleasure, cowboy and western dressage, stock horse events, basic cattle working and of course reining. By using the principles learned through creating world class reining horses, we can lay a foundation for your horses future in many areas.
Your horse will experience trails, arenas, obstacles, pasture riding, ground skills, purpose training, and a willingness to accept pressure without anxiety. Certainly your horse will also learn the skills, cues, and confidence that comes from mastering the basics of stopping, spinning, changing leads, circling, straight lines, speed control, and mental focus.
We believe the most important training your horse will ever have is the foundation. That period of time that goes from start through the first year. It’s here where the future is created. it’s here where they will learn to try, and how to become trainable, the most widely held positive attribute any horse can have toward a winning future in any arena.
Once your foundation is laid our goal then becomes to help you figure out where your horse belongs. In what discipline, and with which professional. We have enough buckles of our own, our ego is satisfied. We just want to give your horse a great beginning and watch them fly. We also believe we have the credentials to be able to give you an honest assessment of your horses talents, therefore allowing the horse to decide, without imposing our personal agenda, on where it’s gifts can be maximized. We’ll also be able to tell you if it’s a good one, because we know what that feels like. We’ll also tell you if it’s not and you can then decide what to do. We know the difference. If your horse can’t make what you dreamed of, at least it won’t end up a nightmare.
We also do confidence and focus rebuilding as well as adding those other skills you would like your super horse to have. You should be able to trail ride your reiner, or rein your trail horse.
We’re located in the heart of the western performance horse industry at Three Circles Ranch in Gainesville Texas. Our facilities include an indoor arena, large outdoor arena, a no fences training area with excellent footing, an obstacle course, cattle working areas, mechanical flags, round pens, plenty of pasture riding, and a staff that cares about results.
Contact us to reserve your favorite horses spot in the school of positive performance. We only take a few.
Foundation is the r.o.a.d to success. Respect, opportunity, achievement, and dedication.
Our business is riding on your horse.