Clinics & Events
Where & When are Clinics Held?
Goodnight Horsemanship Clinic and other special events are scheduled at various locations, from coast to coast. The most up-to-date clinic schedule, along with details and directions are available at www.juliegoodnight.com/clinics/
If you have or know of a facility ideal for hosting a clinic in your area, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost of Riding in a Clinic?
$650 for two-day horsemanship clinics, plus stall rental if needed. Special events are 3-5 days and usually include meals and lodging; prices vary according to the location and length of program.
Cost of Spectator Tickets?
- Purchase Online
- By Phone in Advance – 800-225-8827
- Pay at the Door
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What is the Clinic Schedule?
Goodnight Horsemanship clinics are two (2) days, Saturday and Sunday; 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, unless otherwise stated.
8:00-10:00 Section 1 Groundwork
10:00-12:00 Section 2 Groundwork
1:00-3:00 Section 1 Mounted
3:00-5:00 Section 2 Mounted
Julie divides the group into the two sections according to the training level of both horse and rider; each Section works two hours at a time in the arena with Julie. Each session builds upon the other; after your session you will have time to practice the skills presented, with coaching from Julie’s assistant, then rest your horse and listen in on the next session’s main lesson. You will have time to practice these skills in your next session.
Goodnight also offers special programs at various premiere locations. The C Lazy U clinics in Granby Colorado are 4 to 5 days—Thursday or Friday 12 Noon to Monday 12 Noon. You must register directly with C Lazy U, (970) 887-3344
To Register to Ride in a Clinic
Pre-registration is required; most clinics fill 2 – 3 months or more in advance. $200 nonrefundable deposit due at registration; balance due 60 days prior to clinic. Pay by credit card (Mastercard, Visa, AmEx, Discover, PayPal), Check or Money Order. Clinic tuition is fully transferable to another rider. Tuition is refundable, minus $200 nonrefundable deposit, only if the clinic is full and another rider replaces you.
- Register Online
- By phone, during regular business hours 800-225-8827 or 719-530-0531
Maximum Number of Riders?
24 riders per clinic in two Sections; 12 Riders Maximum per Section (only 12 horses in the arena at one time)
Spectators are Unlimited
Are There Openings in the Clinic I want to Attend?
Most clinics fill 2-3 months in advance.
Our website will indicate when clinics are full to riders; there is always room for spectators. Ask to be on the waiting list, especially if you could attend on short notice; often people register up to a year ahead however because sometimes life intervenes; there are some cancellations.
Can I Ride One Day?
You can only register for two days; there is no one day option. The clinic progresses in content from the beginning to the end. However, all clinic participants are encouraged to work at their own pace and level of fitness and to take breaks or sit out a session whenever they or their horse feels the need.
What is the Clinic Content?
Goodnight clinics are focused on developing your leadership skills through ground work and improving your riding skills. We will focus on your equitation as well as addressing training goals for your horse. Each horse and each rider is met at his/her own level. Everyone works at their own pace, so do not be concerned about you or your horse’s fitness level– take a break whenever you need one! The information presented in the clinic will be comprehensive in nature, starting with fundamentals and progressing through advanced skills. Minimum skills required of horse and rider: basic control at walk and trot. You are not required to canter although there will be plenty of cantering for those that are ready for it.
There will be two sections of riders– a maximum of 12 riders in each section; Julie will place the riders in the section according to your Personal Profile, which you will complete after registering. Each section will have two sessions a day in the arena with Julie; two hours of ground work in the morning and two hours of mounted work in the afternoon, plus practice time, with Julie’s assistant. The focus is on building a better relationship with your horse, improving your riding skills and gaining more authority over your horse, both from the ground and in the saddle.
The content progresses throughout the clinic so that each session builds upon the other. After each session in the arena, you will have time to practice the skills learned, with coaching from Julie’s assistant, then you will rest your horse and listen in on the other section’s main lesson (you’ll have time to practice these skills in your next session). Every horse and participant works at their own level and speed. Sections allow for smaller groups, divided by the skill level of both horse and rider, to ensure that everyone gets the personal attention they need and that each horse and rider is challenged at the appropriate level.
What are the Rider Qualifications?
Clinics are for all level of riders, beginner through expert. There will be both English and Western riders. Everyone works at their own level, at their own pace. Minimally, you should have independent control of your horse at the walk and trot. You do not have to be able to canter and you will not be required to canter in the clinic if you do not want to. Minimum age of 16; some exceptions granted; no maximum age.
Do I Have to Bring a Horse?
Normally you would bring your own horse, however, some of our clinic sites will offer rental horses for an additional fee. Special events at C Lazy U Ranch includes the use of a ranch horse; most participants do not bring a horse to C Lazy U, although you can. Refer to the “Things to Know” information form that will be emailed to you to find out if the clinic you are interested in has rental horses.
Can I Bring Two (2) Horses to a Clinic?
Yes, if extra stalls are available. You can alternate which horse you want to use for which sessions throughout the day and switch horses when you like (for instance, some people might do the groundwork with their young horse and the riding work with an older, more reliable horse). You will have to pay an overnight stall fee for both horses.
How Can I Prepare for a Clinic?
Study up / Get the gear: You may find it useful to sign up for Julie’s Free Access Training Library, and read some articles on riding and training, so you’ll have an idea of some of the things she’ll be talking about. You can also purchase a subscription to Horse Master Academy for unlimited access to hundreds of training videos. If you need a rope halter and/or training lead, you can order in advance or purchase at the clinic. Also, Julie’s riding and groundwork DVDs see links below, can give you a jump start on what you will be working on at the clinic. For your convenience, we have put together a Rider’s Package that includes items you will be sure to want for your clinic.
Goodnight Rider’s Package includes: premium halter, 12’ lead, (choose the color combo you like), logo cap, logo water bottle with carabineer knife to attach water bottle to your saddle, original Goodnight design T-shirt, and The Ultimate Hoof Pick—all for the low price of $110. This price reflects a 20% off the normal retail value of these items if you were to purchase them individually at any other time.
Goodnight’s Principle of Riding 4 DVD Set: http://shopping.juliegoodnight.com/Goodnights-Principles-of-Riding-5-DVD-Set-GPR-whole-set-5-DVDs.htm?categoryId=-1
From the Ground Up 4 DVD Set: http://shopping.juliegoodnight.com/From-the-Ground-Up-4-Disk-Set-ftguall.htm?categoryId=-1
To order, call 800-225-8827 or go to http://shopping.juliegoodnight.com/Clinic-Riders-Package-CRP.htm
What are C Lazy U Riding Retreats?
Several times a year, Goodnight offers special riding programs, held at the C Lazy U Ranch, a “five-spur” guest ranch, high in the Rocky Mountains near Granby. The Women’s Riding and Yoga retreat is a 3-day program for women only and the schedule includes lessons with Julie, coaching sessions with Twyla, trail riding and yoga.
The Ranch Riding Adventure is a four-day program for men and women and includes lessons with Julie, trail riding, trail obstacles and working cattle. All programs at C Lazy U are appropriate for all levels riders; bring a horse or use a ranch horse. No previous experience with yoga or ranch riding required. Come with a friend or on your own; either way, you will leave with many new friends. Accommodations, meals, horses and other amenities included. Adults only, please.
DOWNLOAD HERE: Ranch Riding Adventure PDF
To register for C Lazy U programs: Visit their website: www.clazyu.com or Call (970) 887-3344
Tack & Equipment
What are the Categories of Products?
How Long are the DVD’s?
- GPR vol 1, Balance & Rhythm, 1 hour 18 minutes
- GPR vol 2 Communication & Control, 1 hour 13 minutes
- GPR vol 3 Perfect Practice, 1 hour 56 minutes
- GPR vol 4 Canter with Confidence, 1 hour 33 minutes
- GPR vol 5 Refinement & Collection, 1 hour 25 minutes
- Round Pen Reasoning, 1 hour 45 minutes
- Lead Line Leadership, 2 hours
- Bit Basics, 1 hour 45 minutes
- Ready to Ride, 2 hours
- Stress-free Trailering, 1 hour and 46 minutes
Halters – Which Noseband Style is Better, Flat or Round?
There is little difference between the noseband styles in terms of effectiveness. The wrapped noseband, in both styles, gives slightly more pressure to the horse’s nose than an unwrapped noseband. The round style is better for riding in, if you like to ride in a rope halter, and for large or unruly horses.
Halters – What Colors do They Come in?
Standard halters are black, pine, raspberry, Pacific blue, purple and maroon.
Standard Rope Halter
The 3/8” width rope has the ideal stiffness and durability. An excellent training tool and mild enough on the horse’s face to use as an everyday halter. Standard halters (without contrasting noseband) are available in draft and yearling sizes. Choose from a variety of fun colors to match your barn colors or your horse’s gear. Custom manufactured in the USA.
Premium halters colors on the halter/noseband are:
- Black/pacific blue
- Pacific Blue/Black
Premium Rope Halter
The 3/8” width rope has the ideal stiffness and durability. An excellent training tool and mild enough –without shockingly large knots which can be too much pressure– on the horse’s face to use as an everyday halter. Premium halter has wrapped noseband in vibrant colors, either a flat (designed for ground work) or a round (designed for ground work or riding) Regular horse size fits Arab to Warmblood. To help in your color selection the halter color is listed first and the noseband color is listed as the second color. Custom manufactured in the USA.
Halters – Do You Have Custom Sizes and Colors?
We can special order any color combination or size for no additional charge. Custom orders are usually shipped within two weeks. Contact our office to receive ordering information for custom sizes. Custom orders are not returnable and are nonrefundable. Premium wrapped noseband halters are available in-stock in 13 different color combinations.
Halters – What Size Horse do the Rope Halters Fit?
The halters are regular horse size and will fit most horses, from Arabians to Warmbloods. Draft crosses may need a large horse size. We can special order any size: mini, yearling/pony, large horse, draft, as well as custom sizes. We stock yearling and draft in the Standard halter (which does not have a wrapped colored noseband). Special orders usually arrive within two weeks.
Lead Ropes – What Colors do the Training Leads Come in?
- Pine Green
- Lime Green
- Pacific Blue
Lead Ropes – Should I Get a 12 ft or a 15 ft Training Lead?
Most people get by with a 12’ lead, which is much easier to handle for people that have not had much experience handling rope. If you have a bigger horse (over 16 hands) or an unruly horse, you should get the 15’ lead, which gives you more versatility and greater distance from the horse.
Rope Reins – What Colors do the Reins Come in?
- Black with a tan center marker
- Tan with a black center marker
- Pine Green with a tan center marker
- Turquoise with a black center marker
- Raspberry with a black center marker
- Lime with black center marker
- Pacific Blue with black center marker
Rope Reins – What Length are the Rope Reins?
9 ft (end to end) is the standard length; reins are also available in 10’ length. If your horse has a very long neck, you may prefer the 10’ length; for most horses, the 9’ reins work fine. Reins can be custom ordered in any length needed. (by special order and non-returnable).
Saddles – Does my Horse Need a Regular Tree or a Wide Tree?
Most horses use a regular tree. If your horse is very wide at the withers, he may need a wide tree. A heavy or wide horse may not need a wide tree if he has prominent and “A” shaped withers. You can measure the angle of the withers with a flexible ruler and trace it onto paper. A regular tree is 90 degrees; a wide tree is 92 degrees. The best way to determine saddle fit is to try it on the horse.
Saddles – What Size Seat Should I Get?
The seat size depends on the size of the rider’s seat/girth/thighs. A 16” seat will fit most average sized adults, both men and women. Very thin/petite adults may need a 15”or 15 ½”; larger than average riders may need a 17” saddle. A youth size saddle is 14” in the seat. Goodnight’s Peak Performance saddle have a layer of memory foam in the seat, which you will sink into. Circle Y suggests up to a ½” larger seat size because of the memory foam.
Saddles – How Long Does it Take to Get One?
Usually 6-8 weeks once the order is placed. It will be drop shipped directly to you. Shipping cost is approximately $50.
Horse Master Academy
How to Get Started?
Decide what level of membership suits your needs; Fill out the online registration form; Enter your PayPal information or create a Paypal Account (not needed for Free Access); Look for a conformation email in your inbox (it should come immediately; if not, check your spam filter or junk folder); Create a login. Once you are logged in you will be directed to the resources available at your membership level.
What Level of Membership is Right for Me?
Free Access provides you with access to basic horse training resources and a subscription to Goodnight News, with the latest info on Julie’s travels, educational articles and great specials and contests. Totally free—we just need your registration information. Get more details here… Free Access Benefits
The Horse Master Academy Library gives you unlimited access to hundreds and hundreds of educational articles, practical training videos and audio seminars on horse handling, training and riding—the complete Goodnight Library of resources. Searchable by key words—a wealth of knowledge, right at your fingertips, right when you need it. Subscriptions are monthly for $9.95 or yearly for $99.95. Get more details here… HMA Library Benefits
Horse Master Academy Interactive is our premiere level of membership for horse enthusiasts of any level who want to learn more, ride better and live their dreams. Once you join, you will create a personal profile for you and your horse, create training goals with our help and receive a customized course of study that will span an entire year. You’ll have monthly assignments with feedback and help along the way from Julie and her instructors, plus many other great benefits. Yearly membership only for $299. Get more details here… HMA Interactive Benefits