We are excited to let you know that Dave Elliot will be coming to our place (Sandhills Stable in Saskatoon) on April 19th & 20th 2011. He will be putting a clinic/workshop on called 'It's not all about the Bit". We have been trying to get Dave out for the last few years and due to his tight schedule it has not come together until now!
For those of you who are not familiar with Dave's work:
From Fort McLeod, Alberta, Dave Elliott is a master bit an spur maker who creates custom-designed hand-made spurs, bits, buckles, saddle silver, jewellry, unique gifts and more.
Three talented barrel horse trainers carry bits created by Dave Elliott: Sue Smith, Judy Myllymaki, Dee Butterfield and Oscar Walter.
Dave specializes as well, in individual and custom-fitted pieces - for example - wider mouthpieces for equines with damaged mouths. Dave is featured on the Anatomy of Bitting DVD and has recently become a student of equine anatomy.
Dave Elliott grew up around horses on the family ranch in Saskatchewan. Back in the 1970's, he attended the Oklahoma Farriers' School and up until 1993, worked as a full-time farrier. He has also participated in driving, dressage, reining and jumping and has worked closely with professionals in designing better bits fo reining, roping and barrel racing.
Dave offers workshops across Canada that are fun and useful, based on the anatomy of the horse's mouth, skull and neck.
"After building bits for a number of years," says Dave, "I realized the need to better understand all the principles of bitting, which include the anatomy of the horse, training techniques and bit mechanics. I am furthering my education in anatomy, which relates to the design of horse bits. With added knowledge, I can help educate customers to better understand how and why bits function." www.elliotbitandspur.com
The format of the clinic will be as follows:
**April 19th - 4pm ( tentative time)
He will be doing a evening classroom session which will be held for 5 - 6 hours.
** April 20th - Morning.
You will be able to book one on one time with Dave and your horse. Where you will experiment with bits and learn to understand the response your horse gives.
$100/person - limited to 8 ppl
***It's important to take the first evening session before doing the one on one with Dave so you have compklete understanding,
Reserving your spot for the clinic will be on a first come first serve basis. Your cheque for $80 will save your spot.
Cheques can be made payable to Sandhills Stable
RR#8 Box 95
To book a spot or if you have more questions please let us know!
Charlie & Bonnie