Clinton Anderson Colt Starting Demo at 2013 NRHA Futurity

By Christina Brezack – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and NRHA Corporate Partner Downunder Horsemanship is excited to announce that Clinton Anderson will be presenting his Colt Starting Demonstration at the 2013 NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The demonstration will be on Saturday, December 7 at 8 a.m. in Arena 6. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. and tickets will be available to purchase online in advance or at the door.

For fans wishing to sit close to the action, NRHA will offer a limited number of arena-floor bleacher seats for $30. Fans in these “up-close seats” will have the advantage of getting in line first for Clinton’s autograph signing following the demonstration.

General Admission tickets will be $20. With the purchase of any ticket, spectators will be granted entrance into the NRHA Futurity Open Finals later that day at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the Coliseum.

Clinton Anderson is a clinician, horse trainer and competitor. He’s dedicated his life to helping others realize their horsemanship dreams and keeping them inspired to achieve their goals. The Downunder Horsemanship Method of horse training is based on mutual respect and understanding and gives horse owners the knowledge needed to become skilled horsemen and train their horses to be consistent and willing partners. Clinton will be sharing his colt starting technique in a demo that will showcase groundwork exercises to prepare the young horse for a safe first ride. Once in the saddle, Clinton will detail the steps he takes to allowing the horse to get comfortable with a rider on his back and the beginning stages of steering and body control.

With the experience of starting hundreds of horses, Clinton’s colt starting method is based on safety for the horse and the rider and focuses on properly preparing the colt with groundwork exercises to guarantee a safe first ride. During the demonstration, Clinton will share desensitizing and sensitizing exercises he uses to ensure the colt is respectful, calm and willing. Unlike traditional colt starting methods, Clinton uses an assistant during the horse’s first three rides to make the experience less stressful for the colt and will have one of his Certified Clinicians on hand to help demonstrate to the crowd the benefits of using a helper.

When asked to present his colt starting method, Clinton didn’t hesitate to partner with the NRHA. “I’ve always loved the challenge of training a horse and the thrill of competing. Breeding, raising, training and competing reiners has been a longtime passion of mine,” he explains. “When I was contacted by the NRHA to share my knowledge of starting colts, I was honored and happy to help a sport that has meant a lot to me throughout my career with horses.”

During the demo, Clinton Anderson will give away a Colt Starting Kit ($599 retail value) to one lucky audience member. The kit is filled with 11 DVDs and 26 Arena Mates. In the Colt Starting Series he covers every aspect of starting a young horse from catching a wild horse to safely walking, trotting and cantering on a loose rein both in the arena and on the trail. The series is filled with countless success tips, safety precautions and troubleshooting advice. There will be other giveaways during the demo to look forward to as well.

It’s the most elite reining event in the world with more than 3,000 entries competing for more than $2 million in cash and prizes. More than 1,300 horses and 127,000 visitors come from nearly 20 countries to compete and watch the excitement unfold. During its 10-day run, the show contributes more than $67 million to the overall Oklahoma City economy. Go to for more information or to purchase tickets.

NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show Supporters
The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners for their support of the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show: Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Arenus, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Boehringer Ingelheim, Center Back Pads, Classic Equine, Darling 888 Ranch, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Kyle Tack, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Miller International – Cinch / Cruel Girl, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pard’s Western Shop, Platinum Performance, Purina, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Schmersal Reining Horses, Twister Trailer and World Development Group International.

In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show Event Sponsors

  • Platinum Futurity Sponsors: KO Trading, RAM, Sandbur Productions LLC and Scott Cleaners
  • Gold Futurity Sponsors: Shorty’s Caboy Hattery and Soft Ride
  • Silver Futurity Sponsors: Avila’s Pro Shop, E-Z Go, Forewheeler Golf Cars and Heat-A-Zone

Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body for the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit
Photo Credit: Downunder Horsemanship

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