News from winter quarters round pen

Holiday greetings my friends! I hope your winter and holiday season has been good to you and you have a great new year! We are hunkered down in our winter quarters putting together our clinic and training list for spring. So far we have a couple of clinics in the works for our friends at Red River Riders Therapeutic riding stables in June, and a spring tune up clinic in March  in Columbus WI. More details to follow as we finalize things. We are also planning our summer reenactment trip to Gettysburg PA for the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg. It will held on the 4th of July weekend so drop in and say hello at the 1st Alabama Cavalry camp!  We are looking forward to another busy season this year so if you are looking for dates to get your colt started or work on your horse to be done contact us soon, as the dates will fill up fast in the spring. We are continuing our support of Inner City Slickers this year and are putting together a couple of events here in Wisconsin with them this spring as well. And if I’m lucky… I might be going with my friend Micheal “the original slicker” to Costa Rica to help him set up an ICS program there! Yippee! Out of the cold weather for a while!  If you are interested in helping out with this great organization when they are up here please contact me. It’s a very worthy cause and I’m sure you will get as much enjoyment out of helping these kids as Vickie and I have! Please drop by my face book page for the latest updates and videos from my you tube channel and drop by the ICS page as well for the latest goins on there too!

That about wraps up the latest info from our neck of the woods friends. Please drop in now and then and comment on our blog and let us know someone out there is reading this stuff! Have a Very Happy and Safe New Year and we’ll be talkin to ya soon!

Smokie and Vickie

About Smokie

Smokie Brannaman grew up on a 5000-acre horse and cattle ranch in Southwestern Montana. Working with horses, cattle and rodeoing as a professional trick roper was his way of life as a youngster. Upon graduating from high school, Smokie chose to serve his country in the United State Coast Guard. Although his military duties did not always allow much time to spend with his horses, he never the less, rode and trained horses of his own and others throughout his military career. Smokie retired in 2000 from the Coast Guard and worked as a Corporate Operations Manager for a security company. But he soon realized that his true enjoyment came from being around horses, training, riding and helping others with their horses. After working for 2 years as a stable manager for a large boarding stable, Smokie hired on at Ots Sunrise Farm to work with the young horses halter breaking, ground work and starting horses under saddle to progress to more advanced training. Smokie started his own business, Horseman’s Services Limited, llc in 2006 and now works full time as an educator of the horse and rider. Smokie utilizes the training methods of his brother Buck Brannaman, Jeff Griffith, and others, as well as his own techniques learned during a lifetime of working with horses. Smokie is a published author of two books about horses and their riders, Whisper This… Not to your horse, to yourself, and his newest book Equiknowlogy 101… and numerous horse training DVDs. Smokie lives in Greenleaf Wisconsin with his sweetie Vickie, and has three grown children, Kat, Travis and Jason. He raises and trains registered quarter horses of his own, which he uses as, Cavalry horses for his hobby, Civil War reenacting, and performing in Wild West Shows throughout the Midwest.

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