There are many choices available when it comes to horse training. Likely, there are also as many definitions for horsemanship as there are horses. So what do we do that's different?
Well...if you have trained with us before, you know the answer :) Here's a few of our beliefs:
The owner of Amazing Horse Country, Scott has a wide variety of experience in the horse industry including backcountry/mountain riding, outfitting, training horses and riders, starting wild horses and running the Canadian Cowboy Challenge. When not teaching, you can usually find Scott training with his own horses.
Scott teaches the fundamentals of horsemanship in an enjoyable and interactive way. Together we work on how to present ourselves in a way that encourages our horses to try for us...because we've shown them, though a solid application of the principles of leadership and athleticism, what it feels like to succeed.
You'll learn to create, shape and inspire the thoughts and motions of a horse, resulting in the horse finding peace, fluidity, balance, confidence, success and pride.
Scott's goals are:
To bring a greater awareness of the potential we can reach when we work with the horse's mind and body together - in all equine pursuits - and the importance of horses in our lives;
To create a world of FUN and EXCITEMENT for riders and their equine partners through creative and challenging obstacle courses, trail riding, mutual encouragement and camaraderie.
To inspire an awesome world for riders and horses where anything is possible.
We've always been about helping people, helping horses and having a great time. The seeds of Amazing Horse Country were sown in a fundraiser for the non-profit Canadian heli-medevac operation, STARS. Horse trainer Brenda Murdock conceived a game to raise money in conjunction with a horse sale. Teams of riders hunted for items located in a large area; entry fees went to STARS.
Partnering with Scott Phillips, the following year the idea grew into into an online Equine Geocaching fundraiser known as the Amazing Backcountry Race. Caches were hidden over hundreds of miles of trails throughout the Alberta Rocky Mountains. Riders found caches, claimed and traded prizes and and logged their finds, stories and photos online.
With growing interest, the fundraiser evolved into a business. The website grew to allow riders to hide and find caches, access and update a user-built trail database with worldwide coverage. This includes photos and information on trails, staging areas, campgrounds and parks designated for equine use. We also hosted other equine-related fundraisers.
Priorities changed for the creators of Amazing Backcountry. Brenda's focus shifted to her family and her notable involvement with Habitat for Humanity. Scott, who had his own horse training business, became increasingly involved with the Canadian Cowboy Challenge Association as a board member and later as President. He saw an opportunity to integrate obstacles into his horsemanship training regime. With the purchase of new property in 2013, Amazing Horse Country was born.
In 2015 we partnered with Jody Schulze McMann of Broken Spur Equine Therapy to offer a unique clinic series including Equine Biomechanics and Anatomy. This allowed us to offer our students an exceptionally rounded experience that begins with learning how your horse functions physically and how you can support and integrate that into your groundwork and riding. Biomechanic components continue to be a part of all of our clinics.
The primary focus of Amazing Horse Country is three-fold:
To that end, we currently offer a wide variety of clinics, training and lessons. See our schedule for all the details.
Scott believes that continuously working to advance his horsemanship is not only an asset to his students but a requirement of a good clinician / trainer. He continues to train annually with Josh Nichol in his Mentorship Program and has studied with Dr. Deb Bennett.
As far as the future is concerned, the sky is really the limit! Amazing Horse Country continues to grow and evolve with fun and exciting events, clinics and training for riders and horses. We're looking forward to sharing an AMAZING 2018 with you!
Scott's articles appear in several online and print magazines; you can read some of them here.
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