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  • Drifting Sands Horsemanship

    We're on a mission to help you on your horsemanship journey.

    Mike and Faith

    Horsemanship Teachers and Developers

    We are offering progressive systematic horsemanship classes, clinics and multi session courses. This style of horsemanship becomes a way of thinking as well as riding your horse. We don’t just get you doing exercises, we want you to understand the purpose and reason for the exercise. The aim of this training, through pressure and "correct" release, is to create a foundation (both physically and mentally) for the horse and the rider to build their partnership. We want to create a responsive, thinking and soft saddle horse and rider. Join us and learn the essential elements and enjoy a pathway to quality horsemanship.

     

    We also have a small Quarter Horse stud only breeding a handful of foals per year, they are bred for quality of temperament. All horses receive a wonderful foundation from the time they are weaned they become part of our training program.

    Our other passion is Australian Cattle Dogs - these dogs are loyal and clever. Great working dogs or wonderful loyal pets.

     

    We are based at Inman Valley on the Fleurieu Peninsula, an hour south of Adelaide in South Australia.

  • Clinics and services

    Our future classes

    We're on a mission to help you help you and your horse and create a partnership you will treasure by creating leadership, connection and developing excellent horsemanship skills.

     

    We have various progressive training courses, where one day builds on the last.

    Choose from a structured course or move through our various levels at your pace.

    Essentials, Primary and Secondary.

    Upcoming class dates summary

    (NEW) Harmony and Balance - 30th of May

    Essentials Groundwork - 10th July

    Primary Ridden - 11th July

    Essentials Groundwork - 14th August

     

    (Closed) Foundation Studies Course - 27th Feb, 27th Mch, 24th April, 29th May, 26th & 27th of June

     

    Foundation Studies Course - 17th July, 21st August, 18th September, 16th October, 20th & 21st of November

    Stay tuned for more dates!

     

    Horse starting - contact us for available slots.

     

    Mike and Faith are available for private lessons.

    Foundation Studies Course

    Taking you on a horsemanship journey

    Structured and designed to take you on a horsemanship journey with specific outcomes. We will teach you the fundamentals of groundwork, developing your skills and help you to achieve your personal goals.

    Suitable for people at all levels. This is a results orientated program, you will be assessed and graded as you go. There will be homework and practice tasks to complete between classes.

    This requires commitment - with reward at the end.

    Lets make this season really count!

    Cost $810 - 6 full personalised training days, plus study material and full support.

    Horse Starting

    Places available

    We now have openings for starting horses under saddle.

    We are offering an extended program ensuring a solid foundation in groundwork and under saddle.
    You will be invited to be part of the process so you can hone your skills and learn more about the methodology of your horses experience.

    Having a young horse is a wonderful journey and this requires your knowledge to be constantly developed.

    DSH's sole aim to create a long lasting safe partnership between horse and human.

    Essentials

    Groundwork Skills (essential to success)

    Correct and accurate ground work, is a pathway to creating good leadership and connection.

    Covered in the Essentials class:

    Spacial awareness ~ Relaxation ~ Pressure and release ~ Driving/Draw and de-sensitisation ~ Leading and backing ~ Specific foot placement/timing ~ Disengaging the hind quarters ~ vertical and lateral flexion ~ setting up the soft feel.
     

    Commences at 9am running through to 4pm

    Full day $135 per rider ($145 Regional classes) - $35 spectator

    Half day $75 per rider

    Click on the booking button below and select the Essential Class on the date.

    Primary

    Groundwork exercises and concepts applied in the saddle

    We have various focus points for this class. Such as focus on soft feel or focus on transitions.

    Covered in Primary:
    ~ Revision of Essentials and application of these principles in the saddle ~ Disengaging the hind quarters and creating a correct and functional one rein stop ~ introducing the soft feel ~ forward, backing, stopping ~ square turns ~ placement and movement of each foot.

    Commences at 9am running through to 4pm

    Full day $135 per rider ($145 Regional) - $35 spectator

    Half day $75 per rider

    Click on the booking button below and select the Primary class on the date.

    Secondary

    Progressing to more advanced levels

    Covered in Secondary:

    Collection ~ lateral movements ~ timing, feel and balance! ~ quality of transitions.

    Full day $135 per rider ($145 Regional) - $35 spectator

    Half day $75 per rider

    Participants are from previous class groups.

    Float Training & Specialty days

    Register your interest to receive notification of next class

    There will be a float loading demonstration, then we will teach you to teach your horse how to self load and unload quietly with no fuss.
    Limited to 5 horses per session.
    This is a safe and valuable skill to learn and is something you will have forever.

    Private Horsemanship and Riding Lessons

    With Mike (skills focus) or Faith (relationship focus)

    Available by appointment:

    All though it is not a prerequisite to private lessons, we do encourage you attend an Essentials Groundwork class first.

    Contact us by phone: Mike 0427 792 078 or Faith 0407 712 668

    or email through the link below

    Any Questions - please send through an email.

  • Sale Yard

    Quality Quarter horses for sale

    Buddy QH Gelding

    $8000

    Okie Attitude Q-90796

    Gelding mature to 15hh

    DOB: 11/12/2016

    Sire: Docs Okie Jackhammer Q-48870

    Dam: Miss N Attitude Q-47353

    Confident and friendly boy - easy to train

    Full brother to Henry

    Commenced his saddle training 2021

    Felix - QH Gelding

    $8000.00

    Felix - Registration Pending

    Sire: Docs Golden Gossip Q-40114

    Dam: Spinnabreeze: Q-38366

    DOB: 1/10/2017

    Felix is full brother to Lucky and all horses from this mare are just wonderful.

    Commenced his saddle training 2021

     

    Quarter Horse Filly

    SOLD

    Filly DOB: 7/12/2018

    Sire: Who Whiz Jack Q-60281

    Dam: Sassy Docs Bar Q-75170

    This stunning filly is now weaned and has basic training. She has the X factor and a real "look at me" presence. She has impeccable blood lines. with Docs Spinifex (Imp)(Docs Oak USA), Kings Phillip (Imp) (Peppy San Badger USA).

    JAZZ

    SOLD

    QXH All That Jazz - Q93666

    Filly DOB: 5/09/2016

    Sire: Dual Jazz Q-57414

    Dam: QXH Miss Precious Oak Q-65537

    Very sweet filly, going well under saddle. Still having some basic training, but a great prospect for someone to continue.

    Experienced home only.

    Young Stock always available

    Weanlings, Yearlings +

    We always have young stock available for sale.

    10 youngsters will be started in 2021

    Please call for more information.

  • Our Horses

    We are so blessed to have some amazing and beautiful horses

    Who Whiz Jack (Jack) Q-60281

    Stallion

    Sire: Who Whiz It Q-57307

    Dam: Jacks Little Miss Perfect Q-43511

    Jack is a true gentleman and proven sire. His offspring have great temperaments and athleticism. Jack is a high point winning Reiner.

    Spinnabreeze - Q-38366

    Broodmare

    Sire: Okie Spinner Q-25879 (Docs Spinifex)

    Dam: Koonamara Breezette Q-11019

    This mare is very special - she was the dam of our late sire Docs Okie Jackhammer.

    This foal is a colt to Who Whiz Jack and we are very excited about him.

    Sassy Docs Bar Q-75170

    Broodmare

    Sire: Docs Banumum Calcutta Q-52560

    Dam: Spinnabreeze Q-38366

    Sassy has amazing blood lines, with Docs Spinifex (Imp)(Docs Oak USA), Kings Phillip (Imp) (Peppy San Badger USA),

    Sassy's foals are lovely quiet, sensitive horses.

    Miss N Attitude (Missy) Q-47353

    Broodmare - for sale

    Sire: Tassas Robinhood Q-39976 (Smart Little Lena - USA, Doc Freckles Oak)

    Dam: Diamonds Reflextion Q-37481

    Missy produces gorgeous foals with bold, outgoing characters. These foals are a lot of fun and make great enthusiastic partners.

    Kyanjuwa Docs Morn (Beans) Q-72601

    Broodmare

    Sire: Docs Cobra Q-47406 (Docs Yakoon, Docs Bar)

    Dam: Bandido Chex Morn Q-48662 (Morn Deck, Big Red Chex)

    Beans is a relatively new addition and had her first foal 2017 season by our deceased stallion Docs Okie Jackhammer, a stunning filly with look at me presence. Pictured here with her 2018 foal by Who Whiz Jack.

    Foals are proving to have fantastic trainable easy going attitudes.

     

     

    Xtreme Aftershock (ET) Q-69120

    Broodmare

    Sire: Zippos Aftershock Q-57113

    Dam: Winderadeen Dream On Q-53174

    Fane is new mare purchased in (with colt foal at foot) based on her wonderful temperament, her trainability and her lovely friendly easy going nature.

    She will have her first foal to Jack, late 2020 early 2021

     

     

    Winderadeen A Little Cash Q-35874

    Broodmare

    Sire: Little Peppy Doc Q-5786

    Dam: Winderadeen High Finance Q-26645

    We took the opportunity to purchase this beautiful old mare. She has superb classic blood lines. We are hoping for a first foal to Jack late 2020 early 2021

     

     

    Scoots Jasmine Q-39206

    Broodmare

    Sire: Scooter Bar Q-15826

    Dam: Yulgilbar Jingle Bells - R2-835

    Jaz has given us 2 stunning buckskin colts - they are tall leggy horses, wonderful to handle and really looking forward to starting under saddle.

     

     

  • 2020 / 2021 Foals

    foals by the wonderful Who Whiz Jack for this season

    Chestnut Colt - foaled 16th September 2020

    Sire: Who Whiz Jack. Dam: Spinnabreeze - Q-38366

    PJ has one blue eye and is already very curious and friendly.

     

     

    Palomino Colt - foaled 17th September 2020

    Sire: Who Whiz Jack. Dam: Sassy Docs Bar Q-75170

    Yet to be named - he is a big strong colt.

     

    Palomino Colt - foaled 6th November 2020

    Sire: Who Whiz Jack. Dam Xtreme Aftershock Q-69120

    Very inquisitive and playful boy

     

     

    Cremelo filly - foaled 5th September 2020

    Sire: Who Whiz Jack. Dam: Miss N Attitude (Missy)

     

    Missy and her foal are offered for sale.

    Gorgeous 'black?' filly - foaled 10th Jan 2021

    Sire: Who Whiz Jack. Dam: Wineradeen Little Cash

    What a super filly, very bold and curious from day 1

    Some wonderful old Australian blood lines with Winderadeen.

     

  • Who's Talking About Us

    Take a look and enjoy!

    From Robyn

    When I first met Faith and Mike I had been struggling for about 2 years to rehabilitate an unbroken thoroughbred mare, I had rescued from going to the doggers. When she came to me she had a lot of pain issues and when they had been corrected she was still anxious and expecting pain every time I worked with her. As time went on she slowly improved but I had gradually lost my confidence and no longer believed I would be able to make her into a safe riding horse. Mike's step by step instructions, not only explaining (and demonstrating) what to do but also how your actions affect your horse gave me a new insight in working with her. She went from being the most head shy horse I have ever encountered to a horse that stands calmly while a rope is flipped around her head. She was also extremely difficult to load onto a float and after one half day lesson she now self loads. Following Mike's process I have a calm horse all of the time and within a few short months of correct groundwork I have now started to ride her. I can't thank Drifting Sands Horsemanship enough for teaching me the skills to attain a dream I had begun to think was unachievable.

    To all my friends and Friends that have horses, I am excited to write about my awesome experience which i attended at the Drifting Sands horse clinic on Sunday the 14th of Feb. I have been riding horses for over 25 years and have owned a few in that time. My riding experience has been a basic get on and go style, which was great as a kid but now getting older i need to feel safer and more in control. I have been looking for a place to get better knowledge and a better understanding of how my horse thinks and behaves, and how we can work better as a team. I came across the Drifting Sands Training and Partnership Education Face Book Site, and saw a clinic that begins with ground work and decided to book.   From the moment i arrived I was made feel welcome, and was guided to the arena. I was a part of a small group where there was myself and my horse Rover, and 3 other girls 2 of which were quite younger. These girls were able to work with horses provided by Michael and Faith as they did not have one of their own.  Michael and Faith Demonstrated different techniques both on the ground and in the saddle, with their own horses which was explained both verbally and then shown physically. I was extremely impressed on how they spent the time evenly between us all, and that the young girls were just as important as the rest of us.  We broke for lunch, which was a lovely sausage sizzle accompanied by a light salad. Tea or Coffee. then started the second Half of the Training.  One of the biggest issues i have with my horse Rover, is him standing still while i mount which i normally always use a crate, and can take up to 5 - 10 minutes. The biggest achievement for me on this day, was sitting on the Post of the arena, and with the techniques we had learnt throughout the day, i was able to mount my horse from sitting on the fence to sitting in my saddle, which he stood perfectly still.  I highly recommend to any one, that is having large or small issues with their horse to go out to Drifting Sands and experience their professional and friendly Training. I will definitely be attending the next clinic in March.  Thank you Michael and Faith, for providing such a great service so close to home.

    From Megan

    To all my friends and Friends that have horses, I am excited to write about my awesome experience which i attended at the Drifting Sands horse clinic on Sunday the 14th of Feb. I have been riding horses for over 25 years and have owned a few in that time. My riding experience has been a basic get on and go style, which was great as a kid but now getting older i need to feel safer and more in control. I have been looking for a place to get better knowledge and a better understanding of how my horse thinks and behaves, and how we can work better as a team. I came across the Drifting Sands Training and Partnership Education Face Book Site, and saw a clinic that begins with ground work and decided to book. 

    From the moment i arrived I was made feel welcome, and was guided to the arena. I was a part of a small group where there was myself and my horse Rover, and 3 other girls 2 of which were quite younger. These girls were able to work with horses provided by Michael and Faith as they did not have one of their own. 
    Michael and Faith Demonstrated different techniques both on the ground and in the saddle, with their own horses which was explained both verbally and then shown physically. I was extremely impressed on how they spent the time evenly between us all, and that the young girls were just as important as the rest of us. 
    We broke for lunch, which was a lovely sausage sizzle accompanied by a light salad. Tea or Coffee. then started the second Half of the Training.

    One of the biggest issues i have with my horse Rover, is him standing still while i mount which i normally always use a crate, and can take up to 5 - 10 minutes. The biggest achievement for me on this day, was sitting on the Post of the arena, and with the techniques we had learnt throughout the day, i was able to mount my horse from sitting on the fence to sitting in my saddle, which he stood perfectly still.

    I highly recommend to any one, that is having large or small issues with their horse to go out to Drifting Sands and experience their professional and friendly Training. I will definitely be attending the next clinic in March.

    Thank you Michael and Faith, for providing such a great service so close to home.

    Caitlin

    I had a great time today I learnt heaps of awesome things
    So happy that I worked with the best 2 year old in the world, poor Henry he had to put up with me
    Thank you faith and mike so much I had the best time ever

    From Ashely

    Love it! Have learnt sooooooo much and so have both my horses. Has helped me build my confidence and bond so much more with both my horses. Every lesson I do I learn so much and keeps me wanting to know more and build on what I learn. I more than likely wouldn't be riding or have the confidence I have now if I didn't go to these training days. Highly recommend to anyone. Thank you faith and Michael for all the support and encouragement you give to us all. Keep up the great work. Can't wait for the next one

    Helen and Robyn

    Helen was at her whits end with her young horse and was seriously considering parting with him. Mike worked for a week with the horse and then with both Helen and the horse - the photo tells the story :)

    Robyn had falling in love and bought this young Gypsy Cobb who was nervous and jumpy - look at him now :)

    Review from happy client purchasing a horse

    At Drifting Sands we will never pressure a person into buying a horse and always make sure that WE feel like it is a good match. The horse needs to suit the purpose and the also needs to be a good fit with the person.

  • Contact Us

    Located at 282 Bald Hills Road, Inman Valley, South Australia

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