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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 that that continue to build on the previous class with revision and thought. This becomes a way of thinking as well as riding. 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 for the horse and 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, an hour south of Adelaide in South Australia

  • Horsemanship Training Days & Clinics

    We're on a mission to help you help your horse and create a partnership you will treasure

    by creating leadership and developing excellent horsemanship skills.

     

    We are running a progressive training course, where one day builds on the last.

    The course starts with Essentials, then moves to Primary and Secondary.

    Up coming events - Snap Shot

    Foundation Studies Course - 6 days - 3 month course

    16th & 17th of February

    16th & 17th of March

    27th and 28th of April

     

    Training Days ~ DSH Arena

    12th January 2019 ~ Essentials Groundwork

    20th January 2019 ~ Primary Ridden

    9th February 2019 ~ Essentials Groundwork

    10th February 2019 ~ Primary Ridden

    23rd March ~ Essentials Groundwork

    24th March ~ Primary Ridden

     

    Focus Fridays (half days)

    1st February ~ Cowboy Dressage

    1st March ~ Ranch Riding

    5th April ~ Roping (rope skills only & introduction to horse)

    2rd May ~ Trail

     

    Drifting Sands is available by appointment.

    We are available for private lessons or get your group together for a clinic.

    Sponsor a clinic in your area - contact us to learn more.

     

    Foundation Training

    6 classes - 3 months

    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 $720 - 6 full personalised training days, plus study material and full support.

    1/3rd deposit - balance by 15th of February 2019

    Essentials

    Groundwork Skills (essential to success)

    pre-requisite to all classes

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

    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 $120 per rider ($135 Regional classes) - $35 spectator

    Half day $75 per rider

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

     

     

    Primary - Intro to saddle

    Groundwork exercises and concepts applied in the saddle

     

    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 $120 per rider ($135 Regional) - $35 spectator

    Half day $75 per rider

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

    Primary Plus - saddle

    Refining and improving on Primary skills - being more specific

     

    Covered in Primary Plus:

    Revision of Primary with focus on soft feel ~ vertical and lateral flection ~ timing, feel and balance ~ foot placement ~ bringing up the energy ~ legs without hands ~ stopping with the hind ~ forequarter spins ~ side passing.

    Full day $120 per rider ($135 Regional) - $35 spectator

    Half day $75 per rider

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

    Secondary - advancing skills

    Progressing to more advanced levels

    Covered in Secondary:

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

    Full day $120 per rider ($135 Regional) - $35 spectator

    Half day $75 per rider

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

    Friday Focus Days

    Discipline Focused

    The format: We will run through a pattern and assess the gaps. We will then look at the specific skills you need to participate in the event breaking them down and practicing those exercises to give you the tools you require. We will then run through the pattern again in a mock competition.

     

    Float Training

    contact us for details

    Focus

    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.

    Lessons with Mike or Faith

    Available by appointment

    Focus

    Private lessons available - do you have something specific to work on?
    Individual and Small groups also available - limited to 5 horses per session.
     

    Communication Development Day

    Next ~ TBA

    Focus Day

    This course is designed for people from all walks of life - whether you have a horse or not.

    How is your communication with your horse, with your work colleagues or with your spouse?

    Horses are the masters of reading body language and energy levels. Are we being clear and effective?

    Horses act as a mirror to our sole - they hold no prejudice and provide honest feedback, if we dare to look inside!

    Holiday with your horse

    Drifting Sands Retreat

    Want to get away and relax with your horse? We have a 3 BR home available for you and choice of paddocks for your horse, up to 8 acres of picturesque grazing. You can trail ride on the property or make use of one of our arenas.

    Great option if you are travelling for a clinic.

    Go to www.driftingsandsretreat.com

     

  • Bookings

    Make a booking for our events by clicking on the button and making your payment via direct deposit

    to Drifting Sands - BSB: 015 464 Account Number: 4625 50832

    your booking will not be confirmed until payment received as there are limited places

    Contact us by email or phone 0427 792 078 if you would like to pay by CREDIT CARD

  • Sale Yard

    Quality Quarter horses for sale

    Buddy

    $5000

    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

    QH X Filly

    $3000

    Filly 15hh DOB: 2015

    Sire: Docs Okie Jackhammer Q-48870

    Dam: Thoroughbred mare (Hayley)

    Started lightly as 2 year old - may retain for breeding if not sold - she has a super temperament and is super trainable. Mike has a love affair with this girl.

    Felix - Gelding

    $5000.00

    Felix - Registration Pending

    Sire: Docs Golden Gossip Q-40114

    Dam: Spinnabreeze: Q-38366

    DOB: 1/10/2017

    Weaned, basic handling and available. Felix is full brother to Lucky and all horses from this mare are just wonderful.

     

    Hayley - Thoroughbred Broodmare

    $3000

    We have several fillys now from this mare and they are all beautiful horses - athletic and very trainable. The mare is soft gentle and easy to handle and an easy breeder.

    We will be offering her for sale with her filly foal and in foal now to Who Whiz Jack

    TC

    $6500  SOLD

    Kyanjuwa Docs Spin Q-80285 Gelding 15.2hh DOB: 9/11/13

    TC has been lightly started to saddle.

    Beautiful kind natured boy, will be suited to many varied disciplines.

    Has participated in quite a few of our groundwork clinics.

     

    Review from happy customer

    new owner of TC

    We knew that Heidi was a good match for TC, but we will never ever pressure anyone into purchasing a horse. We are 100% honest and supportive through the whole process. We will not sell a horse for the sake of it - we too need to be comfortable that the horse is going to a suitable home.

  • 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 and may have had here last foal this year.

    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

    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. We are very excited for her second foal by Who Whiz Jack.

     

     

    Shadow

    Filly - DOB: 19/1/2018

    Sire: Docs Okie Jackhammer Q-48870

    Dam: Scoots Jasmine Q-39206

    This filly has that "look at me" presence - will be interesting to see her colour develop.

    Will be retained.

    Matilda

    Filly - DOB: 26/1/2018

    Sire: Docs Okie Jackhammer Q-48870

    Dam: A1 TB Mare

    This dam of this foal is out of the thoroughbred mare we are offering for sale. We really love this line of horses and this filly will ultimately be part of our breeding program this foal is registrable as A2 and her foals will be full Quarter horse.

    Will be retained.

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  • Who's Talking About Us

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    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.

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