Here at Shadow Hills Ranch, we take pride in everything that we do. Whether it is training your young horse for a future of success in and out of the show pen, or providing you with the thrill of winning a buckle at a ranch rodeo- we aim for perfection! We do far more than just train horses and host clinics or rodeo events, and the list is continuing to grow!
Man's Best FriendA single working dog can do the work of five men, so they say. Dogs have always been and always will be one of the most useful workers for any operation; whether cattle, sheep, goat or horses! Here at Shadow Hills Ranch, our dogs assist with many of the day to day work and we understand the importance of keeping a working dog's skills refined. With that being said, we would like to offer our practice pens and livestock to you and your dog so you too can be the best you can be!
Our training facility utilizes the round pen we train horses in. We are able to bring sheep or calves in and out of the pen to practice working stock whenever needed! Currently we are allowing stock dog practices on Mondays only and by appointment only.
There are two types of services offered: first is an instinct test and second is livestock rental for practice sessions. It is required that you and your dog have a basic understanding of working livestock and that your dog has a decent handle plus listens to commands. We ask that if you have NOT attended a stock dog clinic or proof of working stock (entry in trials, agility, etc.) that you complete a herding instinct test prior to booking a practice session. Currently we do not teach lessons, it is something we will be seeking to do in the future!
In Fall 2022, we will be launching the newest addition to our dog operation- boarding! The facility will feature six (6) climate controlled indoor stalls with outdoor runs, and a half acre dog yard complete with auto waters! Packages and details will be published when this exciting service launches Fall 2022!
In the Summer of 2019, we hosted the very first Cattle Clinic in Bourbon County possibly ever. The session lasted three hours and had over 15 participants, selling out. Participants learned about flight zones, horse positioning, and how to introduce a horse to cattle: from a trainers perspective. Since then, several others have began teaching clinics of their own utilizing a very similar format as we had, showing that there was an interest in the working cow horse world. Taking that interest, we branched into providing practices for people to hone their skills in a more self-focused environment. Of course, why practice something if you cannot test your skills? Thus, the first Beat the Heat Sorting was started. With 32 teams, winners walked away with a check and a buckle!