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Feb 052016
 

There is a lot to be said about great weekends on the back of your favorite horse. There is even more to say when you are riding that wonderful mount in the company of Charlie Hill. Still, with out understating what occurred in three days at Horseshoe park, un-folding theories of “The Chill Method” with Charlie and giving me a front row seat in assisting him. My fear is to go too far in attempting to put into words the improvements in horsemanship that I witnessed 

  • Flexing your horse on the ground, getting more eye, and work at stopping the push.
  • Stay behind the knot
  • With out using your hands, reins, or a bit pressure to control your horses speed and direction
These are the general topics that were well covered in the three days in “The Chill Method” Clinic. With too many analogies, life applications, and many first hand horse experiences to help in the explanations, to list.
Looking back at the big picture, I meditate through my days being saddle-bound about, relationship + meeting the horse’s needs. I am in the habit of focusing on the relationship, and usually talk over with my riding companions the many needs that any given horse we are working has. I am so blessed for Paula, my riding friend that is my most trusted sounding-board. We talk over our riding time together and help each other with the mindset for the horse we are riding. “The Chill Method”   Just one week of riding my horses that already have a relationship; of a month or two with me, have now gotten even more relaxed in movements, and confident in their work by attempting the latter, meeting their needs.
We are very excited to be neighbors, and spend as much time with Charlie and Debbie as we have.

 

 Posted by at 5:09 am
Jan 142016
 

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Don’t forget the Horsemanship Clinic this weekend, January 15-17, at Horseshoe Park Equestrian Center, Queen Creek, Arizona! We are so excited about our new format called “riding your horse from the ground.” Each day it starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 pm.
Charlie will be evaluating the horses in the first session and relating his findings. This will be an informative session for everyone as he relates the ground work maneuvers to improving your riding skills.
There is one spot available for this part of the clinic and several riding slots are still open for the second half of the clinic. Call Debbie Hill 480-206-1570 if interested.
Auditors are welcome and encouraged to come.

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 Posted by at 1:35 pm
Dec 222015
 

When I first envisioned this format, where we would spend the first day and a half, working from the ground, I thought I would accept only 10 participants to insure enough time to evaluate and demonstrate the things that would be the most appropriate and how it would relate to what you would do from their back. However, if I only accepted 10 participants, in order to pay for the rent, insurance and other expenses related with my association with our support of Horseshoe Park Equestrian Center, we would need to charge at least $600 tuition. By only allowing 8 participants to enroll for all 3 days with ground evaluation, explanation, demonstrations, hands on work and through all of day one and morning session of day 2, there would be adequate time to allow 12 additional riders to enroll to observe day 1 and the AM session of day 2. Then join the riding portion of the afternoon session of day 2 and all day of day 3. Tuition could be reduced to $375 for those enrolled for all sessions and $200 for those observing day 1 and the AM session of day 2 and riding for the PM session of day 2 and all day of day 3. This is a great combination of time usage, financial relief, and adequate revenue with a win-win situation for everyone.

This would provide much insight as to our old format, where we would have a colt starting, where the preparation was done for the first day and a half and then the colt would be ridden in the morning and the horsemanship in the afternoon.

For this clinic those attending for the afternoon of the 16th and all day on the 17th, they will also be allowed to audit for the insight that comes with those horses we evaluate and demonstrate with on the 15th and the morning session of the 16th. Then they will ride those on the afternoon session on the 16th and all day on the 17th.This all for less than a regular 2-day clinic.

For the auditing portion of this clinic, we encourage all horsemen to attend, we will run a special that if you pay for all 3 days, it will be $65, otherwise, $30 per day. To insure adequate time for all participants to enroll participation is limited in this clinic. We are only taking 8 for the ground portion and riding. We have 5 already enrolled. We are only taking 12 participants for the 2nd part. Your spot is only reserved with a $100 deposit.   Contact Debbie Hill at 480-206-1570 or  by email:  debbie.chillmethod@gmail.com

 Posted by at 4:32 pm
Dec 052015
 

Meet the trainersThank you to all that came to the Meet the Trainers on November 24, 2015, especially the trainers.  Brian Bausch with his horse, Russler, showing how special and entertaining a horse can be as together they performed several maneuvers that the rest of us only have dreamed of doing.  Brian and Russler had been featured on America’s Got Talent.  Also thanks to Brian for helping me with the m-cing duties as he has a great talent with that as well as with his horse.

I want to apologize for the sound with my hand held microphone.  I did not know how inadequate that was.  It will be rectified before our next event.

Thanks to J. J. Anderson and his filly, Mustang Sally, headed to the Mustang Magic competition in Fort Worth, Texas, in January, 2016.  J. J. had already competed at the Mustang competition in Queen Creek, Arizona, in April, 2015.  He finished in the top 10 with that mustang and was invited to participate at Fort Worth, Texas, in the Mustang Magic in January, 2016.  J. J. had a limited number of rides on Sally, he demonstrated some leg yields exercises that build a foundation for Mustang Sally.  I found it extremely interesting to see how an exercise that was good for this foundation in one situation, could be counter- productive in another.  J. J. helping me out by showing the things Sally would do at home, in this new environment she seemed a little resistant.  Ray had shared with me how Tom would tell him “ go ahead and work , but don’t work too hard.”  I did not want J. J.’s effort to do something for me not be beneficial to Sally.  Ray would say “adjust to fit the situation.”  I stepped up and showed J. J. how he might continue the same exercise by making adjustments.

Thank you to Buddy Uldrickson for bringing his ranch gelding that he had ridden a couple years.  A very nice horse with a good carriage and attitude.  Buddy showed some nice transitions as he talked about some of the things he had done with his gelding on the ranch.  Buddy disclosed how he aspired to continue to bring up his performance level, but was cautious not to let him get too hot.  We worked on some things in the down transitions that will make the horse more comfortable and willing to stay quieter.  I thank Buddy for showing how any horse, whether from a desire to raise the performance or a horse getting anxious around other horses, going fast, or with separation anxiety could benefit with this insight.

Thank you to Heather Herdt and her horse George.  Heather and George bring an amazing resume and history.  I could see Heather was a talented rider and had been very diligent and confident in her training technique.  However, much of her technique was counter-diction to my teaching, but showing how with a good positive attitude developing a feel and timing for your aides, this could be affective.  After watching her demonstrate with George, I shared with her, how I believed it would be beneficial to use her leg different and let her seat be more consistent for George to feel back to.  At the end of the night, she set up the barrels and made a couple runs, she came back and told me how she recognized that she did use her seat more when they sped up.  I agreed and advised her to bring that awareness to all of her riding.

Colin Schroerder brought a horse that he had been working toward reining and roping.  Colin concentrates his training with rope horses.  Colin stated he had been mostly self- taught, looking to friends and peers.  Colin had ask for insight for improvement in the horses turn around.  The ability to have a horse turn around like a reining horse often becomes a measure of a trainer’s ability.  When I met Ray Hunt, all of my horses had a great turn around on an inside leg.  This did not carry much weight with Ray, he saw that type of a turn- around only had potential to be used to show out.  A turn-around on the outside pivot foot had many purposes, like going around a barrel, going around the end of a gate, facing the head horse, and most important working a cow, “dubed the cow horse turn-around.”  Ray admitted to turning around and staying on an outside leg, that you might have to sacrifice speed, but Ray said it would be appropriate to teach both.  When I asked Ray if he was to show at a reining futurity, which would he use and he said outside leg, even though some speed might be sacrificed because of principal he would use the outside leg.  I don’t know how much this information changed Colin or anybody that was there, but I am so thankful to Colin for the opportunity for me to share.

I thank each of these trainers that came to this little event.  I hope that because they stepped up to share and grow, that their status with the community they serve will recognize that they have a hunger to share and grow and seek them out for help with their horses.

 Posted by at 2:38 am
Oct 222015
 

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Charlie accepting Ray Hunt’s Saddle at the Ray Hunt Memorial in 2010

 

I am looking for a limited number of professional horse trainers that would like to participate at Horseshoe Park Equestrian Center for a couple of hours on November 24th, 2015 from 6-8 pm for the general public to observe with Charlie Hill as we discuss the Chill Method.

When I first went to see Ray Hunt, I had been a professional horseshoer for many of the nation’s top trainers, gaining the insight I might need to help several youth as they learned to show their horses in youth classes. These youths went on to win many state AQHA championships and state 4-H honors.

I had completed in the PRCA as a saddle bronc rider and steer wrestler. As a professional horse trainer, I had shown horses for nationally renowned breeder Howard Pitzer where I had won or placed at many of the nation’s top AQHA’s shows including The AQHA World Show.

I am so thankful that I had a little pressure put on me to attend this guy, Ray Hunt, when he came to our area, whom had not accomplished near the things I thought I had.   After this first encounter with Ray, I realized this guy, regardless of what I thought he had achieved or what I thought I had achieved, he had something that I needed a lot more of.  After this first encounter with Ray, I continued to ride with him on every opportunity I had.  I generally took the horse that I was the most pleased with for the amount of time that I had spent training them usually between 30 to 90 days.  Ray’s insight helped me improve on those horses what I thought was the best I had to offer. This also gave me the chance to show the general public what they might expect from a horse trained by me.

All applications for this event will be considered. I want to provide for the general public to be able to observe a group of 6-10 professional horse trainers that possess the most diverse experience, background, and methods as possible.

 

Chill Method Mission Statement

Chill Method is not a method of doing, it is to be a method of learning where like-minded people are willing to discipline themselves to work from within to find solutions for the  horse so the horse becomes willing to give his best with all his heart every time.  This develops a horse with a sound mind. The study of Chill Method also allows the horse to raise his performance level while retaining a sound body through proper balancing of his hooves and support of his limbs.  This method has been developed over many years of studying thousands of horses, hundreds of trainers, farriers, and veterinarians.

It will be the goal of Chill Method to provide such like-minded people a forum to study the horse’s needs and our responsibilities to achieve this end.

If you are a professional trainer interested in participating in this event, you can request an application via email from debbie.chillmethod@gmail.com

This will be a great and informative event for all who attend. As Ray Hunt often said, “I don’t care why you came, even if it was to criticize, I’m just glad you came.” See you all there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Posted by at 5:32 pm
Apr 152015
 

 

Charlie Hill Beat the Heat Special 2015 Rev 3Beat the Heat Special Horsemanship Clinic Purchase Options:

Single Day Auditor ticket $30USD

 2-Day Auditor ticket $50 USD

Questions:  Contact Debbie Hill @ (480) 206-1570

Horseshoe Park Holds 2-Day Charlie Hill Horsemanship Clinic

 The “Beat the heat horsemanship clinic special” will be held in the great covered arena venue at Horseshoe Park Equestrian Center in Queen Creek, Arizona, on May 30, 8AM to 4PM, and May 31, 9AM to 5PM, 2015.

The price for a single day is $30, and for a 2-day ticket is $50.  Tickets will be available for purchase at the clinic as well.

Any veteran will receive a complimentary free admission auditing ticket.  There will also be complimentary free admission tickets available for any 4-H or pony club members.  Anyone 10 years old or under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

For anyone to decide whether this Horsemanship Clinic is for them or how they may benefit by auditing or participating in it.  I will explain the intention of this clinic and how my clinics are conducted.    I define Horsemanship as,” the understanding of your horses’ movements and thoughts and how one influences the other.  It is recognizing your responsibility to the horse in all situations.  It is the ability to arrange these thoughts and movements to obtain a willing service.”  It is my intent as we work with your horses, to bring awareness as to how his thought is influencing his movement and how by your influence over the movement, you can change his thought.  I intend to point out your horses’ needs and encourage you to take responsibility to support those needs, by increasing your understanding of better equitation and being able to arrange the thought and movement to a willing service.

The class will be divided into smaller groups, so you will not need to be in the saddle all day long on day 1.  Each group will ride once in the morning and once in the afternoon.  This will enable you to have an opportunity after your session, to come back again after digesting vocabulary, application, purpose and observation of others.  On day 2 in the morning, it will be the same small groups and in the afternoon, all one group.  There will be demonstrations and individual work throughout both days, whenever appropriate to benefit the majority.

The mission of this clinic is to learn how to improve the horses’ performance without increasing the horses’ anxiety by better equitation.  This study can be conducted by the subtle changes required to improve horses that are already preforming well.

Often times many of the most basic needs of the rider or horse, gets revealed from the situations where issues evolve ie; the horse that gets nervous, rears, lazy, refuses, shying, won’t slow down, etc.  Don’t miss this opportunity to get the insight from Charlie Hill.

 

 Posted by at 3:50 pm
Jan 182015
 

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For over 50 years, Charlie has cultivated his understanding of the horse, through the relationships that he has established, including those with Howard Pitzer, home of Two Eyed Jack, Ray Hunt, and Floyd Moore, home of Delta Flyer. Charlie will be instructing this course, which will be held for 12 consecutive days, March 14 to March 26, 2015. You may enroll for all 12 days, for the 6 days of your choice or for the 3 days of your choice, whatever works best for you.

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In this course, I will meet you with whatever you desire to do with the horse. I have already experienced the benefit in working with a high volume of horses. Let me share this benefit with you. I will relate my insight, as how you may meet the horse’s needs at whatever level they currently understand. These are an example of many other applications to be experienced during the duration of this course. This course will be held in the beautiful piney woods at 6-J Paint Horse Ranch in Huntsville, Texas. I spent about 10 years in the 1990’s on this ranch, refining my skills working in this great environment. With the talent of these horses and this outstanding breeding program it provided, it lets me share this experience with you. Limited enrollment.

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Tuition:

12 days                        $800                     non-refundable deposit $250             Balance $550

6 days of your choice $500                     non-refundable deposit $150             Balance $350

3 days of your choice $300                     non-refundable deposit $100             Balance $200

Audit:

1 day   $35

3 days $90

6 days $150

12 days $250

Contact information, Debbie Hill or Charlie Hill at 480-206-1570 or email @ memahill49@gmail.com

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If you or anyone you might know would be interested in participating in this opportunity, I would appreciate you sharing with them this information. I am going to limit the number of participants, however, I am not being specific. The number of enrollment also depends on how many wish to actually ride as each horse is prepared and the number that only wish to help with catching, halter training, grooming, and etc. I have set enrollment up to accommodate the number of days that people may be able to get away, by allowing you to enroll for 3, 6 or all 12 days. The number of participants that I will accept will depend on how people enroll and the number of days they can come.

One point I would like to make, is that this opportunity is not just for people that want to ride colts for a career. Such a variety of horses and situations can develop a whole new vision of one’s horsemanship. Particularly those of you that help to educate others through clinics, lessons, high school or college programs. I see in many of these curriculums, in an effort to produce quiet and quality horsemen, they have adopted a protocol of desensitizing the horse instead of having a horse be quiet because he is confident in his understanding. They believe a horseman with good qualities is one that can produce a horse with little or no apparent disagreement to his job or task verses a horse that is willing to respond, cooperate, and perform. This leaves a void of information for those of you trying to learn. This is sad.   This misinformation at best creates a horse that becomes less than it might be. This format at 6-J Paint Horse Experience will address this topic and expand everyone’s insight.

Charlie Hill

 

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