Register early for your 2017 Montana Doc Hammill Horsemanship Workshop and Save!
2017 Montana Workshop Dates
May 21-May 27, 2017
Our workshops filled quickly in the last three seasons-Register now to save your spot!
June 18-24, 2017
July 16-22, 2017
August 13-19, 2017
September 10-16, 2017
Click here to view Stacy and Virginia’s blog entry describing their experiences at a Doc Hammill Horsemanship Workshop
2017 Montana Workhorse Workshops will be held in the Mission Valley near Mission (St. Ignatius), Montana .
You could be the lucky person to WIN A FREE 2018 Doc Hammill Horsemanship Workshop-call Doc or Cathy to find out how!
Ranch workshops are 5 full days of hands-on instruction and practice with emphasis on safety, gentle (and effective) techniques, horse husbandry, and the basics of harnessing, hitching, driving and working horses in harness. Doc and Cathy have a great collection of historic, horse drawn vehicles and farm equipment as well as modern horse drawn equipment and vehicles as well.
Depending on the focus of the clinic, students will learn about and may operate horse-drawn wagons, carts, plows, discs, harrows, mowers, hay rakes, buck rake, hay loader, manure spreader, fore carts, stone boats, a road grader, and so on.
Students learn about and try their hand at many horse powered tasks including maneuvering obstacle courses while ground driving horses, or with a single horse or team hitched to a wheeled vehicle, skidding poles and logs, pulling a load with a single horse or team hitched to a stone boat, or with a single horse or team hitched to a farm implement.
The horses are driven and worked single and in two horse teams in the clinics for first time students, and hitches of up to six in advanced and specialty workshops for returning students.
Except for specialty workshops, each class is limited to just five hands-on students to maximize personal instruction and driving time, allowing us to accommodate individual learning styles. We focus on the students where they want and need to work.
Throughout the week the content is determined, to a large degree, by what each student most wants to learn and experience. The approach is informal, relaxed, and flexible – and we have fun while learning.
Doc and Cathy’s workshops seem to fill earlier and earlier each year. The less flexible your schedule, the earlier you might want to to book YOUR spot. There are occasionally cancellations in the workshops that Doc and Cathy host at the Montana ranch. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please e-mail Doc.
About the Ranch Workshops
Learn safety; gentle and effective techniques; and the basics of harnessing, hitching, driving, and working horses in harness while using Doc and Cathy’s horses, and the equipment of a working horse powered ranch.
Special people, great horses, and a scenic Montana ranch, all set the stage for a week of complete immersion into the world of driving and working horses in harness. Limited to only five hands-on students, the workshops are a personal, small group learning experience and a unique western adventure.
About Doc and Cathy
Doug Hammill, D.V.M. draws upon over 50 years of horse experience to mentor each student at their own individual skill level. Cathy Greatorex works directly with students in the workshops as well; she draws upon her own life long horse experience as well as her professional background and experience as an educator.
Workshop content is extremely comprehensive in scope, and custom tailored to each group. The wide selection of horse drawn vehicles and machinery, the many horse powered jobs performed, hay meadows and agricultural land, and amazing scenery provide driving experiences that enhance learning and guarantee enjoyment.
About the Staff
Doc and Cathy’s Suffolk horses, one very special mule, and their Norwegian Fjord horses conduct all aspects of the Workhorse Workshops personally with the assistance of Doc and Cathy. There is potentially a visit and story or two from Doc’s mentor and stepfather, Tom Triplett. Some workshops may include other horses, mules and instructors.
For workshops at Doc and Cathy’s Montana ranch, in the beautiful Mission Valley of Montana, we meet for a hosted dinner in town the evening before the workshop begins. The destination for those who come by air is Missoula International Airport at Missoula, Montana. Transportation to and from the Missoula International Airport may be arranged for a fee.
For those wishing to travel by train, Amtrak provides rail service to the town of Whitefish, Montana. One could rent a vehicle there and travel to the Mission Valley, approximately 90 miles south. The trip to the ranch after dinner is just 6 miles over paved and rocked roads.
2017 lodging will be provided at Borderland Ranch.
What to Bring
Doc and Cathy’s ranch sits at just under 3000′ elevation in the Rocky Mountains. Expect cool to cold nights (30 to 50 F) and cool to hot days (50 to 95 F).
- Sleeping bag or bedding (if you are traveling by air, we will provide bedding for you)
- Socks, underwear, etc.
- Comfortable, rugged, preferably high-top footwear (suitable for irregular ground)
- Washcloth, towel, hygiene articles
- Rain gear and waterproof boots
- Durable pants and shirts (some long sleeved)
- Cap or hat for sunshade
- Gloves for driving – thin, form fitted.
- Warm clothes – coat, jacket, sweat shirt/sweater, vest, hat, long pants, and gloves
- Sunglasses, sun screen, water bottle
- Flashlight, camera, binoculars
- Bandanna or neckerchief
- Favorite songs, stories, poems, etc.
- Musical instruments
- Desire to learn and a sense of humor
- Insect repellent
Signing Up-Don’t delay-we don’t like to turn people away ……
For information or to reserve your spot in one of our driving clinics, call or email Doc or Cathy to verify that there is room in the workshop.
Once you are pre-registered for the workshop you are interested in, we welcome you to pay online, by phone (credit card), or pay by mail (check or money order.) We also have payment plan options…ask us about that when you call or email.
There is a fee for shuttle service providing transportation between Missoula International Airport-Missoula, MT, and Doc and Cathy’s ranch.
For information about this beautiful area: Visit Montana