2020 Workshops At Doc and Cathy’s Montana Ranch

 2020 Workshop Dates!

  • April 19-25-POSTPONED
  • May 24-30-POSTPONED
  • June 21-27  WOMEN’S-POSTPONED
  • July 19-25-POSTPONED
  • August 16-22-POSTPONED
  • September 13-19-POSTPONED

Greetings from Montana!

We, Cathy and Doc,  wish all of you in the Doc Hammill Horsemanship community health, safety, and happiness as you read this and move forward in these uncertain times.

Hands On Workshops UPDATE

2020 Montana Workshops at our Borderland Ranch have all been postponed. We will resume as soon as it is safe and comfortable for all.  Thank You to all our registered students for your patience and willingness to be rescheduled later. We will be adding workshops to accomodate both registered students and those wishing to sign-up. We are looking forward to serving students in 2021. We miss you!  Please feel free to give us a call or send us an email if you would like to make plans to attend in 2021.  Workshop details will be  updated on our website regularly.  Feel free to email  for updates … or for up-to-the-minute information call Doc @ (406) 250-8252.

Student driving Ann and Kate in a Montana Workhorse Workshop
Michelle driving Ann and Kate

“Cathy and I are reaching out to find special people to join us for these workshop weeks of learning, horses, and fun in 2020 .”  Doc


406-250-8252      workshops@DOCHAMMILL.com

Doc and Cathy teach you to Truly Understand and Gently Influence Equines through:

  • Deeper Understanding of Horse’s minds
  • Better Communication
  • Stronger Relationship Building Skills
  • Improved Ground Work and Driving Techniques

Click here to view Stacy and Virginia’s blog entry describing their experiences at a Doc Hammill Horsemanship Workshop

2020 Montana Workhorse Workshops will be held in the amazingly beautiful Mission Valley  near Mission (St. Ignatius), Montana .

You could be the lucky person to WIN A FREE 2021 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 for communicating and working with horses, 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.

Doc driving Kate and Ann on a ranch track
Doc driving Kate and Ann on a ranch track

Depending on the focus of the clinic, students will learn about and may operate horse-drawn wagons, bale moving wagon, carts, a 4- wheeled carriage, single or team walking plows, sulky plow, discs, harrows, mowers, hay rakes, buck rake, hay loader, manure spreader, fore carts, stone boats, a road grader, a Pioneer Homesteader, and an  Annies-All-In-One.

Play movieSee a video of a 17 year old student disking…

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.

Wendy, a student, plowing with Ann
Wendy,  plowing with Ann

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

Ground driving a team
Ground driving a team

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) Hammill works directly with students in the workshops as well; she draws upon her own life long horsemanship experiences 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

Ground driving a team
Demonstrating collar fit

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.  Some workshops occasionally  include other horses, mules and instructors.

Getting there

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.


2020 lodging will be provided at Borderland Ranch and is included in the workshop price.

What to Bring

Happy workshop student
Happy workshop student

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
  • Insect replelent
  • Desire to learn and a sense of humor

 Signing Up-Don’t delay-we don’t like to turn people away ……

Good Horses, Great People, Fabulous Experience:

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.



 Workshop Cancellation Policy:

  • The first 1/3 of the price of the workshop is a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit.
  • The balance (2/3) of the price of the workshop is refundable in the event of cancellation by the student only if the cancelled spot(s) in the workshop can be refilled prior to 30 days before the workshop.
  • In the event of cancellation by the student less than 30 days before the workshop there will be no refunds.

There is a  shuttle service (fee is charged) providing transportation between Missoula International Airport-Missoula, MT, and  Doc and Cathy’s ranch. Ask either Doc or Cathi for details and contact information.

For information about this beautiful area:  Visit Montana

Doc: workshops@dochammill.com
Cathy: cathy@dochammill.com

Doc: 406-250-8252
Cathy: 406-890-3083