Natural Horsemanship Internships 2013

Internship with the winner of the 2009 Ultimate Equestrian Challenge ™

Natural Horsemanship Training Clinics - 1 month to 3 month assignments available year around.

We offer summer, fall, winter and spring ranch clinics and internships.


Our commitment to you is to offer the opportunity to advance your knowledge of natural horsemanship, horseback riding and safety. You will get a lot of riding time and supervised work with starting horses under saddle and trail savvy.  You will also get direct experience in working with recreational riders and guided rides, matching horses and riders, spotting and fixing tack problems, handling large rides on the trail, helping riders overcome their fears, developing your powers of observation in dealing with horse health issues and, perhaps most important, understanding and following safety procedures.

Your daily duties will be assigned according to your prior experience and level of expertise, but you can expect to spend a lot of time working with horses using natural horsemanship similar to Monty Roberts and Pat Parelli type of training.
You will also be working with beginning riders, exercising horses, assisting with guided ranch rides, and performing ranch maintenance and some guest ranch duties which could include cleaning rooms and helping with meals. You will also get to help us with our cattle.

Compensation if any is from tips from guests  and varies according to the number of interns and the ranch provides food, on-site shared housing, horses, tack and training DVDs.


The prevailing ethic at Bucks and Spurs is -- Hours are long, expectations are high, and we never say can’t do.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, be physically fit and have no physical or mental disabilities. Interns must have their own health or accident insurance and a valid driver’s license. Those accepted into the internship program are responsible for their travel expenses to and from Bucks and Spurs. Duties involve significant physical activity. Applicants accepted into the internship program must have prior experience working with horses and have basic knowledge of riding and horse care. Interns must have a strong work ethic, have no prior history of drug or alcohol abuse, must comply with ranch dress and comportment expectations, and adhere to safety standards at all times.

Applicants may contact the ranch about availability use this link E-Mail. Requirements include a complete work history, personal and equestrian-related references, a video or photos of you riding or working with horses.

 

Intern Comments:  Nicole from Austria says it best with this poem:

Horses

all grace and beauty
free spirits running with the wind
manes and tails flowing
strong legs pounding their smooth rhythm on the earth
in time with the beating of my heart

leaving this cowgirl’s soul filled with infinite longing

 

After Nicole’s stay she felt this way:

Take a piece of paradise, sprinkle it with 50 horses, some 130 piece of cattle, people with an open mind and love in their heart and a horse whisperer willing to share his knowledge.

Sonny and C simply had a way of making me feel at home. The horses were wonderful! And I had the chance not only to learn so much about Natural Horsemanship, but also to live those dreams of my childhood: riding like a cowgirl... herding cattle, learning to rope, moving the bulls, yeehaaaaw. And most important: I got lots and lots of riding time, time to play with all the beautiful young horses and of course, river rides, floats and so much more. And the best part: horses first thing in the morning and the last thing at night, I just loved them all.

It was a real blast, time flew by and the only bad part about being at Bucks and Spurs is that, at some point, you’ll just have to go back home. I had never been at a place where I could just walk through the horse pens at night with horses laying down and have them stay down. They just laid there, looked up, saw it was me and let me love on them, even laying their head in my arms. Moments of absolute peace. One morning after feeding I heard a thundering sound, so I looked around for clouds, thinking there was a thunderstorm, and then I saw the horse herd stampeding up towards the house. I had goose bumps.

Now the only thing: when can I come back?! 

 

...Nicole

 

After 30 days at the ranch.

I just wanted to give a shout out to my peeps in the big MO!!  Hope all is well.  C, the other day I went out to Preston’s ranch to ride Princess, which was the first time I’ve had a chance to ride since I’ve been back, and I felt like a completely different person on the same horse that I used to ride.  It was amazing. Preston was asking me all about what I did and what I learned and how things were out at your place and I started wondering to myself if I was going to feel different riding Princess again.  Once I got on her and started riding, the change was incredible... remembering how I used to feel and how I feel now, I can’t even describe it.  I have so much more confidence and control and understanding, it just makes me so excited and happy.  Preston could see a big difference too and just kept saying what a good experience that was for me.  He said he enjoyed talking to you for that little bit that you guys talked.  Thanks so much...

 

...Selena

 

 


 


Trainer and exhibitor Cecil Huff was awarded honors at the 2006 World Fox Trotter Show.  Accomplishments include World Champion Open Versatility Ranch Horse Cutting won by Dreamcatcher.


Reserve World Champion Ranch Versatility Horse won by Cassey’s Travelin Lady. 

 

This competition involves 6 different classes which included ranch cutting, working cow horse, ranch roping, ranch versatility (obstacle and reining course), ranch pleasure (walk, trot, trail walk and canter) and ranch conformation, points are given for each class. Lady’s total points made her Reserve World Champion of the Ranch Horse Versatility Class quite an accomplishment for a 3 year old filly. 

 

3 Year Old Versatility Futurity Western Pleasure Champion.  Dreamcatcher and Lady won a total of 15 ribbons in 2 days. Both Cassey’s Travelin Lady and Colt 45 Dreamcatcher are offsprings of Cassey’s Missouri  Traveler. The stallion is located at Bucks and Spurs Guest Ranch. All horses shown were trained using Natural Horsemanship methods.

 

 


 

 

The Missouri Fox Trotting Horse
Ranch Horse

 

Cassey’s Travelin Lady Show results for June 2007 and September 2007

 

Spring Show Ava, Missouri

 

Exhibitor - C Huff

 

Versatility - Cutting 1st place
Versatility - Roping 1st place
Versatility - Working Cow Horse 2nd place
Overall Open Ranch Horse Reserve World Champion
Overall High Point Versatility Reserve World Champion

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Sonny for a job well done with Cassey’s Travelin Lady it was Sonny’s first time to show.


 Sonny Ribbons Dude Ranch Show

 

Fall 2007 World Show Exhibitor - Sonny Huff                                                                                                          

Novice Am Western Pleasure-Reserve World Champion                                                                                               

Novice Am West Horsemanship-Reserve World Champion                                                                                          

Novice Amateur Trail-Reserve World Champion                                                                                                        


Super Sunrise Cassey Jones (Prince) winnings at World Show September, 2007
Reserve World Champion
 

3 Yr Old Versatility Futurity Reserve World Champion Ranch Cutting horse.
Reserve World Champion Open Versatility Ranch Pleasure horse

 

 Dude Ranch Reserve Champ Dude Ranch Show Line

 

3 Year Old Versatility Futurity Western Pleasure World Champion Fall 2006 


World Champ Dude Ranch Cow Horse Guest Ranch Cow horse


Trainer and exhibitor Cecil Huff was awarded honors at the 2006 World Fox Trotter Show.  Accomplishment includes World Champion Open Versatility Ranch Horse Cutting won by Dreamcatcher.

Reserve World Champion Versatility Ranch Roping won by Cassey’s Travelin Lady.
Reserve World Champion Ranch Versatility Horse won by Cassey’s Travelin Lady. 

This competition involves 6 different classes which included ranch cutting, working cow horse, ranch roping, ranch versatility (obstacle and reining course), ranch pleasure (walk, trot, trail walk and canter) and ranch conformation, points are given for each class. Lady’s total points made her Reserve World Champion of the Ranch Horse Versatility Class quite an accomplishment for a 3 year old filly. 

3 Year Old Versatility Futurity Western Pleasure Champion which included $866.00 in winnings it cost $300 to enter this class and payment was required 6 months in advance of show.  Dreamcatcher and Lady won a total of 15 ribbons in 2 days. Both Cassey’s Travelin Lady and Colt 45 Dreamcatcher are offspring’s of Cassey’s Missouri Traveler the stallion is located at Bucks and Spurs Guest Ranch.

 

Dude Ranch Fox Trotter

 

World Champion Open Versatility Ranch Horse Cutting won by Dreamcatcher.
Reserve World Champion Versatility Ranch Roping won by Cassey’s Travelin Lady.

Reserve World Champion Ranch Versatility Horse won by Cassey’s Travelin Lady.


Located in the picture from left to right are Heidi Garbe (intern), Dreamcatcher, Sonya Huff, Marty Mallonee, Lady, Daniel Huff, Cecil Huff, Kim Huff and Cindy Mallonee.
 
We have horses for sale out of this horse family and out of the stallion. We also have 5 colts out of Southern Playboy the World Grand Champion Fox Trotting Stud. This is the World Champion of the breed in 2006.

Fall 2007 World Show Exhibitor - Sonny Huff   Novice Am Western Pleasure-Reserve World Champion  Novice Am West Horsemanship-Reserve World Champion  Novice Amateur Trail-Reserve World Champion