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Horseback Magazine Instructor of the Year, Dianne Lindig, and "Team Girl Power", Winners of 2009, '10 & '12 Dude Ranch Rodeo Championship!

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Whole Horsemanship Riding Clinics

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2019 Hill Country Equestrian Lodge Calendar of Events

HCEL Events in these colors!
Community Events in Brown

Whole Horsemanship Clinic Dates indicate Arrival and Departure Dates

Jan. 4-6 Bandera 100 Ultramathon Trail Run in Hill Country State Natural Area. Runners' discounts at HCEL
Jan. 20-25 Whole Horsemanship Clinic, Optional Jumping Clinic
Feb. 3-7 Whole Horsemanship Clinic
Feb. 17-22 Whole Horsemanship Clinic,Optional Jumping Clinic
Mar. 3-8 Whole Horsemanship Clinic
Mar. 9-23 Spring Break! Call early for best availability for your Spring Get-Away
Mar. 31 - Apr 5 Whole Horsemanship Clinic/ Optional Jumping Clinic
Apr 14-19 Whole Horsemanship Clinic
Apr 19-21 Easter Weekend
Apr 28- May 3 Whole Horsemanship Clinic, Optional Jumping Clinic
May 12-17 Whole Horsemanship Clinic
May 24-26 Memorial Day Weekend! BANDERA PRO RODEO! May 24, 25, 26! Get VIP passes from Hill Country Equestrian Lodge! Live your dreams, riding in the Grand Entry!
June 7-9 Cattle Sorting and Team Penning clinic at Hill Country Equestrian Lodge!
June 16 - July 6 Girls' Summer Riding Camp at HCEL, Western, English, Jumping! 1-Week, 2-Week, or 3-Week Sessions. 12 total campers- no horse sharing. Maximum 3 students per instructor. Click here for details!
July 21-26 Whole Horsemanship Clinic, Optional Jumping Clinic
Aug 30 - Sept 2 Labor Day Weekend! Experience Bandera- Parade, Arts & Crafts, Music & more!
Sept.15-20 Whole Horsemanship Clinic
Oct 13-18 Whole Horsemanship Clinic/ Optional Jumping Clinic
Oct. 14-18 Whole Horsemanship Clinic
Nov 1-3 Hunter's Weekend in Bandera! Hunter's Expo, and Live Music all over Bandera, All Weekend!
Nov 8-10 Fall Cattle Sorting and Team Penning Clinic at HCEL!
Nov 17-22 Whole Horsemanship Clinic, Optional Jumping Clinic
Dec.8-13 Whole Horsemanship Clinic/ Optional Jumping Clinic
Dec. 25 Christmas Day!
Dec 31 New Year's Eve! Refreshments, Campfire with Music, Fireworks (Weather Permitting!)
Jan 3-5, 2020 Bandera 100 Trail Run in Hill Country State Natural Area! Special lodging rates for runners and their supporters!


For those guests who want to improve their horsemanship skills, Hill Country Equestrian Lodge offers its own Whole Horsemanship Clinics. From the ground to the saddle, students learn how to draw upon methods ranging from  Join-up to Centered Riding to experience the ultimate horse and rider relationship.


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Whole Horsemanship Clinics are appropriate for riders of all ages. Clinics are offered in either Western or English style, and the principals taught can be applied to all disciplines. Riders of any skill level will benefit from this in-depth study of the fundamentals of effective riding and horsemanship. (Only riders of like skill level are taught together.) A maximum student to teacher ratio of 2 to 1 insures ample personal attention.

Topics of study include:

  • Psychology and ground work. The basis for effective communication.
  • Developing a non-interfering, balanced seat, effective cueing.
  • Developing balanced, athletic movement in the horse.
  • Applying the above principals to specific disciplines and events.

Students may work with their own horses, or with one of the Lodge's. Our clinic mounts are individually selected for their excellent dispositions, responsiveness, beauty and athleticism.

Note: A weight limit of 225 lb. is required for riders of Hill Country Equestrian Lodge's horses.

Clinic Director, Dianne Lindig Tobin has trained horses and ridden for over 30 years, competing successfully to earn high point awards in both English and Western disciplines, Trail, and Reining. Her knowledge of human anatomy and biomechanics and her versatile teaching style make her an effective and well-loved instructor.

Whole Horsemanship Clinics take place over 4 or more days, and include 2 hours of instruction in the mornings, and 2 hours of trail riding or casual riding in the arena, (participants' choice), in the evenings, Whole Horsemanship Instructional Manual, and personal video tape of each student's clinic experience.

Whole Horsemanship Clinics are one more reason why Hill Country Equestrian Lodge is the ultimate horseback riding vacation

What students say about Whole Horsemanship Clinics:

"Both Mary and I have benefitted greatly from the week that we spent with you. We are both using the techniques that you taught us and it has improved our riding and training."-Susan Petrillo, Mary Prelovsky, Ocala FL

"Dianne, Thanks again for all your help. The small things like keeping my spine straight, my shoulders level, and my hands lower have improved my horse's life immensely." -Laurelee Oakley, Amarillo, TX

"Dianne, Again, your generosity and talents have made the experience enefable." -Barbara and Joanne Cech, Vista, CA

"Dianne, Thank you for your patience, your professionalism, your love for these magnificent animals, and your ability to teach others how to appreciate, respect, and love them also. This has been an experience I'll never forget."-Linda Howe, Houston, TX

"Everything about our time at your ranch was wonderful- your lessons, your horses, your beautiful cabins, & your gorgeous land. Thank you for sharing it all with us. As we said, we intend to return,"-Steve and Linny Ramsey, Detroit, MI

Articles on this clinic: Travel Texas' Unforgettable Hill Country- American Cowboy Feb. 2000 Page 40