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Horse training clinic returning to John Day

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on May 30, 2017 4:36PM

Joe Wolter works with a horse during last year’s training clinic. This year’s clinic is planned June 2-5 at the Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day.

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Joe Wolter works with a horse during last year’s training clinic. This year’s clinic is planned June 2-5 at the Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day.

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Horse trainer and competitor Joe Wolter will conduct a colt-starting, cow work and roping clinic June 2-5 at the Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day.

Known for his deep understanding of livestock and his simple, thoughtful approach to helping both animals and people, Wolter holds training clinics all over the world and at his own facilities in Aspermont, Texas, and Ballantine, Montana. He has conducted a clinic in John Day for the last four years.

“We’re very lucky to have someone of this caliber coming to Grant County,” said clinic sponsor Patti Hudson of Long Creek, who recently returned from a three-week clinic tour in England with the Wolter family. “Joe has been well known in the U.S. for years, and his popularity is really growing internationally.”

Wolter began his career working for renowned horseman Ray Hunt on the Soldier Meadows Ranch in Nevada. Later, he joined legendary roper and rawhide braider Bill Dorrance to conduct the first ranch roping clinics. He also worked with Dorrance’s brother, master horseman Tom Dorrance.

Today, Wolter trains horses and competes as his clinic schedule allows. He was won numerous versatility ranch horse competitions and ranch roping events.

A few spots are still available for riders in John Day. Anyone interested can contact Hudson at 541-421-3456. For spectators, the cost is $30 per day. For more information about Wolter, visit joewolter.com.



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