Buck Brannaman invites you to
" A Legacy of Legends Australia"
About the clinics, he has noted, "the goal for clinics really is to just try to get the human being to understand as much about their horse as I can help them to understand.
Buck Brannaman was one of the primary individuals who inspired the character of "Tom Booker" in the Nicholas Evans novel The Horse Whisperer and was the lead equine consultant for the film of the same name. Though the book itself was a work of fiction, Evans himself said:
"Others have falsely claimed to be the inspiration for Tom Booker in The Horse Whisperer. The one who truly inspired me was Buck Brannaman. His skill, understanding and his gentle, loving heart have parted the clouds for countless troubled creatures. Buck is the Zen master of the horse world." –Nicholas Evans
A documentary about Brannaman called Buck, directed by Cindy Meehl, won the U.S. Documentary Competition Audience Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival
"Buck" Brannaman is a leading practitioner within the field of good horsemanship, which is a philosophy of working with horses based on the idea of working with the horse's nature, using an understanding of how horses think and communicate to train the horse to accept humans and work confidently and responsively with them. One of Brannaman's stated goals is to make the animal feel safe and secure around humans so that the horse and rider can achieve a true union.
Buck was for many years a disciple of Ray Hunt and also inspired by Tom and Bill Dorrance. Buck now teaches clinics worldwide.
Window of the Legendary Ray Hunt Carolyn is a remarkable accomplish Horsewoman in her own right, travelling and support Ray on the road for years Carolyn now spends her time dedicated to carrying on the work of her late husband Ray and Tom Dorrance with the Legacy Foundation.
Jaton is the grandson of Ray and Carolyn Hunt and had the opportunity to travel with them and ride under Ray’s tutelage from an early age. When he wasn’t with the Hunts, Jaton worked on the family ranch in southern Idaho, competed in High School Rodeo and started colts for the ranch along with outside clients.
After finishing school he combined his practical ranch experience and the valuable lessons learned from his grandfather and went to work for Reined Cow Horse trainers Annie Reynolds and Doug Williamson. From there he branched out on his own with Jaton Lord Performance Horses. Among the futurity horses he now has in training are several colts started at the Legacy of Legends Gathering. In addition to training and competing, Jaton also conducts a limited number of clinics with his grandmother, Carolyn Hunt.
Sarah Clifford - Sarah Carrel Clifford was born in 1962 and raised on a working cattle ranch in Birney, Montana. Her father, Jack Carrel, was known throughout the Montana/Wyoming area as someone who raised and trained the very best working cow horses. Jack Carrel was a renaissance horseman whose education included competing on jumpers, eventers, rodeo horses, rope horses, and even movie stunt horses. Sarah and her brothers were raised with a true appreciation of versatile, talented horses of any discipline.
After attending Stanford University in California, Sarah settled in that state with her husband, Tom Clifford. During a six-year stint teaching English at a San Francisco high school, Sarah would return to the Montana ranch during the summers where she started her own colt-starting business.
She decided to return fully to those roots in 1990 when she went to work for well-known clinician Joe Wolter in Carmel Valley, California.
Joe introduced Sarah to the Dorrance brothers, Bill and Tom, and to Ray Hunt, and Sarah was lucky enough to work with all three. Sarah and Tom live in Carmel, California, where they raised their two grown children, Jack and Rachel. Sarah's business, which is centred around competitive ranch versatility and cow horses, is located in Carmel Valley, California, where Sarah trains, coaches non-professional riders and competes. Her horse, Very Smart Cow Pony, has been a top ten open horse in the world for six years in a row in the American Quarter Horse Association. She was a founding member of the Western States Versatility Ranch Horse Association and recently stepped down as the founding president of the Golden State Versatility Ranch Horse Association. Sarah also travels, judging ranch versatility competitions and giving clinics.
Anthony Desreaux grew up on large cattle stations in outback Australia, where old training traditions meant he rode a lot of broncs in his early years. While working on SK Kidman cattle stations, Anthony met Gordan McKinlay who showed him there was a better way. But it wasn’t until he was exposed to Ray Hunt that things really began to change for Anthony.
After a 2008 clinic in Parowan Utah, Ray and Carolyn invited Anthony to their place in Texas, where he spent a month riding under Ray’s tutelage. Ray opened a whole new world up for Anthony and he returned to Australia inspired and full of new insights that caused him to see his horsemanship in an entirely new light. “Ray told me to sing my own song and that the more horses I rode, the more I’d learn from the horse. He was so right and his sayings are still ring true to me on a daily basis.”
Brook Hazlett has been starting and training outside horses for the last 20 years. He lives in Australia at Swan Hill, Victoria where he and his family own and run “Tallara,” an irrigation farm producing quality hay. Brook also breeds, trains and sells Quarter Horses, with most destined for the Cutting pen or Campdraft arena. Brook has a reputation for being a genuine horseman who produces horses that are confident and willing partners for their riders, regardless of the discipline.
Brook travelled with Ray and Carolyn for several months in 2002 during their U.S. clinic tour and again in 2004 during a tour to Spain. Brook later spent time at Ray and Carolyn’s Era, Texas ranch training cutting horses. Brook feels very fortunate to have had this time with Ray and to witness Ray’s dedication to horses and his genuine desire to communicate with those willing to open themselves up to his teachings.
Brook often reflects on something Ray said or did, and is thankful he has these invaluable slices of wisdom to recall and inject into his daily work with horses and in the clinics he conducts.