People wanting to learn to ride a horse can now take lessons from Branham or an assistant and can learn on one of Branham's numerous training horses. Those taking lessons do not have to own their own horse, but can use their own if they choose to. According to Derek Freeman, owner and founder of Freeman Ranch and Stables, "riders can take beginner horse riding lessons, which can include basic groundwork, horsemanship, and horse care. Dev can teach everything from how to get ready and get saddled up, to hunter jumper and dressage. You don't even have to have your own horse to get started."
This expansion of horse riding opportunities provides a way for horse riders to learn from a celebrated horse trainer, and board horses at what Branham calls "a beautiful and superbly run facility."
Freeman Ranch is situated on over 900 acres of land for riding, and features a hot walker, two lighted arenas (one is covered), round pen, daily turn out (individual or group), a fly spray system, automatic waterers in stalls and turnout paddock, a wash rack with hot and cold water, clean restrooms with shower, and spacious tack rooms.
Rates are available by calling 713.416.7792. Branham continues to provide training on a competitive level. His career began early, growing up working at his parents' training stable, while working closely with hunter jumper trainer Shane George. In recent years among Branham's credits are multiple USEF "A" and "AA" rated championships, high Medal/Maclay placings, GHHJA Year End Champions, USEF Jumper classic wins, and an AQHYA World Show champion in Jumping. http://www.youtube.com/
Now at Freeman Ranch, Branham makes his services available to the Katy area. According to Branham, "Beginner lessons are designed to introduce new riders to the skills and techniques needed to become better riders and horsemen. Lessons may be given privately or in groups of 2 and last from 45 minutes to an hour. Intermediate to advanced lessons will include flat work, dressage, equitation and style exercises, strength building, and jumping. If jumping is not possible, additional work on the flat, riding technique, and horsemanship will take place."
Working with Branham also affords the chance to show horses. According to Branham: "Throughout the year we will attend various horse shows. While the most important expectation at shows is that you have fun with your horse and your friends, there are a few other expectations that are in place to keep the experience safe and running smoothly. Unless otherwise provided for in your fees for the show, it is expected of you to provide continual care for your horse (which may include feeding and stall cleaning). Furthermore, it will be expected of you to have your horse and yourself show prepped (which means spotless) and ready to school/compete in a timely manner."
Call 713.416.7792 or visit http://www.freemanranchandstables.com/
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