2021 Cuesta College - Community Programs

"Horse Training Clinic with Andres Castaño"

November 20-21, 2021 

Andres Castano and Major Mac VIn this 2-Day clinic you will observe expert horse trainer, Andres Castaño, train 4 horses with common behavioral issues. Andres will spend 2 hours with each horse (one hour per day) demonstrating and explaining the techniques that you can use to train your horse.

Four horses will be selected to demonstrate “how to train” a horse with behavioral issues in the following areas:

  • Trailer loading.
  • Horses that pull or rear when tied.
  • Horses that kick or don't pick up legs very well. (Touchy or sensitive about their legs).
  • Horses that buck or rear.

To submit a request to have your horse to be one of the four horses please complete the Request form. The deadline to submit a request is Tuesday, November 2. Email the completed request form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

If selected, your horse will receive 2 hours training (1 hour each day). The owner will participate in the training alongside Andres and get direction and tips.

The cost per horse will be $450

Boarding is available at Varian Arabians. $30 for a stall/$20 for a paddock. Owner is responsible for bringing their own feed.

Accommodation information.

DATES: Saturday and Sunday, November 20-21, 2021

TIME: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm (A 2-hour lunch break will allow you to enjoy the lovely grounds of the Varian Arabians Ranch and/or drive into Old Village of nearby Arroyo Grande, with a variety of restaurant options)


  • $450 for horse to be trained at the clinic - Submit Request Form to be considered for training. Payment will be collected after selection 
  • $45 to attend the clinic as an auditor - Register Online

LOCATION: Varian Arabians Ranch - 1275 Corbett Canyon Road, Arroyo Grande

QUESTIONS: Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Daily Workshop Schedule:

8:30am - 9:00am - Check-in and coffee

9:00am - 11:00am - Horse training (2 horses)

11:00am - 11:30am - Q&A with Andres

Lunch break

2:00pm - 4:00pm - Horse training (2 horses)

4:00pm - 4:30pm - Q&A with Andres


Contact Information:

Building 4100, Office 4103

Mail to: 
PO Box 8106,
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403

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(805) 546-3132

Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Closed daily from 12-1pm
Closed on Fridays and holidays

Refund Policy



Andres Castaño
Performance Trainer

Andres on horseback


Andres Castaño has been described as ‘an astoundingly naturally gifted trainer.’ With an approach of softness and sensitivity, Andres is perfectly suited for the intelligence of the Arabian horse.

Andres grew up in Medellin, Colombia, and can remember riding and handling horses since the tender age of three. He fondly recalls all-day trail rides with his parents and siblings across the mountains of Colombia nearly every weekend of his childhood.

It wasn’t until age 18 that Andres decided to work with horses professionally. His first job? Working with Arabians for the first time – Polish Arabian endurance horses, to be specific. Since that time, he has lived in the United States training Arabian horses, hosting natural horsemanship clinics, and entertaining through live performances that showcase the versatility of the Arabian breed… anything from tricks, liberty work and bareback jumping to bridleless mounted shooting, roping and more.

You can likely see, by now, how effortlessly Andres Castaño’s philosophy fuses with that of Sheila Varian.

Andres brings yet another dimension of color to the deep, rich Varian philosophy through providing training services for young horses, desensitization, trail, and the show ring alongside Jaime Hernandez, as well as continuing to host horsemanship clinics under the Varian banner.