2022 Julie M. Renfro  Clinic

Advancing Western Dressage

"Riding the Grid to Feel the Circles and Straight Lines"

May 21-22, 2022

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Western Dressage is one of the newly recognized sport in the equestrian world. If your goal is in the competitive world of Showing or Recreation your horse will become better balanced by using their hind quarters while moving toward softness throughout the body.    

This course will give the participants an understanding about the importance of empowering the horse’s hind quarters and balance of the forehand. 

Develop the feel of a straight halts, responding to your ques in leg yield, transitions (direction, gaits, impulsion).

Riders will prepare to ride a test at their level.

Develop and improve their relationships and learn to ride through transitions and maneuvers in harmony with their horse. 

Saturday we’ll improve the speed within the gaits  softness in lateral movements and empowering the straight lines/square halts.

Sunday morning we’ll focus on improving and understanding the turn on the haunches, turn on the forehand and the newly introduced in Level 2, side pass.

Sunday afternoon, you’ll ride a short arena that will have grid lines, defining ¼ lines center lines and connecting lines horizontally for the rider to obtain a clear feel of the line boundaries. 

Open to all breeds

Leave with an understanding of the Western Dressage, court size, competition class level required manuver’s.    

Limited Riding Positions

Open for auditing 



$425 for the 2 days of Instruction

For registration and information on overnight boarding, camping and local overnight accommodations

Contact Julie Renfro, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. /707483-1800


Overnight boarding is recommended and available through Varian Arabians
Horses must be current on shots and worming.
Contact Angela - 805-441-1229 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Featured lodging:

The Coop at Casa de Alvarez
Guesthouse, Sleeps 4

B & B  ½ mile from the Varian Ranch. 

Contact Ryah Alvarez for availability at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 619-733-9314

The Coop at Casa de Alvarez

1 bedroom/bath/full kitchen - sleeps 4 (with blow up Queen mattress) 

 2 night min. - $150 - $195  a night depending on season - also rents by the week/month at a discounted rate. Includes tour of Varian Arabians during your stay if that is of interest to you.

Contact us for availability & rates  - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call or text 805-441-1229

View more information and other locations on our lodging page.

Julie Renfro-CrossAbout Julie:

In my early teens, I was lucky to have parents that recognized that I needed a horse to coax me out of my shyness. It worked! I was involved in FAA shows and projects with my horse. Early on I competed in Hunter Jumpers, Halter, English and Western Pleasure. As time evolved I found that I wanted to bring out the best in my horses natural talents since I had a variety of breeds and color breed horses.

I’ve had the opportunity to spend countless hours riding with professionals and equestrians that have inspired my continued goals. I have thousands of hours participating in and at Horse Expo’s, seminars and demonstrations. I believe there should be a balance of ground skills as well as riding and a respect for leadership.

What I focus on is the rider riding the whole horse, creating a mental and physical connection. What is helpful is to have goals whether it is in the Western or English disciplines…find what fits you. I have had the good fortune of being mentored by a select few horseman.

I have owned and learned from many breeds of horses. An Arabian horse has been the most consistent breed I have had. I have had a Padron son, Khemosabi ++++// grandson and a son of Maclintock V, “Jamboree V”.  I‘ve found that the Arabian horse is the most versatile breed for what I want. (Cow work, Dressage, Reining and trail riding)

This is where I am attracted to Western Dressage. It takes so many equestrian specialties into account and offers a spirit of encouragement. After all, the competition is between me and my horse, not so much for the ribbon.

I completed and passed the education and requirements to be a  U.S.E.F, “r” Licensed Official in Western Dressage.

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