Varian Arabians

2024 Julie Cross Clinic

Advancing "Lines to Liberty"

August 10-11/2024

Julie Renfro-Cross


This course is for any horse that have been introduced to varying lengths of rope and obstacles

The weekend will be on the ground work where we’ll be developing the Language of the Horse. 


Saturday morning, beginning on line.  Ranging from lead rope length’s up to a distance of 22”. We’ll learn how our positioning to the horse effects their response.
This will cover the Draw, Speed within the natural gaits and stopping on circles of varying sizes.

Saturday after noon, to the round pen for individual practice from the morning developing communication (we’re getting good at this now) with a variety of obstacles. 


Sunday morning, build on Saturday morning advancing our skills and “challenges” with obstacles.

Sunday afternoon, to the round pen for individual coaching while the other participants watch to

Taught by Julie Renfro who has performed Liberty demonstrations in large open arenas where a multitude of horses are free to choose their human

 August 10-11/2024

Cost   $410.00

Contact, Julie @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 707-483-1800


In beautiful Arroyo Grande California at:

Varian Equestrian Center
1275 Corbett Canyon Rd
Arroyo Grande Ca 93420


Overnight boarding available for $40 per night (bring your own feed please)

Ask about dry camping



Featured lodging:

Casa de Alvarez
Guesthouse, Sleeps 4

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


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.


About 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.

Julie M. Renfro

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