Silver Spade Ranch

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Silver Spade Ranch

"Horses and life, it's all the same to me."

Buck Brannaman

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"Confidence is knowing you’re prepared."

Ray Hunt

Horsemanship Lessons

"Why does it take a lifetime to learn to live a lifetime?"

Ray Hunt

Colt Starting

“It’s really amazing what a horse will do for you if he understands what you want and it’s also quite amazing what he’ll do to you if he doesn’t.”

Bill Dorrance

Horsemanship Clinics

“The horse is doing one of two things: he’s doing what he thinks he’s supposed to do, or he’s doing what he thinks he has to do to survive.”

Ray Hunt

Refinement Training

“Asking a horse ‘What can you do for me?’ is backwards.”

Ray Hunt

Cow Working

"In difficulty, there is opportunity."

Ray Hunt

Pasture Raised Beef

“Feel the whole Horse.”

Tom Dorrance

Silver Spade Ranch

is located just 1.5 miles from Highway 26 at the Highway 6 junction in Banks, Oregon. We are a semi-private facility offering full care boarding for horse owners dedicated to improving their horsemanship skills. Our facility is geared towards studying a natural style of horsemanship, drawing on the techniques and styles of Tom Dorrance and Ray Hunt, which we have learned from riding for the past ten-plus years with Buck Brannaman. We offer regular horsemanship, cow working, and ranch roping clinics for students of all levels, as well as private lessons.

Being semi-private, all boarders must be active in working on their horsemanship in the buckaroo/vaquero style and traditions. This can be done through weekly lessons and/or monthly horsemanship clinics. All horses are ridden in traditional gear: snaffle bit, hackamore, two-rein and straight up in the bridle, based on the education of the horse and rider. With everyone working on similar goals and in the same style, it creates a positive learning and boarding environment, which we are dedicated to upholding. Silver Spade Ranch is a family-friendly community, full of boarders who enjoy riding together, and who are all working towards a common goal: building a quality partnership with the horse.

If you are interested in learning about this style of horsemanship, and riding alongside likeminded people, we would love to hear from you. Give us a call or send us an e-mail to set up an appointment to come visit the barn!

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About Us


At our family-run ranch in Banks, OR, we board horses, raise grass-fed beef cattle, and teach horsemanship.

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Services


We offer full-care horse boarding with top quality amenities and a focus on horsemanship.

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Beef


We have pasture raised grass-fed beef available to purchase.

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Horsemanship


We teach quality horsemanship through lessons, clinics, and training, focusing on building lasting partnerships with the horse.

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"Horses and life, it's all the same to me."

– Buck Brannaman

"What you need to know first, you learn last."

– Ray Hunt

"Observe, remember, compare."

– Tom Dorrance

"Confidence is knowing you're prepared."

Ray Hunt

"It’s really amazing what a horse will do for you if he understands what you want and it’s also quite amazing what he’ll do to you if he doesn’t."

– Tom Dorrance

"Asking a horse, ‘What can you do for me?’, is backwards."

– Ray Hunt

Nick and Jessie are highly experienced professionals and it shows in how well the barn is run. I've boarded my horse with them for 7 years now and have always felt assured that I'm leaving him in excellent care!
                            Annah B.

What's new at Silver Spade Ranch

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Cow Working Summer Buckles Series   

We have now begun our annual Summer Cow Working Buckle Series. This series of clinics throughout the summer combine learning various cow working skills, with timed team events, where each student has the opportunity to earn points for accuracy of the job at hand, demonstrating quality stockmanship and horsemanship, and good teamwork. It is designed to fit the skill level of any participant, whether you are brand new to riding around cattle, or you are an experienced stockman. Skills learned, in addition to basic cattle handling, include boxing, cutting, sorting, and holding rodear. Teams are drawn randomly every clinic, to keep it fair, and there are a lot of fun prizes to be won, including a beautiful silver buckle for the person coming in first place! Come join the fun.

Nick & Jessie

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Upcoming Clinics & Events

 

Cowboy Traditions Ranch Roping

June 25th - 26th

Location:  Ellensburg, WA
Class:  Open, Intermediate & Novice
Time:  9:00 am
Contact: Cowboy Traditions Ranch Roping
E-mail:  CowboyTraditionsRR@gmail.com


 

 

Buck Brannaman Clinic

July 8th - 11th

Location:  Redmond, OR
Class:  Horsemanship 1, Horsemanship 2
Time:  9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Contact: Bob & Daphne Story
E-mail: bobstory59@yahoo.com
Phone: (541) 420-2677