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

Stay up to date with our coming and goings

Winter Horsemanship Clinic Series   

We are excited to get back to our winter horsemanship clinic series! So far it has been the best series yet. During the clinics we have been focusing not so much on particular exercises, but rather how we communicate with our horses throughout any exercise. Can we learn to do less and let the horse take responsibility for his feet? Are we allowing the horse the opportunity and time to search, or are we simply saying do this or do that? A big part of this winter’s objective is to learn to turn loose of our need to control everything and allow the horse the opportunity to use his mind and do what we are asking, rather than simply be pulled around and driven like a machine. If this sounds like something that could benefit you, please get in touch, we would love to have you join us!

Nick & Jessie

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Upcoming Clinics & Events

 

Cowboy Traditions Ranch Roping

February 12th & 13th

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


 

 

Donohue Horsemanship Clinic

February 20th & 21st

Location:  Silver Spade Ranch, Banks, OR
Class:  Horsemanship 1
Time:  10:00 - 1:00
Contact: Donohue Horsemanship
E-mail:  info@donohuehorsemanship.com
Phone: (503) 593-8775