Ranch gallops to digital in pandemic world

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Renowned international horsemanship clinician Glenn Stewart is still hard at work on his ranch in Baldonnel, following his passion.

With more than 30 years of horse experience, Stewart conducts clinics worldwide and offers Horsemanship Camps varying in length from four days up to a month at his home The Horse Ranch.

With COVID-19 ever present in our new normal, Stewart says he’s focused much more on the digital and publishes training videos to members on the ranch’s private Facebook group.

“When COVID hit and everything shut down, we finally got to some stuff that we’ve been talking about forever, but just never seem to have time for,” said Stewart. “So we stayed home and got our online courses going, the stages that we teach people.”

The ranch offers natural horsemanship training in ten stages, a methodology that teaches riders to build relationships with horses through understanding their psychology and nature.

Stewart says members have found the videos invaluable.

“They can do it with online lessons, so they can do it at home,” said Stewart. “It’s been a real bonus.”

Roughly 100 to 200 people attend the ranch every year for training, including returning students.

Stewart says the ranch continues to promote a sense of community for those with the right attitude.

“We take on anybody with a good attitude,” said Stewart. “If they’re hungry and interested, it doesn’t matter if they’ve had horse experience or not. Horse experience helps, but it’s not a dealbreaker at all.”

Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative, Alaska Highway News