How To Apply
What are the Tuition costs for the Academy?
Tuition for the Fundamentals Certification course is $18,000. The initial payment of $10,000 is due in two installments:
June 1st: $5,000 (refunds are pro rata based upon the number of weeks attended prior to withdrawal or dismissal during the first 14-week Academy trial training period minus the Colt Starting Clinic fee).
July 15th: $5,000 (refunds are pro rata based upon the number of weeks attended prior to withdrawal or dismissal during the first 14-week Academy trial training period minus the Colt Starting Clinic fee).
Upon graduation: $8,000 to be paid at a rate of $250 in 32 monthly installments after graduation.
How many Academy students will you train at any given time?
To ensure that students receive the best education, class size will be limited to only a select group of students per session.
What kind of horse training and riding skills do I need to be a viable candidate for the Academy?
You need to be very proficient at the Fundamentals level of the Method, meaning that you are able to demonstrate each exercise on the ground and under saddle to a passing level. You must be a balanced, confident rider with a secure seat.
What do you look for in that person that will stand out from the others?
First and foremost, an Academy student must possess the four Core Values of Downunder Horsemanship: Hard Working, Ambitious, Loyal, and Personable. You could be the best horseman in the world, but if you lack any of the Core Values, you will not be accepted into the program. Beyond that, we are looking for individuals that have the innate characteristics of being a great clinician. One of these characteristics is being a balanced, confident rider. You must be able to ride with a secure seat, meaning you don’t need to squeeze with your legs or hang onto the horse’s mouth for balance. You need to be confident cantering a horse that swerves, ducks, and dives without falling all over the saddle. You also need to have good feel and timing, meaning you know how much pressure to apply and when to release that pressure, both on the ground and under saddle. In order to be a great clinician, you also need to have great people skills. You need to have an outgoing, friendly personality with a strong desire to teach and help other people with their horses. We can hone and refine your horsemanship skills, but you must come in with a solid foundation to build on.
Do you have an age limit?
Minimum 18, no upper limit.
Do you require any particular prior educational requirements?
How much money can I expect to earn as a Certified Clinician?
Depending on how hard you want to work, it’s reasonable to expect you can earn between $50,000 and $100,000 in your first year of certification. Potential earnings increase as you become more advanced in your certification. As a Professional Clinician, for example you will make up to $1500 per day in a private lesson.
Does Downunder Horsemanship get a cut of any of my earnings?
No. As a Certified Clinician you are self-employed, working under Clinton’s endorsement. You will be responsible for paying an annual licensing fee which is $10,000.
Does Downunder Horsemanship schedule my clinics and lessons?
No... Since you are growing your own business, scheduling, arranging for enrollment, facility procurement and collection of monies are your responsibility.
What kind of demand is there for Clinicians?
At this time, the demand far outweighs the supply. Clinton wants more than anything to see you succeed as a clinician and promises to never flood the market with so many clinicians that they cannot make a living.
Can you promise me I’ll be able to make a living?
Success or failure rests with you. Your earning potential as a Certified Clinician strictly depends on your dedication and how hard you’re willing to work. Clinton is offering you the tools and his seal of approval to succeed, but, ultimately, it’s your business and your responsibility to make (or break) your own living.
How many clinicians will you certify?
Clinton will never graduate more clinicians than the supply demand necessitates. He will not likely certify more than what supply and demand dictates.
How much traveling will I have to do to teach?
Clinton expects that his clinicians will work at minimum twice per month, either in a private lesson or public clinic scenario. Again, depending on how hard you want to work will determine how much you travel. Keep in mind that you will need to look beyond your local area for new and repeat business and this, by nature, involves traveling.
I am already an established trainer. Can I continue to give my established students lessons?
Yes, as long as you are teaching the Method of Clinton Anderson and Downunder Horsemanship.
Can I train horses as a Certified Clinician?
Absolutely. They will not be Signature Horses, naturally, however you will be able to market them as horses trained in the Method by one of Clinton’s few Certified Clinicians. Keep in mind that with a busy travel/teaching schedule it may be difficult for you to be consistent with training; you might consider training horses during the slower months of your teaching year, in winters, for instance.
How do I know what grade I’m at with my horse?
It would be helpful to watch the
Test Your Fundamentals videos
on the No Worries Club website. Clinton grades 3 people with their horses on each exercise on the Fundamentals level, which will give you a very good idea of how good he expects each exercise to be.
Why do I have to take another Fundamentals clinic?
The Fundamentals clinic acts as your interview. We are looking for those individuals that are already proficient at this level of the Method. The clinic will give you the opportunity to prove to Clinton that you have what it takes to train a horse to his expectation level. Keep in mind, your initial 14-week training period of the Academy, as well as any additional time you stay afterwards will consist of nothing but training at the Fundamentals level. Until you prove to be an expert at this level, Clinton is not interested in any level beyond that.
Will an Intermediate clinic qualify me?
No. See question above.
Can I bring my own horse during the 70 week Academy Training?
Can I bring my husband/boyfriend/kids/pets for the Academy Training?
Sure… but you won’t have time for him, her, it, or them. The 70 week training session is extremely rigorous and requires your full attention.
What will a typical day be like during the Academy Training?
Expect to work long hours. You will spend most of your time at the ranch working hands-on with horses. Any spare time will be spent studying for your exams. You may also be assigned various ranch chores. Come prepared to work in all types of weather.
to watch the Academy Video.
What will at typical week be like during Academy Training?
You’ll have a minimum 6-day, possibly 7-day training week. You’ll be guaranteed to get instruction 5 days a week, and the rest is up to you to keep your horses on track as well as get your studying done.
Are there places to live on or near the ranch during this process?
Students will be responsible for providing their own living expenses, including housing. Stephenville, a college town about 7 miles away, has plenty of options for short term living, including apartments, long term motel accommodations, and cabins. We will assist you with referrals.
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Is the 70 week Academy Training straight through?
Yes, you will be learning, training, studying and testing in a highly concentrated period.
Is there any time off to get back home throughout the course?
Clinton expects you to train at least 6 days per week, which will leave you little spare time. Whenever you’re not being instructed and training horses, you will want to be studying the Method curriculum in preparation for your Theory testing. After the initial 14-week trial period, there are scheduled breaks.
Will I get holidays off?
Not likely, unless a holiday should happen to fall on a normal day off.
Do I receive any compensation for the sale of my Signature/Training Horses?
Do I have to teach for a year once I’m certified in the Fundamentals Level of the method, or can I just stay and complete the Intermediate/Advanced Certification?
Clinton does require that each of his Academy-graduated clinicians teach at the Fundamentals level for at least one year before returning to advance their certification level. As a Certified Clinician, you must become an expert at the Fundamentals level before you can expect to become competent at the Intermediate and Advanced levels; teaching will solidify and accelerate your expertise.
Do I have to return the following year for the Intermediate/Advanced Certification?
You may decide to teach at the Fundamentals level for longer than the requisite year. You may choose this path to replenish your savings account or to further refine your Fundamentals instruction; whatever your goal is, this is perfectly fine.
Can I just stay certified at the Fundamentals level?
You may, however, one of the four core values that helps provide the foundation for Downunder Horsemanship is ambition. Clinton is always striving to improve and widen his horsemanship knowledge and hopes that each of his clinicians has the same motivation; this, logically, translates into a desire to advance their certification to the Professional level.
A quote Clinton lives by:
"If you want something bad enough you will find a way, if you don't you will find an excuse!"
- By Ian Francis
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