Cooler Horsemanship Clinics

James Cooler with Cooler Horsemanship, clinic demo with Deuce
Cooler Horsemanship Clinic

Cooler Horsemanship Clinics

Cooler Horsemanship is a form of natural horsemanship developed in the early ’90s. James Cooler and his father, Don, studied the techniques of legendary natural horsemanship trainers Tom Dorrance, Ray Hunt, Pat Parelli, Buck Brannaman and John Lyons, picking the approaches that fit best and merging them with their own strategies.

The Coolers developed an approach called the ATRUM Method, representing five elements needed for a true partnership between horse and human: Attention, Trust, Respect, Understanding and Motivation.  Based on the ATRUM Method, Cooler Horsemanship teaches much more than just how to make horses do what is expected of them.  It focuses on understanding why horses do what they do by teaching an awareness of how they think, communicate and learn.

James and Kate Cooler with Cooler Horsemanship

James competed as a Wild Card to Road to the Horse 2014 with gelding Career Cat (aka Deuce). James will be competing as a Wild Card to Road to the Horse 2015 in March with First Sixgun, also know as “Gus”.

Clinic Dates:

Friday, June 24th – Sunday, June 26th 2016     Limited Availability for this 2-Day Clinic

Tentative Schedule:

Friday Evening:  Overview and Demonstration by James and Kate Cooler
Horsemanship Clinics will run from 9am-1pm Saturday, Sunday with a focus on preparing your horse for trail riding and building better communication both on the ground and in the saddle
Trail riding on Saturday and Sunday afternoon

Per Person Package Prices (Cooler Horsemanship clinic fees included)

     $300 meals, primitive camping
     $340  meals, horse trailer hookup, stall or pasture board
     $450 meals, guest lodging, stall or pasture board
     $570 meals, guest lodging, use of Shangrila Guest Ranch horse

Per Person Auditing and Guest Fees

     $10/day – auditing, no meals included
     $20/day – auditing, with lunch included
     $95 per guest of clinic participant- includes weekend auditing, meals and lodging with participant.


To make your reservation for the weekend, send a 50% deposit made out to Shangrila Guest Ranch to the following address, or call us at 434-517-0888 to charge to your credit card.
Your desposit is refundable, less a 10% cancellation fee, until June 5th 2016; after that date, we cannot issue refunds.

Shangrila Guest Ranch

3219 Cluster Springs Road
South Boston, VA  24592