Clinton Anderson Clinician Academy Turn Your Passion Into A Profession

A Dream Career

Do you dream of a career associated with Clinton Anderson and Downunder Horsemanship, helping others develop safe and trusting partnerships with their horses? Innovation, inspiration and instruction are core defining principles of Downunder Horsemanship, and in keeping with them, Clinton created the Clinician Academy. The Academy presents two tracks of study for highly motivated individuals to receive Clinton’s backing to teach the Method®. Clinton is offering the opportunity for passionate followers of Downunder Horsemanship to become Method Ambassadors and for a select group of horsemen to become Professional Clinicians and enjoy the prestige, profile and benefits of the marketing power that come with his brand of horsemanship.

Only the best of the best

Only the best of the best receive certification to teach the Method®. Horsemen who receive Clinton’s seal of approval are loyal, hard-working, ambitious and personable, have a natural ability with horses and a desire to share the Method® with horse owners. At the ranch, Academy students live and breathe Clinton’s approach to horsemanship and are tested over their knowledge of the Method® daily. Learn how you can make your dream of instructing the Method® and helping horse owners realize their full potential come true.


Training the best in The Best Training Method

At each level of certification, Clinton ensures prospective candidates meet his high standards and possess Downunder Horsemanship’s four core values: loyal, hard-working, ambitious and personable. The individuals he selects for certification represent a committed group of horsemen whom he entrusts to teach the Method and inspire horse enthusiasts everywhere.

You must be able to clearly instruct others in Clinton’s easy-to-understand manner.

You must know the philosophy and theory behind the Method®.

You must be passionate about Downunder Horsemanship and sharing the Method®.

Level of Expertise

Once certified by Clinton, you’ll join an elite group of horsemen entrusted to teach the Method® and follow Clinton’s business practices. You’ll learn from one of the best horsemen in the world and will be evaluated on your strengths as a communicator and teacher. There are two successive levels of certification:



Which Track is Right For You?

The Method Ambassador program is designed for horsemen passionate about sharing the Method® at a local level, and the Professional Clinician program is for those serious about building a career as a nationally recognized clinician. Professional Clinicians represent the ultimate level of a Clinton Anderson Clinician. The 2017 Clinician Academy begins on April 24th with orientation, and the program will conclude on June 7th with a certification ceremony. The dates of the Academy will vary year to year, and will be announced when Downunder Horsemanship’s yearly event schedule is released, which happens in the fall prior to the start of the new year.


Professional CLINICIANS

Professional Clinicians learn the Fundamentals, Intermediate, Advanced, Colt Starting, and Foal Training levels of the Method® in depth at the Downunder Horsemanship Ranch. Clinicians receive Clinton’s and Downunder Horsemanship’s full support and marketing efforts to build their careers.




Method Ambassadors spend 7 weeks at the Downunder Horsemanship Ranch training two of their personal horses through the Fundamentals level of the Method®. Upon successfully completing the course, they receive backing from Clinton and Downunder Horsemanship to share the Method® on a local level.


Clinician Academy Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why did Clinton select these individuals?

    Clinton hand-selected the individuals he certified as clinicians because they embody the four core values of Downunder Horsemanship – hard working, ambitious, loyal and personable. Not only are they excellent horsemen, but they also have great people skills. They truly believe in the Method® and are dedicated to teaching just like Clinton. “Each of the clinicians has impressed me with their ability to achieve top-level results,” Clinton says. “They are extremely passionate about the Method® and possess all of the qualities I am looking for in an individual.”


  • How did they become a clinician?

    Each of the clinicians applied for the Academy and Clinton was impressed with their standout ability as horsemen and their overwhelming desire to share the Method®. In order to receive certification as a clinician, each student must successfully pass written and practical exams. “They are very talented with horses and have excellent communication skills,” Clinton says. “The clinicians come with my full stamp of approval. I’m beyond impressed with their ability to teach and work with horses, and I know you will be too.”


  • What can a Professional Clinician do for me?

    If you’re like most horsemen, you dream of having Clinton by your side, instructing you step-by-step through the Method®. However, if you can’t travel to the Downunder Horsemanship Ranch to work with Clinton one-on-one, then you can have the next best thing! Professional Clinicians can build your confidence, increase your horse’s trust and respect, give you practical tips and strategies to overcome training roadblocks and shorten your learning curve. Each clinician is backed by Clinton. “I selected these individuals to help me teach the Method® because I truly believe in their ability to communicate with people and teach in the exact same style I do,” Clinton explains. “After working with me on the ranch, I am a hundred percent confident that they can help you develop a better partnership with your horse.”


  • When are clinicians available for lessons and clinics?

    To schedule a three-day clinic or private lesson, please contact the clinician directly. All of our clinicians’ contact information can be found at


  • What is a private lesson?

    Private lessons are a great opportunity to receive personalized instruction from a clinician. You may invite a clinician to your home to work with you one on one. Or, you can split the cost with a group of friends. In addition to the cost of instruction, the host will be responsible for all of the clinician’s costs, including travel expenses, meals and lodging. Private lessons are limited to 8 participants to ensure that each person gets specialized training in the area that they wish. All private lessons must be scheduled for a three-day minimum. Clinton is so confident that you’ll be happy with the clinician’s instruction that he’s offering a money-back guarantee on all private lessons. If you’re not satisfied with the instruction you receive, you’ll be given a full refund.


  • What is a three-day Fundamentals Clinic?

    At three-day Fundamentals Clinics, you’ll receive instruction from the clinician in a group setting. There will be 11 other participants in the clinic. Topics covered throughout the clinic will come straight from Downunder Horsemanship’s Fundamentals Series. To schedule a three-day Fundamentals Clinic in your area, please contact a clinician directly.


  • Where are clinician clinics held?

    Clinicians come to you! You no longer have to worry about the hassle of hauling your horse long distances, expensive hotel bills or the price of fuel. Depending on the type of instruction you choose, the clinicians will come right to your house or to your area. Just contact them directly to schedule a time.


  • Can I schedule my private lesson or three-day Fundamentals Clinic with a Professional Clinician through the Downunder Horsemanship office?

    Each clinician handles his/her own scheduling. Please contact the clinician of your choice directly.


  • What equipment do I need to bring to a private lesson or 3-day Fundamentals Clinic?

    Below is a checklist of the equipment you need to have in order to participate in a private lesson or a three-day Fundamentals Clinic.

    • Riding boots. Proper riding boots with a heel are required. No flip flops, tennis shoes or footwear other than approved riding boots will be allowed in the arena.
    • Downunder Horsemanship Rope Halter and 14′ Lead Rope
    • Handy Stick and String
    • Bridle with snaffle bit and chin strap. Mecate reins or loop reins with a spanker are highly recommended. No SHANK BITS.
    • Well-fitting saddle and saddle pad with correctly sized girth.
  • Are there any prerequisites for attending a three-day Fundamentals Clinic?

    In order to get the most out of your clinic experience, we recommend you are familiar with the Fundamentals level of the Method®. The more familiar you are with the Fundamentals exercises, the more you’ll get out of the clinic and the more improvement you’ll see from both you and your horse. All of the exercises and information the clinicians will cover in the three-day clinic can be found on the Fundamentals series.


  • Do the clinicians train horses for the public?

    Please contact the individual clinicians directly for information regarding the training of personal horses.


  • How do I become a Clinton Anderson Professional Clinician?
    Learn how to enroll in the Clinton Anderson Academy and start the process of becoming a Professional Clinician by visiting our website


  • When does the Clinician Academy begin?

    The dates of the Academy will vary year to year. The dates of the class will be announced when Downunder Horsemanship’s yearly event schedule is released, which is generally in the fall prior to the start of the new year. The 2017 Clinician Academy begins on April 24th with orientation and a certification ceremony will be held on June 7th.

  • What are my options when applying to the Academy?

    You must choose one of two tracks to follow. You’re either working toward becoming a Professional Clinician or a Method Ambassador. You’ll make your choice on your application.

  • Can I apply if I’m only 17 years old right now, but I’ll be 18 before the Academy starts?

    Unfortunately, we can’t accept applications from anyone under the age of 18. You’ll need to wait until you actually turn 18 before applying.

  • If I don’t make one of the 17 participation spots for this year’s Academy, can I sign up ahead of time for next year’s program?

    Yes. We encourage you to complete your application and make a down payment on your application fee as soon as possible to secure your slot in the Academy.

  • At what point is my money non-refundable?

    Once we receive your application and deposit, we will send you an Academy agreement to sign, which lays out the way the Academy process works. Once we receive that back from you, you will officially own a slot in the Academy and your money will be non-refundable. Because we are only taking 17 applicants a year, we cannot afford to lose money if someone doesn’t follow through with it. We could easily take 30 people a year, but we want to keep the training experience intimate so that everyone receives the individual attention they need. So if we’re going to make that sacrifice, we need to have policies in place that prevent someone from dropping out on us.

  • How long is the Academy program?

    The Method Ambassador program is 7 weeks in length. Each of the five specialized training modules needed in order to become a Professional Clinician are four weeks in length.

  • What are the housing options available to me during the Academy?

    All students have the same options available. If you want to live on the ranch during the 7 week Method Ambassador program, you can live in an RV for $30/night. Stephenville is a college town, so there are multiple options as far as apartments and houses for rent. You can live with a roommate to help split the cost.

  • What are the typical working hours during the Academy?

    All the students will receive 4 hours of instruction, 5 days a week. Three hours will be in the morning, and then an additional hour in the afternoon.

  • If after the first week or so of the Academy I decide that the program isn’t right for me, can I leave?

    Yes. You’re welcome to leave the program any time you wish. However, please keep in mind that your money is non-refundable. Absolutely no exceptions will be made to that rule, no matter what your reason is for not wanting to continue with the program.

  • Do I bring my own horse?

    Yes. During the Method Ambassador program, you must bring two horses of your own to work. The two horses must be under the age of 10, they must be geldings or mares (no stallions), they must not have any previous training in the Method®, and they must be completely sound. If you have a horse that is currently sound, but has had lameness issues in the past, you’d be taking a gamble in bringing him. It’s in your best interest to bring sound horses because if both of your horses go lame during the training program, you’re just out of luck. That’s why we require everyone to bring two horses – if one goes lame you still have another one to work with. Clinton VERY HIGHLY recommends that your horses come in shod on all four feet. This helps to prevent horses from going lame because of sore feet. We do a lot of riding outside on harder terrain and most horses that start the program barefoot will get sore.

    During the five individual training modules to earn your Professional Clinician certification, you’ll provide your own horses as well. It’s strongly recommended to bring at least two horses to work with, and you’re permitted to bring up to five. Stipulations for the horses you bring to each training module will be discussed with you at the time of application.

    Please note that Clinton highly discourages students from bringing any type of gaited horse. Every horse has a job he is bred to do—work cows, slide to a stop, pull carts, etc. Gaited horses are bred to go fast in a straight line. A large part of the Method® is teaching horses to become soft and supple throughout their whole bodies, and gaited horses are not designed to be supple throughout their bodies. Nor are they designed to be athletic enough to do maneuvers such as rollbacks, circles or tight turns. Can you take a gaited horse through the Method®? Absolutely! We’ve taken hundreds of gaited horses through the Method® here at the ranch. But, when you’re in the Academy, it would be wise to choose horses that are going to help make your job easier, not harder.

  • If one of my horses goes lame, can I swap him out for another horse?

    No. The first 7 weeks of the Academy are dedicated to teaching you how to train a horse through the Fundamentals level of the Method®, following the steps Clinton uses to train Academy Horses. All of the horses will progress through the training at the same rate. If a horse goes lame after three weeks of training, you wouldn’t have time to bring a new horse up to speed with the rest of the class. This is why we require everyone to bring two horses. If one horse goes lame, you’ll still have one horse to continue working with and do your testing with.

  • Can I use someone else’s horses for the Academy?

    Yes, but it is STRONGLY DISCOURAGED and should be avoided at all costs. Understand that you are taking a HUGE risk by bringing someone else’s horse to the program. If the owner of the horse decides to back out at the last minute or pull the horse from training halfway through the program, you’re out of luck. We will not be responsible for giving you a refund if that happens. The owner of the horse will not be permitted at the ranch to watch the training classes.

    If you do make the unwise and risky decision to bring someone else’s horse to the program, we highly encourage you to partner with someone who has your best interests at heart. That means that you know each other personally, they are familiar with how you work with horses and care for them, they are familiar with Clinton and the Downunder Horsemanship Method, and perhaps most importantly, they want you to succeed in the program and have a successful future as a trainer.

    Choosing to work with a person who has no interest in your success in the program or your future as a trainer and/or is looking for a free or discounted option to get their horse trained will get you into trouble EVERY SINGLE TIME. Do not do it. If an owner does not understand or is not happy with how you train or care for their horse – even if you do a great job – they can ruin your name and career before it even gets started. It can happen in a heartbeat in today’s world in which everyone is connected to social media.

    The best option is to buy a couple of inexpensive horses to use for the program so that you’re the sole owner and can avoid the inherent risks that come with working with someone else’s horse.

  • What paperwork will my horses need?

    You’ll need a current Coggins (within the last year) and a Health Certificate (within the last 30 days) for each of your horses.

  • Do I need to bring my own tack or will it be provided for me?

    You must bring your own tack and it must all be Downunder Horsemanship product, no exceptions. The following is a list of required equipment that you must bring to the start of the Academy:

    • 2 Halter and Lead Rope Sets
    • 2 Handy Sticks and Strings
    • Aussie Saddle with Horn
    • PRS Pad
    • Bridle with Mecate Reins
    • Bridle with Leather Split Reins
    • 2 Sets of Legacy Boots (2 sets of both front and hind)

    You’ll also need to bring a wheelbarrow and pitchfork with you to clean your horses’ runs.

  • Is there a fee for board or is that included?

    There is no additional fee to board your horse. Electric fence runs to keep both of your horses are included in the application fee. However, you will be solely responsible for the purchase of hay and feed. Feeding your horses and cleaning the runs will be daily responsibilities that you’ll be accountable for.

  • How will I be expected to dress during the Academy?

    Dress is casual. If your session is held in the summer, we highly recommend wearing lightweight, long-sleeve shirts and a straw hat to keep the sun off of you. Don’t forget the sunscreen! Wear comfortable boots that have a heel. We would also recommend bringing a rain slicker and pair of mud boots for when it rains.

  • Should I bring spurs?

    Yes. You’ll need spurs with a rowel. If you plan to pursue the Professional Clinician certification, you will be required to order a pair of spurs from Tom Balding. Professional Clinician students will be required to fill out an order form no later than 60 days before the start of the session so that you will have the spurs upon arrival at the Academy. We are very picky about what kind of spurs you wear because it’s one of the most important pieces of equipment you have. Spurs can mean the difference between getting your job done well and not getting it done at all. The spurs will cost you about $350, but they are one of the most important investments you’ll ever make in your career. These are the best on the market and will last you a lifetime. Method Ambassadors will have the option to order the spurs as well.

  • Are my family and friends allowed to come to the ranch with me to watch my lessons with Clinton and see me work my horses?

    Your friends and family are welcome to visit you on the weekends (Saturday and Sunday only) while training sessions are not being held. They will not be allowed on the ranch during the week or anytime that training sessions are being held. If we even smell that your friends or family are disrupting you from getting your work done, they will not be welcome at the ranch again. This is your career on the line; take it seriously.

  • What happens at the end of the 7 weeks?

    At the end of the seven weeks, you’ll either earn certification or not. To become certified, you must possess the four core values, you must pass your theory test with at least a B+, and you must pass your practical testing with at least a B+. If you pass all three areas, you’ll earn certification as a Method Ambassador!

    If you earn certification as a Method Ambassador, you’ll have the option of enrolling in the five additional courses to work toward your Professional Clinician certification.

    Keep in mind, certification is not guaranteed. Your application fee pays for the knowledge you gain through the Academy program. Even if you don’t receive certification at the end of it, you’ve got a once-in-a-lifetime experience and valuable information that will change the way you’re able to interact with your horses.

  • What is the testing that is involved?

    All students will take a theory test that will test their knowledge of Clinton’s horsemanship philosophy. This test is required to be typed on a computer. You must pass with at least a B+ to earn certification. All students will also take a practical test during the last week of the program. Clinton will grade you as you perform every Fundamental exercise with one of your horses. You must earn at least a B+ average to receive certification. Horsemen who are working toward their Professional Clinician certification can expect to take additional tests during the individual courses that will test their knowledge of the groundwork and riding exercises each level of study. These tests are NOT EASY! So it’s highly recommended that anytime you’re not working, you’re studying!

  • What is the licensing fee once I receive certification?

    Method Ambassadors and Professional Clinicians pay a licensing fee of $1,000 per year.

  • Does the application fee include the first year’s licensing fee?

    No. Your licensing fee will be due immediately after you receive certification.

  • Is there a continuing education requirement after I receive certification?

    Yes. Ambassadors and Professional Clinicians are required to assist Clinton at one of his clinics throughout the year to continue to add to their horsemanship knowledge.

    Method Ambassadors and Professional Clinicians are also required to be active members of the No Worries Club, and are responsible for paying for the club membership. Being a member of the No Worries Club helps Method Ambassadors and Professional Clinicians stay up-to-date on the latest happenings of Downunder Horsemanship and ensures they know the latest training information being shared with members through the club DVDs and journals. Method Ambassadors and Professional Clinicians are strongly encouraged to be active on the No Worries Club website, where they can share clinic dates, post about lessons and training horse availability and interact with members in general to build longstanding relationships.

  • If I receive certification as a Method Ambassador, am I required to teach?

    No, there’s no requirement to teach the public after receiving certification to be a Method Ambassador. If you’d like one-on-one instruction from Clinton for an extended period of time, we encourage you to participate in the program.

  • What can I do after I receive certification?

    – Instruct private lessons, charging between $50-$100/hour
    – Teach small clinics, with 4 participants or less, charging up to $500/day total
    – Train horses for the public, offering a six-week session for $3,000 – $4,000, not including board

    Professional Clinician:
    – Instruct private lessons, with 8 participants or less, charging $1,250/day, plus expenses
    – Teach clinics, with up to 12 participants, charging $1,000 per participant
    – Train horses for the public
    – Work with Clinton in the arena at tours and clinics
    – Teach the whole Method, including Intermediate, Advanced, Foal Training, etc.


  • What does Downunder Horsemanship do to promote me?

    – Allow you to use Clinton’s name to promote yourself
    – Photo and contact information on website
    – Half-page article about you in NWC Journal when you graduate
    – Marketing materials, such as business cards, shirts and posters, available for purchase through Downunder Horsemanship
    – Opportunity to promote yourself at Walkabout Events

    – Allow you to use Clinton’s name to promote yourself
    – Biography, photos, videos, and clinic schedule on website
    – Ad in every NWC Journal
    – Marketing materials, such as business cards, shirts and posters, available for purchase through Downunder Horsemanship
    – Opportunity to promote yourself and work with Clinton in the arena at Walkabout Events
    – Clinician commercial on television

  • When I receive certification and start giving clinics and/or lessons, can I charge my customers for expenses?

    As a Professional Clinician:
    Yes. You may charge for all expenses incurred.

    As a Method Ambassador:
    The only expense you may charge for is mileage. You may charge up to the national standard for mileage reimbursement, which is currently $0.52/mile. If you fly somewhere, you will be responsible for those fees.

Apply Today!

The application fee for the Clinician Academy is $15,000. To participate in the next seven-week training program, send a completed application to Downunder Horsemanship, along with $7,550 (half the application cost, plus a $250 processing fee). Only 17 people are accepted per training session on a first-come, first-served basis. All money is non-refundable. Absolutely no exceptions.


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