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Financial Help for Future Clinicians

If you want something bad enough, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse. That’s the way Clinton attacks his dreams, and now he’s come up with a way to help other talented horsemen find a way to become clinicians who represent Downunder Horsemanship. Clinton recognizes that many horsemen who are passionate about the Method and pursuing their dreams of becoming a clinician do not have the means necessary to fund their education. That’s why he’s created a scholarship program to his acclaimed Clinician Academy. Instead of paying the Academy’s $17,500 tuition, standout individuals will be selected to work off their tuition, earning their education through hard work and dedication.

Clinton Anderson Academy Scholarship
As a young boy in Australia, Clinton apprenticed under legendary horseman Gordon McKinlay for two years, earning no compensation. That was fine by Clinton because all he wanted was knowledge, and he was able to make a great career out of the knowledge he learned from Gordon and other talented horsemen. So if you desperately want to become a Certified Clinician and you have the passion to chase your dream but lack the funds, this is the program for you.

The scholarship route of graduating the Academy as a Certified Clinician will take longer than the traditional Academy track; however, the educational opportunities through the scholarship program are nearly triple that of the normal course of study. Because scholarship students spend three years at the ranch, learning the Method in-depth and working alongside Clinton and his best clinicians, their level of knowledge far surpasses an individual who only spends 70 weeks on the ranch. In fact, many of Clinton’s most promising clinicians chose to continue their education at the ranch even after they graduate the Academy as Certified Clinicians for the chance to continue adding to their knowledge and horse experience. Money can buy you a lot of things in life, including knowledge, but it can’t buy you experience. The only way to get experience is to earn it yourself through hard work. And like every profession in life, the more horses you work with, the better horseman you become. It takes three things to make a truly great horseman: feel, timing and experience. After three years on the ranch, working with a variety of horses and learning from Clinton, you’ll receive a great education in all three areas. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to jumpstart your career as an equine professional using one of the most respected names in the industry.

The scholarship is open to horsemen 18 years of age or older. Please review the information about the scholarship program below, and then follow the necessary steps to apply.

Application process:

  • Fill out the Academy application.
  • Prepare a videotape that demonstrates your riding ability at the walk, posting to the trot and cantering.
  • Downunder Horsemanship will perform a background check on all applicants. Only those applicants in good legal standing will be considered for the scholarship program. You will be responsible for paying the $250 processing fee.
  • Send your completed application, videotape and $250 application fee to Downunder Horsemanship.

Acceptance process:

  • Downunder Horsemanship will review your completed application and videotape and perform a background check on you.
  • If you’re in good legal standing and the Downunder Horsemanship team is confident about your ability to ride a horse, you’ll be invited to the ranch for a one-week trial period. You will be responsible for your travel to and from the ranch as well as your accommodations (hotel, food, etc.) and transportation during the trial period.
  • During the one-week trial period, you’ll be judged on your character, passion and possession of Downunder Horsemanship’s core values: loyal, hard-working, ambitious and personable.
  • At the end of the one-week trial period, you will be accepted into the scholarship program or dismissed. If you are accepted into the program, it will be your choice as to whether you wish to continue or not.

Earning Your Education

  • When you’re officially accepted into the scholarship program, Downunder Horsemanship will pay you a salary of $20,000. You will work at the ranch and office, proving that you have the passion to represent Downunder Horsemanship. On average, expect to work 14-hour days, at least six days a week. This year will quickly sort out the genuine and authentic individuals from those looking for a handout and free ride.
  • You must have your own form of reliable transportation to get to and from the ranch and to run personal errands.
  • You must come to the ranch with a working cell phone that has AT&T service.
  • Each month that you work for Downunder Horsemanship, $1,000 of your tuition will be considered paid off. If, at any point, you would like to pay the balance of your remaining tuition and enter the Academy, you may. For example, if you’ve worked 10 months and want to pay the remaining $7,500 of your tuition, you may.
  • Once your full tuition has been worked off, you will be placed in the Academy class. Downunder Horsemanship will provide the necessary horses and tack for you to complete the course. There is no guarantee that you will graduate the course. Up to this point, you have simply earned a participant spot in the class.
  • At the end of the Academy class, one of three scenarios will happen: 1) you’ll pass the course and continue your training to become a Certified Clinician, 2) you’ll pass the course and graduate as a Method Ambassador, or 3) you’ll not pass the course and leave the ranch.

If you’ve got the passion and work ethic to let nothing stop you from achieving your dreams, this is an unbeatable opportunity to earn your education by training with the best.