With a nod to the traditions of the Vaquero Bridle Horse and the old masters of French Classical Dressage, Clay Wright has been intuitively working with horses for 40 years. During this time, he has started thousands of colts, worked with troubled horses and through a unique combination of Working Ranch Horse, Classical Dressage, and Natural Horsemanship, Clay has trained horses to the finished high school level in the Vaquero Bridle Horse as well as the Double Bridle of Classical Dressage.
Regardless of your chosen riding discipline, solid foundation principles are necessary to producing good horsemanship. Clay's level of expertise suits any discipline. He has studied Classical Dressage as a basis for all disciplines.
Accepting horses for training / colt starting / helping horses through behavioral issues / training for all levels to improve your horse in whatever activity or discipline you do with your horse.
We offer One-on-One Lessons, Group Lessons, Clinics and help out on the trail as well.
Paradise Ranch offers full and partial care horse boarding at their clean, well-appointed, and friendly facility. For more information or to make reservations call (541) 318-6077, or visit their Facebook page.
Make sure to check the Calendar for scheduled Clinics and lessons.
I connected with Clay Wright about 5 years ago after having struggled for many years to truly understand the depth and meaning behind classical dressage, and frustrated with the divide I was witnessing between people and their horses in all disciplines. My encounter with Clay exceeded all expectations, as his unique approach and philosophy aligned perfectly with my values and aspirations. During our very first meeting, Clay's lessons articulated and validated everything I had felt and discovered during a tumultuous 6 years of self-discovery on my own without any help with my horses. It was as if he possessed the ability to see inside my soul and uncover the intricacies of my journey by way of the horse. With remarkable clarity, he explained concepts and principles that I had intuited but struggled to articulate on my own. Each lesson with Clay became a transformative experience, adding depth and meaning to my life. With Clay's help and mentorship, I began to unravel the layers of my own understanding and develop an even more profound connection with my horses. His teachings emphasized the importance of listening – not only to the horse but also to myself, and I learned to trust my instincts and recognize the subtle messages communicated by these sensitive animals. It was through this mindful approach that true harmony and partnership blossomed between me and my horses. Over the years, his mentorship has extended beyond the arena, helping shape not only my horsemanship skills but also my character. Clay has instilled in me the significance of vulnerability, humility, and trust – qualities essential not just in the world of horses, but in every facet of life.
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My riding life has been forever changed by Clay’s teachings, since my introduction in 2013. Through the years, I have watched him help riders of all levels with everything from haltering a weanling for her first time, to building trust in emotionally traumatized horses, to schooling the piaffe, passage and canter pirouettes on upper-level dressage horses. Clay has a rare gift of being able to teach clearly and specifically, while giving each rider space to think critically and problem solve. Furthermore, he does so with kindness, wisdom, authenticity and a whole lot of heart.
I was also fortunate enough to have Clay put a 60-day foundation on my young lusitano. In that time, he TRANSFORMED my horse, brought him to life, taught him the language of the rider’s aides, and improved his balance and asymmetries. Seeing how he educated my horse was truly miraculous and a gift I will treasure my whole life. Clay went out of his way to ensure that I understood his process and thinking, so I could learn as much as my horse and to give me the best shot at continuing my horse’s education to the best of my abilities. I am sure this horse will be teaching me a better feel for straightness, lightness and vibrancy for a long time to come! So, it’s a joy to recommend Clay and his teachings!
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Clay is an amazing trainer and teacher. His clear communication, humor, and immense knowledge paves the way for an outstanding session every time you ride with him. He is also very humble, no ego, hilarious, and just an absolute blast to work with. He can work with riders of any level or discipline, from kids or adults just starting out, to FEI dressage or event riders, he has something for everyone. He is also a student himself, learning continuously from other wonderful trainers and clinicians. He is truly the epitome of a classical horseman, and passionate about what he does. I feel lucky to have found Clay 8 years ago and have worked with many different breeds and disciplines of horses with him, and always walked away with something new. Bend is very lucky to have this man!
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"I can not recommend Clay highly enough. As a teacher, his ability to explain the bio-mechanics of the rider’s body and aides, is impeccable and easily digestible.
As a trainer, his understanding of the horse’s bio-mechanics is evident. He is fair and kind, and both treats and trains each horse as an individual. His training is effective and concise, and he easily gets to the heart of any issue. Working with Clay has changed everything about riding for me, and has been worth every penny.
If you’re considering using his services, do not hesitate, he’s a magician."
— Ginny Barnett
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"Clay is a gifted horse trainer and instructor. He is extremely well read in
classical dressage, a scholar of refinement and an all-around phenomenal horseman."
— Leta Young
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“It has been such an honor to know and work with Clay over the years. He is truly an insightful, gentle, kind, humble, and knowledgeable horseman. This refers
not only to his horsemanship, but who he is as a human being.
It always amazes me how, after working with a horse, they follow him around like a puppy. His passion for the horse and dedication to helping them feel peaceful is remarkable.
His kindness allows his students to relax and learn, all the while mesmerized
at his knowledge and abilities.
His passion is contagious, and his instruction is invaluable. Truly an awesome soul!"
— Kathy Melichar
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“Clay is a phenominal trainer for both horse and rider. He has worked with three of my horses and each one has an improved topline. Their backs are stronger now that they are balanced; carrying and using their bodies correctly. I also love Clay's open mindset and his ability to give thoughtful answers to my challenging questions."
— Kerry Blomgren