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"We have been cutting for only about a year now and you taught us so much in one week!"
~ Karen and Wayne Harris, Prosser, WA

"I could not have possibly found a better place to come and learn the basics of cutting and make the transition from polo. If I had not found Leon I do not think I would have continued cutting. "
~ Alison Colquhoun,
Franktown, CO

"What a great environment to be learning in! The 6 or more horses that I rode while I was there were all outstanding and I am forever grateful to them. "
~Benn Watson, Scone,
NSW, Australia

"I worked 70 head of cattle on six horses in 3 days with Leon. I'm amazed at how much we accomplished and feel so much more confident as a cutter after having this experience!"
~ Tricia

"After 4 days with Leon, he completely turned me around and got me back on track!"
 ~Terri Gillat, Boulder, CO



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We would like to thank everyone who attended our Youth Clinic as well as our sponsors for making it a fantastic success!  

We had two full days of horsemanship, education, and camaraderie, resulting in advanced cutting skills, new friends and lots of laughter and support for some of the greatest youth members in our industry. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, we were able to put on a full service, all inclusive clinic for our “rising stars” and were very impressed with the results of their efforts and progress. It was nothing short of amazing! We will be posting photos from the clinic soon, and want to take this opportunity to show our gratitude to the following sponsors and volunteers who contributed to this great event:

  • Jim Emerson – NCHA AAAA Judge and assistant trainer

  • Jim Simpson – 5 star Veterinarian from E.S.M.S.

  • Teddy Johnson – NCHA AAA Judge and assistant trainer

  • C.W. Tate – assistant trainer

  • Jack Harrel – food preparation and coordination

  • Albracht Insurance Agency - Dennie Harms assistant everything

  • Big Sky Internet Design –Tom, Carrie and Jessica Bruch

  • Jerry Durant Chevrolet – Jerry Durant

  • Wayne Hodges Trailer Sales – Wayne and Carol Hodges

  • Sean Ryon Saddlery – Sean and Dixie Ryon

  • Western Bloodstock – Jim and Carol Ware

  • Merameds – Marilyn Mailloux

Also a special thanks to the extraordinary efforts of our personal staff, Karl Black, Alvaro Mora and Sheryl Jennings who made sure the facility and horses were expertly cared for throughout the event.
Keep an eye out for Jessica Bruch’s column in the upcoming Chatter. Thanks again everyone for making this something we’ll look forward to repeating in the future!

October 19, 2009

Dear Alex and Leon,
We can't thank you enough for the Fabulous 2 day Youth Cutting Clinic you conducted at your home in Springtown, Texas this year.

We want you to know how those two days have changed our lives forever. You graciously welcomed everyone into your home with open arms. Your generosity and kindness was overwhelming and you made us feel as though we were family. What a true joy it was when Leon mounted Cody with one of your good horses. The training and camaraderie was phenomenal , along with the cookouts and swimming. What great fun we all had!

Leon is so good with the children. It's clear just how much you both care about the future of Cutting Horse Industry and our Youth.

Thank you again for all of your kindness and generosity.
You are truly a blessing in our lives,
Billy, Kelly & Cody Cannon



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