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Getting some horse sense

Chris Irwin returns to Blackhall Mountain Ranch to teach communication between horse and rider


August 28, 2019

Joshua Wood

Wood Chris Irwin works with Jean Burger's horse, Hal, during the second day of a horsemanship clinic at Blackhall Mountain Ranch.

Even though Chris Irwin has been coming to the Valley for five years now, the number of people attending his clinics does not appear to dissipate. This year, the Canadian-born horse trainer held another three-day clinic at Blackhall Mountain Ranch, where he was hosted by Jean Burger. While the majority of the attendees were women, a few men are in the audience as well. Some of them have taken the clinic before, but return to learn more from the trainer.

On the morning of Aug. 17, the attendance was in the lower double-digits and included a combination of locals and visitors.

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