3-Day Horsemanship Clinic October 16th-18th, 2023 Yadkinville, NC



Please call our office at 307-645-3149 if you’d like to get on our waiting list.

Lone Hickory Arena

1950 Bethel Church Rd

Yadkinville, NC 27055

Just off of US Hwy 421, take Exit 259 (go south toward Bethel Church Road), go straight through the intersection and the arena is one mile on the right (just across from the grain bins). You can’t miss it! Convenient to I77, I74, I40 and I81. Visit lonehickoryarena.com to learn more about this facility!

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3 Day Ken McNabb Horsemanship Clinic


Cost is $975 on a first come basis.  To guarantee your riding spot a $450.00 must be paid in advance. Our clinics are small (about 13-15 riders) and so we cannot accept cancellations.  Balance MUST BE PAID 2 WEEKS BEFORE the clinic. Please note all deposits as of 10/10/2022 are NON-REFUNDABLE with the exception of a medical emergency – in this case, a signed document must be sent to our office from your doctor. All riders will receive 1 free auditor pass per day to welcome a guest to attend with you.  The clinic is 9-5, with 1 hour for lunch. The facility has a great sound system and you will be able to hear everything that is being taught.  Ken is a fun teacher and he tries to give you as much information as you can hold in 3 days!  This is the clinic of a lifetime no other clinic can compare!

3 Day Horsemanship Clinic

The 3 day horsemanship clinic with Ken McNabb provides a unique experience that you will not find with any other clinician.  You will develop a close personal relationship with your horse.  You will develop lasting relationships with the other people in the group.  These 3 days will help you build confidence in your ability to interact with your horse.  This is the most one on one time you will ever get while still in a small group setting.  Ken’s simple and easy to understand instruction helps him build a relationship with each individual participant.  As you progress through the clinic you can move as you and your horse are ready.  If you understand the exercise quickly than Ken will give you the next one, but if your horse doesn’t understand than you can continue to work the exercise until you are ready for the next one.  You are not rushed through, but also you don’t get held back waiting for those to catch up.  You can be an advanced rider working on finishing maneuvers and new riders working on foundation.  When the clinic is over you will have a relationship with your horse like Roy Rogers had with Trigger.  It’s the best investment you can make in your horse.

Topics to be covered include:

This is foundation, for advanced riders you will be working on finishing maneuvers.


Groundwork:  Basic through Advanced Leading

In the Saddle: Hand Positioning and Rein Management

Balance and Body Positioning

Giving to the Bit:  Softening at the Poll

Head Elevation


Developing Collected Movement:  At the Walk, Trot and Lope as well as Backing Up

Leg Speed Transitions

Directional Transitions

Improving Your Stop

Developing Shoulder Control

Rating Your Speed


Body Control Maneuvers Including:

Turn on the Forehand

Developing the Side Pass

Developing the Rollback and Spin

Reverse Arc Circle, Haunches In, Leg Yield and Shoulders In


Topics That Can Be Covered if Class Desires:

Overcoming Fear of Obstacles

Trailer Loading

Ken has always made it a priority to ride with each student at their level and help them advance their horsemanship.  So that they might go home with as much knowledge as possible.  In order to do this he has developed a method based on step by step exercises that are designed to meet you where you are in your horsemanship journey and take you to the next level.  Ken’s building block style approach allows him to keep the entire clinic group moving forward without slowing down the advanced riders or overwhelming the novice riders.  It is an amazing weekend!



Halter / 12ft.  lead rope / saddle. We have all of these available for sale through our store.  You may contact the office or website and we would be happy to help you make sure you have the right equipment.



8:45 AM – 9:00 AM Register by ensuring your signed rider release liability has been received.  Please be tacked up and in the arena by 8:55 AM to start with Ken.  You should have your horse saddled with a bridle over the saddle horn and have a halter and lead rope on your horse.

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM  Morning Session

12:00 PM to 1:15 PM  Lunch Break (You can pack a lunch or choose to drive to a local place).

1:15 PM to 5:00 PM  Afternoon Session

Ken will also take a break in the middle of both sessions.  Feel free to take a break when you need one.  This is your clinic and we understand individual needs.



Due to the nature of horse training and handling in general, accidents can occur.  You are advised to wear protective headgear for your own safety and to put protective boots on your horse. You are also advised to wear proper footwear, boots that will slide off.



Please make sure your horse is vaccinated for everyone’s safety. You will also have to have a negative coggins at facility check in and proper health paperwork to travel.


OVERNIGHT STABLING / BARN INFORMATION- We have more than enough stall spaces available. Lone Hickory Arena offers stalls at $25.00 for the first night and $20.00 for each additional night.(Prices Subject to Change Per Facility) This includes one bag of premium shavings. Please let our office know ahead of time if you need a stall reservation and your check in/check out dates.


RV SITES: Lone Hickory Arena offers Overnight Parking with Power for $25.00 per night. (Prices Subject to Change Per Facility) Please let us know if you would like an overnight parking spot and your check in/check out dates. We must reserve in advance.



We welcome any of your family and friends that would like to come.  Observer/Auditor tickets are $25.00 per day or $65.00 for three days.  Each rider receives one complimentary observer per day.  Children 12 and under are free, but must be under adult supervision.


Here’s what a couple of people have to say about Ken’s clinic:

WOW! I was able to attend a 3-day Ken McNabb clinic with my wife and daughter.  I have ridden my whole life and have a deep love for horses.  In 3 days I learned more about me and my horse through the clinic than I had learned in my 51 years with horses.  The coolest thing was being able to buy the Applied Riding video.  Each time I watch it, all that Ken taught comes back to life just like I am in the arena with him.  It is worth it and was one of the best vacations my family has taken.  Neal H. from NC

I had my first clinic with Ken at the age of 45.  My studies with Ken over the past 13 years enlightened me to pursue the stewardship of horsemanship, not just the riding give your best, and they will give it back to you!  I keep in mind What’s in it for the horse?  Brings me true pleasure every day.  Terri C. from WA


The clinic is 9-5, with 1½  hour  lunch and Ken encourages you to join him for lunch.  This is a fun filled weekend enjoyable for the whole family.  Ken’s clinics are unique and exciting, with his ability to involve observers in the clinic all day long.  He encourages observers to participate in conversation throughout the day with questions and frequently invites them to participate in demonstrations.  Enjoy Ken live all weekend as he interacts with the crowd.  Ken is a fun teacher and he tries to give you as much information as you can hold in 3 days!

$25 for the day

$65 for the weekend

Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at kenmcnabb.com


Places to stay:

Days Inn by Wyndham Yadkinville
220 Sharon Dr.
Yadkinville, NC 27055
(336) 777-6103

Welborn Motel
3020 Rocky Brand Rd
Hamptonville, NC 27020
(336) 468-2622

Hampton Inn Jonesville/Elkin
Highway 1632 NC-67
Jonesville, NC 28642
(336) 835-1994

Best Western Plus Yadkin Valley Inn & Suites
1713 NC-67
Jonesville, NC 28642
(336) 835-6000

Americas Best Value Inn Jonesville
5702 US-21 BYP
Jonesville, NC 28642
(336) 835-2261

There is a lot of local lodging, we have only listed a few of the options. Please feel free to research more local places to stay.

Places to eat close by:
There are a number of restaurants in the area including a Little Richards Smokehouse BBQ, Battle Branch Cafe, El Sarape Mexican Restaurant, Old Stage Grill, Darwins, Yakin Valley Seafood Inc, Taste of Italy, KFC, Pizza Hut, Bojangles Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits, Arby’s, Taco Bell, McDonald’s and much more!

Additional information


Overnight Power Hookup 2 Nights, Overnight Power Hookup 3 Nights, Shavings Per Bag (Minimum 1 Bag Required Per Day), Stall Rental 2 Nights, Stall Rental 3 Nights, Deposit, Final Payment, Full Payment, Overnight Power Hookup 4 Nights, Stall Rental 4 Nights