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RMBA News | Feb. 20, 2023

RMBA Announces Intro To Ranch Horse Clinic dates and clinicians.

We’re blowing through the vestiges of winter and heading for spring! Here at the Rocky Mountain Breeders Association (RMBA), this means the Stallion Service Auction is full swing and steam ahead and the riding activities are poised to dance onto center stage.

If you’re considering breeding your good mare, there is a stellar line-up of top quality stallions for every activity at every level from local right up to world class. Click on stallion names to view the full write-up, pedigree, breeding specifics, mare criteria, and contract if applicable. Bids are for the breeding fee only; all other expenses are the mare owner responsibility including and pre-breeding checks, tests, and/or vaccinations. The breeding fees are donated to the RMBA as a fundraiser for the association to host other equine events for the industry.

News from last issue: RMBA News | Feb. 5th, 2023

Round 1 runs January 15 – March 1st . Any stallion not receiving a bid during Round 1 will go to a “Buy Now” option in Round 2 which starts March 2nd . Bids are taken on the RMBA website at; click the “Stallion” button, and then “Stallion Service Auction.” To view each stallion’s specific information, click the stallion name(s). Bids are considered a legal and binding contract.

Intro To Ranch Horse Clinic

For all who anxiously await the highly popular “Intro To Ranch Horse Clinic” each year; gear up now to plan for this great clinic.

Dates are April 29-30, 2023, at the Saddle Peak Equestrian Center at 3336 Spain Bridge Road outside of Belgrade, Montana. Stalls or runs may be available for those traveling.

The two-day clinic is a rotating format with half of the riders each working with a single clinician one day, then rotating out to the other clinician for day two. Clinic cost is $400 which includes lunch and use of live cattle to practice on. A non-refundable deposit of $150 is required to hold your space in the clinic and the deposits will be due no later than April 10, 2023.

The Registration Forms will be ready on February 27, 2023; slots to ride will be assigned as a first-come, first-served process. Registration forms with signed Release of Liability language and deposit are required to hold a rider slot. No dogs are allowed on the premises.

For more information on the clinic, contact Channie Heimer at (406) 223-2144 or email her at

To reserve stalls and ensure your horse meets the facility requirements on incoming horses, contact Wendy Dellinger at (805) 432-2950 or email her at Any out-of-state horses are required to meet the Montana Department of Livestock/Animal Health Division import requirements which include a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (aka ‘health certificate’), an import permit number, and brand inspection.

Intro To Ranch Horse Clinicians

Meet the Intro To Ranch Horse Clinicians, Jess Kirkpatrick and Tricia Purcell. Jess is a long-time professional including judging RMBA Ranch Horse events; he will be the instructor for the cow work portion. Area reining trainer, Tricia Purcell, will be the instructor for the reining (aka ‘dry work’) portion. Read on for biography highlights in the trainers’ own words:

Tricia Purcell, Intro to Ranch Horse Clinician

Tricia Purcell: Grew up in the Bitterroot Valley; became interested in reining in 1995. I found a great love for the sport. I personally like the relationship between horse and rider. I moved to Helena and started “Purcell Performance Horses” 19 years ago. I ran a small training and boarding business. With reining horses still being a great passion, I recently moved my business to Belgrade, where I continue training, giving lessons, and showing.

Jess Kirkpatrick, Intro to Ranch Horse Clinician

Jess Kirkpatrick: Jess has twenty-plus years as a trainer and competitor in cutting and reined cow horses, as well as a lifetime of working cattle on the ranch. Jess delivers a wealth of knowledge. Clinic participants will learn correct cow working fundamentals from him. His welcoming teaching style will offer clinic participants greater confidence in effectively working cattle in the show pen or on the ranch. “The principles of handling cattle properly, so that you are not only efficient, but effective, are the same no matter if you’re in the show pen or on the ranch.” – Jess Kirkpatrick

Get Involved in RMBA

You can read more about the RMBA on our website at and peruse the tabs. Also go to our Facebook page at “Rocky Mountain Breeders Association” to “Like” and “Follow” us. The Facebook page is also where any information for immediate distribution is posted; which may include disease outbreak items or other pertinent information.

Have updates? Send them along to Jan via email at or call (406) 266-4992 if more convenient. We love celebrating successes with our members!

So, grab your halters and curry combs! Let’s get ready for spring!

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