SEVENTEEN YEARS AGO, Clinton Anderson arrived in the U.S. with just $400 in his pocket. Since then, he’s gone on to become one of the industry’s most popular clinicians. Here’s a look at what makes him tick. Favorite horse?; Titan (Tellin White Lies), my 3-year-old reining futurity prospect by Colonels Smoking Gun out
Greatest achievement with horses?
of Princess In Diamonds. Titan is by far the most
talented, athletic and trainable horse I’ve ever
Winning the rein work prelims at the 2015 NRCHA
Sna;e Bit Futurity on Chip (Hez The Kats Meow),
owned by Lynn Thomas.
My true passion lies in breeding, raising, training
and showing performance horses. I’ve finally gotten to
a point in my career where I have time to focus on my
Who are you most inspired by?
My mentor and Australian horseman Gordon
McKinlay because he had an extremely tough life, but
he never let it get him down. He had two daughters and
both of them were severely handicapped.
He was a workaholic, he was a family man, he tried
extremely hard, he was loyal, he was dedicated. He
taught me not only horsemanship skills but valuable
life lessons as well.
If you could only give one piece
of wisdom to every rider, what would it be?
Ride the horse that you need to have at this point in
your horsemanship career, not the horse you hope
to one day be able to ride or compete. If you’re a
beginner, that means you need a been-there-done-that horse, not a 2-year-old colt or a Thoroughbred o;
If you’re an intermediate level rider, you need a
horse that can keep up with your skill level, but not
one that’s so far beyond your ability that he ruins
Horses teach people and then people teach horses.
At first, horses will teach you how to be a horseman,
and then once you’ve built your skills, you can start
As a clinician, I see way too many people matched
with horses they have no business being with.
Horsemanship is a partnership between you and
your horse and you should both enjoy it. In a lot of
cases, bad matches result in people getting seriously
injured or worse.
Do you have any phobias or superstitions?
I’m deathly afraid of snakes. If I see a snake, I take o;
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Clinton’s current favorite horse.