Frequently Asked Questions
Who can attend these clinics?
Anyone! Are clinics are open to all interested parties. We do suggest some brief experience in the area, but we also do significant safety training and provide substantial background information.
why should i attend these clinics?
To have an enjoyable, educational weekend! Fun awaits!
Which clinic is right for me?
Our Cattle Drive Clinics are very family-friendly. You and your horse will get to try some new experiences. They are popular with stable groups, girls getaways, couples, and families. Children are welcome to participate in Cattle Drive Clinics, but must be independent riders and with an adult.
Driving Clinics are new this year. Horses are provided for this clinic. Participants will learn about driving horse confirmation, disposition and driving basics. You will get to drive horses!
Ranch Roping Clinics are reserved for adult participants who are intermediate or beginning ropers. You must bring your own horse to participate. Your horse should be used to the rope and new places to ensure the best learning experience for you both.
You can also check our Clinic Information Page provides more detailed information about the individual clinics.
When and where are the clinics held?
Clinics are held on weekends from May through October. Check out our Clinic Schedule on our Clinic Information page to find a weekend that works for you!
All clinics take place at the Devil's Hole Ranch in Norwalk, WI.
What are the ranch facilities like?
The ranch road leads to our camp area that includes electrical hook-ups for trailers and water for horses. Our event coordinator will welcome you anytime after 3pm and show you where to park your rig on Friday. Electric hook up for living quarter trailers are available for $30 per weekend. We also have several stalls available for an additional fee of $40 per weekend. Remember they are limited so reserve one right away if you are interested. There is plenty of room for picket lines and portable fencing as well.
The bunkhouse, the saloon and chuck wagon are central to the camp. Running water, hot showers, and flush toilets are located in the bath house.
What is the food like?
Home cooked at the fire pit in cast iron cookware, participants enjoy authentic ranch style meals, including our beef and local produce, seasonal fruits, and delicious desserts.
Please note: While the cook provides many food options, special dietary restrictions cannot be fully accommodated. Participants with dietary restrictions may want to bring their own food.
We do not serve alcohol (BYOB only).
What can I expect in terms of weather and terrain?
It is important to come prepared and be able to dress for any weather. The weather can be unpredictable, and clinics are held rain or shine. Participants should bring layers of clothing, hats, boots, and protection from sun, wind, and rain along with them.
The terrain is very hilly and can be an exciting challenge for many flatlanders. Our ranch covers many creeks and woods and has a few rocky areas. Our ranch horses are barefoot so horse shoes are not necessary. Your horse should be conditioned for hilly terrain and accustomed to other horses and sounds. Your horse will be crossing several creeks over the weekend. It is helpful if your horse can cross water. Let us know if your horse hasn't crossed so be are better able to help you and your horse.
How does devil's hole ranch ensure the safety of clinic participants as well as the animals?
Safety is our number one priority. We do safety trainings and briefings throughout our clinics. We maintain a focus and attention on safety. We will never proceed with a task until safety is ensured for all riders, instructors, and animals.
Please note that Coggins papers must be presented upon arrival.
What if something comes up? Can I reschedule or cancel?
Life moves fast on the ranch, and we know it does for you too! Please carefully review our rescheduling and cancellation policies.
When booking your weekend, 50% of the clinic fee is due as your deposit. Reservations are on a first-come-first-serve basis. We must have 60 days notification for any cancellations in order to get a full refund. With less than 60 days notice, the 50% deposit is not refundable. You can pay an additional $25 for the flexibility of a one-time reschedule through the ranch. There are no roll over deposits from the 2018 season to 2019.
What is the alcohol policy for the clinics?
There is no alcohol sold on the Ranch. You may bring your own for your own consumption.
What should I pack?
Full packing lists for each clinic coming soon!