Beginner Roping Clinic

Beginner Ranch Roping Clinic
We will not be roping live cattle in this clinic.
There will be no cattle involved or nearby for this clinic.

You do not need to own a rope. This clinic is open to any type of horse.
English or Western riders of all skill levels are welcome.

June 1


Covered Arena
Dabney Training Facility
1034 Hodges Circle
Mansfield, GA

Saturday 10:00 - 5:00

Rider Clinic Fee $250
Spectator Fee $25

Release and Hold Harmless Policy
Cancellation Policy

The style of roping you will be learning is Ranch Roping as done on a working cattle ranch. This type of roping is executed with an emphasis on low stress stockmanship. Unlike competitive roping, ranch roping involves no speed or chasing the cattle. In ranch roping precision, finesse and skill are more important than speed because we want to keep the cattle herd calm and quiet.

We will gather in the covered arena on foot without horses at 10:00 to begin the clinic. You may leave your horses tied to your trailer, in a stall or tied near the arena. We will start with roping instruction from the ground on roping dummies, without horses. You will learn the basics of how to hold the rope, build a loop, throw several different types of loops for head and heel catches, pull slack, dally on the horn, and desensitize your horse to the swinging rope. You do not need to own a rope or have any prior roping knowledge to participate in this clinic. We will have a variety of ropes for you to use.

After that we will rope stationary and moving dummies from horseback practicing pulling slack and dallying on the saddle horn. You will be throwing a variety of head and heel loops on the dummies. You will have plenty of personal coaching and time to practice these skills.

If you don’t have a horse or don’t want to bring your horse, you may rent one of our horses for $50 for the day.

We will not be roping live cattle in this clinic. There will be no cattle involved or nearby for this clinic.

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Ed on horse during roping clinic Ed Roping a small horse

More Information on Ed Dabney Beginner Roping Clinic

  • We require to see a current negative coggins before any horse is unloaded. Please do not unload any horse on the concrete. Drive into the Parking field before unloading. You do not need a health certificate unless you are crossing state lines.
  • We have stalls and outdoor paddocks available for $25 per day. Our 10 x 12 stalls have shavings and water.
  • You may trailer in the day before and stay the day after if you wish. We have two RV hook-ups with 30 amp electric outlets and water hook-ups you can use at night (we need the faucets during the day to fill water troughs). We live on site and have security gates that are closed at night. RV hook-up is $10 per night.
  • Bring your lunch and beverage or there is a Subway and Pizza / Bar-B-Q 3 miles from our facility. We have a refrigerator and microwave in the barn office you may use.
  • Minimum age for riders is 16.
  • No stallions, dogs, drugs, profanity or alcohol.
  • No smoking near the barns or arenas.

What to Bring

Sack lunch and beverage, Lawn chair, Note pad and pen, rain slicker, all horse tack for participants: Snaffle bit (bring your own or they are available for purchase at clinic or from our web site prior to clinic) Rope halter with a 12-foot lead (bring your own or they are available for purchase at clinic or from our web site prior to clinic) Helmets are recommended and are required for participants under 18 years old

Location and Contact

The Ed Dabney Gentle Horsemanship Training Facility is located at 1034 Hodges Cir.  Mansfield, GA.  The clinic will be held in our covered arena.  

For any questions or problems please call Colleen at 770-856-8250.


There are Airbnbs available and major chain hotels in Covington,  located within a 25 min drive to the Ball Ranch. 

These hotels are all located at exit 93 off I-20:

Hampton Inn 678-212-2500     14460 Lockridge Blvd. Covington 30014              

Holiday Inn Express   470-441-9500  1445 Paras Dr     Covington, GA 30014

Travelodge                 770-784-1849   10225 Hwy 142 N. Covington, GA 30014

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