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.
When and where are the clinics held?
Weekends on May through October. Check out our Calendar of Events to find a weekend that works for you!
All clinics take place at the Devil's Hole Ranch, Norwalk, WI 54648
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.
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).
Weather and Terrain
Dress for the 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.
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. If you want to reserve a stall for your horse or an electric hook up for your trailer, 50% of those fees must be added to your deposit. There are 15 stalls available and 18 electric hook ups. They are reserved on a first come first serve basis. We must have 60 days notification for any cancellations. 50% of your deposit for your clinic, stall and electric hookup is refundable. You can pay an additional $25 for the flexibility of a one-time re-schedule through the ranch, or should purchase travel insurance should something come up. There are no roll over deposits from 2018 season to 2019. Tax will be added when you pay the balance at the ranch.
Additional Activities in the Area
There is plenty more to do and see in the Driftless! Here are some of our hometown favorites.
the kickapoo river
Devil's Hole Ranch is located just three miles north of the Village of Ontario, where you can find a gift shop, convenience store, gas station, and several restaurants. However, Ontario is mostly known as a popular place to put in a canoe on the famous Kickapoo River.
Wildcat mountain state park
This state park is also located near Ontario. The park is well known for horse camping and horse trails.
Many farms surrounding the ranch are owned by Amish settlers, many of whom offer goods for sale. Clinic participants have especially enjoyed visiting the nearby Amish harness shop to buy leather goods and sometimes have equiptment repaired.