Traditional Ranch Roping / Cattle Handling Clinics

If you have ever been interested in learning how to rope and handle cattle in the style of the Great Basin Buckaroos, this is the clinic to get into. But you will need to hurry, limited to 12 riders!!!!

Our instructor, Scott Van Leuven, is one of the greats of the modern buckaroos, was a finalist in The Californios Vaquero Roping, won the Top Hand Roping with his team at the Great Basin Buckaroo Gathering 2014 and most recently won the Open Doctoring at the Early Californio Skills of the Rancho with his team in 2016.

Scott makes his living doing what he will be teaching us to do. He is an outstanding instructor and is equally good with children, beginner adults and advanced ropers.

This first clinic, Jan 21/22, will literally start at the beginning. In the roping portion, showing you how to handle a rope, proper coiling techniques, how to build a loop properly & efficiently, correct swing, etc. We will be concentrating on dummy roping this first clinic with some talk on learning how to move cattle in a pasture setting and holding them in a rodear.

Each subsequent clinic (Feb 18/19 and Mar 18/19) will build on the skills you have learned in the previous clinic so you will need to be practicing at home!!! There will be 3 practice days on April 29, May 27, June 17 without instruction. Then we will have a refresher clinic with Scott on July 29/30 and a Ranch Roping & Cow Working jackpot for clinic participants (must have entered all 4 clinics) only on August 19th!!! We will have an open Ranch Roping & Cow working Jackpoton August 20th!!

Outside of your horse & tack, you will need an extra soft rope that is minimum of 50′ long. Diameter will be anywhere from 3/8″ to 5/16″ depending on your hand size and either poly or nylon. You may also want to purchase a “break away honda”.

Cost is $350 per person per day with a $50 cattle fee applicable starting in February. Contact email at with additional questions. Also look us up on FB under Purple Sage Equine events!  

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