MayFest 2019

Please Join Us For Our 15th Annual MayFestMay 24-26


Please join us for our annual Mayfest on May 24,25,26 with proceeds benefiting the Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse. Private lessons, group clinics, practice, demos on May 24 & 26. Schooling show and seminar topic Saturday May 25. Program and registration available soon.

Contact: Judy Henslee at or 979-299-4785

May Fest 2019

15th Annual FPSH Spring Clinic at Rancho del LagoMay 24th - 26th



May Fest at Rancho del Lago, in partnership with the Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse, will offer something for everyone! The three day event features lessons in "in-hand" work (private and group lessons), dressage lessons for every level of rider and/or Working Equitation (W.E.) lessons, a W.E. clinic, seminar and schooling show. Special surprises during the seminar and amazing demonstrations. After a scrumptious pot luck lunch on Saturday, we will enjoy a schooling show (in hand, DSHB, saddle classes) and a W.E. practice show with ribbons to the winners! The Saturday event will end with a delicious catered dinner and time to visit with clinicians and your friends! Absolute deliciousness! Private and group lessons will be held Friday and Sunday. You may also play on the W.E. obstacles on Friday afternoon.

We ask that you bring something for a pot luck lunch on any day that you participate - Friday, Sat, and Sunday. A continental breakfast will be provided daily, and a catered dinner is planned for Saturday night. As usual, we will have a silent auction. Any donation would be greatly appreciated – horsey or non-horsey! Books, jewelry, tack, children’s items, clothes, riding apparel, goodies, treats, etc.

Because individual lessons and schooling show entries are limited due to space and time constraints, you are encouraged to register as soon as forms become available.

If you have any further questions, please call Judy at 979-299-4785 or Walter at 979-292-5784. Or, contact the Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse directly.

Put May 24th, 25th, and 26th, 2019 on your calendar. You do not want to miss this equine event of the year! Look forward to seeing you!


Escape to Rancho del Lago!

Clinics, Getaways, and EventsFrom Sunrise to Sunset


There is a special place, conveniently located in central Texas, with breathtaking vistas by day, countless stars by night and horses who would love to meet you. Enjoy total immersion with horses in beautiful surroundings. See Andalusians, Haflingers, Quarter Horses, Aztecas, Icelandics, and gaited Peruvian horses from National Championship bloodlines on 3 continents. A dozen Champions, including a half dozen National Champions in 3 different breeds, call Rancho Del Lago their home.

Our annual clinic in conjunction with the Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse will be in May, 2011. The Schedule (en Español) and Faculty from 2009's clinic are typical of this annual event. Additionally, clinics customized to your needs can be scheduled as needed. Call 979 - 292 - 5784 for details.

Most weekends, training or lessons by Michael Vermaas are available. The schedule varies somewhat, so call for exact days and times. Private lessons are $75 per session, auditors welcome. Michael trained under masters such as Luis Valenca (Portuguese School of Equestrian Arts), Don Jose Athayde, Fernando Oliveira (Nuno Oliveira's assistant) and Lord Henry Loch.

Rates: Private lessons on your horse $75. A limited number of people may be able to borrow a Rancho Del Lago P.R.E. mare to take a lesson on. Auditors and visitors $35. You can come once free just to check it out. Call to schedule your time and pre-register.

One of the great things about horses is that, no matter what your level of experience, you never stop learning and growing. Whether you want to improve your horsemanship, get some quality family time or just chill out, a getaway at Rancho Del Lago is a great investment. Our staff have helped dozens of people with everything from how to shop for a horse, to teaching their horse to play basketball.

Other Rancho Del Lago Clinics on available on demand. Select a basic program, or with advance notice, we can build a customized clinic to meet your specific needs and interests. Additional riding lessons are available at a discount to guests. Featuring: Ruperto Vasquez Salinas (halter and gaited horse trainer); Michael Vermaas (English dressage, hunter/jumper trainer) and the Henslee family on Business Concepts, Groundwork, Clicker Training and How to Exhibit Your Horse.

Horsemanship Clinic

  • Friday PM: Ranch tour and orientation. Safety, meet the breeds, dinner, settle into quarters, videos, assessment of experience level
  • Saturday AM: Breakfast, groundwork or morning ride, instruction and feedback on cues and equitation
  • Saturday Mid-Day: Free time, lunch
  • Saturday PM: Halter handling and presentation, help with afternoon feeding, dinner
  • Saturday Late-Afternoon / Evening: Free time, videos, photography, explore nearby towns
  • Sunday AM: Breakfast, optional topics (photography, horses as a tax deductible business, overcoming undesirable habits, etc)

Weekend Getaway / Family Bonding

  • Friday PM: Ranch tour and orientation. Safety, meet the breeds, dinner, settle into quarters, goal setting for weekend
  • Saturday AM: Breakfast, groundwork or morning ride, instruction and feedback on cues and equitation
  • Saturday Mid-Day: Free time, lunch
  • Saturday PM: Hike, swim, hang out with horses, photography, gather eggs, help with afternoon feeding, dinner
  • Saturday Late afternoon / evening: Free time, videos, or explore nearby towns (Elgin, Bastrop, Austin, Round Top)
  • Sunday AM: Breakfast and meditation, pick a topic of interest to you (photography, communication with your horse, trick training, how to find the right horse, etc)

Just a Taste

We can share what we've learned the hard way, from hundreds of books, tapes, articles, seminars, and clinics, combined with over 80 man years of experience by our staff with multiple breeds of horses. Choose from topics like:

  • How to shop for a horse and negotiate the best price
  • Safety - What you don't know can hurt you, and your horse
  • The importance of groundwork; gaining communication and respect
  • Setting your equine operation up as a business; pros and cons; tax consequences
  • Fencing, barns, corrals and paddocks
  • How to buy tack that fits your horse
  • Feed, nutrition and supplements
  • Breeding, foaling, imprinting
  • When to call the vet and when to treat it yourself
  • Types of horse trailers; loading and unloading

Did You Know?

  • When shopping for a horse, demand to see the horse being caught and tacked. Be certain that the owner or trainer rides before you climb aboard and shows you how to cue the horse. Start off in a confined area, like a corral or paddock.
  • Did you know that a run-in shed can be depreciated over a 7 year period if it's called a feeding facility but must be depreciated over a 20 year period if it's called a barn or stable?
  • How do you easily know if the saddle you're about to buy at the tack store or auction will even fit the back of your horse? Do you really want to find out when you get home?


  • Rates for our Bed & Breakfast, as well as for horse clinics and lessons, can be found on our Bed & Breakfast web page. We will be happy to customize a program to fit your needs and interests. Horse boarding is available if you want to bring your horses. Of course, this is on a space available basis at $12 per day per horse. Your horse must be current on shots, worming, and Coggins.