De-Spooking Clinic

Join us at Free Spirit Farm for our annual De-Spooking Clinic with Bill Richey of National Mounted Police Services, Inc., and his training buddy Radar!

April 13 & 14, 2024: National Mounted Police Services De-Spooking Clinic at Free Spirit Farm!

Free Spirit Farm is proud to host Bill Richey of National Mounted Police Services, Inc., for another De-Spooking & Mounted Police Training Clinic on April 13 & 14, 2024.  This two day clinic offers learning about the nature of spooking, obstacle and tactical training, and learning how to build confidence in horse and rider.  Overnight paddocks and experienced de-spooking riders are often available for hire (based on availability and need to be scheduled in advance). Breakfast and lunch is included. Please be prepared to provide a current Coggins (2yrs)  and shot record for participating horses.



To register by mail, please save and print the registration forms that can be found here. All forms and deposits can be sent by mail to Free Spirit Farm, 187 Siloam Road, Freehold, NJ, 07728. For other questions and more information, please email [email protected].

About the Clinician

bill_richey_nmpsBill Richey, the founder and CEO of National Mounted Police Services, Inc. is a POST certified mounted police instructor. He was instrumental in creating the mounted units for the city of Duluth, also in Forsyth and Gilmer Counties (Georgia) and training their officers and horses. Mr. Richey has also worked with Atlanta Police Mounted Unit in preparation for the 1996 Olympics and served as the chief instructor for Mobile Mounted Police Mardi Gras School.

Mr. Richey has participated in and won or placed in every national mounted police competition he has entered. With over 30 years experience as a mounted police officer, and almost as many as a trainer/instructor, he has spent countless hours training officers and civilians from all over the United States to perform safely and professionally, from the trail and show ring to Mardi Gras.

Additional Information and Requirements

The clinic will start promptly at 9am. We ask those trailering in to arrive between 8am and 8:45am so we can get the trailers situated. All horses must have current Coggins and be up to date on vaccinations. If your horse is spending the night please bring his/her hay and grain. If you pre package your grain in Ziploc bags with your horses name we will be happy to feed him/her the mornings prior to the clinic when we feed our own horses. You will be responsible for bringing your horse’s feed bucket and for mucking your horse’s paddock. Rakes and wheelbarrows will be provided.