Doma Vaquera Instruction by John Saint Ryan

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Doma Vaquera is one of the styles of equitation in Spain, another being Doma Clasica (classical equitation).

Doma Vaquera is a style of horse riding which enables the rider to carry out daily duties on horseback on a working cattle ranch. It was especially developed out of the use of the horse for handling the fighting bulls of Spain and grew out of decades of daily work with them in the open countryside.

The style of riding, tack, dress and discipline of the working horses evolved into what we see today. It is still being used on working ranches, in Doma Vaquera competition and more recently, Doma de Trabajo (working equitation).

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October 16: Equitation Science Lecture
October 16-18:
Horsemanship / Individual Lessons
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Read More about Tom Dorrance, the man who had such a tremendous influence on John Saint Ryan here in this book co-authored with Margaret Dorrance

Tom Dorrance More Than a Horseman


And then watch as John employs these gentle but effective training methods in his Instructional DVD

The Art of The Garrocha

The Art of the Garrocha

Modern Doma Vaquera competitions provide a challenging test for both the horse and rider. Practicality and precision are married together as the rider must be aware of the true nature of these tests which are performed in a 60m x 20m arena. At advanced level the requirements include all the maneuvers a horse would need to make when facing a fighting bull such as explosive gallops from a standing start, skid stops, lateral yielding and canter pirouettes.

art of the garrocha

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For the first time, the traditional Art of the Garrocha is completely explained and demonstrated by John Saint Ryan in a step by step process.  Now you can work in your own time with the traditional method John teaches at his Clinics.  This DVD will teach you how to develop the skills necessary to practice this wonderful art of horsemanship as originally taught to John by such experts as Jose Manuel Martin de Leon.  This DVD, for Beginner to Intermediate, includes:

  • Exhibition Highlights from the National Championships

  • A brief history of the Garrocha

  • Exercises on Horseback with and without the Garrocha.

  • How to introduce the Garrocha to  your horse safely.

  • The Basic exercises at the walk and trot.

  • The Intermediate exercises at a gallop.


Winner of Regional Finals 2010


John Saint Ryan came to the USA 14 yrs ago with an English background of Classical Riding, he subsequently immersed himself in the western style of working with horses studying under the tutelage of the Masters of this work Tom Dorrance and Ray Hunt.

His passion and interest in Doma Vaquera stems from a visit to Spain almost 20 yrs ago.

He has concentrated on the discipline of Doma Vaquera with great success.

Here is a list of recent titles awarded:

PRE 1st Place Bull Fighters Class 2007

PRE National Champion Alta 2006

IALHA National Champion 2004 Basico

PRE National Champion Intermedio 2005

IALHA National Champion 2005 Alta

Siroco GF1 sired by Indiano XV111

YouTube videos featuring Siroco

Video 1 Movement

Video 2 Dressage

Siroco GF sired by Indiano XV111

PRE Stallion born June 29 2002 (IndianoXV111 x Tar-Sa-Sia). This stallion is self confident, assertive spectacular and super balanced. At 15.3h he has exceptional movement with an amazing extended trot. He is not spooky and quiet enough for an amateur with trainer. 

Sirocos pedigree thru his sire Indiano xv111 shows some of the purest and most admired qualities of that line of horses who trace directly back to the pure Cartujano horses. Indiano XV111 is a Spanish born treasure, representing the Romero Benitez bloodlines of Spain. Indiano was twice Champion in Spain. The legacy of genetic quality of this horse will be a great addition to any breeding program. 

Siroco GF was started under saddle correctly at age 4 he is a truly well balanced horse with a great diversity of skills. Now at age 10 you can ride him as a dressage horse in the morning and go test the bulls a la Garrocha with him in the evening. Featured in the DVD 'The Art of the Garrocha'. Excellent ground manners and handled daily without a stud chain. He was shown at the Regional Finals in 2010 and won First Place in the Doma Vaquera.

Proven breeding stallion, live cover available. Three of his get are available for viewing at the ranch also. Siroco has also been used as a lesson horse for Intermediate and Advanced riders.

2015 UPDATE: Siroco is no longer available for sale.


John would like to thank
Jose Manuel Martin de Leon

for his assistance in composing this web site.


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