Joel Nelson


2017 Cowboy Clinic

This year’s Cowboy Clinic will be held on August 9th through the 13th at our sister ranch, Anchor Ranch, in Alpine Texas. Up to a maximum of six (6) riders can be accommodated. Non-riders who would like to accompany their riding partners are also welcome as long as they share the same bed! Come and see the treasures that Southwest Texas has to offer.

Joel Nelson will be your guide throughout your Texas experience.

Joel is highly respected in the world of cowboy poetry and recitation. He has appeared in many cowboy poetry festivals, including the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering which he co-founded. His CD “Breaker in the Pen” (2000) was nominated for a Grammy Award. In 2009, Joel was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was also the poet-in-residence at Rothbury, Northumberland in England. A Vietnam veteran and a former custom saddle maker, Joel is an excellent horse trainer and has worked on some of the largest cattle operation in the country. He lives with his wife, Sylvia, on the Anchor Ranch, outside of Alpine and raises Corriente and Angus cattle.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Supper will be at the Anchor Ranch Headquarters, the primary accommodations for the participants. This will be a time to get to know each other and find out more about your trip events.

Thursday, August 10, 2017
Breakfast will be served at the Anchor Ranch. The morning will be spent in instruction, getting to know your horse and preparation for your first ride. Lunch will be served at the Headquarters. The afternoon ride will be approximately 3-4 hours to develop your cow handling skills. Dinner will be served on the porch at the ranch!

Friday, August 11, 2017
Breakfast and lunch will be served at Anchor Ranch Headquarters. Today will be a full day of riding for 5-7 hours, moving cattle and sorting them for Saturday’s weaning. Supper will be held at La Casita, a local Mexican restaurant. If you are not too tired, a visit to the rodeo or star gazing party at the McDonald Observatory will be arranged.

Saturday, August 12, 2017
Breakfast and lunch will be served at the Chuck Wagon. Today is a full day of riding and cattle herding. Weaning and maybe a branding!! You will enjoy an evening of song and poetry at the Anchor Ranch!

Sunday, August 13, 2017
Breakfast at the ranch. Depart by car to the airport.


$2,250 per rider
$600 per non-rider
A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 is payable by June 15, 2017 with the balance payable by August 1, 2017. Please make checks payable to Anchor Ranch LLC.


The Anchor Ranch has three bedrooms and is where the riders will be staying. We will also provide tippees for those who want to make it a real cowboy experience. The house will be stocked with snacks, granola bars. An assortment of teas, great Texas coffee and local beer.