Julie Cross

"The Anatomy of Straight Lines and Circles"

Preparation for Western and Cowboy Dressage

June 17-18, 2017  ~  9 am - 5 pm


Photo Gallery of event at the bottom of this page.


We are big supporters of Julie Renfro-Cross and her training style, which so emulates The Varian Way. Join us June 17th and 18th, 2017 as she hosts a Western Dressage Clinic here at Varian Arabians! 

To sign up for the clinic, call Gracie Patino at 818-970-6659 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Course Outline  -  Registration Form   -   Accomodations

Accommodations for the Julie Renfro-Cross Clinic at the Varian Ranch:

The cost for the two day Clinic to ride is $595.  Auditing is $50 per day.

The clinic will begin promptly at 9am and go until 5pm. Riders should be ready to ride at 9 am. The clinic will be hosted by Varian Ranch in Arroyo Grande. The facility will provide us with a choice of open pen $20 or inside stall $30 per night – this includes stall cleaning and shavings, but  you will need to provide feed.  Since they are an active breeding farm, a current vaccination certificate is mandatory for any horse coming onto the property (sorry no exceptions).  

There will be day camping available across the street for $25.00 per night or  if you have a portable pen with your Rv for  $40.00 per night.

Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be provided for an additional $25 per day (it is a bit removed from town so having everything on site will make your stay more enjoyable). If you have any dietary needs please let us know in advance. 

For offsite accommodations,  please check the Varian Arabian Website for a listing of local hotels or just contact me (Gracie)  and I would be happy to forward that on to you.


Want to save the hassle of hauling and use a Varian Arabians horse for the clinic instead?
Horses are available for $250 usage fee, and can be arranged directly with Varian Arabians. 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Angela Alvarez at (805) 489-5802.

Julie Renfro-CrossAbout Julie:

In my early teens, I was lucky to have parents that recognized that I needed a horse to coax me out of my shyness. It worked! I was involved in FAA shows and projects with my horse. Early on I competed in Hunter Jumpers, Halter, English and Western Pleasure. As time evolved I found that I wanted to bring out the best in my horses natural talents since I had a variety of breeds and color breed horses.

I’ve had the opportunity to spend countless hours riding with professionals and equestrians that have inspired my continued goals. I have thousands of hours participating in and at Horse Expo’s, seminars and demonstrations. I believe there should be a balance of ground skills as well as riding and a respect for leadership.

What I focus on is the rider riding the whole horse, creating a mental and physical connection. What is helpful is to have goals whether it is in the Western or English disciplines…find what fits you. I have had the good fortune of being mentored by a select few horseman.

I have owned and learned from many breeds of horses. An Arabian horse has been the most consistent breed I have had. I have had a Padron son, Khemosabi ++++// grandson and a son of Maclintock V, “Jamboree V”.  I‘ve found that the Arabian horse is the most versatile breed for what I want. (Cow work, Dressage, Reining and trail riding)

This is where I am attracted to Western Dressage. It takes so many equestrian specialties into account and offers a spirit of encouragement. After all, the competition is between me and my horse, not so much for the ribbon.

Julie Renfro-Cross

To learn more, visit www.JulieRenfro-Cross.com. To sign up for the clinic, or call Gracie Patino at 818-970-6659 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Photo Gallery from the Event!