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meet dennis

Dennis Reis

  • First Inductee into the Sonoma County , California Horseman's Hall of Fame

  • Wrangler sponsored

  • Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Gold Card member

  • Sponsor and author of the 2003 National Day of the Horse passed by unanimous vote in 2004

  • Founder of the California Day of the Horse, the only State recognized holiday for the horse in the nation, passed by a unanimous vote June 2002

  • Founded the Reis Ranch School of Universal Horsemanship in Penngrove California in 1985

  • Internationally recognized leader and expert in this method of dealing with horses

  • RFD TV show: featured clinician with a weekly show, shown 3 times per week since July 2002

  • P.O.S.T. Certified Mounted Law Enforcement Instructor

  • Featured in numerous publications such as The New York Times, People magazine. Western Horseman, Horse Illustrated, The Trail Less Traveled and Equus magazine. Columnist for Ride magazine 1992-1994

  • Featured for five consecutive years for a ten day run during the National Finals Rodeo at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV

  • Extensive No Dust Tour and clinic schedule across the U.S. States 2002 to current

  • Featured Clinician and key note speaker at top Horse Expositions across the United States

  • Numerous television and radio appearances

  • Farrier

Hi, I’m Dennis Reis. My life is devoted to the practice of horsemanship because the nature of the horse is what rings true to me, both inside and outside the arena. Over the years I have developed principles which are based on age-old horse handling methods. For over 30 years I have been teaching these methods and principles. The goal of my workshops is that you leave with a better understanding of how to communicate with your horse.


I have worked with and learned from some of the greatest horseman and women of our time. I have also had the opportunity to teach riders from all disciplines and worked with horses of all breeds. Over the years I have learned several truths about horses. One is that a horse never lies. The horse will be exactly as good as his human. When he has a choice, the horse will always make his own decision. And that decision will always be a reflection of you, the human. The nature of the horse is universal, no matter what discipline he is trained for or what breed he is. My Universal Horsemanship workshops are taught in an environment where the horse is allowed to express himself.


Students learn about the horse’s true nature through exercises that encourage the horse to make his own decisions without restraint or force. I also teach skills that enable students to act as herd leader to their horses. Because my students work with horse’s nature instead of trying to control it, they have willing, happy, safe horses.

Dennis and Deborah Reis have dedicated their lives to the goal of reaching as many people as they can with their proven Universal Horsemanship methods. Enhance any riding discipline without the use of fear, pain or intimidation. “Speaking to Horses” embraces the natural development of respect, communication, and trust.