Clinton Anderson Biography
Clinton Anderson was born and raised in Australia, where at the age of 6 his family recognized his natural ability with horses and cultivated his interest, buying him his first horse at age 9. Clinton began attending horsemanship clinics at age 12.
At age 13 he began playing Polo-Cross and was chosen for a national team representing his state. Clinton started his training apprenticeship full-time at age 15 with nationally acclaimed clinician and horse trainer, Gordon McKinlay of Rockhampton, Queensland. During the next two years, he started and trained over 600 horses under Gordon's expert apprenticeship.
At age 17, Clinton left Gordon McKinlay and began working for Ian Francis, nationally acclaimed Australian horse trainer in Gympie, Queensland. Clinton worked steadily with Ian for one year, and then used his knowledge and expertise to begin his own training facility.
Clinton continued his own training and clinics until coming to the United States in 1996 for a brief apprenticeship with Al Dunning, winner of multiple AQHA World Championships. Clinton then returned to Australia where he continued with his training business. At this time, Clinton began reining competition and placed third at the Australian National Reining Futurity in 1997. Clinton won the first go-around, and placed third in the finals – with only 1 point separating the top three horses. In October of 1997, Clinton returned permanently to the United States where he began training, touring and conducting clinics.
In April 2001, Clinton became the first horse trainer to launch a “made-for-TV” weekly training program broadcast on satellite television. The use of untrained horses and a variety of topics covering common problems faced by horse owners has made his show, Downunder Horsemanship, one of RFD-TV's most popular equine clinicians.
In 2003 and again in 2005, Clinton faced the country's best horse trainers and clinicians in the prestigious Road to the Horse Competition, becoming the first person to win the event twice in a row.
Clinton works hard to educate horse owners on how to be safe and effective while enjoying their horses. His training methods are easy to understand and designed to help horse owners get the results they desire.