I am a firm believer that education is the key to success. Therefore, I am always looking for new ways to become a better rider and trainer through the education of other great riders and trainers. As my aunt use to say “You can never learn to much.” I try to take advantage of all the education there is to offer with an open mind. If something doesn’t work for one horse or rider it might work for another. The following is the wonderful educational programs that I was honored to be a part of.
2012 Training through Clinics
February with Heather Bender
April 26 with Tom Poulin
May with 18-20 with Juergen Hoefler of Germany
June 2-3 with Tom Poulin
2010 - 2011
Continous training through Clinics with Ron Smeets of Holland during each visit to the US every 3 months and with Tom Poulin every 3 months.
Oct 1-4, 09 Ron Smeets of Holland
July 10-12, 09 Ron Smeets of Holland
May 1-4, 09 Ron Smeets of Holland
Feb 20-23, 09 Ron Smeets of Holland
Nov 7-9, 2008 Ron Smeets of Holland
November 18-19 2006 - USDF Region 3 Adult Clinic demonstration rider with Jan Ebeling on Bente D
December 1-4 Clinic with Pferdermeister, Juergen Hoefler of Munster Germany with Bente D
November 3-4 2007 Clinic with Ron Smeets of Holland
November 9-10 - Clinic with Pferdermeister, Juergen Hoefler of Munster Germany with Bente D
Dec 8-9 2007- Clinic with Lisa Wilcox
Previous Education 2000 - 2006
June 17 & 18 2006 - Clinic with Pferdermeister, Juergen Hoefler of Munster Germany with Bente D
Oct 2006 - Clinic with Pferdermeister, Juergen Hoefler of Munster Germany with Bente D
April 30-May1 2005 -Clinic with Pferdermeister, Juergen Hoefler of Munster Germany with Bente D and Romeo
Oct 20-23 2005 - Clinic with Pferdermeister, Juergen Hoefler of Munster, Germany with Bente D and Klaske
January 12-13 2004 Sue Blinks Symposium
Sue is a great all around person with a lot of great ideas. Sue interacted with the audiance well and explained the levels and what is expected out of the levels. She was very willing to answer questions from the audiance throughout the symposium. I had a fantastic experience being a Prix St George demonstrator rider with Guardian in this symposium.
April 6-7 Michael Poulin Symposium
Michael really focuses on each rider and does a great job of explaining to the audience of what is correct in the movement. We started our first piaffe work in this symposium as a demonstrator rider at Intemediare 1 with Guardian. The audience really appreciate seeing a demo of a horse starting piaffe for the first time.
April 20-21 Michael Poulin Clinic
Michael continued to work piaffe and passage with us. We also worked on getting the canter pirouette tighter and more through. He sent us home with new homework assignments and great strengthening exercises.
Oct 4-7 Dressage Clinic with Jurgen Hofler
What a breath of fresh air from this talented German trainer. Jurgen really worked on getting our piaffe more collected and defined. Guardian really moved into a new spectrum with his piaffe. His great passage got even more spectacular as the days went by. We also concentrated on the canter piroutte and started our one tempis.
Oct. 19-20 USDF Lendon Gray Symposium, “Back to the Basics” sponsored by Crossroads Dressage Society.
What a wonderful well run symposium. Lendon did a wonderful job interacting with the audience and focusing on each horse and rider having the basics down at their level before moving on. As a demonstrator rider with Guardian at Intermediare 1, she focused on lightness and quickness of the aids and reminded us that the neck should be able to flex in any position and the horse should still do the movement. The horse's vertebrae of the neck is flexible but the vertebrae of his back is not so if you are asking for a right canter departure you should be able to flex the horses neck to the “left” and he should still pick up the right canter. We demonstrated this counter flex in the tempis and the canter pirouettes. This was a great exercise and really made you realize that the straightness of the movement is not focusing on the straightness of the neck but of the back and hindquarters.