HIGH PLAINS DRESSAGE ADULT CLINIC

Julie Burt Stables
6796 E. Ponderosa Drive, Parker, CO 80138
Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

Entry Deadline Extended: June 19th, 2018

Please join us in participating in the 2018 Adult Clinic with guest USDF Certified Instructors Kathy Simard and Joan Clay. Both instructors have experience with riders of all ages and breeds of horses. They make riding and learning fun and have produced numerous horse and rider combinations earning many dressage awards! Also included: Informal & fun lunch with our clinicians! We look forward to spending the day with you!

NOTE: We suggest that horses are either okay to spend the day at the trailer or that you are able to shuttle horses to and from the facility so you can enjoy the full day of education. High Plains board members will be on site for assistance.

For adult riders of any ability, level, or discipline background! – $60 HP Members, $65 Non-members, $25 Auditing

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The High Plains Dressage Society hosted a Ride-A-Test in Parker, Colorado with USDF “L” program graduate and USDF certified instructor Julie Burt. We had riders participate all the way through the FEI levels. The 13 participating riders rode a test of their choice, were judged on it, and then had a mini-lesson to work on some of the points where they may need to clean up to get a better score at that level.

Riders worked on things like moving more forward, accepting the contact better, making more accurate figures, utilizing corners properly, how to get more sideways in your lateral work, flying changes, and more!

A huge thanks to all the members of the HPDS Board and volunteers that made this day so successful, as well as a huge thanks to Julie Burt for judging these rides and working with all of the riders.

Volunteering at these clinics is a tremendous educational opportunity and so much fun. If you’re interested in volunteering at future clinics, please contact Stephanie Figgins stephanieefiggins@gmail.com.

One very blustery day in March, seventeen young ladies came to work with their horses at the High Plains Dressage Youth Clinic. Thanks to the wonderful people at Iron Horse Farms in Elizabeth, we were all warm and safely tucked away in their spectacular indoor arena, complete with all the amenities any rider could dream of. From High Plains Dressage and all the riders and spectators, we sincerely thank Grant and Sharon Schneidman of Westmanton Stables for donating their gorgeous facility to the Youth Clinic!

USDF Certified Instructors Joan Clay and Julie Burt were our guest clinicians at this year’s Youth Clinic. Joan Clay is a United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Certified Instructor/Trainer as well as a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist. Joan has won numerous USDF and Rocky Mountain Dressage Society (RMDS) championships and year-end awards over the course of her showing career. She is also an RMDS Technical Delegate and the USDF Region 5 FEI Junior/Young Rider Coordinator. Joan also volunteers as a Chef d’Equipe for Region 5’s dressage teams at the North American Junior Young Rider Championships
(NAJYRC).

Julie Burt is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medal rider. She is also a USDF “L” program graduate and USDF certified instructor. Julie has trained many students and horses up the levels and specializes in starting young horses through classical dressage techniques with emphasis on the fundamentals. She loves sharing her knowledge and joy of dressage in her many lessons and clinics.

During our lunch break, Joan gave an introduction and answered questions on the USDF Junior/Young Rider Programs to the spectators and riders. For more information about the USDF Region 5 FEI Junior/Young Rider Program, you may contact Joan at jnclay@comcast.net. There are numerous educational opportunities, scholarships, grants, awards, recognitions and competitions available for young people from ages 10-21.

Joan took questions from the audience, the last of which was, “What exercises do you do for your core?” Joan proceeded to demonstrate a pretty amazing sequence of exercises she practices, including crawling with opposite hand/leg both forward and backward. Joan is truly an athlete!

Both Julie and Joan were amazing in their ability to quickly discern the riders’ levels and give kind suggestions for improvement. I’m always amazed how a good dressage instructor can spot my weaknesses in just one or two 20 meter circles. They worked patiently with each rider, never seeming to tire. The last rides of the day received the same quality instruction as the first ride of the morning. Everyone appeared well pleased and learned something about their horse and their riding. Those of us watching from the sidelines also received quite an education!

A HUGE THANK YOU to High Plains Dressage for their hard work in organizing this clinic for the young people. We also want to thank Stephanie Figgins, Olga Hendrickson, Una Schade, Lori Keilt and Ellen Seibert for all their assistance at the clinic – everything from poop scooping to preparing food to cleaning the kitchen. Thank you, ladies! And we’re looking forward to next year!

Volunteering at these clinics is a tremendous educational opportunity and so much fun. If you’re interested in volunteering at future clinics, please contact Stephanie Figgins stephanieefiggins@gmail.com.

The clinic was held at:

Iron Horse Farms
33591 Pine Hills Pl, Elizabeth, CO 80107
March 4th, 2018

RMDS has released the September 2017 Centaur. Be sure to read it! It highlights the 2017 RMDS Championships, a clinic with Suzanne Von Dietz, how to avoid show errors with Janet Foy, Beth Geier’s Century Ride and so much more! Be sure to keep up to date with what is happening in dressage in Colorado by reading the Centaur every month.

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