The final day if my clinic was excellent. Again, I took them out of their comfort zones by giving them some unusual exercises. Each rider did their best to "let go and figure it out"! The challenging exercises were about trusting their horse and doing less. Gradually each one learned how to go with the horse, trust and follow. It is wonderful to watch. To hear many of the riders remark on how they had to do less, trust their horses and it all went much better! The hoses appreciated their more sensitive riders. They have learned some new awareness and feelings. Now they can continue to grow! I wish them all the best!
I am extremely excited about my annual Clinic here at my farm, Market Street! I enjoy having riders in to see how we operate, keep our horses and stable. My sponsors are always very generous with their giveaways and prizes. Several of them will be present to speak and answer questions about their products.
I feel quite inspired after the indoor jumping season. Doing some commentary for the international and World Cup classes at The National, helping Hunter in the Under 25 division and the Maclay Finals. Truly observing our U.S. Pipeline. Our Federation, Robert Ridland and Diane Langer have been putting together a map of how kids can move through the Equitation, Junior Jumpers, Young Riders, Under 25, Grand Prixs and eventually to the U.S. Team.
Having started myself as a little kid riding and getting to the Olympics and other Championships, I understand the journey and progression. I have also helped other riders along this pathway from Juniors to Young Riders, Grand Prixs, World Cup Finals, WEG and Olympics. It is an exciting and exhilarating journey. It is not for the complacent or faint of heart. Every rider is on their own path and will go as far as is right for them.
I've really enjoyed watching from the USET Finals through Kentucky with our talented group of U.S. kids. Seeing riders and trainers who won in the Juniors and are now Olympians or top Grand Prix riders is always interesting. It is important that our top young riders get the chances and opportunities to grow and develop into the best U.S. riders for the future of our sport and teams.
Through my experience, I am to be able to help some of them pursue their Dreams. Sometimes just through a word of advice, an answer to a question, a lesson or training. This sport has been incredible to me. By helping our future riders, I feel I can give back to the sport and the horses!
Good job to all of the riders at The US Medal Finals! Congratulations to Spencer Smith for winning this prestigious class. Hopefully it is just the beginning of more great victories in his career. I was extremely proud of Hunter's riding today. Her trips were smooth and focused with a beautiful position. She just missed the final ride off, placing 6th, in the end!
It is fun to watch these kids develop, some I have worked with in clinics or lessons, seen them at shows or judged them. These Equitation Championships are stepping stones to becoming a team and International rider. The discipline, focus, good days and bad days are all part of the Journey to becoming a true Champion. Our future US teams need these educated, hard working and talented young riders. Good luck to all of them!
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It was a very exciting day at The National today. Hunter rode her Any Given Sunday beautifully in the Maclay Finals. Her first jumping round was flawless. The judges called her back on top! In the flat phase, she looked outstanding. She executed all of the tests correctly. The top 15 returned to jump again. After the flat, she was still on top, returning last! The round was ridden perfectly as well. The judges decided they needed more testing. Hunter traded horses with Tori Colvin. They jumped the same course, Tori returning first. She had a great trip on Sunny. Hunter had another solid round, until the final line. She ended up adding a stride, beautifully. It was an add however, so she ended up second! She held up to the pressure all day. I was very proud of her. A big Congratulations to Tori, she rode very well and deserved to win today!
The courses were excellent with the questions they asked. It was a super competition for the kids to learn and test their skills. It is a wonderful stepping stone to the Young Riders & Under 25 type Championships. The need of riding skills and riding under pressure. It was fun to watch all of the kids ride today.
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