Today was educational and fun. I went to Chicago to watch George Morris teach another Gladstone Series Clinic. Diane Carney invited me again to demonstrate flat work. George taught 2 sessions in the am. He rode a horse in each group. His lessons and honesty are refreshing, always. For the stable management, Jen Alfano is helping the riders. Dr. Deb Bennett gave an interesting talk on horses' anatomy, with a scull and vertebrae.
My demonstration was fun especially because I got to ride an old friend, Creata Van Ten Biessen. They had no idea I knew the mare. She was always very special and was in my stable for several years. She was a pleasure to ride again. I shared what I think are important exercises and concepts for riding, following up on George's lessons.
These riders are very fortunate to be able to attend this kind of educational clinic. It is a wonderful introduction into the Whole Program of becoming a great horseman. It's not just the riding and finding the distance. It's the management of your horse and you. Good luck to all of them!
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