I enjoyed doing commentary on the Maclay Finals with George Morris and Mckayla Langmeier and Jumper classes with John Kyle at the National Horse Show in November. Congratulations to Hunter Holloway on winning the Maclay Finals! She was outstanding and I am very proud of her. Spending those days at the National Horse Show watching the future of our sport was inspiring! It was incredible to see kids of all ages competing in the Equitation Championships, the U25 Championships, some already in the International division and even the World Cup Qualifier. The U.S. has a very talented group of young riders working their way up the ladder! Our future looks bright!
I recently taught clinics at my farm, Market Street in Frenchtown, NJ, Hobby Horse Farm in Denver,CO and the Equine Pavilion in Park City, Utah. It is very rewarding for me to help riders and their horses from all over the country. At each of my clinics, the riders were open to learning and trying new things. I saw great improvements as each clinic progressed. I love to help them grow and see new possibilities!
I especially enjoy the November Market Street clinic at my home because I can share my teaching, and how our horses are cared for at Market Street. I am proud of my team and happy to show the standard we maintain. Many of my sponsors attended - Roy Burek with Charles Owen, James Sardelli with Hermès, Brian Solomita from Beval Saddlery, Mary Kate from ADT Tack and Cathy Sacher from Essex Classics. Several who couldn't attend in person sent fabulous products to raffle off! Roy gave an excellent informational talk on day 2 about helmet safety and concussion. Visit my Facebook page to see photos and videos clips from the clinic.
Left to right: Market Street Clinic auditors, Anne with James Sardelli (Hermes), Cathy Sacher (Essex Classics) and Roy Burek (Charles Owen), Sue Lockner and SLF Chablis participating in the clinic
Be sure your hunt cap or helmet fits properly! Don't just buy a helmet because someone famous or all of your friends are wearing a certain type. Find one that really fits your head well. Charles Owen is my helmet sponsor. They have numerous designs and shapes to fit various head shapes. I wear their GR8 and love the fit.
First of all, the fit is all about safety. A properly fitted helmet will stay in place to protect your head if you fall. The chin strap needs to be snug enough to keep it in place.
Secondly, that it is not moving around on your head when you are riding. I see riders adjusting their helmets after a jump, or in a turn, because it's slipped down over their eyes! This is unsafe and a huge distraction when you need to be looking where you are going and focusing on the next jump.
Thirdly, it should be comfortable. I can wear my helmet all day if necessary. You should not have a red spot on your forehead or any pain from it.
I have my helmet fit checked and adjusted if necessary by Roy Burek of Charles Owen at my Market Street clinic each year. Watch here
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