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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Two Birds, One Stone

I've started working on my goals for 2020. Particularly the one on supporting horse events.



 I live in an area with quite a few horses but all of the events I attend require me to travel at least an hour by trailer. For me, a dressage person, it doesn't feel that there's a real community in my, well, community. But I know that they are out there. Some I even know personally.
Riding with friends is fun

I really enjoyed attending Karen's clinic last year. I was hoping that there would be one this year. And then I realized that I could just try to host one. I reached out to a fellow rider who takes lessons from Shanea and she was quite interested. I spoke to Karen and she was game.
screen shot from last year's clinic

After a bit of back and forth we settled on a date and a format. It will be a little different because it will be split between mine and Krista's stable. But I think it's completely doable. Right now we have 3 people signed up and more interested.

It's been years since I planned a clinic. I'm not really sure what I'm doing but I'm sure that we'll figure it out.

It also helps me to target my other goal of working on my seat.

I'm quite excited to see if we can get this going. And it will be fun to have something happening here.  If you're interested check out the event page on FB or drop me a line. I'll send you the info.

2020 here we come.




18 comments:

  1. I wish I could find any clinics even as auditor around here. I probably just don't know enough people, because there are horses everywhere. But even looking in magazines and searching online, I cannot seem to find anything. Then again most of these theoretical clinics are probably teaching skills you need an arena or roundpen to go home and practice. This is why I don't have any subscriptions to magazines anymore. I found most of the articles were about arena exercises. Anyway your blog is an encouragement to me, even when I am lazy about commenting.

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    1. It can be really frustrating. I don't have the room for many people to be overnight which is one of the reasons we are splitting it. I am hoping that local people attend and trailer in and out for the day. That can work quiet easily. One thing you could do is bring people together as a social group and see what evolves from there. Maybe put signs up where horse people may go. Or on the internet.

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  2. Fun! I've toyed with the idea of opening our farm up to clinics or fun shows. We have the room, but then I get mired down in insurance needs ( since it is my private farm we don't have insurance to cover others riding) and haven't moved forward at all

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    1. Your farm would be perfect. here we have a provincial association that insures members. I will also have people sign a waiver. But our system here is different than in the U.S.

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  3. That's so exciting! Can't wait to read how it all goes!

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    1. IT is exciting. I'm looking forward to it.

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  4. Brilliant! Organizing your own clinic is a great way to get what you want/need. It is also a ton of work. It's great to have an assistant help when you are riding, so that you can focus on enjoying the clinic too.

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    1. Having an assistant is a good idea. I will see what I can arrange

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  5. Sounds like a great idea and it should be a lot of fun to organize and take part in. You can do this, you seem like a very organized person who knows how to get things done!

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    1. LOL, thank you! I do try to get things done...

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  6. Omg how exciting!!
    Planning clinics is an absolute blast (and headache sometimes!). Fingers crossed it goes off without a hitch!

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  7. Oh man good luck!! Hosting clinics is no small undertaking (basically herding cats right?) but is such a great way to make your hopes reality! I’ve toyed with the idea a couple times but never got further than trying to coordinate dates between clinicians and facilities managers....

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    1. It can be daunting and I hummed and hawed about it to be honest. But it seems that now I'm committed. :)

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  8. For a horsey areas we have a surprising lack of riding clinics so I am very jealous of your opportunity!

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    1. Once you get settled you could create an opportunity. Although clinics are tricky. Here it's hard to get people to commit. Either it's too expensive or people think the cheaper ones aren't worth it.

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  9. I used to LOVE hosting clinics, it is like party planning, but with people who are happy with pizza and a lawn chair as long as they get a little extra time in to listen to the clinician. I am sure you will do an amazing job!

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    1. Yeah, we're definitely going to be pizza (and maybe beer). :)

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