The CDCTA never fails at hosting great events! On June 17, our members trucked up to Scarlett Hill in Groton MA for a cross country school with Alison Eastman-Lawler. It was a perfect day for galloping through rolling fields, as horses and riders alike learned a ton about maintaining confidence throughout a course.
Alison started off each group with a little pep talk, explaining how important it is to be the keeper of our own confidence. Each individual was encouraged to ride steady and stay in the moment. As a rider with a green horse, I quickly adapted to her idea of riding each fence as its own, rather than the concept of riding a course as one big question.
The sessions included a brief intro to different parts of a course; we schooled banks and water in addition to logs, coupes and ditches. Each session finished off with a course combining all of the jumps we schooled individually. Once we completed the course, we were to take a nice gallop up a hill lined with trees and fencing. It was absolutely priceless seeing everyone's smiling faces as they walked back down from their run.
I am so excited to have been able to work with Alison and I am looking forward to more cross country clinics in the future! Next on CDCTA calendar are the two schooling shows at Mystic Valley Hunt Club in July and at Westbrook Hunt Club in October. You can keep up with the schedule on cdctaonline.com or follow Connecticut Dressage & Combined Training Association on Facebook.
By: Cally Hencey
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