On October 23rd 2016 CDCTA, and Oak Wood Farm held a clinic with Ann Guptill, generously hosted by CDCTA President Ann Bowie at Horse Power Farm in Canterbury CT. Originally the location for the clinic was at Oak Wood Farm, located in Preston CT, however due to heavy rains that weekend we had to put an emergency plan together. With quick thinking we were able to switch locations to Horse Power Farm, whose lovely ring was in perfect condition.
Our volunteers were awesome, and participants were very flexible and cooperative with the snap location change, and even having their ride times altered. The day was rather brisk and breezy, occasionally we lost a Dressage letter hostage to the wind, and the horses behaved rather well considering the challenges that a windy day represents! Overall it was a great success; we had 8 riders of all different levels, with all different types of horses and ponies. The clinic was titled Prescriptions for Higher Scores, and was designed to focus on common errors the judge sees in the show ring, and provide a solution to improve the movement. Riders had the option to ride a test of their choice, and have Ann Guptill score it for them to take home and continue to work from, or they could just use the time to lesson. Ann gave wonderful instruction to everyone on a wide array of topics. Everyone walked away with new ideas to troubleshoot problems they had been facing. One family quoted, “We got so much out of this! It was a huge help!”.
In addition to riding or auditing with Ann Guptill, two lessons with her were donated to the club by Oak Wood Farm, to be raffled off, and raffled off they were! Congratulations to Suzanne Weed and Ashley McCullough! Although there were a number of challenges we faced at the last minute to get this clinic off the ground, we pulled together as a team and made it happen. In the end the day itself rolled along quite smoothly! Great job everyone! Stay tuned for more exciting opportunities and learning experiences with our great club!
By, Chrissy Capacchione
Clinic and Event Participants.