Join Stacey McCoy of Allison Creek Farm for a clinic to get yourself and your horse ready for the approaching warm weather. It is almost time to be hitting the trail regularly! We all need a little confidence boost to build trust and communication with our equine partners! Participation is full! If you would like to be on the waiting list, please fill out the registration and we will notify you in the event of a cancellation. Auditing is free!
Saturday, March 11, 2017
9am – Tack and Gear workshop with local leathersmith Susan Akins. Everyone knows that one of the fundamentals of horseback riding is having safe, practical, usable tack (a little bling never hurts though, right!?) We will walk through how to how to clean and inspect tack for safety and usability.
10:30am – 2 hour clinic. Focus of the clinic is building seat aids and balance. The purpose is to improve confidence through the keystone aids of the seat. We will start with a little ground work then work through some grids focusing on trot-canter transitions.
12:30pm lunch – Please bring your own lunch. We will be discussing knots during lunch.
After lunch we will be out on the confidence course until 4pm. Stacey will be present to help you and your horse work through your questions.
Dr. Dana Peroni of Covered Bridge Equine has agreed to join us in the afternoon perform chiropractic adjustments for horses. Cost is $100 per horse and your horse will need to rest after it’s adjustment. Due to the physical nature of the job, she can only adjust 6 horses. Space is limited! Please indicate on your registration if you want to sign your horse up for an adjustment.
We are talking to Dr. Bryan Hooper of Eastside Chiropractic about joining us to perform chiropractic adjustments for humans!! Let us know if you are interested, and so we can get back to him with a number.
Jennifer Elder will be joining us to take photos! Thank you Susan, Dr. Peroni, Jennifer (and hopefully Dr. Hooper!) for joining Stacey to make this a fun and informative event.
Please complete the online registration below via Google Forms. After your registration is accepted, you will receive a confirmation email with more information about the clinic and how to pay the fees.
The Ultimate Horsemanship Challenge is a fun-spirited, family oriented competition where horse and rider teams complete obstacles and are judged on horsemanship, confidence, trust, and communication. The sport is designed to promote community and camaraderie with special attention to the mental and physical health of our horses.
2017 Challenge dates (third Saturday of the month) and locations:
March 18th – Allison Creek Farm
April 15th – Mulberry River Farm (scroll for address)
May 20th – Allison Creek Farm
June 17th – Mulberry River Farm
September 16th – Allison Creek Farm
October 21st – Mulberry River Farm
At 8am registration opens
At 9am we walk the warm-up course with the judge. The first rider to start immediately following walk through with judge. Competition start time varies depending on number of entries in warm-up, we usually get to it around 11 or so.
Competition first, second, and third place win money (a percent of entry fees!).
October 29th (10a-5), October 30th (9a-1) at Allison Creek Farm.
Mike Branch’s clinics help students set and reach new goals as well reiterate communication between horse and rider. The format laid out is not a beginner arrangement. However, no rider is expected to know, or have mastered any of the proposed exercises prior to attending the clinic. The clinic is intended to point or guide you into the next phase of you and your horses journey together. “Mastering” each technique may or may not happen, it is a road map, if you will to yet another place for you to set a goal to attain.
The Wrap Around for a Soft Feel Throughout the Body
On-Line Circling for Impulsion Through Transitions
Understanding the Importance of Flexion
Rein and Leg Position and Authority
Picking Up Flexion on the Circle
Serpentine for Feel at the Walk
Feeling Your turns
The Cloverleaf Pattern for Feel
Warm-Ups on the Cloverleaf
Warm-Ups on the Serpentine
Transitions from Walk to Trot
Trotting the Serpentine
Trotting the Cloverleaf
Transitions to Canter
Simple Lead Changes
Mounted work should be done in a snaffle bit or bosal.
Participation: $275 for the weekend
Audit $20/day or $35/weekend
Registration is full. Any requests for participation will be added to the waiting list, and will be contacted in the event of a cancellation. Please consider volunteering (we need 2 people), or joining us as an auditor.