WALPOLE, MA - The weekend of October 26-27, 2013 marked the official grand opening of Aspire Farm in Walpole, MA. Co-owned by trainer Dave Thind, Aspire Farm is a full-service, sport horse training, rehabilitation and boarding center catering to the needs of Boston, MA and Providence, RI area riders and their horses. Riders from MA, NY and CT took part in the weekend-long clinic and open-house festivities. Both Saturday and Sunday featured 8 lessons from training to Grand Prix, as well as one jumping lesson. For the benefit of auditors, Dave took the time to explain classical riding theory; why each horse was warmed-up the way it was, the reasoning behind the chosen exercises, corrections to riders’ seats and the resulting improvement of rider and equine biomechanics. Lunch time biomechanics lectures on both days included the world famous stallion White Star, ridden bitless.
“My expectations were exceeded this past weekend at Aspire Farm’s grand opening. After a seven-hour trip from central New York, we were welcomed to the newly upgraded facility by Dave, his family, and staff. After several lessons and lectures, Dave’s well-rounded training techniques resulted in dynamic changes for me and my horse. I feel like a new rider with a new horse – a horse whose talents I can now tap into. Many thanks to all for a wonderful experience!,” stated Carol Morris, President of Cayuga Dressage and Combined Training.
Aspire Farm boasts 29-stalls, world-class GGT footing in both outdoor and indoor arenas, a heated viewing lounge, two tack rooms, new turn-out paddocks, designated lunging area and a walking-track for warm-ups, cool-downs and hill work. In addition, the farm has direct access to a system of picturesque and safe trails on conservation land.
"I have been blessed with the good fortune to have spent several winters in both Wellington, FL and Southern Pines, NC; and it is with great pleasure that I embrace a cold New England winter for the opportunity to stay in the Boston area so that I may continue to train with Dave at his new state-of-the-art Aspire Farm. I consider myself extremely lucky to board my horses at a facility where such detail is paid to their care, comfort and safety. The training is just spectacular, for both rider and horse; anyone fortunate enough to have watched even a part of the clinic this weekend was able to witness firsthand the ability Dave has to significantly improve a rider's ability to influence and communicate with her equine partner. Often times a tremendous difference can be seen in just one lesson. As if the facility and great training weren't enough, the genuine warmth of the environment makes it a joy to spend time there riding and being with our magnificent horses," said boarder Elizabeth Wallace.
Dave Thind holds a ‘Trainer A’ license from the German Equestrian Federation. Dave has trained horses up to the Grand Prix level of dressage and show-jumping. His students have been successful up to international levels in both dressage and jumping. Many are successful trainers in their own right. As a popular clinician, Dave works with riders of various disciplines who seek heightened communication and performance, based on the German training system and expertise in biomechanics. Dave’s ability to convey complex theoretical concepts and help riders not only to feel, but also to reproduce improvement, sets this trainer apart.
Dave has taught theory-based courses in riding and riding-related biomechanics at educational institutions such as the Westphalishe Reit und Fahr Schule Trainer School (GER), UMB Agricultural University (NOR), and Tveit Agricultural College (NOR). Watch for Dave as a featured presenter at this year’s Equine Affaire in West Springfield, MA.
To inquire about boarding, training or clinics, please visit www.aspirefarm.com