Parker, CO - February 27, 2014 - Every year the Colorado Horse Park (CHP) hosts educational programs and clinics for equestrians. CHP has put together a great series of clinics for 2014 for several disciplines, including the USHJA Emerging Athletes Clinic. "We are so excited about our educational program this year," said Vivien Van Buren, Director of Education and Entertainment at Colorado Horse Park. "We've assembled some of the country's best clinicians to share their tremendous wealth of knowledge with participants and auditors."
The 2014 CHP Educational Clinics:
April 18 and 19 Buddy Brown- Hunters/Jumpers
May 3 and 4 Brian Sabo-Eventing
May 9 and 10 Diane Carney-Jumper/Hunter/Equitation
May 24 and 25 James Atkinson-Eventing
August 4 and 8 Emerging Athletes Program Clinic with Julie Winkle
On April 18 and 19 Buddy Brown will be teaching a hunter / jumper clinic. An Olympic veteran and respected clinician and course designer, Brown has represented the United States in numerous international competitions including the Pan American Games, Olympic Games, and several Nations Cup teams. He studied under the great horseman Bertalen DeNemethy and has worked with masters such as Rodney Jenkins, Frank Chapot, Joe Fargis, Anthony D'Ambrosio, Michael Matz and George Morris.
On Friday, Brown will be working on flatwork and gymnastics. On Saturday, the clinic will focus on course work and material more applicable to the show ring. As a course designer, Brown recognizes that the amateur rider doesn't always associate the pace that the turn should start with the size of the turn. "I plan to give riders theories and concepts of balancing and turning," said Brown.
Click here for an entry form to the Buddy Brown clinic.
On May 3 and 4 Brian Sabo will be teaching eventing clinics. Sabo is the past President of the United States Eventing Association. He first competed in the sport of eventing in 1962 and is a major figure in the eventing world. In 1984, he was named leading rider. Also that year, Sabo designed and built the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Eventing show jumping course. He has coached both the Vaulting and Eventing Young Riders programs. Currently, Sabo is a member of the USEA Board of Governors and on the Executive Committee. He is also a highly respected trainer and a faculty member of the USEA Instructors Certification Program.
Brian Sabo has an individualized approach for his clinics. "I want to help my participants improve scores in all three phases of eventing, so we will see what they need help with and will adjust accordingly while covering flatwork, cross- country, and stadium jumping," explained Sabo.
Click here for more information about the Brian Sabo clinic.
On May 9 and 10 CHP welcomes Diane Carney for a hunter/jumper/equitation clinic. Last summer during the AA-rated "Summer in the Rockies" series, Diane Carney from Telluride Farm in Hampshire, IL gave an open water clinic. The sessions were so well received that CHP has asked her back. "I think the Colorado Horse Park is a special place," said Carney. "I grew up in Colorado and certainly there wasn't a place like this in the 70's. It is really a pleasure to be at Colorado Horse Park."
Carney is a USEF Licensed Official R HU/EQ, R Jumper, USHJA Certified Trainer and Clinician and as been a successful professional in the industry for over 30 years. The first day of the clinic, Carney plans a dressage warm-up, gymnastics and bending line work. The second day, Carney will lead flatwork exercises focused on position and balance, then more advanced gymnastics, lines and bending exercises. The advanced group will work on water jumps.
Click here for an entry form to the Diane Carney clinic.
On May 24 and 25 James Atkinson will be teaching cross-country clinics about pacing and speed. Atkinson and his horse, The Revisionist, have represented Canada twice at the World Equestrian Games and the Pan American Games, and competed twice at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Atkinson has experience at the highest levels of Eventing on numerous horses, currently on Carolyn and Robin Hoffos' horse Gustav where they placed individually 7th and won the team silver medal on the Canadian Equestrian Team at the Pan American Games in 2011.
When not riding and instructing, Atkinson works on designing and building cross-country courses throughout California and the Western United States, including a yearly trip to North Carolina. "My clinics will focus on helping riders understand how to jump solid fences at speed," Atkinson said. "The actual size of the fence and speed will depend on the level of rider but we will work to maintain balance and control."
Click here for an entry form to the James Atkinson clinic.
USHJA will hold the Emerging Athletes Clinic with Julie Winkle at CHP on August 4 through 8. Each year, hundreds of young riders apply to the popular USHJA Emerging Athletes Program (EAP) in hopes of furthering their education in the hunter jumper community. During the extensive four-day training sessions, riders will be instructed on flatwork, gymnastics, related distances, and course work. They will also work with some of the country's leading stable managers focusing on horsemanship skills and barn management.
To apply, contact the USHJA directly.
Click here for more information about the USHJA Emerging Athlete Program.
Van Buren suggests participants sign up early for the events this year. "Last year we filled up many of the events and had waiting lists. It is a good idea to plan ahead and enter."
About the Colorado Horse Park
The Colorado Horse Park was founded by visionary Helen Krieble, who acknowledged the need for a high-volume horse show and horse boarding facility to serve Colorado. The Colorado Horse Park welcomes more than 35,000 visitors per year and hosts over 40 competitions annually. CHP features a derby arena designed by Olympic designer Linda Allen and a cross-country course designed by Olympic gold medalist David O'Connor and eventing superstar James Atkinson. There are 300 permanent stalls with capacity for more than 1,000 stalls.
The picturesque property, located only minutes from the town of Parker, hosts international equestrian events in multiple disciplines. Visitors enjoy the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountain surroundings and access to miles of trails and open space. The Colorado Horse Park is committed to supporting equestrian education and amateur athletics, preserving open space, fundraising for local charities and supporting the community.
Visit CHP at: http://coloradohorsepark.com/