Horses and riders with the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and the 2011 Pan American Games on the brain got busy in Florida over the weekend training with 2009 FEI World Cup Champion Steffen Peters and US Technical Advisor Anne Gribbons. Peters helped the riders before they rode a test in front of Gribbons. Gribbons is also an ‘O’ judge with one of the keenest eyes in the game for attention to detail. These USEF clinics are designed to provide guidance and instruction for future team horses and riders. This clinic was hosted at Betsy Juliano’s Havensafe Farm South in Wellington, FL and was a valuable opportunity for both horses and riders to gain guidance from some of the best in the sport.
“We tried a new format which consisted of a day of training and ‘warm-up’ with Steffen for the next day, when we had a morning ‘show’ in full dress and with video,” said Gribbons. “In the afternoon the participants sat down together and went through their test sheets with me and watched their performances. I commented and explained, and the riders asked questions and discussed their problems together in a very open and positive way. The next day we worked on fixing some of the movements and further improve some areas of the tests. Steffen was great with the riders and got a lot from them and their horses without stressing them. The horses looked as fresh and happy the third day as the first, only more through and working even better.”
The following riders took place in the clinic: George Williams, Elisabeth Austin, Melissa Taylor, Tina Konyot, Lauren Sammis, Shawna Harding, Tuny Page and Courtney King-Dye. For more information about upcoming clinics please visit the Dressage page at: www.usef.org.