Learn What Dressage Judges Want with Olympic 5* Judges Stephen Clarke and Gary Rockwell at Pineland Farms’ December Symposium

Stephen Clarke. Photo by Mary Phelps
Stephen Clarke. Photo by Mary Phelps

The Equestrian Center at Pineland Farms in Gray, Maine, is proud to present a symposium featuring two FEI 5* judges, “Improving Performance Through Knowledge.” Pineland Farms is just a short trip from Boston where the USDF Annual Convention will be held December 3-6. Plan to visit Pineland Farms for this unique educational opportunity just in time to prime for 2015. Dressage riders and auditors are invited to join judges Stephen Clarke and Gary Rockwell, December 9-10, 2014, for top-notch continuing education. Pineland Farms is currently seeking horse-and-rider combinations to ride in the symposium, along with auditors of the course. Rider Applications are being taken until October 15. For more information on how to apply, materials required with the application, cost, accommodations, and who to contact with questions, visit http://www.pinelandfarms.org/news/files/171/auditor-rider-form.pdf

Topics to be covered include:

  • How to ride and train for competition
  • How to develop a “lesson plan” for your horse
  • Warm-ups and movements appropriate for each level
  • How to break each dressage movement down, what is being tested, and how to present your horse to the best of his/her ability
  • Quality movements and how to improve precision
  • Commentary from judges on tests ridden by participating horse-and-rider combinations
  • What judges are looking for
  • “Pet peeves” in dressage tests, shared from USEF judges in attendance
  • What a professional’s approach is to test riding that sets him/her apart, regardless of the horse’s talent

About Gary Rockwell - A former member of the United States Equestrian Team, Gary Rockwell represented the U.S. in competitions throughout Europe. He and his Danish mare Suna won a team silver medal at CHIO Rotterdam in 1993 and a team bronze at the 1994 World Championships at the Hague, Holland. A USA Equestrian "S" and FEI "O" judge, Gary clinics and judges worldwide, judge of Bejing and London Olympics.

About Stephen Clarke - Stephen Clarke is the FEI Official International Judge General and was head of the FEI Dressage judges’ panel at the Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games and the 2012 London Olympics. He has worked around the globe at all major dressage competitions, including 4 World Cup Finals, 3 European Championships, the World Games in Jerez, the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, the Olympic Games in Athens, the World Young Horse Championships, the Junior/YR European Championships and the Pan American Games. As a rider, Stephen competed successfully both nationally and internationally on his own horses Ulysses, Becket, Warlock’s Water, Enchante and Eternal Spirit. He was reserve rider for the 1988 Seoul Olympics with Becket. Stephen is a well-spoken, well-respected clinician worldwide, capable of solving issues with practical effective exercises.

Pineland Farms is a privately operated non-profit organization with a mission to create a regional training center for dressage athletes. Pineland Farms has hosted past symposiums featuring Stephen Clarke, Ashley Holzer, Michael Klimke, Christoph Hess, Angelika Fromming, and sport psychologist to the 2012 London Olympic Team, Dr. Jenny Susser. To keep up with future educational opportunities, follow Pineland Farms on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PFECdressage and online at https://www.pinelandfarms.org/equestrian-center