DressageClinic.com to Feature The Professional Riders Clinic and Symposium
Thursday, January 29, 2009
"I was excited to be invited and it turned out to be as great an experience as I thought it would be," said Bill Warren who rode with Romantic. It was his first time working with Hubertus Schmidt, but he had seen him teach before. "I saw him at a symposium two years ago and so I knew he was a good teacher. And now having ridden with him, I can say I couldn't be happier with the opportunity and I hope I get it again."
"I've heard nothing but good things about this symposium and the format. It's been very well received," Stano said. "This format has never been done in the U.S. before and so far, it seems that people really enjoyed it." Stano said there is no doubt in his mind that the symposium will be repeated in Florida next year. "And County Saddlery will be title sponsor again and we'll have Hubertus and Steffen back, as well as some other top clinicians."
Around 300 people attended the symposium hosted by Wellington Classic Dressage and DressageClinic.com. Noreen O'Sullivan and John Flanagan, managing partners of Wellington Classic Dressage, said the event went off without a hitch. "It went seamlessly well," O'Sullivan said. "The feedback afterward was very positive and everyone said it was such a great event they'd like to see it done again." She said the symposium met the two-fold goal behind its creation -- to be both educational and entertaining.
O'Sullivan and Flanagan said the symposium fit a mission of Wellington Classic Dressage to support the sport of dressage by making it more accessible and appealing. "One very nice thing about the venue was that we were able to set it up so that everyone was ringside right on the footing. No one had an obstructed view," Flanagan said.
Schmidt has a reputation for being not only an excellent trainer and rider, but also a great teacher and demo rider Shannon Dueck said that reputation certainly proved to be true. "Hubertus is an excellent communicator and one of the best trainers in the world. I was thrilled to be able to ride with him. I had a great lesson and got a lot out of it because he is very good at getting his point across." What she liked best of all, however, was watching Schmidt ride. "It was so educational to watch his reactions and what he asked of the horse and how. It was a good way to see how I want to ride."
It was a great educational opportunity and a wonderful way to share knowledge," he said. "The other nice thing is that I got to see a lot of my old friends from the dressage world."
Bruce Close of County Saddlery, winner Jenifer Aurillio, Hubertus Schmidt & Andreas Stano
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