Schedule Announced for the 2016 Robert Dover HorseMastership Week

Thursday, December 31, 2015
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Robert Dover (Photo: Mary Phelps)

Auditors are not going to want to miss out on the star-studded educational line up for this year’s Robert Dover HorseMastership Week. The clinic dates are January 5-9, 2016 as a kick-off to the winter season in Wellington. The clinic is designed to offer the top junior and young riders from across the country access to lessons with top riders and trainers and also presentations from top professionals in the industry.

The clinic is open to all auditors who would like to take advantage of this incredible educational opportunity. The clinic will start each day at 7 AM with a fitness routine designed for athletes by Mike Barthowlemy. Next on the agenda will be lessons for all of the participating riders.

The clinic will have three rings set up under the VanKampen covered arena at the Global Dressage Facility. On the first two days of the clinic (January 5-6), the trainers will be Robert Dover, Charlotte Bredahl-Baker and George Williams. On the last two days of the clinic (January 8-9), the trainers will be Robert Dover, Steffen Peters and Laura Graves. The middle day of the clinic (January 7) is filled with educational presentations only to give both the kids and their mounts a day of rest.

In the afternoons, the participants and auditors will be able to listen to presenters from all aspects of the sport. Listed below are the presenters:

January 5: (afternoon) Saddle Fit with Charlie Tota, master saddle fitter from The Dressage Connection; Laura King, Sports Performance Coach; Ice Horse demonstration by Liv Gude.

January 6: (afternoon) Dr. Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, Equine Locomotion and Biomechanics expert; Endel Ots, Kim Herslow and Mary Cameron Rollins together speaking about their experiences at International Championships and how to transition from Young Rider to Dressage Professional

January 7: (all day) Dr. Rick Mitchell, USET Team Dressage Vet; Jane Savoie, international rider and trainer, author of several books including, “That Winning Feeling;” Janet Foy, FEI 4* and USEF “S” judge speaking about how to improve your scores at competitions; Ken Braddick, local media expert, owner of “Dressage News” web news site, speaking on how to interview at a competition.

January 8: (afternoon) Hannah Niebielski, USEF representative speaking about the opportunities available to youth riders through USEF; Field Trip to Oded Shimoni’s barn to watch afternoon training sessions.

Auditors will be welcomed either by pre-registration or pay at the door. Adults are $30/day or $125/week; Youth/juniors are $10/day. All donations are tax-deducible through the Dressage 4 Kids Inc.

This event would not be possible without the generous sponsorship from so many individuals. Sponsors include: Michele Hundt/Show Chic; Adam Pollack/White Fences Equestrian Center; Beth Heist/The Horse of Course; Charlie Tota/The Dressage Connection; Nina Howie/International Riding Helmets; Nike; Alexandra De Armas/HorseBox; Ice Horse; Kim Boyer/Hampton Green Farm; Equestrian Sport Productions/Michael Stone; Mark and Catherine Bellissimo; Gold Coast Feed; Terri Kane/Diamante Farms; USDF Region 5; USDF Region 4; Rosie Simoes/Flying Dutchman Farm; Dressage4Kids; Todd and Amy Collom; Lisa and Ayden Uhlir; and last but not least, Diane McNulty.

If you would be interested in helping to sponsor this event, we still have a few spaces available. Please direct all questions about sponsorship or clinic questions to Annie Cizadlo, 218-349-3452 or email: kodeater1@yahoo.com.