Finding balance in our work, in our personal life and in ourselves is valuable but it resonates in the literal meaning while riding. It could mean finishing a clear round or finishing on your rear end - balance.
On March 16/17th , 12 riders joined together for a two-day clinic from our guest instructor, Maeve Drew. The pre-season clinic refreshed the students on five fundamental points; they are applicable across disciplines be it in a dressage test, cross country course or stadium round.
Our job is to prepare the horse to do their job. Maeve stressed that we can get away with losing one of the five points, but two or more and we make it a lot harder for the horse to jump the fence. When this happens, we need to know how to ride an imperfect approach, correct it and then move on to the next fence.
The five points are:
Quotes overheard at the clinic:
Ashley Sudds said, "My horse and I really enjoyed ourselves riding in Maeve's clinic. She had five simple steps to remember and was very encouraging! I wouldn't hesitate to participate in another one of her clinic's in the future."
Thank you to Maeve Drew!!
Maeve is an Equine Canada Level One Coach and competes at the preliminary level with her lovely mare "Capriola" . She was born in Ireland, immigrated to Canada when she was two and currently resides on her farm in the Cowichan Valley with her husband. Maeve loves her job competing and teaching 6 yrs old to 70+ years students.