Today was clinic day at Sue’s barn! The first of the season! What started as a group of four students one day a month has grown to include Fridays as well! I was on hand today as an observer, for I’m not quite ready to jump into lessons. I’ve started my own horse’s tune-up and will start attending soon!
Deb Dougherty, President of the Central Washington Dressage Society, is our instructor. She has a knack for assessing each horse and rider, and knowing what’s needed for each. I’ve been the beneficiary of her tutoring in the past with my Thoroughbred, Boss. I’m looking forward to the new season and Deb’s insights!
Today, Cindy and her Quarter Horse mare, Dot, were working on her focus. Dot comes from a barrel racing background.
Andy, an eventer, was putting her young Thoroughbred, Indie, through his paces.
Janice and her Quarter Horse, Buddy, are both learning Dressage from the ground up and master a new skill every lesson. Janice and Buddy come from a trail and endurance background.
Sudi and her Warmblood Duncan, were having a great ride renewing their partnership.
Sue and Winslett were progressing their relationship, as theirs’ was a new pairing from last year.
Another rider was in the queue, with a few observers enjoying the interactions. Sue is a most hospitable hostess, having the coffee on, and allowing the use of her private arena!
I enjoyed reacquainting myself with the group camaraderie!