In usual style, the Jumping Clinic at Eastern Slope Ranch in Baker City, OR is always a blast. The students, some new and some repeats, were attentive and inquisitive.
Percy and Leslie Dickerson always do a nice job hosting the clinic. This year with the help of Kevin Rasmussen and others, they added a cross-country course to the ranch. They did quit a nice job of building fences and will continue to add to the course for seasons to come.
This fence was built all in fun specifically for long time student, Annika Anderson and her mount this season, Halo. They didn’t jump this obstacle, nor were they suppose to! 🙂
Saturday afternoon we schooled over a grid of gymnastics on the grass and then headed to the cross country course to school. Each horse and rider combination had an opportunity to practice jumping all the fences of the course, preparing for the following days competition.
Sunday morning found me sitting at the judges table, with scribe, Drea Rasmussen for the competitors Dressage Tests. It was the first time for me to see each of these riders actually in a competition. I am very proud of each one!
To wrap up the days Derby Competition, Leslie presented the awards. She went all out for the winners of each division. Awards for the clinic were also given to Marilyn Williams for The Most Improved Rider and Erin Swanson’s horse “Red” for The Most Improved Horse.
All in all, it was a terrific weekend. I look forward to heading back across the state for another clinic at Eastern Slope Ranch in 2015!
It is already July and that means it is time for the annual Jumping Clinic at Eastern Slope Ranch in Baker City OR. The clinic is on Friday and Saturday, July 18th &19th. The focus will be on dressage, hence flat work, and over fences. It is designed to challenge each rider, but to meet them at the level they are currently. It is open to riders of all experience and levels.
Sunday will follow the clinic with a Derby. Each competitor will have an opportunity to ride a dressage test and to take a derby round of fences. A derby is a combination of cross-country and stadium fences set on a cross-county course.
Eastern Slope Ranch always does a wonderful job of hosting and everyone seems to have a wonderful time. Details are available at www.easternsloperanch.com Come join us!
How exciting! A group of my hand braided lead ropes are on their way to the horse expo in Sacramento, CA. If you happen to be attending the expo, you can find the ropes in the LMF booth. Thank you Vern for taking them with you!
Who says that dressage horses should just know dressage? Here at In Motion Sport Horses, I think horses should have opportunities to learn and experience different things. In this group of pictures, Tinkerbell is learning to be a pony horse, while Esmerelda learns to be ponied.
The two mares, both of which compete at dressage, took to this new task readily. I told Tinkerbell if she needs a second job, she could get one at the track as a pony! She certainly would be the prettiest one there.
Tinkerbell made her show debut on April 27, 2014. She showed at Training Test 2 and 3, placing 2nd in both classes with scores of 72.5% and 66.2%. What a good girl! Her owner Catherine Ulrey and I are very proud of her grown up behavior.