Day #1 of the riding clinic

When day 1 started out with Bill’s Donuts, I knew we were in for a great day (thanks, Jessica!)  The first few dressage and jumping lessons went very well.  Elizabeth and Julie both had productive dressage lessons.   I ended up riding Aragon for Jessica and had an absolute blast.   I’m sorry that she wasn’t able to ride him, but glad for the chance to finally get to jump him.    Both Julie and Elizabeth put together some nice course work with their two mares.

Joy and Aragon
Elizabeth and Quinn
Julie and Sapphie

Jodi and Kelli rode in the next group.  Both riders did a fantastic job of working through some issues with their respective horses.  I think Jodi wins the award for the “toughest ride” of the day!  Great job, ladies!

Jodi and Socks
Kelli and Cavalier

Elizabeth rode McKinley for me in a short jumping lesson.  His footwork is getting better with each ride.  Today he did some bounce jump work, as well as some gridwork.  He is looking really cute!

Elizabeth and McKinley

Jacqui and Celine did a dressage lesson today.  The pair is working on consistent impulsion and getting on the bit.   They were starting to get some results by the end of the lesson.  Good job, Jacqui!

Jacqui and Celine

The last set of girls to ride to day included Emily, Corinthia, and Morgan.   The girls worked on their dressage skills and practiced their course work over some low crossrails.   They all did very well, and Emily had fun trying to teach Sully to pick up his feet!

Morgan and Ike
Corinthia and Lakin
Emily and Sully doing trot poles

Everyone did well, and the weather couldn’t have been better.  A big thank you goes out to everyone who helped out today…..jump crew, photographers, arena draggers,  grooms, etc.

Some clinic helpers/spectators

Lessons ran from 9am-6pm today, and will go from 11:30pm-4:30pm tomorrow with a whole new set of riders.  I am looking forward to it!

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