The Upper Canada District Canadian Horse Breeders (UCD) is holding a riding/jumping clinic with coach Simon Abblitt. The clinic will be held on March 26 at Hidden Meadow Farm in Orton, ON. Participants of any riding level and from any riding discipline are invited to attend. Auditors are also welcome.

The UCD clinics are fun and supportive clinics that have something for everyone. There is generally a mix of dressage riders, jumper riders, western riders and trail riders; and both the riders and the horses vary in level of experience. It is a great opportunity to attend a small clinic in a stress-free environment. 

The coach will focus on whatever the participant would like to do - whether you are a novice rider who would like to improve an aspect of your your riding on the flat at a walk, or a pleasure rider who would like to get more experience 'off-property', or a competitive rider looking to more accurately ride a series of jumps. At the last clinic, one horse was even introduced to free-jumping!

Here are the details from the UCD events page:

Ride/Jump Clinic - With Simon Abblitt
Location: Hidden Meadow Farm, Orton, ON
March 26, 2011

Riding and Jumping Coach, Simon Abblitt, will instruct 5 to 6 horse and riders individually during the day starting at 9:00am. Riders will range from complete novice riders to advanced jumping levels. Improve your riding skills and jump techniques. Riders wishing to focus on flat work or lunging over jumps are encouraged to take part.

Contact information can be found on the Hidden Meadow Farm page.

We hope to see you there!


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Hi Laura! There are more clinics being planned for the future, so maybe you can make it to a later one. They are a fun way to network with other people who love Canadian Horses. :)

If your profile location is current, then you are quite close by. You may want to check out the Futurity and Show in Orangeville in the fall. It is a fun and relaxed show... its focus is for Canadian Horse owners and fans to come out and enjoy the horses.

Have a good moving day. Hopefully we will see you at a Canadian Horse event sometime!

Hi Laura,

Having no experience in halter classes is not a problem at all... everyone is so helpful and supportive. It is a very relaxed show, and everyone is approachable and willing to answer questions or offer help. When we showed our young horse at the show 2 years ago, we had absolutely no experience in that sort of thing and were very nervous about the halter classes that we had entered. Breeders with lots of experience explained what to do, and they helped us to practice what we would have to do on the day before the show (we brought the horses on Friday so that they could settle in before the weekend of classes... it's not necessary, but it is a nice option, and the people who do so will have dinner and socialize that night).

The judge was also very supportive and gave clear directions. There is a novice showmanship class for people new to halter classes, and it's great because the judge gives extra direction on what to do and then at the end of the class will give pointers on how to improve presenting your horse.

If your horse is a stallion, then you can show in a bridle. If you do show in a halter, then it is recommended that you use a stud shank that is properly placed over the nose... just to give some extra control if he gets rambunctious. Otherwise exhibitors use a halter and lead shank... many use a chain run under the chin, especially for youngsters.

I hope that this helps, and that we see you (and Figaro) at the show, and/or a clinic sometime. :)



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