To provide Ontario’s developing equestrian athletes coaching and mentoring and to raise funds and awareness for Ontario’s equestrian athletes participating in the OHT program who compete as a Canadian at a CDI 3* or higher, Canadian Team Event or event approved by the OHT Board of Directors.
Ontario Has Talent keeps getting bigger and bigger. The first of the clinics, the Diane Creech clinic had a good turn out. The Tom Dvorak clinic ended with an even bigger turn out and it just snowballed from there. A high tea fundraiser and fashion show seem to get the stage and proved that this organization started by two dressage moms was going to be BIG and for all the right reasons!
The latest clinic held by Cara Whitham had 32 riders in total over a 3 days period including a ton of spectators. This clinic proved to be a big hit and set in motion the need to hold a symposium! Now I can't reveal any details as their still in the works. But its going to be MASSIVE and totally awesome of course! For now the organization has developed a silver and gold clinic series. The gold being a high level judge or Olympian and the silver being a highly regarded and accomplished rider. Now there is a criteria for these clinics..
Eligibility of who can ride in the 'Ontario Has Talent Gold Clinic Series'
Horse/rider combinations who live and train in the province of Ontario by or before December 31st, 2012 and who have declared or are planning on declaring for the NAJYRC, are competing in the calendar year at CDI’s in the FEI Pony, FEI Junior, FEI Young Riders, FEI Young Rider World Cup, FEI J/YR Grand Prix and FEI Young Horses
Eligibility of who can ride in the 'Ontario Has Talent Silver Clinic Series'
Horse/rider combinations who live and train in the province of Ontario by or before December 31, 2012. This program is open to all horse,pony/rider combinations who have not declared for a team or are not ready for CDI competition and are competing or planning on competing up to and including Third Level. It is open to all age groups.
The Silver Series clinics are provided by Canada’s Elite Athletes (Equine Canada A, B Listed Athletes and/or previous Young Rider’s) and EC Recognized Judges.
These are the clinics that are scheduled so far. They will all be held at Julie Watchorns farm, Stirling Hill in Schomberg Ontario.
Olympian Belinda Trussel
& Julie Watchorn February 23 -24
Olympian Cindy Ishoy
& Jon Costin March 16-17
Olympian Ashley Holzer April 27-28
Olympian David Marcus TBA
Olympian Evi Strasser TBA
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