View Full Version : Clinic vs. symposium?

Feb. 14, 2011, 10:54 PM
Maybe a dense question, but what is the difference in a clinic vs. a symposium? I've participated in clinics before, but our GMO is offering a symposium and has rider applications. So what is the difference in the format? Thanks!

Feb. 14, 2011, 11:03 PM
In a clinic a rider is usually paying for a lesson. You can audit, but the rider is the focus. In a symposium a rider is often selected (they may still have to pay a fee) so that in teaching the rider, the clinician can instruct the audience. A clinic focuses on the rider, a symposium focuses on the auditor.

Feb. 15, 2011, 09:34 AM
I agree with what Liz responded, I would just add that normally in a Symposium there is some auditor interaction with the teacher whereas a clinic the auditors are simply there to watch, so there isn't as much chance for questions (not that is doesn't happen, just more limited).

Feb. 15, 2011, 09:36 PM
Decent short article explaining the two:

These two popular educational formats are often seen in the equine industry as way to deliver education on a large, often public scale. However, there is often confusion between them by spectators.

But what's the difference between the two?

The main purpose of the symposium format is to educate the audience through living examples of theory.

This is done through using the rider as an illustrative extension of the instructor's theory. Riders are chosen by their current ability to solidly illustrate the theory and their education becomes secondary to the audience's experience.

For example: if the lesson is to teach the audience the bio-mechanics of flying changes and how they are achieved, a pair with great simple changes and inconsistent flying changes cannot be used. However a pair that can land big, straight, solid changes, that can do them repetitively, on various lines would be used instead.

Whereas clinics are specific intensive educational sessions for the horse and rider, where they are encouraged to hone and develop their personal skills.

These sessions are often used to serve and encourage a learning curve, trying of new processes and resolving issues via a different approach. The audience itself is indirectly educated through watching the learning process between rider, instructor and horse.

Depending on the prerequisites of the clinician, riders are chosen by level shown/schooling, their willingness to participate and improve.

The goal of Team EnGaged is to bring equestrian education through world class clinicians and premium facilities. Team EnGaged believes that education is the foundation of all progression and continually strives to provide educational opportunities for all who wish to learn.

The clinics are open to all participants who meet the requirements of the instructor.

Feb. 15, 2011, 11:51 PM
From Merriam Webster:

1 a : a convivial party (as after a banquet in ancient Greece) with music and conversation b : a social gathering at which there is free interchange of ideas

2 a : a formal meeting at which several specialists deliver short addresses on a topic or on related topics — compare colloquium (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/colloquium) b : a collection of opinions on a subject; especially : one published by a periodical c : discussion (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discussion)

Definition of COLLOQUIUM

: a usually academic meeting at which specialists deliver addresses on a topic or on related topics and then answer questions relating to them