David's European schedule is quickly filling up! Hopefully, we will have enough interest and commitment to move forward with the June clinic. Otherwise, we will need to reschedule for later in the year.
HAWK’S RUN TRAKEHNERS AND LITTLE COVE FARM proudly presents
A Dressage Clinic With David William DeWispelaere
A Sampling of David’s credentials/career highlights:
David began riding at age 14 and quickly became hooked on dressage.
David successfully competed the mare, “Daktari” internationally and a year later, won at GP aboard Daktari at Dressage at Devon
He is very well known for training and competing his Rheinlander, “Figaro” from yearling age to GP and participated in the US Olympic Selection Trials
David has trained extensively with Gabriella Grillo, General Albert Stecken, the late Dr. Reiner Klimke, Wolfgang Michaelis, Jan Bremelmans, the late Herbert Rehbein and Arthur Kottas Heldenberg
In partnership with Hampton Green Farm, David was one of the first professional dressage trainers to import Spanish horses into the US (in partnership w/HGF) for the purpose of training and competing in dressage. David started young Iberian stallions and successfully competed from 2nd Level to PSG. He returned to Spain in 2002 with 3 stallions to compete in the National Dressage Championships and qualified on all 3 for the finals in Seville. David and the stallions ranked 4th in the top 11 of purebred Spanish stallions in Spain -- this has not been repeated to this day by another rider of non-Spanish origin
David runs the dressage stable “Branderhof,” an equestrian facility in the heart of Aachen
David is a significant contributor (rider and narrative) in the newly-released and world-renowned DVD, “If Horses Could Speak,” by Dr. Gerd Heuschmann, which accompanies Dr. Heuschmann’s new book, “Tug Of War,” both of which boldly and with superb 3-D computer animation educate and clearly illustrate the associated consequences of correct vs. incorrect training/riding
David is the co-author of a new training manual to be released in German/English Spring 2009 (in Dutch only at this time), “Paardrijden Met Gevoel II, co-authored with Tessa van Daalen. David's own book, "Sensitive Riding" was just released in Dutch and German
David was awarded the 2008 Piaffe Plaque by the German magazine, PIAFFE, which is awarded to personalities from the International equestrian scene who are singled out for their extraordinary merits in their work with horses and for setting the standards for “classical horsemanship” in its purest form
Closing Date: April 14, 2009 (may extend if we've got enough interest)
Location: Little Cove Farm, St. Leonard, MD (Calvert County) (new, well-lit indoor
facility w/excellent footing/parking/access w/adjacent full-size outdoor
Stabling: Limited stabling available - first-come, first-serve basis (details in rider
Cost: $175.00/ride (rider application and deposit of $175 are required to
reserve your slots)
Current Negative Coggins/vaccinations required
Cost to Audit: $10/day (advance registration encouraged; walk-ins welcome pending
Riders, horses and auditors at all levels encouraged to participate. Our goal for this not-for-profit clinic is to offer correct, classical dressage instruction and education at its best. Please contact Renee with any questions and for rider/auditor package at 410-535-7660 BEFORE 9 pm (leave message) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and happy riding!
Additional information about Dr. Gerd Heuschmann:
"German rider and equine veterinarian Dr. Gerd Heuschmann is well-known in dressage circles—admired for his plain speaking regarding what he deems the incorrect and damaging training methods commonly employed by riders and trainers involved in competition today. Here, he presents an intelligent and thought-provoking exploration of both classical and “modern” training methods, including “ hyperflexion” (also known as Rollkur), against a practical backdrop of the horse’s basic anatomy and physiology.
In a detailed yet comprehensible fashion, Dr. Heuschmann describes parts of the horse’s body that need to be correctly developed by the dressage rider. He then examines how they function both individually and within an anatomical system, and how various schooling techniques affect these parts for the good, or for the bad. Using vivid color illustrations of the horse’s skeletal system, ligaments, and musculature, in addition to comparative photos depicting “correct” versus “incorrect” movement—and most importantly, photos of damaging schooling methods—Dr. Heuschmann convincingly argues that the horse’’s body tells us whether our riding is truly gymnasticizing and “building the horse up, ” or simply wearing it down and tearing it apart.
He then outlines his ideal “physiological education” of the horse. Training should mirror the mental and physical development of the horse, fulfilling “classical” requirements—such as regularity of the three basic gaits, suppleness, and acceptance of the bit—rather than disregarding time–tested values for quick fixes that could lead to the degradation of the horse’s well–being. Dr. Heuschmann’s assertion that the true objectives of dressage schooling must never be eclipsed by simple “mechanical perfection” is certain to inspire riders at all levels to examine their riding, their riding goals, and the techniques they employ while pursuing them.
DR. GERD HEUSCHMANN trained as a Bereiter (master rider) in Germany before qualifying for veterinary study at Munich University. There he specialized in equine orthopedics for two years before accepting a post as the head of the breeding department at the German FN, which he eventually left to start his own practice in Warendorf. He has been an active member of the “hyperflexion” (previously referred to as Rollkur) debate, weighing in at the 2005 USDF National Symposium and the 2006 FEI Veterinary and Dressage Committees’ Workshop. Along with Klaus Balkenhol and other prominent figures in the dressage community, Dr. Heuschmann is a founding member of “Xenophon,” an organization dedicated to “fighting hard against serious mistakes in equestrian sport” (www.xenophon-classical-riding.org)."