Dates: March 23 and 24, 2011
Three sessions: 2'6", 3' and 3'3" and above
Ride one day or two
Small auditor fees will be donated to Charity
Ann Thal (of Aiken) is organizing a clinic to bring Melanie Smith Taylor to Aiken March 23 and 24, 2011. If you are interested in attending as a rider, please contact Ann immediately at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-730-1165. She will provide pricing and further details.
Melanie is one of the most sought after clinicians in the country right now. She currently is the Co-Chair and founder (vision) of the Emerging Athletes Program of the USHJA and is the clinician who conducts ALL of the Level 1 clinics personally. This is a wonderful opportunity to ride with one of the best. You can also see her teaching style by googling her name on Youtube.
Be a part of this wonderful clinic.
I have organized and held many clinics with Ms. Taylor and we always have a wait list and people rave about her clinics. You will NOT be disappointed as a rider or auditor.
Melanie Smith Taylor's show jumping achievements are well known. From an early childhood on a farm in her home state of Tennessee, she went on to gain international recognition as both a competitor and a trainer
While training with George Morris in the early 1970s, Melanie was successful in amateur/owner jumper classes before graduating to the Grand Prix level. In 1978, she earned the American Grandprix Association's Lady Rider of the Year title, and she was also named the AGA's overall Rider of the Year. Her wonderful record that year convinced the AGA that women could perform on completely even terms with men, leading to a decision to discontinue the separate Lady Rider award. To cap off her year, Melanie's mount Val de Loire was named AGA Horse of the Year.
Melanie became one of only two riders ever to win the "Triple Crown of Show Jumping" by winning the American Invitational, the International Jumping Derby and the American Gold Cup. Melanie was part of the USET's Gold Medal team at the 1979 Pan American Games in Puerto Rico.
At the "Alternate Olympics" in 1980, Melanie won the individual Bronze Medal aboard her beloved horse Calypso. She also placed second that same year in the World Cup Final. She was named the United States Olympic Committee Sportswoman of the Year after winning the World Cup Final in 1982. Riding Calypso, she capped her show jumping career with a team Gold Medal in the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984, a year in which she was a finalist for the Sullivan Award which is given to the nation's top amateur athlete.
Melanie retired from active competition in 1987 and continues to serve the horse world as a television broadcaster, course designer, judge and trainer of young riders. She was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.
Last edited by Beenthere; Feb. 4, 2011 at 10:53 AM.
Reason: add dates of clinic
I have added the actual dates for the clinic and I am excited to mention that the clinic is getting quite the attention. Calls are coming in!
In the Air: Thank you for your support. Your riders will be elated you brought this to them.
I chuckle because after each clinic with Melanie, the trainers themselves have about 2 months worth of lesson plans to go home with for their students. That is the best thing about clinics. Trainers can see where their students need extra help. It's a win-win situation.