Heath Ryan is coming to do a clinic near me in a few weeks (link here for anyone interested), and I'm trying to decide if it would be worth it (and which discipline to choose for my lesson).
He's apparently doing jumping lessons and dressage lessons, and I definitely can't afford both so does anyone have input on him as a clinician for dressage vs. jumping?
Anyone done a clinic/lesson with him before? Any thoughts on dressage vs. jumping lessons with him? They also offer semi private and group for jumping, which would be much better on my wallet, but I wondered if it's still worth it? I guess I would maybe lean towards dressage with him, but worry that my galumphus and I would not fare so well!
Last edited by pharmgirl; Jul. 30, 2011 at 09:38 AM.
Heath is a genius, sees things, has you work your problems out without over critiquing, really has you RIDE!
His flat work is unsurpassed, and jumping techniques are fantastic.
Wish I was still riding with him....
One thing you can give and still keep is your word.
I have been riding with him every chance I get since I was introduced to him as a teenager. He is totally down to earth with every horse and rider he teaches. If you are trying to get the most for your money I would take a lesson in the discapline you feel most comfortable doing. That way you can relax and ride your best and get every little bit out of the lesson.
His lessons are fabulous - wether your jumping or on the flat.
I know one of the clinics is being organized on the Eastern Shore at Humphreys Point Farm, near Rock Hall, MD. I was just there not too long ago and the jumping ring is good, they have a neat little set of nice cross-country jumps including a water, banks, ditches, etc., and really beautiful dressage arena on the water. Very friendly and welcoming. If you go to www.humphreyspointfarm.com I think there might be a link to a clinic flyer. He's doing two days there and one day at Crawfords Chance farm all of which are Eastern Shore. Thanks for the info because I was thinking about dipping into the piggy bank for this.
I bet Betsy would let you camp there, it's beautiful, right on the water. hy not ask her -- not sure if they can accomodate you or not.
Chestertown is the closest town, also Rock Hall. Well Rock Hall is closest but it's a pretty small town. Chestertown has Washington College so it's a bit bigger. Bed and breakfasts is the way to go in that area! They are old little towns with quaint houses. Nearby hotels would be either in Chestertown or pretty far -- Kent Island possibly closest which would be an hour I think.
I'd let you stay at my place but same problem, I'm an hour and a half away.
Humphreys Point is Betsys and the location of the clinic. Calling is your best way to reach her. The clinic organizer is her friend Scott who may also have options for you.
Don't know the barn down the street.
I know that Kim Meier's place also may have stalls available but you have to ask her or her daughter, and that barn is in the area, about 30 minutes around, I think. (Back to Chestertown, a bit west, and out another neck.) (Elizabeth G Callahan is her friend and might know more -- she's doing the Ralph Hill clinic the following weekend and is on COTH.)
There is Worthmore Equestrian Center nearby, as well as Breezy Run Farm in Church Hill. Both on the internet. A bit further though.
I also have stalls, and possibly paddock/shed, but I am 1.5 hours away, however I may be going!
I am 10 minutes from the casino so I have cheap hotels nearby. (Look up Harrington, DE - AmericInn and Holiday Inn Express).
I know that both the Union Bridge, Maryland and Middleburg, Virginia clinic locations are in need of more clinic entries. So please, if you've been thinking about signing up, please contact the appropriate people. Both Playland Farm and Locochee Farm are top notch facilities, and are worth the trip alone!
I was able to audit on Saturday at Humphrey's Point, and I have to say, if I had a horse to ride, I would do my best to make it to one of his other clinics noted in mythical84's post.
The riders did a morning dressage ride, small groups, 3 at most, and then did gymnastics in the afternoon, the groups were larger, though the I/P group stayed at three.
I really liked the way that he taught. The themes focused on accuracy, both of the aids and of the execution of the exercise (whether it be the angle of the shoulder in or the take off point before a fence) and recognizing the benefits of accumulative effects, again, of both correctly applied aids and of the repetition of the exercises.
He is a great motivator and very positive. He keyed in on something for every rider and helped them address it successfully.