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  • Three Part Winter Clinic Series (2/10, 2/16, 2/23) February dates

    Part I: Riding Fundamentals February 3rd Sunday POSTPONED to Sunday 2/10 due to NEMO**

    The focus of this clinic is to address the body language to facilitate better equitation, body control and more effective communication between horse and rider. Basic lateral work, rein back, suppling and gymnastic exercises will also be included. More advanced movements and techniques will be added for the more advanced students and horses as their proficiency and confidence allows.


    The clinics that follow in the coming weeks will have the same rudimentary start for beginners but at the same time move participants towards a greater understanding of more complex exercises and technique. The Clinic Series culminates with Part 3 on February 23rd with a seminar and clinic on Teaching The Flying Change.


    Part II: Demystifying Lateral Work Sunday February 16th, Snow Date 2/17
    The focus of this clinic is improve the execution, precision and quality of your lateral work. Basic lateral work, suppling and gymnastic exercises will be included. More advanced exercises and techniques will be added for the more advanced students and horses as their proficiency and confidence allows.


    This Clinic is the middle session of our 3 part series with culminates with a Seminar and Clinic on Teaching the Flying Change on February 23rd.


    Part III: February 23rd Saturday, Snow Date 2/24
    First Demo Horse will start at 10AM.


    The focus of this clinic is to discuss the techniques and execution of the Flying Change. A 'how-to' session will be included at the start of the day with lecture being given by Anne. Basic lateral work, suppling and gymnastic exercises will be included as part of the discussion. Various methods will be discussed and shown throughout the day.


    This clinic is the culmination of the weeks leading up to this session, so it may behoove participants to sign up for the prior sessions. More advanced exercises and techniques will be added for the more advanced students and horses as their proficiency and confidence allows.

    Riding Fee is $75, OTTB or full TB's that didn't race - save $10!!!
    Auditing Fee is $10

    Restroom, ample parking and refreshments will be offered. Please send an email to Ellie@watermark-farm.net if you are auditing so that we have enough food & drinks.

    Any additional ?'s - see our website Calendar page or just contact us!
    Last edited by Tasker; Feb. 8, 2013, 10:41 AM. Reason: snow dates added
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    Riding Fundamentals Clinic Times (Tentative list - please email Ellie@watermark-farm.net to confirm your time is OK)

    9:00 Demo
    9:45 Melanie & Will
    10:30 Jill & Booie
    11:15 Paula & Lily
    12:00 Sara & Amelia
    12:45 Fiona & Johnny
    1:30 Pat & Beau
    2:15 Anne & Lou
    3:00 Lauren & Savannah

    Parking will be in the small pasture near the bridge. A sign will be posted and the gates opened to the indoor.

    Refreshments will be offered but we need a rough headcount to know how much to have on hand. Please contact us if you are planning on auditing - we want to be sure there is enough for everyone.
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      ‎**NOTICE**

      We had a cancellation due to rider illness, so the schedule is as follows -
      9:45 Demo
      10:30 Melanie & Will
      11:15 Paula & Lily
      12:00 Sara & Amelia
      12:45 Fiona & Johnny
      1:30 Pat & Beau
      2:15 Anne & Lou
      3:00 Lauren & Savannah

      ~Get well soon Jill!~

      If there is snow overnight - we will postpone until Next Saturday 2/9 for the Riding Fundamentals Clinic. If you have signed up and that date would not work - we will allow make up rides and can offer a demo ride as you warm up. The same Clinic Fee would apply.

      The Lateral Work Clinic would then still be on the 16th with a snow date of the 17th.

      The Clinic Series and Fees will only run through the month of February - we have to finish before March 1st.

      We apologize for the disruption but there is certainly one thing we cannot control and that is the weather! THINK SPRING!
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        Today's clinic (2/3) is POSTPONED until Sunday 2/10 due to snow/NEMO. If this date does not work for you or you would rather have the lesson as a private session (same fee), please contact us. A finalized schedule will be posted by the end of business today (Friday 2/8).

        Apologies for the constant changes and revisions.
        Last edited by Tasker; Feb. 8, 2013, 10:40 AM.
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          Times for Sunday 2/10- 9:45 DEMO
          10:30 Pat & Beau
          11:15 Paula & Lily
          12:00 Sara & Amelia
          12:45 Melanie & Will
          1:30 Anne & Lou
          2:15 Fiona & Johnny
          3:00 Lauren & Savannah

          Parking will be juggled in our driveway or on the road frontage (west side).
          Last edited by Tasker; Feb. 13, 2013, 07:22 PM.
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            2/16 Saturday Lateral Work Clinic Times, snow date Sunday 2/17 - but the current forecast is favoring decent weather for SATURDAY the 16th.

            9:00 AM Demo
            9:45 Annie & Lou
            10:30 Jill & Tray
            11: 15 Paula & Breezie
            12 noon Melanie & Will
            12:45 Fiona & Johnny
            1:30 Pat & Beau
            2:15 Lauren & Savannah
            3:00 Q & A
            Last edited by Tasker; Feb. 13, 2013, 07:22 PM.
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              Update 5PM Friday 2/15/13 -

              Due to the ever changing weather forecast, we will be making a decision about tomorrow's clinic at 6AM.
              BLOG LINK
              But if you are riding and would prefer to switch to a different day already, your options are listed in this afternoon's blog. Please remember we can teach/demo on Monday and for some folks it is a holiday (President's Day). Lessons are available (by appointment) Saturday afternoon-Friday evening of this coming week.
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                For those who would like the clinic to happen today (2/16), we have a bit of good news! There are some riders who are local who are game to trailer over. There are others who are not, so the day will be a bit broken up - that means we can't officially call it a Clinic but there will be lessons going on that can be audited by the public.
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                  Flying Change Seminar Times 2/23/13




                  11:30 Demo
                  12:30 Lauren
                  1:15 Fiona
                  2:00 Pat
                  2:45 Q & A


                  Due to some iffy weather in the forecast, we are keeping the schedule short with a lengthy demonstration to start the day. During the Q & A at the end, another horse may be brought out to do a second demo - but that will depend on the level of interest and weather.


                  If we get significant snowfall overnight, the clinic will be held at the same time on Sunday. Any changes, postponement or alterations to the schedule will be posted here on the blog, FB, or the Calendar page on our website.


                  Any questions or conflicts, please email Ellie@watermark-farm.net
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                    Today's (2/23) Flying Change Seminar is on schedule with no changes.

                    Bundle up as it is going to be damp and chilly! Hot coffee and soup will help keep the cold at bay while you learn about how to ride correct flying changes!
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                      Thank you's go out to all of our clinic participants from the past 2 months. You all rode beautifully and worked very hard on all the exercises that were given!! It has been a pleasure to watch all the positive progress and good effort reap so many benefits for you and your horses!!

                      Big congratulations go out to all of the 'first timers' in the Flying Change Seminar today!!!! It was a real pleasure to watch all the successful flying changes that happened without fuss or drama!!! Your hard work really shows!!! Three cheers for determination and talent!!!
                      THANK YOU!!!

                      Thank you to Bill Alphin of A& A Photography for the fine photos you have taken! Your smiling, positive energy and friendly comments make the day fun for all! Take a minute and a peek at his work that is available for purchase HERE.

                      Thank you to all of our auditors and new friends! You all have been incredibly stoic and tolerant of the cold to sit through so many, many hours of lessons!

                      We will be offering more clinics in the future with a variety topics, so check back for updates!

                      There continue to be lessons available - private, semi-private and groups and we all love to share our knowledge! Don't be shy! Schedule a lesson and then we can help you reach your riding goals faster!!!

                      But most of all....

                      THANK YOU!!!!

                      http://ellie-watermarkfarmhappenings...thank-you.html

                      And additional thanks go to COTH for having an Events Page that allows us to publicize the farm activities to a larger audience! THANK YOU!!!
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