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Anyone going to Mclain Ward clinic at OSF tomorrow?

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  • Anyone going to Mclain Ward clinic at OSF tomorrow?

    Just wondering...I can only catch until the last group tomorrow but will be there all day Sunday! All you have to do to audit is bring an unwrapped toy for Toy for Tots. I was a bit blown away to see the clinic price at $900 considering how generous Mclain and his father are in this area but then saw the thing about the donations and was pleased. A few people I talked to thought this was just a way to promote their new trainer at Old Salem Farm but who cares!? Its Mclain Ward!

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    Seriously? 900$? Holy cow.
    The thing about smart people, is they look like crazy people, to dumb people.

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    • #3
      I'm not going, but I love the Toys for Tots idea!

      Please report back on the clinic.

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        #4
        $800 clinic fee
        $100 stabling fee

        I really, really wanted to ride in it too

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        • #5
          Mclain Clinic

          I was going to teach lessons tomorrow but most of my students canceled for some reason so I'm going to bring a toy initially intended for my one year old (he gets enough, trust me!) and hunker down all day! I look forward to meeting anyone from the COTH boards. In case anyone wants to say "hello", I have long red hair, haha.

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          • #6
            I love the Toy for Tots idea.
            Roseknoll Sporthorses
            www.roseknoll.net

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            • #7
              Wish I was there! My husband does Toys for Tots through MC, but I have to admit that I would probably scrimp enough up to pay for a clinic with him regardless of the cost.

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              • #8
                I'm riding in it..
                http://www.youtube.com/user/supershorty628
                Proudly blogging for The Chronicle of the Horse!

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                • #9
                  I watched today's session (and Supershorty *rocked* her session, particularly the gymnastics!) and thought the clinic was one of the best I've seen in a long time.

                  McLain is a terrific instructor and set the various exercises in a way that it benefitted both horses and riders. He was careful to illustrate how the rider's position, far from being just a nicety, was integral to the quality of the horse's jump. I also loved how he really helped the riders establish accuracy and control without sacrificing softness or position.

                  He wanted a certain ride, and more than once, had riders repeat a jump to demonstrate a particular frame or distance. In other words, it wasn't enough to ride "whatever distance came up" well... he wanted to see that you could dictate a particular distance - in order to teach the horse something and create a better jump.

                  All in all I thought it was terrific, and plan to go back tomorrow.
                  **********
                  We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.
                  -PaulaEdwina

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Lucassb View Post
                    He was careful to illustrate how the rider's position, far from being just a nicety, was integral to the quality of the horse's jump.
                    Interesting. I will say Mclain himself is usually in a pretty correct position, unlike some jumper riders with less, er, conventional style.

                    Thanks for the recap!

                    How many riders were in each group? And how many groups?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MHM View Post
                      Interesting. I will say Mclain himself is usually in a pretty correct position, unlike some jumper riders with less, er, conventional style.

                      Thanks for the recap!

                      How many riders were in each group? And how many groups?
                      It's true - one of the things I enjoy about watching MW ride is that he jumps the biggest tracks in the world looking like he is riding the Maclay finals. But, as he illustrated a bunch of times today, it is not just about creating a pretty picture; he wants to give the horse the best chance of jumping clean (and fast) ... and that requires a rider to be in balance and executing correctly.

                      As an example, in the middle section there was one rider on a longish backed, fairly young/green horse. It was easy to see why she frequently got a little ahead of her horse when the jumps got bigger. However, the difference in the horse's jumping style was enormous after she worked on backing up her shoulders, riding with a MUCH shorter rein (ie, keeping her hands out in front of her) and holding her position in the air to land in a deep heel, balanced and ready to go to the next jump. The (lovely) horse looked like a different animal when they got done.

                      I did not see all the sessions personally, as I had several to ride this morning before going to watch, and I left before the last group started. The groups were reasonably sized though - 5 or 6 riders/session from what I saw, and he provided a LOT of personal attention to each one.
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                      We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.
                      -PaulaEdwina

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                      • #12
                        Yes, I think people sometimes forget that the correct position evolved over generations because it was the most effective way to ride.

                        For example, it's not that somebody woke up one morning and said, "You know, I think all riders should keep their heels down because it looks pretty!" You have a much better chance of staying on your horse with your weight in your heels- that's why you should do it that way. Pretty is a by-product of a correct position.

                        Certainly some talented people can take some artistic license and get away with it, but for most people, the correct position works the best.

                        Mclain usually demonstrates it quite well.

                        Thanks again for the report.

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                          Oh I wish I could have seen it! I would have much rather watched the clinic than take the Biology SAT II lol. I showed up at the end but they canceled the last open jumper session

                          Supershorty, give a description of yourself and your horse so I can look for you tomorrow!

                          And if anyone wants a COTH hookup, I'll be wearing purple Hunter wellies, have blond hair, and be very, very tall!

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                            Originally posted by Not So Practical Horse(WO)man View Post
                            Oh I wish I could have seen it! I would have much rather watched the clinic than take the Biology SAT II lol. I showed up at the end but they canceled the last open jumper session

                            Supershorty, give a description of yourself and your horse so I can look for you tomorrow!

                            And if anyone wants a COTH hookup, I'll be wearing purple Hunter wellies, have blond hair, and be very, very tall!
                            I'll keep an eye out for you - I am going to try to go again tomorrow at least for a session or two. I'll be the middle aged adult (5'4", long dark hair prob. in a pony with a Benchmark Farm ball cap on, and I'll be in boots and breeches since I'll be coming straight from my lesson... ) I'll be standing near the in gate, not watching from the club room above - I like to be closer to the arena to see what is going on.
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                            We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.
                            -PaulaEdwina

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                            • #15
                              Mclain Clinic

                              Today's sessions were fantastic. LucassB, I wish I had bumped into you today. Mclain teaches with such clarity. When he wants you to do something he uses excellent metaphors and concise, kind language that gets the point across quickly.

                              I loved watching him ride an old mount of his (I didn't catch the name, but it was a beautiful chestnut) and he explained politely that if the owner just changed a few pieces of tack--namely going from an elevator bit, which Mclain said he was not a huge fan of, to a pelham, and adding a martingale--the rider would have had such a different experience at the clinic.

                              I wish I could return tomorrow. Have fun, everyone!

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                                Originally posted by Lucassb View Post
                                I'll keep an eye out for you - I am going to try to go again tomorrow at least for a session or two. I'll be the middle aged adult (5'4", long dark hair prob. in a pony with a Benchmark Farm ball cap on, and I'll be in boots and breeches since I'll be coming straight from my lesson... ) I'll be standing near the in gate, not watching from the club room above - I like to be closer to the arena to see what is going on.
                                You can watch at the ingate? I had never been too OSF before and thought myself lucky to even find the viewing area lol How would one be able to watch at the ingate?

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                                  #17
                                  Supershorty- I'm watching your gymnastics video from the clinic now. You and your horse are lovely I can tell what a team you are!

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                                  • #18
                                    Thank you (and thanks, Susan)! I was really pleased with her - we got back in sync pretty quickly (I went back to school early Sunday morning last week, so this was the first time I rode her since then) and she was really wonderful! By the way, the last session wasn't canceled, but there were only 2 people in it (me and Michael, I think), so we got combined with the group prior to that. I don't know if McLain will have us do fences that are a little bigger tomorrow or how that will work, but either way, it's completely worth going.

                                    In case anyone wants to see the sort of exercises McLain had us do, here's a video my mom took: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHKQy_10SIM
                                    http://www.youtube.com/user/supershorty628
                                    Proudly blogging for The Chronicle of the Horse!

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                                    • #19
                                      shorty, you look great and your mom is an excellent videographer!
                                      "You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"
                                      carolprudm

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                                      • #20
                                        Thanks! My mom is the best - at shows, she helps set warm up jumps and then sprints over to the ring to film, and at home, she keeps Nikki in shape for me while I'm at school - she's so great!
                                        http://www.youtube.com/user/supershorty628
                                        Proudly blogging for The Chronicle of the Horse!

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