Monday, April 25, 2011

Cowboy Dressage Clinic

This weekend we had the privilege of hosting a "Cowboy Dressage" clinic with Eitan Beth Halachmy, who resides here in Grass Valley.  Eitan has been a two time exhibitor at the prestigous World Equestrian Games, both in Germany and in Kentucky, as well as a many time champion in the show ring.  He shared with us his "Light Hands" techniques of riding and training.  

Eitan brought with him his gorgeous and talented Morgan stallion, "Santa Fe's Renegade".  Santa Fe is an incredibly well behaved stallion - it is breeding season, but he mingled with the crowd of geldings and mares without a single misstep - what a good boy.

The barn courtyard was all decked out..........

And, as usual, Dude was a big help - this time helping Sam at the sign up desk.

Eitan shared his pearls of wisdom in a very clear method..........

the riders listened intently............

well, most of them listened ................. :))

Questions were encouraged, such as Jan's.

Following are some varied images from the day............

Oodles getting supple.

Susan's horse working on lateral moves.

Laura and her "Todd" softening and bending.

"Maggie" in a soft frame.

"Maverick" falling asleep in class.

Mike's boy getting a well earned reward.

I've got a terrible itch!

"Maverick" and Laura showing that you can be a big boy and still be light!

Eitan and Santa Fe put in a long day in the saddle, and it was appreciated by all.  Be sure to check out his web site to see more about him, and to find out more about his upcoming clinics at other venues.  We will be hosting another Cowboy Dressage Clinic here at Blue Fountain Farm in August, but, before that, we will be having a Western Dressage Show on June 4th, along with our Dressage Show on June 5th.  Check out my ranch site for more information on these events (under Happenings).  There are many, many more photos from the day on my photo site   (under Proofs), so be sure to check them out!


Thank you Eitan, Debbie and "Santa Fe" for a great day!

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