Over the weekend I spent time teaching a clinic at Hooked on Ridin’ Equestrian Center in Burlington, NC. While there, I reflected on why I like teaching clinics and helps some horses to build confidence in water jumps.
Practical Joker, Corteo, Riot Gear, and Rune got some great experience at North Atlanta Equestrian in Cartersville, GA over the weekend.
I take two new horses to Big Bear Farm to stretch their cross country legs. Practical Joker (aka ‘PJ’) is my Retired Racehorse Project horse. This was my third ride on him, and only his second time jumping. After he gained a little confidence, you can see he really started to enjoy himself.
Riot Gear is a 16.3 hds Oldenberg Gelding owned by Steve and Vicki Sukup. He has previously competed up to Training level with Eileen Kenney, and earned a 5th place finish at the Young Event Championships. This guy has upper level potential written all over him.
A recap of my experience at Badminton. In the words of my coach, Karen O’Connor, “experience is what you get the moment after you needed it.” The year is still young. Excited for what lies ahead for Johnny and my other horses.