Originally Posted by MIEventer
^^ That is awesome Upnover! He comes to my neck of the woods once a year to Waterloo - a huge Hunter/Jumper barn where they host A circuit shows. He not only Judges the show, but also gives a Clinic the day after all is said and done.
He also hits Detroit often. I have audited his clinics, but never ridden. I think it is very admirable that you rode with him!
Thanks!! He's just started coming to our somewhat area the past few years but this was the first time I got to do more then audit. It was also the first time his clinics here were more then a day! It was actually really fun... one of my best friends rode in his jumper class while I rode in his hunter class so we were able to take notes off each other's classes and polish each other's boots. I've never cleaned my tack so diligently in my life! (2x a day!) I've also never polished my bits/stirrups/spurs either.
And we had a ton of friends who were showing at the show hosting the clinic so it was a bit of a vacation!
The horse I rode is a bit on the green side and after the cinic he was going better then he's ever gone before! AND he actually got on my friend's horse to demonstrate something and she said she had never felt her jumper so light. What's so incredibly refreshing is that he is NOT about gimmicks. Actually, he never said anything I've never heard before. He's nothing but solid foundations, good solid riding/horsemanship. We did lots of flatwork, poles, gymnastics, etc. And both my horse and I improved by leaps and bounds. I loved it. If you ever get a chance to ride in his clinics I highly recommend it! I had to sell my favorite pony to afford it (it was NOT cheap) but I'd do it again in a heartbeat! In fact, I'm looking for another prospect pony to be able to afford next year!