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post #1 of 12 Old 08-28-2011, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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Clinics/Trainers in or around VA?

Hi all,

I'd like to look into reining some point in my future. I've never really looked into it, but then again I'm active in the Hunter ring. I've asked my trainer, she doesn't know anyone.

If there are any clinic coming up, I'd love to go! Clinics can be in the tri state area, but trainers have to be in VA, WV, or MD.

Thanks everyone.
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-28-2011, 12:36 PM
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Living in NOVA, the only one I found last year when I was looking is Bob LaPorta, who is in Montgomery County, MD. If you go to the NRHA site, they have a listing. THey are few and far between in VA. I ended up at a Parelli barn that helped me immensely, but not specifically reining.

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post #3 of 12 Old 08-28-2011, 04:21 PM
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I would love more clinics and some big names to come to Virginia. The last clinic I went to was on hay. If anyone knows of any, please share.
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post #4 of 12 Old 08-28-2011, 07:35 PM
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I got this info from a friend of mine that reins.

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post #5 of 12 Old 12-21-2011, 05:45 PM
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Hi! I am new to the forum and just saw your post. There are a number of high caliber trainers in the MD/VA/NC (I-95) area. In MD, you have Bob Laporta and Romain Ampe (works at Bob's). In VA, there are Doug Minton, Debbie Bull (beginners only) and Kelly Creppel (beginners only). In NC, we have Arballo Reining Horses (Mark Arballo and Patrice Hohl); Duchesne Performance Horses (Lucas Duchesne); Jesse Chase Performance Horses (Jesse Chase); Mike McEntire, Danny Pelletier, Tania Nantais, Eric LaPorte; Double Run Farms (Peter De Freitas); and last but not least Sunny Pines Farm (Francois and Jonathan Gauthier). Mark, Mike and Francois are on the top 100 of NRHA winners. Patrice was NRHA Reserve World Champion for the past 2 years.

As to clinics, a new club, The Virginia Horseman was formed this past year and they sponsored some Jackpot Reining Shows which included a class for true, true beginners who don't even have to own a Reining horse to compete. They also had a clinic with Mark and Patrice at their show in Sept. Virginia Reining Horse Association also has an annual Rookie Day concurrent with their first show in March. Rookie Day gathers all the pros in the area and they deliver a 4 hour clinic to participants. There is a chance to compete against your fellow participants at the end of the clinic.

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Virginia Horseman - Event Calendar
VRHA - Welcome

I started Reining about 3 years ago and never looked back. I am always eager to get new folks involved!!
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Shoot-now you got me wishing I was in Southern VA........

I would SO love to go to that...but, not this year. Will keep it in ,ind for next year maybe. In the meantime, I am totally LOVING riding at Bob LaPortas! I learn from experienced horses while my horse learns from the pros too!

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I can highly recommend this guy -

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post #8 of 12 Old 12-22-2011, 07:17 PM
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@F&B you will LOVE the Rookie Day; sure hope you get to go in the future. It's amazing. Please tell Romain I said hi.
@Maura; yes Doug is great!
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post #9 of 12 Old 12-22-2011, 07:21 PM
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Don't forget the World Horse Expo coming up next month in MD. I'm certain you can find some trainers there...

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post #10 of 12 Old 12-23-2011, 07:02 AM
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Thanks Steph-will do. I talked to Bob about it yesterday-I think he may be there, but he also said he thought EPRHA may have one, and I know the RHA I usually frequent in NY )since I live there summers) also has one.....so between all of them, hope to make at least one. My horse won't be ready anyway-anytime this spring is a push.

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