Murdoch Method Sure Foot Equine Stability Two Day Workshop with Bess Miller
Oct
19
to Oct 20

Murdoch Method Sure Foot Equine Stability Two Day Workshop with Bess Miller

55 minutes northeast of KCMO. Limited overnight and day stabling.

Contact Cindy Sanders: Idlewildeesm@gmail.com for details & clinic registration. Registration opens 9/2 & closes 9/20.

Used by training professionals and horse owners in dressage, jumpers, et al and western disciplines.

From our perspective at The Darke Horse Farm this newly developed ‘tool’, Sure Foot Equine Stability Program,  helps horses become aware of and engage the deep muscles that are responsible for fine postural adjustments and subtle changes in balance to the larger muscles of motion.  It helps equine athletes perform better, and also assists in rehab from injury.

From their website: https://murdochmethod.com/sure-foot-equine-stability-program/

Murdock Method’s SURE FOOT® Equine Stability Program is Revolutionary!

A unique, innovative way for the horse to be his own teacher. Developed by Wendy Murdoch, this revolutionary way of improving your horse’s balance, confidence, movement and performance shows that the horse is always present and ready to learn if we can only find ways to access his intelligence. This approach allows the horse to experience his own habitual patterns of movement and provides the horse with an opportunity to explore and learn new ways of standing on his feet and utilizing the ground for greater ease, comfort and confidence.

With SURE FOOT, using a variety of stability and balance pads, horses discover how they are habitually standing. The pad gives under the horse’s weight bringing his attention to where he is placing his feet and providing new information to the balancing part of his nervous system. With this awareness the horse explores, shifts and alters his habitual patterns of standing and moving by himself, ultimately choosing a more secure and effective way to stand and move. The horse retrains himself to stand better (*and can therefore move & perform in better balance) without human interference.

* is added by The Darke Horse Farm

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KCDS Musical Freestyle Symposium
Oct
26
to Oct 27

KCDS Musical Freestyle Symposium

Heather Salden Kurtz, USDF Certified Trainer and Erin Boltik, USDF Gold Medalist will be teaching us how to choreograph a musical freestyle.

Preference will be given to KCDS Adult Amateurs first, then, only if needed to fill the clinic, to Open Division Riders, and then to JR/YR Division Riders. If the clinic does not fill with KCDS members, Region 4 riders will be selected next (same order: AA, Open, JR/YR). Riders of all divisions should apply now.

Option #1-You create your own musical program: - $450

Saturday is a 1 hour lesson with Heather to determine horse’s strengths and weaknesses and a 1 hour musical consultation with Erin to demo free and easy music software. Sunday includes a 1 hour lesson with Heather to go over choreography and one hour with Erin to continue working on music selections. After this clinic, you will be able to go home with your choreography and song selections to complete your own music. Includes 2 nights of stabling.

Option #2 - Hoofbeats creates your musical program: $450+ 

Includes a 1 hour lesson with Heather to determine horse’s strengths and weaknesses and a 1 hour musical consultation with Erin to discuss music genres that you like and may fit your horse. Sunday includes a 1 hour lesson with Heather to go over choreography and try riding to several music samples. We will also video your choreography. Then, Erin will set to work on your freestyle. The final fee, based on freestyle level listed below, will be due upon completion of the music. This option has an overall savings of $200-$400 depending on level. Includes 2 nights of stabling.

Additional freestyle music fees:

$200 - Training level

$300 - First level

$400 - Second level

$500 - Third level

$650- Fourth level

$800 - Intermediaire I

$1000 - Grand Prix 

Pas de deux and quadrille options also possible. Please inquire on pricing if interested.


Auditors are encouraged and welcome! Lunch will be provided. $15 per day, $20 for the weekend. KCDS members $10 per day, $15 for the weekend.


Riders interested in participating must contact Wendy Vernon (wendyvernon@yahoo.com) to apply for a spot. DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 28!
Please include in your email:
Rider Name
Horse Name
Rider Phone Number, Email, Address
Rider USDF Number
Level of Freestyle

Riders will be chosen by blind drawing on September 29. Riders will be contacted if their name is drawn. At that time, a waiting list will be established. Symposium fees will be due on October 12. If a participant hasn't paid, they will be removed and riders from the waiting list will be invited.

Rider refund policy: If there is a replacement rider available willing to pay the fee, there will be a full refund. If the horse becomes lame or sick, and there is no replacement rider available, there will be a 50% refund if there is a veterinarian's note to verify the horse's inability to participate.



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Whit Watkins Clinic
Sep
14
to Sep 15

Whit Watkins Clinic

Drawing upon her decade’s long commitment to education and work with international trainers and instructors, including dressage legend Hilda Gurney, Whit masterfully develops the tools for her students to do their best in practice and competition. She has blended her professional career with her early experiences as an Adult Amateur competitor to build the connection between horses and riders at all levels. She teaches students from Intro through FEI CDIs and the Grand Prix.

Whit’s Accomplishments Include:

  • USDF Gold, Silver & Bronze Meadalist

  • USDF Finals Grand Prix Reserve Champion (‘13 & ‘16)

  • USDF Intermediarie II Horse of the Year & U.S. Dressage Foundation’s Region 9 Teaching Excellence Award recipient

$175.00 per lesson. Auditors welcome.

Onsite and nearby overnight stabling available.

Contact Cindy Kimber, kimber_CK@yahool.com or 816-769-4883

For mor information on Whit, visit Whit Watkins Dressage on Facebook or whitwatkins.com.

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Amy Larson Clinic
Sep
13
to Sep 15

Amy Larson Clinic

Amy Larson trains and teaches through the FEI levels and is a nationally recognized trainer, coach and clinician.   She has developed many horses to FEI from their first backing.

A talented rider, Amy also is a gifted teacher.  She works with horses and riders of all levels and is a notably patient mentor to each and every one she works with.  Her personal mentors have been Felicitas von Neumann Cosel and Willi Schultheis.   In 1997 Amy earned her USDF Gold Medal riding a horse she started and trained to Grand Prix.  A few horses she has trained to FEI are:

Her Trakehner, Playboy, and Deb Davenport's beautiful mare, Destine. 

Amy has helped her students to similar success with several achieving their Bronze, Silver and Gold medals and many riding Arabians, Baroque breeds, and grade horses.

Amy's decades long competitive success and high standard of excellence is now carried on to her students with her passion for teaching from beginner to Grand Prix; competitor or pleasure; dressage, western dressage, and basic horsemanship skills.  As an award winning artist her artistic talent, impeccable eye, and champion for the good of the horse make her a uniquely gifted rider, trainer, and clinician.

Rides are $125.00 each. Self care day and overnight stabling is no cost.

Location:

Fifty-five minutes north east of KCMO at The Darke Horse Farm, Rayville, MO, 64084

Contact Cindy Sanders at 417-280-2038 or message through FB The Darke Horse Farm.

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Biomechanics of Riding Clinic with Jeff Moore
Sep
6
to Sep 8

Biomechanics of Riding Clinic with Jeff Moore

Join us for an educational weekend that riders of all disciplines will enjoy!

In this clinic Jeff will address the biomechanics of the rider and the physical influences on the horse; posture in the saddle, seat and function of the upper body, stability to avoid being displaced, elasticity, muscle tone and tension.

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Chris Hickey Clinic
Aug
31
to Sep 1

Chris Hickey Clinic

Chris Hickey is an American dressage trainer based in South Carolina and Wellington Florida. He has trained over 10 horses to the Grand Prix level. He has won three US national championships and five USDF horse of the year titles. In 2007 he won individual and team gold medals at the Pan-American games. Chris enjoys teaching dressage riders from beginning to advanced. His teaching style is clear, concise and encouraging which produces improvements in both the horse and rider.

This clinic is being hosted by Pernille Andree (816-507-5716) and Ann Conover (816-718-2842). They will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have.

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Whit Watkins Clinic
Aug
3
to Aug 4

Whit Watkins Clinic

Drawing upon her decade’s long commitment to education and work with international trainers and instructors, including dressage legend Hilda Gurney, Whit masterfully develops the tools for her students to do their best in practice and competition. She has blended her professional career with her early experiences as an Adult Amateur competitor to build the connection between horses and riders at all levels. She teaches students from Intro through FEI CDIs and the Grand Prix.

Whit’s Accomplishments Include:

  • USDF Gold, Silver & Bronze Meadalist

  • USDF Finals Grand Prix Reserve Champion (‘13 & ‘16)

  • USDF Intermediarie II Horse of the Year & U.S. Dressage Foundation’s Region 9 Teaching Excellence Award recipient

$175.00 per lesson. Auditors welcome.

Onsite and nearby overnight stabling available.

Contact Cindy Kimber, kimber_CK@yahool.com or 816-769-4883

For mor information on Whit, visit Whit Watkins Dressage on Facebook or whitwatkins.com.

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Whit Watkins Clinic
Jun
29
to Jun 30

Whit Watkins Clinic

Drawing upon her decade’s long commitment to education and work with international trainers and instructors, including dressage legend Hilda Gurney, Whit masterfully develops the tools for her students to do their best in practice and competition. She has blended her professional career with her early experiences as an Adult Amateur competitor to build the connection between horses and riders at all levels. She teaches students from Intro through FEI CDIs and the Grand Prix.

Whit’s Accomplishments Include:

  • USDF Gold, Silver & Bronze Meadalist

  • USDF Finals Grand Prix Reserve Champion (‘13 & ‘16)

  • USDF Intermediarie II Horse of the Year & U.S. Dressage Foundation’s Region 9 Teaching Excellence Award recipient

$175.00 per lesson. Auditors welcome.

Onsite and nearby overnight stabling available.

Contact Cindy Kimber, kimber_CK@yahool.com or 816-769-4883

For mor information on Whit, visit Whit Watkins Dressage on Facebook or whitwatkins.com.

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2019 Topeka Round-Up Club Dressage Schooling Show & Ride-A-Test
Jun
29
8:00 AM08:00

2019 Topeka Round-Up Club Dressage Schooling Show & Ride-A-Test

Classes will be placed AA, Jr/YR and Open. Ribbons will be awarded for places 1-6. Test of Choice and Ride-A-Test classes will not be placed or ribbons awarded.

Ride-A-Test entries will ride their test of choice, get approximately 10 minutes of feedback/instruction from the judge, then re-ride the test. Ribbons will not be awarded.

Limit 3 classes per horse. Tests will be ridden outdoors in a dirt/sand arena. An indoor sand arena will be used for warm-up. Protective helmets must be worn by ALL riders when mounted. A limited number of indoor stalls will be available. Box lunches will be available to order.

Questions, or to volunteer, contact Diana Beitz at 785-554-8830.

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Amy Larson Clinic
Jun
28
to Jun 30

Amy Larson Clinic

Hosted by Cindy Sanders, 417-280-2038

Amy Larson trains and teaches through the FEI levels and is a nationally recognized trainer, coach and clinician. She works with horses and riders of all levels and is a notably patient mentor to each and every one she works with. Her personal mentors have been Felicitas von Neumann Cosel and Willi Schultheis. In 1997 Amy earned her USDF Gold Medal riding a horse she started and trained to Grand Prix. She has brought many horses to FEI. Amy has helped her students to similar success with several achieving their Bronze, Silver and Gold medals and many riding Arabians, Baroque breeds, and grade horses. Amy's decades long competitive success and high standard of excellence is now carried on to her students with her passion for teaching from beginner to Grand Prix; competitor or pleasure; dressage, western dressage, and basic horsemanship skills.
Overnight stabling and trailer parking available.

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