Prac­ti­cal Tips & Talk

Practical Horseman - - Special Sporthorse Health Issue -

WATCH ac­com­plished com­peti­tors and train­ers work with up-and-com­ing U.S. dres­sage rid­ers dur­ing Robert Dover Horse­mas­ter­ship Clinic Week, Jan. 2–5, in Wellington, FL. Par­tic­i­pants will re­ceive mounted in­struc­tion and lessons in all facets of horse care from a va­ri­ety of ex­perts; www. usef.org.

LEARN from the best at the 12th an­nual Ge­orge H. Mor­ris Horse­mas­ter­ship Train­ing Ses­sion, Jan. 5–7, at the Ad­e­quan Global Dres­sage Fes­ti­val in Wellington, FL. Top clin­i­cians, in­clud­ing McLain Ward and Anne Kursin­ski, will guide promis­ing rid­ers through in­ten­sive mounted work and daily ses­sions in all ar­eas of horse­man­ship. The clinic aims to iden­tify and de­velop emerg­ing tal­ent for the U.S. Eques­trian Team. Free to au­di­tors; www.usef.org.

EN­JOY a full sea­son of spec­tat­ing as a host of skilled rid­ers and horses com­pete dur­ing the Win­ter Eques­trian Fes­ti­val, Jan. 10–April 1, at the Palm Beach In­ter­na­tional Eques­trian Cen­ter in Wellington, FL; www.eques­trian sport.com.

BASK in some warm weather while ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the com­pet­i­tive at­mos­phere of two pop­u­lar show se­ries: the HITS Coachella Desert Cir­cuit, Jan. 16–March 18, in Ther­mal, CA, and the HITS Ocala Win­ter Cir­cuit, Jan. 16–March 25, in Ocala, FL. High­lights in­clude USEF Premier-rated hunters, five- and six-star jumpers, the AIG $1 Mil­lion Grand Prix (March 18, Ther­mal) and the Great Amer­i­can $1 Mil­lion Grand Prix (March 25, Ocala); www. hitsshows.com.

HEAD TO Lex­ing­ton, KY, Jan. 17–20 for the an­nual meet­ing of the U.S. Eques­trian Fed­er­a­tion, the na­tional gov­ern­ing body for eques­trian sports. On the agenda: com­mit­tee meet­ings, strate­gic-plan­ning ses­sions, fo­rums and the an­nual Pe­ga­sus and Horse of the Year Awards; www.usef.org.

AT­TEND the U.S. Pony Club Equine Sym­po­sium and Con­ven­tion, Jan. 24–28, in Louisville, KY. High­lights in­clude a trade fair, lead­er­ship meet­ings, a re­search fair and awards pre­sen­ta­tion; www.pony­club.org.

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