Practical Tips & Talk
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.