Platinum Performance/USDF Region 6 Junior/Young Rider Clinic
Hosted by DevonWood Equestrian Centre
March 21-22, 2015
Reported by Jodi McMaster
Region 6 Youth Coordinator
This weekend, eight Juniors and Young Riders had the privilege to meet and ride with George Williams in the Junior/Young Rider Clinic Series sponsored by Platinum Performance and The Dressage Foundation.
Region 6 was honored to have George Williams as the clinician. George is currently the US Dressage Youth Coach and the President of the USDF. He is a prominent figure in international dressage competition and is a member of the USEF Dressage Committee, the USEF High Performance Dressage Committee, Chair of the USEF High Performance Eligible Athletes Dressage Committee, and a member of the USEF Board of Directors.
There were a record number of rider applicants for the clinic and the USDF selection committee took extra time to do thorough reviews of each application before making their final selections. The selected riders were:
Annika Brasch, 15, Sherwood, OR. Annika rode Wilma Rudolph, a 17 year old Swedish warmblood mare
Heather Decent, 15, Gig Harbor, WA. Heather rode Norra, her 14 year old GRP mare.
Stevie Gaudreau, 18, Clinton, MT. Stevie rode RI Maverick, a 15 year old Swedish/Hanoverian/Thoroughbred gelding.
Alexander Holland, 20, Bellevue, WA. Alex rode Deviere, his 16 year old Hanoverian gelding.
Madeline Joy,16, Enumclaw, WA. Madeline rode Rocket Man, a 17 year old Dutch warmblood gelding.
Emma McKeighen,14, Enumclaw, WA. Emma rode Tucker, her 22 year old Welsh/Arabian gelding.
Nadine Orriss, 14, Bellevue, WA. Nadine rode Willy, her 13 year old Hanoverian gelding.
Lindsey Whitcher, 16, Sherwood, OR. Lindsey rode McDuff, a 14 year old Welsh Cob gelding.
The riders came from three states. Stevie Gaudreau had the longest drive, spending 12 hours to get to the clinic. Alexander Holland flew up from college in California to attend; his parents drove down from Washington with his horse. The clinic drew a good group of auditors. Several youth members came spend the weekend auditing and learning from George.
The event started with a quick introduction session and was followed by an hour-long coaching sessions with each rider. George was quick to identify individual areas to focus on for each rider; the coaching and change over the course of the session was amazing to watch. During the lunch break each day, George spoke to the entire group of auditors and riders, with a lively theory and discussion time.
Following the last ride Saturday, everyone attending was invited to share a Region 6-sponsored pizza dinner. There was lots of time to meet George and ask questions along with follow-on discussions of the day. George was great working the crowd and making sure everyone had time to talk with him.
Sunday’s rides wrapped all of the principles of the weekend into the coaching sessions and concluded with the riders feeling pleased with the great results of working with George.
Region 6 thanks George Williams, Platinum Performance, The Dressage Foundation, DevonWood Equestrian Centre,
and USDF for the support of this clinic.
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