What’s Happening This Winter? [Updated 12/17]

‘Tis the season for self-improvement! And wearing ALL the clothes. Sinead Halpin braved 20-something temps to teach a clinic at Road Less Traveled Eventing earlier this year. Photo by Katherine McDonough.

What’s Happening is EN’s guide to lessons, clinics, schooling shows and other riding and educational opportunities during the winter. It’s free to post a listing. Just email the date, location, contact information and any other details to [email protected] (Note: This is a list generated solely from submissions. If no one sends us the details of your event, it won’t be included.)

Location Quick Links: Area I | Area II | Area III | Area IV | Area V | Area VIArea VII | Area VIII | Area IX | Canada

Area I

Area II

Through March 8: Cross Country Schooling on All-Weather Footing at Loch Moy Farm (Adamstown, MD)
School cross country obstacles on eight acres of all-weather footing. Ditches, banks, water, and portable fences from Intro height (18″) through Preliminary. By appointment only. The cost is $50 per horse/rider combination and includes use of the regular schooling course and trails. A ground person is required and safety vests must be worn. Call ahead and jumps can be customized to what you’re working on. Derby course is closed for schooling during competition days, but the schooling course remains available. Call or text Carolyn at 301-514-0111 or email us at [email protected] to schedule an appointment. More information and download the waiver and rules at https://themarylandhorsetrials.com/schooling-opportunities/cross-country-schooling.

December 29, 30 & January 19, 20: Sally Cousins Clinics (locations vary)
Train with four-star eventer Sally Cousins! Dates include Dec. 15 – Kealani Farm (West Grove, PA), Dec. 16 – Oldfields School (Glencoe Sparks, MD), Dec. 29 – Kealani Farm (West Grove, PA), Dec. 30 – Bit O Woods Farm (Hainesport, NJ), Jan. 19 – Kealani Farm (West Grove, PA), Jan. 20 – Bit O Woods Farm (Hainesport, NJ). Contact Sally at (610)324-6628 or [email protected].

December 29, January 5 & 19, February 16 & 23: Kelley Williams Clinics (locations vary)
Join Advanced-level eventer and popular instructor Kelley Williams for her annual Winter Clinic Series! Known for her absolute dedication to her horses, her students, and her wonderful supportive family, Kelley has developed A Bit Better Farm from a small family barn to a leading event facility. Possessing an enviable amount of patience, she is a naturally gifted trainer and instructor who always seems to know what her pupils need, whether they be human or equine. Kelley draws great gratification in her teaching and coaching, and firmly believes that she learns as much from her students as they learn from her. Dates include Dec. 29 at Loch Moy Farm (Adamstown, MD), Jan. 5 Winter Clinic Series #1 at A Bit Better Farm (Brookeville, MD), Jan. 19 Winter Clinic Series #2 at A Bit Better Farm, Feb. 16 Winter Clinic Series #3 at A Bit Better FarmFeb. 16 Winter Clinic Series #4 at A Bit Better Farm.

January 5, February 2, March 9-10: MDHT Winter Cross Derby (Adamstown, MD)
The Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy Farm will be hosting a Winter Cross Derby Series in 2019. The cross derby incorporates cross country and stadium jumps across eight acres of all-weather footing. Obstacles will include ditches, banks, water, and various portable fences. The goal is to provide an opportunity for riders to keep horses fit and competing over the winter on safe footing, in a low-pressure environment. The levels range from Poles/Crossrails through Modified. A brief schooling period is offered prior to every division. Ribbons are given through 8th place. Each cross derby is a registered USEA Educational Activity. Competitors may enter electronically via evententries.com or eventclinics.com. More information at www.themarylandhorsetrials.com.

January 5-6, February 3, March 3: Cavaletti Clinics with Meghan Truppner (Mt. Airy, MD)
Join USDF Silver Medalist Meghan Truppner at her Karmic Run Stables for a day full of cavaletti! All levels welcome from walk-trot beginners through more advanced pairs. Groups are limited to 3-4 riders to guarantee personalized attention. Looking for something interesting and beneficial to add to your horse’s exercise program this winter? Cavaletti work may be the answer! There are many variations you can use to benefit yourself and your horse. Cavaletti work encourages your horse to become more rhythmic and balanced, while adding a little interest to your flatwork. Dates include Jan. 5-6, Feb. 3 and March 3.

January 12, 19 & 26, February 2, 9, 16 & 23, March 2: Winter Gymnastics Clinic Series with Martin Douzant (Upperville, VA)
Eventers, young horses and hunter/jumpers of all levels are all welcome for this eight-week winter gymnastic clinic series at Deerfield Stables! Gymnastic and adjustability exercises will build on the prior week’s lesson so riders of all levels can perfect their basics and prepare for their 2019 goals, whatever they may be. Dates include Jan. 1219 & 26Feb. 2916 & 23March 2.

January 12: Equine Management Training Center Winter Horse Care Clinic Series #1 — “Let’s Get to the Core of It with Ann Mary Bettenson” (Axton, VA)
Why proper saddle fit is important to both horse and rider, saddle fitting, fitness and balance of the rider. Clinics held at Sandy River Equestrian Center. They will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and include lunch at noon in the bunk house. The cost is $175 for each clinic, or $750 for all five clinics when you pre-register and pay in advance. To register please contact Sam Henley, [email protected] or (549)488-5416; or Vicky Williams, [email protected] or (434)489-6414. More info at www.EQMTC.com.

January 19-20: Equine Management Training Center Winter Horse Care Clinic Series #2 — “No Hoof, No Horse; Hoof Care for Dummies with David Tuggle” (Axton, VA)
Day 1: Basic anatomy and function, injuries and problems, proper way to pick up a hoof. Day 2: How to properly pull a shoe, basic trimming and shoeing, corrective trimming and shoeing, alternative shoeing. Clinics held at Sandy River Equestrian Center. They will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and include lunch at noon in the bunk house. The cost is $175 for each clinic, or $750 for all five clinics when you pre-register and pay in advance. To register please contact Sam Henley, [email protected] or (549)488-5416; or Vicky Williams, [email protected] or (434)489-6414. More info at www.EQMTC.com.

January 26: Equine Management Training Center Winter Horse Care Clinic Series #3 — “Is My Horse Hangry? Equine Nutrition with Dr. Marty Adams”
Day 1: Feeds and feeding, interpreting a feed label, digestive anatomy, developing feed programs, supplements, ration wizard, thank you to lunch sponsor Cargill. Clinics held at Sandy River Equestrian Center. They will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and include lunch at noon in the bunk house. The cost is $175 for each clinic, or $750 for all five clinics when you pre-register and pay in advance. To register please contact Sam Henley, [email protected] or (549)488-5416; or Vicky Williams, [email protected] or (434)489-6414. More info at www.EQMTC.com.

February 4: Equine Management Training Center Winter Horse Care Clinic Series #4 — “Let’s Get to the Body of It: Equine Anatomy and Lameness with Dr. Mark Wallace, Carolina Equine Hospital”
Equine anatomy and physiology, identifying lameness, identifying and palpating soft tissue, lameness evaluation, soft tissue injuries. Clinics held at Sandy River Equestrian Center. They will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and include lunch at noon in the bunk house. The cost is $175 for each clinic, or $750 for all five clinics when you pre-register and pay in advance. To register please contact Sam Henley, [email protected] or (549)488-5416; or Vicky Williams, [email protected] or (434)489-6414. More info at www.EQMTC.com.

February 23-24: Equine Management Training Center Winter Horse Care Clinic Series #5 — “Beyond the Braids with Sam Henley”
Everything you need to know about show turnout, packing for you and your horse, managing your horse at a competition, stall set up, aftercare and more. Clinics held at Sandy River Equestrian Center. They will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and include lunch at noon in the bunk house. The cost is $175 for each clinic, or $750 for all five clinics when you pre-register and pay in advance. To register please contact Sam Henley, [email protected] or (549)488-5416; or Vicky Williams, [email protected] or (434)489-6414.

Area III

December 28-30: Bringing Safety to the Forefront Clinic Series (Ocala, FL)
Buck Davidson, LandSafe Equestrian and Mike Pilato have merged for an upcoming series of clinics nationwide! Join us for 3 days of excitement in Ocala December 28-30th 2018. Buck Davidson — Known worldwide for his accomplishments at international competitions. He is equally as well known for his grittiness, determination and ‘stickability’. This clinic will focus on the latter of these skills that he has developed over a lifetime of riding. LandSafe Equestrian — The fastest growing equestrian clinic in the country that provides participants with exercises to develop their muscle memory to reduce their rider risk in a fall scenario. Mike Pilato — 28 years practicing NATA certified Athletic Trainer. In 2002 Mike started research and developing the concept of the ‘equestrian as an athlete’. Athletes in other sports have had long term access to sports medicine and conditioning professionals who can evaluate them as an athlete. Now the same level of care and knowledge is available to the equestrian. Clinic Price Includes:
– 2 Lessons with Buck Davidson
– Level 1 LandSafe Clinic
– A customized program for each rider developed by Mike Pilato
– A simple Breakfast & Lunch Friday and Saturday
– One Dinner Saturday night prepared by Chef BDJ
– Shavings and Stabling from Thursday evening (12/27) through Monday morning (12/31)
For more detailed information about this clinic please visit www.landsafeequestrian.com and click on the clinic tour dates tab. [Register on Event Clinics]

December 29-30: Sport Horse Conformation Clinic (Newberry, FL)
Unique educational event! Featuring conformation expert Judy Wardrop, author of Analyzing Functional Conformation for the Olympic Disciplines and columnist for Warmbloods Today. Learn to identify good and bad conformation attributes; identify why a particular horse is better suited for dressage, jumping or eventing; watch as Judy helps riders troubleshoot problem areas with exercises directly relating to a horse’s conformation. To be held at Canterbury Showplace (23100 W. Newberry Road, Newberry, FL 32669) Sat.-Sun. Dec. 29-30, 9 a.m. – 4:30/5 p.m. with lunch included from noon-1:30 p.m. both days. Day 1: Classroom presentation in morning; lunch; eight sport horses presented in-hand for small group analysis workshops in covered arena. Day 2: Ridden horses first presented in-hand in arena; lunch. Ridden presentation with instruction. Cost: Audit both days, $120; audit Saturday only, $80; audit Saturday and ride Sunday, $225 + stall fee. Lunch included in fees; Sun. participation requires attendance on Sat. Sign up and learn more at WarmbloodsToday.com or Facebook.com/WarmbloodsToday/.

January 2: Stable View Schooling Hunter & Jumper Show (Aiken, SC)
These shows are held the first Wednesday of every month! The show begins at 10 a.m. Fences start at 2’3” and work up to 3’9” for the jumpers, and the hunter divisions run 2’ through 3’3″. These shows are a great opportunity to practice your stadium rounds! Class entry fees range from $30-$50 with up to $2,000 in prize money awarded. Please contact Stable View at (484)356-3173 or [email protected] for more information. Enter online via www.stableviewfarm.com.

January 6-7: POP Three-Phase Schooling Show (Ocala, FL)
Partners of the Park series at Florida Horse Park. Offering all levels of USDF and USEF eventing dressage tests, Intro through Advanced and FEI combined tests, Intro through Prelim/Training three-phase, 18′-3’9″ show jumping, and cross country schooling. Click here for Partners of the Park series website.

January 9: Stable View Schooling Dressage Show (Aiken, SC)
This show is the perfect chance to practice both USDF and USEA tests! The show begins at noon unless entries warrant. Each test is $35. Please contact Stable View at (484)356-3173 or [email protected] for more information. Enter online via www.stableviewfarm.com

January 9: 1st Annual Equestrian Businesswomen Summit (West Palm Beach, FL)
Equestrian Businesswomen (EQBW) is hosting its first annual Summit on Jan. 9 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, held in conjunction with the USEF Annual Meeting at the adjoining Hilton hotel. EQBW is a new company to help equestrian businesswomen and create a community and resources for entrepreneurs. The Summit features a full day of speakers and panels on various topics meant to inspire and motivate women as they work to improve their businesses in the equine industry, as well as a networking lunch and address by keynote speaker Tracey Noonan, CEO & Co-Founder of Wicked Good Cupcakes as featured on Shark Tank. Cost is $50. For more information visit eqbusinesswomen.com. #HARDWORKANDHORSEPLAY

January 9-12: 2019 US Equestrian Annual Meeting (West Palm Beach, FL)
Don’t miss these 2019 Annual Meeting highlights! Wednesday evening, join US Equestrian President Murray Kessler for poolside cocktails and appetizers at the Welcome Reception from 6:30 – 8 p.m. on the outdoor lawn. On Thursday at 8 a.m., catch the centerpiece event: the General Session:  “Members Make It Happen” with President Murray Kessler and US Equestrian senior staff. Hear about the year’s key achievements, discover how US Equestrian is facing its challenges, learn how members can power action and change in horse sports, and look ahead with us to 2019. Kick off the 2019 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 8 a.m, with a full slate of educational opportunities, including workshops and panels to include:
• SafeSport: What You Need to Know
• Positive Coaching to Win
• Buying, Selling and Leasing Horses with Confidence
• Building a Successful Equestrian Business
• Growing the Grassroots
• Major Rules Changes: News to Know
• The Power of Media and Membership
Need to complete your SafeSport training? Free SafeSport training is being offered on Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Click here for a complete schedule and more details.

January 16 & 23: POP Winter Wednesdays (Ocala, FL)
Partners of the Park series at Florida Horse Park. Cross country schooling ($50/horse), jumper show (18″-4′), dressage clinic (clinician TBD). More info here.

February 6: Wednesday Jumpers at Stable View (Aiken, SC)
Polish your show jumping skills — 2’3″ – 3’9″ jumper classes available. Show begins at 10 a.m. Entry form here. Visit www.stableviewfarm.com.

February 18-21: USEA Educational Symposium
The 2019 USEA Educational Symposium will take place February 18-21 at The Grand Oaks Resort in Weirsdale, Florida. The ICP symposium will be February 18-19 and you can register here. The YEH/FEH will be February 20-21 and you can register here.

February 20 & 27: POP Winter Wednesdays (Ocala, FL)
Partners of the Park series at Florida Horse Park. Cross country schooling ($50/horse), jumper show (18″-4′), dressage clinic (clinician TBD). More info here.

February 23-24: Stable View Eventing Schooling Day & Academy Schooling Show (Aiken, SC)
Open cross country schooling on Saturday; Academy Schooling Show on Sunday. Horse trials offered at Sprouts (<18”) through Prelim/Training levels; combined tests offered at Sprouts through Advanced level; dressage tests and show jumping rounds — choice of any USEF/ USEF/USDF/USEA test/jumping height. Closing date is Feb. 18. Cross country schooling info is here; schooling trials info is here. Visit www.stableviewfarm.com.

February 23-24: Lellie Ward Clinic at Timber Acres (Buhl, AL)
The University of Alabama Eventing Team is hosting a Lellie Ward clinic on February 23-24 at Timber Acres in Buhl, Alabama. Dressage will be Saturday with individual lessons for 1 hour. On Sunday there will be group jump lessons. It is $150 for both days or $80 for one day only. Stabling will be $20 per night, and the haul in fee is $10 per day. The audit fee will be $25/day. Lellie Ward has gone to the Rolex Kentucky 3-day event a total of four times on three different horses. She has also competed in many other US and Canadian events such as Bromont, Jersey Fresh, Gladstone, and Buffalo Texas. She has a USEA level III teaching certificate as well as certificates from Germany and the UK. She has produced 10 unstarted horses to the advanced levels including Peter Pan and Next Dance. She has also trained horses through Grand Prix dressage and show jumping.  She can help any rider with any discipline. Please contact [email protected] to enter the clinic.

February 24-26: Christoph Hess at Magnolia Farms (Live Oak, FL) 
Christoph Hess is an author, clinician and FEI “I” dressage and eventing judge. He is highly respected around the world as a teacher of riding and the development of the horse according to classical principles. He authored the book “Ride Better,” wherein he collects some of his very best riding and training tips along with well-honed insight related to the topics that he finds most often challenge equestrians and their equine partners. This clinic is hosted by Cathy Willson/Magnolia Farms and Andrea Haller. The clinic will be at Magnolia Farms, with Olympic-caliber covered arena, 16×16 stalls, LQ Trailer spaces, guest housing, and other amenities. Prices: Lesson $225, includes lunch and spectating. Spectating is $50 per day, includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. Please contact Andrea for more info at [email protected] or (386)623-2292.

March 6: Wednesday Jumpers at Stable View (Aiken, SC)
Polish your show jumping skills — 2’3″ – 3’9″ jumper classes available. Show begins at 10 a.m. Entry form here. Visit www.stableviewfarm.com.

Area IV

February 23: Eventing Clinic with EN’s Amy Nelson (Rochester, IL)
Jump start your 2019 show season with a one day eventing clinic with Amy Nelson at Hummingbird Stables! Get ready for your first event of the year with practice outside on our cross country course if weather allows — water, banks, ditches (BN-prelim), corner fences; or indoor eventing with palisades, faux weldon’s wall, faux ditch and more! Small groups of 3. $55 each horse/rider, second horse just $50. Auditing is FREE. Lesson horses/ponies available. Payment must be made out to Hummingbird Stables by Feb. 9, 2019. Email entry is fine: indicate Name, horse’s
name, level, and if a day stall is needed for $15. Levels: Green as Grass, Starter, BN, Novice, Training, T/P. RSVP on Facebook event page here.

Area V

Area VI

Jan. 4-5: Fresno County Horse Park 4th Annual Cross Country Course Building Benefit Clinic (Fresno, CA) 

Support the Fresno County Horse Park Fundraiser: Your clinic fees include the price of dressage, jumping and cross country lessons with the clinician of your choice, a 2019 membership to FCHP, stabling and dinner, with all proceeds going towards course improvements. A ride-a-test is also available. Click here for more information.

Jan. 27-28: Fresno County Horse Park Combined Test (Fresno, CA)
Offering combined tests at the Intro through Advanced levels. Entries open Dec. 12 and close Jan. 9. View Omnibus listing here.

Area VII

Area VIII

Area IX

Area X

Canada

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