Irish Olympian Joseph Murphy Returning to Ocala for March Clinic

Joseph Murphy teaching at Horsepower Equestrian. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Following his successful cross country clinic in Ocala, Florida earlier this month, Irish Olympian Joseph Murphy has announced he is making a return trip to Horsepower Equestrian on March 11-13 to get horses and riders tuned up for the competition season.

Whether you want to build confidence on cross country for yourself or your horse, sharpen your jumping skills, or simply have a fabulous time riding with one of Ireland’s best, there is something for everyone at Joseph’s clinics.

The three-day clinic is open to riders and horses of all levels, from Beginner Novice to Advanced, and all will walk away having gained an immense amount of knowledge and new tools to use on cross country going forward for the season.

“I assess the riders and the horses and see what level I can get them to in their training in a short space of time,” Joseph said. “When the riders go away from the clinic, I want them to have the tools to be able to progress their horses from what I have done to what they can do on their own.”

Lisa Hickey and No Pips at Joseph Murphy’s February clinic. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Joseph certainly challenged riders in his February clinic, and he said he was delighted with their progress and is looking forward to returning. “Some of them were out of their comfort zone because of what I was asking them to do, but I thought their attitude and reaction was really good.”

Feedback has been very positive from the riders who participated in Joseph’s February clinic. Click here to read EN’s full clinic report. Read on for a sampling of what other riders had to say:

Jeanie Clarke: “Best cross country training I have ever had. It’s about riding, thinking, reacting, confidence and athleticism. Do it.”

Marcea Funk: “Every rider was challenged on becoming a better class of rider for the horses. Joseph found all our weaknesses quickly and proved how important it was mentally to stay focused, especially with how challenging our courses are becoming.”

Julieann Prettyman: “Joseph gave me the confidence to not only ask harder questions and jump bigger things but also to make mistakes and embrace them as part of the learning curve with the younger horses.”

Jimmie Schramm: “He methodically worked with every pair as he would if he were training his own horse, ticking off the boxes of what the horse and rider were proficient at and what needed to be addressed and worked through.”

Jean Thomas and Connor at Joseph Murphy’s February clinic. Photo by Jenni Autry.

The cost for Joseph’s clinic on March 11-13 is $150 for one day, $290 for two days and $420 for all three days; the facility fee for Horsepower Equestrian is included. Lessons are small group sessions and approximately 80 minutes long. Auditors are welcome!

Riders who return for multiple days will be challenged with different exercises building on the previous days. Only early morning sessions will be available on the third day, which will focus on simulating a competition type of scenario.

For more information or to book, email [email protected] and include the level of horse and rider. Limited stalls are available and can be reserved by contacting Liz Halliday-Sharp at [email protected]. Spots are expected to fill quickly, so don’t wait! Join the clinic event page on Facebook here.

Many thanks to Al Sharp and Liz Halliday-Sharp for hosting at their stunning facility. If you haven’t yet ridden at Horsepower Equestrian, this is an excellent opportunity to do so. The cross country course designed by Pan American Games course builder Greg Schlappi is one of the best private facilities in Ocala.

Learn more about Joseph on his website and follow him on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Go Eventing.