Looking to expand your knowledge of and experience in a Classic Three-Day event? You’ll want to mark your calendars for this one!
Coming this November (16th-20th) in Morriston, Florida, Barnstaple will be hosting an educational program and unrecognized competition (starter through training) with the purpose of using the Classic Three-Day format to further the education of both the competitors and auditors. Professionals such as Peter Gray, Max Corcoran, Leslie Law, Kyle Carter, Lauren Nicholson, Buck Davidson, Jr., Sinead Halpin, Tik Maynard, Dorothy Crowell, and Sarah Kozumplik will be hosting demonstrations and talks in order for participants to have the opportunity to learn from some of the top professionals in the industry. Participants will then be able to apply that knowledge to their own preparations for the unrecognized event.
Sitting down to talk with the event’s Education Coordinator Dorothy Crowell, it is clear that this program and competition was formed around the passion for the education of the event horse and rider.
“Riders with Classic Three-Day experience have to learn how to schedule fitness, lessons, and vet and farrier to coordinate with the Three-Day. They need to learn TPR, how to properly, and efficiently cool their horses, how to wrap legs, ice after hard work, and know their horses legs so they can tell if something is different – even in a dark stall. They need to understand their horse’s minds, so they know when to ask the hard questions and when to back off, learn to train their horses in hand in order to be ready for the jog, understand how important time off is, as well as the importance of long walks when bringing them back into work. They need to learn how vital their own fitness is, both physical and mental. These are imperative horsemanship skills whether your goal is to ride at the next local Horse Trial, or for the U.S. Team!” Dorothy explained.
To further help riders, and the larger equine community, The Barnstaple USEA Educational Program and Classic Three-Day Event is working with small businesses in a one-time-only rider sponsorship program. Additionally, the event gives back to beneficiaries such as The Liz Cochran Memorial Groom’s Award and The Ocala Horse Alliance’s Black Stallion Reading Project.
“I am so excited about the talented professionals attaching their name to an educational program that gives back to both riders and the community,” Dorothy expressed.