Things to look forward to in January

That don’t include joining a gym, or giving anything up, but instead enriching your equestrian education! (along with your peers in a comfortable location, food and drinks provided – what’s not to like?)
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Mary King at Burghley CCI****2011. 
As well as taking the top two places at the Rolex CCI**** in Kentucky this spring, Mary also placed in the top ten at four other CCI****’s this year.
Area 8 is hitting the ground running in 2012 – Mary King is attending the AGM in Cincinnati for the weekend of the 6th and 7th January, non-members are welcome to attend her talk on the saturday morning, the dinner and silent auction that evening, as well as the “virtual clinic” on sunday morning. See the PDF form here for more details.  If you’re from out of town, you may as well make plans to stay and explore the area, because the following weekend we’re hosting none other than William Micklem, of the insightful COTH columns and more, and of course his own bridle that bears his name, at the historical Spindletop Hall here in Lexington, Kentucky.
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And if this just whets your appetite to get out there and put everything into practice in person, please send in your applications now for the Francis Whittington clinic presented by KER, at the fabulous Longwood Farm in Ocala, Florida, the week of the 18th and 19th January. Francis will be available for private lessons on the Monday and Tuesday 16th and 17th, and spots are already filling up fast at all levels. The clinic costs $300 including facility fee, and lunch both days will be generously provided by KER.  We all had a lot of fun at the last clinic in Georgia, including a group dinner on saturday night, which I wasn’t allowed to report on, and I don’t expect it to be any different this time, so please contact me ASAP if you’re interested in attending, we’d love to see you.
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Usually about two or three weeks ahead is about as far as I can manage to organise myself, although I’m vaguely trying not to over-peak for Rolex, Badminton and of course the Olympics, must pace oneself, although moderation has always been difficult for me, sigh!  Hope we all get through the winter safely, all tips for managing the cold much appreciated (except “move south”!) Bundle up,  Hunker down, and Go Eventing!
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