There’s nothing like watching a young horse discovering “the joy of jumping” through a gymnastic chute. For owners, it offers a first glimpse of their natural jumping ability as well as their bravery, work ethic, and ability to think on their feet.
It makes sense, then, that the 2016 USEA FEH Championships is introducing a mandatory free jumping competition for the 3-year-old horses in addition to the standard in-hand class, as announced earlier this year. The USEA is helping horses and their handlers gear up for the new phase with educational opportunities like last weekend’s free jump chute clinic at Dragonfire Farm in Wilton, California.
The two-day clinic, led by Willy Arts and Robin Walker, incrementally guided 13 eventing hopefuls on a journey from ground rail to gymnastic. You can read Kate Lokey’s in depth recap of the clinic on the USEA website here, listen to Robin and Jen McFall discuss it on the USEA podcast, and check out these videos and more on Instagram!
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Keep your eye on the USEA FEH page for upcoming jump chute clinic opportunities, including free jumping clinics at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland, on July 7 and October 5. They also have a helpful “Introduction to Free Jumping” video here.
The FEH West Coast Championships will be held Friday, September 23, 2016 at Twin Rivers in Paso Robles, California, followed by the East Coast Championship at Loch Moy on Thursday, October 6, 2016.
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