Hunter jumper clinic to be held at WWU

TaylorMade Horsemanship
(TMH) will host a three-day hunter/jumper clinic for William Woods University
students Nov. 2-4.

Students may either participate
or audit. Auditing of these clinics, which will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day,
is free and open to the public.
 
Stephanie Koerner, a
junior from Kankakee, Ill., plans to attend her first hunter/jumper clinic for
the full three days.
 
“I hope to gain more
experience with Echo, and get a different insight on this horse,” Koerner said.
“Also, I will learn new exercises to work on with Echo and other horses.”
 
Melanie Smith Taylor
and Mindy Bower teamed up to create TMH, a program to help riders become closer
to their horses. The clinics begin the first morning with observing riders and
placing them into small groups.
 
The riders then work
with Bower on groundwork and proceed to work on riding flatwork and gymnastics
with Taylor. The clinicians work with each rider individually to help solve any
problems. They also videotape all riders to record their progress, and the
videotapes are given to the riders to learn from.
 
“I am attending to
learn more and apply it to a horse that has never done these maneuvers,” Elena
Smith, a junior from Moscow, said.
 
Taylor is an Olympic
gold medalist and reputable hunter/jumper and hunt seat equitation judge. She
is well known within the equine community for her accomplishments. Taylor is
awaiting the publication of her book, “Ride With Life…. from the Ground Up,” a
review of her equine endeavors and the many horsemen that influenced her.
 
“I am excited to get
the experience from an Olympian and apply what I learn to my riding and horse,”
Caydie Bennet, a freshman from Aguanga, Calif., said.
 
Bower is a
third-generation horse woman who thrives on helping riders to better understand
their equine partners. She has been starting and training horses for the past
30 years and has experience in a variety of disciplines. Solving horse and
rider problems is something that Bower enjoys and has developed a finely tuned
eye for.
 
“[Bower] has a great
ability to read horses and help their humans to better understand them,”
Koerner said.
 
There is an opportunity
for people who have worked previously with one of the clinicians to become
apprentices to help in TMH clinics. The apprenticeship will teach equestrians
how to create lesson plans to develop young riders and help them learn more
about the industry.
 
For more information on
the clinic and its clinicians, Contact:
Dr. Linda McClaren at 573.590.3661 or linda.mcclaren@willamwoods.edu
or visit www.taylormadehorsemanship.com.