WWU to Hold Dressage Ride-A-Test Clinic and Schooling Show

Heidi Williams
Heidi Williams

A German equestrian who now teaches dressage clinics in the United States will be at William Woods University Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 22-23) for the Dressage Ride-A-Test and Schooling Show.

The clinician, Heidi Williams, started riding as a child in her local German riding club. She earned the “Deutsche Reitabzeichen” German Riding Federation – FN – in Bronze and Silver, and in 2000 she successfully completed the course to “Trainer C” riding instructor and trainer.

Since moving to the U.S. with her family in 2004, Williams has been teaching in the Kansas City area. She has taken her students to the Midwest and Regional Championships, produced a USDF Bronze Medal rider, and a KCDS Schooling Show Series Champion. In 2006 she returned to competing herself and has been successful at USDF recognized shows.

She is strongly rooted in the German systematic approach to dressage with the emphasis on the training scale, always keeping the welfare of the horse as a main focus. Although driven to performance, she believes riding should be fun for the rider and the horses.

On Saturday, the clinic will be used as a practice test for students who are preparing for the upcoming show season and WWU equestrian proficiencies, but there is an option to take a normal clinic lesson, as well. Those taking the ride-a-test option will ride a competition dressage “test” (pattern) and will be judged by the same parameters. Williams will judge the tests, then give the riders recommendations for improvement, after which they will re-ride the test.

Sunday will be a small and informal in-house schooling show and, possibly, more clinic rides.

The costs are Ride-A-Test private session, $50; regular lesson private, $50; regular lesson semi-private, $30 per rider; and show rides, $15 per class, with test of choice.

For more information, contact Karen Pautz at karen.pautz@williamwoods.edu.