President's Message for July
Happy July to all of you.
Given all the social and political turmoil of these times, aren't you glad you have your horse(s) to escape to? The kindness and trust, the gentle expressions of connection, even the smell of their breath makes the chaos recede to manageable levels. My horses, my therapists.
A continuing theme of this year has been learning. There are more opportunities coming your way. If you've checked the calendar page recently, you've noticed the de-spooking clinic will be on July 15th. It's oriented toward Junior riders, who participate for free, but grown-up auditors are welcome, too. Those police patrol horses have to be truly bomb-proof, and finding how they get trained to be that way will be very useful. Call Gina McKay, 505-410-2563, to sign up.
August has two enticing clinics on the calendar, Danica Langenstein and Jennifer Marchand. Here are more opportunities to learn from experts.
Emily Keene, from Trinity Ranch where we held our last schooling show, is interested in hosting some Sunday, interactive, problem-solving get-togethers. Trinity Ranch is a lovely venue, and not far away, unless you're from Las Cruces or points south. Emily has a strong interest in biomechanics of horse and rider. Ah, another opportunity for learning. Keep checking the Calendar page.
Our schooling show Energizer bunny, Teresa Heine, is still at it. She has a schooling show in Espanola confirmed for September 3rd. And she is working on finalizing an early August schooling show up in Los Alamos. It would be combined with their Pony Club. It is so nice to show up there where it is 10 to 15 degrees cooler. Watch the Calendar page for entry information.
This fall, the best time in New Mexico in my opinion, will have two really outstanding clinics, Bill McMullin in the Albuquerque area, and a Free-style clinic at Hippico. You really would love to dance with your horse, wouldn't you? Our thanks to clinic organizers Dawn Foster and Kathleen Martin for their efforts. Look for participation information on the Calendar page. Am I sounding sort of repetitive? Hope not.
So, ride early, and thank your equine partner for keeping you mentally and spiritually centered.
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