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The very first IDHSNA USEA Future Event Horse Educational Seminar started today at the picturesque Hilltop Farm in Colora, Maryland. With over fifty people in attendance including officials, judges, breeders, upper level event riders, and sport horse enthusiasts, the participants came away with a large variety of new knowledge.
The morning was kicked off by a presentation by Judy Wardrope, a sport horse conformation expert and published author. Judy focused on the basic mechanics of the horse including desirable and undesirable traits and their effect on both performance and longevity in our equine partners.
Following Judy’s power point, Hilltop Farm put on a presentation of their stallions including Bugatti, Contucci, Hemmingway, Doctor Wendell, Don Principe, Royal Prince, and the legendary Riverman. Each stallion was turned out to perfection and handled impeccably, giving owners a standard to strive for.
After a short lunch break, Judy Wardrope returned to the microphone to explain the conformation and effect on mechanics on horses provided by Hilltop. Using a piece of hay string she was able to illustrate the high and low points of each horse.
ICP Level IV Instructor, successful eventing competitor and active sport horse breeder, Robin Walker then gave a lecture on free jumping horses while Hilltop Farm’s trainer and professional handler, Michael Bragdell, took several horses through the jumping shoot. A wide range of horses were taken through the shoot including stallion, Doctor Wendell.
The day was concluded with a demonstration of a 3-year-old under saddle class, a possible new addition to the Future Event Horse Program. Two groups of 3-year-olds were ridden in the indoor in a mock class as Susan Graham White and Faith Fessenden explained the methodology behind what they were seeing with each horse and the purpose of a 3-year-old under saddle class.
The FEH Educational Seminar continues tomorrow with topics including: principles of judging, handling the young horse, developmental stages of the young horse, and in-hand evaluation of yearlings, 2-year-olds, and 3-year-olds.
Thanks to a very generous donor, the IDHSNA USEA Future Event Horse Educational Seminar was free for all USEA members. There will be two more seminars held in 2013 and dates will be announced soon.