Intro to Eventing Clinic Series

The Intro To Eventing Clinic Series began in 2008 as a way for riders from all disciplines to get a taste of eventing. An Intro To Eventing Clinic will have a very welcoming atmosphere that will introduce the basic skills of Eventing in a no-pressure environment.The Clinics can be held anywhere in the country where there is a demand. The Clinic Instructor must be an active member of the USEA and willing to have the patience to manage the inexperience of riders participating in their first foray into the eventing world. The venue must be able to provide ample trailer parking and appropriate facilities for both ring-riding and cross-country. Insurance for the day can be purchased through the USEA.

Clinic Participant Requirements

  • Clinics are open to riders that have never competed in a recognized USEA Horse Trial.
  • Riders must provide a Coggins and a signed USEA release form to the Clinic Organizer
  • Riders must fill out a questionnaire before the Clinic so the Instructor will be able to have basic knowledge of the rider’s abilities and what their goals for the Clinic.
  • Riders will be also asked to fill out a post-Clinic survey to assess the quality of the clinic
  • Riders must come into the Clinic with a willing attitude and an excitement to learn!

Sample Clinic Format

  • Unmounted lecture about the history of eventing, basic rules of etiquette and safety, and the instructor’s plan for the Clinic.
  • Basic Flatwork in an enclosed area – Instructor should give each rider a “taste” of dressage
  • Work over poles and gridwork in an enclosed area – use time as an assessment of rider’s jumping strengths
  • Move out to a field with slight terrain – instruct participants on the proper and safe positions for galloping over terrain
  • Work over inviting cross-country jumps, water, ditches, and other natural elements.

For more information about the Intro To Eventing Clinic Series or if you wish to host a Clinic contact Jennifer Hardwick at 703-779-0440 ext. 3003 or email

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