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Dressage Clinic’s in Grand Rapids at Serenity Farms – May 4-5

Serenity Farm – First Stop in the ADA’s Winter Clinic Series

By Janine Holmes

On January 20 and 21, Serenity Farm proudly hosted Karin Reid-Offield as the clinician for the first clinic in the ADA Winter Clinic Series. Karin is a regular clinician at Serenity Farm and so the line-up of riders consisted of some familiar faces as well as some new ones. It was fun to see the great improvement in the horses that had worked with Karin before and also wonderful to watch the transformation of horses that had not worked with Karin before. I truly wish I had taken video to compare the first and last five minutes of each ride. One would have thought there were months of training between the two. Once again, this proves how important it is for us to have a ground person with has a keen eye for what the judges are looking for. Without that, bad habits can form since things go unnoticed and uncorrected.

Participant Kim Nobel: “Karin put us right at ease. The focus of our lesson was to do a dance, not just the geometrical movements. Between Karin and my training with Janine Holmes, we’ve thrown away the spurs and are learning to communicate subtly. It’s all about making the dance beautiful!

I’m enjoying the ADA winter clinic series. It’s a great opportunity to meet fellow horse enthusiasts while trying new trainers and their techniques.”

While enjoying summer time grilled burgers’ for lunch, Karin engaged in numerous discussions with riders and auditors. Questions were asked and answers given, stories were told and experiences shared. Everyone benefitted from Karin’s overseas experience and the wisdom she gained while living with Anky van Grunsven. All agreed that Karin was easy to understand, that what she taught made perfect sense and that given time and tremendous discipline, we too can have that upper level seat and mind set even when doing Intro Level!

For information: Link for Serenity Farm  Link for : Karin Reid Offield