(Photos by Joanie Morris, David Frechette, Nora Battig)
Just crawled in bed after a fantastic week at Training Camp with DOC and the Developing Rider/Eventing 25 team! I was incredibly fortunate to be selected for a second year, and although it was helpful to be a veteran of the program, David continues to expand and improve upon existing frameworks to bring us new and creative challenges.
In addition to two days of dressage drill riding, a day of show jump riding, and another day of cross country schooling, this year’s camp was also rich with interactive seminars on a multitude of topics, including stable management, feed and nutrition, sports massage and physiotherapy, shoeing, veterinary care, grooming and show turnout, and also a very motivating talk by Buck Davidson on what it takes to be a successful business person in the equestrian world as we each start to venture into the professional world.
David’s emphasis in all three phases was the need to become more systematic in our riding, teaching, and training at all levels. He wants us to think about the consistency in our training programs as we move forward and potentially go on to train others.
The final day of camp will allow the U25 members to have individual dressage lessons with David, but Nora Battig and I will be at Rocking Horse with the BDJ crew for our second outing of the year.
More updates soon!