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Allison Springer Eventing Clinic
Run Eventing and the Hernando branch of the Southern Run Pony Club co-hosted an eventing clinic at the Mid-South Dressage Academy in Hernando on May 25-26. The clinic featured Allison Springer, the highest placed American ever at the Rolex Kentucky 4-Star Event in 2012 and the alternate for the 2012 Olympic team.
The event was open to the public, with a price of $250 for non-pony club members and $200 for pony club members. Riders from the Mid-South, Oxford, and Louisiana and members of three different pony clubs came with their trainers to learn under Springer’s instruction.
Ginny Harrison, a trainer from Folsom, La., explained why she chose to bring three of her riders to the clinic. “She is someone of such a high caliber; it’s not often you get someone like that in this area,” Harrison said. “I wanted my students to experience lessons under someone like her.”
The student riders agreed enthusiastically, praising Springer’s accomplishments and tailored lessons.
“It’s really cool,” Megan Guntharp, a rider in the novice group said. “The pony clubs try to get clinics going every so often, but it’s a pretty big deal to get someone with a big name here.”
The clinic featured lessons for riders ranging from starters to preliminary, which is from a height of 2’-3’7.” Riders recognized Springer’s knowledge of all of the areas of dressage during the weekend clinic, where they moved from flatwork and gridwork to show jumping and coursework.
“I was really impressed,” Guntharp said. “I had my horse on a halter and she said, ‘Your horse is going to have these certain problems,’ and those were the exact things I had been working on. You can tell that she really knows horses.”
Margaret Shepard, another student rider, was pleased with what she learned during the first day of the clinic. “I learned how to halt with my seat,” Shepard said. “My horse was going fast in the circle, so she helped us slow down. It’s a lot of seat work.”
Shepard also praised Springer for her ability to break down her training methods. “She is very helpful, and I can understand what she’s asking us to do,” Shepard said.
Alice Shepard, also a student rider, said that Springer went further than simply telling riders what to do. “She breaks everything down for us, but she also explains why we do what we do when we’re riding,” Alice Shepard said.
For more information on the Mid-South Dressage Academy, go to http://www.midsouthdressageacademy.org/. For more information on Allison Springer, go to http://allisonspringer.com/.
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