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Olivia LaGoy-Weltz Clinic at Massar
Coming off an exciting win at the FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage 2015 in Wellington, Florida the end of March, Olivia LaGoy Weltz traveled to Massar Stables in Arlington, TN for a two day clinic, April 8-9, 2015, with Ally Rogers and students of ALR Dressage.
The FEI press reported: “USA 1 pathfinder, LaGoy Weltz, led the way with an expressive performance from Rassing’s Lonoir in the Prix St George to earn a mark of 71.605%. … The first to go for Team USA, Olivia La-Goy Weltz felt some pressure before leading off, but said that ‘Lono’ made some great improvements and it was the most extravagant test, movement-wise, he has shown so far this season. ‘We did have a few uncharacteristic bobbles in the test, but he was still fabulous and continued to settle as the test went on, which is great to know that he is progressing to where he can do that,’ she remarked.
LaGoy-Weltz and the 11-year-old Lono will soon travel to Europe for the 2015 Pan-Am qualifying shows. “We’ll do two to three shows in Germany, Slovenia, and Austria. If I make the team, we go to the Pan Am Games. If not, we go home,” she said. She’ll be in Europe competing from April 28 until June 17. Dressage at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada runs July 11-14, 2015.
Ally Rogers and the riders at Massar were excited to have this top caliber rider once again come to give a clinic. Both days were full, starting at 7:15 a.m. each day.
LaGoy-Weltz’ approach to teaching is tailored to the specific rider’s and horse’s needs. “It’s different for every rider and it depends on their development,” she explained. “Sometimes the focus is more on the horse; sometimes it’s more on the rider. It depends on where they are and what they’re working on.”
Generally, she strives to help both achieve balance. “The rider has to take responsibility for riding correctly and the horse has to take responsibility to respond correctly to the rider.” She doesn’t “blame” either for a particular problem, but works to fix whatever the problem may be. “I individualize instruction,” she emphasized, “but many problems can be fixed with going more forward. Although I wouldn’t recommend more forward to a horse that’s a runaway. You have to ride horses back to front.” Her approach is to be very fair to the horses.
Olivia is a USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist and FEI competitor. In addition to campaigning Lono, she has an older horse, Urbanus, whom she has had since age 3 and brought him along so that now he works everything from Grand Prix. She has a junior rider who will be showing him in the Junior divisions this year. “I hope to acquire more horses this summer,” she said; “increase the flock!”
Keep up with Olivia on facebook at LivDressage – Olivia LaGoy-Weltz or on her website: livdressage.com. Find out more about Ally Rogers at www.alrdressage.com or on facebook at ALRDressage.
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