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Upcoming free clinics for 2007

Dick Lepak
Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association

Discovery Farms is a first rate boarding and training facility located in a beautiful setting just south of Elizabeth, Co. Owned by Jan Koch, Discovery Farms was the site of the first RMQHA Free Clinic for 2007. But what do you do if you have to put on the clinic and you are showing a horse in Las Vegas, NV. If you are Bill Bormas, AQHA Professional Horseman, you catch a flight early in the morning to put on the clinic. And if you are in Las Vegas how do you make sure that the facility is ready for your clinic? You really on associate trainer Miya Childers and her top crew to do everything from grooming the arena to arranging for lunch to insure the day is a success for entrance and observers.

Even the weather assisted this clinic, offering a beautiful Saturday morning, where Bill began by discussing showmanship, proper attire and presence in the show ring with the 30 to 40 people in attendance. Three of their students/boarders who were at various levels in experience and training demonstrated what is and isn’t acceptable in the show ring. Bill discussed horses, their personalities and abilities followed by tips on what to look for in a good showmanship pattern.

We at RMQHA would like to invite everyone to our up-coming free clinics for 2007:

May 12- Carol Ellis will offer a barrel racing clinic at her facility near Berthoud, Colo. Designed for the novice rider and those having limited experience with barrels, horse/rider space is limited, but a few spots remain. Please contact us early if you want to bring your horse.

June-(exact date to be announced)- Jimmy Daurio will cover Showmanship, Horsemanship and English Equitation(time permitting) at the Walk-A-Mile Equestrian Center in Avondale, Colo. This new arena is just east of Pueblo and space is available for exhibitors with horses, but book early as it will fill-up soon.

July-(date to be announced) – Tom Forehand- preparing your horse for the show.

Julian & Nancy Nemmers-(date to be announced) – Trail and English Equitation will be offered. The date and location for this clinic will be announced soon.

All of these Free clinics are designed to be learning experiences for those who attend. Horse/rider combinations are limited based upon facility size, but auditors are always welcome. A complete list of up-coming clinics can be found at our web site http://www.rmqha.com or through the RMQHA office at (303) 296-1143 or Dick Lepak at (303) 522-4870.

With almost 20 shows/show circuits part of this year’s RMQHA Outreach Program there are more opportunities than ever to gain points for year end awards. Several exhibitors took the opportunity since last October to join Outreach and begin working for their year end awards for 2007. The year is just starting and there is plenty of time to join and become part of the fastest growing segment of RMQHA. We are still looking for people to assist us with the Outreach News so if any of you would like to help us please let us know.

This month our spotlight shines on Anne Raskey and her newest horse, Legends Forever (aka “Hotdog”). Anne has been a long time exhibitor in the RMQHA Outreach Program on her horse Submariner, but last year she and Legends Forever teamed up to win our 19 and over English Equitation and Trail awards and were reserve in English Pleasure. Anne has been riding for over 40 years and has owned a variety of breeds. Anne and “Hotdog” have already started the season well with points in English Equitation 19 and over and Trail 19 and over for 2007. We congratulate Anne on last year’s success and wish her a great show season in 2007.


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