The Virginia Tech Quadrille team performing at last year's seminar.
An impressive group of equine professionals will be speaking and giving demonstrations on Sunday March 20th at the Alphine-Stuart Livestock Teaching Arena just off Prices Fork Road in Blacksburg, Va. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the first session starts at 8:30. This free event is sponsored by the Southwest Virginia Dressage Association in conjunction with the Department of Animal and Poultry Science at Virginia Tech.
Dr. Katherine Wilson, DVM, clinical instructor of Large Animal Medicine at VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine will speak on Equine Tick Borne Diseases, which are on the rise in our area. Learn how to recognize the symptoms and protect your horse.
Dave Quackenbush, the only farrier in Virginia certified in the Natural Balanced Barefoot Trim, will discuss and demonstrate this method. Find out if your horse could benefit from this approach to trimming and shoeing.
Patrizia Brooks from the Dressage Center at High Meadows will discuss and demonstrate the Art of Long Lining. Ms. Brooks grew up in Europe and learned dressage from German masters including Reiner Klimke and Egon Von Neindorff. She perfected her Long Lining skills under the tutelage of Ignaz Lauschak at the Spanish Riding School.
Natural horsemanship trainer Morgan Dillard Harris working with Tuppence.
Jen Wolz, a Blacksburg attorney, horse owner and competitor, will speak on equine law topics that all horse owners and horse professionals should know. Protect yourself by knowing the law.
Harriet Peterson, USEF “r” judge and USDF certified instructor will lead a round table discussion of the new 2011 USDF Dressage tests. What has changed? What do the judges want to see? Get your questions answered here.
Robyn Walden, assistant trainer at Impulsion Unlimited, will discuss the concept of a horse’s “rideability” and demonstrate its importance in stadium jumping. Ms. Walden spent a year in Europe as an assistant to Olympic Show Jumping rider Laura Kraut.
Tim Jennings from Professional Auction Services will discuss buying and selling a horse at auction. Mr. Jennings will demystify the process so you will know what to expect.
Mike Jennings, a reining competitor, will speak on training the reining horse and demonstrate some of the techniques used to get those incredible moves.
There will be dressage freestyle exhibitions during the lunch break. Lunch and refreshments will be available on site plus door prizes and a tack sale.
Submitted by Mary Kafura. Photos courtesy of Mary Kafura.