New Clinicians Coming to DHF in 2015! by DHF President Jen Truett
We are excited to announce the addition of two clinicians to our 2015 schedule at Dancing Horse Farm! These two men have individually, but symbiotically, taught me more about feel, throughness, contact, and self carriage in 2.5 months than I've ever learned before.
George Williams: (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Williams-Dressage-LLC/154967316047) the current President of the United States Dressage Federation, is a prominent figure in international dressage as a rider, trainer, instructor, clinician and competitor. He stays actively involved in the dressage community through both the USDF and the USEF. His dedication and success to the sport of dressage competition is noteworthy. He has been a successful dressage rider and trainer for many years, but earned international attention with Rocher, the wonderful black Westfalen mare with the floppy ears, owned by Chuck and Joann Smith of Gypsy Woods Farm. Together, the duo set records at Dressage at Devon and internationally, and dressage websites and magazines around the world reported that US and European crowds rose to their feet with tears in their eyes when Williams and Rocher competed. This pair represented the US at the 2003 World Cup in Sweden, placing 5th, and at the Hickstead European Championships, where he placed 10th.
David de Wilpelaere (www.dwdewispelaere.com) is the author of two books, which were written while he was living in Europe from 2003 through 2014 and explain his motto, "harmony and lightness." He also designed his own dressage saddle and has bred champion Warmblood foals, started them under saddle and sold them to students. Some of David's horses are now competing successfully in Germany through FEI level. The well-known Euro Dressage website said about David: "he is one of the most classical trainers in Europe."
David will be here for 2 day clinics, and George can come for either 1 or 2 days. They are both classically trained by masters from the Spanish Riding School: Arthur Kottas (David) and Herbert Rebein (George) . Of course, they both also have had many other impressive influences to their teaching styles over the years.
If I had to sum up their individual foci, I would say that George is amazing at getting the horse quick to the aids, softly accepting contact, maximizing gaits, developing throughness, and is excellent at show ring prep - squeaking out those extra points for higher scores. David is brilliant at getting the horse to swing through its whole body and reach with a soft, elastic neck into receiving contact - his motto is harmony and lightness in everything. He is as focused on the minute details of throughness and self carriage as Mary Wanless is on biomechanics.
As soon as we have the clinic dates set, they will be posted on our Riding Clinics page.
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