A clinic with Paul Belasik - November 21-22, 2015
Paul Belasik is a highly respected international rider, trainer, writer and teacher, and an avowed proponent of classical equestrian ideals. It has been said that his diversity of qualities and skills place him firmly in a lineage of riding masters that traces all the way down from the Renaissance, but also marks him out as exceptional in a modern era that places ever more emphasis on specialization.
This clinic is now open for registration. Deadline for rider applications is October 15. Click here to read more.
We also now offer filtered calendar views
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USDF Region 4 Director
Current USDF Region 4 Director, Lloyd Landkamer, has officially withdrawn his name as a candidate for the January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2018 term. No other candidate was nominated. Nominations for the Region 4 Director position will be accepted from the floor of the Board of Governors meeting at the 2015 convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.
USDF requests that anyone interested in being nominated for the Region 4 Director position from the floor of the Board of Governors meeting notify Sarah Garn, liaison to the Nominating Committee, at email@example.com.
Tornado Damage at Altair Farm
You may know long-time CSDEA member Pat Nimmerfroh as the organizing force behind our annual banquet each year. On the night of Friday, July 17, 2015, Pat's property, Altair Farm, was devastated by the EF-1 tornado that touched down outside of Watertown, MN.
Pat and Daryl, our hearts are with you.
Donations for Hollow Creek's new Water Complex
Hollow Creek Farm is a 79 acre equestrian facility that is home base for Two Rivers Pony Club (a part of Northern Lakes Region and the United States Pony Club).
A scheduled improvement this year is to add a water complex to the cross country course. To this end, CSDEA's Facilities Development Program has agreed to match up to $3,000 in donations to fund construction of the complex. Construction began in April, and as of August there is water! The complex will make its public debut at the Hollow Creek Farm One-Day Schooling Horse Trial on August 22.
How You Can Help
Conditioning during downtime
Notes from the 2015 Minnesota Horse Expo session with Jec Aristotle Ballou
By Barb McCutcheon
What is downtime? If you are working your horse less than four times a week on average, your horse is losing cardiovascular and muscle function. While horses recover cardiovascular conditioning very rapidly, it takes much longer for them to recover muscle function and they are at risk of injury while recovering.
To keep your horse’s muscles active and to rebuild correct muscle use, Jec has designed a set of exercises that can be done in 20 minutes and can be done in hand as well as under saddle. Use these exercises to develop correct postural muscles in the horse and you will be able to resume full work much more safely and easily!
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