2013 Abbe Ranch USEA Riding Clinic
May 9-12, 2013
Abbe Ranch, Larkspur, Colorado
Opening Date: Tues., April 9 Closing Date: Tues., April 23
Other Information may be listed at end of page.
Levels offered: USEA Eventing Training 3'3", Novice 2'11", BegNovice 2'7",
Elementary 2'3", Pre-School 18", Western (no jump).
New: Western class will be available for the Thur-Fri session. Write Western on sticky note and place on entry form. (Includes Western dressage, cavaletti, terrian riding, pace work, but no jumping.)
Information: Clinic includes stabling (including night before), unmounted theory class at lunch, videos, two small group riding lessons per day with work on the flat, cavaletti or gymnastic work, proper warm-up, gallop work, cross-country fences or terrain riding. From 8:30am-5:00pm. Bring your own chair and lunch. At Abbe Ranch we stress safety first. An EMT will be on duty. Students will learn, gain confidence, have fun and want to learn more. Clinics are the only time you can school at Abbe Ranch.
Accommodations: Castle Rock-15miles: Best Western Inn 303-814-8800, Comfort Suites 303-814-9999, Holiday Inn Express 303-660-9733, Quality Inn 303-660-2222. Camping-6mi: Jellystone Park 800-387-9396, 303-681-3169. Palmer Lake-8mi: Inn at Palmer Divide, 719-481-1800. On site campers: No hookups, fires, or dogs.
Entries: Send both Abbe Ranch Clinic Entry Form and latest Release Form for USEA Educational Activities. Package deal includes instruction, course fee, office charge and 10x20 outside pen stabling. Roofed stalls include 1 shavings bale. Include separate check for $40 for clean/damage deposit. An entry is for one person riding one horse. Missing the first lesson may cause you to be barred from the rest of the clinic. $15 change fee for any changes. Post Entries (received after 9 pm on closing) accepted at $20 more if space permits. No refunds after closing, but will assist with substitutions. USEA Area IX website has release forms in PDF format at www.areaixeventing.com.
Download entry form:
USEA Release form for Educational Activities
(TF or SS), $195 with opening date postmark, otherwise add $30 ($225).
Add $45 for a 10x10 roofed stall or $55 for a 12x12.
(TFSS), $295 with opening date postmark, otherwise add $30 ($325).
Add $80 for a 10x10 roofed stall or $95 for a 12x12.
Make checks payable to Abbe Ranch.
Send to Abbe Ranch Clinic, 9998 S. Perry Park Rd., Larkspur, CO 80118-7803.
See Abbe Ranch website for directions, motels, etc. For information contact Susan at 303-681-3589, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.abberanchevents.com. Special Pair Pace after each clinic session (Fri & Sun). No charge for auditors. Dress up dinner, on Thur. night at Perry Park Country Club, will be $27 per person. Work days by appointment, 9:00am-4:00pm, or half days 9-12, 1-4.
Note: NO DOGS ALLOWED EVER, not even in your car!
Clinic Instructors: Laura Backus, Larkspur, CO; Rochelle Costanza, Franktown, CO; Gail D'Amanda-Fox, Rochester, NY; Tom Ordway, Princeton, ID; Karen Paul, Sedalia, CO; Deeda Randle, Cheyenne, WY; Melinda Weatherford, Fort Collins, CO. Some instructors will teach 2 days, some will teach 4 days.
New: Western 3 phase (Includes Western dressage, cavaletti, terrian riding but no jumping) will be available for the TF session. Write in Western (above levels) on Clinic entry form or add sticky note.
All riders: USEA insurance requires ASTM/SEI protective headgear whenever mounted, protective vest when riding out and approved medical armband for emergency personnel. Medical cards and armbands will be on sale for $10. They are available at most tack stores.
Laura Backus, from Larkspur, CO, is a graduate HA from Pine Ridge Pony Club in Parker. She began eventing in Colorado twenty years ago. She operates Pendragon Stud Equestrian Center, has been teaching 26 years,and was chosen as 2009 Instructor of the Year of the ARIA (American Riding Instructors Assn).
Rochelle Costanza, from Franktown, CO, has been a professional riding instructor and horse trainer for over 20 years. She received a BHSAI certification and is certified as an USEA ICP Level 2 instructor. She has competed to the Two Star level and was long-listed for the Olympics in 2005. She owns and operates Platinum Farms.
Gale D'Amanda-Fox, from Rochester, NY, cannot remember not loving horses and not riding them. She began hunting by ten years old, worked thru all ranks of Pony Club and rode on two national rally teams, was a resident student for years each with Jimmy Wofford, Denny Emerson and Jack LeGoff, competed thru 4th Level dressage and Advanced eventing, then was owner and trainer at Ravenwood Farm in Middleburg, VA. After marrying and giving birth to triplet boys, she returned to NY where she still rides and teaches, and officiates nationwide as an R CT judge and TD. She will be President of the Ground Jury at Abbe Ranch’s horse trial in June.
Tom Ordway, from Princeton, ID, is a graduate “A” from Glastonbury Pony Club in Connecticut. He has competed actively on the East Coast and the Midwest in Preliminary events, and competed in Intermediate level at Ledyard Farm Horse Trials in 1969. He is an Eventing R TD. He owns 100 Acre Wood Farm.
Karen Paul, from Sedalia, CO, as a child in western Australia, competed in Pony Club, dressage and eventing through Preliminary, and has worked in the horse industry ever since. She came to Colorado in 1988, and has taught at several local stables. She operates Boomerang Combined Training Center..
Deeda Randle, from Cheyenne, WY, is a graduate of Meredith Manor Riding Academy. Deeda has been teaching, training, officiating and giving clinics in the intermountain area for over 20 years. Known for teaching all types of riding, her emphasis is on eventing. She is an Eventing r TD and r Judge.
Melinda Weatherford, from Fort Collins, CO, began riding at 7, field hunted and showed on Long Island. She began teaching at age 15, and has been a full time professional since 1975, with students competing at Prix St. George and Preliminary levels. She is a USDF Certified Instructor to teach dressage to 4th level.