2015 Clinic

2015 Abbe Ranch USEA Riding Clinic

May 7-10, 2015

Abbe Ranch, Larkspur, Colorado

Opening Date (when you can start postmarking): Tues., April 7   Closing Date: Tues., April 21 

Other Information may be listed at end of page or on the welcome page.

Levels offered:  USEA Eventing Training 3'3", Novice 2'11", BegNovice 2'7", 

Elementary 2'3", Pre-School 18".   (You may enter Training and request some Preliminary schooling.)

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.  Auditors are welcome but they must know the rules and not get in the way.

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 $30 more if space permits.  No refunds after closing, but will assist with substitutions.    

Download entry form: -------  AR_2015_Clinic_Form.pdf  ------- 

USEA Release form for Educational Activities:


Or USEA Area IX website has release forms in PDF format at www.areaixeventing.com. 

ENTRY FEES:  Early entries receive reduced rate.  Opening date postmark saves you the most.  Each week you miss will cost you $10 more.  Tuesday Dates:  PostmarkOnOpen=4/7, PostmarkAfterOpen=4/8.  Then start adding $10 if not ReceivedBy4/14, ReceivedByClose4/21  Entries received after closing will cost you $20 more.  (Please note = We give allowances for post office postmark descrapences.)


(TF or SS), $200 opening date pm, after OD pm add $30 ($230), then add $10 if not received by 4/14($240), Add $10 if not received by 4/21 ($250),  receved after closing add $20 more ($270). 

Add $45 for a 10x10 roofed stall or $55 for a 12x12.


(TFSS), $300 with opening date pm, after OD pm add $30 ($330), then add $10 if not received by 4/14($340), Add $10 if not received by 4/21 ($350),   received after closing add $20 more ($370). 

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,  abbe@quixnet.net or www.abberanchevents.com.     No charge for auditors. 

Special Pair Pace after each clinic session (Fri & Sun).  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.  All riders:  USEA insurance requires ASTM/SEI protective headgear whenever mounted and protective vest when riding out.  Plus USEA requires approved medical armband with your current medical information on enclosed card, "or wrist bracelet", for onsite emergency personnel.  (Since medical bracelets may need to be scanned online, and we have very poor online service at Abbe Ranch, we recommend armbands!)   Medical cards and armbands will be on sale here for $10.  They are available at most tack stores.   

Note:  NO DOGS ALLOWED EVER, not even in your car!

(Not confirmed yet.) Clinic Instructors:  Laura Backus, Larkspur, CO;  Rochelle Costanza, Franktown, CO; Lori Hoos, Franklin, TN; Tom Ordway, Princeton, ID; Karen Paul, Parker, CO; Deeda Randle, Cheyenne, WY; Melinda Weatherford, Fort Collins, CO.  Some instructors may teach 2 days, some may teach 4 days. 

Clinic Instructors

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.

Lori Hoos, from Franklin, TN, is a 1976 Graduate of William Woods College in Fulton, MO with an Equestrian Major.  1997 Graduated from the US Dressage Federation "L" Judging program "With Distinction".  2008 Received r judges card in Eventing.  Graduate of the USDF Instructors program taught by Major Anders Lindgren.  Completed the George Morris's Instructors Program.  Currently Lori is an active participant with Hillsboro Hounds where she has received her colors.  She will be judging at Abbe Ranch Horse Trial in 2014.

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 Parker, 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 has been riding for 47 years and teaching for 38 years.  She was chief instructor at W. A. Horseman's Pony Club in West Australia and holds her Pony Club "B" certificate and the "B" Instructors certificate.  She was certified as a Level One Instructor with the F. F. A. (Equestrian Federation of Australia) in 1987.  She moved to the US in 1988, and has been successfully competing in eventing locally and nationally through the Preliminary level ever since.  She specializes in young and difficult horses and is currently traveling to students.

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.


Rider letter & schedule or ride times
 may be listed here, or on welcome page,
a week or 10 days before each event.


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