Davidson clinic brings out jump in horseMaryland horses...

EQUESTRIAN

April 18, 1993|By MUPHEN WHITNEY

Davidson clinic brings out jump in horse

Maryland horses and riders are among the luckiest in the country. Notable horses, trainers and riders from around the world come to Maryland just about every week to participate in a wealth of horse activities.

A case in point was the recent clinic given by Olympic Three-Day rider Bruce Davidson in Elkridge. Fourteen riders rode in three groups from training through preliminary level in the indoor arena at Joan McDonald's Shadowbrook Farm.

Davidson put the horses and riders through their paces with an hour of dressage and an hour of jumping on each of two days. During the dressage portion he asked for shoulder-in, leg yielding, half passes, lengthening and collection.

"There was not one minute during that hour of dressage that any of the horses stood still," McDonald said.

While the jumps were set and tack was changed, Davidson asked the riders about their horses' backgrounds and the riders' experience. Then the fun began.

The jumping session started gently with a basic line of gymnastic jumps and progressed to simple combinations. Before long the group of preliminary level riders were jumping 5 feet.

"Bruce is good at building the jumps so that the horses have to jump up and really use themselves," McDonald said. "He gets a good deal out of the horses through progression, and he manages to get the rider to leave the horse alone when jumping."

McDonald said that Davidson's method has an immediate effect on the horse's balance and flexibility.

The second day of the clinic Davidson followed basically the same program. He asked for even more in the dressage portion because the horses were more supple from the previous day's work. The jumping portion had longer lines of jumps with more elements to challenge the horses and riders.

"Bruce is very effective at getting the horses to do what they have never been able to do before," McDonald said.

Training symposium

The John Lyons training symposium, which began Friday at Arden Farms in Crownsville, continues through Wednesday. Call Norma Scherring at (410) 239-4221 for registration information.

Clinic with an Olympian

Olympic show-jumping rider Anne Kursinski will give a clinic at Shadowbrook Farm in Elkridge on May 1-2. The rider fee is $140 per day; auditing is $15.

Kursinski is an excellent clinician and a master at fixing problems with horses and riders. Auditing one of her clinics is an inexpensive way to improve your riding and horsemanship.

Clean up the trails

Three work days have been planned to provide the routine maintenance necessary for the equestrian trails in Carroll County, and volunteers are needed.

The Carroll County Equestrian Council also needs donations of tools such as hand pruners, long-handled anvil pruners or

pruning saws.

All three trail work days are Saturdays: April 24 (Gillis Falls), May 15 (Union Mills) and June 19 (Piney Run). For more information call CCEC president Sonny Biddison at (410) 833-4593 or Jeff Degitz at the Department of Recreation and Parks at (410) 857-2103.

Novice classes for adults

The Mid-Maryland Horse and Pony Association shows have lots of novice classes for adults. There are walk-trot classes on the flat and 18-foot jumping classes. The next show is April 25.

Call chief steward Bob Collins at (410) 781-6303 for more information.

Calendar of events

Today -- Carrollton Hounds Horse Trials. Ship's Quarters Farm, Westminster. (410) 848-3192.

Today -- Carroll County Western Circuit Horse Show. Agriculture Center, Westminster. (410) 239-7885.

Saturday -- Trail Work Day. Gillis Falls. (410) 795-4262.

Saturday -- Maryland Hunt Cup. 4 p.m. Glyndon. (410) 833-4188.

April 25 -- Mid-Maryland Horse and Pony Association Show. Howard County Fairgrounds. (410) 875-2050.

April 25 -- All English Schooling Show. Lehigh Riding Club. Lehigh Show Grounds. (410) 848-6597.

April 25 -- Mount Airy Saddle Pals English and Western Horse Show. Mount Airy Carnival Grounds. (301) 473-5709.

April 29 -- Maryland Jousting Tournament Association Exhibition. p.m. South Carroll High School, Sykesville. (301) 662-8826.

May 1-2 -- Anne Kursinski clinic at Shadowbrook Farm. Elkridge. (410) 796-4947.

May 4 -- Carroll County Equestrian Council General Meeting. 7:30 p.m. East Middle School, Longwell Avenue. Westminster. (410) 833-4593.

May 8 -- All 4-H Schooling Show. Hoofbeat 4-H Saddle Club. Ag Center, Westminster. (410) 848-3192.

May 9 -- Potomac Hunt Races. 12:30 p.m. Seneca. (301) 972-7621.

May 15 -- Trail Work Day. Union Mills.

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