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Equestrian Center

Horseback Riding Clinics

Our 2017 Riding Clinic schedule at the Resort’s Equestrian Center starts in May and will continue throughout the season.
Following is the start of our list of clinicians who will be leading the programs and highlights of their expertise.

Daryl Kinney  – Three Phase Eventing Stadium and XC Jumping

May 29, 2017

Daryl Kinney is an upper level event rider who has spent the last 9 years working and training with Denny Emerson at Tamarack Hill Farm. During this time, Daryl has competed several of Denny’s horses, bringing them up through the levels.  In 2015, Daryl and long-time partner, Union Station, were able to make the move up to Advanced.  While in college, she spent time in Belgium working for Karin Donckers and in Germany at the German National Riding School. In addition to working at Tamarack, Daryl enjoys teaching clinics around the country.

Visit Daryl’s blog here.

Meg Hilly – Dressage Details for all Disciplines

June 8, 2017

Meg has a varied background in Equestrian sports that includes showing hunters/jumpers, event, fox hunting and polo.  A graduate of Morven Park International Equestrian Institute, the US equivalent of the British Horse Society’s Instructor course and of the USDF “L” judges program, Meg draws from her riding, judging and training experience in her teaching.  Meg has ridden and competed through the F.E.I. Prix St. George and schooled through the Grand Prix.  Meg regularly attends USDF Judges and Trainers Conferences and has gleaned a lifetime of education from her students and instructors: Bill McMullen, Ruth Hogan Poulsen, Sally Swift, Janet Black, George Williams, Ellen Miller, Max Gehwyler, Phil Ake, Otto Heukeroth, Al Homewood.  She has audited clinics and written and illustrated articles for NEDA’s publication “Tip of the Hat’, Sidelines Magazine and the Northeast Equine Journal.  Meg is the Dressage coach at Holyoke Individual riders qualified and competed as well, on April 29th, with one rider winning 1st in the nation and two finishing 8th place.  Meg enjoys teaching all levels using a holistic, centered approach.  She employs visualization, lungeline and natural horsemanship ground work, cavaletti, cross training, including ‘dressage for jumping’, to fortify the riders foundation.  Foremost in her teaching, Meg strives to assist riders with their individual goals by attending to detail and improving the timing of the aids.

Deb Danforth -Partnership Training – on the flat or over obstacles.

June 27, 2017

Deb Danforth has been immersed in the horse world and in the fields of horse judging, riding instruction and youth mentoring for many decades. She has bred, raised, trained and shown Appaloosas in all disciplines for more than 40 years, qualified many horses for the World Show and produced several futurity winners.  Deb is also well known in Vermont for her dedicated service as a 4-H leader and coach of the state’s horse judging team.   She is a New England 4-H certified A list and OHSA level-2 judge with more than 35 years of judging experience.  Deb has specialized in working with riders through teaching, training and mentoring for over 30 years.  She is an adjunct professor at Vermont Technical College where she teaches and coaches horse judging.  Deb enjoys working with horse and rider teams, both on the flat and in pattern work – guiding them to a better partnership.

This clinic will be tailored to the skill level, interest and/or problem area(s) of the horses or riders attending.  Learn how to get a better ride on the flat, improve transitions, gaits, flexion and body control.   Develop the confidence to read and guide your horse to a better ride or through any type of course.  Learn some exercise and training techniques to keep your horse focused and interested in a good ride. Find the challenge areas and work to overcome them.  Discover how much fun you and your horse can have as a team. Open to both English and Western riders.

Sue Berrill – Mid-Summer Tune-up

July 24, 2017

Sue Berrill, an advanced-level event rider, has been riding for over 30 years. She has had a great deal of success bringing along a wide variety of horses and has successfully competed in, placed/won at prestigious competitions such as the Area 1 Championships, American Eventing Championships, and CIC/CCI */** at Stuart, Radnor, and Bromont. Her students range from the non-competing to Intermediate/** level in eventing. She also partners with Denny Emerson at his Tamarack Hill Farm teaching at the THF Adult Camp, in addition to teaching clinics throughout the northeast. When Sue isn’t competing or away at clinics, she can be found at her Greylock Farm in Brownsville, VT furthering the education of a horse or a student. Sue thoroughly enjoys helping her students realize their goals whether they are learning to jump, trying to understand dressage, or competing in their first Three-Day-Event.

Sue LOVES teaching! Whether it be human or equine, she loves to teach.  For this clinic lessons will be available in any one of the three phases of eventing.
Sue strives to create a program that fits an individual’s needs. Whether you are a serious event rider, a pleasure rider just wanting to be more knowledgeable or skilled, we are delighted to work with you. Usually dressage lessons are taught as privates and as an added benefit to both the horse and rider, jump and xc lessons are usually semi-private or small groups. Visit her website.

For information & registration call 802.483.2311. Space is limited for each clinic.