Amy Neary Clinic April 23-24
"The Amy Neary Clinic that was hosted by Woody and
Charlotte Woodall on April 23 and 24 was a complete success. The
weather was perfect for each day. Attendees were Nancy Faller,
Antonio Diaz, Woody and Charlotte Woodall, and Chris Peckham,
and Faith Bradshaw. The turnout of attendees was a little light,
but all took advantage of the knowledge from Amy Neary and her
experience with hazards whether it is on a trail, competition or
just out schooling your horse. There was a challenging cones
course that had 13 gates. Each horse and driver were challenged,
from the big (Jaden and Woody) to the smallest (Chris and
Cheyenne), Nancy with Cobalt and Antonio with Rose (Claudia's
mount). We had a hazard of plastic barrels with PVC pipes around
with another barrel in the middle. Amy also did some flat work
with Faith and Antonio and her horse Casper. Charlotte rode her
OTTB and was pure elegance.
Amy inspected everyone's horse, harness and carriage
before we started, as it is important to make sure that all
equipment and horse are sound and safe for everyone before
getting to work. Amy also address on how important it is to
condition your horse slowly and to build up proper muscles that
are required for the task that you are asking for. Amy also
touched on how to ask the horse for more collection if you are
just schooling or enjoying a trail ride. Amy schooled each
clinician individually on the best way to go through the cones
or hazards, how to make each turn to "shave off" a few extra
seconds to help in keeping your times down if you are in a
We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at a local Italian
restaurant on Saturday evening with the conversation all geared
towards horses and competitions. If you are lucky enough to
attend a clinic by Amy Neary I highly recommend her. It was a
wonderful experience, this if the fourth time that I have
attended a clinic with Amy, I learn something new each time that
helps establish a better relationship with my horse.
Story by Chris Peckham (Thank you Chris)
Paradox Farm: Practice ADT with Hazards,
Cones and a Game. Derby Day Hat Contest, 1st, 2nd
& 3rd place
prizes, supplied by Cindy Dalton, Thank You Cindy. Cindy was the
judge (at lunchtime).
There were 6 drivers in attendance. We
started the day with 2 hazards, which everyone got to run twice,
then went on to the cones course. After the cones course, Faith
had another game for us involving hats and numbers, which
everyone seemed to think was a hoot!
Nancy & Cobalt were 1st in both
hazards, Polly & Star 2nd and Tommy & Andy 3rd.
In the cones again Nancy 1st, Chris & Cheyenne 2nd
and Tommy 3rd.
The hat game had Tommy placing 1st, with Austina gathering
The Derby Hat contest results were as
with the most “Ostentatious” hat
, Faith 2nd
the most Beautiful. Bobbette 3rd
the Most Whimsical.
Other entries: Our Judge Cindy and the
Jamaica Hat Man Jeff, Pat and Jean, Austina and Nancy.
Last but not lost? Polly
Breakfast Drive June
RSVP’s/Foods people are bringing as of 5/31
Tricia & Jeff: All paper
products, Coffee & fixins, grill/griddle & toaster generator.
Bev Duval: Juice & Muffins
Marilyn Colvin: Bacon
Shelly Hethcoat: Breakfast Casserole with
eggs, cheese & veggies
Tiffany Ehnes: French toast, syrup & butter
fruit and beef