Ontario Has Talent is a great organization that is working to bring the High Performance show community together while also supporting up and coming Dressage youth riders. By holding clinics during the winter months, and fundraisers in the summer, Ontario Has Talent seeks to raise fund to help support youth riders by relieving some of the stress of trying to raise funds for training and competition.
You can learn more about Ontario Has Talent by visiting their site, or checking out our Feature in Issue 4.
The Dressage Symposium was held at the beautiful Oakcrest Farm (CAN), home of Elite Dressage Rider Belinda Trussell. Canadian Olympic Rider Ashley Holzer and FEI 5* Judge Elizabeth McMullen were the featured clinicians, working with the various riders to improve their training and test scores.
All riders had a lesson with Holzer, in which they were able to work through issues in their riding and training. From working on compression and extension at the trot and canter, to schooling Piaffe and Passage, there were great things to be learned for rider and auditor alike. Riders also had the ability to ride a Dressage Test (level of their choice) and be judged by Ms. McMullen. Getting the chance to hear how a judge scores each movement as it happened. Holzer provided great support and feedback to riders as they attempted to school through issues they were having either in training in general, or more specifically related to issues that arose during their test. She engaged each rider to not only push themselves to achieve their best, but helped them understand how and why each issue was occurring, while also providing exercises to help resolve this issue going forward. The clinic was a wonderful and rare experience to learn from a great set of industry professionals.
Overall it was a lovely clinic put on by a superb organization, and it was a fantastic learning experience for all involved.