This weekend marks the first clinic of the season to be offered by Ontario Has Talent. Taking place at DunRaven Farm in Uxbridge, the clinic features Grand Prix Dressage rider Tom Dvorak.
Today we had the joy of auditing a few of the afternoon rides.
As we have previously noted (See OHT DRESSAGE SYMPOSIUM), 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 funds to help support youth riders by relieving some of the stress of trying to raise funds for training and competition.
Tom Dvorak, the first featured clinician for the 2013/14 Clinic season, first represented Canada on the silver medal Young Riders Team in 1985 and has been listed with the Canadian Dressage Team since 1990. In 1990 he was named to the World Equestrian Games Team, in 1996 to the Atlanta Olympic Team, and to the 2007 Pan American Games Team. In 1999 he represented Canada as an individual in the World Cup and Young Horse World Championships and has also represented Canada in Mexico as a member of the 2011 Pan American Games Team.
“Apart from his successes as a trainer and competitor, Tom has had great success as a coach with many of his former students now competing at the highest levels. In 2010, the four Young Riders Tom coached (Jaimie Holland, Amy Jager, Santana Rooyakkers and Alexandra Dvorak) were long listed with the Canadian Dressage Team. Tom is working towards his goal of representing Canada at the 2014 World Equestrian Games.” (excerpted from the OHT Facebook Page)
Dvorak worked one on one with each of the registered riders while auditors looked on. He took the time to initially learn a bit about each of the horses he was going to work with, then watched them work for a few minutes before providing valuable feedback (as well as a few tips & tricks) for how to deal with common problems from consistent pace to constant contact.
Like all the clinics held by Ontario Has Talent, it is surely to be an entertaining and educational weekend for all involved!
Upcoming clinics presented by Ontario Has Talent Include:
David Marcus – Deer Ridge Equestrian, OCT 26 – 27
Diane Creech – Venue TBA, NOV 16 – 17
Nancy McLachlan – Venue TBA, MARCH 2014
Cindy Ishoy – APRIL 2014
Belinda Trussel – MAY 2014
And if you are in the area, why not check out some of their other fundraising events including: Horsepower x2 (October 5) a joint event between OHT, Equine Canada, Dressage Canada, and C-DAAP, all in support of Canadian Dressage Riders. The event will feature a number of Dressage Freestyles, Classic Cars, and Ribs! It’s sure to be a fun (and delicious!) afternoon. Tickets are $30. Also, December 8th will be the 2nd Annual OHT High Tea and Fashion Show at the Markham Convention Centre, tickets are $50.