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CO - Western Dressage Clinic - Joyce/Cliff Swanson


Title of Event:
Where are you on the Western Dressage Pyramid? Utilizing Principles of Western Dressage to develop balanced, healthy and willing horses
Location or Venue Name:
Douglas County Fairgrounds
Location or Venue Address:
Indoor Arena
500 Fairgrounds Road
Castle Rock, CO 80104
United States
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Clinician Name:
Joyce Swanson, Cliff Swanson
Event Contact Person:
Pamela Stenmark
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Additional Comments or Event Details:
Where are you on the Western Dressage Pyramid? - - The clinic curricula includes: Utilizing principles of Western Dressage to develop balanced, healthy and happy horses, no matter what your discipline. Learning the proper way to warm up your equine athlete with suppling exercises and free gaits. Using lateral work to improve balance and self carriage. Developing collection, lightness and willingness. Demystifying the half halt to ride proper transitions. Using the Western Dressage arena to your and the horse's advantage.

The final session each day will be a Ride-a-Test offering immediate feedback to the rider.

Participate in one day only or both days, expecting increased improvement in tasks and understanding on the second day.

Joyce Swanson has been instrumental in developing tests in all levels for WDAA. Her career spans training for Hunters, Eventing, Dressage and Western Dressage with particular focus for 12 years with Arabians then transitioning to Morgan horses. Highlights include World and National Championships in Western Pleasure, Dressage, Carriage Driving, Hunter Pleasure, Park Saddle and English Pleasure. She performed Cowboy Dressage exhibitions in the 1990’s to demonstrate the universal application of Dressage.

Cliff Swanson is one of the founding members of WDAA and has served on the advisory board, head of the Tests and Rules Committees. He was a developer and instructor for the WDAA "Train the Trainers" Program and WDAA Judges clinics. A current USEF certified Judge of the American Morgan Horse Association, Andilusian and Lusitano Horse Association, having held Judges cards in other major breeds through the the last 30 years. Cliff has judged and given clinics throughout the United States and in Sweden, England, New Zealand, Germany. He developed the 3 day “Smart Start Clinic” for teaching and starting colts for amateurs. Cliff Swanson is owner and Trainer of Swan’s Training Stables, in Castle Rock, CO.

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