Open Day at The Horse Place
Sunday 20th May 2012 saw the second Open Day at The Horse Place.
The sun shone, over fifty students turned out, some old friends and some new ones to enjoy a packed timetable of displays and demonstrations by Parelli Professionals Alison Jones, David Zuend and working students Odette Insoll and Bekki Carnell.
David started the day riding young Suffolk Punch, Hector (not something you see everyday). David started Hector last year to drive and drag and he has returned this spring for starting under saddle.
Next was the Savvy Team display followed by Alison teaching a liberty lesson with Bekki and Yellow. Alison stayed in the arena after the savvy team display and taught the lesson sitting on Orange bareback and bridleless. How interesting!!
David then returned to the arena with Grey for a display with Alison and her young horse Boris. There was a slight delay as David explained that Boris who had just been brought in from the field had gone to sleep in his stable. Obviously quite oblivious to the fifty plus strangers in his back garden.
To round up the morning session, David gave a demonstration of driving a pair with Grey and Whity and of course did a great job of harrowing the arena for the afternoon events.
The afternoon started with a rescue horse from The Danzarina Project which Alison and David are supporting, to rehabilitate rescued horses and return them to a heathly and fulfilling life. David had been working with Danzarina for two weeks and up to now, had only stood in the stirrup. By the end of this demonstration David was able to sit in the saddle and move Danzarina’s feet. It was a privilege to witness this level of horsemanship in action.
Things livened up a little as Alison performed a liberty Spotlight with her faithful Orange. Showing some Spanish walk and ending with a spectacular rear which Alison has been teaching him this spring.
For the online lesson, Clare Heywood, ‘our knight on shining armour’ had returned specially from the fast track course at Stoneleigh. Clare bought in her newest horse Spotty and was joined by Odette with Yellow for some tuition on how to apply the circling game to improve a horses physical shape and way of going. Something which will be dealt with in much more detail in Alison’s 2 day clinic, The Physical Side, later in the year.
Following on, Alison performed a finesse ride to music with Yellow to show how, as always with the Parelli Method, everything that starts online can progress to riding.
Once again, the Savvy Team, David with Grey, Alison with Orange and Odette with Whity returned to finish the day for us.
Thank you to everyone who took part, in the arena and behind the scenes, to all spectators who travelled to see us and probably most of all, to Pat and Linda Parelli for giving us the inspiration and tools to make our dreams come true.
See you all next year......
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