Participants are needed for some clinics. If you would like to participate with a particular clinician and/or offer your horse for a clinician’s use, send information on you and your horse to our office (email at or fax to 765-655-2117). A photo and/or short video may be helpful in the evaluation. Please indicate what clinician and/or session is of interest to you, and be sure to provide some specifics including the following:
- Your Name and age
- Complete address
- Contact Numbers (day & evening)
- Email address
- Your background, discipline & experience (include the level at which you currently ride if applicable)
- Information on your horse: Breed, Age, Sex, Height, discipline ridden, current level of training, what goals would you like to achieve with this horse, problems you are having with this horse – be specific, how long you have been encountering the current problem(s). How long have you owned the horse is also good information to have.
Some things you need to know if you are selected to participate:
- A pass will be given to you for the day(s) you participate. If the participant is under the age of 18 two passes will be provided.
- You are required to stall your horse while at the expo. Because of the limited parking and general congestion and activity and weather concerns we are firm on this.
- There will be a $50 fee to participate – this covers your stall and bedding.
- Arrival and departure times are restricted – again primarily due to congestion and parking. Those details and times will be confirmed with you if you are selected.
- Selections will not be made until early to mid-February.
Please keep in mind the expo is a very different setting from regular horse shows. The environment is more active, the crowds can be unsettling and warm-up time is very limited. Please keep in mind when applying to participate your horse should be able to be stalled at the minimum for a day and should not only fill the needs outlined below, but be able to handle the environment and not create additional challenges in the clinic because they cannot handle the environment.
- Friday & Saturday – “Colt Starting” – need one horse 2-3 yrs. of age that has had groundwork and regular handling, but has not been saddled – ready for that next step.
- Friday – “Problem Horse Under Saddle” – need one horse who has any type of riding issue – bucking, rearing, nervous behavior, etc.
- Sunday – “Curing Fear of Loping” – need 2 participants who are fearful of loping/cantering, but otherwise good riders. You should plan to participate with a horse you ride regularly. No green horses.
- Friday & Saturday – “Re-Building the Rider’s Confidence” – 2 participants with confidence/fear issues. Maybe recovering from a traumatic riding experience. Participants will be expected to work (ride) in front of the crowd, but will not be required to canter. Riders should plan to participate with a horse you ride regularly. No young horses (3 or under) and no green horses.
- Sunday – 2 clinics on “Dealing With Extreme Trail Issues” – 2 participants who regularly trail ride and have horses that have some sort of issue on the trail – spooking, trouble crossing water, trouble separating from other horses, etc…
- Friday & Saturday – “The Natural Ride” – need 2 riders, one intermediate level and one advanced level, can be either English or Western. This clinic works in two steps on riding skills and is progressive from Friday to Saturday.
- Saturday – “Riding to the Next Level – Part 1 – How Your Reins & Legs Affect Your Horse’s Stride” – need 3-4 riders from a variety of experience levels from beginner to advanced. May be either English or Western.
- Sunday – “Riding to the Next Level – Part 2 – Ride With Collection & Master Lateral Movements” – Need one Advanced English Rider.
- Friday – “The Foundation for Controlling Your Horse’s Body” – need 2 riders intermediate level or above
- Saturday – “Cross Training Disciplines for Achieving Peak Performance” – need 2 riders intermediate level or above
- Sunday – “Seat & Hands” – need 2 riders intermediate level or above
Elizabeth Graves – seeking 3-4 riders that will ride each day. Any Naturally Gaited Breeds, can be horses used in the show ring or for trail riding. No padded or weighted shoes. Intermediate ot Advanced Riders, may be English or Western.
Jane Weatherwax – the Oregon Dressage Society will be assisting in the selection of the riders for each of Jane’s sessions (1 each day Friday, Saturday & Sunday). When specific needs are known and the application is available a link will be made available here.