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Di Jenkyn Dressage Clinic December 3rd to 5th 2011

Di Jenkyn was recently welcomed back to Perth for another 3 day clinic organised by Gina Hendrie and very kindly held at the Oakford property of Craig and Kristi Suiter. The clinic was attended by many of her regular pupils most of whom have been training with her for the last 5 years and some new ones who are eagerly waiting for the next clinic. Attendances at the clinic included young riders and green horses, right through to FEI horse and rider combinations. Regardless of what level the horse and rider are achieving, Di always insists on the same main requirements before any other work is attempted: all horses must be forward, round, straight and balanced. Only when these basic principles are achieved can the horse begin to work correctly and to its full potential.

Day 1 - Although the weather was not forgiving all riders came enthusiastic and left looking forward to the sessions on Day 2. As always on the first day Di likes sort out any little hiccups that may have kept in since her last visit.

Day 2 and 3 were again not great riding conditions, but saw all combinations get down to the knitty gritty of making everything better. Colin Chantler and his super mare Bonita who were recently selected for the National Futures Squad , worked on improving their piaffe/passage transitions and tempi changes. Nadine Herbert riding her warmblood mare, Izzy, showed some very impressive flying changes and half pass indicating they will be a force to reckon with at medium level next year. Di was very impressed with the improvement and quality of the canter that Gina Hendrie and her PSG horse Redwood Isobelle demonstrated, and concentrated on getting the same progress and collection in the trot. Jodie Mair who is a new to the clinics showed great improvement in the roundness and straightness of her Alabaster mare by the end of the clinic. Owner of the property, Kristi Suiter who is also a regular pupil of Di, gave us all a display of some superb elevated trot and flowing half pass with her mare Flowervale Fleur.

Training horses all over Australia has given Di an amazing eye and a never ending repertoire of exercises to correct and improve the horses. Di commented that she is very proud of all her regular riders in Perth and it always gives her pleasure to return and see how much they have improved every time. Di is a NCAS Level 3 Dressage Coach as well as an A level Dressage Judge and a Coach Educator, and still competes regularly at home in Queensland.

Although this was the final clinic for 2011 in Perth , Di flew direct to Victoria to coach her pupils that were competing at the Saddleworld Dressage Festival.

Dates are already set for 5 clinics in 2012 and Di will be in Perth again in March 2012. Anyone interested in attending can email Gina Hendrie finwood53@bigpond.com.au for more details.

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